Goverment Jobs
February 26, 2020
Seattle, Washington
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Position Description

Vision: Seattle is a thriving and equitable community powered by dependable transportation.

Mission: To deliver a transportation system that provides safe and affordable access to places and opportunities.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is a nationally recognized municipal transportation agency at the leading edge of multimodal transportation. In our quickly growing city, accessibility, safety, affordability, and reliability ? are top of mind for us every day! Our core values drive our work toward creating an equitable, sustainable, and vibrant city for all. With approximately 950 dedicated staff, SDOT maintains an operational presence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in all weather conditions to serve and ensure Seattle's public mobility.

Position Overview:
The Street Use division within SDOTdeveloped a development review program in 2016 that focuses on providing transportation and urban design direction to the largest of private development projects early in the development process. The Senior Transportation Plannerwill provide support to this program. This position will be a single point of contact for the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI), the private developer, and the community. If the private development projects are required, by land use code, to improve the streetscape, the position will act as the project management of the design process through the early design stages.

Job Responsibilities

  • Act as the single point of contact for the department for the early phases of private development projects.
  • Review SDCI-led private development projects from the pre-submittal phase to the Master Use Permit (MUP) decision.
  • Serves as the technical expert to perform complex code interpretation and land use analysis; and serves as an expert resource on design, land use and environmental matters with respect to departmental or City programs, to other City departments, governmental agencies, elected officials and the general public.
  • Complete a preliminary assessment report for projects, attend pre-submittal conferences with SDCI and the development team, review and comment on the design review package, meet with development teams to resolve issues, and review the transportation analysis for projects that are large enough to require a SEPA review.
  • Provide and explain SDOT Streets Illustrated standards and Seattle Municipal Code street improvements requirements to developers for compliance and coordination of design.
  • Provide 30% conceptual approval of project designs and provide seamless transfer of projects to move to the 60% SDOT Street Improvement Permit (SIP) review.
  • Work with numerous SDOT divisions and subject matter experts from various agencies (King County Metro, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Seattle Public Utilities, Seattle City Light, etc.) and within various facets of the development team to ensure concurrence of street design, mediate conflicts, or provide opportunities to leverage private and public projects.
  • Lead Major Institution Master Plan (MIMP) projects and processes and other large projects as needed.
  • Work under tight timelines, lead with poise and confidence, and communicate appropriately to staff at all levels of the organization as well as the public.
  • Responds to community/public inquires by explaining policies or projects and/or investigating issues.
  • Support department goals in promoting diversity and social justice.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Requires a minimum of three (3) years transportation planning or development experience and a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Transportation Planning, Urban Planning or related field (or a combination of education and/or training and/or experience which provides an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class).
  • Current Washington State driver's license or evidence of equivalent mobility.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • Experienced in transportation/urban planning, traffic engineering, project management and planning, and research methodology/analysis.
  • Able to read and interpret preliminary designs. This is done through Bluebeam.
  • Lead decision making processes, teams, prepare technical reports, and give presentations.
  • Establish work priorities and analyze/resolve unique and technical transportation planning issues that arise.
  • Collaboration, relationship building, mediation, and negotiation are important skills to be successful in this role.
  • Effectively work in a multi-cultural workplace with a diverse customer base.
Additional Information

Please attach a cover letter when applying.
Failure to do so will result in your application not being considered.

Offers of employment are contingent on verification of information provided by the applicant as part of the application process, including potential background check.

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:

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