City of Santa Monica
September 16, 2023
Santa Monica, CA
Job Type


Job Summary
Performs professional engineering and project management work related to transportation programs, operations , and facilities. Manages and maintains the City's traffic control system, signing and striping, and residential traffic management programs.

Works under the administrative supervision of the Principal Traffic Engineer. Exercises supervision over assigned staff, contractors, and consultants.

Representative Duties

Prepares, reviews, and approves the design, supporting calculations, specifications, and estimates for a wide variety of transportation engineering projects, including but not limited to; traffic signals, signing and striping, temporary traffic control, and event traffic management.

Prepares analyses related to proposed traffic and circulation changes. Analyzes the impacts of proposed developer traffic mitigation strategies.

Conducts or oversees studies and prepares reports and correspondence related to traffic control issues; presents associated information to City Council, the Planning Commission, local neighborhood advisory committees, and civic groups.

Prepares grant applications and negotiates funding agreements.

Provides assistance regarding traffic safety issues to other City departments.

Directs the design and implementation of traffic signal devices. Supervises, operates, and monitors the City's traffic signal system, including providing technical expertise in identifying and correcting signal operational problems, programming signal operations, coordinating parameters, and reporting malfunctions.

Directs and/or performs the collection of traffic and other related data, such as traffic volume, capacity origin and destination, speed, accident reports, and pedestrian and bicycle counts in order to prepare reports, tables, maps, and graphs related to traffic and pedestrian safety, road and intersection design, and traffic control.

Issues work orders, specifications, and standards for new or revised traffic control devices. Responds to non-routine public requests for traffic control changes. Provides technical guidance to transportation planning, traffic operations, and other City staff. Coordinates with the signing and striping crews to ensure that work standards are met for the division.

Leads and coordinates the work of others, including division staff, contractors, and consultants to ensure that work is completed on schedule, within budget, and in accordance with the terms of the contracts and the division's work plan.

Performs project management work, including monitoring status, design, budgets, and account balances for transportation engineering projects. Recommends budget strategies for funding engineering projects.

Reviews local traffic operating conditions in the field.

Prepares capital project scoping and cost estimate reports. Assesses the feasibility of proposed designs.

Negotiates with contractors regarding change orders for compliance with contract documents.

Ensures the division's compliance with applicable ordinances, regulations, and standards for a variety of projects.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills:

Knowledge of:

Principles and practices of transportation engineering

Design principles and construction techniques, scheduling, and phasing

Signal system technologies

Traffic operations and highway capacity theory fundamentals

Vehicle, bicycle, pedestrian and transit design and operational standards

Various state and federal standards pertaining to road design, such as the California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devises

Government processes and regulations

Project management techniques

Effective customer service techniques

Ability to:

Read, interpret, and check engineering drawings and designs, including specifications, cost estimates, and signal timing and phasing plans

Prepare calculations to support engineering designs in accordance with applicable codes

Develop comprehensive programs for the analysis and implementation of new traffic engineering strategies

Identify the need for change orders and evaluate the financial status of projects

Prepare traffic control and construction phasing plans

Prepare recovery schedules to ensure completion of projects in a timely manner

Prepare clear and concise written and oral reports, including recommendations

Direct and monitor the installation of traffic control devices

Manage multiple tasks with varying deadlines

Interpret and apply policies, codes, and regulations

Exercise sound business decisions

Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with city employees and the public

Provide effective customer service

Minimum Qualifications:
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering or a closely related field.

Experience: Four years of paid, work experience in transportation engineering, transportation management, civil engineering, or a closely related field. Two years of the required experience must include project management and municipal engineering experience.

Licenses and Certificates:
Possession of a valid Class C driver license or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.
Registration as a Professional Civil Engineer (PE) in the State of California.
Registration as a Traffic Engineer (TE) in the State of California is desirable.

Work is performed indoors in a home office setting, in accordance with the City's Telework/Flexible Workplace Policy, and/or work office setting with frequent interruptions. Outdoor work requires exposure to moving equipment, dust, noise, odor, slippery surfaces and season weather conditions; it will be required to use safety gear and follow safety procedures. Physical demands include sitting, standing, kneeling, bending, reaching, carrying plans, equipment and product sample and involves walking. Work involves deadlines and multiple assignments. Incumbents may be asked to occasionally work evening or weekend shifts and be on-call after hours during emergencies.

Supplemental Information
How to Apply:
Applicants must submit a clear, concise, completed on-line City Application along with any required supplemental application materials with the Human Resources Department by the filing deadline. If you do not submit your on-line application by the filing deadline, you will not be considered for this position. Please note, applications may be rejected if incomplete. Resumes, CVs and cover letters are not reviewed as part of the application screening process.

If you would like for your education to be considered, you must attach a copy of your college level transcripts or diploma to your online application. Applicants who indicate receipt of college level coursework or degree from a foreign institution must provide United States credential equivalency verification along with a copy of your college diploma/transcripts. All materials must be received in the Human Resources Department no later than the filing deadline. Failure to do so may result in your application being evaluated without the education being considered.

Selection Process:
All applicants must submit clear, concise and complete information regarding your work history and qualifications for the position. All applicants will be reviewed and only those applicants determined to be most qualified on the basis of experience, training and education, as submitted, will be invited to participate further in the selection process.

Testing may consist of a combination of any of the following and is subject to change as needs dictate:

Training and Experience Evaluation

Oral Interview

Background Investigation:
Candidates who have successfully completed all prior phases of the selection process will be subject to a thorough background investigation.

Inclusion & Diversity Statement

The City of Santa Monica is a progressive, inclusive and culturally rich community. As leaders in public service, we strive to be an employer of choice by attracting and retaining a highly talented workforce where people of diverse races, religions, cultures and lifestyles thrive. Our goal is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment where our staff are empowered to perform at their highest level and where their differences make a positive impact.

The City is an equal opportunity employer and strives to build balanced teams from all walks of life without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, ancestry, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state and/or local law. We aim to create a workplace that celebrates and embraces the diversity of our employees. Join us!

Special assistance with the application and examination process is available, upon request, for persons with disabilities. Call (310) 458-8246, TDD (310) 458-8696 (Hearing Impaired Only).

Please note the request for reasonable accommodations must be made to Human Resources at least three work days prior to the examination.

The City's liberal fringe benefits for full-time employment include sick leave, holiday and vacation pay, the Public Employees Retirement System, medical, dental and vision insurance, credit union, deferred compensation, tuition reimbursement, Dependent Care Assistance Plan and Marine Park Childcare Center.

Closing Date/Time: 10/23/2023 5:30 PM Pacific

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