Contracted Services Transportation Planner III (Special Duty Assignment)

King County   Pioneer Square, WA   Full-time     Transportation
Posted on January 24, 2023
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$101,400.00 - $122,574.40 Annually

Seattle, WA

Job Type
Special Duty Assignment

MTD - Metro Transit

Job Number


1/30/2023 11:59 PM Pacific


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Metro Transit's Contracted Services Section is hiring 1 Special Duty Assignment for a Transportation Planner III that is expected to last 12 months and may be extended. This position will oversee delivery of critical Access paratransit change projects and programs that will strategically position Metro and the Access paratransit service for the future. The successful candidate will immediately begin providing oversight and direction for a contractor selected to provide analysis and recommendations; provide project management of KC internal teams as well as the contractor; and provide recommendation packages and briefing materials for upper management, executive and council members. Competitive candidates will have a growth mindset and the ability to proactively manage team priorities in a dynamic environment.

Metro Transit's Contracted Services Section delivers services that complement Metro's fixed-route network and is comprised of three work groups:
  • Mobility Services provides a wide range of successful existing and innovative pilot programs to enhance mobility for the general community as well as special-needs communities.
  • Access Paratransit provides paratransit services who are not able to use the fixed-route system as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. The group manages the Disabilities Act certification process for Access riders and provides necessary customer service to ensure equitable access to our services. The group also focuses on long-term strategic planning, technology, and performance management of the program; and is responsible for the management of the Access Paratransit contract.
  • Finance and Performance provides critical budget, accounting, finance and performance support for services across the section.
Who may apply and position information: We are only accepting Letters of Interest from current Contracted Services Section employees eligible for a Special Duty Assignment. To be eligible for a Special Duty Assignment, you must be a current King County Career Service employee and have passed your initial probationary period.

This recruitment may also be used to establish an eligibility pool for future SDAs in this classification and in this Section. Please note: We are currently also recruiting for 2 Career Service Transportation Planner IIIs in this Section via Job Post #2022AA17301 Contracted/Mobility Services Transportation Planner III . That recruitment will also establish an eligibility pool for future Career Service vacancies. If you are interested in this SDA and in the Career Service vacancies that are open now and/or may become open within the next 12 months in this classification and within this section, then we recommend you apply to both job posts (this job post and job post #2022AA17301 ).

Job Duties

Applying equity and social justice principles is a daily responsibility and a foundational expectation for all King County employees. In this role, you will apply equity and social justice principles that exemplify shared values, behaviors, and practices to all aspects of the work. As a Transportation Planner III (SDA), you will also:
  • Support Contracted Service Section, Access Paratransit workgroup including strategy, design, implementation, monitoring, reporting, and communications on all applicable programs, projects, and tools.
  • Provide analysis and recommendations for improving programs, including analysis of key performance indicators and standard operating procedures.
  • Develop projects and planning tools that assist project teams and contractors meet program needs.
  • Coordinate with internal and external stakeholders on projects and program development and implementation.
  • Lead, attend, participate and/or contribute to work teams, core planning team, implementation team(s), individual project teams and committees as appropriate to include preparing content, materials and information graphics for program briefings and updates as needed.
  • Assist with short and long-range planning, analysis and program evaluation activities on programs and projects assigned.
  • Draft decision packages and briefing materials for upper management, executive and council members.
  • Represent Contracted Services Section and Metro in a wide range of settings including advisory groups, project meetings, and executive leadership meetings.
  • Work collaboratively with a diverse group of individuals from a variety of different positions and backgrounds.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to equity, social justice, and sustainability.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

We are looking for candidates that meet the following minimum qualifications:
Bachelor's Degree in Transportation Management, Planning (Land Use, Urban, Regional, Transportation, Environmental), Business, Public Administration, Economics, Technology or related field and work experience in urban or transportation planning, shared mobility, demand management OR any equivalent combination of experience and education which provides the applicant with the skills, knowledge and abilities required to perform the work, including the following:
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in transportation planning, implementation, and analysis.
  • Demonstrated project management experience managing intra- and inter-agency project teams, working independently, and managing numerous complex projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated leadership capabilities to initiate and manage new projects, concepts, and partnerships.
  • Ability to effectively conduct analysis and present findings to decision-makers.
  • Excellent writing skills showing ability to effectively develop options analysis and recommends; and translate and interpret quantitative and technical information to non-technical audiences.
  • Strong oral presentation skills, including a proven ability to create and give dynamic presentations through excellent verbal, written communication and presentation skills.
  • Experience working collaboratively and successfully with a diverse group of individuals from a variety of different positions and backgrounds, including various level of local governments and the public.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Understanding of governmental workings, political savvy.
  • Experience with MS Office (SharePoint, Outlook, Excel, Word, etc.).
Desired qualifications:
  • King County Metro experience, supporting ACCESS or other ADA accessible mobility programs.
  • Experience with contract/agreement development and negotiations.
  • Knowledge and experience with a wide range of alternative travel options and concepts for people with special transportation needs, including ADA/paratransit service, community-based shuttles/vans.
  • Demonstrated experience in negotiating agreements.
Licensing, Certification, and Other Requirements:
  • Valid Washington State Driver's License by date of hire.
  • Ability to drive in multiple locations around the region.
  • Ability to occasionally work on weekends and after-hours, as needed.
Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers.

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play.

Guided by our "True North" , we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:
  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor's Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff's Office, and the Executive Office.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact the recruiter listed on this job announcement.

Application & Selection Process
Submit your letter of interest online at . Your letter of interest should detail how you meet or exceed the qualifications posted and why you are interested in this position.

Letters of interest will be screened for competitiveness, completeness, and written communication skills. Applications that are not complete or do not include the required attachments may be disqualified and not advance in the process.

The selection process used to determine the most qualified candidate may include: a review of your letter of interest only and/or may include a panel interview. Final offers will be contingent on a record review (personnel file review). References may also be conducted. Management will make the final selection of the candidate to be placed into the special duty assignment. The SDA will also be dependent on approval by your current supervisor. Pay for SDA will be in accordance with Personnel Guidelines or selected employee's collective bargaining agreement.

Work Schedule
The typical work week is 40 hours, Monday through Friday. This position is designated Exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and therefore are not eligible for overtime pay. Work outside normal business hours may be required occasionally.

Work Location
The primary location of the position is at the King Street Center offices, 201 S. Jackson St., Seattle, WA 98104.

Temporary Telecommuting Requirement
The work associated with this position will be performed through a combination of teleworking and working in the office. Employees in this classification will work in the office approximately 1-2 days per week in the future. Employees will have access to shared workspaces at various King County facilities. Employees must reside in Washington state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.

Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. Please note that when employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required, including the wearing of masks in some situations. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.

King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team that is redefining how we work as we transition to the department's hybrid environment.

Union Representation: This position is represented by PROTEC17: Professional and Technical Employees, Local 17
Class Code: 2421300 Transportation Planner III
Questions about this recruitment? Contact Angela Alcaraz, Sr. HR Analyst, 206-263-2466,

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being. Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:
  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page .

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails. Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.

NOTE: Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position.Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.

For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.