City of Santa Monica
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JOB TITLE: City Traffic Engineer

AGENCY: City of Santa Monica 

LOCATION: Santa Monica, CA 

FILING DEADLINE:  October 23, 2023

SALARY RANGE:  $148,488 – $183,312 Annually



The City Traffic Engineer develops and directs the implementation of standards for maintaining and operating transportation signs, signals, striping, and markings. This position manages large and complex projects. This position supervises, assigns, reviews, and evaluates the work of staff (currently 7.5 FTE).


Duties and responsibilities include, but may not be limited to:

  • Performs a variety of transportation planning, engineering, systems management and maintenance projects related to streets, sidewalks, travelers' advisory and traffic signal systems. 
  • Supervises, motivates, trains and evaluates assigned staff.
  • Develops, recommends, reviews and monitors municipal and regional transportation capital improvement programs and other safety improvements in conjunction with consultants, other City departments and divisions, and regional and State agencies.
  • Coordinates public use permits (i.e. street use permits, traffic control plans, use of public property permits, excavation permits) processes within the Division. 
  • Participates in the coordination of the City's Transportation system with the regional transportation system. 
  • Represents the City in professional meetings, workshops and seminars. 
  • Coordinates and develops engineering plans and specifications for large and complex improvement projects such as traffic signal system operations and infrastructure, neighborhood traffic calming projects, travelers advisory systems, and pedestrian and bicycle facilities.
  • Evaluates long range needs for municipal traffic engineering projects, operations and maintenance, prepares reports and makes recommendations.
  • Conducts selection of engineering consultants including developing scope, bidding, negotiation and project administration. Coordinates the preparation of contract documents and specifications.
  • Oversees and monitors the performance of contractors and consultants to ensure that work is being done on schedule, within budget and in accordance with the terms of the contracts and the division's work plan. 
  • Prepares and presents reports to City Council, private and public organizations, boards and commissions, outside agencies, and the City's management staff.
  • Responds to inquiries from the public, contractors, developers, and engineers and resolves issues.
  • Recommends updates to existing policies and procedures to comply with federal, state and local law.


The ideal candidate is passionate about multi-modal transportation and eager to collaborate with colleagues and the community to deliver innovative transportation projects that support the City's goals of Vision Zero, sustainability, and mode split. They are an excellent communicator, comfortable speaking in front of a variety of audiences, and is collaborative in approach to problem-solving and project management. The ideal candidate is an effective supervisor with experience managing competing demands and able to prioritize effectively to ensure that the team is meeting designated goals and objectives. They will be well-versed in the fundamentals of traffic engineering, including bikeway design and traffic signal operations, and eager to implement process improvements.


Key Skills, Attributes and Characteristics:

  • Principles, practices, and methods of transportation planning and traffic engineering. 
  • Principles and practices of supervision and leadership.
  • Principles and practices of project management and program administration.
  • Field engineering, including surveying, inspection, and construction practices.
  • Construction methods, materials, and equipment.
  • Applicable laws, regulations, and ordinances.
  • Budget development and project management.
  • Contract administration, proposal writing, grant writing, right-of way negotiations and entitlement processing.
  • Computer aided design drafting, databases, spreadsheets, and related technical software.
  • Caltrans Traffic Safety Handbook for street delineation guidelines, and field employee safety practices.
  • Establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships with City employees and the general public. 



The City of Santa Monica is a beautiful beachfront community of 8.3 square miles, but with a significantly large feel and impact. Home to some 91,000 residents, Santa Monica has earned an international reputation as a progressive and forward-thinking municipality well known for its high quality of life, innovative programs and service delivery, a highly engaged community, along with a strong commitment to social and economic diversity, fair housing, the arts, and sustainability.


For more details about this opportunity, please visit the job brochure at: https://koffassociates.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/City-of-Santa-Monica-City-Traffic-Engineer-Rev.pdf


You will apply via the following link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/santamonica/jobs/4193894/city-traffic-engineer


For additional information, please contact: 

Joshua Boudreaux 

(510) 901-0044 


Website: https://koffassociates.com/


To learn more about the City of Santa Monica, go to: https://www.santamonica.gov/