Open: March 13, 2018 | Close: April 9, 2018
The city of Madison has a population of over 250,000 in a region of more than 500,000 and is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. Surrounded by five lakes, Madison is home to a City-owned transit system with high ridership, a walkable and thriving downtown, many unique and walkable neighborhoods, one of the best networks of biking trails in the U.S., distinctive locally owned restaurants and businesses, excellent healthcare, and unique music venues. The Madison economy is thriving. State government and the University of Wisconsin-Madison continue to play important roles; however, the City is evolving from a government-based economy to one that is more private sector driven. Biotechnology, information technology, healthcare, insurance, and specialized manufacturing are some of the sectors that are growing within the community.
About the Position
As head of the City of Madison’s Department of Transportation, the Director will have a unique opportunity to shape transportation planning, policy and implementation for Madison, a growing mid-size City with a unique and high quality of life. The Department includes the Traffic Engineering Division, the Transit Division and the Parking Division. This position also leads the City’s crossdepartment transportation team. Work is performed under the general direction of the Mayor, and within public policy parameters. Employment will be subject to a five-year employment contract negotiated by the Mayor and approved by the Common Council, and a term of the contract requires residency in the City of Madison.
Immediate and Long-Term Responsibilities
- Lead the City’s comprehensive transportation mobility and planning efforts in a way that will ensure that Madison’s mobility and transportation systems are “best in class” and meet the diverse needs of the city.
- Work closely with the Mayor, other City managers, the Common Council, the Transportation Policy and Planning Board, and others to align system goals and plans, implement adopted plans and achieve measurable results.
- Manage an effective, responsible and accountable organization that can attract and retain top quality staff in order to practice continuous improvement, successfully innovate and implement best practices to serve the evolving needs of residents.
- Lead and manage transportation participation in citywide performance management efforts.
- Communicate with policymakers about policies, projects and the overall transportation system while providing comprehensive information to the public.
- Foster collaborative relationships with city, regional, state, and federal agencies, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison and others to advance Madison’s and the region’s mobility and transportation system.
- Develop and sustain a highly functional department that will demonstrate its crucial importance to the people of Madison.
The Ideal Candidate
The City of Madison seeks a leader who will thrive in a work environment that is diverse, inclusive and values continuous learning, cooperation and team work. We are seeking a systems thinker that is committed to improving the quality of life for Madison's residents and visitors through effective transportation planning, policy and implementation. The ideal candidate will encourage and sustain strong strategic partnerships with a variety of stakeholders.
- Three to five years of responsible managerial experience in directing staff and programs of a local governmental unit primarily engaged in transportation planning, services, programs and/or implementation.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with a major in Urban, Regional or Transportation Planning, Traffic or Civil Engineering, Public Administration, or a related field. Master’s degree preferred.
- Experience with increasingly responsible positions within transportation.
- Experience leading complex transportation plans, studies and projects including environmental impact studies.
- Practical and current experience with mobility, transportation system planning and public decision processes on transportation projects.
- Extensive knowledge of transportation planning and management in a complex urban and regional environment.
Applicants must apply for the position on the City’s website at cityofmadison.com/jobs. Completed applications will include answers to the supplemental questions which must be attached to your electronic application. Applications must be received by April 9, 2018 to be considered.