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Transportation Planner, Supervising

Salary: $36.08-$44.04 hourly / $6,275-$7,660 monthly / Range: 6522

DEFINITION: Under general direction, conducts complex transportation planning studies, supervises and trains professional staff, and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is a single-position, supervisory level class in the Transportation Planner series. It is distinguished from the Transportation Planner II by its supervisory responsibilities. The Transportation Planner series is distinguished from other planning and engineering classes by its emphasis on transportation planning activities. Transportation Planner, Supervising is further distinguished from the Project Manager, Traffic Management by the latter's responsibility for operations of the County's Traffic Management Center and for managing multi-disciplinary teams.


1. Coordinates, reviews, and participates with technical and professional staff in data collection, analysis, plan formulation, and implementation of a wide variety of transportation planning projects; and coordinates with other county departments and outside agencies, including Santa Barbara County Association of Governments, CalTrans, and various cities, to ensure an integrated approach to addressing regional transportation planning issues such as traffic forecasting models.
2. Oversees the development of transportation improvement plans and associated improvements involving state and federal funding; reviews site plans, tract maps, grading plans, new land development plans, and road improvement plans for content and accuracy and recommends changes and/or improvements; and establishes a defensible Transportation Impact Mitigation Fee program.
3. Gathers and analyzes data in order to develop traffic forecasting models including analysis of critical intersections, roadways, and other transportation facilities; and trains staff in maintenance and operation of traffic models.
4. Analyzes local, state, and federal transportation policies and provides recommendations to the Public Works Department, Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors and other relevant parties
5. regarding legislative or funding changes affecting transportation programs. Represents the Public Works Department at various meetings and/or hearings before local agencies, commissions, and boards and makes presentations to departmental and public groups in order to review transportation planning projects; and meets with citizen groups and committees to discuss and promote awareness of transportation programs and issues.
6. Selects, trains, and evaluates the performance of staff; assigns and reviews work; and acts as technical resource to staff, department employees, and the public.


1. Three years of increasingly responsible professional experience in transportation engineering or planning; or,
2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Transportation Planner II with the County of Santa Barbara; 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 Qualifications: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required.

Knowledge of: principles of transportation planning and traffic engineering; research methods and techniques essential to transportation planning; computer applications in transportation planning; administrative procedures related to transportation funding programs; current trends in federal, state, and regional transportation planning; state and federal transportation funding programs; environmental and land use analysis; and computer modeling.

Ability to: learn and apply principles and practices of supervision; plan, direct, and evaluate the work of others; organize, assign, prioritize, and delegate work of self and others; work independently; gather, analyze, interpret, report data, and adopt effective courses of action; read, understand, and interpret regulations and policies; explain technical information understandably to people with technical and non-technical backgrounds; speak and write effectively and persuasively; establish and maintain cooperative relationships with other governmental agencies, elected officials, and the general public; represent the division, department, and County with tact and diplomacy; prepare and give public presentations before decision-making bodies; use computer to maintain automated project tracking system and access other information systems; and use personal computers, including word processing software.

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