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Engineering Program Manager

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Title: Engineering Program Manager L&D

State Role Title: Architect/Engineering Mgr II

Hiring Range: $104, 612 - $169,995

Pay Band: 6

Agency: VA Dept of Transportation

Location: Dept of Transportation

Agency Website:

Recruitment Type: General Public - G


Job Duties

What drives you? Whether it's knowing the work you do makes a difference, having a great work/life balance, working on exciting and challenging projects, leading innovation, and championing change or simply working with a great group of people who are committed to professionalism. At the Virginia Department of Transportation, we have something for you.

Our Location and Design Division is seeking an Engineer Program Manager L&D to join our team. This position will manage the roadway design program that consists of five design teams that deliver right of way and construction plans for VDOT Districts statewide. In this unique opportunity, the selected candidate will work on projects with a wide variety of size, complexity, and locations.
The program is responsible for the design project development and coordination with the associated District Project Managers to meet scope, schedule, and budget expectations for the Department. Additionally, this position will be responsible for leading the program area by managing workload, responding to complex technical design questions, monitoring project schedule/budgets, personnel management, and monitoring quality of deliverables.

The selected candidate will be expected to apply knowledge of federal and state standards and policies, design software skills and performance based practical design to guide the design teams to successfully deliver projects. This position will consistently coordinate with other program areas including hydraulics, traffic, survey and policy. Projects assigned to the program may include Design Bid Build, Design Build and Special Design projects. Additionally, the program area includes management of Landscape Architecture policy, design and inspection services statewide.

The selected candidate will be responsible for performing:
• Strategic Planning: Develop short and long-range strategic plans to ensure VDOT programs align with VDOT's vision, mission, and goals.
• Establish Priorities: Establish objectives and priorities for the program in support of overall goals, communicate objectives and priorities to employees, and update objectives as needs change. Establish priorities for the program's objectives to enhance achievement of division and VDOT goals. Modify objectives to reflect changes.
• Staffing and Management: Proactively manage human and fiscal resources by recognizing future needs and taking appropriate actions to address those needs. Organize program area's assignments to best utilize available resources. Ensure production schedules and budgets continuously reflect current information.
• Compliance: Provide oversight of the program area within the Division to ensure compliance with VDOT, state, and federal policies, practices, guidelines, and specifications. Review plans for compliance with established practices and procedures. Provide, review, and make recommendations on new and innovative procedures, specifications, and products. Provide a written summary of findings and recommendations for division management.
• Program Evaluation: Evaluate program and institute changes and procedures as required. Provide technical guidance to program and monitor adherence to approve standards and practices through field coordination, visitation, and consultation. Ensure quality control reviews are completed and recommendations for program performance and improvement are implemented.
• Technical Support: Serve as a technical expert and assist in assigned areas of transportation engineering. Provide research to solve problems and questions. Provide instruction and guidance with policies and procedures. Prepare new VDOT guidelines or memos to address changes or modifications.
• Manage Technical Problem Resolution: Apply sound engineering practices and methods to satisfy customers, reduce complaints and resolve concerns. Provide leadership in technical areas of engineering. Proactively address issues that are identified within program area and raise appropriate issues to Division Management ensuring compliance with VDOT policies and procedures.
• Statewide Program Oversight: Serves as responsible charge engineer for designated program area. Develop and update policies, procedures and guidelines for statewide implementation and administration. Communicate changes in policies and procedures to staff and ensure consistent application statewide.
• Teamwork: Coordinate the flow of information both orally and in writing to and from others that contributes to project development. Organize and prioritize work effectively, keep multiple projects on schedule within section. Meet expectations and requirements of internal and external customers. Establish and maintain effective relationships with customers.


Minimum Qualifications

• Experience in the management and delivery of exemplary customer service by program area.
• Degree in Civil Engineering or related field.
• Skill in the use of computers and software applications.
• Valid Professional Engineer's license.
• Experience supervising staff, programs, and budgets.
• Knowledge of Civil Engineering principles to include roadway design, survey, hydraulics, traffic design, roadway safety and construction methods and materials, ensuring compliance.
• Experience leading, coaching, counseling, and managing an Engineering program area.
• Experience communicating and presenting information to diverse audiences.


Additional Considerations

• Experience in managing multiple work groups as well as technical areas of highway design.
• Experience working with other state agencies including Federal Highway Administration representatives in developing and implementing policies.
• Experience in highway civil engineering including highway design, report writing, evaluation, research, and training.
• Experience in technology, working with upper management, customers, vendors, and consultants. Experienced in managing a diverse group of teams and implementation of programs.
• Knowledge and experience using 3D design software such as Open Roads Design
• Experience resolving and documenting complex design decisions on roadway projects.
• Experience coordinating roadway projects with a focus on schedule and quality.