Alta Planning + Design, Inc. is an international consulting firm with a mission to create active communities. We plan, design, and implement infrastructure and programs that improve community and individual health, safety, mobility, and livability, such as bicycle, pedestrian, trail, park, green-way, and roadway planning, design, and implementation, as well as outreach and education. We are looking for a talented Engineering Associate to join our Oakland, CA office.
Summary + Overview
This exempt role is responsible for supporting and maintaining client and partner relationships, ensuring successful project delivery, contributing to the growth of an office within his or her local market or region and leading and growing Alta’s team members to become well-rounded and technically proficient contributors to Alta’s success.
An understanding and knowledge of Alta, its culture and services, the ability to collaborate across discipline boundaries and deliver solutions which meet client expectations in a cost-effective manner is required in order to successfully meet the requirements of this position.
The essential priorities of this exempt, salaried position are to:
Nurture and grow client and industry partner relationships and secure work in support of Alta’s growth goals.
Enhance Alta’s reputation as a trusted advisor and expert by educating clients and other relevant parties, supporting solutions which will meet their business objectives.
Appropriately manage projects in a budget-conscious and time-sensitive manner.
Responsibilities + Tasks
Additional responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:
Contributing to the development of proposals, statements of work, contract addenda, and scope changes; may include presenting proposals to clients and negotiating the final deliverables and costs.
Identifying engagement goals and objectives leading the client and internal teams ensuring any risks to deliverable are property managed.
Communicating desired outcomes; advocating for the client and managing expectations.
Creating and maintaining project schedules.
Monitoring scope changes, securing necessary approval and implementing change orders.
Communicating the status of project deliverables to clients in a timely and effective manner.
Administering the project including scheduling meetings, developing agendas, and project documentation, coordinating internal project meetings, ensuring timely delivery and managing resources.
Managing and mentoring staff, providing feedback and professional development in a timely and effective manner; hiring and terminating staff as appropriate.
Contributing to Alta’s internal Professional Development programs by developing and presenting material.
Developing, implementing and maintaining annual strategic plans (“SPROCKET” plans).
May include oversight of daily office administrative functions for a local office.
This position requires a combination of skills, experience and education including, but not limited to:
Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering.
Eight (8) or more years of experience as a Transportation Engineer in a consulting environment or public entity; three (3) or more years as a Project Manager; three (3) or more years managing staff.
Professional Engineer certification required.
Knowledge of traffic signal, striping, and ITS design.
Experience in, and knowledge of, the field of active, non-motorized transportation.
Demonstrated understanding of and experience preparing Plans, Specifications and Estimates packages for roadway projects and a detailed understanding of project management principles, methods and techniques.
Ability to guide staff members and manage internal team expectations.
Exhibits strong initiative and ability to capitalize on opportunities to enhance Alta’s position in the marketplace.
Ability to manage competing priorities, multiple simultaneous projects involving cross-functional project teams within budgetary and schedule constraints.
Strong initiative and the ability to work independently with little or no supervision.
Ability and willingness to travel.
Excellent professional ethics, leadership skills, accountability, and decision-making capabilities.
Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication and analytic skills.
Good presentation skills and ability to communicate with diverse and multicultural communities.
Proficient in MS Excel, Word, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, Synchro/SimTraffic, or similar products.
Proficiency in an enterprise-wide resource planning and project management tool.
Preferred Skills + Certifications
There are a number of additional skills, experience and education that would be beneficial to this position including, but not limited to:
Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Urban Planning, or a related field of study.
PTOE highly desirable
Experience managing large projects for both private and public clients.
Experience writing and/or presenting white papers and/or providing expert level presentations at conferences and other events promoting the field of sustainable infrastructure and active, non-motorized transportation.
Experience using Deltek Vision and/or MicroStation V8.
Active participation in industry-relevant professional associations and committees.
To apply, visit and upload your resume and a cover letter, telling us why you're interested in Alta and why you'd be a good fit. Due to the high volume of applicants we will not be able to respond to email or phone inquiries.
Alta is an Equal Opportunity Employer Alta Planning + Design, Inc. is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants. It is our policy that decisions involving people are made on the basis of job-related criteria, independent of an individual’s gender, race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, physical or mental disability for which reasonable accommodation is available, and any other status protected by law. This includes decisions involving hiring, job placement, transfer, promotion, compensation, benefits, training and company-sponsored programs. Alta Planning + Design maintains formal employment policies, available on online and by request.
Affirmative Action Plan Alta Planning + Design, Inc. is a federal contractor subject to affirmative action regulations requiring written Affirmative Action Plans (AAP’s) for minorities and women, and for covered veterans and individuals with disabilities. We worked intensively with a local firm who specializes in Affirmative Action Plans to develop a program for our company that will not only satisfy our federal obligations, but will be a living document. This means the plan is integrated into our recruiting and evaluation procedures, and is revisited often in order to ensure we’re doing everything we can to embrace and promote diversity within our company.
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About Alta Planning + Design
Alta Planning + Design, Inc. is an international engineering, architecture, and design consulting firm with a mission to create active communities. We plan, design, and implement infrastructure and programs that improve community and individual health, safety, mobility, and livability, such as bicycle, pedestrian, trail, park, green-way, and roadway planning, design, and implementation, as well as outreach and education.