Director - District Department of Transportation (DDOT)
Company: Mayor's Office of Talent and Appointments (MOTA)
Posted on: November 17, 2023
OPEN: September 11, 2023CLOSE: Open until filledPOSITION:
Director - District Department of Transportation (DDOT)SALARY: ES5
($153,350 to $231,471)INTRODUCTIONThe District Department of
Transportation (DDOT) is committed to achieving an exceptional
quality of life in the nation's capital through more sustainable
travel practices, and safer streets. DDOT's mission is to enhance
the quality of life for District residents and visitors by ensuring
that people, goods, and information move efficiently and safely
with minimal adverse impact on residents and the environment.DDOT
is one of several agencies under the oversight of the Deputy Mayor
for Operations and Infrastructure (DMOI). DDOT manages and
maintains the District's transportation infrastructure, including
the planning, designing, construction, and maintenance of the
District's streets, alleys, sidewalks, bridges, traffic signals,
and street lights. The Agency also oversees the regulation of the
District's public space, the planting and maintenance of street
trees, and operates the District-owned transit assets-the DC
Streetcar and the DC Circulator.DDOT has a unique role of
functioning as both the state DOT and city DOT. In this dual role,
the Agency is responsible for a wide array of transportation
infrastructure from interstate highways to small alleys. The Agency
is committed to providing a balanced transportation system with
choices for all modes of travel, while prioritizing safety for the
traveling public. For more information about DDOT, please visit
here:The Director, DDOT, works under the general supervision of the
Deputy Mayor for Operations and Infrastructure, who provides broad
policy direction, and assists the Director in setting major policy
and priority guidance for solving complex transportation program
issues with significant economic, social, environmental and urban
infrastructure development implications.DUTIES AND
RESPONSIBILITIESThe Director is responsible for and has full
authority to develop program plans, strategies, and goals to
transform the Department into a performance-based organization that
delivers effective and efficient transportation program
services.Additionally, the Director:
- Serves as the District's Senior Executive for managing the
District of Columbia's transportation infrastructure within the
- Serves as a trusted subject matter expert and policy advisor in
District government for transportation-related policy and
- Represents the Department and the Bowser Administration in both
public and private sector forums.
- Provides guidance and administrative direction to Agency staff.
Supervises the work of the Chief Administrative Officer, Chief
Performance Officer, Chief Project Delivery Officer, Chief
Operations Officer, and the Transportation Equity and Inclusion
- Engages regularly with the Executive Office of the Mayor, the
Office of the City Administrator, the Deputy Mayor for Planning and
Economic Development, Councilmembers, other District agencies, and
federal and regional partners (including but not limited to WMATA
and theMetropolitan Washington Councilof Governments) to respond to
issues, enhance coordination, and advance policy priorities.
- Directs the implementation of transportation studies, projects,
and programs with a focus on ensuring equitable consideration of
and delivery of services to all residents of the
District-particularly the economically disadvantaged, minority,
elderly, disabled communities.
- Ensures effective engagement with residents, businesses, and
other key stakeholder groups.
- Oversees the management and development of a progressive
pedestrian and bicycle access and safety initiatives including, but
not limited to, Capital Bikeshare and VisionZero.
- Manages the District's transportation and traffic operations
networks, including traffic signals, pavement markings, other
traffic control devices, traffic control officers, and crossing
guards, to allow residents and visitors to travel safely and
efficiently throughout the District by foot, bus, car, and
- Implements, in coordination with the District's Department of
Public Works, the District's snow clearance and removal activities
and supports the District's response to other weather events.
- Advances alternative project delivery and innovative finance
activities of the department, including engagement in public
- Oversees the planning and execution of major, multi-million
dollar infrastructure projects.
- Evaluates the Agency's operations and budget and uses expertise
to determine and advance priorities, target resources, prioritize
staff efforts, and execute plans.
- Implements changes in management practices through written
directives and ensures that these practices are carried through to
- Manages the performance of a work force of approximately
628employees including community and transportation planners,
environmental specialists, traffic;, civil and general engineers,
transportation management specialists, and mass transportation
analysts and inspectors, along with technical and administrative
- Performs other related duties as assigned.REQUIRED BACKGROUND
- Advanced Degree in Transportation, Public Administration,
Public Policy, Business Administration, Engineering, Planning, or a
closely related field.
- Minimum of ten (10) years in senior leadership of a large
public or private organization, with direct experience in the
transportation industry strongly preferred.
- Thorough knowledge of transportation industry best practices,
standards, principles, and procedures with preference for direct
experience in an urban setting.
- Thorough knowledge of federal and local laws, regulations, and
administrative practices related to the procurement, funding,
planning, construction, operation, and maintenance of
transportation infrastructure and systems.
- Track record of managing organizational performance through
developing, tracking, and reporting on performance metrics.
- Prior executive level experience with planning, evaluating,
organizing and implementing best practices, policies, and
procedures in a governmental setting.
- Experience overseeing and managing the operations and project
delivery of a large organization. Demonstrated knowledge and
leadership in the development of transportation systems that meet
the needs of a diverse population.
- Experience in leading large organizations with a workforce of
diverse professionals, including senior staff and labor.
- Beneficial to have prior positive experience with managing
union and non-union staff and committed to effective partnerships
between management and union.
- Experience in managing large, complex capital budgets including
knowledge of federal highway and transit funding.DOMICILE
REQUIREMENTThere is a legal requirement that each new appointee to
the Excepted and Executive Service either: (1) be domiciled in the
District of Columbia at the time of appointment; or (2) establish
District domicile within one hundred eighty (180) days of
appointment. The law also requires that Excepted and Executive
Service employees maintain District domicile during the period of
the appointment.Failure to maintain District domicile during the
period of the appointment will result in forfeiture of
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