Sr. Transportation Planner

Job Locations US-WA-Everett
Opening Date 2 weeks ago(1/6/2022 10:59 AM)
Job ID
Planning and Development
Bargaining Unit
Min (Annual)
USD $87,873.00/Yr.
Max (Annual)
USD $123,020.00/Yr.
Min Hiring Range
USD $87,873.00/Yr.
Max Hiring Range
USD $96,660.00/Yr.


This position is being sourced by ARCH Staffing.  Please apply through


Opportunity for a motivated transit expert to guide transformative change in a rapidly growing transit system!  This senior level position, supports planning transit services around growing regional rail and bus rapid transit systems.


The Senior Transportation Planner will serve as project manager in the development of complex, multifaceted short- and long-range public transportation plans within budget constraints, including oversight of program scope, strategies, studies, fare policy, cost modeling and technical evaluation as well as administration of program budget, inter-jurisdictional agreements and consultant contracts.  

Essential Duties

  1. Data gathering and analysis for complex, multifaceted assignments - Investigates, data mines for information, compiles and prepares technical analyses of a wide variety of demographic, economic, social and physical data relating to directly operated and contracted transit service.   Formulates new policy recommendations as needed and works with management to confirm direction.   Proactive project manager including product evaluation, standardization of agency data, staff and vendor negotiations and management
  2. Lead planner for financial analysis and fare policy.  Coordinates with interdepartmental staff, external agencies and jurisdictions, public officials, local citizen groups, and general public. Participates and serves as subject matter expert with fare, cost and other financial models. Determines formulation of instructional information, procedures for conducting study and programs, deadlines and time-lines, resources, integration with system, etc. 
  3. Researches, analyzes and summarizes data, tracks and evaluates the efficiency and effectiveness of transit services. Analyzes revenues and expenses related to fixed route bus, DART (para-transit), van-pool and micro-transit services.
  4. Under supervision, designs, organizes and actively supports and leads planning studies and programs focusing on complex, multifaceted long-term public transportation service requirements.  Examples include the Transit Development Plan (TDP), Transit Asset Management (TAM) Plan and Long-Range Plan (LRP).  Develops and recommends new policies and alternatives.
  5. Lead and represent agency on intra-and inter-agency teams, and support and lead stakeholder engagement and outreach on fare policy.  Represents and supports the agency at meetings, public forums and other inter-jurisdictional groups and committees.
  6. Assists in multi-jurisdictional planning and promotes agency objectives. Determines proper position and responses for development or environmental review, presentation format and negotiating style.  This includes presentation to Board of Directors, Board Committees, executive staff and stakeholders; as needed, acts as chair or in a leadership role for regional inter-agency committees; coordinates infrastructure projects with cities and transit partners, including advising on access, operational considerations, safety and funding.
  7. Responds in person, by telephone and in writing to customer and community complaints and requests concerning fare policy. Performs research and decides what action, if any, should be taken.  Responds to requests from partner agencies and coordinates directly with internal and external staff with fare policy issues related to ORCA and Business Accounts.
  8. Through data base search programs such as SQL, Excel, GIS, HASTUS and Remix, generates and creates maps, charts, illustrations, graphics and reports summarizing complex transportation analysis for presentation to staff, management, board of directors and the general public.


This position requires strong execution and analytical abilities, including:

  • Proficiency and high competency with Excel and ability to develop expertise in other data tools;
  • Ability to build and audit complex transportation and financial analyses;
  • Ability to work independently and manage workload;
  • Ability to communicate financial ideas clearly in oral presentations and in writing;
  • Initiative and a track record of driving process improvement;
  • Ability to build and maintain strong relationships;


Successful candidates will demonstrate one or more of the following skills/experience beyond the minimum qualifications:

  • Understanding of the complex issues facing Community Transit and Puget Sound Region
  • Knowledge of transportation forecasting, financial planning and budget processes;
  • Experience in fare policy and strategy development;
  • Ability to monitor performance and make recommendations for process improvements;
  • Ability to analyze, interpret, negotiate, and implement agreements with transit operators and other agencies
  • Ability to analyze policies and programs to identify and recommend steps for eliminating barriers to transportation equity.


Minimum Qualifications

  1. Bachelor's degree in planning, architecture, public administration, geography, economics, engineering or other closely related field.
  2. Five years’ experience in an applicable field.
  3. Must possess a valid Washington state driver’s license by the time of hire.

 A combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job may be considered.



  1. Master’s degree in Planning, Transportation or Land Use.
  2. American Institute of Certified Planner (AICP) designation.
  3. Three years’ experience working with interagency committees and in project management is preferred.


Entry Requirements for: Knowledge and Skills


Qualification to enter this position requires knowledge of the following:

  1. Principles and practices of transportation and land use planning.
  2. Principles and methods for analysis, research and evaluation; including statistical analysis techniques.
  3. Economic principles, cost/benefits analysis, survey methods, and data processing systems in support of planning programs and projects.
  4. Software applications in support of planning programs and projects.
  5. Survey techniques.
  6. Washington State Growth Management Act and transportation related RCW, federal planning requirements and ADA non-discrimination policies and procedures.


Qualification to enter this position requires skill in:

  1. Data Analysis – Developing, managing and using data and data systems; conducting studies by applying principles and methods of data analysis, research and evaluation.
  2. Organizational influence and leadership. Gaining support of others through persuasiveness, credibility an expertise.  Inspiring others to collaborate voluntarily.
  3. Building and maintaining positive working relationships internally and externally, even in times of stress and conflict. Participating in, facilitating and supporting conflict resolution; exchanging feedback in an open, constructive and professional manner; improving work processes and efficiency.
  4. Problem-solving and strategic judgment – organizing and prioritizing work, collaborating with others to generate and implement workable and useful solutions; exhibiting situational awareness and strategic judgment; recognizing when sources of information and/or partners should be consulted and when to escalate information.
  5. Identifying opportunities for creative problem solving while staying within the parameters of good practice.
  6. Designing, organizing and conducting complex short-and-mid-range, long-range planning projects
  7. Effective oral, written and presentation communication.
  8. Operation of PC equipment and related software.


Proficient Performance Requirements for Knowledge and Skills


Qualification to fulfill the full range of this position’s duties requires the following knowledge, which may be gained or further developed after entering the job:

  1. Demonstrated proficiency in Planning Software programs used in fulfilment of role duties.

 Physical Requirements

Climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing/listening, seeing/observing, repetitive motions, carrying.


Application Process

All new Community Transit employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or be granted an accommodation as outlined in our policy on or before their first workday. 

Employees or applicants may make accommodation requests based on a medical disability or for sincerely held religious beliefs. Provided the accommodation is reasonable and does not create an undue hardship for Community Transit and/or pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others in the workplace and/or to the requesting employee. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for accommodation. This directive applies to all employees of Community Transit. If you want more information regarding our Vaccine Policy, please contact Employee Engagement at 425-348-2315 to speak with a representative.


Apply on-line at ARCH Staffing  Please attach a resume and cover letter.  Applicants who meet the minimum requirements may be scheduled for an interview as well as a variety of tests to demonstrate knowledge and skills for the position.  The evaluation process may include interviews, background checks, reference checks and various performance tests. 

Applicants for this job may be considered for other openings up to six months after the date this position is filled.  If you have a family member, or share the same living quarters of a current Community Transit employee, please let your Human Resources Recruiter know as your eligibility for this position may be affected.


Community Transit provides a tobacco-free and drug-free work environment.  As a recipient of federal funds, Community Transit is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on any basis prohibited by Federal, State or Local law.  We value and encourage diversity in our workforce.   EOE AA M/F/ Vet/ Disability.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, protected veteran status or disability.


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