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Associate Director Transportation Signals & Lighting Division

By January 12, 2023

DDOT-District of Columbia

General Job Information
Job Summary

The position is in the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), Operations Administration (OA), Office of the Chief Operations Officer, Transportation Signals and Lighting Division (TSLD). TSLD is responsible for maintaining and improving the condition of the District’s traffic signals, and/or other electrical systems as well as the street, alley, bridge, tunnel, and navigation lighting systems. TSLD manages innovative electrical system projects, such as the multi-year public-private partnership, to modernize and convert District streetlights to LED technology. TSLD designs, installs, and maintains Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) infrastructure including signals, Closed-circuit television (CCTV), variable message signs, navigation or weather stations and highway advisory radios for use of the traffic operations and emergency responders.

The incumbent in this role will serve as a member of the senior leadership team providing a full range of supervisory and managerial function, which includes managing and directing the programs of the Division.  Approximately 40 positions will report to this position. In addition, the incumbent will represent the agency both internally and externally on transportation signals and lighting matters.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provides overall policy direction and guidance for the Transportation Signals and Lighting Division (TSLD).  Plans, organizes, budgets, schedules, directs, coordinates, evaluates, and significantly strengthens the effectiveness of all the division’s activities in developing and maintaining the District’s policies and plans. Provides overall guidance for the implementation of the District’s first public-private partnership. Provides the full range of technical guidance to the staff engaged in long-range and short-range planning, development, and programming of District of Columbia Department of Transportation projects, and in the generation, utilization, and provision of transportation operations.

Provides the full range of technical guidance to the staff engaged in long-range and short-range planning, development, and programming of District of Columbia Department of Transportation projects, and in the generation, utilization, and provision of transportation operations.

Develops procedures for evaluating work products and services. Analyzes organizational issues that arise due to change in situations or that have been identified through reports, quality reviews, assessments or complaints from groups, individuals, elected officials, business owners, visitors or officials from the Federal government or other local jurisdictions. Manages the development of policies that encourage innovative projects and programs to utilize local and federal funds for transportation activities. Works in collaboration with District and Federal agencies related to traffic control and enforcement operations.

Qualifications and Education

Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the position and has equipped the individual with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position such as experience in electrical systems and engineering principles, practices, and guidelines. To be creditable, the incumbent must possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression. Mastery knowledge of Federal and District codes, laws, regulations, policies, and traffic control and enforcement operations. Mastery knowledge of and demonstrated expertise in Public Safety and Security policies, procedures, and strategies. Demonstrated skill and ability to provide administrative and operational support for traffic operations. Knowledge of the mission, organizational structure, transportation operation, principles, policies, regulations, functions, methodologies, concepts, goals, and objectives of the District Department of Transportation.

A degree is preferred in Electrical Engineering/Engineering/Business Management or a closely related major field of study, plus ten (10) years of related experience, with at least 5 years in a leadership or management role.

Licenses and Certifications

Must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record.

PE licensure is preferred.

Public-Private Partnership experience is highly preferred.

Working Conditions/Environment

Work is primarily conducted in an office setting. However, incumbent may be exposed to a variety of weather conditions while outdoors visiting various site locations.

Other Significant Facts

Tour of Duty: 8:15AM – 4:45PM- Incumbent may be required to work weekends, evenings, and in on call situations.

Promotion Potential: No Known Promotion Potential

Pay Plan, Series and Pay Grade:  MS-0301-15

Duration of Appointment:  Management Supervisory Service (MSS) – at will.  All positions and appointments in MSS serve the pleasure of the appointment authority and may be terminated at any time with or without cause.

Collective Bargaining Unit (Non-Union):  This position is not in a collective bargaining unit.

Position Designation(s): The position has been deemed security-sensitive, pursuant to section 410 of Chapter 4 of the D.C. Personnel Regulations. Accordingly, the incumbent will be subject to pre-employment checks (criminal background and traffic records, if applicable) as a condition of employment, and will be subject to periodic criminal background checks, and traffic records for the duration of your tenure.

Emergency Designation: This position has been designated as an essential employee position under District Personnel Manual’s provisions, Chapter 12. As such, your services may be required in emergency situations to perform crucial duties, i.e., snow removal, debris removal, transportation, shelter operations, food distribution, and communication. These duties may be performed when the government is closed or when most employees are dismissed early.

Residency Requirement:  If the position you are applying for is in the Career, Management Supervisory, or Educational Service at an annual salary of one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) or more, you must establish residency in the District of Columbia within one hundred eighty (180) days of the effective date of the appointment and continue to maintain residency within the District of Columbia throughout the duration of the appointment.

Benefits May Include:

DDOT is an employer of choice for any job seeker who has passion, energy, and enthusiasm about our city. Employee benefits include:

Health and life insurance benefits and retirement benefits (More information about these benefits is available on the D.C. Department of Human Resources (DCHR) website at www.dchr.dc.gov.)
Complimentary Capital BikeShare Membership
Continued professional development, and professional growth through d.University, the in-house training available for all DDOT employees
Flexible work schedule (team and role dependent)
Employer-assisted housing loan program, providing payment and/or closing cost financing for first-time home buyers (restrictions apply)
EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

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