Job Alert: Senior Planner – Bay Area Rapid Transit @ Oakland, CA

November 20, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Job Title: Senior Planner
Job ID: 4935
Location: Lakeside- 21st Floor

Marketing Statement

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Ride BART to a satisfying career that lets you BOTH 1) make a difference to Bay Area residents, and 2) enjoy excellent pay, benefits and stability. BART is looking for people who like to be challenged, work in a fast paced environment, and have a passion for connecting over 400,000 daily riders to work, school and other places they need to go. BART offers a competitive salary, comprehensive health and medical benefits, paid time off, plus CalPERS retirement in the future.

Pay and Benefits
BART offers one of the most comprehensive compensation and benefits programs you will find anywhere. We pay at rates that are strongly competitive in the labor market, and complement our pay program with an outstanding benefits package. Benefits include the renowned CalPERS pension, excellent medical, vision, and dental coverage, supplemental insurances, excellent paid holidays and vacation, as well as two investment programs, one of which is entirely funded by BART on your behalf. BART also saves you money in your paycheck because no deductions are made for Social Security.

Pay Rate
$83,721 – $108,837 /Annually (AFSCME Pay Band E)

Posted Date: Thursday, November 20, 2104.  This announcement will be used to establish a pool of eligible candidates for vancancies that may occur within the next (12) months.

Closing Date : Thursday, December 11, 2014

Reports To
V. Menotti
Days Off
Saturday and Sunday
Who May Apply
All current BART employees and qualified individuals who are not yet BART employees.

Current Assignment
The Office of Planning and Development is recruiting a Senior Planner to support various District initiatives. Each position will be responsible for a combination of planning duties in support of station area planning, access and system expansion projects as well as developing and coordinating the acquisition of funding for projects and programs with other transportation agencies; and performs related duties as assigned.

The selection for each position will be based on the candidate’s qualifications and needs of the Department; each candidate will demonstrate a combination of the following criteria beyond the minimum qualifications:

  • *Station Area Planning, including consideration of station access and capacity.
  • * Understanding of local land use decision making processes, and experience coordinating with local governments.
  • * Experience with place making, to better connect BART fare gates to surrounding communities and enhance the transit customer experience.
  • *Travel markets, and regional growth policies to be used in transportation modeling and analysis assignments.
  • *Formulating policies and strategies for implementing station area, access, or system expansion plans.
  • *Relationship between land use, transit and travel demand.
  • * Knowledge of laws and regulations applicable to transit system development (i.e. California Environmental Quality Act, Federal Title VI, Americans with Disabilities Act, California Title 24).
  • *Project management, including scope, schedule and budget, and organizing and directing staff and consultant resources.
  • *Establishing and maintaining working relationship with District staff, various departments, internal and external agencies, the public, and other key stakeholders.
  • * Proven ability to engage the public and key stakeholders with effective communication techniques, particularly as it relates to emerging social media strategies.

Essential Job Functions
1) Performs all planning duties necessary to advance transit-oriented development planning, service extensions, service capacity, as well as generates feasibility analyses and technical reports as required.

2) Applies understanding of travel markets, and regional growth policies to transportation modeling and analysis assignments.

3) Conducts environmental impact assessments; researches, assembles, analyzes, and presents data; coordinates inter-departmental, outside agency and public review of plans; presents recommendations to District management.

4) Develops, recommends or assists in formulating policy and strategies for implementing plans and planning services, and secures capital funds from diverse sources.

5) Develops scopes of work for feasibility studies, policy research, and project evaluation.

6) Develops and maintains effective, collaborative relationships with internal and external partners in order to advance the District’s objectives.

7) As assigned, serves as District’s representative to coordinate on joint agency planning projects; reviews plans, reports, and studies from other agencies which reference District plans; comments on plans, reports, and studies.

8) Prepares and monitors project budgets to ensure project is completed within budget guidelines and pursues funding opportunities.

Minimum Qualifications
A Bachelor’s degree in transportation planning, urban planning, economics, business administration, public administration, or a closely related field from an accredited college or university.

Three (3) years of (full-time equivalent) verifiable professional experience in transportation planning and analysis.

Other Requirements:
Must possess a valid California driver’s license and have a satisfactory driving

Additional professional experience as outlined above may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis. A college degree is preferred.

Knowledge of:

  • Current and complex principles and practices of transportation planning and analysis.
  • Statistical techniques, methods and formulas.
  • Methods and techniques of financial cost/benefits analysis.
  • Principles of business letter writing and report preparation.
  • Related Federal, State, and Local codes, laws, and regulations.

Skill in:

  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Independently performing the most difficult short- and long-term District planning duties. in support of agreed goals.
  • Coordinating the inter-departmental activities and inter-organizational teams.
  • Identifying and responding to community transportation needs.
  • Understanding and following oral and written instructions, and communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Selection Process

  • This position is represented by American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Applications will be screened to assure that minimum qualifications are met. Those applicants who meet minimum qualifications will then be referred to the hiring department for the completion of further selection processes.
  • The selection process for this position may include a skills/performance demonstration, a written examination, and/or an individual or panel interview.
  • The successful candidate must have an employment history demonstrating reliability and dependability; provide copies of certificates, diplomas or other documents as required by law, including those establishing his/her right to work in the U. S.; pass a pre-employment medical examination which includes a drug and alcohol screen, and which is specific to the essential job functions and requirements. Pre-employment processing will also include a background check. (Does not apply to current full-time District employees unless specific job requires additional evaluations)
  • The selection process for this position will be in accordance with the applicable collective bargaining agreement.


Application Process
External applicants may only apply online, at Applicants needing assistance with the online application process may receive additional information by calling (510) 464-6112.

Current employees are strongly encouraged to apply online, either at, or on WebBART. Current employees may also apply using a BART paper application by delivering the completed form to the Human Resources Department, or by mailing it to P. O. Box 12688, Oakland, CA 94604-2688.

All applicants are asked to complete the application in full, indicating dates of employment, all positions held, hours worked, and a full description of duties. On line applicants are invited to electronically attach a resume to the application form to provide supplemental information, but should not consider the resume a substitute for the application form itself.

Applications must be complete by the closing date and time listed on the job announcement.
Equal Employment Opportunity
The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition (cancer-related), genetic information or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

The BART Human Resources Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities or for religious reasons. Please advise the Human Resources Department of any special needs in advance of the examination by calling (510) 464-6112.

Qualified veterans may be eligible to obtain additional veteran’s credit in the selection process for this recruitment (effective Jan. 1, 2013). To obtain the credit, veteran’s must attach to the application a DD214 discharge document or proof of disability and complete/submit the Veteran’s Preference Application no later than the closing date of the posting. For more information about this credit please go to the Veteran’s Preference Policy and Application link at
Other Information
Please be prepared to present documentation in support of any required licenses, degrees, or certifications upon request.

When you have successfully applied for this position you will receive an auto reply e-mail acknowledging that your application was received for this position. Please retain a copy of the e-mail for your records. If you receive an auto reply that does not specifically reference this position, please call the Employment Help Line at (510) 464-6112 for assistance.

To verify submission of your application, click on the ‘My Career Tools’ link at the top of the ‘Careers Home Page’ after submitting your application to view the list of applications you have submitted (including application date and status). If you have further questions, please call the Employment Help Line at (510) 464-6112, between the hours of 8:15am – 5:00pm, Monday- Friday.