Transportation Director

Posted on October 8, 2019

Salary:  $107,474.00 – $143,298.00 Annually  Location:  Greensboro, NC   Job Type:  Active Full-Time
Department:  Transportation    Job Number:  01696    Closing:  11/5/2019 11:59 PM Eastern
Description: Transportation Director Brochure

The City of Greensboro is seeking a Transportation Director who will increase public safety and mobility through the effective planning, construction and maintenance of transportation infrastructure and operation of municipal transit. The Transportation Director plans, directs, manages, oversees, and is responsible for all activities and operations of the Transportation Department.

The Community:
Greensboro is the third largest city in North Carolina and is the county seat of Guilford County. With a diverse population of nearly 290,222 where over 100 languages are spoken, Greensboro is the largest city in the Piedmont Triad region, followed by Winston-Salem and High Point.

Once known as the “Gate City” for the large numbers of trains that passed through downtown, the city maintains its history as a transportation hub with its easy access to major interstates and highways. Greensboro is also known for playing a major role in the Civil Rights movement when four college students staged the first “sit-in” in the nation at the Woolworth “Whites Only” Counter. This act of civil disobedience sparked a larger response across the state and nation. Today, Greensboro is part of the US Civil Rights Trail and has a dedicated museum to help citizens understand the history of race relations in the City, State and US.

Twelve colleges and universities in the Piedmont Triad provide Greensboro businesses well-trained and highly-educated people each year, adding to the city’s existing workforce. The textile industry helped build Greensboro, but the local landscape has transitioned to technology, healthcare, and service industries with five of the top 60 Fortune 500 companies having a presence in Greensboro resulting in a vibrant economy. With its temperate climate and close proximity to both the mountains and the coast, Greensboro offers the best of both worlds.

Demographically, the city is 44.6% Caucasian, 39.8% African American and 7.6% Hispanics of any race, 5% Asian and 3% other. With median age of 34, the City continues to work hard to develop and promote quality of life choices for all ages with focused efforts in K-12 schools, job training, economic development, employment and recreation. More information about the City of Greensboro is available at

Organization Overview:
Greensboro is governed by a City Council utilizing a council/manager form of government consisting of a Mayor and eight Council members. The City Council sets the policy and direction; the City Manager oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization. The City, believing in active Community input and engagement has more than 20 Council Committees, Commissions, or Boards. Due to a solid employment base in and around Greensboro and careful management of resources, the City of Greensboro has bond ratings of AAA and consistently wins awards for its annual budget and financial report. The 2019-2020 adopted budget is $566.5 M. The City has approximately 3000 employees working across 20 departments.

Greensboro Department of Transportation Overview:
The new Transportation Director will report to one of four Assistant City Managers. The Transportation Department is a major operating department with an annual budget of $38.1 million with 79 full time employees and 256 contracted employees. The Department identifies local transportation needs, develops plans to make improvements to the transportation system, and secures funding (through local Bonds, State, and Federal sources) to implement improvements.

In addition to Transportation Engineering and Planning functions which identify transportation improvement needs, develop transportation improvement projects, and secures funding for implementation, the Transportation Department is also responsible for the following operations:

  • Transit Operations which include the operation of 56 buses for the fixed route/HEAT Service and 59 Light Transit Vehicles for the Complementary ADA Paratransit Service for those with disabilities.
  • Parking operations which includes the operation of 4 downtown parking decks, downtown surface lots, on-street metered spaces, and parking enforcement.
  • Traffic signal operations which includes the maintenance and operation of over 516 traffic signals as well as the construction of new traffic signals.
  • Street lighting which includes a $3.5 million annual budget with Duke Energy to operate our existing inventory of 27,000 streetlights as well as the planning, budgeting and installation of new streetlights.
  • Traffic Signs and Pavement markings where we are responsible for installing new traffic signs and pavement markings as well as maintaining the existing signs (90,000 signs) and pavement markings (560 miles of long lines).

More information about the department can be found at

The Successful Candidate is:

  • aware of and experienced in existing trends that impact transportation projects and initiatives;
  • experienced with procurement and maintenance of transit vehicles (including but not limited to buses, hybrid buses, vans, supervisory vehicles and maintenance vehicles, and technical support equipment used in revenue service);
  • has deep understanding of the challenges of aging infrastructure related to parking, signals, lighting, signs and pavement marking;
  • committed to outstanding customer service and collaborative approaches to resolving conflicts and differences of opinion while supporting and advocating for employees and the department;
  • knowledgeable of applicable federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations governing the administration public utility functions and activities;
  • experienced in planning and leading complex projects with multiple stakeholders, goals and agendas;
  • innovative and creative problem solver who is willing to take new approaches to solving old problems;
  • proactive in building collaborative external relationships with NCDOT, contractors, developers, engineers, architects and business leaders to effectively meet City goals and internal relationships with other City Departments;
  • an excellent and effective communicator, including one on one, small groups and public speaking, who confidently and persuasively engages citizens, community groups, staff, and Council;
  • an effective negotiator who leverages assets with opportunities;
  • a lifelong learner who maintains knowledge of trends and initiatives regionally and nationally, preferably actively engaged in professional organizations; and,
  • skilled in budget development and management with multiple funding sources.

There is a residency requirement to live within thirty miles of the city limits of Greensboro or move within these boundaries within 12 months of appointment to the position. Hiring range is $107,474.00 – $143,298.00 plus Executive Compensation Supplement (beginning salary will be commensurate with experience). The City offers a highly competitive benefits package. Additional information about the benefits package can be found at

To apply, please go to, and click on the Greensboro – Transportation Director link on the home page. All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the Town portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume. Application review begins November 7, 2019. Semi-finalists will participate in on-site assessments in Greensboro on December 12-13, 2019. We recommend that all applicants reserve these dates should you be invited to participate. All inquiries should be emailed to EOE.

Developmental Associates, LLC is managing the recruitment and selection process for this position.

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree and 10 or more years of progressively responsible transportation experience that includes the following:

  • Managing operations, services, and activities of a comprehensive transportation program that includes engineering and planning functions which identify transportation improvement needs
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience dealing with boards and commissions
  • A minimum of 6 years supervisory experience
  • Budget management

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Planning
  • Local government experience in transportation
  • Licensure as a Professional Engineer by North Carolina Board of Engineers and Land Surveyors

City of Greensboro
300 West Washington Street
Greensboro, North Carolina, 27401