New Sidewalks Program Manager (Senior Transportation Planner)

City of Seattle, WA
September 1, 2023
Seattle, WA
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Position Description
Vision: Seattle is a thriving and equitable community powered by dependable transportation.

Mission: To deliver a transportation system that provides safe and affordable access to places and opportunities.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is a nationally recognized municipal transportation agency at the leading edge of multi-modal transportation. In our quickly growing city, accessibility, safety, affordability, and reliability - are top of mind for us every day! Our core values drive our work toward creating an equitable, sustainable, and vibrant city for all. SDOT's core responsibilities include maintenance and operations of the city's transportation right-of-way, the expansion of the city's bicycle and pedestrian network, care of over 240 bridges, permitting use of public spaces and enhancing access to the regional transit system. With approximately 1,100 dedicated staff, SDOT maintains an operational presence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in all weather conditions to serve and ensure Seattle's public mobility.

SDOT's Project Development Division has an exciting opportunity for a talented and goal-oriented New Sidewalks Program Manager (Senior Transportation Planner) who will initiate, execute, and complete complex, highly visible multimodal projects and programs. This key planning leader will work across multiple disciplines, sections and agencies to help build a safe and connected pedestrian network on behalf of the Seattle public. The position reports to the Pedestrian & Neighborhood Projects Manager and works on a team of dedicated transportation and project management professionals who are working to provide the safest pedestrian environment possible. Come help keep Seattle moving!
Job Responsibilities

  • Coordinating and participating in the selection, planning, scope development, conceptual design, and outreach for pedestrian projects, including sidewalks, ADA improvements, signal improvements, and channelization improvements.
  • Managing the Pedestrian Master Plan New Sidewalks program, prioritizing critical pedestrian safety improvements.
  • Serving as a project manager on projects involving several design specialties, including arterial improvements; developing and monitoring scopes, schedules, and budgets; and taking corrective actions to address emerging issues.
  • Participating in the development and implementation of new pedestrian improvement policies.
  • Providing staff support to the Pedestrian Advisory Board, including leading the member recruitment process and acting as a liaison between the Board and SDOT.
  • Preparing and maintaining detailed documentation for all projects.
  • Collecting and analyzing traffic data in the field and in the office, including traffic volumes and speeds, pedestrian counts, and collision history.
  • Employing a working knowledge of the principles, practices, and procedures of transportation planning with emphasis on non-motorized transportation.
  • Participating in consultant selection processes, negotiating the scope of work, monitoring conformance to contracts, reviewing and approving work products, and approving payments to consultants.
  • Planning and implementing community outreach efforts with diverse communities to identify pedestrian realm deficiencies and develop plans to address concerns.
  • Preparing and presenting information about projects to community groups, government agencies, elected officials, and other stakeholders.
  • Responding to stakeholder and citizen inquiries, explaining policies and/or investigating issues, and working to resolve conflicts.
  • Supporting department goals in promoting diversity and social justice in keeping with the City's Race and Social Justice Initiative.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in engineering, transportation planning, urban planning, or related field.


  • Three (3) years of experience with transportation planning or transportation development.

OR: An equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the position duties.

Though not requirements, strong candidates will have some of the following experience or are able to describe comparable experience:

  • Experience with ArcGIS or comparable GIS software.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and supporting public involvement processes.
  • Proven track record of effectively attending, participating, and presenting at public meetings, public outreach, and community events.
  • Previous experience managing multiple projects and monitoring the progress of schedules to meet milestones and budget expenditures.
  • Hands-on knowledge of bicycle and pedestrian facility design, including arterial and non-arterial street design. American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification a plus.
  • Ability to effectively work in a multi-cultural workplace with a diverse customer base.

Other Requirements:
Work Environment / Physical Demands:

  • Work is typically performed in a hybrid work environment in which a minimum of 2 days of the work is completed in a City office, and 3 days of the work is completed remotely in a regular 40-hour work week.

Additional Information

Your application will not be reviewed if these items are missing or incomplete.

Hiring Process
Applications are reviewed after the posting closes. Qualified candidates must submit the following to be considered: Completed NEOGOV online application.Supplemental questionnaire responsesCover letter describing how your skills and experience align with the stated job responsibilities and qualifications.Current résumé indicating relevant experience and education. Offers of employment are contingent on verification of information provided by the applicant as part of the application process, including a potential background check.

Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

The full salary range for this position is $51.22 - $59.55 hourly.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package, including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents. More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at: .

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources |

Closing Date/Time: 9/5/2023 4:00 PM Pacific

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