Transportation Operations Manager (Manager 3- Engineering & Plans Review)

City of Seattle, WA
September 1, 2023
Seattle, WA
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Position Description
Vision: Seattle is a thriving and equitable community powered by dependable transportation.

Mission: To deliver a transportation system that provides safe and affordable access to places and opportunities.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is a nationally recognized municipal transportation agency at the leading edge of multi-modal transportation. In our quickly growing city, accessibility, safety, affordability, and reliability - are top of mind for us every day! Our core values drive our work toward creating an equitable, sustainable, and vibrant city for all. SDOT's core responsibilities include maintenance and operations of the city's transportation right-of-way, the expansion of the city's bicycle and pedestrian network, care of over 240 bridges, permitting use of public spaces and enhancing access to the regional transit system. With approximately 1,200 dedicated staff, SDOT maintains an operational presence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in all weather conditions to serve and ensure Seattle's public mobility.

Position Overview:
SDOT's Transportation Operations Division (TOD) 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 Seattle's environment and economic vitality. The Transportation Operations Manager (under the City's classification title of Manager 3- Engineering & Plans Review) will manage several groups including signal operations, design review, temporary traffic control groups. 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 manager is responsible for the long-term planning, budget preparation, and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the group. They 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.
Job Responsibilities

  • Promote a culture of a safety in management of staff in the division responsible for engineering, operations and design review of infrastructure that supports traffic control devices in the right of way.
  • Recommend and administer policies and procedures related to traffic design and operations consistent with SDOT mission and vision, regulatory requirements and current 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 safety, infrastructure upgrades and 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.
  • Support department goals in promoting diversity, inclusion and social justice.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Eight (8) years of engineering experience and three (3) years of related supervisory experience.
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Transportation Planning, Urban Planning, Project Management, Construction, Business Administration or related field.
  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Washington or ability to obtain one through comity by start date.
  • Current Washington State Driver license or evidence of equivalent mobility.

OR: a combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the position duties.

Successful candidates will possess many of these additional qualifications or be able to demonstrate comparable experience and expertise:

  • Experience managing staff represented by bargaining agreements
  • Experience working in a public service environment.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to handle sensitive issues with diplomacy and poise.
  • Knowledge of public sector organizational practices.
  • Ability to effectively adapt to changing conditions as they arise.
  • Ability to provide performance management through feedback and coaching and address performance issues in a timely and responsible manner and effectively recognizes high performers.
  • Ability to support the development of employees that results in enhanced performance while creating and maintaining a work environment that builds talent to ensure the continuity of leadership for the organization
  • Ability to effectively work in a multi-cultural workplace with a diverse customer base.

Work Environment/Physical Demands:

  • Most work is performed in a normal City work/office environment with hybrid options at this time.
  • Field assignments may entail exposure to all types of weather, traffic, hazardous/toxic substances, and work in or near construction sites.
  • May be required to lift over 50 pounds.
  • May be required to stand, walk, or bend for extended periods of time.
  • May be required to work nights, evenings, weekends, and/or holidays.
  • Overnight travel may be required.

Additional Information

Please attach both cover letter and resume to your application.

Failure to do so will result in your application not being considered.

Offers of employment are contingent on verification of information provided by the applicant as part of the application process, including potential background check.
Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

The full salary range for this position is $52.36 - $78.53 per hour.

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.
More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:

The City of Seattle offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, holiday and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance for employees and their dependents.

More information about employee benefits is available on the City's website at:
"Most" Employees Plans - Human Resources |

Closing Date/Time: 9/19/2023 4:00 PM Pacific

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