Vision Zero Coordinator (Transportation Services Analyst)

City of Tacoma, WA
August 30, 2023
Tacoma, WA
Job Type


Position Description

The City of Tacoma, Public Works Department, Transportation Division, is recruiting a full-time position for a Vision Zero Coordinator.

Division Overview:
The mission of the Transportation Division is to support the City of Tacoma's goals through the fiscally and environmentally responsible planning, design, maintenance, and operation of transportation systems for everyone who lives, works, or plays in Tacoma. Our services enhance the community by improving the function of the multi-modal transportation network for all users.

  • Safe: We prioritize the safety of all users, and strive to build a transportation system that provides safe and reliable access for all users and neighborhoods
  • Equitable: We center anti-racism in our work and work to decrease disparities in our transportation system.
  • Sustainable: We recognize that transportation is a leading contributor to local greenhouse gas emissions and work to improve the efficiency of our existing investments and to prioritize active transportation and transit in new investments.

The Transportation Division collaborates with a broad cross-section of disciplines within the City of Tacoma staff organization, City Council, Transportation Commission and other boards and commissions, and community stakeholders to establish and implement transportation plans and policies, such as the Transportation Master Plan, Safe Routes to School Action Plan, Vision Zero Action Plan, and the transportation elements of long range planning documents. We work closely with local, county, and statewide partners to create a transportation system that is safe and accessible for all ages and abilities.

Position Profile:
In February 2020, Tacoma City Council adopted Vision Zero and the goal of zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2035. The Vision Zero Coordinator will be responsible for implementing Tacoma's award-winning and nationally recognized Vision Zero Action Plan. To learn more about Tacoma's Vision Zero Action Plan, visit

This new position will do the important work of transitioning the organization to addressing traffic safety using the Safe Systems approach. The following are illustrative examples of essential functions of the job:

  • Lead and support project development (early planning) of Vision Zero safety corridors and spot improvements, guided by Safe System principles and framework
  • Evaluate the impact of speed limit reductions, street design changes, and automated enforcement on travel behavior and safety of vulnerable users
  • Support and facilitate the Vision Zero Task Force
  • Proactively seek opportunities to advance equity, mobility justice, and climate actions through Vision Zero programming, education and outreach, and associated projects
  • Provide crash data, maps, and analysis needed for grants, funding requests, staff and leadership, Council, and media inquires
  • Collect and analyze crash data and collision reports, along with socio-economic, land use, transportation and demographic data
  • Provide oversight on the automated enforcement program, working to center the program on equity and data
  • Create an annual report to show progress for the Vision Zero Action Plan
  • Provides support regarding active transportation projects, Safe Routes to School, Transportation Master Plan and other planning documents, and the Transportation Commission
  • Maintain and update website, social media, and other project communication methods

Candidate Profile:
The ideal candidate will be a person who exhibits the following skills and experience:

  • Equity-oriented: Has a passion and experience working for transportation safety, mobility justice, and social and racial equity
  • Effective program coordinator: Skillfully manages a multi-faceted program
  • Collaborative: Values partnerships and develops and supports relationships in order to create change
  • Communicator: Able to communicate with both technical and non-technical audiences by creating clear and concise written, verbal, and visual communications, and is comfortable sharing information
  • Strong research and analytical skills: Confidently uses GIS to analyze crash data and identify trends, and stays informed of best practices related to Safe Systems and active transportation

The Principles that Guide Us:
Tacoma, the City of Destiny , has a workforce of dedicated, talented and open-minded employees with unique skills and perspectives. We embrace innovation and strive for excellence and community engagement in all that we do. The Principles that Guide Us, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Equity, speak to the values that we embody as City of Tacoma employees, and represent the core of our work in public service.

Depending on the assignment, the following are the essential duties for the Vision Zero Coordinator (Transportation Services Analyst):

  • Collaborates and coordinates with various stakeholders and partners to promote established transportation related projects, programs, and initiatives; identifies roles for each organization; responds to inquiries and concerns.
  • Plans and executes outreach events; develops and makes presentations to community groups, businesses and stakeholders; creates outreach materials.
  • Assists with grant application submittals; administers grants including managing related contracts.
  • Gathers and analyzes data to ensure projects, programs, and initiatives are achieving desired goals and to identify areas of improvement within the established guidelines.
  • Performs other work as assigned

Minimum Education*
Bachelor's degree in urban planning, public administration, engineering or directly related field.

Minimum Experience*
2 years of experience in urban planning or engineering

Licensing, Certifications and Other Requirements
Valid Washington State Driver's License

*Equivalency: 1 year of experience = 1 year of education

Bachelor's degree in planning, public administration, engineering or directly related field.


Two (2) years training and work experience performing the functions of a Planner.

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer's responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

*Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet all of the qualifications listed. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one from a less traditional background. If you have transferable experience, please tell us about it.
Knowledge & Skills
Knowledge & Skills

  • Applicable knowledge of local, state, and federal laws, regulations, and policies
  • Proficiency with computer hardware and software programs, including Microsoft Office products, Internet applications, GIS

Use data and information in a clear and rational thought process to assess and understand issues, evaluate options, form accurate conclusions, and make decisions.

Verbal Communication
Effectively express information through the spoken word using language that is appropriate to both the complexity of the topic and the knowledge and understanding of the audience.

Written Communication
Effectively convey ideas and information in writing using language that is appropriate to both the complexity of the topic and the knowledge and understanding of the reader.

Customer Focus
Build and maintain internal and external customer satisfaction with the services provided by the City of Tacoma.

Coordinating and Organizing
Effectively coordinate activities, services, and schedules to ensure smooth and efficient operation of work.

Adapt easily to changing business needs, conditions and work responsibilities. Adjust approach, goals and methods when needed to achieve successful solutions and results in dynamic situations.

Relationship Building
Build constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of acceptance, cooperation, and mutual regard.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information
City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress.

One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

The City of Tacoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity in its workplace. Applicants are considered for positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, and local laws.

The City of Tacoma offers a generous program of employee benefits:

  • Outstanding working conditions and an exceptional quality-of-life environment.
  • Medical coverage for eligible employees, spouses and dependents, including children up to age 26.
  • Vision care with VSP for employees and eligible dependents enrolled in the Regence PPO medical plan with vision benefits.
  • Dental coverage for eligible employees and their elected dependents, including dependent children up to the age of 26.
  • Deferred compensation allowing tax-deferred savings as authorized under Section 457 of the IRS Code.
  • Personal time off.
  • Paid holidays.
  • A great pension plan.

Interested individuals should apply online and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes job experience, major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.

Examination Process:
This is a competitive selection process. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their responses to Supplemental Questions # 5-10 reviewed and scored by a committee of subject matter experts, as the Experience and Training Test . It is the responsibility of the applicants to adequately describe all pertinent experience and training. Please make sure you read the questions and provide complete informative answers. DO NOT respond with see resume in lieu of answering these questions; this will result in a failing score.

Communication from the City of Tacoma:
We primarily communicate via e-mail during the application process. E-mails from and/or must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk e-mail folders.

For assistance with the NEOGOV application process, or questions regarding this job announcement, call the Human Resources office at (253) 591.5400 before 4:00 pm of the closing date of the job announcement.

The City of Tacoma provides excellent medical, dental and vision plans for the whole family; paid holidays and paid leave; participation in the Tacoma Public Employees' Retirement System (alternate plan for Police/Fire); continuing education and advancement opportunities and a growing variety of City-sponsored health and wellness opportunities and incentives.

Medical Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Dental Coverage: For eligible employees and their families, including domestic partners and dependent children age 26 or younger.

Vision Coverage: For eligible employees and their eligible dependents.

Paid Leave: City employees are entitled to received paid holidays, sick/vacation leave or personal time off (PTO), depending upon union affiliation and appointment type.

Insurance Plans: Employees are covered by a long-term disability plan. Short-term and expanded long-term disability insurance plans are also available to employees. The State Industrial Insurance Act also covers employees.

Deferred Compensation: Income can be set aside on a pretax basis and invested for supplementation of normal retirement income.

Retirement: All employees of the City, except members of the Police and Fire services, Tacoma Rail and certain project employees, are included in the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System. Information on the Tacoma Employees' Retirement System can be found at or by calling (253) 502-8200.

Other Employment Information

Direct Deposit: Employees are paid on a bi-weekly schedule by direct deposit.

Salary Increases: Based on satisfactory job performance, the City provides for a regular progression of salary increases for most classifications according to the salary schedule.

Union Affiliation: Many job classifications are covered by union security provisions which require union membership, dues, or payment of equivalent service fees.

Note: The provisions of this job announcement do not constitute an expressed or implied contract. Any provision contained herein may be modified and/or revoked without notice.

Closing Date/Time: 9/11/2023 5:00 PM Pacific

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