Associate Transportation Specialist

City of San Jose , California

Job Information 



Mid Level


$95,139.20 - $115,980.80 Annually

Application Deadline 


09/21/2020 11:59 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive


The Department of Transportation (DOT) plans, develops, operates, and maintains transportation facilities, services, and related systems which contribute to the livability and economic health of the City. We comprise a team of more than 500 people ready to serve the needs of our residents to improve the efficiency and safety of San José streets. We are an energetic and innovative team that is improving transportation in the nation’s 10th largest city, while focusing on safety, sustainability, and active public life! For more information about DOT, visit


The actual salary shall be determined by the final candidate’s qualifications and experience. In addition to the starting salary, employees in the 3882 classification shall also receive an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable compensation pay. 


This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.


Positions & Duties
Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third party job board application system. To apply, applicants must complete an application via the City of San Jose’s website at
The Department of Transportation is currently recruiting to fill two Associate Transportation Specialist positions in thefollowing areas:  
The Planning, Policy, and Sustainability Group is seeking a Policy Associate who will, under general direction of Division Manager, help develop, analyze, and influence transportation policy on behalf of DOT and the City.  The position performs work of considerable sensitivity in transportation policy management, planning, and analysis at the City, regional, state and federal level. The successful candidate will work closely with management to lead Division activities, prepare technical report and memorandum, participate in public outreach efforts, and represent the Department and City with internal and external stakeholders, including other Departments in the City, consultants, other jurisdictions and agencies, elected officials, and the community. 
·         Represent the DOT at meetings with internal and external stakeholders, including by presenting and/or facilitating public meetings  
·         Coordinate with Intergovernmental Affairs, the City Attorney’s Office, the City’s lobbyists in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., and others to strategize and articulate positions and memorandum 
·         Analyze legislation and other policy proposals with impacts to transportation outcomes and/or funding and coordinate responses with relevant DOT and other city staff 
·         Write and edit memorandum, letters, presentations, and other communications analyzing and explaining policy options and recommendations  
·         Track and influence Federal, State and regional legislation and/or policies, including through regularly monitoring relevant news and reports, providing timely and digestible information to decision-makers, providing testimony, engaging with relevant associations (for example, the California Big Cities Transportation Coalition, National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), League of California Cities or Transportation for America), and participating in meetings and events 
·         Identify and influence the development of funding opportunities at all levels of government 
·         Proactively connect the dots and build partnerships among DOT staff, other City departments and organizations outside of the City to advance mutually beneficial goals 
·         Work with the Groups division manager on special policy development projects like Unmanned aerial systems policy development. 
The Planning, Policy, and Sustainability Group is seeking an Associate Transportation Specialist who will, under general direction of the Senior Transportation Specialist, lead the long-range transportation planning functions and develop citywide and area-wide multimodal transportation plans, programs, and policies for implementation of the Envision San Jose 2040 General Plan Goals and Policies. The Envision 2040 General Plan embraces "planning for people, not just cars" and "creating walkable and bike friendly neighborhood villages" to transform San José into an interconnected and vibrant city from the traditional automobile dominant, suburban like city.  

The successful candidate is constructive, creative, and self-motivated, demonstrating a strong desire and skills to support transportation planning needed to achieve the General Plan Goals and Policies. S/he will have experience in carrying out technical and engagement processes of multimodal transportation plans. S/he will also collaborate with City staff on funding, designing, and delivering planned projects and programs. The position works closely with other departments in the City, consultants, developers, other jurisdictions and agencies, Planning Commission, City Council representations, and community members to ensure that transportation plans reflect community values, improve access to transportation options, advance equity, and improve health and social mobility for all. 

·         Develop data- and community-driven multimodal transportation plans that support existing population, future growth, citywide transportation and other goals, and community values.   
·         Provide strategic direction and scoping to transportation policies and related elements of plans for designated growth areas, including Urban Village plans.  
·         Manage the technical and engagement processes of transportation plan development, including planning, outreach, analysis, reporting, etc. 
·         Manage the transition between completion of developed plans and delivery of planned projects and programs by working collaboratively with stakeholders and City staff.  
·         Engage community members and other stakeholders in advancing planning and delivery of transportation improvements, programs, and policies.  
·         Work collaboratively with community organizations, City departments and offices, other jurisdictions and agencies, institutions, consultants, and private sectors.

The position requires occasional attendance and participation at evening and weekend public meetings and events. Given COVID-19, for the time being this and other meetings may be attended remotely.



Minimum Qualifications 
EDUCATION: A Bachelor's degree in transportation planning, city and regional planning, urban studies, civil engineering, or closely related field.
EXPERIENCE: Three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience in transportation policy development, analyses, or implementation programs, closely related field.
EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San José will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.
The ideal candidate will possess the most desirable combination of training, skills, and experience, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include:
Analytical Thinking - Approaches a problem or situation by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach.
Communication Skills - Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts.
Computer Skills - Experienced with common business computer applications including but not limited to: MS Outlook, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, and MS Excel.
Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills - Develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.
Selection Process
The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application and responses to the Job Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process. Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews, one of which may include a practical/writing exercise.
You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process.  Please note that there is a 4,000-character limit, including spaces, for each text response. 
1.    Please indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for Associate Transportation Specialist (SELECT ALL THAT APPLY):
a.    I have a Bachelor's Degree in transportation planning, city and regional planning, urban studies, civil engineering, political science, or closely related field. b.    I have three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience in transportation policy development, analyses or implementation programs.c.     I do not meet the minimum qualifications for Associate Transportation Specialist.
2.    Please provide your field of study.
3.    Please indicate what position you are considering (SELECT ALL THAT APPLY):
a.    Policy and Legislation
b.    Planning and Policy Development
4.    Please describe your experience in transportation policy development, analysis or programs, or similar experience in a closely related field. In your response, include the name of institution/employer and duration of employment. Your response should be consistent with your work history. (Please note: One year of work experience = 2,080 hours.)
5.    Please describe your experience developing, evaluating, and influencing policy. In your response, include relevant experience in memorandum writing, testimony, policy analysis, and other techniques you have found effective; provide examples and the impact of your work on policy outcomes.
6.    Please cite an example where you were involved in working with the community and/or multiple stakeholder groups on a transportation plan or project.  Describe the plan or project, your role in any meetings or presentations that were held, and how you were able to influence the outcome of the project by handling/resolving issues among the stakeholders.
7.    Describe how you proactively maintain your expertise and keep informed of the latest developments in your area of specialty. 8.    List any language, besides English, that you are proficient with. Indicate whether you can speak, write, and/or read proficiently. Otherwise, write N/A  
You must answer all job-specific questions in order to be considered for this vacancy or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration. 

If you have questions about the selection or hiring processes, please contact Danny Mendoza at

Additional Information 

Click here for information on Benefits. 

Click here for information on the California Equal Pay Act.


To apply, please complete an application via the City of San Jose’s website at The application deadline will be Monday, September 21, 2020 at 11:59 PM. Please allow adequate time to complete the application and submit before the deadline or the system may not save your application.  If your online application was successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic confirmation email to the email address you provided.  IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE THE CONFIRMATION, please email  and we will research the status of your application.  Please contact Human Resources at (408) 535-1285, or if you have any questions.




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