Arlington, Virginia
$98,633.60 - $150,592.00 Annually
Oct 09, 2020
Nov 12, 2020
Full Time
Position Information

The Department of Environmental Services is seeking a highly motivated, dynamic, and experienced transportation professional to serve as the Assistant Bureau Chief of the Transportation Engineering & Operations (TE&O) Bureau. The TE&O Bureau manages a large portfolio of transportation system components including traffic signals, intelligent traffic system (ITS), streetlights, parking meters, county-owned parking garages, signage in county right-of-way areas, and pavement markings. The demands of this portfolio continue to increase in both size and complexity in response to the rapid changes in economic development and resident/consumer expectations.

The Assistant TE&O Bureau Chief supervises the Traffic Operations and Design teams which are responsible for the design, review, and implementation of lane configuration, signage, and traffic control devices. These teams also support site development and capital improvement projects (CIP) by reviewing engineering plans and Management of Traffic (MOT) plans. The Assistant Bureau Chief will coordinate and collaborate throughout DES with TE&O programs, bureaus, and departments to provide leadership and support to transportation engineering and safety programs, including the Vision Zero initiative which was recently adopted by the County Board. The position reports to the TE&O Bureau Chief within the Transportation Division of the Department of Environmental Services.

Specific duties include:
  • Providing strategic and tactical direction to the Transportation Safety Program including the Vision Zero iniative to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety;
  • Managing the planning, design, and implementation of TE&O safety improvement CIP projects, including procurement and contract management;
  • Overseeing the review and approval of engineering plans, Management of Traffic Plans, and Transportation Right-of-Way Permits to support countywide private site development projects and county CIP programs;
  • Serving as liaison with other bureaus and departments with a focus on consideration of safety and transportation operations at planning and design stages;
  • Supervising the TE&O Traffic Operations and Design teams including managing staff performance and productivity;
  • Managing the CIP and operational budget for the teams in charge of projects including the oversight of contractors, consultants, and vendors;
  • Representing the TE&O Bureau to support board reports, management briefings, and community outreach efforts; and
  • Supporting regional coordination and collaboration efforts and representing TE&O in related events.

Selection Criteria

Minimum: Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering plus significant progressively responsible experience in traffic engineering and operations, transportation safety engineering, and capital program management.

Desirable: Preference may be given to candidates with education, certification, or experience in one or more of the following:
  • Master’s degree in Information Management, Public or Business Administration;
  • Master’s degree in Civil Engineering with a specialization in transportation or traffic engineering;
  • Professional Engineer certification;
  • Traffic operations and project planning experience;
  • Multi-modal design or operations, including pedestrian, bicycle, and transit experience;
  • Using advanced modeling techniques and software; and/or
  • Using asset management software like Cartegraph or similar.

Special Requirements

Applicant must possess, or obtain by time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license. The applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide a copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record.

Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record. A pre-employment criminal records check will be conducted. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

Additional Information

This recruitment is open until the position is filled. Applications submitted first will receive first consideration. Interested applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. The application process will close when the position has been filled or when enough qualified applications have been received.

Work hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a flexible schedule depending upon the needs of the organization. Some evening and weekend work may be required.

This position is part of an alternative pay program that includes career path and pay-for-performance elements. Starting pay within the band is based on a review of qualifications and experience. Pay potential will be based on performance and development.

As an Employer of Choice, Arlington County offers a generous benefits package. For additional information click here. Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. A resume may be attached but it is not a substitute for a complete application. 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.


Do you have at least a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or higher?
  • Yes
  • No


Do you currently posses a Professional Engineer (PE) certification?
  • Yes
  • No


Please indicate if you have any of the following experience. Be sure to include this experience in your application to receive full credit.
  • Traffic operations and project planning
  • Multi-modal design or operations, including pedestrian, bicycle, and transit
  • Advanced modeling techniques and software
  • Asset management software like Cartegraph or similar
  • None of the above


Please describe why you are good fit for the opportunity and any senior level civil or transportation engineering experience, including managing a large staff?

Required Question

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