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Project Manager - Traffic Management

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DEFINITION: Under administrative direction from the Deputy Public Works Director, directs multi-disciplinary teams completing specialized and highly technical projects related to transportation planning and traffic management; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Project Managers are distinguished from departmental managers by primary assignment of highly skilled and specialized project management of time-limited highly technical projects. Project Managers are also distinguished from departmental managers by management of multi-disciplinary teams made up of professionals from all sectors of the County, external consultants, citizen participation advisors, members assigned from other governmental agencies, non profit organizations, and the private sector.

The Project Manager, Traffic Management is further distinguished from the Project Manager, Surface Treatment Program in that the former is responsible for traffic engineering, including signal design/timing, roadway/intersection geometrics, and for operations of the County's Traffic Management Center, while the Project Manager, Surface Treatment Programs is responsible for Surface Treatment Grant application and administration, for establishing priorities and making technical/engineering decisions related to road surface rehabilitation and reconstruction, and for managing the surface treatment component of the Road Maintenance Annual Plan.


1. Directs and manages multi-disciplinary teams of engineers, planners, and technicians in needs assessment and the development of plans, goals, objectives, policies, and procedures for completion of projects as part of Transportation Improvement Plans (TIPs) in the County; prepares and reviews proposals and cost estimates for transportation improvements; runs and/or manages the County traffic model and oversees its maintenance and calibration; commits resources to projects and establishes work plans, staffing, and timelines; troubleshoots and facilitates interagency and intra-agency efforts to overcome obstacles to project completion.
2. Establishes and maintains contacts with other affected public agencies, and citizen advisory groups, internal and external stakeholders, boards, committees, and commissions to provide information, garner acceptance of and support for roadway improvement projects.
3. Determines priority and directs completion of projects including but not limited to congestion management, traffic signal design specifications, traffic signal timing and coordination plans, and roadway and intersection geometrics.
4. Directs the completion of critical collision investigations, reviews accident analysis to determine potential preventative improvement to roads, provides recommendations and testimony for County Counsel regarding claims and other investigations, and pursues grant funding for improvements to accident collection equipment, processes, and data bases.
5. Provides data/analysis and professional and technical staff support to various community and Board of Supervisors appointed committees, such as the Traffic Engineering Committee; provide direction, presentations, and recommendations to traffic related entities such as Santa Barbara County Fire and Sheriff's departments, California Department of Transportation, California Highway Patrol, and to other officials of federal, state, and local agencies.


1. A minimum of five years of increasingly responsible professional experience in traffic or civil engineering that included project management; or,
2. equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities.

Registration as a professional civil and/or traffic engineer in the State of California is desirable but not required.

Knowledge of: the principles and practices of civil engineering/project management and the ability to apply them to the planning, design, construction and maintenance of transportation improvement and traffic management projects; team building techniques appropriate to groups composed of County staff, outside agencies and stakeholders; current federal, state, and County policies and requirements for land use, zoning, and comprehensive planning; principles and practices of business and public administration; research, analytical, and data collection techniques; principles and practices of management, supervision, and training; federal and state regulations related to the project; and budget administration; current traffic modeling and simulation software and techniques.

Ability to: coordinate activities between various County, State and Federal agencies on time-limited, highly technical projects to meet specified goals; develop and set timelines for project completion; engage in team building among project participants; acquire/maximize project resources from grants, existing agencies, organizations, stakeholders, etc., through cooperative efforts; direct the development of study techniques and protocols to ensure quality control and quality assurance for any project studies; make complex presentations to the public, stakeholders, other agencies, media; conduct effective public participation meetings; oversee and supervise consultants performing project work; prepare and present clear and concise written narrative and statistical reports; demonstrate tact and diplomacy.

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