Traffic Systems Analyst

Arlington, Virginia
$53,560.00 - $81,806.40 Annually
Apr 20, 2019
Apr 20, 2019
IT, Systems Analyst
Full Time
Position Information

Arlington County's Department of Environmental Service (DES) is seeking a Traffic Systems Analyst for the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) group, as part of the Transportation Engineering & Operations Bureau (TE&O). The ITS group designs, constructs, inspects, maintains and operates Arlington County's signal and streetlight system, which includes 296 traffic signals, approximately 7,350 centrally controlled County-owned streetlights, and tracks and reports outages for approximately 11,300 Dominion Power streetlights. The ITS group is also responsible for a portfolio of 30-40 capital projects comprising $30M in value.

The Traffic Systems Analyst is a member of a team in the forefront of smart traffic signals and ITS, and is primarily responsible for managing advanced traffic management system, including documentation, maintenance, and operation of the system which provides high-quality service to motorized and non-motorized traffic, transit, and emergency vehicles.

Specific duties include:
  • Interpreting the traffic signal plans and implementing them into MaxView, such as overlap pedestrian, split, delayed overlap phase plans, and traffic signal controllers at the signalized intersections;
  • Programming and maintaining various ITS field devices such as detection systems, uninterrupted power supply systems, Bluetooth systems and variable message sign (VMS) systems;
  • Performing timing adjustments to the traffic signal coordination system, collecting traffic data, and downloading real time traffic information for VMS adjustments;
  • Programming signal cabinets and inspecting field cabinets installed by contractors by coordinating with County Construction Manager;
  • Responding to individual traffic events, diagnosing incidents and providing coordinated and timely responses to traffic incident management by making changes to the existing computerized traffic signal data base plans;
  • Programming and implementing preemption/priority for emergency vehicles, public transit and light rail;
  • Participating in developing and reviewing technical specifications and design details of traffic signal sub-systems such as vehicular, pedestrian and bike detection systems, emergency and transit preemption/priority systems;
  • Preparing cost estimates and materials for proposed traffic signal related projects;
  • Coordinating with contractors, system integrators and vendor technical support in maintaining the overall traffic operation and management systems and sub-systems;
  • Providing technical, hardware and software training to the signal technicians on various traffic signal control devices and electronic sub-systems; and
  • Serving as liaison between agencies involved in the operation and construction of traffic signals.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: Associate's degree in Engineering, Computer Science, or directly related field plus progressively responsible experience installing, configuring, programming, troubleshooting, maintaining, and operating Intelligent Transportation Systems and their sub-systems, which may include: traffic controllers; pedestrian interactive ADA accessible control systems; and/or video detection systems.

Substitution: Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with experience in installing, configuring, programming, troubleshooting, maintaining, or operating one or more of the following systems, and/or possession of the following certifications:
  • MaxView traffic management systems;
  • Intelight NEMA X3(c) traffic controllers;
  • Opticom vehicle preemption systems;
  • Polara pedestrian interactive ADA accessible control systems;
  • International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA) Level III Certification; and/or
  • Certification in fiber optics

Special Requirements

International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA) Level III Certification must be acquired within one year of hire.

This position will require travel around Arlington County for various meetings and field inspections. Applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence, or be willing to use alternative means of transportation.

Additional Information

Work Hours: Typically 6:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Availability for call-back hours is required to respond to emergency situations including traffic signal issues. Employees are also required to work hours in excess of their normally scheduled hours as necessary in response to emergencies.

Please complete each section of the application. A resume may be attached, however, it will not substitute for the completed application. Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website:

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.


What is your highest level of education?
  • High school or GED
  • Some college
  • Associate's degree in Engineering, Computer Science, or directly related field
  • Associate's degree in another unrelated field
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Computer Science, or directly related field
  • Bachelor's degree in another unrelated field


How much experience installing, configuring, programming, troubleshooting, maintaining, and operating intelligent transportation systems and their sub-systems?
  • None
  • Less than 6 months
  • 6 months to 1 year
  • 1 to 2 years
  • 2 to 3 years
  • 3 years or more


Please select the intelligent transportation sub-systems you have experience in installing, configuring, programming, troubleshooting, maintaining, and operating:
  • MaxView traffic management systems.
  • Intelight NEMA X3(c) traffic controllers.
  • Opticom vehicle preemption systems.
  • Polara pedestrian interactive ADA accessible control systems.
  • None of the above.


Please select which certifications you currently possess:
  • International Municipal Signal Association (IMSA) Level III Certification
  • Fiber Optics Certification
  • None of the above

Required Question