Transportation Planning and Development Manager

Multnomah County

Multnomah County, OR United States

This Work Matters! The Multnomah County Department of Community Services (DCS) is looking for the next Transportation Planning and Development Manager.

In this full time (1.0 FTE) role, you will oversee the Transportation Planning and Development Program. This program includes a variety of functions: regional policy and long range planning, safety, and transit, current planning, right of way permitting, and inspection. You will join the Transportation Division management team and lead a team of planning and permitting staff.

Coming into this role, you will bring knowledge of current and long range planning, with a focus on transportation principles. You will have program and project management skills and interest in process improvement. You have an enthusiasm for safety, accessibility, and equity. You will have the ability to listen to and collaborate with engineers and maintenance managers, understanding complexity and the trade-offs between the disciplines. You will have the ability to work with peers and partners within the County and across the region on transportation issues and goals. You will have a knowledge and interest in community focused public engagement principles and practices. And you will have staff management experience, coaching, and team-building skills.

Other duties include:

  • Managing multiple direct reports with diverse skill sets, work assignments, and backgrounds
  • Oversee/advise staff in implementation of programs and projects (development review, long-range planning, transit, safety, etc)
  • Facilitating and cultivating teamwork and implementation of the strategic plan
  • Overseeing and advising staff in Title VI compliance and effective public involvement on capital projects and regular public meetings
  • Developing program budgets and making recommendations to the deputy director and director for program improvements
  • Working with elected officials
  • Writing grants, developing grant budgets (both for capital projects and programs), managing grants including financial and program compliance

If this opportunity sounds like your next challenge, apply today!

We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying unless an item or section is labeled required. Please be clear and specific about how your background is relevant. For details about how we typically screen applications, review our overview of the selection process page.

Minimum Qualifications/Transferable Skills*:

  • Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in planning, public administration, engineering, geography, architecture, or a related field; AND
  • Three (3) years of progressively responsible experience in transportation planning; OR
  • Two (2) years of experience in engineering, current planning, community development, or land use planning AND at least one (1) year of experience in transportation planning; AND
  • One (1) year leadership or supervisory experience
  • Possession of a valid driver license

Preferred Qualifications/Transferable Skills*:
You do not need to have the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills to qualify. However, keep in mind we may consider some or all of the following when identifying the most qualified candidates. Please clearly explain on your application how you meet any of the following preferred qualifications/transferable skills.

  • Master's degree in Planning related field
  • Knowledge of and the ability to interpret and apply federal, state and local laws and policies and plans as they relate to current planning, transportation infrastructure, and permitting
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local grant programs. Ability successfully apply for grants, manage financial
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally, in writing, via presentations, to audiences ranging from the County board of commissioners and state legislators to regional partners, peers, and staff.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other department staff, other County employees, vendors, contractors, community partners, elected officials and the public
  • Ability to select, supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff while cultivating a positive and connected work atmosphere.
  • Ability to lead through collaboration, team building, mentoring, and coaching, and model this leadership style for others.

*Transferable skills: Your transferable skills are any skills you have gained through education, work experience (including the military) or life experience that are relevant for this position. Be sure to describe any transferable skills on your application and clearly explain how they apply to this position.

The Application Packet:
Please be sure to provide all the materials below in your application submission:

  • Online application: Explain all related experience (paid or unpaid) and training in the education and work experience sections of the application.
  • Attach a resume: Please indicate how you meet the required minimum qualifications. Attach the PDF document to the on-line application. Be sure to explain in detail, including dates, all related work experience, paid or unpaid.
  • A Cover Letter: This should expand on your resume, address why you are interested in this position and demonstrate how your experience and skill set align with the minimum and preferred qualifications listed.

Note: The application, resume, and cover letter should clearly demonstrate your work experience/skills and how they relate to the descriptions provided in the ‘Overview’ and ‘To Qualify’ sections of this job posting. Please be thorough, as these materials will be used to determine your eligibility for an interview.

Internal candidates: After you have applied, you will receive the Oregon Veteran Preference Questionnaire in your Workday inbox. Your application as an internal candidate is not complete until you fill out and submit the Oregon Veteran Preference Questionnaire.

Type of Position: This salaried executive position is not eligible for overtime.

Salary: The starting pay assignment will be based on an analysis of the successful candidate’s related experience and education in accordance with the county’s pay equity policy and the Oregon Equal Pay Act.

Additional Compensation: Receive a $2,000 retention incentive bonus if hired before July 1st 2023. This signing bonus is taxable, and all regular payroll taxes will be withheld.

Schedule: Monday – Friday, 8:00AM – 4:30PM

Hybrid Telework: This position is designated as “hybrid telework,” meaning you will be working both remotely (from home) and in person at an onsite location. The designation of Hybrid Telework may be subject to change at a future time. All employees must reside in Oregon or Washington; the county cannot support ongoing telework from other locations. The onsite work location for this position is the John B. Yeon Annex located at 1600 SE 190th Avenue, Portland, OR 97233.


Experience Level
Senior (8-10 years)
AICP Level
Transportation Planning
Salary Range
$82,632.41-$123,947.54 annually