Seattle, Washington

SALARY: $‎75k - $‎115k


Under general direction, the Senior Transportation Planner performs a full range of senior technical and/or team leader duties in planning, strategic thinking, and project management in support of the Office of Planning & Integration for assigned geographic area/function to ensure the Agency is positioned to accomplish its mission.

The following duties are a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.

• Gathers, analyzes, and disseminates information to facilitate decision-making.
• Reviews, develops, and revises policies, programs, and projects, as directed by the ST Board, to provide regional transit facilities and services.
• Performs policy analysis, data collection and analysis, and conducts historical research.
• Prepares budget and cost analysis.
• Participates in and manages the development and implementation of strategies and coordinates with other agencies to advance the Agency’s long term opportunities to expand, enhance, and integrate the regional light rail, commuter rail, bus rapid transit (BRT), and express bus systems with local services and each other.
• Reviews, analyzes, and recommends changes in Sound Transit rail and bus services to improve productivity and performance.
• Performs and manages service integration planning, service change public processes, and operational implementation of light rail, BRT, commuter rail, and express bus service.
• Performs, provides, and leads technical analysis and support for many other Agency applications in other departments, such as environmental documents and grant applications.
• Manages communication and coordination of activities among Agency staff/consultants, other governmental agencies, and the public during the various phases of assigned projects.
• Demonstrates ingenuity to develop agreements with other agencies.
• Serves as team leader and manages development of project plans in area of assignment; coordinates internal staff support, prepares transit operational plans, financing/cost strategies, service cost estimates, environmental documentation, and policy analysis; negotiates term sheets and partnership agreements with other transit agencies; briefs superiors and elected officials as needed; meets with Agency planning and policy team to discuss work underway, upcoming assignments and issues, and to strategize about next actions/steps.
• Supports and manages the development and implementation of regional transit system plans by preparing project scopes, work plans, and Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for consultant services for assigned Agency projects; serves as technical resource on assigned plan projects; develops and coordinates planning and implementation activities with affected local jurisdictions and other agencies; identifies and implements appropriate tools to assist in tracking project scope, schedule, and budget.
• Negotiates agreements with other jurisdictions regarding assigned Agency projects; leads team of internal staff from other departments to draft, review, and negotiate with other jurisdictions in order to prepare term sheets and subsequent agreement for signature by the CEO.
• Represents the Agency at regular meetings of elected officials and local jurisdictions; provides presentations on Agency policies, projects, and planning activities in area of assignment, as necessary and when requested; addresses questions and concerns about Agency through direct responses or arranging venues with other staff and parties as necessary; and represents ST at public forums.
• Communicates and coordinates with the public, community groups, elected officials, other jurisdictions and their staff, the Sound Transit plan including the finance plan, schedule, scope, and budget for projects and services.
• Manages scheduling and planning portions of Sound Transit’s services and prepares service change packages describing all Sound Transit service and facility changes.
• Monitors ridership, service performance, service quality, and customer experience following Sound Transit’s adopted Performance Measures and Service Standards; reviews and analyzes data and integrates in planning activities.
• Manages and completes various policy, capital, and service studies and plans to support agency decision-making.
• Participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, priorities, and budgets for assigned projects, services, and functional areas within the Division; and provides input into forecasts for future funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies.
• Maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the fields related to area of assignment; incorporates new developments as appropriate; ensures processes, policies, and practices are interpreted and applied consistently and effectively; ensures accountability and compliance with all current and applicable state and federal laws, Agency policies and procedures, rules and regulations.
• Provides support to the division/department on matters as directed; serves as staff on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; prepares and presents staff reports and other necessary correspondence; attends and participates in professional group meetings; maintains awareness of new trends and developments in the fields related to area of assignment; incorporates new developments as appropriate; ensures processes, policies, and practices are interpreted and applied consistently and effectively; ensures accountability and compliance with all current and applicable state and federal laws, Agency policies and procedures, rules and regulations.
• Demonstrates Sound Transit’s Values in every interaction.
• It is the responsibility of all employees to follow the Agency safety rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to their assigned duties and responsibilities, which could include systems, operations, and/or other employees.
• It is the responsibility of all employees to integrate equity and sustainability into everyday business practices.
• Other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:
Bachelors Degree in planning, civil engineering, urban planning, transportation planning, public administration, or closely related field and six years of experience and increasing responsibility in transportation planning that includes urban or regional planning, project management, policy analysis, preferably in a transit/transportation environment; OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Licenses or Certifications:
Valid state driver’s license.

Required Knowledge of:
• The organization and operation of Sound Transit and of local jurisdictions, King County Metro, and other transit agencies and the state department of transportation.
• Operational characteristics, services, and activities of the Planning & Integration Division as it relates to system integration, project planning & development, and service planning.
• Transportation history, technology, infrastructure, systems, performance; as well as planning concepts, practices, procedures, and policy issues.
• Transit operations and capital and service planning, including scheduling.
• Urban transportation systems analysis and management.
• Transit operations and infrastructure development.
• Analytical, strategic, and critical-thinking skills.
• Basic economic, budget, accounting, and public finance theory and applications.
• Laws and legal concepts related to transportation; land-use, environmental, urban, and regional planning principals and applications.
• Research methodologies and statistical/financial analysis.
• Negotiation principles and practices.
• Project planning and development, including long-range and strategic planning, and research methodologies.
• Transportation policy development and analysis.
• Project and contract management skills including preparation of scopes of work, schedules, budgets, public outreach plans, and other technical and informational documents.
• Pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
• Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.
• English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
• Modern office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and statistical databases.

Required Skill in:
• Utilizing personal computer software programs affecting assigned work and in compiling and preparing spreadsheets and reports.
• Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other department staff, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups, and the general public.
• Interpreting and administering policies and procedures sufficient to administer, discuss, resolve, and explain them to staff and other constituencies.
• Effectively representing the Agency to outside individuals and agencies to accomplish the goals and objectives of the project and preparing and presenting project and/or plan briefings and reports.
• Managing complex projects and making decisions in fast-paced, difficult environments.
• Technical writing.
• Translating technical information for lay audiences.
• Conducting research and analysis and providing appropriate recommendations based on findings.
• Responding tactfully, clearly, concisely, and appropriately to inquiries from the public, Agency staff, or other agencies on sensitive issues in development of plans, policies, or issues.
• Communicating with news media and other public-information members.
• Preparing and analyzing complex data and comprehensive reports.
• Public speaking, including preparing and delivering presentations that include graphical information (map, graph, flowchart, timeline, etc.), preparation, and interpretation.
• Responding to inquiries and in effective oral and written communication.
• Applying advanced project management techniques and principles.
• Working cooperatively with other departments, Agency officials, and outside agencies.
• Developing and monitoring departmental and program/project operating budgets, costs, and schedules.

Physical Demands / Work Environment:
• Work is performed in a standard office environment.
• Subject to standing, walking, bending, reaching, stooping, and lifting of objects up to 25 pounds.
• The Agency promotes a safe and healthy work environment and provides appropriate safety and equipment training for all personnel as required.

Sound Transit is an equal employment opportunity employer. No person is unlawfully excluded from employment action based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status or other protected class.

Seattle, Washington

Sound Transit is transforming how the Central Puget Sound region moves by planning, building and operating regional transit systems that give millions of riders an alternative to sitting in traffic. As the agency prepares for nearly a million new Central Puget Sound residents by 2040, transit services are expanding to meet today’s growing needs. Thanks to voter approval of the largest mass transit expansion in the region’s history, Sound Transit’s light rail system will grow to four times the size it is today. When complete, the 116-mile light rail system will stretch from Everett to Tacoma and connect major job and population centers in Seattle including South Lake Union, Seattle Center, Ballard and West Seattle. It will also extend east to Bellevue, Redmond, Issaquah and Mercer Island. As Sound Transit grows, we seek innovative, technical and creative professionals who are ready to come on board and make a difference. Career opportunities include Information Technology, finance, construction management and engineering positions. Apply today at

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