City Traffic Engineer


Director, Public Works/City Engineer (84)


Public Works


Traffic Services 3200









JOB SUMMARY STATEMENT: Leads the Traffic Services Division. Plans, organizes, coordinates, assigns, supervises, directs, participates in, and reviews activities and personnel of Traffic Services Division including planning and budgeting; designing and reviewing designs of streets, intersections, traffic signals, intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and street lighting; overseeing contract administration and construction inspection; operation of streets and intersections utilizing traffic signs, markings, and signals. Acts as City liaison with other local, regional, and state jurisdictions responsible for transportation planning, construction, operation, maintenance, and evaluation related to traffic services. Serves as the principal advisor to the Director on all division issues and additional areas related to traffic engineering as required. Acts as the Director, as required.


Supervises, coordinates, analyzes, and participates in investigations, field studies, data, analyses, and complaint responses. Reviews and responds verbally or in writing to requests for information or services and complaints from Governing Body, Committees thereof, citizens, and others; evaluates improvement projects and operational changes.

Selects, manages, develops, and appraises Division supervisory personnel. Consults with and furnishes information to supervisors on Administrative Policies, City Operating, and Interdepartmental Procedures. Interprets Employee Handbook and provides other information and guidance to supervisors. Approves Division payroll. Assigns and assesses duties, projects and tasks within Division.

Formulates, prepares, administers, monitors, and evaluates Traffic Services Division goals and objectives, budget and work plans, programs, policies, procedures, priorities, and services.

Supervises construction contract administration and construction inspections for City traffic signal, ITS and street lighting projects to ensure compliance with legal requirements of contract administration and compliance with project plans and specifications.

Serves as the City's Bicycle Coordinator. Coordinates implementation of the City's Bicycle Master Plan and related activities. Monitors bicycle counting program and prepares annual update for the Governing Body.

Acts as liaison with state and regional officials and adjacent cities on transportation projects and matters; participates in numerous internal and external meetings and serves on internal and external committees involving transportation.

Approves and monitors design schedules for preparation of plans, specifications, and cost estimates for City traffic signal, ITS and street lighting projects and ensures inspection during construction and prior to acceptance.

Provides or reviews geometrics, signing and marking plans, and traffic control plans for street and intersection projects; oversees inspection of traffic control plans.

Oversees the inspection of pavement markings for street and intersection improvement projects as required.

Participates in transportation planning by submitting Capital Improvements Program projects and monitoring traffic counting program.

May administer significant engineering contracts for design and construction services and coordinate right-of-way acquisition related to traffic. Seeks and prepares requests for federal financial assistance.

Supervises the City's traffic calming program and interacts with residents and members of the Governing Body to ensure successful outcomes with proposed projects.

Heads the Department's environmental initiatives committee. Participates in educational activities and promotes alternative forms of transportation within the City.

Ensures safe and efficient operation of the Overland Park Traffic Control System (OPTCS). Coordinates with Police during major incidents and special events. Provides leadership and direction for technical upgrades and system expansions.

Writes City ordinances, resolutions and policies related to traffic engineering design and construction standards. Researches all aspects of issue in question, including review of similar ordinances in other cities. Works with other departments as required.

Provides technical support in legal proceedings involving City traffic engineering; directs administrative activities and monitors files.

Represents traffic services division and provides technical support/recommendations at City Council, Planning Commission and Public Works Committee (and other City Committees as required) activities. Attends meetings and prepares information, written reports and comments on agenda items as required.

In conjunction with the City Engineer, establishes transportation programs and policies.

Supports engineering and construction requirements related to traffic engineering/services during emergency operations. Assists with infrastructure and utility restoration programs related to traffic engineering/services following incidents or emergencies.

Serves as principal advisor to the Director on all department matters related to traffic engineering/services division. Supports Director in undertaking special assignments on matters of specific concern/interest to the Director. Acts as Director, Public Works in absence of Director as required.

The employee must work the days and hours necessary to perform all assigned responsibilities and tasks. Must be available (especially during regular business hours or shifts) to communicate with subordinates, supervisors, customers, vendors and any other persons or organization with whom interaction is required to accomplish work and employer goals.

The employee must be punctual and timely in meeting all requirements of performance, including, but not limited to, attendance standards and work deadlines; beginning and ending assignments on time; and scheduled work breaks, where applicable.



Bachelor's degree in transportation engineering, civil engineering, or a related engineering field of study.

Professional Engineer registration in the State of Kansas or registration in another state with State of Kansas registration required within one year of hiring.

Master's degree in civil engineering, public administration, or business preferred.

Possession of an appropriate, valid driver's license required and must maintain an insurable driving record.


Ten years of experience in transportation or traffic engineering and five years of progressively responsible management or supervisory experience.


Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Leadership skills/ability to train and guide others.

Basic mathematical and accounting skills.

Analytical skills.

Public speaking/presentations skills.

Project management skills.

Time management skills.

Facilitation skills.

Interpersonal and good listening skills.


Ability to read and comprehend City, state, and federal regulations.

Ability to analyze complex/technical problems and recommend possible solutions.

Ability to work on several projects at once and prioritize work.

Diplomacy and judgement.

Organizational skills.

Mechanical aptitude.

Ability to comprehend confidential information.

Ability to appropriately analyze and act (if necessary) on situations related to safety.

Ability to work under potentially distracting conditions.


Ability to make and receive phone calls.

Hand and eye coordination adequate to input into a computer.

Ability to operate ad City Vehicle/equipment and travel locally or outside of state.

Ability to sit and be attentive for extended periods of time.

Ability to travel and tour City projects in adverse conditions to include but not limited to: accident sites, construction sites, outdoor sites, remote sites, interior and exterior building inspections, etc.

Ability to speak to an individual or group for an extended period of time.

Ability to climb, kneel or crawl.

Ability to lift 20 pounds and transport 10 feet.



- Assistant City Traffic Engineer.

- Supervisory Civil Engineer.


- Staff employees.

The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.