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Transportation Strategic Advisor - City of Kirkland ( Job # 18-0064)

This job is closed.

Minimum Salary: $8,474.00 per month
Maximum Salary: $9,969.00 per month
Employment Type: Full Time
Department: Public Works
Closes: May 09, 2018 at 5:00 PM
(Open to current employees and the general public.)


Join the Transportation Division of Public Works in this exciting new position!  Help shape the future of regional transportation in the City of Kirkland as the City works with our regional partners to implement bus rapid transit, park and ride expansion, transit oriented development, transit integration and route restructuring, and a new freeway interchange.  All in support of Kirkland’s vision of being a vibrant, attractive, green and welcoming place to live, work and play.

The Transportation Strategic Advisor provides leadership and planning for the City on regional transportation programs and projects that are within or impact the City of Kirkland. Acts as the City’s primary point of contact for Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), Sound Transit, King County, and other regional jurisdictions, assimilating and disseminating information across City departments, and facilitating the resolution of issues. This position represents the City Manager’s Office and the Public Works Department in multi-jurisdictional forums on matters relating to high-profile regional transportation programs, policies, and projects.  The program will advance transportation mobility, safety and operations through development of partnerships with local and regional partners.

Essential Duties
  1. Manage complex intergovernmental relations activities related to regional transportation.  Functions as the City’s main point of coordination on major regional transportation, including WSDOT I-405 projects, Sound Transit 3, and King County Metro Transit long-range plan implementation.
  2. Coordinate with appropriate internal and external stakeholders. Represent Kirkland (City Manager’s Office and Public Works Department) in coordination and negotiation of complex intergovernmental transportation issues and projects. Attends intergovernmental meetings on behalf of the City of Kirkland.
  3. Prepare, coordinate, or oversee preparation and presentation of technical analysis for regional projects to City staff, City Council, Transportation Commission and regional transportation stakeholder groups.
  4. Analyze public policy options and makes recommendations to the Public Works Department, City Manager’s Office, City Council, Transportation Commission, and regional transportation stakeholder groups.
  5. Advocate for City interests in regional transportation project planning and design, including multi-modal and place-making attributes.
  6. Develop public and private section partnerships to support transportation, including transit-oriented development, regional transit (bus and light-rail) projects, and/or other regional transportation projects identified in regional and local transportation plans.
  7. Develop new Shared Mobility partnerships to advance alternate travel options.
  8. Provide excellent service to internal and external customers. Provide leadership to community coalitions.
  9. Prepares communications for, and makes presentations to a wide range of audiences, including elected officials, the City Council, the City Manager, City Council committees and work groups, intergovernmental teams, technical staff, and the public.
  10. Develop and deliver clear explanations of complicated issues to a variety of audiences including elected officials.
Minimum Qualifications
  1. Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, urban planning (with emphasis on transportation planning), or construction management, or other field related to transportation planning, policy, engineering, and/or construction.
  2. 4 years increasingly responsible experience in transportation engineering, planning and policy development within a local government context.
  3. Requirements 1 and/or 2 may be substituted with any combination of education, experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
Preferred Qualifications
  1. Advanced degree(s) and experience in intergovernmental relations preferred.
  2. Experience preparing grant applications and managing grant projects.
Hours of Work

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday

Working Conditions & Physical Activities

Work is normally conducted within an office setting.  Some field work / investigation / measurements required for job.

Union Affiliation

As a condition of employment, must become a member of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees Union (AFSCME) within 30 days of employment or meet alternate regulations as set forth in the Agreement between the Union and the City.

Special Note

This is a limited term position with approved funding for three years.


City Hall
123 5th Ave
Kirkland, WA 98033