Senior Transportation Planning Engineer

Requisition ID: 30778 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top Employers, and Canada's Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.


Main Purpose & Function 

The Senior Transportation Planning Engineer provides leadership, forward thinking and strategic expertise to the City’s transportation planning projects and initiatives.


This position is responsible for collaborating and advocating with external regional and senior government partners, including those with significant funding and policy implications. The position will provide leadership to review and assess transportation initiatives, to support City elected officials and senior leadership staff on regional committees and boards (e.g. Regional Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC), and Mayors’ Council), through the Manager of Transportation Planning. The position is also responsible for leading regional transportation planning initiatives, such as coordinating regional greenway and cycling network connections, municipal cost-sharing programs, or regional major road network management plans. The position will also contribute to developing transportation capital plan, such as coordinating the Transportation Division in developing a 10-year Capital Strategic Outlook.


Key Contacts and Reporting Relationships

The position reports to the Manager, Transportation Planning Branch and manages a team comprised of Engineers and Planners. The position works cross-functionally with other transportation branches, other City departments and external stakeholders, such as TransLink, Metro Vancouver, Port of Vancouver and partner municipalities to develop, inform and shape future City transportation policy, and the transportation response to regional initiatives and major projects.


Specific Duties/Responsibilities

  • Provides technical leadership and strategic input into complex projects and processes
  • Analyzes, prioritizes and implements transportation planning projects over a 30 year planning horizon
  • Works collaboratively with team members and other City departments in a dynamic environment
  • Interprets City and Transportation policy, goals and department requirements for internal stakeholders, developers, consultants, and the public
  • Prepares regular transportation briefings for elected City Officials, and senior management staff for regional committees and boards, such as the Regional Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC) and Transportation Planning Subcommittee (TPSC), Greater Vancouver Urban Freight Council (GVUFC), Mayors’ Council (including related Investment Plans), and Metro Vancouver Board/Committees.
  • Develops, coordinates, and monitors division capital plans; reviews and coordinates cost-sharing programs with regional and senior governments.
  • Develops and leads transportation planning studies as required, such as Climate Emergency 5 year network plans (walking, cycling, transit), urban freight planning; supporting developing community plans and related mobility implementation priority plans
  • Liaises with other City departments, stakeholders and outside agencies, including working closely with the TransLink, BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Port of Vancouver, Metro Vancouver, municipal partners, and other key stakeholders.
  • Provides leadership and guidance to staff, including hiring, assigning responsibilities, managing performance, coaching, mentoring and training and development
  • Manages the procurement process, including defining requirements and negotiating terms of agreement, for engaging with external consultants to support City projects.
  • Guides and coordinates consultant work, and ensures due input from relevant internal and partner agency staff.
  • Participates in budget and workforce planning
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned


Minimum Qualification Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering with a Professional Engineer designation and six years’ of related experience in managing transportation planning projects, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Registration or eligibility to register as a Professional Engineer in British Columbia
  • Experience with transportation policy, transportation economics and sociology, analysis of transportation network options, transit planning and design, and complete street design principles or guidelines


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Extensive knowledge of civil engineering practices, principles and techniques related to transportation planning
  • Extensive knowledge of transportation economics, transportation modelling, and behavioral and network science  
  • Working understanding of City by-laws, transportation policies, infrastructure development processes, and policy development processes.
  • Excellent leadership skills with the ability to motivate, engage and mentor staff
  • Excellent communication (oral and written), interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Strong organizational and time management skills including the demonstrated ability to deal effectively with multiple tasks of moderate complexity and setting/meeting competing deadlines
  • Ability to research, analyze, estimate, and present recommendations for complex transportation projects.
  • Excellent Ability to write effectively, organize and maintain project documentation, prepare status reports and summaries.
  • Ability to speak effectively in public through formal and informal meetings and presentations.
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive, productive relationships at all levels in the organization and with external stakeholders
  • Ability to be proactive and responsive when resolving enquiries from the public and stakeholders
  • Proficient in the use of software applications and databases



Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300) 

Affiliation: Exempt

Employment Type: Temporary Full Time 

Position Start Date: August, 2021

Position End Date: August, 2023


Application Close: June 23, 2021

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, LGBT2Q+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process.  If you would like to be considered for this exciting and impactful career opportunity, please apply through our careers site.

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.  

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