Arlington, Virginia
Mar 24, 2017
Jul 03, 2017
Engineer, Executive, Chief
Full Time
Job Title: TRANSPORTATION ENGINEERING & OPERATIONS BUREAU CHIEF Closing Date/Time: Continuous Salary: $98,155.20 - $184,246.40 Annually
Job Type: Full-Time Location: 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington *METRO-accessible*, Virginia       Arlington is seeking an experienced, innovative, results-oriented senior manager to meet the diverse urban multimodal transportation needs of a growing community of over 220,000 residents and 210,000 workers at the center of the Washington Metropolitan Region

Arlington is a national leader in developing innovative transportation solutions and is widely recognized for its work in promoting transit-oriented development and transit facilities/services, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, transportation demand management, and innovative use of emerging technologies including ITS infrastructure. This position is critical to supporting the ongoing safe and efficient management of a balanced street system that fully accommodates the needs of people who walk, bike, drive and use transit.  The position provides leadership for several key operational units, including traffic signal and sign maintenance, streetlight repairs and the management of public on-street and off-street parking. The Transportation Engineering and Operations (TE&O) Bureau Chief has direct responsibility for the following programs:
  • Traffic Signals - manages the computerized traffic signal control system (ACTRA) covering over 280 traffic signals and 130 CCTV installations; operates and maintains all electrical and electronic traffic control equipment; and provides signal design, construction and installation.
  • ITS and Infrastructure designs - maintains and operates a traffic control and backup traffic control center for real-time traffic streaming, including monitoring cameras, traffic sensors, traffic monitoring and control software, variable message signs and County-owned communications infrastructure (twisted pair and fiber optics).
  • Street Lights - responsible for the specification, installation and maintenance of over 6,000 County-owned street lights. The unit also coordinates with Dominion-Virginia Power on the operation and maintenance of their 10,000 street lights in the County.
  • Transportation Design Team - identifies and analyzes vehicular and pedestrian safety concerns at intersections and along arterials to recommend improvements to alleviate citizen issues and concerns.
  • Administration - reviews all plans and proposals affecting the County's transportation systems, provides program management oversight of bureau personnel, budget and expenditures for operating, capital, and enterprise funds.
  • Data Collection and Analysis - identifies and responds to traffic pattern changes to reduce accidents and alleviate traffic problems; collects and analyzes vehicular and pedestrian traffic accident data; investigates citizen requests for traffic signs and residential permit parking; issues public right-of-way permits; and reviews developer site plans.
  • Traffic Signs - fabricates, installs, maintains signs needed for the safe use of streets, biking/hiking trails, parking areas and walkways; provides signing expertise and signs for street construction and maintenance projects, residential permit parking, neighborhood watch, handicap parking and drug free school zones.
  • Street/Pavement Markings - responsible for the layout, installation and maintenance of pavement markings to provide clear delineation of travel lanes, bikeways, parking stalls and pedestrian crossways.
  • Parking Meters - installs, repairs, and collects monies from various types of meters covering over 5,300 spaces located throughout the County.
  • Parking - responsible for the operation and maintenance of the County's on-street parking spaces and the Ballston Garage (3000 spaces with Iceplex on the top floor);
  • Parking Control - Signs; Right-of-Way permits that affect parking; and the County's Residential Parking Permit Program (in conjunction with the Treasurer's Office). The section is also responsible for parking policy, curb management and site development for parking requirements.

This Bureau Chief is highly engaged in special events and emergency response activities that involve the transportation system working collaboratively with other operating units including the Office of Emergency Management and the Police and Fire Departments.

The Bureau Chief is responsible for program management and planning, policy development, and supervision of technical engineering program areas and must have the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with professional and trades staff, local officials, legislators, business and industry representatives, and a variety of community groups. The Bureau Chief serves as an advocate for new transportation initiatives and recommends creative solutions to improve existing operations, decrease turnaround times, and streamline work processes. The work requires analyzing complex traffic data in order to make recommendations on: the location and nature of traffic control devices, equipment, and expenditures; future roadway improvements; street construction priorities; and long and short-range parking planning. The Bureau Chief reports directly to the Transportation Division Director and actively participates on the division's leadership team in implementing County priorities and forming division policies and initiatives.
 Selection Criteria:

Requires a Bachelor's degree in Civil or Electrical Engineering or a general degree with a Master's in Transportation Planning or Urban Planning plus extensive senior level management experience in Traffic Engineering, Transportation Planning, or Parking Administration. 

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A professional engineering license.
  • Experience with both the technical field of transportation engineering and with day-to-day aspects of field operations.
  • Demonstrated experience in the planning and implementation of complete streets project that incorporate a wide range of pedestrian, bicycle and transit facilities.
  • The ability to develop effective working relationships and partnerships with senior managers, elected officials, trades staff, and citizen groups.
  • The ability to effectively communicate technical transportation management information by clear verbal presentation and clear written documentation, to staff and the executive leadership in the County.
  • Demonstrated ability both to direct and analyze daily operations and to recommend improved efficiencies within a local government environment.
  • Strong management and environmental leadership skills with the ability to educate agencies on transportation engineering initiatives.
  •  Experience with program management and planning, policy development.
  •  Experience supervising technical engineering program areas.
  •  Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with professional and trades staff, local officials, legislators, business and industry representatives, and a variety of community groups.

 Special Requirements: A letter of application is required. Please use the space provided in the Supplemental Questionnaire section of the on-line application to submit a cover letter that addresses how your training, education and experience has prepared you for the position. In addition, be sure to provide a description of the following: 1) your experience supporting the safe and efficient management of a balanced street system that fully accommodates the needs of pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, and motorists, and 2) your experience providing leadership in program planning, policy development and supervision of staff.
 Additional Information: This position is in the Arlington County Government's Senior Management Accountability Program (SMAP), in which Senior Program Managers are evaluated and compensated based on a performance agreement linked to the County's Management plan, and results achieved, among other criteria.

Applications will be reviewed continuously. Interviews will be scheduled with those candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. The application process will close when the position has been filled or when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.
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