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Tranportation Equity Planner

Toole Design
Oakland, CA
  • Expired: October 14, 2022. Applications are no longer accepted.

Transportation Equity Planner

Toole Design Group in Oakland, CA is looking to hire an experienced and talented full-time Transportation Equity Planner. Are you passionate about advancing equity in communities? Do you have a strong background in transportation planning and community building? Do you enjoy working on multimodal projects that make streets safer and communities more livable? If so, please consider joining our Oakland team.

This position earns a competitive salary and great benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability, a health savings account (HSA), and a flexible spending account (FSA). We practice what we preach and ensure that our employees also have access to transportation by providing them with financial incentives to bike, walk, or use transit for a better quality of life.

Your exact job title and role will vary based on years of experience. This position is open for candidates at the Project Planner level (5+ years), Senior Planner level (10+ years), and Principal Planner level (15+ years).

About Toole Design

Toole Design is the leading engineering, planning, and landscape architecture firm specializing in multimodal transportation. Since our start in 2003 as a single office in Maryland, we have expanded throughout the United States and Canada. Our talented team of planners, landscape architects and engineers are committed to delivering quality work that meets the needs of all people, regardless of age, ability, race, or gender. We have been named a "best firm to work for" and have one of the lowest staff turnover rates in the industry.

Every project our employees deliver directly and positively affects our communities. We are industry-leading experts, and we work hard to encourage a collaborative and team-oriented environment. We are focused on centering equity and inclusion in all of our projects and strive for continuous learning and improvement in all aspects of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

A Day in the Life of a Transportation Equity Planner

As a Transportation Equity Planner, you will work on exciting projects throughout the region and state, while contributing to efforts across our North American offices. You will join teams of professionals from a variety of disciplines; integrating input from a broad range of stakeholders to create award-winning plans and programs that build momentum toward positive change in communities and lead directly to implementation. You will work collaboratively with engineers, researchers, landscape and urban designers, and other planners to improve equity, safety, active transportation, and the public realm. You will help manage projects and develop tools and resources to help other staff integrate equity and inclusion into their projects.

Our projects are at all different scales: national, state, regional, and local. They encompass research, policy, planning, design guidance, program development, inclusive engagement, implementation, and evaluation. As a Transportation Equity Planner, you may lead or support equity analyses, demographic analyses, public engagement efforts, active transportation plans, multimodal corridor studies, urban repair/highway removal projects, Vision Zero, Safe Routes to School, trails and greenways, transit access projects, and more.

You will participate in business development pursuits in the Bay Area region as well as across our North American offices. You will get to work with a close-knit team that is passionate about the work and the communities that we serve. What unites all of our work is our mission: we never accept a project that does not align with our values. We think about equity, climate, safety, and health every step of the way.

Qualifications of a Transportation Equity Planner

  • Strong knowledge of multimodal transportation planning practices and techniques, including at least 5 years of work experience (preferably in California)
  • A bachelor's or master's degree in planning or a related field, or additional work experience
  • Subject matter expertise in transportation equity planning, including equity analysis and evaluation, demographic mapping, and equity framework development for planning projects
  • Understanding/experience grounding planning work in literature on systemic racism in the transportation system
  • Vocabulary and proficiency in discussing transportation equity, gentrification, and inclusive engagement. Experience facilitating discussions on these topics as part of project work is a plus
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills. Graphic communication skills are a plus
  • Thought leadership and proclivity to stay informed on emerging techniques, trends, and strategies for inclusive engagement, equity analysis, and/or other equity-focused planning techniques

You'll be great here if:

  • You're passionate about contributing to the Bay Area's future as a more accessible, sustainable, and equitable region
  • You understand equity and the role that systems of oppression have played in shaping access to public spaces, transportation resources, and opportunities
  • You have a strong working knowledge of Northern California's geography, public agencies, and political landscape
  • You enjoy managing projects and meeting client needs
  • You've led or supported complex projects that involve coordinating collaborative work between staff teams, consultant partners, and public sector or nonprofit partners; and managing schedules and budgets
  • You can build relationships, bring enthusiasm to exciting projects, and are detail-oriented with strong problem-solving skills
  • You are experienced at delivering high quality projects on-time and on-budget
  • You're flexible and interested in a variety of topics, as the types of projects you'll work on in this role will be varied
  • You enjoy producing high-quality work products and contributing to projects that get built

Work Schedule for a Transportation Equity Planner

This is a full-time position. We provide employees with the flexibility and necessary equipment to work from home up to 3 days per week. Our office is conveniently located in downtown Oakland, two blocks from the 12th Street BART Station. The office is easily accessed on foot, by bicycle, and via transit.

About our Oakland Team

We are a creative, entrepreneurial, and hard-working group. We have engineers, urban designers, landscape architects, and planners that bring the full range of services Toole Design offers, from innovative design and engineering, to best practices in urban planning, to cutting edge research and analysis. Our projects range from countywide plans to street transformations in dense urban communities. We have active projects in cities and communities throughout the Bay Area and Central Valley.

Ready to Join our Oakland Team?

We understand your time is valuable, so we have a quick and easy application process. If you feel that you would be right for this Transportation Equity Planner position, please fill out our application by clicking on the link on this page.

At Toole Design, diversity is a necessity, not a nice-to-have. We have a collaborative culture where people of all backgrounds come together to share ideas and build better, more inclusive communities. We encourage those from underrepresented communities - women, people of color, LGBTQIA+, immigrants, those with disabilities and people at all the intersections in between - to apply. Even if you don't think your current skill set checks every box below, but this role seems to align with your strengths, we want to hear from you.

We're proud that about half of our managers are women and we are committed to achieving racial diversity in our leadership as well. Toole Design is a woman-owned business and an equal opportunity employer (EO/AA/VEV/Disabled employer).

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94612 USA


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