Transportation Planner, DDOT

Job Title: Transportation Planner

Company/Organization: District Department of Transportation

Salary: $78,687.00 – $101,385.00

Contact Info/How to Apply: DC Website

Position Description:

This position is located in the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), Policy, Planning Sustainability Administration (PPSA),Strategic Planning Branch. The incumbent is responsible for formulating  plans studies and policies pertaining to the District of Columbia’s (District) transportation network for the safe and efficient movement of people, goods and information along the public rights-of-way; and to improve the District’s environmental quality, economic competitiveness and quality of life for its citizens.

Major Duties

Serves as an expert technical advisor for development of neighborhood, corridor and other types of transportation plans with emphasis on a multi-modal, comprehensive approach. Ensures that such plans provide a safe and efficient, balanced  transportation system for District citizens and other users, regardless of mode.

Develops multi-modal plans and projects for the preservation and expansion of city-wide transportation systems and facilities as well as for an improved quality of life for District citizens that provide a guide for investment of District and Federal resources. Develops scopes of work for various types of transportation studies including strategic, livability, corridor, etc. to assess and improve city-wide transportation services to include more choices and reliability in the transportation network. Manages consultant studies from contracting to project completion,  designed to improve city-wide safe transportation systems. Assesses the operational effectiveness of city-wide transportation systems relative to capacity, design, level-of-service, and safety. Plan and designs, transportation system management with safety and mode choice in mind.

Develops alternatives for assuring the safe and efficient utilization of the public transportation system within the District. Prepares technical position papers, reports on issues intended to increase the reliability, efficiency and safety of the City’s transportation system. Facilitates community meetings and delivers presentations to diverse audiences to explain transportation projects and programs.

Coordinates with other Department personnel, i.e., safety, operational, construction, public space, etc. as well as other District, regional and national agencies to ensure mutual commitment in the basic policy regarding land use and transportation systems’ compatibility. Attends other meetings, seminars, and professional conferences relating to public transportation systems planning. Attends evening meetings, as necessary to coordinate Studies and Plans with the general public.


Candidate must have experience in  and ability to develop a transportation plan that includes development of a scope of work data collection, a strong analysis component, a clear layout of alternatives, knowledge in the assessment of the findings, and strong, data backed reasoning for the proposed alternative that meets the mission and goals of DDOT.

Candidate must be self-directed and able to work independently; be flexible and a reliable team player, both internally and externally.

Ability to effectively communicate orally and in written formats technical information pertaining to transportation planning studies, projects, program analyses, and to facilitate meetings and the coordination of related program.

Licensures, Certifications and other requirements 

Incumbent is required to perform work after normal duty hours, attend community meetings, and will be required to attend evening or weekend community meetings on an as needed basis.

This position has been designated as an essential employee position under the provisions of District Personnel Manual Chapter 12.  As such, your service may be required in emergency situations to perform crucial duties, e.g., snow removal, debris removal, transportation, shelter operations, food distribution, and communication.  These duties maybe performed when the government is closed or when most employees are dismissed early.

This position maybe subject to criminal background checks and/or driving record checks, as well as random drug and alcohol testing pursuant to DC Act 15-620.

Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s licenses.

Work Experience

Candidate should have a minimum of three (3) to eight (8) years of progressively responsible specialized experience in transportation planning.
Technical experience in trip generation, VISIM, Travel Demand Models, as well as, experience working with National Environmental Policy Act is a plus.