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Smart Mobility Chief Engineer

Number of Vacancies: 1

Recruitment #201030-427760-001

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for performing a variety of assignments of unusual difficulty in administration and supervision of major engineering functions within the Smart Mobility Division to include related budgetary actions. Under general direction, employees are required to exercise extensive initiative and independent judgment in selection of work methods and formulation of recommendations to meet, measure, and report on program needs, objectives, and goals. Work is reviewed through conferences, oral and written reports and observation of results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Identifies, prepares, reports, and presents on performance measures related to areas of responsibility including capital project management, smart cities initiatives, and right of way permitting; utilizes Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to manage and improve performance in targeted functional areas.

Supervises and administers planning and/or design of major engineering functions in transportation; determines, or assists in the determination of priorities in scheduling of projects; prepares cost estimates and makes recommendations for inclusion in annual departmental budget; supervises and participates in preparation of design plans, survey work, specifications, and contract documents for a large variety of projects requiring contract bid or for internal use.

Supervises and administers right of way permitting activities including intake, issuance, inspection, and acceptance.

Represents the City at policy level board meetings to further transportation and mass transit initiatives; makes presentations to transportation agencies, boards, committees, and at public meetings.

Reviews and initiates approval of plans and specifications prepared by consulting engineering firms; monitors field engineering construction work and conducts or coordinates follow-up inspections.

Replies to technical inquiries from the general public, developers, and governmental agencies on policy, petitions, ordinances, engineering problems, and estimated construction costs; coordinates needs of the department with other agencies; maintains on-going monitoring of contracts to ensure compliance with city regulations or requirements.

Exercises general supervision over professional and technical personnel; assigns work, sets priorities, and defines procedures to facilitate completion; completes performance evaluations on subordinates; recommends personnel actions such as discipline, demotions, suspensions, and dismissals.

Conducts and coordinates studies and reports within the department and with other municipal departments, agencies, contractors, and engineering firms; conducts field investigations, surveys, and inspections to collect information/evidence when necessary; testifies in court on claims, including depositions, and answering subpoenas.

Coordinates permitted work locations and schedules to mitigate compound impacts to various modes of transportation.

Conducts field investigations, surveys, and inspections to collect information/evidence when necessary; testifies in court on claims, including depositions, and answering subpoenas.

Develops detailed project schedules and work programs using critical-path method (CPM) techniques; reviews construction activities while in progress and upon completion to assure conformance with plans, good engineering practices, and established work methods and procedures.

Oversees project management and geometric design of Smart Mobility’s capital projects; serves as Engineer of Record for in-house design projects; signs and seals plans, calculations and other certifications.

Coordinates the release of timely public information related to planned events and projects with impacts to various modes of travel; aids in planning and execution of traffic management for major special events.

Works in preparation, response, or recovery activities related to declared emergencies, possibly including hurricane, tropical storm, pandemic, or other emergencies.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Extensive knowledge of: principles and practices of transportation engineering, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSM&O), and Smart Cities strategies and initiatives; right of way management including permit intake, issuance, inspection, and acceptance; federal, state, and municipal rules, regulations, and other pertinent documents; engineering developments and information related to assigned area.

Considerable knowledge of: engineering and administrative management procedures, practices, and methods; knowledge of federal and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) design standards, guidance, and reference materials.

Ability to: supervise the work of personnel engaged in a variety of technical and engineering assignments; analyze and interpret plans, specifications, contracts, and other technical materials and draw sound conclusions; research best practices on a statewide or national level; organize in report form and present sound recommendations effectively, both orally and in writing; speak in public; train others in assigned area; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, officials, and the public.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in engineering and ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in traffic/transportation engineering systems with five (5) years of supervisory experience.

Project-specific experience with Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSM&O), and/or Smart Cities Initiatives.

Licenses or Certifications

Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Florida or Professional Engineer registration from another state and the ability to obtain Florida registration within six (6) months of employment.
Possession of a valid Florida driver's license required.


Evaluation of education and experience. Drug testing is included in all pre-employment processing.


During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.


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