Regional Government Services

Senior Transportation Planner

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 planning, programming and funding of transportation projects in the Stanislaus Region; represents StanCOG at a variety of policy and planning development meetings with state and federal agencies, local jurisdictions, and the public; ensures that projects are completed within established timelines and budget parameters; provides complex technical planning and research expertise to assist management in analysis of regional policy issues; performs special projects as assigned and related work as required; provides direct supervision, training and guidance to subordinate programming staff. The starting salary and decision to offer the position level 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:

  • Develops and manages the Federal (FTIP), State (STIP) and Regional (RTIP) Transportation Improvement Programs. prepares amendments; interprets and explains regulations, procedures and guidance; researches, compiles, analyzes and summarizes information, prepares and maintains financial spreadsheets and establishes and maintains a complex and comprehensive database.
  • Represents StanCOG in statewide and regional transportation funding meetings; conducts research and analysis regarding federal and state transportation funding legislation.
  • Administers grant programs, assists staff, management and representatives from local jurisdictions in the research and development of applications for grant funding.
  • Plans, coordinates and facilitates a variety of policy and planning committee and public participation meetings to present information, to promote programs and services, to stimulate discussion and/or facilitate consensus.
  • Plans, schedules, prioritizes and assigns planning projects and activities for the programming staff; communicates status of projects to executive management and works cooperatively to schedule activities according to established and specific operational priorities.

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

Knowledge of:

Principles, practices of regional, urban and/or transportation planning and policy development; principles of effective project management; local state and federal transportation funding mechanisms; 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; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted during performance of work duties and responsibilities; effectively organize, prioritize and coordinate multiple projects and tasks with successful completion under critical timelines; analyze and compile technical, financial and statistical information and prepare reports; communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; analyze complex problems and identify logical solutions.  The Senior Planner assigns, directs and evaluates the work of professional and technical planning staff.

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 transportation planning experience with expertise in the federal and state programming process at a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) level.  Additionally, the candidate will have demonstrated experience in the development and management of the Federal Transportation Improvement Program, State Transportation Improvement Program, Regional
Transportation Program, as well as, federal and state funding programs.




Special Instructions

A resume and cover letter is 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 this position or the hiring process should be directed to


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