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Alternative Transportation Manager

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DEFINITION: Under administrative direction, develops, secures funding for, promotes, and implements alternative transportation projects in the County of Santa Barbara; serves as the County's primary contact and advocate for alternative transportation issues; supervises professional staff; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a single-position classification reporting to the Deputy Public Works Director of Transportation. As such, the incumbent works closely with the Transportation Division of the Public Works Department to ensure alternative transportation program operations integrate with Public Works' and County operations as a whole. Alternative Transportation Manager is distinguished from Transportation Planner, Supervising by its responsibilities for program management and for promoting alternative transportation options on countywide transit issues, whereas the Transportation Planner, Supervising class is primarily responsible for staff conducting development review activities and complex transportation engineering and traffic management studies.


  1. Plans, develops, markets, innovates, and implements alternative transportation projects, programs, and policies in order to improve transit connectivity throughout the unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County and between the County and neighboring communities.
  2. Serves as the County's primary liaison with regional transportation planning agencies (including SBCAG), transit providers (including MTD, COLT, and SMAT), and federal and state transportation agencies (including FHWA and Caltrans) in order to influence policy decisions and ensure planning, funding, construction, and implementation of alternative transportation improvement projects.
  3. Coordinates alternative transportation-related development review and planning activities with Public Works Transportation Division staff to ensure the inclusion of alternative transportation opportunities, including pedestrian and mass transit, in development review actions and in regional, state, and federal Transportation Improvement Plans; and collaborates with the County's Planning & Development Department in implementing County Circulation Element policies.
  4. Makes presentations to and facilitates meetings with the local development community, citizen groups, neighborhood associations, businesses, and other transportation-related committees, alliances, and coalitions to explain, defend, and advocate alternative transportation policies and actions of the County; commits departmental or County resources at such forums; and serves as the County's liaison with the media for alternative transportation issues.
  5. Prepares and oversees the preparation of grant applications to enhance the funding of alternative transportation improvements within the County; monitors expenditures on grant-funded projects; and prepares related written and statistical reports.
  6. Prepares and presents written reports and oral presentations to the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, and other related bodies to provide updates on the status of County alternative transportation improvement projects and state and federal grant requests/funding.
  7. Participates in meetings, conferences, and other professional forums to keep abreast of transportation system trends and emerging strategies; and stays informed on community, social, and political problems and their relevance to and impact upon alternative transportation programs.
  8. Interviews, selects, and trains staff; establishes performance standards and measures; evaluates staff performance; and takes and recommends disciplinary actions.


Possession of a bachelor's degree in transportation planning, urban planning, environmental studies, or related field; and,

  1. three years of professional transportation management experience, which included development or implementation of alternative transportation programs and at least one year of experience supervising staff; or,
  2. one year of experience equivalent to Transportation Planner, Supervising with Santa Barbara County that included development or implementation of alternative transportation programs; or,
  3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Additional Requirements: Independent travel throughout the County is required.

Knowledge of: current trends in alternative transportation/transit modes and the interrelationship of land use and travel demand; principles of transportation management planning, development, finance, implementation, and evaluation; current trends in federal, state, and regional transportation funding; principles of marketing; motivational theories; standard office software; standard English grammar and usage; and supervisory principles and practices.

Ability to: collect and evaluate data, draw conclusions, and employ creativity in proposing solutions to complex interjurisdictional public policy problems; prepare clear, concise, accurate, and persuasive reports, analytical studies, and other written materials; prepare and make effective public presentations before decision-making bodies; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with other governmental agencies, elected officials, neighborhood associations, community groups, and the general public; exercise tact, discretion, and diplomacy in dealing with sensitive, complex, and political issues; exercise independent judgment and initiative within appropriate limits of authority; read, understand, and interpret complex regulations and policies; plan, direct, and evaluate the work of others; and use personal computers.

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