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Assistant Director, Transportation Planning

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Position Information

Position Information

Posting Title Assistant Director, Transportation Planning
Job Requisition Number COA076633
Position Number 108924
Job Type Full-Time
Division Name Office of the Director, Transp
Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business or Public Administration or related field. Five (5) years supervisory/management experience in engineering, planning, transportation, or public administration.

Licenses and Certifications Required:

At least one of the following:

  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
  • Professional Engineer (P.E.)
  • Other related certification

Notes to Applicants

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The Assistant Director, Transportation Planning with the City of Austin, Texas will oversee the following department divisions: Traffic Engineering, Systems Development; Active Transportation and Street Design, and Special Events.

This position will serve as the primary contact with the Capitol Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) to assure the City remains in a strong position to pursue significant federal grant opportunities. This position will work closely with regional and state transportation partners to achieve regional mobility policies and goals. This position will have responsibility for part of our City’s Vision Zero campaign and other safety related programs. This position currently oversees 46 employees, with a budget of 5.7 million.

The Assistant Director of Transportation will bring an understanding of cutting edge technologies to address mobility, safety and environmental challenges for residences by promoting new urban planning initiatives that encourage alternative modes of transportation and that use technology and data to increase the efficiency of our existing limited system capacity. Austin has enjoyed a robust and diverse economy for the past 10 years, with economic indicators regularly exceeding national averages. As a result, Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in the country with a 2.9% increase in population annually.

The ideal candidate will bring innovative ideas that use technologies to improve current and future planning initiatives across all modes. The Assistant Director will continue to advance Austin as a place where the community safe, sustainable, accessible and equitable transportation choices that support a more livable, affordable and vibrant quality of live.

Please complete the application in full and attach a resume and cover letter. This position is subject to the Texas Open Records Act.

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Pay Range



8:00 am – 5:00 pm or as required by business needs; position will attend evening meetings as require

Job Close Date
Type of Posting External
Department Austin Transportation
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Professional
Location 3701 Lake Austin Blvd., Austin, TX 78703
Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications for the Assistant Director, Transportation Planning:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of urban transportation planning, Vision Zero, Complete Streets concepts, and knowledge of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) design guides to create safer, more inviting streets that encourage walking, biking transit and public space.
  • An understanding of Smart Cities concepts that promote livability, workability, and sustainability, the development of public and private partnerships to build cities of the future; the coordination and support of the public engagement process and the use of data collection to develop smart –city solutions via innovative technology projects.
  • Executive or senior manager and visionary with a proven record of accomplishments within a highly progressive transportation organization that can provide key management assistance to the Director and the City Management team.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide strategic leadership, to “see the big picture”, to develop and design relevant services for citizens by using data analytics to better understand the needs of the community to serve and improve living standards for all.
  • Experience in strategic transportation planning, transportation demand management, bicycle and pedestrian planning, creative placemaking, street scape enhancement, vision zero and safe routes to schools, special events management, financing and implementation of programs.
  • Have experience in budgeting and fiscal planning, forecasting, and reporting, statistical analysis and in leveraging and overseeing multi-modal transportation funds from public or private organizations.
  • Experience and expertise in leading organizational change, developing and mentoring staff, fostering creative problem-solving and accountability and in evaluating departmental structure, staffing, and operations, with a desire to maintain and enhance a highly-responsive, creative, high-morale workforce.
  • Experience in developing mobility related measures of effectiveness and experience in tracking performance for a mobility portfolio.
  • Possess strong presentation skills with the ability to work in a politically sensitive environment and convey complex and technical information to elected officials, stakeholder groups, boards and commissions, and City staff.
  • Present a collaborative personality, with strong negotiation skills, high approachability and a passion for working with the community, boards, commissions, and public/private organizations.
Duties, Functions and Responsibilities


Under nominal direction of the Director of Transportation, assists in the strategic planning and implementation of a wide range of transportation programs and activities to support the effective delivery of multi-modal transportation objectives.

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities:

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

  1. Oversee the department’s traffic engineering, strategic planning, active transportation and street design, special events, and implementation of strategies that respond to the City’s short and long-range transportation and mobility needs including the City’s relationship with the Metropolitan Planning Organization and regional transportation partners.
  2. Monitor and manage the development of the transportation system to support the population and employment projections for the City.
  3. Coordinate the development of a safe and efficient transportation infrastructure including representing the City’s interest in regional transportation initiatives.
  4. Ensure that the department will investigate, analyze, recommend, design, and implement transportation system improvements for the community in order to respond to mobility and safety concerns.
  5. Direct the department in developing, updating, and enforcing regulatory requirements for governmental agencies and the community to ensure safe and consistently high-quality public infrastructure transportation.
  6. Develop, implement, and evaluate special operating and capital projects, programs, and studies.
  7. Receive requests and complaints from citizens, investigate and resolve operational interests, and respond to council, boards and commissions, and neighborhood concerns.
  8. Create, develop, and implement division-wide budget to include forecasting, planning, and monitoring on behalf of the City.
  9. Supports a safety first culture to safeguard the safety of employees and our customers.
  10. Oversee the development of creative placemaking and streetscape enhancements that complement traffic engineering to improve the walkability of Austin streets.
  11. Serves as Acting Director of ATD in absence of the Director.

Responsibilities – Supervisor and/or Leadership Exercised:

Responsible for the full range of supervisory activities including selection, training, evaluation, counseling, and recommendation for dismissal.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of principles, practices, and methods of traffic engineering, urban transportation, strategic planning and special events programs.
  • Knowledge in traffic management and the design of transportation system improvements; the analysis, review, and application of traffic safety impact studies and the implementation of projects through state-of-the- art practices, traffic engineering operations concepts, and principles.
  • Knowledge of best practices in street design and transportation demand management.
  • Skill in the development and implementation of transportation management plans and roadway improvements to address congestion and enhance safety.
  • Skill in implementing a traffic safety program that identifies improvements to vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle safety
  • Skill in planning, organizing, and supervising the work of subordinate staff.
  • Skill in coordinating large, complex activities.
  • Skill in communicating effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining excellent working relationships with supervising personnel, co-workers, subordinates, and representatives from all levels of government, civic organizations, business professionals, and the general public.
  • Skill in structuring a complex organization to meet changing challenges.
  • Skill in coordinating the department’s objectives with those of the City Council and the community.
  • Ability to assimilate and act timely on conflicting, incomplete, and disparate information to meet overall objectives.
  • Ability to strategize and implement the department’s objectives.
Does this job require a criminal background investigation? This position requires a criminal background investigation

City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * The minimum qualifications for this position are: Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business or Public Administration or related field. Five (5) years supervisory/management experience in engineering, planning, transportation, or public administration. In addition, this position requires at least one of the following certifications: American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Professional Engineer (P.E.), and/or Other related certification. Do you meet the minimum qualifications for this position?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * List your related memberships and certifications related to this position.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Briefly summarize your experience related to this position. What are your salary expectations?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Briefly summarize the size budgets have you managed, types of reports prepared, and type of grant funding leveraged?

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Do you have experience in urban transportation planning, Vision Zero, Complete Streets concepts, and knowledge of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) design guides to create safer, more inviting streets that encourage walking, biking transit and public space?
    • Experience in all 4
    • Experience in 3
    • Experience in 2
    • Experience in 1
    • Knowledge in most
    • None of the above
  6. * Do you have experience in preparing and making presentations to City council, boards and commissions, legislature, and/or state and federal agencies?
    • Yes, all
    • Yes, at least half
    • Some
    • No
  7. * Do you have experience working with and presenting before City Council, boards and commissions, state, local and federal transportation organizations?
    • Yes with all
    • With most
    • With some
    • Yes but not in the public sector
    • None of the above
  8. * Do you have experience working with Metropolitan Planning Organizations.
    • Extensive
    • Experience
    • Some exprience
    • No
  9. * Summarize your experience in working with Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO), and include your familiarity with their MPO agenda setting and budget process.

    (Open Ended Question)

  10. * Do you have experience in leading and coordinating transportation activities with other agencies such as state and federal Department of Transportation, Transit and rail Authority, ,Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), coordinating traffic/transportation projects with surrounding counties.
    • Extensive, all four
    • Experience with 3
    • Experience with 2
    • Experience in 1
    • Familiar
  11. * Do you have experience managing strategic planning, transportation demand management, and bicycle and pedestrian planning?
    • Yes, in all three
    • In two, experience/knowledge in one
    • In one, experience/knowledge in two
    • Experience in 3
    • Experience in 1 or 2
    • Knowledge
    • None of the above
  12. * Do you have experience in budgeting and fiscal planning, forecasting, and reporting, statistical analysis and in leveraging and overseeing multi-modal transportation funds from public or private organizations?
    • Yes with all
    • In most
    • In some
    • None of the above
  13. * Do you have experience in transportation policy research, Land Development Code and application in federal, state and local transportation regulation?
    • Yes
    • No
  14. * If identified as the top candidate, do you agree to a Criminal Background Investigation?
    • Yes
    • No

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents