City of Boston

Capital Projects Design Director

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Public Works Department
Regular Full-Time
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Reporting to the Deputy Chief for Infrastructure & Design, the Capital Projects Design Director will lead a team to implement the city’s transportation and mobility policies, coordinate the design and construction of capital projects that encourage safe walking, biking, and access to transit, work with neighborhood and advocacy groups, and coordinate with city and state agencies. Projects will implement and support ongoing initiatives such as the citywide plan Go Boston 2030 and Safety Surge.

The Streets Cabinet is seeking an experienced Capital Projects Design Director who wants to be a part of transforming how people experience and move about the City of Boston. Boston is a leader in implementing progressive best practices and piloting new strategies to encourage its residents to walk, bicycle, run, take transit, and roll with projects and programs that benefit users of all ages and abilities.


While a transportation expert, the Capital Projects Design Director should show interest in transportation’s interface with urban design, the developed built environment, and the public realm and have the ability to envision just and innovative transportation futures for communities. Ideal candidates will have an outstanding track record of leading multidisciplinary teams to proven results, collaborating with a diverse range of stakeholders towards consensus, and championing current best practices in transportation infrastructure, including walking, bicycling, and transit.


  • Leads a team to strategically manage the Streets Cabinet capital portfolio, including oversight of consultant contracts, effective management of budget and schedules, and close collaboration with Construction Management to deliver projects, and supporting the construction process, including but not limited to:
    • Low-stress bike facilities, traffic calming, transit priority, pedestrian safety, off-street bike paths, and bike parking.
  • Works collaboratively with the Division leads for Construction Management, Highway Maintenance, and Policy and Planning, including but not limited to the following activities:
    • Working closely with Policy and Planning teams on conceptual design
    • Interfacing with the Public Improvements Commission as needed
    • Partnering with Construction Management and Highway Maintenance to design constructible and maintainable street improvements
  • Manages and supervises a team of 3 or more direct-report group managers and a team of 12 or more planners, engineers, and infrastructure professionals, including hiring, setting work plans, budgeting, staff assignment, professional growth, and retention.
  • Mobilizes community support for multimodal transportation at the neighborhood level and maintains positive relationships with Boston area advocacy groups.
  • Partners with Construction Management, Policy and Planning, and Boston Transportation Department asset management teams to manage infrastructure databases, including pavement and sidewalk quality and ADA-compliant curb ramps, and craft and execute maintenance programs to improve the overall state of good repair.
  • Creates and maintains execution of protocols for the systematic collection, storage, and analysis of data relative to transportation, including walking and bicycling.
  • Works with city departments and with elected office input to develop and coordinate traffic calming programs on residential streets to create a safe environment for all users.
  • Develops funding plans including working with Finance and Budget identifying and applying for new grants and managing complex budget-related reporting requirements for city and grant funding.
  • Performs related work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • At least ten (10) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional or technical experience in urban and regional planning, land use planning, transportation engineering, and/or planning, the duties of which included oversight of public transportation projects with a variety of stakeholders, and of which at least five (5) years must have been in a supervisory capacity.
  • A bachelor's degree in urban planning, regional planning, engineering, transportation, or a related field is preferred and may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience. A master's degree in the above-mentioned field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience. Supervisory experience may not be substituted.
  • Candidates with a Master's Degree are strongly preferred.
  • Experience with Boston Complete Streets Guidelines, NACTO's (National Association of City Transportation Officials) Urban Bikeway Design guides, and working knowledge of MUTCD (Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices) and relevant AASHTO ( American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials) and FHWA guidelines strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated track record in leading a multidisciplinary team to successfully complete complex projects.
  • Demonstrated understanding of multimodal transportation projects, including walking, biking, and transit.
  • Knowledge of how to manage, implement, and evaluate a diverse set of programs with an eye toward data collection and continued improvement.
  • Working knowledge of designing, implementing, and evaluating pilot projects using measures such as lane markings, flex posts, and traffic signal timing changes.
  • Familiarity with city or local government operations and the ability to build relationships across departments and levels of government.
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise reports; direct and conduct research; communicate effectively orally, graphically, and in writing; and act in a professional manner with co-workers, outside agencies, and members of the public.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft applications and Google Suite.
  • Bilingual preferred (Spanish, Haitian Creole, Cape Verdean Creole, Chinese, and Vietnamese).
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.

Union/Salary Plan/Grade: Non-Union / MM2-13
Hours per week: 35


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