Goverment Jobs
Published
October 16, 2019
Location
Seattle, Washington
Job Type

Description

Summary

The Speed and Reliability Capital Planning unit is a fast-paced team and is involved in small to medium size transit capital and operational projects to improve bus service performance and reliability. The unit performs a wide range of functions and responsibilities to initiate/develop corridor projects scope of work, manage transit/traffic studies and analysis, lead in multi-disciplinary team and stakeholders for Metro projects or participate in projects led by other jurisdictions. Current team members consist of transportation engineers, planners, and program managers with individual expertise in project management, traffic operation, transportation engineering, and transportation planning.

Each team member is usually involved in multiple projects and moves quickly between complex detailed technical issues and broad picture perspectives or policy issues. Additionally, one will collaborate with multi-discipline team to determine the most effective approach to implement each project, then transfer the project to Capital Project Delivery team or continue to work with local jurisdiction for implementation.

Our ideal candidate will demonstrate interest in transit, is comfortable working in a team environment, is action oriented, an effective communicator, has good interpersonal and critical thinking skills, is able to focus on what is important and sets deadlines to drive results as well as managing multiple priorities.

Position Information
This recruitment will be used to fill one career service position as a Transportation Planner III or II. It is open to the public and all King County employees. Depending on the candidate pool, the agency may choose to hire in the classification that meets the needs of the department. This recruitment will create an eligibility list for future TP III or TP II career service, TLT/SDA vacancies in the Speed and Reliability unit that occur in the next 6 months. The eligibility list is valid for up to 6 months upon creation, at the discretion of the hiring authority.

Please Note Specific Salary Ranges Below:
Transportation Planner III (Exempt) - $43.5251 - $52.6185
Transportation Planner II (Non-exempt) - $38.6581 - $46.7348

Job Duties

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees.In this role you will apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work.

Transportation Planner III Job Duties:

  • Initiate corridor-planning study with local jurisdictions to identify needs for corridor improvements (including trolley) to improve customer experiences and bus operations.
  • Lead Metro project team to refine project scope of work for implementation, develop schedules, and cost estimates
  • Lead internal team to address transit operational issues and/or develop routing schemes due to major construction of capital projects designed/constructed by other public agencies
  • Ability to resolve issues with internal and external stakeholders and continue maintain excellent working relationship
  • Able to shift priorities and move quickly between detailed technical issues and big picture perspective with innovation and efficiencies to keeping pace with rapid change within a complex environment.
  • Manage consultant teams and review deliverables.
  • Prepare and present information to a variety of internal and external work groups, project teams, committees, task forces, and stakeholders including local jurisdictions, various agencies, and the general public.
  • Develop presentation and other communications materials to explain transit concepts and plans to a variety of audiences.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Transportation Planner II Job Duties:

  • Manage tasks or smaller projects and support other team members as assigned
  • Facilitate project team meetings and assist in the management of cross-function work teams
  • Coordinate project meetings with interagency teams, local jurisdiction and other agency partners, and community stakeholders.
  • Evaluate consultant work deliverables. Coordinate with consultant teams and external partners during project design and implementation.
  • Conduct data analysis and compile results in readable format.
  • Provide project support including preparation of project grant reports, maintaining project files, monitoring budget expenditures and processing invoices.
  • Prepare presentations and project status updates and reports as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

Transportation Planner III

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, public administration, transportation planning, urban planning, or related field.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of professional experience working in transportation engineering or transportation planning fields in private or public sectors.
  • Demonstrated understanding of transportation planning and engineering principles and analytical methods.
  • Proven track record of project management skills.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal, written, interpersonal skills.
  • Commitment to equity, inclusion, and race and social justice.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to handle sensitive issues with diplomacy and poise.
  • Ability to effectively adapt to changing conditions as they arise.

OR:An equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the position duties.

Desired Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in engineering, public administration, transportation planning, urban planning, or related field.
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer (PE), preferably in the state of Washington or Project Management Certification.
  • One year experience in design and/or construction for transportation related projects.
  • Experience negotiating and administering significant interagency agreements, including reimbursement.
  • Knowledge of public sector organizational practices.

Transportation Planner II

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, public administration, transportation planning, urban planning, or related field.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of professional experience working in transportation engineering or transportation planning fields in private or public sectors.
  • Demonstrated understanding of transportation planning and engineering principles and analytical methods.
  • Demonstrated analytical and good organization skills.
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal, written, interpersonal skills.
  • Commitment to equity, inclusion, and race and social justice.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to handle sensitive issues with diplomacy and poise.
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable with changing priorities.

OR:An equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the position duties.

Desired Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree in engineering, public administration, transportation planning, urban planning, or related field.
  • Knowledge of public sector organizational practices.
  • Ability to effectively adapt to changing conditions as they arise.
  • Experience in GIS, Adobe Illustrator.
  • Demonstrated project management skills.
Supplemental Information

Who may apply
This exciting opportunity is open to the public and all King County employees.

Forms and materials required
Applicants are required to submit the completed online application at www.kingcounty.gov and answer the supplemental questionnaire. A resume and cover letter are required. Please describe in your cover letter what interests you in this position and summarize in 2-3 paragraphs your work experience in transportation and how your skillsets have prepared you for this role.

Selection Process
Applicants will be screened for competitiveness, completeness, and written communication skills. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate a written exercise and/or other testing and one or more interviews. Final offers are contingent on successful completion of reference checks.

An Employer to be Proud of
King County Metro Transit is the winner of the 2018 award for best large transit system in North America. We are a national leader in getting people to work quickly, reducing commuter stress, greening the environment and improving urban air quality, providing comfortable, effective transit services for the thousands of commuters and other residents of King County, Washington. Metro has pioneered or refined dozens of innovations which have made us a leader in the nation's public transportation industry.

Competitive Benefits
King County provides our employees with a free transportation pass (good on most transit systems throughout the Puget Sound region) and access to the building gym, with lockers, showers and bike room. We offer a benefits package that includes a medical, dental and vision benefits plan with employer-paid premiums for the whole family and domestic partner, generous vacation, sick holiday and executive leave plans, and participation in the State's Public Employees Retirement Plan (PERS) are provided, as well as the option of participating in the County's deferred compensation plan (a 457 plan).

Work Schedule
The Transportation Planner III classification is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is not eligible for overtime pay. The Transportation Planner II classification is non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is eligible for overtime pay. Work schedule is normally Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. ? 5:00 p.m. Alternative work schedules may be considered.

Union Membership
This position is represented by PROTEC 17 bargaining unit.

Class Code: 2421300 Transportation Planner III, 2421200 Transportation Planner II

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Angela Alcaraz, HR Analyst, 206-263-2466 or [email protected]

King County is an equal employment opportunity employer. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workplace and workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding values--we are one team, we solve problems, we focus on the customer, we drive for results, we are racially just, we respect all people, we lead the way, we are responsible stewards. We welcome and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being. Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs

For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails. Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.

NOTE: Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position.Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.

For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

01
Completing the application and attaching a cover letter and resume are required. Have you attached the required Resume and Cover Letter? If not, you may still go back to that section of the application and do so.

  • Yes
  • No
02
Based on your careful review of the Minimum Qualifications in the posting, which of the two levels do you believe you are qualified and would like to be considered for?

  • Transportation Planner II
  • Transportation Planner III
  • Both
03
If you are applying to the Transportation Planner III classification, please check all of the minimum qualifications that you meet. If you are not applying for this classification, please check N/A.

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, public administration, transportation planning, urban planning, or related field.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of professional experience working in transportation engineering or transportation planning fields in private or public sectors.
  • Demonstrated understanding of transportation planning and engineering principles and analytical methods.
  • Proven track record of project management skills.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal, written, interpersonal skills.
  • Commitment to equity, inclusion, and race and social justice.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to handle sensitive issues with diplomacy and poise.
  • Ability to effectively adapt to changing conditions as they arise.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the position duties.
  • N/A
04
If you are applying for the Transportation Planner III classification, please check all of the desired qualifications that you meet. If you are not applying for this classification, please check N/A.

  • An advanced degree in engineering, public administration, transportation planning, urban planning, or related field.
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer (PE), preferably in the state of Washington or Project Management Certification.
  • One year experience in design and/or construction for transportation related projects.
  • Experience negotiating and administering significant inter-agency agreements, including reimbursement.
  • Knowledge of public sector organizational practices.
  • N/A
05
If you are applying for the Transportation Planner II classification, please check all of the minimum qualifications that you meet. If you are not applying for this classification, please check N/A.

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, public administration, transportation planning, urban planning, or related field.
  • Minimum of two (2) years of professional experience working in transportation engineering or transportation planning fields in private or public sectors.
  • Demonstrated understanding of transportation planning and engineering principles and analytical methods.
  • Demonstrated analytical and good organization skills.
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal, written, interpersonal skills.
  • Commitment to equity, inclusion, and race and social justice.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to handle sensitive issues with diplomacy and poise.
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable with changing priorities.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the position duties.
  • N/A
06
If you are applying for the Transportation Planner II classification, please check all of the desired qualifications that you meet. If you are not applying for this classification, please check N/A.

  • An advanced degree in engineering, public administration, transportation planning, urban planning, or related field.
  • Knowledge of public sector organizational practices.
  • Ability to effectively adapt to changing conditions as they arise.
  • Experience in GIS, Adobe Illustrator.
  • Demonstrated project management skills.
  • N/A
07
Have you been terminated, or have you resigned in lieu of termination, from any position in the last ten years? (This does not include layoff/Reduction in Force.)

  • Yes
  • No
08
If you answered yes to the previous question, please provide the name of the employer(s) and the reason for termination(s). Please understand that "Will explain in interview" is not a valid response and will result in your application not being considered further. (If not, please answer "N/A")

    09
    If you have a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, will you need accommodation in the testing process? This confidential information is solicited for the purposes of providing reasonable accommodation for the testing process only.

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    • No
    10
    I certify that the statements made by me on the application and supplemental questions are, to the best of my knowledge, true, complete and correct. I understand that any misrepresentation or material omission of fact on this or any other document required by King County may constitute grounds for rejection, or if employed by King County, for disciplinary measures, including dismissal.

    • Yes
    • No

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