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  • druss129
    Feb 11, 2014
      $49.04 - $62.59 Hourly    $3,923.14 - $5,007.02 Biweekly    $8,500.13 - $10,848.55 Monthly    $102,001.54 - $130,182.62 Annually

      OPEN DATE: 02/11/14

      CLOSE DATE: 03/07/14



      Please note: Typical placement is made at the first step of the salary range.

      Regular Full-Time Employment Opportunity

      Under administrative direction of the Transportation and Traffic Manager, assists with planning, organizing and coordinating the activities of the Division of Transportation and Traffic within the Public Works Department including traffic engineering and transportation planning; assists with the coordination of  Division of Transportation and Traffic activities with other divisions and departments; provides highly complex staff assistance to the Director of Public Works and the Transportation and Traffic Manager; and performs related work as required.


      The position of Principal Transportation Engineer/Planner is an advanced journey level classification in which the incumbent is responsible for performing a wide range of functions including supervising staff and performing considerably complex transportation engineering and/or transportation planning work in the division.  This position is distinguished from the higher–level classification of Transportation and Traffic Manager in that the Transportation and Traffic Manager is responsible for overall administration of the Division of Transportation and Traffic. This classification differs from the lower-level classifications of Senior Transportation Planner and Senior Traffic Engineer in that the latter do not have division wide responsibility. 


      (May include, but are not limited to, the following):

      • Develops, produces, and reviews complex traffic studies for a broad range of transportation policy, infrastructure, and operational issues and makes recommendations to executive management, the City Council, and various Commissions and committees.
      • Assists the Transportation and Traffic Manager in the development and implementation of divisional goals, objectives, policies and procedures.
      • Serves as advocate and contact for regional transportation coordination including transportation funding, congestion management, alternative modes, and interagency negotiation.
      • Works closely with the Division Manager to plan, organize and direct Division of Transportation and Traffic activities and projects related to traffic and transportation planning and projects.
      • Directs, oversees and participates in the development of the Division work plan; assigns work activities, projects and programs; monitors work flow; reviews and evaluates work products, methods and procedures.
      • Assists in the preparation the Division budget; assists in budget implementation; participates in the forecast of additional funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; administers approved budget; monitors and controls expenses.
      • Assists in the preparation of the Transportation and Traffic Capital budget; develops cost estimates, project implementation schedules, funding plans, project objectives, and analysis of project benefits.
      • Recommends the appointment of personnel; provides or coordinates staff training; assists with performance evaluations; implements discipline procedures as required; maintains discipline and high standards necessary for the efficient and professional operation of the department.
      • Works with the Division Manager on the planning and management of the City's traffic signal system.
      • Reviews development and redevelopment proposals and interfaces with Planning, Engineering, Building, and other City staff as well as applicants and consultants to assure that land development accounts for transportation plans and standards.
      • Develops and implements programs and projects which promote alternative modes of transportation.
      • Develops and helps implements plans for funding long-term transportation needs.
      • Educates City staff regarding the City's transportation policies and the implementation of alternative modes of transportation.
      • Applies for, advocates, and manages grants.
      • Administers the California Environmental Quality Act, reviews and comments on environmental documents.
      • May act for the Transportation and Traffic Manager in his/her absence, at his/her discretion.
      • May serve as staff liaison to Boards and Commissions.
      • Represents the division and department to outside agencies and organizations; participates in outside community and professional groups and committees; provides technical assistance as necessary.
      • Serves as a technical resource to field operations, other City departments, and the public in the interpretation of ordinances, policies, regulations and procedures as required; makes recommendations on the development and application of traffic and transportation standards and procedures.
      • Answers questions and provides information to the public; investigates complaints and recommends actions.
      • Researches and prepares technical and administrative reports; prepares written correspondence.

      Position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting and stooping in the performance of daily activities. The position also requires grasping, repetitive hand movement and fine coordination in using a computer keyboard. Additionally, the position requires near and far vision in reading reports and work related documents and using a computer. Acute hearing is required when providing phone and personal customer service. The need to lift, drag and push files, paper, books and documents weighing up to 10 pounds is also required. Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodation.  Requires active listening and communications skills.


      Education and Experience: 

      The minimum qualifications for education and experience can be met in the following way:

      A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in engineering, planning, public administration or a related field; AND

      Four years of responsible transportation planning, transportation engineering or planning management experience, including two years of supervisory experience.

      Knowledge of:

      • Principles and practices of traffic engineering and/or transportation planning as applied to a public agency.
      • Principles and practices of leadership, motivation, team building and conflict resolution.
      • Pertinent local, State and Federal rules, regulations and laws.
      • Principles and practices of organizational analysis and management.
      • Budgeting procedures and techniques.
      • Principles and practices of supervision, training and personnel management.
      • Alternative transportation modes and the interrelationships of land use and travel demand.
      • Computer applications in transportation planning, traffic engineering, civil design, traffic control and report preparation.
      • Transportation funding sources.
      • Office methods, procedures, software and equipment.
      Ability to:
      • Organize and direct Division of Transportation and Traffic operations.
      • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
      • Interpret and apply City and department policies, procedures, rules and regulations.
      • Prepare and present technical and administrative reports, correspondence and other documents.
      • Supervise, train and evaluate personnel.
      • Make sound traffic and transportation recommendations.
      • Review land development proposals and develop mitigation measures.
      • Generate and implement creative solutions to traffic and transportation issues.
      • Serve as an effective advocate and contact for regional transportation and transit programs and issues.
      • Formulate innovative long-term planning.
      • Develop programs and projects utilizing extensive community participation.
      • Operate a computer using word processing and business software and other office equipment.
      • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing and give effective oral and visual presentations to the public and elected officials
      • Exercise tact, diplomacy and political awareness
      • Establish and maintain and promote positive and effective working relationships with employees, other agencies, public officials and the public.
      • Observe safety principles and work in a safe manner.
      Willingness to: 

      Attend weekend and evening meetings.


      Possession and continued maintenance of a valid class C California driver’s license or the ability to provide alternative transportation as approved by the appointing authority and a safe driving record.

      Principal Transportation Engineer

      • Possession of registration as a professional traffic engineer issued by the State of California. 

      Principal Transportation Planner

      • AICP Certification issued by the American Planning Association OR
      • Professional Transportation Planner certification issued by the Institute of Transportation Engineers.



      If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit a City of Sunnyvale employment application and responses to the supplemental questions to the Department of Human Resources no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014 (postmarks or faxes are not accepted). Candidates are asked to fully describe any training, education, experience or skills relevant to this position. Electronic applications may be submitted on-line through the City's employment page at jobs.inSunnyvale.com or application materials may be submitted to: Department of Human Resources, 505 West Olive Avenue, Suite 200, Sunnyvale, CA 94086. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

      Applications will be competitively screened based on the minimum qualifications of this position. Based upon a review of the application materials, the most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the examination process, which may consist of an oral examination and a writing exercise scheduled for March 27, 2014. (Note: The examination process may be changed as deemed necessary by the Director of Human Resources).

      Those candidates that receive a passing score on the examination will be placed on an eligibility list for up to one year, in accordance with the City’s Civil Service Rules and Administrative Policies. Top candidates on the eligibility list will be invited to participate in a final selection interview with the hiring department. Any candidate that is selected by the hiring department will be required to successfully complete a pre-employment process, which may consist of a background history check, as well as a medical exam(s) administered by a City-selected physician(s) before hire. Prior to starting work, all newly-hired employees will be fingerprinted to check conviction history. A conviction history will not necessarily disqualify an applicant from appointment; however, failure to disclose conviction history will result in refusal of employment or termination. Positions which are covered by the Department of Transportation regulations are required to submit to a pre-employment drug test and to random drug and alcohol testing.

      Please note: Any successful candidate, selected by the hiring department will be required to submit proof of education (i.e. original copy of the diploma or college/university transcripts).

      Positions in this job classification are represented by the Sunnyvale Employees Association (SEA).

      The information contained within this announcement may be modified or revoked without notice and does not constitute either an expressed or implied contract.

      The City of Sunnyvale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the City of Sunnyvale not to discriminate against all qualified applicants or employees on the basis of race, religion, color, sex (including gender, gender identity, and gender expression), sexual orientation (including heterosexuality, homosexuality, and bisexuality), national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, pregnancy, age, medical condition, genetic characteristics or information, and physical or mental disability. Applicants needing special accommodations for testing should submit a request to the Department of Human Resources at time of application.