Deputy Director for the Department of Transportation

$105,295.22 - $175,492.52 Annually
Jan 14, 2019
Feb 11, 2019
Executive, Director
Full Time
Works as an experienced and innovative individual to assist in leading Virginia's largest local transportation agency, including 180+ team members, and support ongoing efforts to build a world-class transportation system. Given rapidly evolving transportation needs in a dynamic and diverse community, the deputy director position requires considerable knowledge of the theory and practice of transportation, public administration, budgeting, financial management, organizational management, regulatory requirements and experience managing multi-disciplinary teams in a complex, multi-faceted transportation agency.

Specific duties include:
  • Serves in a leadership role to fulfill DOT's mission, vision and values and implement the Board of Supervisors' policy;
  • Oversees administrative and marketing sections, including financial management and human resources, and, based on department needs, three or more of the following: Coordination and Funding; Site Analysis and Transportation Planning; Transportation Design; Capital Projects and Traffic Engineering; Transit Services; and Special Projects;
  • Assists the Director in planning, funding, developing, designing and implementing multi-modal transportation projects and providing transit services;
  • Reviews the transportation aspects of development proposals, implements transportation demand management and marketing strategies and oversees a 300-bus transit system;
  • Monitors operational and fiscal performance of all DOT organizational units and takes appropriate actions to sustain and improve organizational performance, including recommending and implementing appropriate changes to priorities, policies and business processes;
  • Represents DOT, either as assigned or in the absence of the director, at meetings with elected officials and/or their offices, county leadership, other county departments, regional and state transportation agencies, citizens, the business community and other stakeholders;
  • Undertakes executive level coordination with regional and state transportation agencies and other county departments;
  • Serves as a key member of the Deputy County Executive's Economic Success Team, promoting economic success by improving the transportation network and transit services;
  • Directs the department's strategic planning and employee orientation efforts, including formulation, implementation, monitoring and revision;
  • Recommends and sponsors strategies that will facilitate DOT's role in achieving the county's goals and strategies, including economic success, place making and social equity;
  • Responds to changing internal and external forces that affect DOT by proactively developing goals, strategies and a work culture which enables DOT organizational units to meet their tactical short-term and long-range strategic objectives;
  • Promotes a culture of open communication, collaboration, continuous learning and growth, and commitment to value-added customer service and excellent performance;
  • Fosters a climate of trust, promotes effective coordination and collaboration and effectively resolves issues among DOT organizational units to ensure that roles and responsibilities are defined and understood, particularly in terms of impacts to stakeholders;
  • Promotes effective coordination and collaboration between DOT and other county departments, county leadership, elected officials and/or their offices, regional and state transportation agencies, the business community, citizens and stakeholders;
  • Develops and maintains positive, productive working relationships with county leadership, elected officials and/or their offices, regional and state transportation agencies, the business community, citizens and stakeholders;
  • Actively solicits input from stakeholders and makes decisions on broad issues of policy and resolves complex problems;
  • Demonstrates strong written and oral communication skills and periodically communicates with the media on technical aspects of DOT's projects and services;
  • Ensures operations comply with all applicable local, state and federal requirements; and
  • Ensures the delivery of a consistent and high-level of service to stakeholders.
Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university with a degree in civil engineering, urban/transportation planning, financial management, or a closely related field; plus five years of progressively responsible relevant transportation experience, including four years of experience in an administrative/supervisory capacity.

A valid driver's license.

This position, because it is one with financial responsibility, will be subject to a criminal history record check and credit check as a condition of hiring and periodically thereafter.

  • Strong leadership skills and demonstrated ability to build and sustain collaborative working relationships with DOT staff, county leadership, elected officials and/or their offices, regional and state transportation agencies, the business community, citizens and other stakeholders;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to effectively lead and coordinate efforts of diverse teams within a large transportation organization;
  • Demonstrated integrity, honesty and trustworthiness and ability to build trust quickly and successfully manage diverse relationships;
  • Demonstrated ability to be inspirational, politically astute, strategic and tactical, as well as approachable and confident;
  • Demonstrated creativity and adaptability and ability to resolve complex problems;
  • Demonstrated strategic thinker and ability to develop and implement a clear vision;
  • Solid organizational, time management and communication skills;
  • Proven media relations experience;
  • Local government experience, including knowledge of local government contracting, procurement, budgeting, financial management and organizational management, particularly demonstrated experience with transportation financing and budgeting;
  • Professional engineering, urban and regional planning or related certification.
Work is generally sedentary. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.