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Principal Transportation Planner or Senior Transportation Planner, Executive Division

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit a letter of interest and résumé. This recruitment will remain open until filled. However, first consideration will be given to individuals who respond by September 30, 2023.


The city of San Francisco is at the center of the evolution of local, regional and global transportation systems, and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority is leading the way in understanding the effects of emerging technologies, crafting policy and investment solutions that address current and future needs, and ensuring that our transportation systems work for all communities. We’re looking to hire either a Principal Planner or Senior Planner as part of our policy team housed in the agency's Executive Division.  Principal Planner and Senior Transportation Planner applicants should have five or three years respectively of progressively responsible experience in transportation policy, fund programming, and planning.   An equivalent combination of education and experience is acceptable as described in the job descriptions below.

Reports to: Chief Deputy Director or designee                    

Exemption Status: Full-Time, Exempt

You'll lead multiple efforts, including managing or supporting policy and technical analysis; serving as a funding, legislative, and policy resource for co-workers, external agency staff and policymakers; and interacting with a variety of policymakers, public agency staff, stakeholders, and community members.

Examples of projects and efforts you may work on include:

  • Lead or support the development of policies and legislation to advance Transportation Authority goals and objectives, including research and analytical support.
  • Support San Francisco representatives on regional bodies such as the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and Bay Area Air Quality Management District.  You will coordinate internally across the agency and with city and regional partners to evaluate proposals, provide input, and, typically, seek to develop consensus on a strategic approach.
  • Coordinate San Francisco input into the regional transportation plan/sustainable communities strategy; develop strategy and input in areas related to transportation, environment, equity programs, climate adaptation, and housing.
  • Formulate and help implement funding plans and related advocacy strategies to support Transportation Authority and San Francisco priority projects ranging from small/mid-sized projects to regional mega projects like The Portal/Downtown Rail Extension. 
  • Lead, support, and/or provide input into new local, regional, state, and/or federal revenue measures and other legislation.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Principal may supervise external consultant teams, a Transportation Planner position, and interns.

Senior may supervise external consultant teams and interns.

Annual Compensation Range

Principal: $117,333 – 161,920

Senior: $101,174 – 139,618

Salary is dependent on experience, plus excellent benefits. The Transportation Authority offers an employer contribution to a retirement plan in lieu of Social Security. In addition, the Transportation Authority offers a generous cafeteria-style benefits package and flexible work arrangements including up to 3 days remote work per week.

Retirement: Up to 12.47% employer contribution

Insurance: Health, dental, life, short- and long-term disability and more. Medical and dependent care pre-tax reimbursement accounts.

Deferred Compensation (Section 457) Up to IRS limit

Vacation: Three (3) weeks of vacation per year during the first 5 years of service.

Holidays: 12 holidays per year, plus 3 personal holidays.   

Commuter Benefits: Up to $160 per month in Commuter Checks or a $20 per month bike benefit. 

How to Apply

Send cover letter (indicating where you saw this job posted) and resume via email ( or mail:

RE: Principal/Senior Transportation Planner, Executive Division
Attn: Human Resources
San Francisco County Transportation Authority
1455 Market St., 22nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe diversity and inclusion strengthen our work, and we strive to ensure our staff represents the communities we serve. 

We are committed to fostering an environment of mutual respect. We want to employ and provide career advancement opportunities for people of any:

  • race and color
  • sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression
  • religion and belief
  • national, social, and ethnic origin
  • parental status, including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation, or related medical conditions
  • age
  • physical, mental, and sensory disabilities
  • HIV status
  • marital, civil union, and domestic partnership status
  • past and present military service
  • family medical history and genetic information
  • protected status 

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