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City of Torrance
Class Code: 3316

Class Designation: Civil Service

November 2007

Representation Unit: Executive and Management Employees


Transportation Planning Manager

Under general direction, plans, organizes and directs the activities of the Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering Division, including conducting transportation planning and traffic engineering studies, research and analysis; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Distinguished from the Community Development Director in that the incumbent is not responsible fore the entire Department.  Distinguished from the Planning Associate or Associate Engineer in the incumbent manages a division of the department. Work is performed within a broad framework of general policy and requires creativity and resourcefulness to accomplish goals and objectives and to apply concepts, plans and strategies that may deviate from traditional methods and practices.  Work is reviewed for overall results.

Supervision Exercised/Received

Receives general direction from the Community Development Director; provides direct supervision over professional-level planning and engineering positions and office support personnel.

Examples Of Essential Duties

The following duties represent the principle job duties; however, they are not all inclusive.
  • Manages the work of transportation planning and traffic engineering division personnel including: assigning, planning, and reviewing work, evaluating work performance and completing performance evaluations, coordinating activities, maintaining standards, allocating personnel, selecting new employees, training, acting on employee problems, and recommending and implementing employee discipline;
  • Monitors staff performance, and coaches for improvement and development;
  • Develops and implements the City's General Plan by gathering, compiling, and analyzing data on economic, social, and physical factors affecting land use;
  • Develops, implements and evaluates Department plans, policies and procedures to achieve annual goals and objectives;
  • Plans, organizes and directs the activities of the transportation planning and traffic engineering Division;
  • Reviews research and progress on transportation plans and forecasts;
  • Reviews and approves transportation studies and proposals to assure consistency with Federal, state and local laws and regulations;
  • Oversees development and utilization of specialized computer programs and databases to identify transportation issues and analyze solutions to transportation problems;
  • Works with regional and intergovernmental agencies to develop regional transportation policies and methods of achieving those objectives;
  • Represents the City at Federal, state, regional and local transportation planning sessions;
  • Organize and participate in public hearings, analyze proposals and make recommendations;
  • Provides staff support and makes presentations to City Commissions, the City Council and Council committees on transportation-related items;
  • Prepares reports and recommendations for City Council and commission agenda items;
  • Stays abreast of current developments in legislation and trends, which may affect the City and/or department;
  • Implements and maintains Federal, State and local mandates;
  • Attends and conducts meetings as required. 
  • Examples Of Other Duties

    The following duties represent duties that are generally performed by this position, but are not considered to be principle job duties.
  • Monitors the division's customer service request system to ensure effective and efficient public relations;
  • Receives and responds to public inquires and requests for information and assistance and takes appropriate action to resolve problems;
  • Reviews reports and other documents submitted by subordinates;
  • Assists in establishing departmental disaster plan as part of City wide disaster plan;
  • May participate in emergency callout and after hour support coordination;
  • Participates in EOC operations as needed;
  • Performs other related duties as required. 
  • Qualification Guidelines

    Knowledge of
  • Principles and practices of transportation planning and traffic engineering, transit planning and transportation demand management;
  • Transportation planning and traffic engineering models and forecasting methods;
  • Land use planning and zoning concepts and regulations;
  • Federal, state, regional and local transportation programs, funding sources and regulations;
  • Components of regional transportation plans, including the Congestion Management process;
  • Air quality and environmental protection issues, regulations and practices including familiarity with the CEQA process and the regional Air Quality Management Plan;
  • Supervisory principles, practices and techniques;
  • Management and supervisory principles and practices including supervision and employee relations;
  • Principles of budget preparation, budget estimation and tracking;
  • Applicable local, State and Federal regulations;
  • Hazards and generally accepted safety standards;
  • City ordinances and administrative rules and regulations affecting departmental operations and personnel matters;
  • General City operations.
  • Ability to
  • Understand and interpret long range transportation planning and traffic engineering models;
  • Evaluate future transportation needs and propose appropriate plans, policies and solutions to meet those needs;
  • Develop clear and concise comprehensive studies, reports and presentations;
  • Make effective written and oral presentations to the City Council, Council Committees, Commissions, and outside groups;
  • Administer consultant contracts;
  • Supervise subordinate staff, including coordinating, assigning, monitoring and evaluating work, hiring, training, counseling, and disciplining staff. and processing grievances;
  • Schedule work tasks and major projects;
  • Develop and monitor a divisional budget and establish budgetary controls;
  • Interpret and apply Memoranda of Understanding, City ordinances and administrative rules and regulations affecting departmental operations and personnel matters;
  • Develop clear, concise, and comprehensive studies, reports, and agenda items;
  • Understand and carry out oral and written directions
  • Review and prepare effective written reports;
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Make effective oral presentations to City Commissions, the City Council and other groups;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with City employees, City Commissioners, public officials, private and community organizations and the public.
  • License or Certificate:

    Must possess and maintain an appropriate California Driver's license.

    Education and Experience:

    Any combination of education and experience that would have provided the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:
    Graduation from a college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Transportation planning and traffic engineering, City or Regional Planning, Transportation Engineering, or a closely related field and three years professional transportation planning and traffic engineering experience to include evaluating policy options and making recommendations on a variety of proposed transportation plans and policies, including transit and transportation demand management.  A Master's Degree in a related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.
    A valid certificate of registration issued by the California State Board of Registration for Civil and Professional Engineers.
    Special Requirements:
    Performance of the essential duties of this position includes the following physical demands and/or working conditions:
    Requires the ability to exert a small amount of physical effort in sedentary to light work involving moving from one area of the office to another; requires sufficient hand/eye coordination to perform semi-skilled repetitive movements, such as data entry and the use of calculators.  Tasks require sound and visual perception and discrimination, as well as oral communications ability. Tasks are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions.

    Career Ladder Information

    Experience gained in this classification in addition to training and course work may serve towards meeting the minimum requirements for promotion to Community Development Director.