City of Boston

Deputy Chief of Streets for Infrastructure and Design

Posted Date 5 months ago(9/1/2022 11:27 AM)
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Office of Streets
Regular Full-Time
Pwd Central Off. Admin.Rm714
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The Boston Transportation and Public Works Departments are seeking a Deputy Chief of Streets for Infrastructure and Design to oversee the delivery of infrastructure projects on City of Boston’s streets.


Brief Job Description:

Reporting to the Chief of Streets, the Deputy Chief is responsible for delivering both the annual five (5) year Streets capital program and quick build projects so as to meet the Streets Cabinet’s goals and objectives. The Deputy Chief oversees the civil engineering division, construction management division, and public improvement commission to ensure high quality and rapid design and construction of City of Boston infrastructure projects in the public right of way. The Deputy Chief works with staff across the Streets Cabinet to ensure a high level of coordination across different divisions. The Deputy Chief must have a demonstrated interest in building safe, inclusive, and vibrant streets and public spaces.




  • Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Participates in the creation and manages the implementation of the Streets Cabinet annual five (5) year capital plan for roads, bridges, and sidewalks.
  • Oversees all City of Boston projects on the public-right-of way from conception to implementation including community process, design, construction, and evaluation.
  • Oversees all design decisions for streets, sidewalks, bridges, and the management of City funded or grant funded construction projects in the public right-of-way.
  • Manages and directs the Civil Engineering Division, the Construction Management Division and the Public Improvement Commission.
  • Set Streets Cabinet design guidelines for streets, sidewalks, and bridges, including signals, pavement markings, and signs.
  • Formulates and/or updates standard operating procedures and processes for design and construction of streets to meet City of Boston goals and industry best practices. Oversees the development of project scopes, schedules, and budgets to manage the City’s resources and implement Go Boston 2030 and other applicable plans. Reviews compliance requirements with various regulators and regulatory limitations and makes recommendations.
  • Makes strategic decisions to ensure projects are delivered on time and on budget at consistently high standards of quality.
  • Builds a positive collaborative staff culture and a strong professional development system.
  • Ensures effective communication to the public and City of Boston departments about the design and construction of projects.
  • Executes organizational development strategies and drives change initiatives to ensure the completion of Street cabinet goals and priorities.
  • 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 transportation planning and/or engineering experience, of which at least six years must have been working in a project management capacity. Project management experience should include contracting; managing scope, schedule, and budget; planning and managing a multi-project capital program including infrastructure projects, from concept to implementation; and managing risks and changes. A bachelor's degree or higher with a major in traffic or civil engineering may be substituted for a maximum of two (2) years of the required (A) experience. A graduate degree with a major in traffic or civil engineering may be substituted for a maximum of three (3) 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 Civil/Transportation Engineering or Urban Planning is strongly preferred and can be substituted for three (3) years of the required experience.
  • 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, and foster a high quality of life.
  • A preference will be given to candidates with Professional Engineer (PE) license.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of NACTO’s Transit, Street, and Urban Bikeway Design guides, Boston Complete Streets Guidelines, MUTCD, and relevant AASHTO and FHWA guidelines.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge on industry best practices for delivering infrastructure projects in the public right of way.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of multi-modal infrastructure.
  • 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.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.
  • Must have and maintain a valid Massachusetts driver’s license.


Boston Residency Required.


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



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