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January 8, 2019
Boulder, Colorado
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This is a unique opportunity for a visionary leader with strong financial acumen to join a thriving organization committed to collaborative relationships in one of the nation's most forward-thinking counties.

Boulder County Transportation works to ensure safe and efficient public transportation both within Boulder County and along regional transportation corridors. We are committed to providing excellent service and quality transportation infrastructure through the provision of reliable networks of roadways, bikeways, trails and transit services while ensuring the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

The Transportation Department strives to plan, construct, and maintain responsive, high-quality, safe, multimodal transportation services with a commitment to customer service. The department consists of six divisions: Administration, Engineering, Fleet, Multimodal (Bus, Bike, Walk), Planning, and Road Maintenance. Each division works together to provide specific yet integrated services to meet the transportation needs of Boulder County.

Under the direction of the three-member Board of County Commissioners and as a member of the Commissioners' senior management team, the Transportation Director is responsible for planning, leading, and evaluating the activities of six divisions, including, engineering, multimodal transportation solutions, planning, floodplain management, fleet services, road maintenance, and oversight of flood recovery functions. The position provides leadership in developing and implementing the department's operating policies and procedures within the County's vision of public service, sustainability and collaboration in concert with county, regional and statewide stakeholders. The Transportation Director is responsible for a budget of approximately $40 million and an overall staff of approximately 130 FTE which includes management responsibility for eight direct reports, consisting of an Administration Division Manager, Flood Recovery Coordinator, Engineering Manager, MultiModal Manager, Planning Manager, County Fleet Manager, Transportation Maintenance Division Manager, and a Communications Specialist.

Examples of Duties

Key responsibilities include:
  • Helping set the vision, policy, and goals for the Transportation Department and providing guidance and leadership to implement the vision;
  • Providing leadership to and management of a highly qualified, diverse team of professionals and encouraging team development across disciplines with the goal of high level performance of employees providing the best in public service;
  • Working with the Board of County Commissioners, senior county staff and regional and state stakeholders on transportation policy, priorities and programs, including multimodal solutions to moving people in, out and around Boulder County;
  • Overseeing the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of transportation facilities to provide a county transportation system that meets the needs of commuters, residents and visitors;
  • Overseeing regulatory permitting including floodplain development and internal fleet services;
  • Managing the division's operating and flood recovery budgets, including detailed financial oversight of project costs and cash flow while ensuring consistency and accountability;
  • Establishing appropriate service and contractor staffing levels, including monitoring and evaluating the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery models;
  • Developing a culture of collaboration and empowerment within the department and with external partners and organizations.
Required Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree in Public Administration, Civil Engineering, Planning, Construction Management, or Traffic Engineering plus at least five years of progressively responsible management experience in municipal government operations that included oversight of transportation areas such as planning, engineering, waterways, floodplain management, transportation maintenance, roads, fleet management, and/or multimodal. This experience must have included at least four years of experience in a leadership role with responsibility for fiscal management and supervision of a large, diverse staff.

A Master's degree and more than nine (9) years of experience is preferred as is experience working with key transportation agencies and associations at the state and national level. Experience with Federal flood regulation and/or FEMA is also helpful. Knowledge of county, regional and state transportation priorities is preferred, as is familiarity with Boulder County and the local political landscape.

Supplemental Information

The ideal candidate has demonstrated leadership and management experience with a good understanding of operations, regulatory issues, and multimodal transit in a public transportation environment. With a proven track record for building relationships and teams, the ideal candidate will also be a strong manager, politically savvy, and demonstrate flexibility and adaptability in a complex and ever-changing environment. Competitive candidates will possess proven fiscal management and supervisory experience with a well-rounded transit background. A team-oriented and motivating leadership style that fosters a culture of respect and empowers employees to be their best will serve the new Transportation Director well.
Additional characteristics being sought include:

  • Dynamic, visible leader with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact with the public and employees at all levels and cultures, with a demonstrated record of building collaboration and partnerships.
  • Demonstrated political insight and the ability to work effectively with elected officials.
  • Effective listener and communicator with proven ability to engender confidence in ideas, vision, and engage others in meaningful dialogue.
  • Collaborative relationship builder able to develop positive relationships across the Boulder County organization, in the community, with coalition partners, and with regional transportation organizations in support of successful outcomes.
  • Demonstrated financial and budget acumen with an emphasis on accountability, transparency, and long-range vision for revenue management.
  • Progressive and proactive thinker, able to assess and develop cohesive plans that embrace new research, trends, and service delivery models including multimodal, autonomous vehicles, fleet electrification and other leading-edge solutions for transportation services.
  • Strong management abilities including the ability to train, coach, mentor, support professional development, and provide meaningful feedback and recognition to staff.
  • Confidence to make thoughtful and informed decisions with proven ability to make tough decisions and back them up.
  • Knowledge of county, regional and state transportation priorities. Ability to understand and develop transportation master plans and effectively work with other counties and organizations to create cohesive plans.
  • Demonstrated abilities in the areas of organizational development, succession planning and change management, including the ability to adapt as the organization evolves.
  • Creative problem-solving abilities including a willingness to listen and explore a variety of options.
  • A strong public service ethic.
  • Demonstrated commitment to valuing and respecting diversity.
  • Strong personal integrity and empathy for others.
  • Respectful, approachable, trustworthy.

Boulder County is a family-friendly workplace dedicated to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and respectful environment for all employees. We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants and employees on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

To be considered for this exceptional career opportunity, submit your rsum, cover letter, and a list of six work-related references (who will not be contacted without prior notice) by Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Rsum should reflect years and months of employment, beginning/ending dates as well as the size of staff and budgets you have managed. Please submit your materials to:

For additional information about this position please contact:

Gloria M. Timmons
CPS HR Consulting
Tel: 916.471.3461
E-mail: [email protected]

Candidates deemed to have the most relevant backgrounds will be invited to participate in a preliminary screening interview with the consultant. Those individuals determined to be best suited will be invited to participate further in a formal assessment process.

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As well as offering competitive pay and a caring work environment, Boulder County offers employees an array of benefits. For all FTE employees, we provide:
  • a family-friendly workplace, including paidcaregiver leave, a breast feeding friendly-work environment, sick child care, an infants-at-work policy, and generous paid vacation, medical leave, and holidays
  • the opportunity to take charge of your well-being through a nationally-recognized wellness program, employee assistance program, and the choice of comprehensive health plans that include vision and dental coverage
  • peace of mind for the future with PERA pension, PERA 401k, and Social Security retirement plans, in addition to life and disability insurance, as well as critical illness and accidental insurance options
  • the opportunity to master new skills with robust learning programs and certificates, federal loan forgiveness (after ten years of public service), and county-paid tuitionassistance for continuing education
  • free and discounted ways to get around town with an RTD Eco Pass and B-Cycle membership
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