Associate Transportation Planner | Vancouver, WA

Employer: City of Vancouver
Job Type: Transportation Planning
Job Number: 21-0049
Division: Community and Economic Development
Salary: $5,676 - $7,379 Monthly
Location: Vancouver, WA
Opening Date: March 9, 2021
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Job Description:

Support and manage transportation planning projects, programs and initiatives that advance the safety and equity of the City’s transportation system. Develop grant applications, manage project and program budgets, and develop and manage consultant contracts. Organize and participate in public engagement processes and respond to public inquiries. Conduct research and analyze data. Coordinate with internal staff and external partners, develop staff reports and give presentations. This is a full-time, limited-term, exempt position ending December 2024.

Job Duties:

Support transportation policy, program, plan, and project development and implementation with internal staff and planning partners. Lead development and implementation of smaller-scale transportation planning policies and projects; for example, represent transportation planning in current planning and long-range land use planning efforts; coordinate with internal staff and planning partners to manage development and implementation of capital projects; and support senior staff in developing and implementing larger-scale transportation policies, programs, plans, and projects.

Policies, programs, plans, and projects may include but are not limited to initiatives such as micromobility policies; travel demand management programs; the Transportation System Plan and transportation elements of subarea/district plans; and multimodal safety, accessibility, and mobility projects to serve people walking, biking, taking transit and using mobility devices such as wheelchairs.

Prepare transportation grant applications, including coordinating with other technical staff to draft project narratives; developing exhibits such as graphs/charts, tables, GIS maps, and photo galleries; soliciting letters of support from planning partners; and coordinating with engineering staff to develop project plans and cost estimates. Support implementation of successful grant projects and initiatives.

Coordinate with other City departments and public agencies on specific projects; schedule meetings, prepare agendas, and facilitate and summarize discussions. Respond to inquiries in order to effectively support relevant projects, programs, and initiatives. Support senior staff in facilitating and/or presenting at meetings and events for community groups, advisory committees, boards and commissions, City Council, and other partners and stakeholders.

Coordinate with internal communications and planning staff as well as community partners and hired consultants to plan and implement community engagement activities. Activities may include but are not limited to: online and in person open house events, focus groups, stakeholder interviews, surveys, presentations to neighborhoods and community-based organizations, social media campaigns, informational materials, and other communications. Assist senior staff in preparing for and responding to City Council communications and inquiries from the media and community members. Communicate strategically in both writing and speaking to multiple, often overlapping audiences, including internal staff, planning partners, community members, and community-based organizations. Utilize an equity lens in developing materials and engagement activities, including culturally responsive outreach to BIPOC, low-income and refugee communities and people with disabilities.


  • Three (3) years of related experience in urban planning, urban design, economic development, or other related field.
  • Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree urban planning, architecture, engineering, or related field.
  • Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered.
  • Computer SkillsIntermediate skills in geographic information systems mapping softwareIntermediate skills graphic design and illustration software, preferably Adobe Creative SuiteIntermediate skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint.

Required Licenses and/or CertificationsPossession of:

  • Appropriate, valid Driver’s License preferred
  • AICP Certification is preferredKnowledge
  • Principles and practices of transportation planning, including transportation demand management, bicycle and pedestrian planning, and complete streets
  • Principles of growth management, specifically as implemented in Washington statePrinciples and practices of development review procedures
  • Principles and practices of effective and equitable public outreach and engagement
  • Knowledge of principles, methodology, and practices of research and data collection
  • Pertinent federal, state and local transportation grant opportunities
  • Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations
  • Personal computers, data analysis/spreadsheet software, GIS, and typical transportation modeling software (EMME2, Visum, Synchro)
  • Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment
  • Use of personal computers and basic software
  • AbilitiesLead and facilitate public involvement and engagement efforts related to land use, transportation, economic and environmental planning projects
  • Present data and technical information clearly and concisely, and in multiple formats
  • Apply creative problem-solving skills to gather information and solve less well-defined problems
  • Research, prepare and write technical documents
  • Read and interpret plans and policy documents
  • Produce maps and graphics that communicate complex, technical information
  • Prepare and analyze technical and administrative reports, statements, and correspondence
  • Attend evening and weekend meetings as needed
  • Gather relevant information to solve less well defined planning problems
  • Work on several projects or issues simultaneously
  • Manage projects effectively and meet firm deadlines
  • Track grant opportunities, write planning and capital grant applications and manage awarded grants
  • Support public involvement and public information efforts related to transportation projects
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Demonstrate respect and cooperation in all interactions; support and reinforce decisions
  • Explain technical information in a manner easily understood by lay stakeholders both in writing and verbally
  • Facilitate and mediate groups and individuals
  • Present data, information and recommendations to a wide variety of audiences
  • Operate a personal computer and appropriate software
  • Work in a manner consistent with the City of Vancouver’s Operating Principles
  • Work and act as a team player in all interactions with other City employees
  • Provide a high level of customer service at all times
  • Project and maintain a positive image with those contacted in the course of work
  • Develop and maintain collaborative and respectful working relationships with team members and others
  • Consistently provide quality service
  • Maintain regular and dependable attendance

How to Apply:

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Supplemental Information:

This position is subject to successful completion of a pre-employment reference check, and a basic criminal background check.