Los Altos

Transportation Services Manager (20075093)

San Francisco/Peninsula
Until filled
$138,576.47-$168,440.57 Annually


1 North San Antonio Road Los Altos, 94022


Position Summary:

Under general direction, formulates and develops recommendations for short and long-range traffic, transportation and parking policies and directs or assists in directing the implementation of all plans, projects and programs which provide for the safe and efficient movement of vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists and goods. Prepares written and verbal reports to City Council, Planning Commission, Complete Streets Commission, and other boards and commissions and external agencies as needed. Reviews traffic studies and mitigation plans related to zoning changes, use permits, and redevelopment to ensure conformance with best management practices. Performs traffic and civil engineering work in the review, development, design, construction of variety of municipal traffic related capital improvement projects. Coordinates grant writing and grant management; performs liaison functions with other local, sub-regional and regional agencies, community committees and groups on behalf of the City and performs other duties as required.




  • Selects, directs, assigns, and evaluates professional and administrative support staff
  • Trains staff in work procedures and administers discipline as required
  • Directs budget oversight, acquisition of grant funding from outside agencies, schedule and route development, performance monitoring, and evaluation
  • Acts as project manager for comprehensive transportation studies and projects related to school commute safety, bicycle program, and other transportation projects and programs
  • Prepares reports to senior management, City Council, boards and commissions
  • Leads project teams consisting of other staff, consultants, or contractors and citizen participants;
  • Manages and designs traffic and transportation-related Capital Improvement Projects
  • Acts as City liaison with County, regional and state agencies involved with transportation planning and funding
  • Directs, coordinates, and prepares reports and studies on transportation projects and issues and makes presentations to various commission and committees
  • Prepares documentation and represents the City as required for applying for, securing, and managing outside transportation grant revenue
  • Acts as liaison to special committees and governmental agencies; makes presentations to community, staff, and City Council
  • Determines scope of work, prepares requests for proposals, evaluates proposals, and participates in the selection of consultants and negotiation of consultant contracts
  • Manages and administers contracts through course of work
  • Coordinates transportation issues with various disciplines within City government related to development and capital project review
  • Performs field investigations, data collection and analyses, traffic counts, engineering evaluations, issues work requests and other analytical functions to respond to citizen requests and complaints
  • Assists in budget preparation and monitoring
  • Acts as staff liaison to the Complete Streets Commission
  • performs other duties as assigned.






Principles and practices of civil engineering and transportation planning; relevant federal, state, local laws and regulations; functions of state, federal and local transportation agencies; data management, including database and spreadsheet applications and specialized transportation computer applications.



Implement, interpret and explain complex policies, procedures and ordinances; conduct analytical studies, compile technical and statistical information; prepare clear and concise correspondence and reports; perform with considerable independence; communicate effectively, orally and in writing; make effective, informative presentations utilizing appropriate audio/visual tools and resources; prepare professional reports and contract documents; make sound decisions in a manner consistent with the essential job functions; perform signal and stop warrants; carry out customer service in a patient, responsive and professional manner; multi-task in a dynamic work environment.


EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION: Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:


Experience: Five years of progressively responsible professional planning, project management, civil engineering or administrative experience primarily in transportation planning and civil design activities, including at least two years in a project lead/manager capacity.


Education: Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering, Transportation Planning, Public Administration, Urban Planning or other closely related subject from an accredited university.


Required and Desired Licenses or Certificates: Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid California Driver's License is required. A license as a California Civil Engineer or Traffic Engineer is highly desired.




Must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer, to inspect City development and construction sites, to operate a motor vehicle, and to visit various City and meeting sites; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person, before groups, and over the telephone. This is primarily a sedentary office classification although standing and walking between work areas and walking on uneven terrain and climbing to reach certain access points may be required. Finger dexterity is needed to access, enter, and retrieve data using a computer keyboard or calculator and to operate standard office equipment. Positions in this classification occasionally bend, stoop, kneel, reach, push, and pull drawers open and closed to retrieve and file information. Employees must possess the ability to lift, carry, push, and pull materials and objects weighing up to 25 pounds. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.


COMPENSATION & BENEFITS: The salary range for this position ranges from $138,576.47 up to $168,440.57 annually. Placement within the range will be DOE.


This position is at-will and the full terms and conditions of this position will be subject to an employment contract.


The benefits package offered by the City includes:

  • Retirement: CalPERS retirement plan for Classic members is 2% @ 60 with employee paying a contribution of 7%. PEPRA employees participate on a 2.0% @ 62 plan, with employee paying 6.75% of the retirement contribution. Benefits based on highest three years of compensation. The City does not participate in Social Security.
  • Health Plans: Choice of HMO or PPO plans through CalPERS Health with most family plans covered at 100%. Employees who waive coverage may receive stipend of $350 per month.
  • Dental/Vision: City offers a dental and vision reimbursement plan.
  • Vacation Leave: Management new hires may combine previous years of experience from other public agencies to receive increased accrual rate.
  • Flexible Spending Plan: Dependent care and health care reimbursement plan available.
  • Deferred Compensation: Voluntary participation in either Nationwide or ICMA-RC.
  • Holidays: 10 annual holidays, plus one floating holiday.
  • Vacation: 10 days annually.
  • Sick Leave: Allowance of 12 days annually.
  • Management Leave: Allowance of 80 hours each fiscal year.
  • Cell phone allowance: $35.00 per month.
  • The City follows a Defined 9/80 schedule with offices closed every other Friday.


APPLICATION PROCEDURE: A completed City application, cover letter and resume must be received online.



 The recruitment will remain open until the position is filled. Prior to hire, candidates will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, including a livescan background investigation. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose a conviction will result in disqualification or termination. 


This position is open until filled with a first review date of February 12, 2021



The City of Los Altos is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of a person’s race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, mental or physical disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age or sexual orientation. Candidates with a disability, which may require special assistance in any phase of the application or testing process, should advise City of Los Altos upon submittal of application. Documentation of the need for accommodation must accompany the request. 



The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position. All job requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities. Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health and safety of themselves or other employees.  

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