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Field Operations Supervisor #2407-161000-02

Signals, Engineering and Operations

Date Opened
Wednesday, July 03, 2024 8:00 AM
Close Date
Wednesday, July 17, 2024 11:59 AM
Charlotte Department of Transportation
  • $61,753-$77192; commensurate with experience


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This position is responsible for supervising the daily activities of the Traffic Signals Operations group within the CDOT Engineering and Operations Division. This group's work includes installing and maintaining aerial signals, associated wiring, inductive detection loops, and signal-related underground construction. 

This position is accountable for establishing and measuring performance and production standards for the group, which includes prioritizing, scheduling, and inspecting all work. Work may include capital improvement program-funded and developer-funded projects and the routine maintenance of City- and state-maintained intersections. The successful candidate will provide advanced leadership and effectively communicate goals to staff while exhibiting strong leadership, great management skills, a sense of purpose to achieve team performance and high levels of independent judgment. This position is also responsible for maintaining safe work zones/traffic controls on all projects to ensure worker, pedestrian, bicyclist, and motorist safety.    

This position requires excellent communication skills and the ability to provide clear direction and advanced leadership in training, mentoring, and developing staff; work collaboratively with other Field Operation Supervisors and other teams; looking for continuous improvement of business best practices/processes; evaluating new technology and/or equipment; and exhibiting initiative in daily work.    

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide direct supervision and leadership to the Traffic Signal Operations group. Create an effective and efficient work and team environment through words and actions. 
  • Plan, prioritize, direct, schedule, and assign the work of team members to meet organization goals and guidelines. 
  • Oversee the staff to meet response requirements about signal and sign emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 
  • Manage the routine maintenance activities for City and State maintained intersections, including the complete and prompt completion of reports summarizing the work. 
  • Conduct routine field investigations to ensure all assigned tasks are completed accurately and efficiently.  
  • Ensure construction and maintenance work meets quality control, federal, state, City, and department specifications and standards. 
  • Administer City, Department, and Division policies, including work rules and procedures.  Assist in developing policies, procedures, practices, and work rules for assigned personnel.  Assist in establishing performance standards and measures. 
  • Continuously evaluate employee job performance, including observation and inspection of work completed and proper maintenance and equipment maintenance to ensure established performance standards and safety practices are met. 
  • Coach and counsel staff, administer progressive discipline, document performance, and recommend and provide ongoing training and development to staff. 
  • Work with the Operations Supervisor, Administrative Staff, and vendors as necessary to research, recommend, justify, purchase, and maintain specialized equipment and materials. Assist in preparing budget requests for supplies, materials, and equipment. Make recommendations regarding purchases when necessary. 
  • Work with Operations Supervisor and Administrative Officer Lead as needed regarding personnel decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, promotions, transfers, and disciplinary actions for positions within the group. 
  • Review and maintain records and reports on daily operations, daily crew time sheets, and work logs, as well as prepare and review periodic reports such as production and cost analyses.  
  • Participate in benchmarking and competition efforts within the section to ensure the most efficient and effective processes are implemented, sustained, and periodically re-evaluated. 
  • Work with other Department staff to define, outline, and agree upon areas of responsibility for projects. 
  • Receive, investigate, and resolve complaints and requests for service within the scope of the group's work. Assign issues to crew for resolution in less complex cases and seek input and direction from the Operations Supervisor for complex cases. 
  • Work on-call and extended hours during special projects, emergencies, inclement weather, or as required. 
  • Perform related duties and work as assigned. 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment. 
  • Ability to provide leadership and manage work schedules effectively through subordinate supervisors to meet the varying deadlines of multiple staff, projects, and tasks 
  • Considerable knowledge of the methods, materials, tools, equipment, and standard practices used for installing, operating, and maintaining traffic control systems, including traffic signals, inductive loops, pull-boxes, and other electrical functions 
  • Know the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) or the ability to acquire such knowledge within the first year of hire. 
  • Knowledge of safety practices and occupational hazards of assigned work, including but not limited to working with heavy equipment, underground utilities including electric, working in and around vehicle traffic, work hazards, work zones, safety precautions, 811 Locates procedures, OSHA regulations, ground construction, specialized equipment and hand tools, traffic signal control, wires, communication, read and interpret prints, and traffic systems. 
  • Strong and effective customer service and communication skills with the ability to interact regularly and professionally with department and division personnel, other City department staff, and residents 
  • Have the ability to analyze problems and make decisions. 
  • Knowledge of construction work involving the maintenance and installation of all ground construction for traffic signals, wires, control cables, and pedestrian signals, including but not limited to concrete, conduit, and pull box installation procedures. 
  • Knowledge and ability to use basic math skills to calculate and understand data, such as budget reports, vendor quotes, requisitions, invoices, etc 
  • Must be skilled in the use of a computer and tablet, including but not limited to typing, work order management system, email, calendar, Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Outlook, Excel, and Word (or comparable programs). 
  • Ability to learn and become familiar with computer programs like Kronos, Cityworks, and MySuccess 
  • Ability to maintain the confidentiality of conversations and data, including but not limited to personnel information, department, and City related administrative data, etc 
  • Ability to read and interpret roadway and signal construction plans 
  • Ability to develop plans, procedures, goals, strategies, or processes. Including the ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and direct others' activities to accomplish a goal. 

Preferred Qualification

  • Three years of supervisory experience 
  • Commercial Driver's License (CDL-Class A) 
  • Considerable knowledge of the methods, materials, tools, and practices used in Traffic Signal construction and installation 
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office suite 
  • Professional Communication Skills 
  • Experience working with work hazards, work zones, safety precautions, 811 Locates procedures, OSHA regulations, ground construction, specialized equipment and hand tools, traffic signal control, wires, reading and interpreting prints, and traffic systems.

Minimum Qualifications

All relevant experience must be demonstrated on application. 'See resume' will not be considered in place of incomplete applications.

High School Graduate or Equivalent and seven years related work experience


Associates Degree and five years related work experience

Must have a valid Driver's License at the time of hire. 

Must obtain a City Driving permit at the time of hire. 

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

Apply online.

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