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Supervisory Civil Engineer

By September 6, 2023


General Job Information
Job Summary

This Supervisory Civil Engineer position is located in the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), Traffic Engineering and Safety Division (TESD) with responsibility for leading the Traffic Engineering team. TESD is responsible for planning, designing and construction of intersection/corridor improvement projects for the safe and efficient movement of multi-modal traffic in the District. This position provides supervision and leadership to a multi-disciplinary team, including engineers and technicians, who are ensuring compliance with local and federal regulations.

Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will manage the program, overseeing multimodal transportation analyses and studies according to FHWA and AASHTO standards, specifications, principles, and guidelines. Perform professional transportation engineering assignments, individually or as a team leader, including investigating and analyzing traffic conditions for necessary traffic control measures. Conduct and review traffic engineering and safety signal studies such as warrant analysis, traffic calming assessments, and multimodal transportation performance. Analyze data on traffic operations, pedestrian/bike planning and design, transportation system management, transit priority, and traffic operational requirements. Assess the operational effectiveness of the transportation system in terms of capacity, design, level of service, and safety. Develop, prepare, and present project briefings, proposals, and relevant information to agency executives, community groups, interested parties, and the general public, particularly on controversial or sensitive traffic engineering issues. Implements agency decisions, guidelines, applicable laws, federal and local government regulations, and policies and complies with all federal and District of Columbia laws and regulations.

Qualifications and Education

A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from an accredited college or university accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum required.


Combination of education and experience — college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following: 1. Professional registration or licensure — Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1 , or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. 2. Written Test — Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 examination or any other written test required for professional licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. 3. Specified academic courses — Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A. 4. Related curriculum — Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor’s degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.


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. To be creditable, at least one (1) year of specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression.

Work Experience (Preferred): Four years of progressive experience as an engineer or a planner; 4-year degree can be substituted with 2-year post-secondary education leading to an associate degree or a certification plus 10 years of additional experience in the transportation engineering industry.

Licenses and Certifications

Professional Engineer (PE) license is required.  All applicants with a PE license in a jurisdiction other than the District of Columbia will be required to apply for a District of Columbia PE license within 90 days of hire.  Applicants will be required to receive a District of Columbia PE license within 12 months of hire or be terminated.

The incumbent must possess and maintain a valid driver’s permit to operate motor vehicles.

Work Environment

The work is performed in the normal office setting and in-the-field, when investigating and analyzing street traffic conditions and conducting traffic studies, etc. Field work may bring the incumbent to construction sites and in contact with construction materials (soils, concrete, asphalt, steel, etc.).

Other Significant Facts

Tour of Duty:  Varies, Incumbent may be required to work weekends, evenings, and in on-call situations.

Duration of Appointment: Management Supervisory Service (MSS): At-will employment applies to the MSS. All positions and appointments in the MSS serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and may be terminated at any time with or without cause.

Promotional Potential: No known promotion potential

Pay Plan, Series and Grade: MS-0810-13

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

Position Designation: This position has been designated as security sensitive therefore the incumbent of this position will be subject to enhanced suitability screening pursuant to Chapter 4 of DC Personnel Regulations, Suitability and as such, incumbents of this position shall be subject to criminal background checks, background investigations, and mandatory drug and alcohol testing, as applicable.

Emergency Designation: This position has been designated as an essential employee position under the provisions of District Personnel Manual, 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.

Incumbent is required to perform work after normal duty hours, attend community meetings, and may be required to be on standby duty status, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Employee 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
Free rides on DC Circulator buses
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 race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, genetic information, matriculation, political affiliation, credit information, homeless status, and/or victims or family members of victims of domestic violence, sexual offense or stalking.

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