Transportation Programs Manager

City of Palo Alto
Palo Alto, CA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Transportation Planning
Experience Level: 
$108,118.40 - $162,177.61 Annually

The Community 
Located 35 miles south of San Francisco and 14 miles north of San Jose, Palo Alto is a community of approximately 65,000, excluding Stanford. The City is known as the "Birthplace of Silicon Valley" and continues to be the creative innovation engine of Silicon Valley. It is home to more than 7,000 businesses employing more than 98,000 people. Complementing its exciting and innovative business community are Palo Alto's highly educated, politically aware, and culturally sophisticated citizens. An abundance of local pride and numerous neighborhood organizations contribute to Palo Alto's beautiful, historic, and desirable residential areas.

The Planning and Community Environment Department consists of Transportation, Current Planning, Long Range Planning, Code Enforcement and Development Center Divisions and is responsible for a range of planning and implementation actions aimed at preserving and enhancing the quality of life in Palo Alto, ensuring wise transportation investments, and facilitating land use and development decisions through consistent and transparent processes. 

The Transportation Division operates with a staff of 12 (10 full time and two part time staff) and is responsible for transportation planning, transportation programs, and for the City's transportation infrastructure. The division enhances safety and mobility in Palo Alto's transportation system while protecting environmental resources and preserving the community's quality of life, and is responsible for parking management, traffic operations, bikeways development, area transportation studies, regional transportation coordination, and the Palo Alto Free Shuttle system.

Essential Duties

The Transportation Programs Manager (Manager Transportation Planning) manages a subset of the Transportation Division staff within the Planning and Community Environment Department. Specific programs, projects, and responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  • Bikeway projects, school commute programs, roadway improvements, transit operations, parking and transportation demand management (TDM) efforts, traffic operations, and minor construction projects related to transportation. 

The Transportation Programs Manager (Manager Transportation Planning) position plays a key role in both internal team development and operations, and the development of external relationships with other divisions and departments, representatives of the public, community and regulatory agencies, elected and appointed officials, and others. This position works with the Chief Transportation Official to ensure that Transportation Division staff perform responsible professional, financial, and administrative tasks as required by their specific job descriptions, and that the performance of the team aligns with the goals of the division. 

The Transportation Programs Manager (Manager Transportation Planning) must plan and assess operational goals and objectives related to one or more Transportation Division functions. This position represents the department and the City at large, and must be familiar with planning and transportation issues within the community and the region

Minimum Qualifications

Sufficient education, training and/or work experience to demonstrate possession of the following knowledge and skills, which would typically be acquired through:

  • Bachelor's degree in transportation planning, transportation engineering, civil engineering, urban planning, architecture, or a related field. Master's degree is preferred.
  • Five years of progressively responsible experience in municipal government including at minimum two years of supervisory experience; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.  

Ideal Candidate

Successful candidate must possess the technical skills to be involved in a wide variety of projects. Excellent oral and written communication skills are a requirement, as is the ability to work cooperatively with multiple types of constituents on issues relevant to planning and transportation. Furthermore, successful candidate must be comfortable presenting complex issues to a variety of audience types, and facilitating complex discussions with a various community stakeholders. 

Published on:
April 30, 2018 - 9:34am
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