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Engineering Program Manager #2310-230700-02

Planning and Design Division

Date Opened
Monday, October 30, 2023 10:43 AM
Close Date
Monday, November 20, 2023 11:59 PM
Charlotte Department of Transportation
  • $91,237- $114,046/year
Employment Type
  • Full Time


The City of Charlotte is the largest municipality in North Carolina and the 15th largest city in the United States, with a total population of more than 897,000 citizens. A major commerce center, Charlotte hosts several of the nation’s largest banks and technology companies.

Also known as the Queen City, Charlotte is home to the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets and the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We work hard to ensure that the community will be a winning city for everyone – a truly remarkable place to live, work, learn and play. Join us in helping to keep our City thriving, ensuring upward mobility and advancement in the workplace.


Charlotte is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation and is a leader in mobility investment that integrates land use with multi-modal transportation choices.  The City of Charlotte recently adopted an ambitious mobility vision, the Charlotte Strategic Mobility Plan, and is committed to becoming the premier city in the nation for safe and equitable mobility. 

The Charlotte Department of Transportation’s Planning and Design Division leads the City’s integration of citywide policies and initiatives into project development, engineering design for CIP and State TIP projects, coordination with the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO), and are custodians of the Regional Transportation Model. This Division has 27 positions across three sections with shared and overlapping responsibilities: CIP Design, TIP Design, and Regional Modeling, Analysis, and Coordination.

The Charlotte Department of Transportation is seeking Section Managers for the CIP and TIP Design Sections. These positions are responsible for ensuring that all transportation projects in Charlotte effectively implement the goals of the Charlotte Strategic Mobility Plan by managing staff and consultants responsible for the planning and design of the City’s transportation capital projects and the review of transportation capital projects planned and designed by other agencies. The Section Managers also assist the Planning and Design Division Manager with strategic and general management of the division, with specific emphasis on capital investment, transportation program management, and employee development. Key work activities include ensuring expedient completion of transportation projects, ensuring excellent citizen engagement processes,  sustaining collaborative working relationships with partners in other City departments; establishing work plans, and performance goals and objectives; supervising, providing direction and guidance, mentoring, and developing subordinate staff; overseeing the allocation of program and project budgets and resources; monitoring the progressions of schedules, scopes and budgets; and evaluating the performance of capital programs and projects.  

Major Duties and Responsibilities

1. Acts as CDOT’s liaison to the General Services Department and to NCDOT to ensure all transportation projects in Charlotte advance the goals of the 2040 Comprehensive Plan and the Charlotte Strategic Mobility Plan.

2. Ensures that planning of all transportation projects in the CIP successfully engage with community stakeholders to maximize their participation in the development of the project.

3. Monitors the progress of all transportation projects in the CIP to ensure expedient completion and helps remove barriers to project delivery as needed.

4.      Supervises, prioritizes and assigns work activities of subordinate project management and support staff; monitors status of work in progress and provides technical expertise and guidance.

5.      Works with subordinate team members to develop growth and development plans that will shape future team leaders.

6.      Participates in and provides input in staffing decisions relative to hiring, firing, discipline, and promotional activities; evaluates performance.

7.      Manages and/or facilitates the allocation of financial resources assigned to the relevant capital programs, provides advice regarding the annual operating and capital expenditure budgets for transportation programs, and reviews and approves expenditures of the approved program budgets.

8.      Coordinates the program and project development activities with other divisions, key business units, external agencies, consultants and contractors, and the public; and establishes and maintains work relationships which are collaborative, responsive, and effective.

9.      Oversees the management and maintenance of multiple transportation programs.

10.  Ensures transportation programs are actively advancing meaningful and applicable projects, and speaks to the budgeting and cashflow of these programs.

11.  Consults with the Division Manager and Department Director to review program operations/activities, review/resolve problems, receive advice/direction, and provide recommendations; provide activity and status reports.

12.  Represents the Division, department and City to state officials, local businesses, community organizations, citizen groups, and the general public and provides information regarding transportation capital programs or projects, and responds to inquiries, concerns and/or complaints that cannot be resolved by subordinate project managers.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

•  Ability to apply concepts of organizational management and leadership towards the effective and efficient management of staff and consultants.
•  Ability to apply advanced knowledge and understanding of fundamental project management principles to project initiation, planning, implementation and closeout activities.
•  Ability to integrate land use, urban design, and multimodal transportation perspectives in development, review or coordination of transportation projects.
•  Thorough understanding of and demonstrated support for the principles of “context-based design.”
•  Ability to apply advanced knowledge and understanding of fundamental engineering and construction principles to project design or planning.
•  Ability and willingness to inspire the application of innovative methodologies and design solutions.
•  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships by being proactive and diplomatic with other city employees, outside agencies and general public both verbally and in writing. 
•  Ability to exhibit good customer service skills.
•  Ability to communicate with strong interpersonal skills such as tact, active listening, respect and calmness.
•  Ability to act as a visionary leader, build consensus, empower employees, be flexible and manage conflict as well as meet deadlines.
•  Ability to prioritize and manage multiple task in a fast-paced work environment.
•  Proficiency in use of Microsoft Office Suite Projects.

Preferred Qualification

•   7 years minimum of experience in transportation engineering project management in a large, rapidly growing urban area – three of which should include managing, supervising and mentoring staff.  
•  PE Certification strongly preferred.


$91,237.00 - $114,046.00 / Year Commensurate with experience

Conditions of Employment

The City’s Background Check Policy requires background checks to be conducted on final internal or external candidate(s) applying for any position with the City of Charlotte. The type of information that will be collected as part of a background check includes, but is not limited to: reference checks, social security verification, education verification, criminal conviction record check, and, if applicable, a credit history check, sex offender registry and motor vehicle records check.

Background checks must be in compliance with all federal and state statutes, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). The checks must be consistent with the guidelines set forth by these laws requiring organizations to obtain a candidate’s written authorization before obtaining a criminal background report, motor vehicle records check or credit report; and to properly store and dispose of information derived from such reports.

Final candidates must pass a pre-employment drug-screening test and physical examination. During the selection process, candidates may be asked to take a skills test, and/or participate in other assessments.

The City of Charlotte is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How To Apply

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