Principal Transportation Planner

Oregon Department of Transportation
Portland, OR
United States
Professional Areas: 
Transportation Planning
$5,541.00 - $8,052.00 monthly

The role:

Bring your passion for public service and multimodal transportation to our team as a principal transportation planner in historic downtown Portland! In this role, you will lead major, often controversial and complex planning projects of statewide significance. Share your expertise with others and make a difference as you provide policy and project management guidance in moving major planning projects from conceptual plan to regional consensus, addressing all regulatory and community issues through preliminary design, for project-ready hand-over for the implementation phase. 

Our Region 1 employees work on projects that challenge the industry standard and that give back to our communities. We are currently working on projects from the recent transportation package, HB2017.

We invite members of all diverse communities to join our workforce as we endeavor to best serve Oregonians from every background. ODOT values diversity and inclusion because they are good for Oregon. We believe that by welcoming differences, encouraging new ideas and views, listening to and learning from each other, and providing opportunities for professional enrichment we are better able to serve those around us. We thank you for considering this employment opportunity.

A day in the life:

  • Manage statewide significant and major regional projects to design, prepare and amend public facility plans.  
  • Oversee professional agency and consultant staff in developing and implementing planning efforts.
  • Integrate regional planning efforts and agency policy directions.
  • Work with state, regional and local governments to define and develop major transportation improvement projects.
  • Ensure assigned projects move through the project development process.
  • Prepare and manage a work plan for all assigned projects.
  • Define and manage project scope, schedule and budget.
  • Lead multi-disciplinary project teams.
  • Provide project team members and consultants with performance feedback and coaching.
  • Represent agency on project advisory/steering committees, comprised of local/regional staff, stakeholders, and citizens and occasionally the media.
  • Responsible for interagency coordination on assigned projects.
  • Coordinate government relations for assigned projects, in coordination with the Region 1 Government Affairs department.
  • Interpret and integrate policy issues associated with developing projects of statewide significance.
  • Work is performed in a typical office environment with occasional field work required.
  • Moderate overtime required including evening and weekend meetings.
  • Frequent contact and meetings with ODOT regions and staff, other agencies, local government leaders and staff, and the public.
  • Click here to view the position description, including the full list of duties and working conditions.

What’s in it for you:

  • Rewarding work in a fast-paced, creative environment.
  • Colleagues who are passionate about public service and multimodal transportation.
  • Work/life balance and 10 paid holidays a year, flexible work schedules and competitive benefits packages. Click here to visit our full benefits website.
  • Live, work and play in Portland, Oregon!

What we need:

A bachelor's degree in urban or regional planning, public administration, social science, civil engineering, architecture, economics, geography or a related field and four (4) years of planning experience related to the job.

  • Note: A master's degree in urban or regional planning, public administration, social science, civil engineering, architecture, economics, geography or a related field may substitute for one (1) year of experience.


Eight (8) years of planning experience related to the job.

  • Note: Coursework in urban or regional planning, public administration, social science, civil engineering, architecture, economics, geography or a related field can substitute for up to two (2) years of the experience.

Additionally, driving is an essential function of this position. A valid driver license and an acceptable driving record are required for this position.

What we’d like to see:

If you have these qualities, let us know! It’s how we will choose whom to move forward!

  • Consultant and budget management experience.
  • Strong understanding of equity best practices in transportation planning, stakeholder engagement and project development.
  • Ability to work through conflicts to achieve success with multiple stakeholders on large-scale, multimodal projects.
  • Ability to implement agency policy and strategic priorities while operating with a high degree of autonomy.
  • Project development experience in a politically-sensitive environment, especially in the presence of environmental regulations, federal funding rules and other policy parameters.

Learn more and apply!

This recruitment closes at 11:59 p.m. on June 10, 2019. Please note that we can only accept applications and/or resumes through our website.

For questions about the job announcement or online application, please call 503-986-7146 or email

ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. 

Published on:
May 17, 2019 - 12:16pm
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