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Planning and Project Delivery Job Duties

Engineer Positions

Transportation Planning and Project Delivery (PPD) Division – Local and Regional Projects

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is looking for an Engineer I/II in the Local and Regional Project Delivery section who will help develop and implement the City’s Transportation Capital Improvement Program in alignment with policies of the General Plan Envision 2040. 

Under the general direction of the Associate and/or Senior Engineer this position will work with internal and external partners, and the community, to ensure the efficient delivery of transportation projects.  Types of projects that the Engineer I/II may support include grant funded multi-modal enhancement, highway and transit, and bridge rehabilitation/replacement projects.

The Engineer I/II will assist in writing grants and developing Traffic Safety projects and improve safety for all roadway users, ensure facilities are pedestrian and bicycle friendly and comply with laws, rules, regulations and ordinances. 

Key duties include but are not limited to: 

  • Seek out and assist with writing grant applications for regional, state and federal grants for various transportation projects in the City. 
  • Develop and review, design, and implement safety improvement projects including tracking project budget and cost tracking.
  • Assist with administering and managing grant funded projects including working with regional, state and federal agencies to meet all grant requirements.
  • Assists in the preparation of multi-agency agreements that takes into addresses the desire for the City to provide a safe, multimodal transportation system.
  • Recommend design and service features for projects that enhance the use of alternative transportation such as dedicated bike lanes, pedestrian and transit corridors to promote the concept of complete streets.
  • Provide effective project management to ensure on time and within budget project delivery.
  • Represent the Department of Transportation at community meetings and other meetings with internal and external stakeholders.
  • May Lead and supervise, technical, interns and non-technical staff by establishing goals, tracking performance, creating a positive work environment, maximizing staff development opportunities and providing appropriate recognition.
  • Perform entry level professional engineering work in a variety of areas including the use of Computer aided drafting (CAD).

Transportation Planning and Project Delivery (PPD) Division – Policy and Planning

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is currently seeking an Engineer I/II in the Policy and Planning Division. The Engineer I/II will, under general supervision or direction of the Associate Engineer, perform professional engineering work in geometric design, conceptual development of transportation infrastructure master plans, review plans for public and private projects in the City, and produce/review signage and pavement marking plans. The successful candidate will need to understand basic engineering principals of transportation planning, geometric/roadway design, and plan review. Surveying background or experience is desired, but not required.

Key duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Prepare transportation infrastructure improvements conceptual designs of roadway, intersection and interchange, traffic signals and other street improvements.
  • Develop “complete streets” and multimodal design plans in conformance with Federal, State, and City’s transportation design standards, guidelines, and policies.
  • Review consultant engineering plans and specifications, master plans, and traffic studies.
  • Review improvement plans to address roadway right of way dedication and geometric design elements.
  • Use AutoCAD to prepare geometric roadway layouts relevant to pavement rehabilitation, development, and capital improvement projects.

Transportation Planning and Project Delivery (PPD) Division – Development and Geometric Design

The Engineer I/II will, under general supervision or direction of the Associate Engineer, perform professional engineering work in geometric design, conceptual development of transportation infrastructure master plans, review plans for public and private projects in the City, and produce/review signage and pavement marking plans. The successful candidate will need to understand basic engineering principals of transportation planning, traffic engineering, geometric/roadway design, and plan review. Surveying background or experience is desired, but not required.

Key duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Review and coordinate private development application submittal plans and traffic impact reports for compliance with City's transportation design guidelines, policies, and requirements.
  • Update the tracking and review process of project plans transmitted between DOT and DPW.
  • Prepare transportation infrastructure improvements conceptual designs of roadway, intersection and interchange, traffic signals and other street improvements.
  • Apply directives of Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan, Urban Village Plans, and Specific Plans to development projects.
  • Review private development improvement plans to address roadway right of way dedication requirements and geometric design elements.
  • Work with DOT staff to consolidate department comments and provide to Department of Public Works (DPW).
  • Participate in signalized intersection design kickoff meetings with DOT and DPW staff relevant to private development projects.
  • Attend meetings/represent DOT on discussions with project engineers, City staff, and consultants as appropriate to build consensus and/or to coordinate project issues.
  • Use AutoCAD to design geometric layouts for roadway and intersections as relevant to development and capital improvement projects.

Transportation Specialist Positions

Transportation Specialist - Emerging Mobility

The Emerging Mobility team is in the Planning, Policy, and Sustainability Division. The position leads an effort to meaningfully engage the community, particularly its communities of concern, in helping to define how automated vehicles could be used to advance the City’s transportation, climate and racial equity goals. The City will be testing the use of design thinking to engage a broader cross-section of the community in this conversation. The process will also be used to help identify when and how shared, automated vehicles (and other emerging mobility options) could be used to expand mobility options for all as well as facilitate redesign of the City’s streets to support that outcome.

This position coordinates and collaborates with the Mayor and Council offices, external stakeholders, such as the Valley Transportation Authority and research teams mounting automated vehicles pilots in the City, and extensive engagement with community-based organizations and residents. Strong leadership and communication skills are crucial to this position.

This position reports to an Associate Transportation Specialist.  Key responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Development and evaluation of program
  • Coordinate policy development and implementation related to transportation goals of the Envision 2040 General Plan and Climate Smart San Jose
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with stakeholders, community-based organizations and non-profits, public agencies, technical experts, private companies (emerging mobility service providers), and residents
  • Attend and present at relevant community meetings and events and represents the Department of Transportation at meetings with internal and external stakeholders
  • Work directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Understand concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities
  • Demonstrate good working knowledge about the pros and cons of emerging mobility, particularly equity issues
  • Demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills and analytical skills
  • Familiar with local public agencies, community-based organizations and non-profits
  • Ability to communicate in Spanish and/or Vietnamese

The position requires occasional attendance and participation at evening and weekend public meetings and events.

Transportation Specialist - Area Planning

The Transportation Specialist position reports to the Associate Engineer that leads technical analysis efforts and focuses on performing work in transportation system planning, travel demand forecasting, transportation analyses for land use and transportation projects, and environmental analysis for implementation of the Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan goals and policies. This position also supports the development of multimodal area transportation plans. Additionally, the Transportation Specialist fulfills key technical and communications roles by effectively coordinating with City staff, partner and neighbor agencies, and community members.  Key responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Apply progressive and sound planning, placemaking, design, and transportation operations principles
  • Exhibits excellent communication, analytical, data management and problem solving skills
  • Is constructive, creative, and self-motivated, demonstrating a strong desire to support transportation planning
  • Exhibits strong analytical and problem solving skills
  • Has an interest in transportation planning, including multi-modal travel; traffic impact analysis; the relationship between land use, urban design, and transportation; general plan and environmental analysis processes; GIS; transportation policy, planning, analysis, and management
  • Effectively communicate in situations that are sometimes controversial and/or ambiguous
  • Plan, coordinate, document, analyze, report, etc. for project management
  • Define, collect, validate, analyze, and monitor data collection projects
  • Perform corridor and area wide transportation analysis, including CEQA analyses, transportation operations analysis, impact fee studies, nexus studies, development review, local and regional transportation improvement projects, preparation of written reports, etc.
  • Uses geographic information systems (e.g. ArcGIS), travel demand forecasting models (e.g. Cube), transportation operations models (e.g. Synchro, VISTRO), microsimulation models (e.g. VISSIM, SimTraffic), and statistical models (e.g. SPSS, Excel) to support short- and long-range transportation planning analyses
  • Coordinate outreach and materials for plans and projects
  • Communicate with members of the public, city, and neighbor and partner agencies
  • Exhibits the ability to be socially and politically adept
  • Develops technical methodologies

The position requires occasional attendance and participation at evening public meetings and week-end public workshops, as well as occasional field surveys throughout the city.

Transportation Specialist - Transportation Planning

The Transportation Specialist focuses on developing multi-modal operations analysis, mode share analysis, traffic impact analysis, long-range forecasting, big data analytics, policy development, and GIS. This position fulfills key technical and communications roles by effectively coordinating with City staff, partner and neighbor agencies, and community members.

Constructive, creative, and self-motivated, demonstrating a strong desire and skills to support transportation planning needed to achieve the General Plan Goals and Policies are required. Key responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following

  • Plan, coordinate, document, analyze, report, for project management
  • Develop and analyze information using geographical information system software such as ArcGIS
  • Define, collect, validate, analyze, and monitor data collection projects
  • Develops statistical analysis and data visualizations
  • Perform corridor and area wide transportation analysis, including CEQA analyses, transportation operations analysis, impact fee studies, nexus studies, development review, and local and regional transportation improvement projects
  • Coordinates outreach for projects
  • Communicates with members of the public, city, and neighbor and partner agencies

The position requires occasional attendance and participation at evening public meetings and week-end public workshops, as well as occasional field surveys throughout the city.

Transportation Specialist - Bike & Pedestrian Program

Transportation Specialist position in the Bike & Pedestrian Program, focuses on bicycle and pedestrian facility planning. In addition, this position requires excellent analytical and problem solving skills, superior project management competencies, ability to apply progressive planning concepts and practices, a high level of customer service using strong communications skills, effective tracks project-specific budgets, and ability to work well in a team environment. 

Under the general direction of the Associate Transportation Specialist, this position works directly with a team of two existing Transportation Specialists in the Bicycle & Pedestrian Program.  In addition, the Transportation Specialist works on a variety of projects including annual bikeway work plans, bike parking implementation, bike share expansion, and a variety of pedestrian projects.  Key responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following

  • Plan and conduct outreach to develop, advance and implement City pedestrian plan, the City bikeway network, bike parking system, bike share program, e-scooter permitting program, mode shift goals, and Vision Zero goals
  • Coordinate and administer special events such as Bike to Work Day, Walk to School Day, Park(ing) Day, and VivaCalleSJ (San Jose’s Open Streets event)
  • Assist with customer service including responding to constituent requests and representing the Department of Transportation at meetings with internal and external stakeholders
  • Plan, design coordination, environmental approval and documentation, public outreach, data analysis, grant administration, for project management
  • Develop and analyze information using Geographical Information System software such as ArcGIS and, to a lesser extent, Computer Aided Design software such as AutoCAD
  • Organize and manage public outreach for specific projects via channels such as public workshops, print media, and social media (including development and management of a program web page); develops and implements strategies to reach underserved constituents
  • Manage grant accounting, reporting and regulatory documentation

The position requires occasional attendance and participation at evening public meetings and weekend public workshops, as well as occasional field survey work on various streets throughout the city.