Department of Transportation

Recruitment #1908-2745-001


The Department of Transportation is seeking a dedicated, dependable, and motivated professional to serve as a Traffic Engineering Manager for the department's Traffic Engineering Division.  The successful candidate manages day to day operations within the division as well as providing direction and support for projects and programs related to signing and pavement markings, signals, capital improvements and developer driven projects.

General Description

Manages personnel and activities of a Traffic Engineering Section, provides traffic engineering consultation for public and private development, and represents the section to the general public.

Essential Functions

Regularly directs or supervises the work of at least two fulltime employees at the supervisor level in the section. Coordinates assigned supervisory personnel and their projects ensuring timely and quality activities for the benefit of the section, division, department, City and the community.

Manages day to day operations of the Traffic Engineer Division.

Supervises the Signage and Striping Section of the Traffic Engineering Division; including planning and assigning work and projects, counseling and assisting employees and resolving issues

Oversees the planning, implementation, direction and management of all functions and resources of the section to achieve the strategic objectives of the department and the City in an efficient and effective manner.

Provides direction and support regarding signing and pavement marking plans for Capital Improvement Programs and developer-driven projects and provides interpretations of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), as well as utilizes additional innovative resources such as NACTO, on behalf of the Department of Transportation.

Assists with the implementation and evaluation of department policies, programs, projects and procedures. Assists with implementing the department vision through section activities and leads the section to maximum employee productivity and morale through hiring, disciplining, evaluating employee performance, investigating and resolving grievances and other coordinating human resources actions.

Provides engineering support to managers of the Intelligent Transportation Systems and Signal and Street Light Maintenance sections of the Traffic Engineering Division; provides direction regarding the traffic signal communication systems and protocols and ensures that these systems are maintained and updated in accordance with the expectations of our regional partners.

Develops and administers the section budget with staff assistance.

Analyzes organization and community needs, analyzes trends, reviews statistics and opportunities, communicates to the department leadership of impending developments.

Provides direction regarding the traffic signal timing plans.

Develops strategic partnerships and contacts with community representatives, external agencies, and other organizations to develop a sense of relevant issues facing our community and to respond as a representative of the City.

Implements the values of the organization through example and accountabilities.

Ensures that section operations conform with local, state, and federal governmental regulations and other applicable rules and requirements.

Coordinates with other divisions within the Department of Transportation  on matters such as Capital Improvement Program delivery, safety initiatives, street and traffic maintenance, and on-street parking.

Facilitates solutions to problems facing the department.

Maintains technical or professional knowledge through such means as attending seminars, reviewing professional publications, taking classes and participating in developmental activities.

Conducts safety analysis and research to develop programs to improve safety and mobility in the traffic network

Provides customer service to the general public by writing letters, memos, and reports to various parties and answering questions regarding traffic problems.

Meets with neighborhoods and other associations, makes presentations regarding traffic issues and works with groups to address their concerns.

Coordinates with other departments on projects by resolving conflicts and providing input from the Traffic Section.

Contributes to projects concerning traffic engineering issues outside the City.

Participates in public meetings, interviews and outreach.

Examples of essential duties may include assignments in the following areas:

Signage and Pavement Markings

Review signing & pavement marking shop drawings; and coordinate with the Street Maintenance section for installation.

Review submittals for signing and pavement marking plans and specifications

Approve final signing and pavement marking plans for Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) and Private Improvement Agreement (PIA) projects.

Coordinate with contractors for inspection of signing & pavement marking of CIP and PIA projects

Conduct, direct, and review traffic-engineering studies, analyses and evaluations by staff or consultants.

Evaluate and implement traffic control devices and assess traffic operations.

Develop policies, procedures and guidelines that address traffic engineering issues.

Respond in a timely manner to citizen requests regarding signing and pavement marking and traffic safety.

Develop innovative pilot programs that are low cost, effective ways to calm traffic and improve safety.

Traffic Signal Systems and Operations

Address concerns related to traffic signal timing and operations; meet with the public and representatives of other agencies to discuss issues related to current and proposed traffic signal operation and Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) projects.

Prepare design criteria and review submittals for designs and approve final CIP and PIA plans of traffic signal and ITS network communication systems as related to traffic signals.  

Bicycle and Pedestrian 

Review and evaluate bicycle/pedestrian safety for existing, new and planned facilities.

Coordinate with agencies, consultants, other staff to identify solutions to bicycle and pedestrian issues/concerns.  

Project & Program Management

Perform professional project and/or management by directing the work of consultants and contractors.

Review and approve payments of invoices, coordinate resources and ensure conformance with applicable engineering standards.

Develop a variety of engineering solutions to include innovative and cost effective projects that meet safety, operational, and/or program needs.

Perform independent cost estimates and cost analyses.

Lead and/or attend project and public meetings.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree in Traffic Engineering or closely related field

Minimum Experience Qualifications:

5 years' experience in providing traffic engineering consultation for public and private development and representing the organziation

At least 3 of required 5 years in a Lead or Supervisory capacity in experience in providing traffic engineering consultation for public and private development or related functional area.

"Lead" is defined as leading at least 1 full-time FTE in a work unit.

"Supervisory" is defined as having supervised at least 1 full-time FTE.

Special Job Requirements

Registered as a professional Engineer in the State of Arizona

Registration as a Professional Engineer in the State of Arizona or in another state having a reciprocity agreement with Arizona is acceptable. If you are registered in another state, please visit the website for reciprocity requirements

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an Phone Screen Interview:  

  • Phone Screen Interviews will be held on August 26, 2019

Upon completion of the Phone Screen Interviews, the highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in a Oral Board Interview:

  • Oral Board Interviews will be held September 5, 2019

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:      

  • 10% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 10% of your phone screen interview
  • 80% of your oral board interview   

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that will be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must upload your documentation as part of the application process or email it to The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.  

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please call Sandra Zurbrick at (520) 837-6803 at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


This description is not intended to limit or in any way modify the right of management to assign, direct and control the work of employees under supervision. The listing of duties and responsibilities shall not be held to exclude other duties not mentioned that are of similar kind or level of difficulty. They are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position.

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

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Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.