Civil - Urban and Community Planning, Civil Engineering
The Charlotte Department of Transportation is seeking a highly experienced senior level transportation professional to lead its Planning and Design Division. Candidates with a combination of experiences leading transportation planning, modeling and roadway design activities in urbanizing areas are encouraged to apply!
The City of Charlotte, NC is a vibrant, rapidly growing city with over 800,000 residents, serving a region of over 2.3 million people. The city offers a high quality of life with all the amenities of a large metro area, making Charlotte a great place to live and work. The Charlotte Department of Transportation (CDOT) is striving to build a transportation system that supports mobility choices including walking, biking, driving and transit ridership. As the city grows, CDOT’s objective is to transform the transportation system that has supported a 20 th century southern sunbelt city into a system that catalyzes a 21 st century global leader.
The Planning & Design Division Manager is a senior level leadership position that reports to the Transportation Director and serves as a part of the CDOT senior leadership team. It is responsible for leading the transportation planning and design efforts for all transportation modes. The division is responsible for a wide variety of activities that affect all streets within the City including all aspects of local transportation planning, analysis, project identification, community engagement, and project design. In addition it provides technical support for the regions Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), and the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO.) The division often consults, coordinates, and/or participates with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) on state sponsored road, highway and freeway projects. The Planning & Design Division Manager is expected to stay current and deploy new trends in urban street design and to manage all Division programs with respect to safety and efficiency. The division balances the needs of all users of the street right-of-way in a manner that accommodates Charlotte’s rapid growth and provides vitality on city streets.
The Planning & Design Division Manager is responsible for effectively utilizing all resources in the Division to successfully plan for the future of Charlotte’s transportation system. This work includes hiring and developing staff, managing budgets; and coordinating the various programs in the Division to ensure they are well integrated to implementing the departments’ policies, programs, and objectives; including the Transportation Action Plan. The position is responsible for resolving complex issues, informing the CDOT Director’s Office, and communicating with City Council and citizens on various transportation issues.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
Responsible for all activities and services provided by the Planning & Design Division including transportation planning, analysis and policy development, travel demand modeling and micro simulation, traffic counting, road project identification, and road design.
Provides leadership in the planning, direction, and management of work of staff responsible for varying aspects of traffic and transportation engineering. Trains, motivates and evaluates staff performance.
Ensure all transportation capital projects are identified, designed and constructed in a manner that achieve City Council’s goals and policy direction
Present results of studies and analysis to City Council, Council committees and the CRTPO.
Provide leadership necessary to successfully implement the Transportation Action Plan, Charlotte Walks and Charlotte Bikes, as well as the City’s Community Investment Plan.
Ensures staff participation and coordination with NCDOT on a multitude of project planning and design efforts associated with future projects within the City to ensure the City’s transportation policies are being met.
Ensure maintenance of the ongoing Transportation Planning Process including preparation of the CRTPO Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) and maintenance of the Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP).
Ensure complete and timely response to travel data needs of the North Carolina Department of Environment, Health and Natural Resources air quality conformance process.
Coordinates activities with other departments and outside agencies.
Ensure complete and timely response to citizen inquiries concerning transportation projects.
Ensure complete and timely response to requests for traffic and travel data.
Ensure timely completion of projects and studies.
Develops employees through training, coaching, counseling and performance review.
Completes general administrative tasks including budget management and evaluating employee performance and various sundry duties.
Performs other duties as required
Bachelor's Degree in Transportation Planning or Transportation Engineering with at least 7 years of experience.
Master's Degree in Transportation Planning or Transportation Engineering or a related discipline with 10 years of experience perferred.
Perferred Experience :
Ten years of progressively responsible leadership in transportation planning, related planning and design experience in transportation systems and project administration/management.
Progressively responsible leadership and organizational experience in program administration with a demonstrated ability to effectively direct and guide teamwork effort.
Three years (minimum) supervisory-direct report experience.
Proven customer service, collaboration, conflict management, facilitative leadership, problem solving, interpersonal communication, public speaking, media relations, and process improvement skills.
Registration as a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners or Professional Engineer in North Carolina strongly perferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Act as a public advocate while supporting good transportation planning/engineering standards and practices.
Requires strong interpersonal skills in communication, leadership, decision-making and innovation.
Knowledge of and experience in transportation simulation, transportation project planning, transportation system planning, development of long-range transportation plans and transportation costing and programming.
Knowledge of federal planning requirements related to transportation (highway and transit) and air quality.
Must be an effective team player with other agency officials, as well as leader of a multi-disciplined team.
Ability to synthesize complex transportation planning considerations into concise and interesting presentations.
Ability to work with City Council and the Mayor's office; will also be called upon to speak to the press and must be an effective representative of the City and the Department of Transportation.
Public speaking will be required to effectively share information with the public by speaking to civic groups, Chamber of Commerce committees, churches, etc. Requires the ability to come up with concise and complete answers to complex questions in a public forum.
Salary Range: Depending on Qualifications up to Market Rate $106,531
How to Apply: All Applicants Must Apply Online
If you need assistance completing your online application, you are welcome to visit the City of Charlotte Human Resources Department lobby where we have workstations available.
Our office is located at 700 East 4th Street, Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28202. Our hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (EST), excluding official City holidays. Anyone seeking an accommodation to apply for a job may call (704) 336-2285 for assistance or you may email questions to CityHrJobPostingsNotify@ci.charlotte.nc.us .
Conditions of Employment:
The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.
Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.
Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments. Some positions may require the ability to obtain a City Driving Permit. Candidates may also be required to pass a physical examination, polygraph exam, other skill evaluations and background check screens.
The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.