The Transportation Planning and Safety Director is responsible for supporting the delivery of transportation planning and transportation safety resources into Institute of Transportation Engineers programs, products and publications through the creation and delivery of content to the community of practice. This position completes a variety of technical assignments and professional capacity building activities working collaboratively with different teams, exercising considerable independent judgement in areas of expertise involving project management, research, planning, design, and technology. The position reports to the Deputy Executive Director / Chief Technical Officer.
Conducts technical activities in transportation planning, transportation safety, and related areas of practice to prepare contract deliverables.
Manages individual projects/task orders in area of practice including the project management plan, schedule, subcontractors, interns, reporting requirements and deliverables submission.
Provides technical input, support and creation of the professional capacity building program webinars and workshops including the identification of topics, speakers and as appropriate facilitating or delivering presentations.
Provides technical expertise, support and input in the planning and preparation of newsletters, professional journal articles and other publications. Works with authors, technical committees, and review panels; and reviews technical content in the preparation of publications.
Supports assessing, actively organizing and managing the delivery of emerging best practices forums, peer exchanges, webinars and/or workshops. Supports the development of program tracks and other activities at regional and international conferences. These events will promote sharing of best practices, lessons learned, emerging technologies, and research and development opportunities.
Creates, coordinates and expands collaborative activities and provides updates to transportation leaders, transportation organizations (state DOTs, regional and local agencies), research panels, partners and other key industry groups in the areas of practice.
Supports advisory groups and practice communities including their input to stakeholder outreach and engagement plans, and updates.
Responds to technical inquiries in the area of practice to member and organizations through e-mail, phone or the web to identify best practice material and other resources to address specific technical and policy issues.
Organizes and conducts various periodic surveys. Produces descriptive and graphic executive summary of the results.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of techniques and processes in the theory and practice of transportation planning and/or transportation safety.
Knowledge of the relationship between transportation planning and/or transportation safety and other transportation practice areas such as transportation system planning and operations, transit, complete streets, etc.
Knowledge of public agency organization, capability and delivery of transportation projects at local, regional, state and Federal levels of government.
Knowledge of project management methods/techniques.
Knowledge of practices of research, planning, engineering and design issues, evaluating alternatives, making sound recommendations and preparing and presenting effective reports.
Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email, web meeting and various database programs, and project tracking software packages. General familiarity with open source web site content management systems.
Excellent verbal and written communication, interpersonal and leadership skills.
Strong interpersonal relationship skills with the ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective, positive working relationships with other employees, government officials, contractors, association members, and the general public.
Project planning, organizational and budgeting skills.
Ability to read, analyze and interpret professional journals, technical documents, government regulations and other engineering products.
Ability to maintain records, prepare reports and business correspondence related to work.
Ability to set priorities, organize and coordinate the work of others.
Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of transportation professionals, members, or clients.
Ability to analyze situations accurately and take effective action; address an audience effectively
Ability to motivate and work with peers and a network of resource personnel.
Willingness to work as part of a team, as well as independently
Ability to multi-task and meet project deadlines as well as accept of additional responsibilities
Ability to perform in fast paced environment and manage multiple and changing priorities
Other Specific Qualifications:
At least five years of professional experience including transportation planning, transportation safety, and/or traffic engineering experience.
Undergraduate degree and preference for Master’s degree in planning, engineering, or other transportation-related curriculum.
Preference for Professional Transportation Planner and/or Roadway Safety Professional certification.
Position will require occasional travel to conferences, meeting and other related activities.
The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) is an international membership association of transportation professionals who work to improve mobility and safety for all transportation system users and help build smart and livable communities. Through its products and services, ITE promotes professional development and career advancement for its members, supports and encourages education, identifies necessary research, develops technical resources including standards and recommended practices, develops public awareness programs, and serves as a conduit for the exchange of professional information.
For more information, visit www.ite.org.