Senior Transportation Safety Engineer/Planner
Oakland, CA Planning
Job Type

Toole Design Group in Oakland, CA is looking to hire an experienced and talented full-time Senior Transportation Safety Engineer/Planner. Are you passionate about eliminating roadway fatalities to achieve Vision Zero? Do you have a strong background in multimodal transportation and the Safe System Approach? Would you like to work for a firm that is committed to the well-being of its employees? If so, please consider joining our Oakland team.

This Senior Transportation Safety Engineer/Plannerposition with a focus on multimodal transportation 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.

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.

A Day in the Life of a Senior Transportation Safety Engineer/Planner

You are in a leadership role on an interdisciplinary team that bridges our planning, engineering, data science, and research teams. You lead and advise on projects that tap into your knowledge of safety planning, Vision Zero, the Safe System Approach, proven safety countermeasures, crash modification factors, high-injury networks, safety performance functions, and the Highway Safety Manual. Your work includes projects that use data-driven analysis to make streets and roads safer for people using all modes of travel, particularly people walking, rolling, and biking. You help deliver cutting edge Vision Zero Action Plans, Local Road Safety Plans, regional safety plans, road safety audits, SS4A projects, Vulnerable Road User Safety Assessments, and other similar projects around North America. You are an invaluable project manager, strategic advisor and mentor to people around the company. You assist with company-wide trainings and coaching mid-level staff who are becoming safety experts. You stay at the cutting edge of emerging trends and safety analysis methods, which allows you to help craft the next generation of industry-leading safety analysis methods.

We are targeting a salary of $100,000 to $130,000 for this position. Candidates with more experience and qualifications may be in a different range.

Work Schedule for a Senior Transportation Safety Engineer/Planner

This full-time position typically works a flexible schedule of 40 hours a week. We also provide employees with the flexibility and necessary equipment to work from home 2-3 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 an incredibly talented and creative, entrepreneurial, hard-working group. We have engineers, landscape architects, urban designers 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. We are a tight-knit team that has fun together and supports each other through when the going gets tough. We have active projects in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, San Jose, San Mateo, as well as Davis, Sacramento, Fresno, and many others.

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 Senior Transportation Safety Engineer/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).


Individuals may request accommodations or assistance with the application process by contacting 301-927-1900 and asking for Human Resources or emailing

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Qualifications of a Senior Transportation Safety Engineer/Planner:

  • At least 8+ years of transportation planning and/or civil engineering experience
  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in planning, design, or engineering
  • PE, AICP or RSP preferred
  • Demonstrated success as a project manager leading applied multimodal transportation safety projects at a variety of scales
  • Expertise on the Safe System Approach, Vision Zero, and highway/street safety principles
  • Experience integrating the Highway Safety Manual in project development for multimodal transportation projects
  • Knowledge of safety analysis methods applicable to multimodal transportation including high-injury networks, systemic safety analysis, and predictive crash analysis
  • Knowledge of statistics as they apply to roadway/multimodal safety
  • Experience with proven safety countermeasure selection and crash modification factors
  • Able to apply safety analysis to identify modifications to policies and design criteria related to multimodal transportation
  • Strong writing skills and experience as a lead writer on project deliverables
  • Ability to develop proposal materials and lead business development efforts
  • Ability to contribute to companywide trainings and teach/coach staff on the topic of multimodal transportation safety
  • Experience working in a consulting firm preferred

You’ll be great here if:

  • You are excited about leading plans that seek to eliminate roadway-related deaths and serious injuries
  • You enjoy collaborating across disciplines and offices to do great work for clients
  • You take initiative, and you deliver high-quality work on time and on-budget
  • You are detail oriented
  • You have strong project management skills
  • You enjoy producing high-quality work products and seeing your projects get built
  • You have the motivation to identify and pursue business development opportunities for a growing team
  • You have strong leadership skills and enjoy participating in multi-disciplinary teams
  • You are passionate about sustainability and the opportunity to work on challenging multimodal projects that make communities more livable
  • You have strong communication skills, whether written, verbal, or graphically
  • You can build relationships, bring enthusiasm to exciting projects, and are detail oriented with strong problem-solving skills