City of Boston

Deputy Chief of Streets for Transportation

Posted Date 5 months ago(9/1/2022 11:22 AM)
Req ID
Traffic Division
Regular Full-Time
Btd Administration
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The City of Boston Streets Cabinet seeks a Deputy Chief of Streets for Transportation to oversee transportation operations, traffic management, and engineering, and to serve as Commissioner of the Boston Transportation Department.


Brief Job Description:


Reporting to the Chief of Streets, the Deputy Chief of Streets for Transportation is responsible for the day-to-day functioning of the Boston Transportation Department, including oversight of traffic management, parking enforcement, permitting, signals, and signage. The Deputy Chief is responsible for the Field Operations Division, Traffic Engineering Division, and Office of the Parking Clerk. The Deputy Chief will work with leadership across the Streets Cabinet to build alignment around a shared mission of operating a safe, equitable, multimodal transportation system, transforming our streets to reduce our overreliance on single-occupancy vehicles, and implement policies that reflect our values of inclusivity, accessibility, and sustainability.


  • Oversees all divisions and teams within the Boston Transportation Department, providing effective day-to-day management for an organization of more than 400 people.
  • Works with the Streets Cabinet policy and planning team to implement policies that prioritize multimodal transportation, street safety, environmental justice, and equitable access to mobility.
  • Supports implementation of the City’s emerging transportation work, including curb/parking regulation, shared mobility, vehicle electrification, autonomous vehicles, and digital right of way management.
  • Serves as a senior leader within the Streets Cabinet, coordinating work across teams and providing strategic perspective to the Chief of Streets and the leadership team.
  • Collaborates closely with the Public Works Department on the planning, engineering, and construction of the City’s capital program.
  • Coordinates with the Public Works Department’s operational divisions to ensure alignment across the Streets Cabinet, and mutual support between operational teams.
  • Collaborates directly with other cabinet chiefs, department heads, and the Mayor’s Office on issues that connect with transportation, including housing, planning, economic opportunity and inclusion, and environment.
  • Oversees parking operations, including the Office of the Parking Clerk and the Parking Enforcement Division, providing both high-level strategic direction and leading organizational transformation needed to achieve policy goals.
  • Oversees the Traffic Engineering division, including traffic signal guidelines and operations, and the City’s Traffic Management Center.
  • Oversees the meter, sign and signal shops and their work providing day-to-day installation, maintenance, and improvements to critical safety and regulatory infrastructure.
  • Represents the department in meetings and conversations with community groups, the City Council, elected officials, MassDOT, and the MBTA.
  • Supports cabinet-level efforts to develop communication and engagement strategies including messaging, templates, and outreach models that connect the public with information about the vision and work of the department
  • Supports the preparation and implementation of an annual budget.
  • Builds a positive collaborative staff culture and strong professional development system.
  • Performs related work as required.
  • Required to work all emergencies as directed by the Chief of Streets or designee.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • Ten (10) years of experience in the fields of planning, engineering, administration, or operations, of which at least six (6) years must have been working in a leadership capacity. A bachelor’s degree or higher with a major in planning, engineering, administration, operations, or related fields may be substituted for a maximum of two (2) years of the required (A) experience and (1) year of the required (B) experience. Education toward a degree will be pro-rated on the basis of degree requirements completed.
  • A master’s degree in planning, engineering, administration, operations, or related fields is strongly preferred and can be substituted for three (3) years of the required experience.
  • Experience overseeing large teams in a complex organization structure
  • Experience leading teams working on a broad cross-section of transportation topics, from policy to operations.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a large diverse staff teams in fast paced complex work environments and to model a respectful and professional approach to work.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of policies and programs related to building streets and public spaces that increase access to opportunities, promote safety and resilience, encourage mode shift, and foster a high quality of life.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of key policy topics in urban transportation, including familiarity with NACTO policy guidance, complete streets concepts, GoBoston 2030, and relevant areas of state and federal policy development.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in collaboration to develop and implement new policy frameworks.
  • Understanding of the intersection of transportation policy with related topics including housing, environmental justice, public safety, and sustainability.
  • Proven collaboration skills in a large and diverse working environment and with a variety of stakeholders such as community organizations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; to prepare and deliver presentations in a variety of settings including community organizations and public meetings.
  • Ability to prepare and interpret policies, statistics, recommendations, and reports, including a familiarity with up-to-date approaches to data collection and analysis.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.


Boston Residency Required.



Union/Salary Plan/Grade:Non Union Salary Range $150,000 - $165,000
Hours per week:  35



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