Senior Planner (AFSCME) Pool Posting

  • BART
  • Oakland, California
  • Oct 31, 2019
Full Time Community and Economic Development Parks and Recreation Planning and Development

Job Description

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 employment 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 benefits, paid time off, and the CalPERS retirement program.


Strategic and Policy Planning

Pay and Benefits

BART offers comprehensive compensation and benefits programs. Benefits include CalPERS pension; excellent medical (effective January 1, 2019 current employee cost $147.14 monthly for most plans), vision, and dental coverage; supplemental insurances; paid holidays and vacation; as well as two investment programs, one of which is entirely funded by BART. BART does not participate in Social Security. Complimentary BART passes for employee and qualifying dependents.

Pay Rate

$106,286.37 (min) - $138,173.50 (max)/ annually - AFSCME Pay Band F
Note: Initial salary offer will be between $106,286.37 - $122,229.94 (commensurate with experience).

Posted Date

October 30, 2019
** This announcement will be used to establish a pool of eligible candidates for vacancies that may occur within the next twelve (12) months.

Closing Date

Open Until Filled.

Reports To

Group Manager of Station Area Planning, Strategic and Policy Planning OR New Transbay Rail Crossing

Days Off

Saturday and Sunday

Who May Apply

All current BART employees and qualified individuals who are not yet BART employees.

Current Assignment

The Executive Office of Planning and Development is seeking to establish a pool of qualified candidates for the Senior Planner position. The position will support the Station Area Planning Department OR the Strategic and Policy Planning Department OR the New Transbay Rail Crossing Department on various projects and be responsible for planning duties in support of related work, coordination with other transportation agencies, and related duties as assigned.
The ideal candidate should possess the following skills, knowledge, and experience beyond the minimum qualifications:
  • Knowledge of travel markets, and regional growth policies to be used in transportation modeling and analysis assignments.
  • Formulating policies and strategies related to the District's Strategic Plan Framework.
  • Current and planned status of BART's infrastructure and capacity.
  • Role of BART in regional economy, environment, land use patterns, and public service.
  • Knowledge of planning, modeling and funding efforts at federal, state, regional, CMA and jurisdictional levels.
  • Advancing organizational change by integrating Strategic Plan into budget, employee performance and asset management efforts.
  • Bringing to bear best practices for international strategic planning from high-performance organizations.
  • Relationship between land use, transit and travel demand.
  • Knowledge of station area/land use/access planning and station design.
  • Project management, including scope, schedule and budget, and organizing and directing staff and consultant resources.

Essential Job Functions

  • Establishing and maintaining productive working relationship with District staff, various departments, internal and external agencies, the public, and other key stakeholders.
  • Establishes schedules and methods for providing planning services; identifies resource needs; review needs with appropriate management staff.
  • Participates in the development of policies and procedures; monitors work activities to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures; consults with senior management regarding policies and procedures; makes recommendations for changes and improvements to existing standards and procedures.
  • Performs analytical tasks in support of transportation planning; evaluates various aspects of program planning, development, and implementation; conducts technical analysis using economic, demographic, ridership data to advise on current issues and trends that may affect ridership, service, or use of property.
  • Participates in strategic planning activities with District management; recommends solutions to planning difficulties; identifies alternative planning strategies; tracks economic and market data to understand possible future implications from ridership, development, and strategy.
  • Manages consultant contracts; approves and monitors project schedule to ensure timely completion; ensures accordance with District standards and quality control programs.
  • Represents the District at a variety of meetings both internally and externally; presents goals and objectives of planning projects; responds to questions from concerned parties.
  • Oversees coordination of District resources on multi-jurisdictional projects; coordinates projects with private and public agency planning staff.
  • Oversees coordination of extension projects with internal and external staff in the areas of station area/land use/access planning.
  • Prepares analytical and statistical reports, memoranda, and other communications to senior staff, board members, and outside agencies and committees; develops and provides presentations to various public agencies and officials; conduct analysis of federal, state, or regional legislation, guidelines, and policies to understand implications for the District.
  • Attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of transportation planning.
  • May plan, prioritize, assign, supervise, review and participate in the work of District and consultant staff responsible for drafting legislation and materials.
  • Responds to written and oral requests from management and Board members as directed.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Working independently in the absence of supervision.
Knowledge of:
  • Operations, services and activities of a transportation planning program.
  • Advanced methods and techniques of transportation planning.
  • Current and complex principles and practices of transportation planning and analysis.
  • Principles and practices of bus operation, schedules, and equipment utilization.
  • Procedures and practices of procurement and contract management.
  • Computer software programs utilized in transportation planning models.
  • Advanced mathematical principles. 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:
  • Independently performing the most complex short- and long-term District planning duties.
  • Interpreting, explaining, and enforcing department policies and procedures.
  • Performing assigned project management duties.
  • Identifying alternative solutions, projecting impacts and implementing recommendations in support of agreed goals.
  • Coordinating the inter-departmental activities and inter-organizational teams.
  • Leading, organizing, directing, and reviewing the work of staff.
  • Analyzing, summarizing and presenting complex statistical and demographic data.
  • Identifying compliance issues in District facilities.
  • Identifying and responding to community transportation needs.
  • Operating office equipment including computers, word processing, and spreadsheet applications.
  • Working independently in the absence of supervision.
  • Understanding and following oral and written instructions.
  • Communicating clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

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 record.
  • Must be willing to occasionally travel within the state.
Additional professional experience as outlined above may be substituted for the education on a year-for-year basis. A college degree is preferred.

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, gender expression, age (40 and above), religion, national origin (including language use restrictions), disability (mental and physical, including HIV and AIDS), ancestry, marital status, military status, veteran status, medical condition (cancer/genetic characteristics and 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 emailing at least 5 days before your examination date at .

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, veterans 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.
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