DIRECTOR, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DEFINITION OF CLASS:
This is executive level work directing the operation of the Department of Transportation. Contacts are with high ranking legislative and executive officials within County Government, officials of equivalent rank in other governmental jurisdictions, and private sector and community organizations or groups. The purposes of the contacts include presenting, justifying and defending controversial positions where conflicting and opposing viewpoints, goals and objectives are strongly advocated and must be reconciled to develop suitable alternatives or arrive at acceptable compromises.
The employee in this class plans, develops, implements, and evaluates overall County transportation policies and programs by directing subordinate managers to: provide and maintain the roads, highways, bridges, storm drains, sidewalks, street lights, and traffic controls in the County; ensure traffic safety through efficient movement of vehicles and pedestrians; provide transit systems and services in the County to efficiently and economically transport people and reduce vehicle traffic; provide special transit services for those citizens who cannot fully utilize other modes of travel; provide for the beauty, safety, and cleanliness of streets and rights of way; and provide off street parking in the Bethesda, Silver Spring, Wheaton, and Montgomery Hills Parking Districts. The work is performed under broadly defined missions and functions and general administrative direction with little technical guidance. The employee exercises full and final accountability for all matters associated with completing work assignments, including determining the work to be performed and the methods used. Results of the work are considered technically authoritative and evaluated in terms of the transportation system's role in facilitating County growth and development. Guidelines consist of broad policy directives and basic legislation and require the employee to use considerable judgment in interpreting the intent of the guidelines and in generating specific policies and guidance for use by subordinate managers in developing various components of the overall transportation system. The complexity of the work is reflected in the need for planning, directing and integrating a broad range of transportation functions, programs and services. The work requires consideration of transportation, environmental, and community issues and impacts, and development of solutions that accommodate conflicting objectives from a variety of organizations, groups and individuals. The work of directing the transportation program is essential to the mission of the County Government and affects all residents and communities in the County. The work is sedentary, performed in an office setting and subject to common everyday risks.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES: (Illustrative Only)
Plans the County road, bridge, sidewalk, and traffic control network; develops a Capital Improvements Program (CIP) to meet these needs; and coordinates programs with the Annual Growth Policy.
Implements the adopted CIP and the Approved Roads Program to ensure that projects are completed on schedule within estimated costs and to ensure that Adequate Public Facilities approvals are based on accurate construction schedules.
Plans and negotiates with the Maryland State Highway Administration to ensure that the essential State roads, bridges, and traffic control systems are provided and maintained.
Develops and implements policies, procedures, and programs to effectively, provide off street parking, and maintain roads and rights of way.
Develops and implements alternative transportation strategies (carpool, vanpool, shuttle service, staggered hours, pricing policies, parking policies, etc.) to increase capacity and utilization of existing systems.
Plans and negotiates with the Maryland Department of Transportation to provide enhanced commuter rail service.
Manages the County Ride On bus and paratransit systems.
Plans and negotiates with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority to provide and maintain rail and bus service and work for completion of the 101 mile Metro Rail System.
Performs other related duties as required.
Experience: Extensive (7) years experience in transportation planning, engineering or a related field with at least four (4) years in a managerial or supervisory capacity which included responsibility for fund and budget administration, program planning, implementation and administration.
Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's Degree in Transportation Engineering, Civil Engineering, Urban Planning, Business Administration or a related field.
Equivalency: An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of transportation system planning and management.
Extensive knowledge of Capital improvement programming, budgeting, and related fiscal matters.
Extensive knowledge of Federal, State and local transportation policies and standards.
Extensive knowledge of local government functions and organizations.
Skill in planning, developing, implementing and administering a broad range of transportation functions and programs carried out by large numbers of employees with a wide range of skills.
Skill in negotiating agreements which accommodate the conflicting interests and viewpoints of numerous groups and organizations.
Skill in oral and written communication sufficient to develop defenses of, and justifications for, decisions reached.
Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other governmental and bi-county agencies, private organizations, and the general public.
Ability to attend meetings and perform work assignments at locations outside the office.
MEDICAL GROUP: Medical History Review.
Class Established: February 1972
Class Revised: March 1973