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Program Director of Transportation Policy and Program Management

By April 27, 2023
  • Full Time
  • Washington, DC
  • July 5, 2023

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is currently hiring a Program Director of Transportation Policy and Program Management, a full-time position located in our Washington, DC office.

Nature of Position:

The Program Director of Transportation Policy and Program Management is responsible for managing all policy and technical activities related to transportation performance management, asset management, planning, and data management.

The Program Director provides professional and logistical support to ensure members are cognizant of important technical, legislative, and regulatory issues by monitoring appropriate Congressional committees, federal agencies, and other public interest groups and associations, and provides this information to members of relevant AASHTO committees in order to provide professional guidance in policy deliberation, development, and implementation. The Program Director oversees general staff support for the AASHTO Committee on Performance Based Management, Committee on Planning, and Committee on Data Management and Analytics. The incumbent also serves as the primary staff liaison for at least one of these committees, and supervises staff serving as liaison(s) to other aforementioned committees. The incumbent also manages or directs the Association’s fee-for-service technical service programs related to transportation program management.

The Program Director represents and promotes AASHTO’s transportation program management goals and policy positions with AASHTO member departments, executive and legislative branches of government, and other relevant external organizations. In doing so, the incumbent prepares for and attends meetings, task forces, and workshops; provides policy and procedural advice; prepares and delivers presentations; disseminates informational materials; provides other policy, technical, and administrative assistance as required; and performs other functions needed to further public comprehension of AASHTO’s policies, purpose, and activities, and to promote and maximize AASHTO’s position before external audiences.

Under the supervision of the Director of Policy and Government Relations, the Program Director uses business, policy, and political judgement to provide leadership and when appropriate, to make decisions in the best interest of the Association. The incumbent also leads and provides supervisory oversight to staff within the Transportation Management team.

Position Requirements:

The successful candidate will have a minimum of ten years of progressively responsible, professional experience in the transportation sector with a focus state transportation program management and policy issues, with at least two years at the federal, state or local level. Prior experience in project management is required. In addition, a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree is required and evidence of a higher degree of professional development, such as postgraduate education, is highly desirable.

The candidate must have a broad understanding of federal, state, and local transportation programs, policies, regulations, procedures and practices. In addition, the incumbent should have an understanding of all aspects of transportation performance management including asset, organizational, risk, and system performance management. They should also have an understanding of statewide and metropolitan transportation planning responsibilities, along with transportation data management. The incumbent must have sound project planning, budgeting, management skills, and excellent written and oral communication skills. The incumbent must be able to travel 30-40 days per year.

How to Apply:

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to recruiter@aashto.org by Friday, May 19th, 2023.

Who We Are:

AASHTO is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing transportation departments in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. We represent all transportation modes including: air, highways, public transportation, active transportation, rail, and water. Our goal is to foster the development, operation, and maintenance of an integrated national transportation system that is safe and efficient for every individual. We strive to educate the public and key decision makers about the critical role that transportation plays in securing a good quality of life and sound economy for our nation.

The culture displayed at AASHTO is one of inclusiveness. AASHTO fosters a supportive working environment for staff and focuses on both the professional and personal successes of employees. Additionally, employees benefit from a collective workplace that genuinely cares about them and what they do.

Perks and Benefits:

This positions would primarily report out of our Washington, DC office located in Metro Center. AASHTO offers employees hybrid work flexibilities and this role may be approved to work remotely up to 2-3 days per week.

Additionally, as a full-time employee, you are eligible for:

  • A retirement plan with a highly competitive matching and contribution structure
  • Comprehensive health insurance benefits
  • A robust transit benefit
  • Generous leave accrual
  • Flexible work schedules and telework options

AASHTO is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply for this job email your details to recruiter@aashto.org