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Transportation Planning Specialist 4

Company: State of Washington
Location: Olympia
Posted on: June 4, 2021

Job Description:


Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world's longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world's widest tunneling project. 


The Opportunity

WSDOT is currently seeking an individual with strong analytical abilities, project management experience, and excellent communication skills to join our Management of Mobility (MOM) team as a Transportation Planning Specialist 4. This critical role will serve as a project leader conducting advanced corridor and transportation studies by gathering, analyzing, and applying planning data. Additionally, this position will represent the department in collaborating with other federal, state and local agencies in determining analytical models, methods, or procedures to conduct evaluative studies. To thrive in this role, qualified individuals will need to be self-starters, embrace continuous process improvement, and have a strong commitment to advancing the policy goals of WSDOT.


 What to Expect


Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the Transportation Planning Specialist 4 will:

  • Conduct and lead corridor studies and draft reports in response to legislative provisos and direction. 
  • Facilitate management meetings, manage and assign tasks to consultants and staff, coordinate and complete technical document review, draft reports, conduct and summarize outreach efforts, coordinate with legislative contacts, format and publish accessible materials to WSDOT website.
  • Lead efforts to conduct research and analysis using traffic studies, ridership forecasts, environmental justice studies, population forecasts, and travel demand modeling to make planning recommendations. 
  • Coordinate efforts to engage multiple agencies, policy makers, and jurisdictions to evaluate policy 


  • Organize and facilitate meetings with intern/external partners, synthesize and document feedback. 
  • Coordinate with external agencies on potential pilot projects.



To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:

  • The ability to effectively communicate with others both written and verbally.
  • The ability to use a personal computer to develop calculations, documents, spreadsheets, estimates and project scheduling. 
  • Working knowledge of transportation planning principles, related federal, state, and DOT policies, standards, and guidelines.
  • Extensive knowledge of State and Federal transportation policies, procedures, and requirements.
  • The ability to communicate with diverse audiences, verbally and in written format, and present complex information to large and small groups.
  • The ability to operate a state owned vehicle. 
  • The ability to occasionally attend meetings outside of regular work hours. 

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have: 

  • Bachelor's degree involving major study in transportation, landscape architecture, environmental or urban, regional or land use planning, engineering, public or business administration, economics or natural or physical sciences. 


  • Four years' professional transportation experience involving analysis and evaluation of transportation issues and problems. Analysis of environmental issues and problems that involve transportation issues will also be considered qualifying experience.  
  • A Master's degree in one of the above fields will substitute for one year of the required experience.


  • Two years as a Transportation Planning Specialist 3, Transportation Engineer 3, Landscape Designer 3, or equivalent classification.


In addition to the above the following are preferred:

  • Experience with community engagement and outreach. 
  • Experience with multimodal transportation.  
  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • Experience with Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) and/or State and National environmental Policy Acts (SEPA/NEPA) policy and legal requirements. 

Important Notes 

  • The salary listed for this position includes a legislative approved 5% premium for workers in King County.
  • Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, this position will be remote in a telework capacity full-time. Once the restrictions are lifted, WSDOT supports a flexible work schedule with partial telework opportunities, depending on business needs and prior supervisor approval.



  • Work-Life Balance - We offer flexible work schedules that allow you time for your life outside of this excellent opportunity.
  • Paid Leave - In addition to 11 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum 14 paid vacation days per year!
  • Tuition Assistance - Permanent employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness.  
  • Plan For Your Future - WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information. 


Check out this video to learn more: Why WSDOT? 

How to Apply

Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the "Work Experience" portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible. 

In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application: 

  • An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
  • An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications, and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
  • Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. This information can be entered in the "References" section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment. 


Please click the "APPLY" button to proceed. Note that you will be prompted to either sign in, or create an account. This step is required in order to submit an application to this opportunity.


WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, as well as people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed Recruiter.


WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit www.uscis.gov


Contact us

For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Cori Shull, at ShullCo@wsdot.wa.gov. Please be sure to reference 21DOT-NWR-04477 in the subject line. 

Keywords: State of Washington, Olympia , Transportation Planning Specialist 4, Other , Olympia, Washington

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