Pierce Transit

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Principal Planner - Scheduling #19003

Pierce Transit
Lakewood, WA Contract
Posted on January 24, 2019

Principal Planner - Scheduling

Salary: $81,693.00 - $118,445.00 Annually

Location: Lakewood, WA

Job Type: Full-time

Department: Planning and Community Development

Job Number: 19003

Closing: 1/31/2019 4:00 PM Pacific


Pierce Transit is an independent municipal organization, dedicated to fulfilling the mission of improving people's quality of life by providing safe, reliable, innovative, and useful transportation services that are locally based and regionally connected.

As a regional leader in Transit, we are here to help people get where they need to be quickly, reducing commuter stress, improving public safety, greening the environment and radically improving urban air quality by providing comfortable, effective transit services for thousands of our community members.

The Planning and Community Development division is actively seeking a highly skilled and seasoned professional to fill the Principal Planner - Scheduling position in Lakewood. Reporting to the Planning Manager, this role will be relied on to  play a critical role in the development of complex plans, programs, and designs for new public transportation routes and services.

The ideal candidate will be an exceptional communicator who will enjoy building strong and  collaborative relationships with stakeholders inside Pierce Transit, and in the community we serve. This person will have proven leadership skills and a deep commitment to public service. They will mentor and coach as they supervise professionals on the team, using their depth of knowledge in transit planning to build individual and team capacity. Other regular functions in this role will include:

  • Analyzing current and proposed service to include the cost/benefit, productivity, staff and equipment parameters.
  • Conducting complex analysis and utilizing geographic information services to prepare reports and presentation materials and Board of Directors briefings.
  • Represents the agency at various regional committees with partner agencies and municipalities.
  • Manages projects and provides contract management and direction of consultants for service.
  • Coordinates scheduling activities and projects with other Agency departments and other Local, State and Federal agencies and organizations.

Essential Functions

The following functions are not intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed  in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.

  1. Selects, supervises, trains, mentors and evaluates staff regarding performance expectations, service issues, and interpersonal relations.
  2. Mentors staff to build individual skill sets, and team abilities, while planning for future agency staffing needs.
  3. Works with internal customers (e.g., Service Delivery and Support) to improve satisfaction with route schedules.
  4. Manages assigned budget and monitors and controls expenditures. Projects service hours available for future years. 
  5. Ensures compliance with Federal, State and local laws, regulations, codes, and/or statutes.
  6. Maintains working knowledge of federal transportation requirements as well as environmental codes to ensure agency compliance.
  7. Participates in development of RFP/RFQ, interview, and vendor/team selection. Develops task orders and scopes of work. Manages project budget, including expenditures and reimbursements.  Prepares monthly status report and expenditure reports to funding agencies.
  8. Oversees Geographic Information Systems (GIS) maps for boundary revisions, population and employment densities, land use, Title VI analysis, and other mapping needs as required. 
  9. Assists in developing and managing strategic planning processes aligned with organizational goals, measures and outcomes.
  10. Attends work group meetings within the Agency tasked with guiding strategic direction and associated external outreach.
  11. Represent the Agency and the interests of our riders and customers and shaping long range regional plans through participation in local and regional planning committees.
  12. Assists in the development of grant applications, project proposals and business cases. Develops scope of work, independent cost estimates and task orders.
  13. Develops requests for proposals (RFP), establishes and manages performance measurement plans, and generates timely grant reports. 
  14. Demonstrate regular and reliable attendance.
  15. Performs other related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of and skill in applying: 

  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluation;
  • Effective management of scheduling team, including setting priorities, resolving conflicts, and making decisions;
  • Scheduling software, preferably HASTUS;
  • Planning tools, preferably Remix Planning.
  • Design, implementation and evaluation of route and schedule structure;
  • Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes;
  • Leadership principles;
  • Public transportation service administration principles;
  • ArcGIS software;
  • Grant projects, transit operations, and basic knowledge of traffic signal operations;
  • Land use management, transportation demand management and interlocal agreements;
  • Report and document writing techniques;
  • Public relations principles;
  • Budgeting principles;
  • Customer service principles; and
  • Modern office equipment.

Skill in and ability to:

  • Interpreting and applying federal, state, and local laws and regulations;
  • Supervising staff and/or leading teams;
  • Analyzing and interpreting fiscal, statistical, operational data and/or other related information and developing and implementing recommendations based on findings;
  • Preparing reports, presentations, training materials, promotional materials, and/or other related documentation and correspondence;
  • Providing daily operational guidance and supervision;
  • Utilizing and analyzing census population, economics, ethnicity and density data; familiarity with Title VI implications;
  • Convey complex ridership and financial statistics in an easily understood format;
  • Managing and administering projects, programs or operational activities;
  • Monitoring and administering budgets, contracts and/or related operational measures;
  • Ensuring regulatory compliance of assigned area;
  • Planning and forecasting;
  • Providing customer service and client support;
  • Utilizing a computer and relevant software applications;
  • Establishing and developing effective and cooperative working relationships with others.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Transportation Planning, Urban Planning, Public Administration, Engineering, Political Science, or a related field (and)
  • Five (5) years experience in Transportation Planning; (or)
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.


  • Supervisory experience in a union environment.
  • Public Transportation experience.
  • AICP certification and/or certification as a Professional Transportation Planner through the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

Pierce Transit Is An Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
Pierce Transit has a strong commitment to the community we serve and our employees. As an equal opportunity employer, we strive to have a workforce that reflects the community we serve. 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.

Pierce Transit's Equal Employment Opportunity (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.