Washington State Senior Transportation Planner - Transportation Planning Specialist 4 in Olympia, Washington


The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the third largest agency in Washington state government and manages over 7,000 miles of state highways, the largest ferry system in the United States, the Pacific Northwest Rail Corridor and 16 managed airports statewide. The Multimodal Planning Division (MPD) develops and maintains plans involving all the transportation modes managed by WSDOT. MPD also plays a very important role in Practical Solutions and Least Cost Planning.

The Multimodal Planning Division's Systems Analysis & Planning Branch is currently seeking a skilled, collaborative transportation planning professional to develop and coordinate the review process for corridor planning studies statewide. This process includes shepherding corridor sketches, studies, and plans through the development and approval processes within tight deadlines. Corridor planning studies are the foundation of Practical Solutions leading to future transportation investment decisions in Washington State. The selected incumbent will work with WSDOT Regions and others to: develop guidance to implement and integrate Practical Solutions Planning into WSDOT planning studies; prepare and conduct training related to practical solutions planning; and establish an effective process for review and endorsement of planning studies.

An experienced transportation planner with exemplary communication skills and strong leadership skills is required for this senior planner role. This is a unique opportunity for a seasoned professional to work with cutting edge, multimodal planning methods and technologies. A proven ability to lead, persuasiveness, and excellent facilitation and presentation abilities are necessary to be successful in this position. If you understand transportation planning studies; possess outstanding interpersonal and leadership skills; value working in an innovative, collaborative, and fast-paced team environment then you are strongly encouraged to apply for this unique opportunity.

This position will perform the following work:

  • Lead the coordination of the planning study review process.
  • Establish and improve the process for review and approval of statewide transportation plans.
  • Shepherd corridor sketches, studies, and plans through the development, review, and approval process.
  • Evaluate complex transportation studies and programs to ensure alignment with policy goals, coordination, and consistency.
  • Participate in developing and monitoring transportation planning research proposals.
  • Provide constructive feedback to region planning staff and communicate with stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with staff from multiple regions and disciplines and lead teams in a data and performance driven environment.
  • Lead the development of guidance for WSDOT corridor planning study authors related to content and compliance with all applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies and executive orders. Provide professional support and assistance to planning study authors.
  • Conduct training related to integration of practical solutions in planning studies.

An ideal candidate for this position will have:

  • Knowledge and understanding of methods used to conduct and document transportation planning studies.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated experience in project management and project scheduling.
  • Proven success as a leader in the field of planning.
  • Experience in interpreting data output from traffic analysis tools and travel demand forecasting models.
  • Strong technical skills using traffic analysis tools, GIS, travel demand forecasting, and other analysis tools.
  • Experience working for a local, state, or federal government transportation agency or department.
  • A Bachelor's degree involving major study in transportation planning, engineering, landscape architecture, environmental, urban, regional or land use planning, public or business administration, economics, or natural or physical sciences AND four years of transportation planning experience involving analysis and evaluation of transportation issues and problems. Analysis of environmental issues and problems that pertain to transportation planning will also be considered qualifying experience. A Master's degree in one of the above fields will substitute for one year of the required experience.

How to Apply:Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Please select the large* "*apply" button at the top of this announcement. You may need to set up an account profile. To be considered for this position you will need to answer the supplemental questions, as part of the supplemental questions you will need to provide a letter of interest. Your letter of interest should describe how your experience, training and education make you a viable and competitive candidate for this position.

Contact us:For inquiries about this position, please contact Chuck Johnson at (360) 705-6846 or email to JohnCha@wsdot.wa.gov. Please reference recruitment number 2016-HQ-143.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is an equal opportunity employer. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, and disabled and Vietnam era veterans are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may call the Office of Human Resources, at 360.705.7042 or email atjobinfo@wsdot.wa.gov.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-HQ-143

Department: Dept. of Transportation

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $61,512.00 - $80,724.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA