County of Alameda

Senior Transportation Planner (#2089)

Bargaining Unit: CEMU - Civil Engineer Mgmt (R30)
$60.79-$73.81 Hourly / $4,863.20-$5,904.80 BiWeekly /
$10,536.93-$12,793.73 Monthly / $126,443.20-$153,524.80 Yearly

Under general direction, to supervise the work of a transportation planning unit; to supervise and coordinate professional, paraprofessional, and other staff as may be assigned; and to perform other related duties.


The class of Senior Transportation Planner is the first supervisory level in the Transportation Planning section of the Public Works Agency. The class is distinguished from the next higher one of Transportation Planning Manager in that the latter class has overall administrative responsibility for Transportation Planning activities within the Agency, while the former class is responsible for supervising one or more programs and the assigned staff of the section. The class of Senior Transportation Planner is further distinguished from the lower class of Associate Transportation Planner in that the latter class is assigned lead responsibility on a program, while the former class is considered a first-line supervisor over a number of programs.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Assist the Transportation Planning Manager in defining work goals and objectives and evaluating performance of different units of the transportation section.

2. Exercise continuing responsibility for managing several major work program areas, such as the Countywide Transportation Plan, the countywide transportation capital improvement program, transportation funding programs or transportation project analysis.

3. Conduct extensive transportation research and analysis, write comprehensive technical and professional reports, including findings and recommendations. Review or supervise the review of highway and transit project plans and designs, including cost estimates and engineering feasibility.

4. Supervise and develop professional staff, making assignments and establishing priorities. Manage Consultants. Monitor progress and budgets, and staff utilization. Provide direction in evaluating and implementing the transportation planning effort.

5. Represent the Public Works Agency before other agencies, including Caltrans, MTC and the CTC. Develop data, information, explanations, and other expert advice as needed by Agency Management, the Board of Supervisors and its advisory groups. Attend meetings and make presentations.

6. Represent the Public Works Agency as liaison to other organizations, and/or coordinate major transportation planning efforts involving cities and/or transit operators in the County.


The equivalent of one year of experience in the class of Associate Transportation Planner in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)



Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in transportation planning, civil or transportation engineering, public finance, business administration or public administration (possession of a master's degree in an appropriate discipline may substitute for one year of the required experience),



The equivalent of four years of full-time experience in transportation planning.


Possession of a valid California Motor Operator's License.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

· Principles of transportation planning and funding.
· Federal, State and Local laws and regulations pertaining to transportation.
· Interdisciplinary practices and trends affecting transportation planning and analysis.
· Travel projection processes using regional network systems, sketch planning methods, and sensitivity analysis.
· Transportation system measures of capacity, congestion, levels of service, and traffic engineering techniques.
· Statistical and computer modeling techniques.
· Legislative developments affecting transportation programs and funding.
· Local transportation needs and problems.
· Financial and budgetary analysis.
· Program planning techniques.
· Interrelationships between government agencies.


· Conduct complex programs/projects in transportation planning and analysis.
· Analysis and problem solving.
· Planning and Organization.
· Decision making.
· Management control.
· Leadership.
· Budget analysis.
· Oral/Written communications.
· Flexibility.

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Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.

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