Position Title: Associate Director for Traffic Engineering and Safety
Number of Vacancies: One (1)
Tour of Duty: 8:15 AM - 4:45 PM; Monday - Friday
Area of Consideration: Open to the Public
Opening Date: December 9, 2016
Closing Date: January 23, 2017
First Screening Date: December 30, 2016
Duration of Appointment: Management Supervisory Service (MSS) At-Will Appointment. At-Will employment applies to the Management Supervisory Service (MSS). All position and appointments in the MSS serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and may be terminated at any time with or without cause.
This position is located in the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). The position serves as the Associate Director for Traffic Engineering and Safety, with responsibility for the leadership and direction in the design and construction of the District of Columbia’s traffic control assets and infrastructure for the safe and efficient movement of multimodal traffic. Serves as a technical authority, expert, and advisor on the provision of safe, efficient, and effective transportation operations services and coordinates and manages the completion of specialized short- and long-term programs and projects that involve the conceptual development, design, and management of traffic control measures in compliance with governing guidelines.
The incumbent works under the administrative direction of the Chief Project Delivery Officer, and is responsible for planning, designing, and carrying out assignments along with assisting with managing staff in the completion of traffic engineering projects, studies, and programs.
The incumbent works collaboratively with other aspects of the Project Delivery Administration, including Infrastructure Project Management (design & construction), Planning & Sustainability, and Transit Delivery. The incumbent also works collaboratively with other parts of the agency to effectively deliver transportation projects.
Duties and Responsibilities
Provides overall direction and guidance for the District’s traffic control and management systems and leads a multi-disciplinary team responsible for meeting performance and mission goals. Program areas include traffic engineering analysis and design, traffic signals design, management, and construction, and construction of traffic safety improvements.
Incumbent provides administrative and technical direction to employees regarding established procedures and practices to ensure that program goals are met, monitors the Administration’s operations for cost efficiency and effective utilization of personnel and equipment, and provides comprehensive knowledge of program activities and their impact on DDOT’s strategic mission.
Incumbent oversees the preparation of cost estimates, design specifications, resolutions, reports, and other documentation for District and Federal compliance.
Leads phases of highly complex, technical, multi-year and multi-million dollar transportation and traffic management projects which have national, regional, and District-wide implications, directs project assignments and resources, makes decisions, and finds solutions to critical problems in design, engineering, and traffic operations that are consistent with overall legal requirements and policies.
Effectively communicates with external groups, including but not limited to Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, DC Councilmembers and staff, Business Improvement Districts and other business associations, real estate developers, and District citizens. Interfaces with Federal, District, and regional government agencies.
Provides the full range of supervisory services, as required to manage and direct the work efforts of subordinate staff and activities of assigned operations. Develops quantitative and qualitative measures for evaluating the work performance of staff, and collaborates as part of a multi-disciplinary team to effectively deliver capital improvement projects.
Professional knowledge and extensive experience of:
Demonstrated experience managing engineering project teams.
- the engineering principles, practices, and techniques, primarily in the areas of traffic engineering, transportation management, and traffic signal systems;
- policies, standards, codes, and regulations relevant to oversight and management of engineering programs and projects;
- project management principles as required to provide authoritative and expert technical advice and guidance on complex traffic management programs and projects; and
- Federal and District regulations, codes, and standards.
Demonstrated knowledge of personnel management and performance management.
Demonstrated expertise managing complex transportation projects in an urban setting, managing multiple multi-million dollar projects simultaneously, and managing transportation projects from inception to completion.
Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with multiple diverse stakeholders on complex technical transportation issues.
Licensures, Certification and other requirements
Must possess and maintain current licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) and/or a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE). Project management certification preferred.
Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record.
This position is classified as an essential/emergency position under the provision of the District Personnel Manual Chapter 12. As such, your services may be required in emergency situations to provide crucial duties, i.e. snow removal, debris removal, transportation, shelter operation, food distribution, and communication. These duties may be performed when the government is closed or when most employees are dismissed early. You may be required to work weekends, evenings, and possibly on call situations, and may be required to attend night and weekend events and meetings.
This is an “At Will” position. All positions and appointments at the management level serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and may be terminated at any time with or without cause
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree is required and a Master’s degree in engineering or a closely related major field of study is preferred.
Candidate should have a minimum of ten (10) to twelve (12) years of experience in applying traffic engineering principles, practices, techniques, and management. Progressive management experience required.
The work is predominantly sedentary and requires minimal or negligible physical exertion. The employee is normally seated; however, the nature of the work allows for periods of standing or walking at will.