Principal Transportation Planner

$45.35 - $57.29 hourly
  • Clackamas County
  • Oregon City, OR, USA
  • Apr 03, 2024
Full time Transit/Buses Other (Please Specify)

Job Description

Principal Transportation Planner

Job ID: 107412

Location: Oregon City, Oregon

Full/Part Time: Full Time





Clackamas County employees work to serve the public and enrich our community. In that spirit, we pledge to hold ourselves to these standards at all times in our interactions with customers and one another:


• Professionalism

• Integrity

• Respect

• Individual accountability

• Trust

By incorporating these values into our daily routines, we can better serve our customers, ourselves and our projects. We're always looking to improve. That's the Clackamas County SPIRIT.

Clackamas County is committed to building a community where people thrive, have a sense of safety, connection, and belonging, so that everyone is honored and celebrated for the richness in diversity they bring. We encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds and lived experience to apply.


This Job Posting closes at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) on Wednesday, April 24, 2024.

Please Note: The application deadline may be extended to expand the pool of qualified candidates. Any recruitment timeline changes will be communicated to all who have initiated an application process or have submitted an application.


Annual Pay Range: $94,346.04 - $119,182.22

Hourly Pay Range: $45.358673 - $57.299145

Salary offers will be made within the posted pay range and will be based on a candidate's experience (paid or unpaid) that is directly relevant to the position.

Clackamas County proudly offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including competitive wages, cost-of-living adjustments, merit increases (for eligible employees), and a robust sick and vacation plan for regular status employees.

We encourage and support employee health and wellness by offering, health and wellness classes and events, and alternative care benefits, so you can customize your wellness needs to fit your lifestyle.

Employee benefits become effective the first of the month following an employee's date of hire.

Attractive benefits package and incentives for employees in regular status positions are detailed below.

Generous paid time off package, including:

• 12 hours of vacation accrued per month

• Eligible newly hired employees will have the one-time option to frontload their first year of vacation accruals in compliance with! This means you have access to vacation time at time of hire.

• 8 hours of sick accrued per month

• 10 paid holidays and 1 personal day per year

Other Benefits:

• Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP):

Employer paid 6% PERS retirement contribution (The county currently pays the employee's share of the retirement contribution.)

• OPSRP members get vested after five years of contributions or when they reach age 65

A Choice of Medical Plans that include chiropractic coverage, alternative care, vision, and prescription drug coverage

A Choice of Dental Plans

• Robust EAP and wellness programs, including gym discounts and wellness education classes

• Longevity pay

• Other retirement Savings Options that allow for additional retirement funds savings, including an option to contribute a portion of employee earnings on a pre or post-tax basis to a 457b Deferred Compensation Plan

• A variety of additional optional benefits (see links below for additional information)

This is a full time County position represented by AFSCME.


Are you passionate about transportation planning and have the technical expertise to lead long range planning projects?

Do you want to influence the future transportation systems in Clackamas County?

Do you thrive working in a team environment and value team success?

Do you have a personal commitment to putting ethics into action by holding yourself to the highest standards of professionalism, honesty, and objectivity?

If you answered “yes” to the questions above, please read on!

We are searching for a motivated, team-oriented, and collaborative individual to join our dynamic team at the Clackamas County Department of Transportation & Development as a Principal Transportation Planner. If selected for this position, you will manage the major update of the County's transportation systems plan and serve as the primary technical lead on complex transportation planning projects within the Long-Range Planning program. You will be responsible for representing the County on regional and statewide committees collaborating on various transportation system issues. In this role, you will have an opportunity to utilize your thorough understanding of how transportation models operate and will provide data for necessary analysis and convey technical information to policy makers and the general public. You will also focus on coordinating with local, regional and state transportation professionals on cross-jurisdictional projects. In addition, you will represent the Department before policy making bodies, elected officials and state and regional planning committees.

We are committed to being an exemplary team with best practices in transportation planning, working together towards the common goal of achieving overall success of our organization. It is critical that every member of our team recognizes the vital role we play in our community. To that end, we are searching for an individual, who is motivated to be a positive and effective contributor, working well independently as well as having a collaborative, team-oriented approach to work and demonstrating strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills that will allow us to improve, develop and enhance our operations.

Required Minimum Qualifications/Transferrable Skills:*

• A minimum of six (6) years of experience in local, regional, or statewide transportation planning or transportation engineering

• A minimum of three (3) years of experience managing transportation planning or transportation engineering projects

• A minimum of three (3) years of experience with public speaking and delivering public presentations to a variety of audiences

• Experience leading the work of others, such as providing technical expertise, reviewing completed work, and training

Preferred Special Qualifications/Transferrable Skills:*

• Bachelor's Degree or advanced degree in Urban, Regional, Rural, or Transportation Planning or related field (law, geography, engineering, etc.)

• Direct experience with transportation modeling

Pre-employment Requirement:

• Driving may be necessary for County business. For position(s) with occasional/incidental driving, incumbents must possess a valid driver's license. Accommodation requests for an acceptable alternative method of transportation will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation. For position(s) with regular driving, incumbent(s) must also possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.

*For Veterans qualified for Veteran's Preference: If you believe you have skills that would transfer well to this position and/or special qualifications that relate to this position, please list those skills and/or qualifications in the open-ended question at the end of the application and explain how those skills and/or qualifications relate to this position.


We are searching for someone who:

Aligns with Clackamas County Core Values of Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, Individual Accountability, and Trust “SPIRIT”.

Builds & Maintains Professional Relationships with internal and external customers, partners and stakeholders by honoring commitments and delivering exceptional customer service.

Commits to Teamwork and Collaboration by working effectively towards a shared goal, encouraging sharing of information, productive problem solving and putting team success first.

Demonstrates Excellent Customer Service by anticipating, assessing, and responding effectively to the needs of those we serve.

Communicates Professionally demonstrating self-awareness, respect for others, and adjusting to various levels of technical skills & understanding of subject matters.

Embraces Continual Learning through commitment to continuous learning, self-improvements, and willingness to grow within the job as technology and organizational changes demand it.

Values Technology & Use of Electronic Systems appropriately and effectively for the processing and distribution of information, supports the implementation and use of technology in the workplace.

Seeks to Problem Solve by using critical thinking and analytical skills, identifying alternative strategies & developing a solution-focused approach to address challenges or issues.

Displays Creativity and Innovation by taking initiative in improving processes, programs, services and products through new approaches or ideas and being open to others' ideas.

Promotes Cross Cultural Effectiveness by engaging in a culture of respect, inclusiveness, and appreciation of diverse perspectives, backgrounds and values.

Puts Ethics into Action by holding themselves to a high standard of professional, honest, and objective behavior in all dealings and interactions.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

• Plans, organizes and directs a functional unit or major transportation project within the Long Range Planning program; trains, assists section manager in developing goals and objectives.

• Oversees the development and administration of a functional unit's or major project's budget, grant funds as well as professional and technical services contracts.

• Oversees and participates in the development and presentations of reports and studies to public bodies such as the Planning Commission, the Clackamas County Coordinating Committee, and community groups; coordinates staff research on assigned projects to meet division goals; determines methodologies, information and techniques.

• Oversees and participates in complex technical analysis related to transportation planning issues; coordinates with other jurisdictions on travel model development and implementation; provides technical guidance on issues impacting transportation facilities.

• Represents the Department on local, regional and state committees related to technical transportation planning topics. Advocates the County's planning and transportation goals and objectives before significant policy-making agencies, councils, groups and organizations such as legislative committees, Metropolitan Service District, Association of Oregon Counties and Land Conservation and Development Commission.

• Coordinates the updates and revisions to the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning and Development Ordinance initiated by the Board of County Commissioners, Planning Commission, Land Use and Zoning Divisions; assigns work for such amendments, facilitates the public notification and involvement process and oversees coordination between departments within DTD and the County.

• Manages consultant contracts for large scale transportation planning projects funded by federal, state and regional grants as well as from local funding sources; prepares request for proposals, negotiates contracts and change orders, resolves conflicts, and ensures compliance with local, state and federal requirements.


This position works 40 hours during a standard workweek of either (5/8): Monday through Friday (8 hours per day) (5/8), (4/10): Monday through Thursday (10 hours per day) with every Friday off, or (9/80): Monday through Thursday (9 hours per day) and every other Friday (8 hours), with every other Friday off. Specific work schedule will be discussed with the candidate selected for this position at the time an offer of employment is extended.

Please Note: This position is eligible for hybrid on-site/telework subject to the and based on the Department's business needs. The exact amount of on-site/telework and schedule will be discussed with the hiring manager during time of offer. Telework locations cannot be located outside of Oregon or Washington. Washington residents must perform 50% of their time on-site at Clackamas County.


Clackamas County is in a prime location in the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area and is recognized nationally as one of the most livable areas in the United States. Located on the southern edge of the City of Portland and extending to the top of Mt. Hood, Clackamas County is part of a thriving region in the Northwest. It has a population of about 420,000 residents.


The mission of the Department of Transportation and Development (DTD) is to assist residents and businesses in creating vibrant, sustainable communities through innovative and responsive public service.

DTD is responsible for a broad range of county services involving land use planning and permitting, building permits, county code enforcement, solid waste and recycling, road construction and maintenance, surveying, plat approvals, public land corner restoration and dog services. The county's urban renewal programs also report to DTD.


Clackamas County only accepts online applications.

Help With Your Application:

If you have any questions or issues you may contact the Department of Human Resources at 503-655-8459 or Our office hours are Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time (closed on Fridays).



Clackamas County does not offer visa sponsorships. Once a job applicant has accepted a position, they will be required to complete an I-9 and confirm authorization to work in the United States prior to their first day.


Clackamas County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.

If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would like to request an accommodation, please address the request to the Department of Human Resources prior to the recruitment close date. You may request an accommodation during the online application process.


Victoria Vysotskiy, Recruiter

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