Transportation Technology Strategist Transportation Planning & Operations

Posted on May 29, 2019

Transportation Technology Strategist Transportation Planning & Operations

JOB FAMILY: Engineering
SALARY RANGE: $6,943 – $10,527/mo.


This class is the fifth level in a five-level Engineering Series devoted to making the Denver region a leader in technologically advanced transportation systems, leading to improvements in safety, delay, and accessibility in support of the goals of DRCOG’s Metro Vision. Incumbents coordinate and lead efforts to promote innovative mobility, through both technological advances and modifying people’s travel patterns and behaviors, reduce energy consumption and create a sustainable transportation system. While autonomous vehicles introduce a radical change in the transportation system, other examples of technology areas include transit, freight, bicycle and pedestrian safety, and real time traffic and incident management. This position will serve as a regional expert, and presents a unique opportunity to help design and deploy the technological infrastructure of the future. Provide supervisory and professional work overseeing an assigned program or function; have oversight over large, complex and/or politically sensitive projects and programs; select and manage consultants; plan and manage projects and studies; monitor an assigned budget; and represent DRCOG.


This class specification represents only the core areas of responsibilities; specific position assignments will vary depending on the needs of the Division.

  • Serves as DRCOG’s subject matter expert for advanced transportation and mobility technologies including connected and autonomous vehicle systems.
  • Develops, monitors, and coordinates DRCOG’s advanced mobility work program.
  • Monitors, analyzes, and responds to on-going and future institutional, legislative, and industry issues related to emerging mobility technologies.
  • Evaluates advanced mobility technologies and services and their potential impacts on travel demand, transportation systems operations, personal mobility, the environment, and community livability.
  • Explores and evaluates innovative applications of new technologies, policies, and evaluation tools that seek to simultaneously expand and enhance available transportation choices and better manage demand for transportation services.
  • Researches and identifies connected vehicle, autonomous vehicle, Internet of Things (IoT), and other advanced ITS and transportation operations technologies and solutions that can be piloted or fully implemented in the Denver region.
  • Explores DRCOG’s role in regional mobility data management, standards, maintenance, and analysis.
  • Coordinates the development of standards, specifications, guidelines, and policies related to the advancement of innovative transportation technologies and services within the Denver region.
  • Presents results to help policymakers and regional partners gain crucial early information about innovative technologies and how they relate to Metro Vision outcomes.
  • Establishes and solidifies relationships with local, regional, state, and federal agencies; universities; research organizations; professional organizations; and private industry involved with transportation innovation and technology.
  • Liaises with other local, regional, and state advanced mobility initiatives and monitors other relevant technology implementations across the nation.
  • Fosters collaboration and partnerships with various governmental and non-governmental organizations and negotiates and develops agreements and contracts related to the program.
  • Leads or participates in the planning, scoping, evaluation, implementation, and performance measurement of projects in collaboration with local and regional transportation agencies.
  • Participates in public meetings and various task forces and initiatives; interacts with DRCOG management as well as elected and appointed officials.
  • Prepares and makes presentations to both internal and external stakeholders.
  • Is a spokesperson and champion of innovative transportation technologies, services and research.
  • Conducts other transportation planning tasks, as assigned.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in transportation, planning, computer science, electronic/electrical engineering or another field of study related to the work assignment and at least five years of professional work experience in transportation technology and policy work including developing strategic plans, goals and objectives; balancing the needs and input from multiple stakeholders; evaluating and monitoring program performance; policy analysis and development; and preparing written reports.


An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above, unless otherwise subject to any other requirements set forth in law or regulation.


  • Valid Colorado Driver’s License and access to an automobile or to substantively equivalent alternative transportation.


  • Principles and practices of program administration and management;
  • Working knowledge of:
    • ITS, connected and autonomous vehicle technology, traffic signal systems, and other advanced mobility services and technologies;
    • Data management and advanced data analytics;
    • National best practices and procedures, standards and regulations, and policies related to the duties of the position;
  • A history of progressively responsible leadership experience, including the ability to successfully plan, organize, and manage or oversee multiple, concurrent, and complex projects or priorities;
  • Technical and leadership experience in research, advocacy, and planning advanced technology applications in transportation;
  • Experience working across organizational boundaries and coordinating the work of teams or professionals;
  • Supervisory principles, practices and techniques (based on assignment);
  • Techniques and methods for organizing, prioritizing, assigning and monitoring work (based on assignment);
  • Practices and methods of coaching and leading the work of others;
  • Principles and applications of critical thinking and analysis;
  • Project management principles;
  • Principles and practices of group facilitation and building consensus;
  • Principles and practices of conflict resolution;
  • Principles and techniques of effective oral presentations;
  • Best practices, trends and emerging technologies;
  • Principles and methods of qualitative and quantitative research;
  • Principles and practices of budgeting and fiscal management;
  • Applicable federal, state and local laws, codes, regulations (based on assignment);
  • Customer service principles;
  • Specialized equipment relevant to area of assignment;
  • Modern office technology.


  • Overseeing the implementation and adherence to quality assurance and standards.
  • Training and coaching staff (based on assignment).
  • Providing project/program management, organization and logistics coordination.
  • Coaching project teams.
  • Facilitating group discussions and building consensus using persuasive reasoning.
  • Credibility on technical matters with peers and stakeholder groups.
  • Ability to:
    • communicate with management and formulate vision and policy;
    • negotiate with individuals or groups to find mutually acceptable solutions and build consensus through give and take;
    • supervise consultants.
  • Providing direction to others in order to meet expected performance standards.
  • Interpreting, monitoring and reporting financial information and statistics.
  • Providing technical review of plans, designs and processes for compliance purposes.
  • Reading, analyzing, evaluating, interpreting and summarizing written materials and statistical data.
  • Researching industry trends, solutions and best practices.
  • Authoring and editing complex reports and documents.
  • Interpreting and applying applicable laws, codes, regulations and standards (based on assignment).
  • Providing customer service.
  • Utilizing a computer and relevant software applications.
  • Utilizing communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisors, the general public and others to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.


Positions in this class typically require: standing, walking, fingering, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Sedentary Work:  Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects including the human body.  Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.  Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Working Conditions:
Work is routinely performed in an indoor, office environment.


This job classification description is intended to be generic in nature.  It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities.  The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) designation may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position.


Date:  (04/2019)

Updated as of 05/01/2019