City Traffic Engineer

City of Alexandria, Virginia
$92,307.80 - $163,504.38 Annually
Apr 26, 2017
May 31, 2017
Full Time


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"Preserving the Past, while Innovating our Future!"

The City of Alexandria is located in Northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work.  About one-quarter of the City's square miles have been designated as a national or local historic district.  We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead.  If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our City Traffic Engineer position.
What we do and how we do it is driven by our 4 Guiding Principles:

  • Aligning the work we do with our strategic plan
  • Executing against our strategy and ensuring accountability for our results
  • Promoting and encouraging a culture of leadership and ownership at all levels of the organization
  • Promoting a culture of service excellence, creativity and entrepreneurship

An Overview
The City Traffic Engineer serves as the chief technical advisor for the City in issues regarding traffic engineering and provides support to the Director and staff of T&ES, City Manager and other City departments.  Duties include managing, directing and coordinating traffic engineering activities, including long-range traffic and transportation planning studies and investigations with a primary focus on reviewing proposed city, commercial and residential development for traffic impacts and compliance with roadway standards.  The incumbent will also be responsible for planning/deployment of the City's advanced transportation system program and parking management.  Considerable independent judgment and discretion is used in carrying out daily operations.  The incumbent in this position has regular contact with the public, elected officials, and senior City Manager staff.  Work is performed under the general supervision of the Transportation and Environmental Services Director.

What You Should Bring
The ideal candidate should have comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of traffic engineering, including best practices in the design, planning and operation of advanced transportation systems, congestion mitigation and multi-modal transportation systems; comprehensive knowledge of general traffic laws and regulations pertaining to traffic control and transportation systems for all roadway users (pedestrian, bicyclists, transit and vehicles); comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of roadway design and construction, including multi-modal transportation; thorough knowledge of the literature and state of the art practices in modern traffic engineering; ability to evaluate technical engineering information and statistics and to arrive at valid decisions on the basis of such information; ability to analyze and manage departmental fiscal operations; ability to plan, oversee and/or perform fundamental traffic engineering practices including but not limited to traffic studies, traffic control devices, traffic signal design and traffic operation analysis using current software packages for optimizing traffic signal timings; ability to present technical information effectively and persuasively, both orally and in writing and to translate technical terminology into terms understood by management and employees; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other departmental staff, City officials, employees and the public.

The Opportunity – Examples of Work

  • Analyzes and reviews development project proposals to ensure compliance with city ordinances/codes, transportation codes, regulations and laws;
  • Leads strategic planning and deployment of the City's advanced transportation and congestion management program;
  • Overseeing and coordinating the ongoing advancement and evolution of the City's Traffic Management Center, a citywide effort;
  • Advises and confers with staff and developers' representatives on acceptable design alternatives and solutions, including negotiating with developers' representatives for plan design changes;
  • Provides technical information and transportation solutions to other City departments or consultants, particularly for application in the City's long-range planning processes and development reviews;
  • Prepares written memorandums and represents the Department before City Council, Planning Commission, Traffic & Parking Board, other City Boards & Commissions and neighborhood meetings;
  • Plan, prepares and conducts traffic surveys, special traffic counts, signalization studies, radar speed checks and traffic movement studies; studies, plans, and develops vehicular routes and speed limits;
  • Drafts and recommends traffic and parking ordinances;
  • Investigates and responds to citizen complaints regarding traffic problems, including analyzing vehicular accident reports and investigating traffic hazards;
  • Prepares and manages annual operating budget and capital budget submissions and cost estimates for traffic engineering capital projects; and
  • Performs other work as required.

About the Department
The Department of Transportation and Environmental Services (T&ES) strives to improve the overall quality of life within the City of Alexandria through the development of a superior infrastructure.  In order to contribute to the physical, social and economic growth of the City of Alexandria, the T&ES employee team provides services of the highest quality in the areas of engineering, environmental quality, traffic control, transit, construction and inspection, surveying, street, sewer and fire hydrant maintenance, and resource and recovery collection.  

Minimum & Additional Requirements  

Bachelor's degree in civil, traffic, or transportation engineering or a related field and five years progressively responsible project management experience in traffic impact analysis and civil engineering design plans; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.  Registration as a Professional Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia or the ability to become registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia within 6 months of hire date.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's degree in an area of Traffic/Transportation Engineering; municipal government experience; registered Professional Traffic Operations Engineer; post PE registration experience 10 years; LEED Accredited Professional.


This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks including but not limited to drug testing, criminal background.

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