Fairfax County is seeking an experienced, dynamic, and innovative leader with well-honed executive skills to serve as the next Director of Fairfax County's Department of Transportation (FCDOT). This is a unique opportunity for a qualified professional to play a key leadership role in shaping the future of the county’s transportation network and systems for decades to come. The director is responsible for managing a staff of nearly 190 employees organized into eight divisions. FCDOT is responsible for the planning, design, and execution of hundreds of transportation projects throughout the county. The department has a total annual budget of $1.13 billion in thirteen separate funds: Transportation Program Overview.(Download PDF reader) The capital projects budget is $751m and the rail/bus budget totals $290 million. The staffing operations budget is nearly $20 million. The department works very closely with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), which owns and maintains the county’s road network. In addition, FCDOT has oversight of the Fairfax Connector Bus system and plays a key role in decisions related to the county’s fourteen Metrorail stations, owned and operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). FCDOT carries out the goals of the county’s Board of Supervisors through the Transportation Priorities Plan (TPP) and numerous other initiatives such as regional corridor studies, the Richmond Highway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, the Active Fairfax Plan, Safe Streets for All, and Capital Bike Share.
The director serves on the Deputy County Executive’s Leadership Team and represents FCDOT at meetings with the Board of Supervisors, the County Executive, the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA), the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG), WMATA, and others, as required.
Leads team members in addressing the department’s mission, vision, and values in making Fairfax County a truly multi-modal community ensuring a safe, walkable, bikeable, and transit-friendly transportation network.
Coordinates recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and the County Executive/Deputy County Executive related to transportation policy issues and legislation.
Fosters a work culture that enables the development of positive working relationships, open communication, continuous learning and growth, and commitment to customer service and high-level performance.
Oversees financial matters associated with Fairfax County's transportation programs, including development of the Transportation Priorities Plan (TPP), funding strategies, grant applications, annual budgets, and oversight of transportation tax districts.
Provides oversight of FCDOT’s approach to transportation analyses of proposed developments, general infrastructure improvements, corridor studies, the county’s Comprehensive Plan updates, the Active Fairfax Plan, complete streets initiatives, road diets, the implementation of new measures of effectiveness, and others.
Provides oversight of the development and design of transportation capital projects, including coordination with other county agencies, VDOT, adjacent jurisdictions, and regional, state, and federal transportation agencies. This includes the implementation of major multimodal transportation improvements, such as Embark; the Route 1 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project, to promote placemaking initiatives throughout the county.
Fairfax Connector: Provides oversight of contract management, marketing efforts, capital facilities, vehicle procurement and maintenance, transition to zero emission buses, and performance evaluation of the 325-bus Fairfax Connector system.
Interagency Coordination: directs and oversees coordination of the county’s transportation programs, services and projects with other county departments, VDOT, adjacent jurisdictions, and regional, state, and federal transportation agencies.
Marketing, Communications and Coordination: provides oversight of marketing, promotion, and outreach related to Fairfax County’s transportation projects and services.
Coordinates internal programs, such as the countywide ridesharing program (RideSources), the employee Metrocheck program, and various transportation planning and design initiatives and studies. Oversees provision of staff support to the Fairfax County citizen-led Transportation Advisory Commission and Trails, Sidewalks, and Bikeways Committee.
Countywide: provides oversight of the department’s role in One Fairfax, the Countywide Strategic Plan, the Countywide Environmental and Climate Action Plan (CECAP), and other countywide efforts.
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: (Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for “Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to”) Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in civil engineering/transportation, financial management or a closely related field; plus, six years of progressively responsible relevant experience including four years in a responsible administrative capacity; graduate degree in civil engineering/transportation preferred.
The successful candidate possesses the following:
Knowledge of the principles, methods and challenges related to multimodal transportation, including planning, design, funding, and execution.
Knowledge of the principles and practices of complete streets, traffic calming, road diets, multi-modal measures of effectiveness/modeling.
Ability to inspire and educate the community on cutting edge practices in the development of transportation systems, multi-modal street designs, etc.
Knowledge of innovative practices, i.e., micromobility, mobility as a service (Maas), autonomous vehicles, curbside management, etc.
Ability to work effectively with elected officials, County colleagues, local/regional/state agencies, the development community, citizen groups, and department managers in diverse team environments, work effectively in a highly visible executive position.
Interpret and apply complex policies, rules, regulations, laws, and ordinances.
Ability to organize work, set priorities, expedite projects, and exercise sound independent judgment, including using creative ways to solve issues.
Ability to develop and implement office goals and objectives.
Ability to plan, organize, delegate, and motivate FCDOT staff.
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely.
CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED: Possession of a valid motor vehicle driver's license.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Work is generally sedentary in an office setting. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a credit check, and a driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.
All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.
Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.
Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. DHREmployment@fairfaxcounty.gov EEO/AA/TTY.
Fairfax County is one of the premier centers of commerce and technology in the United States. Governed by a 10-member Board of Supervisors, it is among the highest income counties in the country. Located just west of the nation’s capital, Fairfax County is the most populous jurisdiction in the Commonwealth of Virginia and continues to be a cornerstone within the regional Washington, D.C. economy. Fairfax County has been nationally recognized as a leader in government performance measurement, garnering the International City and County Management Association's Center for Performance Measurement Certificate of Excellence every year since 2009. The county continues to maintain an exception Triple A bond rating. Only eight states, 37 counties (including Fairfax), and 37 cities hold this distinction.
With a large diverse and dynamic economy, Fairfax County is home to 11 Fortune 500 company headquarters as of 2020 & more than 400 international owned firms, and the largest concentration of technology jobs of any major U.S. market. Minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses make significant contributions to the economy and add diversity to the business community.