Colorado State Professional Engineer III - Traffic Program Engineer in Pueblo, Colorado

Professional Engineer III - Traffic Program Engineer



Professional Engineer III - Traffic Program Engineer


$7,718.00 - $12,507.00 Monthly


Pueblo, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Department of Transportation

Job Number

HAA 50002684-08/18


8/24/2018 11:59 PM Mountain

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Department Information

This position is only open to Colorado state residents.

About CDOT

Are you looking for a challenge? Do you have a passion for helping people? Do you want to be part of a diverse team that is committed to making the transportation system in Colorado safe and efficient? Then, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is the place for you! CDOT is devoted to incorporating technology, providing equal employment opportunities, developing leaders, and improving systems in order to provide outstanding customer service. By saving lives and making lives better by providing freedom, connection, and experience through travel, CDOT is committed to becoming the number #1 Department of Transportation in the country. In working towards this goal, we believe every one of our employees plays a critical role. CDOT's core values include safety, people, integrity, customer service, excellence and respect. Please visit to learn about CDOT and how we are making Colorado a great place to live, work and play, now and for the future!

State employees make Colorado an amazing place to learn, work, and play. We want every day to feel like an opportunity. We want to be surrounded by innovation, vibrant optimism, and creativity. Most of all we want to feel like we're doing what we're meant to be doing. It's our nature. Working for Colorado means being surrounded by people who share your vision. It's where making a difference meets a pioneering spirit. Reach your peak state and together let's share everything we love about Colorado. To learn about the State's Employee Value Proposition visit:

In addition to a fantastic place to work CDOT offers a variety of benefits which include:

  • Annual leave (accrued based on years of service, starting at 8 hours a month)

  • Sick leave accrued at 6.66 hours a month

  • 10 paid holidays per year

  • Medical and dental plans

  • State paid life insurance policy of $50,000

  • Choice of 2 retirement plans

  • 401K and 457 plans

  • State paid Short Term Disability coverage

  • Credit Union Membership

  • Work life programs

  • Tuition reimbursement programs

  • Training

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Description of Job

The Professional Engineer III works in The Colorado Department of Transportation's (CDOT's) Region 2. Region 2 encompasses 14 counties in southern Colorado and is headquartered in Pueblo.

The Professional Engineer III leads the Traffic Engineering section in CDOT's Region 2 . The Region 2 traffic unit plans, organizes, directs, and oversees activities related to: traffic engineering; safety; planning traffic flow management; project design and construction; utilities engineering; access permitting; corridor incident command and management; corridor operations; regulatory programs of the State of Colorado concerning access management, utility permitting, outdoor advertising, and utility clearances for projects; and the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of all associated traffic control devices (signs, traffic signals, and pavement markings).

This position exists to manage the multi-disciplinary activities to ensure traffic safety and operations are properly addressed and integrated into all highway projects and permitted work within Region 2. This position also exists to, under the Federal Stewardship Agreement, certify that all Local Agency projects conform to the various federal requirements. Additionally, this position represents the interests of the Region, the Department, and the State in traffic-related matters by providing a professional and customer friendly focus to the Region's internal staff and external inquiries. This position must link these activities with those of all other Sections and Programs within the Region and Staff Branches.

Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Supervises a Program Assistant and three units that make up the Traffic and Safety Section;

  • Leads a diverse workforce - including engineering and maintenance staff;

  • Sets vision, mission, and goals that support the Chief Engineer's and Region objectives and performance measures related to traffic engineering, traffic operations, project design and construction;

  • Develops performance plans, individual performance objectives and appraisals for staff; manages corrective actions;

  • Prepares staffing justifications and approves and hires all new Traffic and Safety staff;

  • Attends and contributes to monthly plan status/LDIB meetings, safety committee, Region Management Team meetings and participates in various other internal and external professional groups and committees related to Traffic Engineering and/or CDOT management;

  • Represents the Region, Department and State at public functions (local agency meetings, county commission meetings, city councils, etc.) to explain the Department's position on traffic-related issues, and foster understanding/agreement with CDOT policy, programs, specific projects or operational improvements.

  • Represents the Region as traffic safety subject matter expert on issue resolution and other negotiations associated with Region projects, traffic studies, planned development impacts, and various other stakeholder issues (both internal and external to the Department).

  • Conducts public meetings;

  • Serves as expert witness in court proceedings;

  • Responds directly to the media with respect to traffic and safety issues;

  • Directs the strategic transportation planning activities for the Region Traffic Section, including the identification of transportation safety needs and strategies to address those needs; prioritizes projects within the Region;

  • Provides policy direction and management of Region "Safety" element of the Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan;

  • Develops resource allocation plans (staff, materials, equipment, and budgets) to implement the Region Traffic Section program;

  • Provides guidance to professional engineering personnel relative to standards, etc.;

  • Ensures consistent design and construction practices by approving all design variances and construction modification orders; ensures that these variance modifications meet the tests of reasonableness and defensibility as it relates to possible future court challenges or contractor claims;

  • Prepares budget; monitors and approves spending of the Traffic Section funds for personnel services, maintenance and operations, equipment, and projects; ensures that appropriate accounting controls are in place to ensure timely encumbrance and expenditure of allocated funds;

  • Other job duties as assigned.

Work Environment:

  • Regularly travels during daytime working hours to meetings and project sites throughout Region 2

  • Overnight travel to projects throughout the Region as well as to meetings in other parts of the state: approximately 15%

  • Required to operate CDOT vehicles

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

The minimum qualifying experience must be specifically documented on your application. Additional information submitted after the closing date of this announcement will not be considered in the review of your application.

  • Current registration as a professional engineer issued or recognized as equivalent by the Colorado Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors.

  • AND at least three (3) years of professional licensed engineering experience related to roadway engineering and operations which includes experience in all of the following: setting and executing program goals and objectives, developing and managing a program budget, and allocating resources to achieve program objectives and goals.

  • AND at least three (3) years of professional licensed engineering experience related to roadway engineering and operations which includes experience in all of the following: setting and executing program goals and objectives, developing and managing a program budget, and allocating resources to achieve program objectives and goals.

  • One (1) year of this experience must have been in one of the following:

-as a supervisor, providing engineering mentorship, leadership, and expertise to a professional staff of three or more full-time employees OR

-providing traffic engineering expertise to management on policies or programs.

  • A current valid driver's license is required for this position as it requires operating a state or personal motor vehicle to perform one or more essential functions of the position.

Stronger candidates will be those that demonstrate depth and breadth of skill and ability, through a combination of professional experience and formal training, to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this position.

The Exceptional Applicant will be an experienced high level engineering manager and will possess the proven ability or accomplishment in the following:

  • Demonstrated success with the duties listed in the Description of the Job section;

  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience in traffic and safety transportation engineering;

  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience in public and/or private management of a multi-million dollar program/organization;

  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations within a transportation context;

  • Leadership and vision across multidisciplinary groups;

  • Experience coaching, mentoring, challenging, and supervising professional and support staff in order to accomplish organizational goals;

  • Effectively implementing human resource management, including recruitment, selection, training, performance appraisal, recognition, and corrective/disciplinary actions; ensuring employees are treated fairly;

  • Demonstrated success with leading a diverse work culture which includes engineers and maintenance/construction/trades workers;

  • Adapting leadership styles to various situations; modeling high standards of honesty, integrity, trust, openness, and respect for individuals by applying these values daily;

  • Ability to partner with public and private organizations, special interest groups, elected and appointed officials, in situations which may be politically sensitive;

  • Working with the general public, professionals, consultants, and staff, with sensitivity to their needs, priorities, promises made, and commitments;

  • Identifying and analyzing/solving critical, complex, or sensitive problems; developing new insights into situations and applying innovative solutions to make organizational improvements;

  • Negotiating to find mutually acceptable solutions; bringing opposing groups or individuals together in order to reconcile differences and accomplish the organization's goals;

  • Excellent facilitation, presentation, and communication skills, both written and oral;

  • Ability to work effectively in both independent and team situations;

  • Prioritizing and justifying operational and budget requirements for an engineering section; approving and monitoring expenditures to ensure cost-effective support of programs;

  • Identifying resources available to cover gaps, changing priorities, and new expenditure requirements;

  • Designing and implementing new or cutting-edge programs/processes; identifying potential roadblocks; involving key players in successful implementation;

  • Using persuasion to change the decisions, opinions, attitudes, and behaviors of key individuals within the agency, peers, multiple internal and external customers, and stakeholders (e.g. legislators, interest groups, and the public);

  • Excellent time and project management skills;

  • Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access), Gmail, and SAP, and the ability to quickly learn other software systems.

Employment Screening

If an applicant reaches the finalist stage of the hiring process, the Colorado Department of Transportation may procure a consumer report and/or investigative consumer report on the applicant in connection with his/her application for employment purposes, as defined under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. These reports may be obtained at any time after receipt of the applicant's authorization. As part of the employment screening an applicant will be requested to disclose any deferred judgments and convictions as well an explanation of the circumstances around any arrest or conviction. In the event that a screening returns information that the applicant believes is not accurate, he or she will have an opportunity to dispute the information with "Info Cubic".

Info Cubic, a consumer reporting agency, will obtain the report for CDOT. Further information regarding Info Cubic, LLC, including its privacy policy, may be found online at Info Cubic is located at 9250 E. Costilla Ave., Suite 525, Greenwood Village, CO 80112, and can be reached at 877.360.4636.

The report may contain information bearing on the applicant's character, general reputation, personal characteristics, and mode of living. The information that may be included in the report includes: social security number trace, criminal records check, public court records checks, educational records, and driving records checks. CDOT will only request credit reports insofar as they relate to the position for which the applicant is applying. The information contained in the report will be obtained from private and/or public record sources. The applicant will have the right, upon written request made within a reasonable time after receipt of a notice, to request disclosure of the nature and scope of any investigative consumer report.

Supplemental Information

Notifications: All correspondence regarding your status in the selection/examination process will be via email. Include your current working email address on your application and check your email frequently as you could receive time sensitive correspondence regarding this position. We highly recommend that you set up your email to accept messages from "" and "" addresses. It is your responsibility to ensure that your email will accept these notices and/or review your junk mail and spam filtered email.

Applicant Checklist: Only complete applications submitted by the closing date for this announcement will be given consideration. Immediately after you submit your application you should receive an email that confirms that you successfully submitted an application for this position. If you do not, try submitting again until you receive the confirmation email. Be sure to also check your junk folder for email communications from the State of Colorado's website.

Complete Applications must include the following documents:

1) A complete CDOT Application for Announced Vacancy (please submit online using the link in this announcement)

2) A complete Supplemental Questionnaire (must submit online as part of your application)

3) A Chronological Resume - Please attach to your online application

4) A Cover Letter – The education, experience, abilities, and accomplishments listed in this announcement have been identified as critical to successful performance in this position. Your cover letter should address your interest in and qualifications for this job with CDOT. Please be specific and detailed in describing experience, abilities, and accomplishments as they relate to this position's requirements and major duties as described in the announcement. Please attach to your on-line application.

Only complete applications will be given consideration. Every effort must be made to submit transcripts by the announcement close date. Where unusual circumstances prevent timely acquisition of transcripts, they must be submitted within five business days of the announcement close date.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application, but may be used to supplement information to the application. Failure to submit properly completed documents by the closing date of this announcement may result in your application being rejected.

Former employees of the Colorado Department of Transportation System or any other State of Colorado Department or Agency, who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this information on his/her application.

Transfer, Non-Disciplinary Demotion or Reinstatement:

If you believe that you are eligible to be considered as a transfer, non-disciplinary demotion or reinstatement to this vacancy, you must submit a completed application following the directions in this job announcement and you will be included in the selection process along with other qualified applicants. If you are the finalist for this position after the selection process, Human Resources will confirm your eligibility to be appointed as a transfer, non-disciplinary demotion or reinstatement applicant.

The Assessment Process: Colorado Revised Statutes require that all state employees be hired and promoted through comparative analysis of merit and fitness. Part or all of the assessment for this position will include a review of your application material. Applications will be reviewed by a Human Resource Specialist and/or Subject Matter Experts to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the position. They may also use the application material to assess and rank applicants who meet the minimum requirements, to cut to a top group for additional assessment, or establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.

Be sure your application material specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, work products, and accomplishments as they relate to the Major Duties, Education and Experience Requirements, and Exceptional Applicant sections as listed above. Upload additional pages if necessary to fully explain your experience and accomplishments. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the deadline for application may result in your application not being accepted for this position and may affect your inclusion as a qualified candidate in any of step of the selection process and placement on the eligible list.

Appeal Rights: If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

The Consolidated Appeal/Dispute Form is available at: . Any appeals must be in writing and received no later than 10 calendar days from the date the examination was administered. Send appeals to the appropriate address as indicated on the Consolidated Appeal/Dispute Form. The above ten-day deadline and appeal procedures apply, as well, to all charges of discrimination.

ADA Accommodations: To request an accommodation, please contact the Human Resources at (303)757-9216 or the contact listed on this announcement as soon as possible to be timely for the assessment process. Any person with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to participate in the hiring process. The person making the request may be asked to provide additional information regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed which will be kept confidential. Advance preparation may be required so requests for accommodation need to be timely for each part of the assessment.


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