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Transportation Specialist - Department of Transportation - (2100115)
Job Location :
200 E. Santa Clara St.
San José,, California 95113
United States
City of San Jose
200 E. Santa Clara St.
San José,, CA 95113
United States
Employment term : Full Time
Degree : Bachelors
Travel : Yes
Job level : Senior Level 7+ yrs.
Work Authorization :
  • Authorized to work
  • The actual salary shall be determined by the final candidate’s qualifications and experience. In addition to the starting salary, employees in the Transportation Specialist classification shall also receive an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable compensation pay. 

    This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this or other divisions, or departments.  The skills sought for other positions may vary.  If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

    The Department of Transportation is looking to fill one Transportation Specialist position in the Transportation Planning & Project Delivery’s (PPD) Transportation Options group. The position will focus on development, regulation, and administration of micro-mobility solutions such as bike-share and e-scooters systems.

    The Transportation Specialist will be advancing the transportation goals of the Envision San José 2040 General Plan through coordination of shared micro-mobility in San Jose, specifically through implementation of the City’s Shared Micro-Mobility Permit Program.  This position fulfills key communications and program monitoring roles by effectively coordinating with City staff, partner, and neighbor agencies, shared micro-mobility operators, and community members.  This position reports to the Associate Transportation Specialist that manages the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program.

    The ideal candidate will provide excellent public service, be socially and politically adept, work well both independently and in a team environment, develop technical methodologies for surveying and reporting, be skilled in a wide variety of software, manage numerous shared micro-mobility operators and device types, creatively solve problems, and effectively communicate in situations that are sometimes controversial and/or ambiguous. The ideal candidate also has ability to apply progressive and sound principles of transportation planning to shared micro mobility programs.  Ability to communicate in Vietnamese and/or Spanish is desired, but not required.

    Key duties include but are not limited to:

    • Planning, coordination, documentation, analysis, reporting, budgeting
    • Program monitoring for compliance with permit regulations
    • Program reporting and communications including communicating with internal and external stakeholders
    • Program education and outreach coordination

    The position requires occasional attendance and participation at evening and weekend public meetings and events, as well as periodic field surveys throughout the city.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    (These qualifications are typically required.  An equivalent combination of education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities sufficient to satisfactorily perform the duties of the job may be substituted.) 

    EDUCATION: Bachelor’s Degree in transportation planning, city and regional planning, urban studies, civil engineering, environmental studies or related field.

    LICENCES/CERTIFICATES:  Possession of a valid driver’s license authorizing operation of a vehicle in the State of California is required.

    EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY:  Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San José will NOT sponsor, represent, or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.


    The ideal candidate will possess some or all of the following competencies (depending on specific position sought), as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for these positions include:

    Job Expertise – Demonstrates:

    • Knowledge of general transportation planning, design, and operations principles and best practices
    • Ability to manage and use datasets and experience with software tools such as GIS, AutoCAD, Sketchup, Adobe InDesign, Adobe, and Illustrator.
    • Ability to establish and administer program procedures and policies
    • Ability to use program management applications and software
    • Experience and effectiveness in program management
    • Strong written, verbal, and inter-personal communication skills
    • Experience and effectiveness in working with multiple stakeholders, including Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) / shared-mobility companies, residents, external transportation/transit agencies, consultants, and city staff
    • Experience applying for, managing, and/or administering grant-funded projects

    Constructive Energies - Demonstrates internal energy and drive, and a willingness to approach all aspects of work with a positive attitude. Examples include enthusiasm, reliability, initiative, honesty, integrity, empathy, dedication, respect, confidence, ethical behavior, and a willingness to help others, and a commitment to personal skills development and growth.

    Communication Skills - Effectively conveys information and clearly expresses thoughts and facts, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people’s ideas and thoughts

    Computer Skills - Possesses experience with business computer applications including but not limited to MS Office Suite.

    Project Management - Ensures support for projects and implements agency goals and strategic objectives

    Social Awareness - Demonstrates the ability to read or sense other people’s emotions and how they influence the situation of interest or concern; demonstrates empathy and organizational awareness.

    Creativity - Addresses objectives and problems while questioning traditional assumptions/solutions to generate creative ideas and new ways of doing business; exhibits creativity and innovation when contributing to organizational and individual objectives; seeks out opportunities to improve, streamline, reinvent work processes.

    Problem Solving - Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem; collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome.

    Political Skill - In taking action, demonstrates an understanding and consideration of how it will impact stakeholders and affected areas in the organization.


    The selection process will consist of an evaluation of the applicant's training and experience based on the application and responses to the Job Specific Questions. Only the candidates whose backgrounds best match the position will be invited to proceed in the selection process.  Additional phases of the selection process will consist of one or more interviews and may include a practical and/or writing exercise.

    You will be prompted to answer the following job-specific questions during the online application process.  Please note that there is a 4,000-character limit, including spaces, for each text response.

    1. Do you possess a valid driver’s license authorizing operation of a motor vehicle in the State of California?
    2. If you have a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree, state your field of study, and describe how it relates to the position. Otherwise, write N/A.
    3. Describe your experience applying for, managing, and/or administering grant-funded projects.
    4. Describe your experience with GIS, AutoCAD, Sketchup, Adobe InDesign, Adobe, and Illustrator.  Please specify at what level you use each program (beginning, intermediate, or advanced) and describe how you used each application in your work.
    5. Describe your experience with the following Microsoft applications: Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. For each software, indicate the frequency of use and examples of work products you’ve created.
    6. Provide examples of your experience with planning, modeling, analyzing, prioritizing, and/or designing projects and programs. Highlight any experience with transportation-related projects and programs.

    You must answer all supplemental questions in order to be considered for this recruitment or your application will be deemed incomplete and withheld from further consideration.

    Submission of a resume is optional. However, submission of a resume in lieu of completing the education and work experience sections on the application or failing to answer all the questions will constitute an incomplete application and it will be withheld from further consideration

    DMV AUTHORIZATION FOR RELEASE OF DRIVER RECORD INFORMATION:  As part of the conditional offer, all candidates will be required to complete and submit the DMV Authorization for Release of Driver Record Information form and will be enrolled in the Employer Pull Notice (EPN) program. 


    About the Department 

    The Department of Transportation (DOT) plans, develops, operates, and maintains transportation facilities, services, and related systems which contribute to the livability and economic health of the City. We comprise a team of more than 500 people ready to serve the needs of our residents to improve the efficiency and safety of San José streets. We are an energetic and innovative team that is improving transportation in the nation’s 10th largest city, while focusing on safety, sustainability, and active public life! For more information about DOT, visit

    City of San Jose Profile:

    The City of San José, the Capital of Silicon Valley, is one of the nation's best managed cities and one of the top ten cities in which to live, work, and do business.  Moreover, San José is the center of cultural, government and economic activity for the region.  The employees of the City of San José have embraced the following values:  Integrity, Innovation, Excellence, Collaboration, Respect and Celebration. 

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