Transportation Operations Engineer & Design Manager

Seattle, WA

The Transportation Operations Division of the presents an exceptional opportunity working with a team of professionals whose mission is to deliver a safe, reliable, efficient, and socially equitable transportation system that enhances the environment and economic vitality. The position will manage several design and engineering groups including civil, traffic operations, freight spot improvement, and Traffic Control Plan review. Under general direction this individual will direct, manage, supervise, and coordinate the activities and operations of the section and coordinate assigned activities with other divisions, departments, outside agencies, and the general public. The incumbent is responsible for the long-term planning, budget preparation, and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the group. The incumbent will exercise direct and indirect supervision over lower level supervisory, technical, operations, and/or clerical staff and will report to the Transportation Operations Division Director.


• Manage and participate in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for the design and engineering section in Transportation Operations.
• Manage all staff in the division responsible for engineering, design, and/or design review of infrastructure that supports transportation operations including roadway channelization, sidewalks, curb ramps, and bicycle facilities.
• Recommend and administer policies and procedures related to traffic design and operations consistent with our mission and vision, regulatory requirements and best practices.
• Identify opportunities for improving service delivery quality, methods and procedures.
• Identify resource needs of section consistent with workload, deliverables, and other commitments.
• Plan, direct, coordinate, and review the work plan for the section services and activities.
• Assign work activities and projects; monitor work flow; review and evaluate work products, methods, and procedures; meet with direct reports to identify and resolve problems.
• Directly or through supervisory staff select, train, motivate, and evaluate assigned personnel; provide or coordinate staff training; work with employees to correct deficiencies, implement discipline procedures.
• Lead the development of the section annual budget; participate in forecasting for work programs and staffing, monitor and approve expenditures; implement adjustments.
• Attend and participate in divisional manager and supervisor meetings.
• Stay abreast of new trends and innovations related to the field of traffic operations; incorporate new technologies and methods as required to support projects and attain organization goals.
• Prepare reports on operations and activities.
• Coordinate assigned activities with other divisions, departments, outside agencies, and the public.
• Develop systems and procedures for quality assurance and quality control for engineering and design functions.
• Work with the Traffic Engineer to develop transportation operations-related standards.
• Supporting department goals in promoting diversity and social justice.

These responsibilities are only a summary of typical functions of the job and are not intended to be an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties. May perform other duties as assigned.


• Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related field.
• At least eight (8) years of experience in transportation or a related field.
• At least three (3) years of supervisory or management experience with proven ability to manage a diverse staff with a wide variety of skills and responsibilities.
• Ability to effectively work in a multi-cultural workplace with a diverse customer base.
• Current Washington State driver’s license or evidence of equivalent mobility.
• A background check may be required for this position.

Other combinations of education, training, and/or experience that provide an equivalent background required to perform the work of the class may be evaluated on an individual basis for comparability.


• Professional Engineer’s License.
• Professional Transportation Operations Engineer (PTOE);
• Excellent writing and communication skills.
• Experience working in a public service environment.
• Ability to be flexible within a changing work environment.
• Ability to motivate and guide staff productivity and availability both individually as well as with staff s/he supervises.
• Ability to communicate information clearly, concisely, and accurately to all staff, contractors, vendors, other departments, elected officials, and the public.
• Ability to lead staff in identification and implementation of innovative transportation solutions.