Deputy Director of Special Projects

Organization: New York City Department of Transportation

Posted: April 1, 2020 | Closing: March 27, 2020

Job Description

The New York City Department of Transportation is a vital component of one of the largest and most complex cities in the world, and our employees play a crucial role maintaining the City’s transportation infrastructure, from operating ferries to repairing potholes, from issuing construction permits to building and restoring bridges, and from keeping traffic moving to creating new public spaces. Serving the people of New York City is a challenging and rewarding experience. DOT offers excellent benefits packages, competitive salaries, and opportunities for advancement

The Division of Transportation Planning & Management seeks a Deputy Director of Special Projects to oversee a portfolio of projects and programs focused on improving mobility within NYC.  The Special Projects Unit is responsible for fostering data-informed transportation planning and developing cross-cutting research initiatives, policies, and programs that support the efficient use of NYC’s roadways and curbs space through prioritization of high performance modes. The Deputy Director will play a key role in researching, evaluating and developing policies and programs that further the Division and Agency’s goal of efficient, safe and environmentally sustainable mobility on NYC’s multimodal transportation network.

Under the supervision of the Director of Special Projects, with latitude for independent initiative and judgment, the Deputy Director of Special Projects will assist in overseeing the group’s portfolio of planning, research, studies, data analysis, and innovative projects. While new projects and grant opportunities are regularly introduced, the core program areas include: The management and evaluation of NYC DOT’s Carshare Pilot, which is a two-year citywide pilot that designates parking spaces on-street in select neighborhoods and in municipal parking facilities for Carshare; management of the NYC Mobility Report and other public-facing reports; leading multiple traffic, transportation, parking, and mobility studies; Transportation Demand Management initiatives (TDM) addressing commuter travel habits; management of DOT’s Traffic Information Management System (TIMS), which stores and makes available all count data collected across the agency, and; oversight of Commuter Van, For-Hire Vehicle, and Micro-transit policy and administration.

The position requires a candidate that can support the Director to manage a full-time staff of five project managers and has a robust understanding of community relations, policy development, budget management, and project delivery within the City government and transportation sector. The candidate should have experience in developing consensus among many different parties to advance policies that benefit efficient curbside management and/or sustainable transportation policies and practices. Coordination will be needed with other DOT units as well as other City and community entities.  The candidate must be able to work both independently and as part of a team to problem-solve and deliver projects on-time and within budget.  The candidate will be expected to lead collaboratively and inclusively, seeking to cultivate continued professional development and growth of junior staff, develop a strong team, and to effectively communicate through verbal and written forms with all stakeholders.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

  1. A master’s degree in transportation engineering, mathematics, urban planning, architecture, landscape architecture, urban studies, or related physical and social science fields; or
  2. A baccalaureate degree in engineering from an accredited college and one year of full-time satisfactory experience performing technical work on roadway transportation and traffic studies and area-wide traffic programs; or
  3. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and two years of full-time satisfactory experience as described in “2” above; or
  4. An associate degree or completion of 60 semester credits from an accredited college and four years of full-time satisfactory experience as described in “2” above; or
  5. A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent and six years of full-time satisfactory experience as described in “2” above.

Special Note:

In addition to meeting the minimum Qualification Requirements above:

To be assigned to Assignment Level II, the candidate must have an additional year of experience as described in the “Qualification Requirements” listed under “2” above.

Preferred Skills

The preferred candidate is a well-organized self-starter with excellent project/budget management, writing, editing, and oral presentation skills. In addition, the candidate should have; a background with planning and policy development to further socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable urban development; a proven track record coordinating across various areas of specialization and with multiple staff within a complex work environment. The candidate will have experience with ArcGIS, Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel, SPSS or SAS, and graphics software, including the Adobe Suite. Knowledge of traffic, congestion, and mobility study methodologies, urban design principles, and traffic engineering with knowledge of AASHTO, MUTCD, ADA, and NACTO standards is strongly preferred.

Additional Information

This position is open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a program.  Please indicate in your resume or cover letter that you would like to be considered for the position under the 55-a program.


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