Regional Government Services

Assistant Transportation Planner / Associate Transportation Planner

Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG)
Central Valley
6/5/2019 at 5pm or until 100 applicants
$55,311.00-$85,078.00 Annually

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


1111 I Street Suite 308 Modesto, 95354


The Stanislaus Council of Governments Invites Applications for the Position



Annual Salary Range:  Assistant Transportation Planner:  $55,311 to $74,160
Associate Planner - Transit:  $64,890 to $85,078

Final Filing Date:  June 5, 2019; 5:00 p.m.

The Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG) is seeking qualified candidates for Transportation Planner positions at either the Assistant Transportation Planner OR Associate Transportation Planner level to perform professional level work in the field of regional and urban transportation planning and related work as required. 

This is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the implementation of the brand new Measure L Transportation Ordinance and Expenditure Plan for the Stanislaus region.  This measure raised the sales tax in Stanislaus County on April 1, 2017, by one‑half cent for 25 years to improve local streets and roads, improve connectivity and reduce congestion. In this position, you will have an active role to ensure that road, transit, bike and pedestrian improvement projects and programs approved by the voters are funded and delivered. 

Under direction, this position performs professional planning duties related to the planning, programming and funding of transportation projects in the Stanislaus Region; represents StanCOG at a variety of policy and planning development meetings with state and federal agencies, local jurisdictions, and the public; ensures that projects are completed within established timelines and budget parameters; provides complex technical planning and research expertise to assist management in analysis of regional policy issues; performs special projects as assigned and related work as required.

The Assistant Transportation Planner is an entry-level classification within the Professional Planner series and is distinguished from the Associate Transportation Planner by the level of skills, knowledge, education and experience.  Initially under close supervision, incumbents perform routine planning and programming duties while learning StanCOG policies and procedures and becoming familiar with various systems and practices. As experience is gained, assignments become more varied and complex and work is performed with greater independence.  Positions at this level usually perform most of the duties required of an Associate Transportation Planner, but are not expected to function at the same skill level and typically exercise less independent decision making and judgment in the performance of assigned duties.

The decision to offer the position at an Assistant Transportation Planner OR Associate Transportation Planner level will be made at the end of the recruitment process based on these considerations.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Researches, compiles, analyzes and summarizes information, prepares and maintains financial spreadsheets.
  • Represents StanCOG in statewide and regional transportation funding meetings; conducts research and analysis regarding federal and state transportation funding legislation.
  • Administers grant programs, assists staff, management and representatives from local jurisdictions in the research and development of applications for grant funding.
  • Plans, coordinates and facilitates a variety of policy and planning committee and public participation meetings to present information, to promote programs and services, to stimulate discussion and/or facilitate consensus.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Any combination of education and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Education and Experience:

Assistant Transportation Planner

  • A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university with a major in regional, urban or transportation planning, community development, public policy or a closely related field.
  • Sub-professional or professional planning experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis to a maximum of two (2) years.

Associate Transportation Planner

  • A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in regional, urban or transportation planning, community development, public policy or a related field; and two years of professional regional, urban transportation or planning experience; OR
  • A Master's Degree from an accredited college or university in majors listed above and one year of progressively responsible professional regional, urban, transportation or transit planning and project management experience.

Knowledge of:
Principles, practices of regional, urban and/or transportation planning and policy development; principles of effective project management; local state and federal transportation funding mechanisms; effective public speaking and presentation techniques; modern office procedures, standard computer software systems and equipment.

Ability to:
Perform complex professional planning work with significant initiative and minimum supervision; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted during performance of work duties and responsibilities; effectively organize, prioritize and coordinate multiple projects and tasks with successful completion under critical timelines; analyze and compile technical, financial and statistical information and prepare reports; communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; analyze complex problems and identify logical solutions.

The Stanislaus Council of Governments is an association of city and county governments created to address regional transportation issues. It is a federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), a state designated Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA), and the Local Transportation Authority (LTA) for the Stanislaus region.


Ideal Candidate

Experience -  The ideal candidate will have two (2) or more years of professional regional, urban transportation or planning experience.

Licenses and Certificates – Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.

Education - A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in regional, urban or transportation planning, community development, public policy or a related field.



Insurance Coverage: 
Medical, dental, vision and life insurances are offered.
Retirement:  Employees become members of the Stanislaus County Employees Retirement System (StanCERA). A deferred compensation plan is also available. StanCOG participates in Social Security.
Holidays:  A total of 13 paid holidays are provided annually.
Vacation:  Ten (10) to twenty-five (25) days per year, depending on tenure.
Sick Leave:  Employees accrue sick leave at the rate of approximately one (1) day per month.
Work Commute Incentives:  Employees are eligible to receive work commute incentives for utilizing public transit, vanpool, carpool, walking or bicycling.
Flexible Time:  A modified nine-day / 80-hour work schedule is offered.

Special Instructions

Complete the online application, the required supplemental questionnaire, and submit a cover letter and resume.  All materials must be included to be considered as a candidate.  Applicants must clearly demonstrate through the application materials that they meet the qualifications listed above. 

This recruitment closes at 5:00 p.m., on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.

In addition to completing the online application, applicants must answer the supplemental questions and provide a resume and cover letter.  Upon review of application materials, the most qualified applicants will be invited to an interview based on the application materials submitted.  Applicants must clearly demonstrate through the application materials that they meet the qualifications listed above. 

Additional inquiries about the position may be directed to Noreen Griffin at Candidates with a disability who may require special assistance in any phase of the application or selection process should advise Human Resources by emailing


NOTE:  Neither Regional Government Services nor StanCOG are responsible for failure of Internet forms or email in follow up communications.

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