Transportation Designer

City of Chattanooga Chattanooga, TN
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Incumbents in this classification are responsible for general transportation design and project management including the review of architectural, civil engineering and landscape architectural plans for compliance with local, federal and state codes, regulations and established industry standards. Duties include project management for transportation/public space projects, collaboration with green infrastructure projects, coordination of the site plan review process as well as planning processes such as subdivision and zoning review. Position is highly collaborative with other departments and geared toward planning, design, and engineering for a comprehensive transportation system. Responsibilities require familiarity with public space design, general understanding of different scales of projects including building, landscape, and site and street design. Incumbent should understand community and neighborhood development, multi-mode accommodation, safety, and an understanding of place-making principles.

WORK LOCATION: Development Resource Center, 1250 Market Street, Suite 3030


The Transportation Designer is the first level of a two level transportation design series.

Examples of Duties:


(The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification, only a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.)

Maintain understanding of long range plans, bike/ped plans, complete streets guidelines, and multimodal standards such as the NACTO street and bikeway design guides, and the ITE Walkable Urban Thoroughfares manual. Complement review in the Land Development Office prior to Transportation Department sign-off on land disturbance and building permits concerning Code and policy requirements pertaining to transportation for the City.

Work with engineering and architectural firms to ensure that proposed driveways, parking lots, and ADA accesses and street fronts all conform to City standards. Follow up with after-construction review prior to the City issuing Certificate of Occupancy Permits.

Support the department in development of plans, designs, and scoping documents for all transportation and public space projects. Projects range from small-scale neighborhood traffic management projects and streetscape enhancements to multimillion dollar, major capital plan projects promoting citywide connectivity and multimodal travel.

Prepares and completes various permits, forms, reports, correspondence, presentations, design drawings, preliminary layouts, contract documents, project lists, cost estimates, meeting minutes, work orders, schedules, punch lists or other related documents.

Research, design and create presentations for the public, media and elected officials on comprehensive transportation and on specific projects. Help, plan and lead public education and advocacy efforts.

Develop content, create graphics and manage the Transportation Department website on

Create and maintain GIS data for transportation assets.

Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

Eight years of any combination of relevant education, training or experience sufficient to perform the essential duties of the job will be considered.

A Bachelor's degree in a design-related field and one year of related experience will be considered.

Examples of relevant education include a Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture, Planning, Architecture, Urban Design, Civil Engineering, or other design-related field.

Examples of relevant experience include design experience, such as but not necessarily limited to, urban design; site planning; street design; master planning; environmental and landscape assessment; ecological and sustainable development.

Additional preferred experience in each of the following areas: civil site design, computer-aided design and drafting, project management, construction management, inspection, planning or design review.


Valid Tennessee Driver's License.

LEED-ND, Green Associate and/or CNU-A certifications preferred.

Supplemental Information:


Knowledge of community and neighborhood development; multi-mode accommodation; understanding of place-making principles, municipal planning principles; land use planning principles; landscape architectural, civil engineering, site planning and architectural design principles; principles and practices of urban planning and development; construction principles, practices, methods and materials; applicable federal, state and local laws, ordinances, codes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.

Skill in hand-drawing and rendering, design utilizing software applications including Adobe, GIS, AutoCAD; skill in using computers for presentation, mapping and graphic software applications; interpreting planning and zoning programs; planning, design, management and stewardship of the natural and built environments; reading and interpreting a variety of technical plans, drawings and models, including architectural and engineering drawings and related documents; reading maps and scales; conducting research; analyzing and making appropriate recommendations on implementation of design and construction documents for municipal construction projects; writing reports and other documents; interpreting and applying applicable laws, ordinances, codes, rules, regulations, policies and procedures; organizing, collecting and analyzing data; resolving conflict and negotiating and mediating adversarial situations; report writing; creating and giving presentations; communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.


Positions in this class typically require reaching, pushing, pulling, lifting, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.


Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Incumbents may be subjected to extreme temperatures and travel.

All employment offers are made at the beginning salary unless otherwise authorized.

All employees must maintain Tennessee residency from the date of hire.

Only applicants who provide a valid email address will be notified when the position has been filled.

The City of Chattanooga, Tennessee is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the

Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.



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