Regional Government Services

Senior Planner - Transit

For Stanislaus Council Governments
Central Valley
Until filled or until 999 applicants
$74,700.00-$104,000.00 Annually

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


1111 I Street, Suite 308 Modesto, 95354


The Stanislaus Council of Governments Invites Applications for the Position of


Annual Salary Range: $ 74,700 - $104,000

Open Until Filled  


This position performs professional planning duties related to the development of transportation plans, programs and projects focused on transit services in the Stanislaus Region; represents StanCOG at a variety of policy and planning development and/or public outreach meetings; coordinates comparative studies and planning projects within established timelines and budget parameters; administers contracts; performs special projects as assigned and related work as required. The starting salary and decision to offer the position will be made at the end of the recruitment process based on these considerations.

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the implementation of the brand new Measure L Transportation Ordinance and Expenditure Plan for the Stanislaus region.  This measure raised the sales tax in Stanislaus County on April 1, 2017, by one‑half cent for 25 years to improve local streets and roads, improve connectivity and reduce congestion. In this position, you will have an active role to ensure that road, transit, bike and pedestrian improvement projects and programs approved by the voters are funded and delivered. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Include, but are not limited to the following:

• Represents StanCOG programs, services, projects, and policies to community groups, representatives from public agencies, private sector and the general public; and serves as liaison with partner agencies, transit operators and other organizations specific to transit program; conducts the annual Transportation Development Act Unmet Transit Needs Assessment.

• Compiles, analyzes and presents statistical and technical data in written, graphic and/or oral reports for use by management and staff, partner agencies, committees for a range of regional transit planning matters.

• Plans, coordinates and facilitates a variety of special policy and planning committee and public participation meetings to present information, to promote programs and services, to encourage discussion and/or to reach concensus; provides oversight of the Social Services Transportation Advisory Council.

• Provides oversight of the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) program.

• Develops and maintains a variety of complex files, records, spreadsheets and databases pertinent to transit planning and/or project activities.

• Conducts grant research, writes grant proposals, and assists partner agencies with the preparation, review and administration of grant and funding applications for transit related projects.

Minimum Qualifications: Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Education and Experience:

• A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in regional, urban or transportation planning, community development, public policy or a related field; and five (5) years of public agency experience in urban, regional, transit or transportation planning;


• A Master's Degree from an accredited college or university in majors listed above and two (2) years of progressively responsible professional regional, urban, transportation or transit planning and project management experience.

Knowledge of:

Principles, practices and funding sources for transportation, planning, and related project development and implementation; Transportation Development Act (TDA); principles of effective project management, including team and budget development; effective public speaking and presentation techniques; modern office procedures, standard computer software systems and equipment.

Ability to:

Perform complex professional planning work with significant initiative and minimum supervision; effectively organize, prioritize and coordinate multiple projects and tasks with successful completion under critical timelines; analyze and compile technical and statistical information and prepare reports; communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships; effectively conduct meetings and make presentations to a variety of groups to facilitate consensus and/or promote programs, projects.

Application and Review Procedure:

To be considered for this exciting opportunity, candidates should apply through Complete the online application, the required supplemental questionnaire, and submit a cover letter and resume. All materials must be included to be considered as a candidate. A review of application materials will take place on or before April 1, 2018 and the most qualified applicants will be invited to an interview based on the application materials submitted.

Applicants must clearly demonstrate through the application materials that they meet the qualifications listed above. For additional information please visit or call (209) 525-4600.

Please Note: Neither Regional Government Services nor StanCOG are responsible for failure of Internet forms or email in follow up communications.

Benefit Overview:

Insurance Coverage: Medical, dental, vision and life insurances are offered.

Retirement: Employees become members of the Stanislaus County Employees Retirement System (StanCERA). A deferred compensation plan is also available. StanCOG participates in Social Security.

Holidays: A total of 13 paid holidays- 11 designated and 2 floating- are provided annually.

Vacation: Ten to twenty-five days per year, depending on tenure.

Sick Leave: Employees accrue sick leave at the rate of approximately one day per month.

Work Commute Incentives: Employees are eligible to receive work commute incentives for utilizing public transit, vanpool, carpool, walking or bicycling.

Flexible Time: A modified nine-day/ 80-hour work schedule is offered.

About the Agency:

The Stanislaus Council of Governments is an association of city and county governments created to address regional transportation issues. It is a federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), a state designated Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA), and the Local Transportation Authority (LTA) for the Stanislaus region.


Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have five (5) or more years of senior planning experience in transit, including administering state and federal transit programs, meeting reporting requirements, working directly with Transit Agencies, and will have a thorough understanding of the Transportation Development Act and the American with Disabilities Act requirements.   


Special Instructions

A resume and cover letter are required and should be uploaded and attached to your completed application. Apply as soon as possible--position is open until filled. Online applications should be completed here on the CalOpps site for consideration.  Applications/resumes received online will be screened according to the qualifications outlined in this posting. The most qualified candidates will be invited to an interview. Finalists will be asked to provide references and undergo a background check to verify information supplied in the application materials.  Questions regarding the position should be directed to


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