Traffic Engineer

Fort Carson, Colorado
Aug 17, 2021
Sep 20, 2021
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Position Title: Traffic Engineer

The Opportunity

The Fort Collins Traffic Engineer is uniquely positioned to shape the future of transportation for Fort  Collins as we shift away from thinking about our transportation system as a function and consider it an essential component in achieving our long-term goals for greater livability and prosperity for all. At its foundation, the Traffic Engineer leads the operation and maintenance of a safe and efficient multimodal

transportation system using signs, signals, pavement markings, intelligent transportation systems, and other programs. The Traffic Engineer develops short-term and long-range plans and prepares the department’s annual budget based on the goals and growth objectives of the department.

Traffic Engineer in Traffic Operations

The City of Fort Collins Planning, Development, & Transportation (PDT) Service Area teams up to successfully shape growth and mobility in our community in a manner that reflects our core values of:

• Livability: A safe and thriving quality of life

• Community: A diverse and inclusive community where all have equitable access to opportunities

• Sustainability: A resilient and forward-thinking community

Within PDT, the Traffic Operations department is essential to advancing our vision and core values. We

implement and oversee all aspects of moving people within and through our community. This involves all multi-modal traffic related responsibilities within the City, including signal systems, signs and  pavement markings, speed limits, other studies, work area traffic control, safety, pedestrian and bicycle innovations, and neighborhood traffic mitigation.

With a budget of $3.7M, the department is staffed by 33 employees in three divisions including Engineering and Administration, Signals – Maintenance and Construction, and Signs and Pavement Markings. From the Traffic Operations Center (TOC), traffic personnel monitor the transportation system, modify signal timings, coordinate incident response, and troubleshoot signal malfunctions.

The Econolite Centracs Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) is the traffic signal control system used by Traffic Operations to monitor traffic and control the traffic signals in Fort Collins. Using more than 65 miles of fiber optic technology and wireless communication, the ATMS connects more than 184 traffic signals, 48 closed circuit television cameras, and remote data sensors throughout Fort Collins.

Traffic Operations is also responsible for 34 pedestrian signals, 19 pedestrian actuated crosswalks, 49

reduced speed limit school zones, and 5 fire station traffic signals. Traffic Operations uses Centracs SPM

to optimize traffic signal timing and TrafficCast’s BlueTOAD Bluetooth readers to actively clear traffic

backups and prevent congestion. In addition to Adaptive and Traffic Responsive Signal Control, the City

is exploring Vehicle to Everything (V2X) technology.

The Community

The City of Fort Collins sits nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains alongside the banks of the Cache La Poudre River. At 5,000 feet in elevation, residents enjoy a moderate, four-season climate, with an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. With 174,800 residents, Fort Collins is Colorado’s fourth largest city and spans 57 square miles. With the 20-year growth projection, the City of Fort Collins is expected to reach 255,000 residents.

The first people who hunted in this region arrived approximately 11,000 years ago, and Northern Colorado remains an integral part of the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations. European- American trappers and traders arrived by the early 1800s but rarely established permanent settlements. Gold and silver discoveries in the Colorado mountains in the mid-1800s and the prospect of land for farming and ranching attracted people from eastern cities and across the globe to the Colorado Territory, including what would become the town of Fort Collins; an agricultural colony that emerged from its founding days as a military fort. The expansion included

the sugar beet industry’s growth, which brought new residents whose descendants still live here today, including Mexican-American families from southern Colorado, New Mexico, and northern Mexico, as well as Germans from Russia.

Since 1879, Fort Collins has been the home of the state’s land grant institution, Colorado State University, which currently enrolls 34,000 students. Along with the University, the City’s major high-tech and manufacturing companies and breweries attract new residents from all over the country and world. The community’s overall social diversity continues to grow.

There are abundant outdoor recreation opportunities available to the many residents who enjoy healthy lifestyles. The nearby Horsetooth Reservoir is a key attraction, as is the Cache La Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway. The Downtown district provides many venues for live music, shopping, dining, and nightlife within the City. Fort Collins is widely considered the Craft Beer Capital of Colorado. The City has a strong appreciation for arts, culture, and entertainment. Various national organizations and magazines recognize Fort Collins as one of the best places to live in the nation.

The Organization

The City of Fort Collins is a home rule city with a Council-Manager form of government. The City Council is comprised of six District Councilmembers who are elected for four-year terms and a Mayor who is elected at-large for a two-year term. All elected officials are non-partisan. The City Council appoints the City Manager, City Attorney, and the Chief Judge. The City Manager has overall responsibility for all other City employees. The City of Fort Collins directly provides a full slate of municipal services, including

operating its own electric, water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities. The City of Fort Collins, at the direction of the City Council and voters, is moving forward with building and implementing high-speed next-generation broadband to the entire community with expected completion in 2022. Fire protection is provided by the Poudre Fire Authority (PFA). The City of Fort Collins operates with a biennial budget and provides funding for municipal operations, including approximately 2,500 employees.

The City of Fort Collins aspires to provide world-class services to the community while cultivating an outstanding organizational culture for its employees. In order to achieve its vision, both internal and external services are data-informed and implemented according to organizational values. The City develops resiliency and sustainability through organization-wide systems and processes that ensure consistent employee work practices and alignment across service areas. The City places a high value on public input and strives to include community members as fellow problem solvers whenever possible. Residents can expect to receive exceptional service, have the opportunity to engage with decision-makers, provide input regarding the allocation of City resources, and have access to government information in a timely and transparent manner.

Various national organizations and magazines recognize Fort Collins as one of the best places to live in the nation.

• 2021 What Works Certified City: Bloomberg Philanthropies - July 2021

• No. 8, 10 Local Government YouTube Channels That Know What They Are Doing: Engaging Local

Government Leaders - June 2021

• Significant Achievement for the 2021 PTI Solutions Award: Public Technology Institute (PTI) - June 2021

• No. 6, Safest Cities for Cyclists: Your Local Security - May 2021

• No. 8, Colorado City Ranked Among ‘Most Relaxed’ in Country: Out There Colorado - April 2021

• No. 4, 25 Best Cities in the US to Own an Electric Car: 24/7 Wall St - April 2021

• No. 5, 2021 Top 10 Remote-Ready Cities in the US: Livability - January 2021

• Top 25 U.S. Growth City, 2020 Migration Trends: U-Haul - January 2020

• GoEV City: Southwest Energy Efficient Project - December 2020

• Clean Air Champion: RAQC - December 2020

• No. 8, Most Fitness Friendly Places for 2021: Smart Asset - December 2020

• No. 1, The Best Places to Live in America in 2020: Market Watch - October 2020

• No. 13, The 15 Best Places to Live in the United States: The Street - October 2020

• Best Cities for First-Time Homebuyers: SmartAsset - October 2020

• No. 1, 2020 Top 100 Places to Live: - October 2020

• No. 1, Green Fleet Award Winner: 100 Best Fleets - September 2020

• Best U.S. Cities for Beer Lovers. Trips to Discover - August 2020

• No. 21, Top 30 Creative Small Cities: CVSuite - May 2020

• No. 18, 20 Safest Cities in Colorado: SafeWise - Apr. 2020

• No. 7, Safest Driving Cities: Allstate - June 2019

The Opportunity

The Fort Collins Traffic Engineer is uniquely positioned to shape the future of transportation for Fort

Collins as we shift away from thinking about our transportation system as a function and consider it

an essential component in achieving our long-term goals for greater livability and prosperity for all. At its

foundation, the Traffic Engineer leads the operation and maintenance of a safe and efficient multi-modal transportation system using signs, signals, pavement markings, intelligent transportation systems, and other programs. The Traffic Engineer develops short-term and long-range plans and prepares the department’s annual budget based on the goals and growth objectives of the department. The Traffic Engineer oversees operation and development of the City’s Traffic Operations Center and effectively manages traffic calming efforts where applicable. This position directly manages the Assistant Traffic Engineer, the Traffic Systems Engineer, and the Senior Supervisor of Transportation Operations and indirectly manages a dedicated team responsible for all aspects of signal timing, signal construction, signal maintenance, signing and paint marking, and work area traffic control for the City. Importantly, the Traffic Engineer listens to and responds to community complaints and concerns. A highly collaborative position, the Traffic Engineer develops and coordinates work activities of the Traffic Operations department with other City departments and divisions as needed in order to sustain and enhance safety and service levels to the public. This position routinely assists and participates in transportation planning, which also includes streets planning. The Traffic Engineer performs and oversees development review and traffic impact studies and reviews plans to ensure appropriate traffic engineering solutions are in place to mitigate development impacts.

First Year Priorities

• Build strong, positive relationships with Traffic Operations staff and colleagues in Planning,

Development, & Transportation. Work to understand the current organization, operations,

culture, and structure to effectively prioritize and execute on achievable goals.

• Identify staffing needs to complete our team in our current state, while planning for the future.

Actively recruit new team members and fill current vacancies that positively contribute to effective

operations and align with our vision, mission, and values. While Traffic Operations has a great system with progressive, robust technology, the Traffic Engineer will continue to identify opportunities for innovation with an equity focus that provide for a safe, connected, resilient, and accessible community.

• Collaborate with colleagues and actively support City Plan and the Transportation Master Plan, ensuring Fort Collins has the safest, most environmentally sustainable, and most equitable transportation system in the nation.

• Continue to make progress on the Vision Zero Action Plan and support the City’s commitment to the vision of zero traffic-related deaths. Collaborate to incorporate the five “E’s” of safety: Engineering,

Education, Encouragement, Enforcement, and Evaluation to further develop actionable strategies and

projects to reduce the number and severity of crashes.

• Lead exciting projects that will continue to provide critical transportation improvements that enhance

connectivity including the Vine and Lemay overpass, street reshaping projects, railroad quiet zones, and the growth and development of roads and streets through expansion and annexation.

• Mentor and coach a team of dedicated employees. Formalize programs and create opportunities for

employee development, training, and succession planning with a continued focus on safety and

providing high quality traffic operations.

• Partner with colleagues and other city services to actively contribute expertise where traffic comes into the mix with plans and strategies including the City Plan, Transit Master Plan, Bicycle Plan, Pedestrian Plan, and the Climate Action Plan.

• Actively keep the community well informed. Provide proactive communication, effectively interpret

technical aspects of projects, and routinely share outcomes with residents. Continue to collaborate with

our valued partners including Colorado Department of Transportation, Colorado State University, Larimer County, and importantly our community-based organizations to ensure the Fort Collins region remains a connected and accessible community.

The Successful Candidate

The Traffic Engineer is a strategic thinker who easily sees the big picture and long-term potential for effective traffic operations. The successful candidate maintains an understanding of the issues affecting the Fort Collins transportation ecosystem and leverages that knowledge to drive decisions. The Traffic Engineer brings a fresh, yet experienced voice and perspective to initiatives with a proven ability to move projects forward.

The ideal candidate encourages a culture of innovation and continuous improvement that supports and enables the City to embrace new ideas and operational enhancements with a focus on safety. By providing progressive and innovative leadership, the Traffic Engineer is motivated to make a difference in the community.

The successful candidate is well rounded with wideranging transportation knowledge including traffic

engineering, traffic control, traffic codes, signal systems, and signs and maintenance. The ideal candidate embraces multi-modal transportation and actively collaborates on smart city initiatives involving safe and effective shared space for pedestrians, bicycles, and vehicles. In addition to monitoring best practices, the successful candidate looks at data in a comprehensive way to identify trends, patterns, and opportunities to ensure operational efficiency of the entire traffic operations system.

The Traffic Engineer works with other City departments and partner agencies to find solutions to sometimes challenging problems. The successful candidate has excellent communication skills and can easily explain complex engineering ideas to the layperson in writing or in conversation.

A collaborative leader, the Traffic Engineer values the opinions of others and encourages diversity of thought. The ideal candidate is flexible and always looks for solutions within the regulatory requirements. Considered a calculated risk taker, the ideal candidate maintains a focus on safety while routinely supporting innovative ideas that drive success. The preferred candidate is an active listener who values honesty and integrity and believes in fostering mutual respect at all levels.

Importantly, the Traffic Engineer is confident and diplomatic with a willingness to push back as needed.

The successful candidate naturally develops positive relationships, establishes a high level of trust, and

enjoys leading a talented and dedicated team. The Traffic Engineer has a strong background in leading and managing staff with empathy and compassion.

The ideal candidate employs a leadership style that invites participation and gathers input, but at the end of the day is decisive and results oriented. Above all, the Traffic Engineer promotes an environment where creativity, communication, and customer service are highly valued.

Total Compensation

The City of Fort Collins offers a competitive comprehensive benefits package, which includes a market competitive salary of $125,000-$135,000. Other benefits include medical, dental, vision, wellness

program, life, and short- and long-term disability insurance. Additionally, the City of Fort Collins offers

other benefits, including 401(a) and 457 deferred compensation plans with an employer contribution,

optional Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending Accounts, and relocation assistance for the successful out-of-area finalist.


At least ten years of progressively responsible professional traffic engineering experience with at least

three years in a leadership and management capacity, preferably with a municipality. Advanced knowledge of traffic engineering practices and procedures, including design and construction, and the ability to apply full scope of theory, principles, concepts, and methodologies is essential. Strong familiarity with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices is crucial. Prior experience developing and managing a budget is required. A professional engineering license is required with a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE) certification encouraged. A bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, or related field. An equivalent combination of experience and education that enable success as the

Traffic Engineer will be considered.

DEI Statement

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they can perform every job description task. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may come from a less traditional background. The City will consider any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.

How to Apply

The City of Fort Collins is deeply committed to high quality public service and cultivating an outstanding

culture for its employees. As a high-performing government, Fort Collins attracts and employs diverse

and competitive talent, retains its workforce through development and growth opportunities, and promotes intelligent risk-taking to address increasingly complex challenges.

Applications will be accepted electronically. Please visit our Career Page on


Please contact Dean Klingner at

The City of Fort Collins is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce. Applicants selected as finalists for this position will be subject to a criminal history/credit/driver’s license check prior to the interview. Under the Colorado Open Records

Act, information from your application or resume may be subject to public disclosure.

Benefits Summary


PPO Tier 1/Tier 2: SelectColorado/Select Networks

• Effective: First day of the month following hire date

• Deductible (Tier 1): $350 Individual / $700 Family

• Out of Pocket Max (Tier 1): $5,000 Individual / $10,000 Family

• Copay (Tier 1): $0 Primary Care / $40 Specialty

• Coinsurance (Tier 1): 80% Insurance / 20% You High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) with Health

Savings Account (HSA)

• Employer contribution HSA

• Effective: First day of the month following hire date

• Deductible (In-Network): $3,000 Individual / $6,000 Family

• Out of Pocket Max: $4,000 Individual / $8,000 Family (In-Network)

• Coinsurance: 90% Insurance / 10% You (In-Network)


CityCare, managed by Marathon Health, is our onsite healthcare clinic providing services to employees and family members covered under the City’s health plan. Staffed with a Physician Assistant and health coach, they treat a variety of common illnesses and injuries. A full range of prevention, health coaching, and assessments are provided in addition to sick care. There is no cost to use CityCare under the PPO Plan. For the HDHP, prevention is free, non-prevention $45.


As part of the City’s commitment to offering benefit coverage, which helps prevent injuries and illness,

the following preventative services are available to employees and family members covered under the

City’s health plan; Preventative Services Covered:

• Registered Dieticians

• Therapeutic Massage Therapy

• Acupuncture

• Biofeedback

These services are only a $20 copay, with a $500 maximum allowable benefit per service, per member,

per year. Under HDHP:

• No copay

• Pay total amount which applies towards deductible and out-of-pocket


Effective: First day of the month following hire date

Prevention First: Diagnostic and preventative do not count against the annual maximum

• Deductible: $50 Individual / $100 Family

• Max Benefit: $1,500 annually

• Basic Dental: Plan pays 80%, after deductible (In- Network)

• Major Dental: Plan pays 50%, after deductible (In- Network)

• Orthodontia: Plan pays 50%, after deductible (In- Network), Lifetime Max $1,500

VISION INSURANCE VSP (Vision Service Plan)

• Effective: First day of the month following hire date

• Examination: Every 12 months, $15 Copay

• Lenses or Contacts: Every 12 months, Contact allowance of up to $185

• Frames: Every 24 months, Frame allowance $185– $205


FSA accounts allow you to set aside pre-tax funds to pay for eligible health and/or dependent care expenses before your federal and Social Security taxes are calculated.

• Health Care: employees may contribute up to $2,750 per calendar year

• Dependent Care: employees may contribute up to $5,000 per calendar year

• Carryover Provision: allows up to $550 unused medical FSA contributions into the following year


1x Annual Salary, up to $250,000 (employer-paid)


• Employee: 1x, 2x, 3x Annual Salary up to $500,000 Basic and Supplemental Combined (Guaranteed

Issue $100K)

• Spouse: $10K, $25K, $50K, $75K or $100K (Guaranteed Issue $10K)

• Dependent: $5,000 or $10,000 LIFE INSURANCE ANTHEM (VOLUNTARY)

• Employee: $10,000 increments up to $300,000 (Guaranteed Issue $30K)

• Spouse: $10,000 increments up to $300,000 (Guaranteed Issue $10K)

• Dependent: $5,000


In the event of an accident or covered critical illness, these plans pay cash benefits directly to you, providing you the flexibility to help pay bills related to treatment or help with everyday living expenses.

Accident Plan

• Employee Only

• Employee + Spouse

• Employee+ Children

• Employee + Family Critical Illness Plan

• Employee: $10K, $20K, or $30K

• Spouse: $10K, $20K, or $30K

*Rates based on age and tobacco vs. non-tobacco



• Coverage is available for you, your spouse, and dependent children

• Fast claims payment. Most claims are processed in about 4 business days

• Coverage begins the first of the month, following 30 days from the date of hire


401(a) Defined Contribution Plan

• Mandatory participation, eligible on the date of hire

• 6% employee contribution, 6.5% City Contribution on date of hire 457 Deferred Compensation Plan

• Voluntary participation, eligible on the date of hire


• Award-Winning Wellness Program

• Employee Assistance Programs

• Back-up Child and Adult Care and Referral Services