Director, Special Projects
Organization: New York City Department of Transportation
Posted: July 15, 2019 | Closing: July 25, 2019
NYCDOT seeks a Director of Special Projects to oversee a portfolio of projects and programs focused on improving mobility within NYC. The Special Projects Unit within the Division of Transportation Planning and Management 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 through prioritization of high performance modes. Key initiatives under the Special Projects Unit include, but are not limited to: Transportation Demand Management (TDM) initiatives addressing commuter travel habits including: NYC DOT’s Carshare Pilot, Commuter Van Program, and Go Smart Program; Transportation planning studies, such as the annual NYC Mobility Report and Citywide Congestion Study; Traffic data management, analysis, and visualization, including DOT’s Traffic Information Management System (TIMS), a system for requesting, storing, and analyzing traffic count data collected across the agency; Data collection for regional efforts tied to the metropolitan planning organization, such as traffic volumes on major hub-bound crossings and data that feeds into the New York Best Practices Model.
Reporting to the Assistant Commissioner for Regional and Strategic Planning (A/C) and will work closely with the A/C and other staff to develop new projects and pursue grant opportunities covering a range of mobility topics. The ideal candidate must be comfortable carrying out research and providing concise recommendations to senior staff on wide-ranging topics within short timeframes. 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, leading collaboratively and inclusively, fostering continued professional development and growth of junior staff, and must be skilled to effectively communicate through verbal and written forms with all stakeholders
The Director will supervise seven full time staff, excluding interns, temporary staff, and consultants and must have a solid understanding of community relations, policy development, budget management, and project delivery within the City government and transportation sector. The candidate should have experience interfacing with senior management and developing consensus among many different parties to advance policies that benefit efficient curbside management and/or sustainable transportation policies and practices, in coordination with other DOT units as well as other City and community entities.
Minimum Qualifications Requirements:
The preferred candidate is a well-organized self-starter with a proven track record managing staff and complex projects. Experience should include budget management, grant writing, project evaluation, and strong presentation skills. In addition, the ideal candidate should have a background with planning and policy development with a proven track record coordinating across various areas of specialization and with multiple staff within a complex work environment. Ideally the candidate is familiar with ArcGIS, MS and Adobe Suites, as well as a working knowledge of statistics, SAS or SPSS, to be used in the advancement of research or reporting projects.
How to Apply
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