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26 Oct 2021

Full-Time Traffic Engineering Manager

The City of Bellevue – Posted by Bellevue, Washington, United States

Job Description

Job Summary

The City of Bellevue Transportation Department is seeking a motivated leader to fill our Traffic Engineering Manager position to provide direction and leadership for the Traffic Engineering division within our Transportation Department. You will have the opportunity to lead an innovative team that works to use the latest industry standards and guidance to maintain a safe and efficient transportation network for all users.

Reporting to an Assistant Transportation Director, you will serve on the Assistant Director’s Management Team, and provide oversight and guidance in the development and administration of projects to facilitate the resolution of traffic engineering concerns.   You will also be involved in the expansion of our bicycle and pedestrian facility networks and in the operations of transit throughout Bellevue. The Traffic Engineering team serves as the traffic expert on all capital projects in the city, supports our development review team in assessment of traffic operational aspects of new developments and prepares full plans, specifications and estimates on safety projects developed by the team.

The City of Bellevue is a dynamic, multicultural, future-focused, high performing City.  We offer a robust benefits package, an eco-friendly work environment and state-of-the-art technology. The City invests in its employees and encourages and rewards employee growth and development.  Bellevue is noted for its diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Through a staff of six engineers and one senior engineering technician, manage and supervise:
    1. Operation of all traffic control facilities and devices, such as roundabouts, stop and yield signs, pavement markings, parking rules, speed limits and truck routing.
    2. Management of multiple division programs to improve traffic operations and safety, including crash reduction studies, crosswalk evaluation and design, clear zone evaluations, traffic spot improvements, traffic data management and curb management.
    3. Expert review of the traffic engineering elements for capital improvement projects, regional projects, planning studies, and new developments. This includes review of access control, street lighting, traffic signals, channelization, signing, pedestrian access and bicycle facility type.
    4. Program and administer annual capital budgets to improve traffic, pedestrian, and bicycle operations and facilities.
    5. Review and update of traffic related ordinances through the Council approval process including preparation of agenda memos, study session presentations and drafting management briefs.
    6. Oversees the coordination and development of engineering plans and specifications, competitive bid process and management of contractors and vendors.
  • Attend weekly manager’s meeting with the workgroup assistant directors and peer Mobility Management division managers. Coordinate with other division mangers to ensure effective and informed decision making and communication on department issues.
  • Assign questions and concerns from residents, outside agencies and the general public regarding traffic control facilities and day to day traffic operations. Ensure requests are prioritized and tracked. Modify staff responses as needed and lead higher profile or politically sensitive responses.
  • Develop budget proposals for various staff and programs. Answer budget inquiries from budget reviewers, management and the public. Develop and track performance measures for all programs and functions. Participate with Assistant Director in budget monitoring and implement direction on budget adjustments during the fiscal year.
  • Assist in the development of work plans to ensure coordination between engineering and our operations and maintenance division.
  • Lead presentations regarding Division systems, projects and programs to Council and other governing entities. Lead responder to traffic related media inquiries including on-camera and radio interviews.
  • Serve as the expert witness on the operation of the traffic systems in matters of litigation. Assist in defending the City against tort liability lawsuits relating to traffic operations.
  • Develop Division goals and objectives; ensure that staff has appropriate project understanding.
  • Mentor, develop and evaluate staff.
  • Maintains regular contact with consulting engineers; construction project engineers; city, state and federal agencies; professional and technical groups; and the general public regarding division activities and services.
  • Establishes and maintains a working environment conducive to positive morale, individual style, quality, creativity and teamwork.

Supervision Received and Exercised

  • Works under the general supervision of a Transportation Department Assistant Director.
  • Exercises supervision over engineers and engineering technicians.



Knowledge and Skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.  Ability to communicate technical information in non-technical, understandable ways.
  • Ability to present information to a wide variety of audiences including Council, the public and staff.
  • Ability to negotiate effectively with employees, other business units and departments, outside agencies, consultants, contractors and the general public.
  • Ability to plan, organize and monitor the work and activities of self and direct reports.
  • Ability to plan, organize and monitor activities according to priorities, established schedules and deadlines.
  • Ability to provide leadership, coaching, motivation and constructive performance reviews to staff, securing their respective commitments to the department’s vision.
  • Ability to take general direction from assistant director or director and implement that direction through division resources.
  • Knowledge of civil engineering principles, practices and methods as applicable to a municipal setting.
  • Considerable knowledge of applicable City policies, laws and regulations affecting department activities.
  • Knowledge of transportation operations and construction practices and methods.
  • Knowledge of Complete Streets and Vision Zero initiatives.
  • Ability to use a computer and effectively navigate Microsoft Office Suite, engineering applications and data management software in performing essential duties.
  • Understanding of traffic signal and street lighting design practices.


Education and Experience Requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in civil engineering or related technical field.
  • Eight years of progressively responsible and related experience in transportation engineering and project management; two years of experience supervising, and/or leading staff or teams preferred.
  • Washington State Driver’s License required or the ability to obtain within 6 months of hire.
  • Equivalent combination of education, experience and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered.
  • Washington State Professional Engineering license required.



Working Conditions & Physical Requirements

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Work involves walking, talking, hearing, using hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls and reaching with hands and arms.
  • Vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
  • The employee may be required to push, pull, lift and/or carry up to 40 pounds.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately quiet while in the office or moderately loud when in the field.



For more information, call Chris Long at 425-452-6013 or via email at  For any technical difficulties with your application, please contact the NEOGOV support line at 855-524-5627.

The City of Bellevue supports workplace diversity and does not discriminate on the basis of  race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status. Persons needing assistance in the application process may call the Human Resources Office, at 425-452-6838 or If you are invited to participate in the selection process and need ADA accommodations, please notify HR before you are scheduled for an interview or testing.


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Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

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