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Boulder, CO - Principal Traffic Engineer

Boulder, CO (108,000) offers an exceptional opportunity to become the next Principal Traffic Engineer (i.e. City Traffic Engineer) for a community that is internationally renowned for its commitment to sustainability and innovation in multi-modal transportation and mobility.

Boulder is located just 30 minutes northwest of Denver, exactly where the plains meet the Rocky Mountains. Tucked into a picturesque valley below the iconic Flatirons, Boulder is a great place to live, work, grow and play.

Boulder is nationally recognized for its quality of life, thriving tech and research-based economy and booming real estate market. Boulder is also one of the most educated metropolitan areas in the country. The local public schools are excellent with Boulder Valley School District consistently ranking among the best in the state. In addition, Boulder is a hub of entrepreneurship, particularly for businesses that value the lifestyle that is rooted in a love of the outdoors, healthy living and access to resources.

The Principal Traffic Engineer is responsible for coordinating, managing and directing community engagement, planning, design and implementation of a multi-modal transportation system that meets the goals and objectives of the Transportation Master Plan.  The Principal Traffic Engineer coordinates the development of the annual Operations work plan and budget.   The Principal Traffic Engineer is also part of the team that develops the Capital Improvements Program budget based upon the goals, objectives, programs and improvements of the Transportation Master Plan.  The Principal Traffic Engineer coordinates the design and development of specific system components including traffic signals, signing/marking, pedestrian cross treatments and speed management treatments.

Please note the following about this opportunity:

  • The Principal Traffic Engineer serves as a senior liaison to Boulder’s Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) and must have highly developed communication and interpersonal skills and value community engagement.
  • The Principal Traffic Engineer will lead the City’s efforts to implement the Vision Zero Action Program and participate in community engagement, in the analysis of crash data and other traffic statistics, in advocacy at the state and national level and will work on engineering solutions to reduce the incidence of fatal and severe injury crashes.  This work will involve collaboration with staff from Communications and the Police Department for enforcement and education.
  • The Department of Public Works is undergoing a dynamic transformation to enhance departmental operating efficiencies, collaboration and employee engagement and the next Principal Traffic Engineer will have the opportunity to be part of that redesign.
  • The City of Boulder provides dedicated funding for transportation and the community strongly supports multi-modal transportation.


Candidates will have exceptionally well-developed leadership and management skills with the ability to collaboratively establish goals and objectives and then work effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders to achieve those goals and objectives.  The Principal Traffic Engineer will demonstrate a commitment to multi-modal and sustainable transportation planning and knowledge of current best practices.  Experience in planning and design as well as operations and maintenance would be desirable.  Candidates must have excellent communications skills and be comfortable and experiences in community engagement.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in Transportation Engineering or related field with a minimum of eight years of supervision experience in transportation planning or any equivalent combination of education and experience.  Current registration as a Colorado Professional Engineer, or ability to attain within the probationary period of employment is required.

Starting salary range is $102,714 - $130,000.  DOQ.  The full range extends to $156,593.  As well as offering competitive pay and a positive work environment, the City offers employees an array of benefits including excellent healthcare, generous leave accrual, an ECO pass which allows for free use of the City’s top notch transit service, and Parking Cash-Out benefits in the downtown campus.  Residency is not required.

The City of Boulder will fill this position as soon as a qualified candidate is identified, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Interested candidates should apply at once online at www.GovHRjobs.com with a resume, cover letter and contact information for 5 professional references to Charlene Stevens, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA 630 Dundee Rd. Northbrook, IL 60062. Tel: (847) 380-3240.  The position will remain open until filled. The City of Boulder is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Posted:Apr 14, 2020

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