TDOT’s Assistant Chief Engineer of Program Delivery role is a program strategist and networker who spends much of their time making decisions, building relationships, and selling ideas. They are an intelligent, charismatic leader who drives the Department toward Tennessee’s transportation future, which innovation enables. The Assistant Chief Engineer of Program Delivery is an exceptional influencer and strategic communicator with people throughout TDOT. Extremely well-read and possessing a deep knowledge of up-to-date transportation trends, they are known as a strategic thinker and a thought leader on the future of transportation. To perform well in this role, the Assistant Chief Engineer needs to have strong working relationships with each member of their team of directors to help them address the problems that arise in their areas. In some cases, the necessary solution is technical; in other cases, however, the ‘solution’ needed is relational. As such, it is imperative that the Assistant Chief Engineer not only have good relationships with their team but also with the Regions, other government agencies, and external stakeholders. While the Assistant Chief Engineer needs to ensure that the agency provides high-quality results today, they also need to keep an eye on the future. Thus, this position needs to be familiar with emerging technology and trends and determine how and when TDOT should invest in forward-looking tools. To do this effectively, the individual must be persuasive, be a leader of change, and develop strong, trusting, collaborative relationships with other TDOT executives. They see the world as it is today and as it can be tomorrow and generate excitement among people about moving toward that vision.
Essential Job Duties
Leads the Divisions in exploration and implementation of emerging technologies that improve efficiency, effectiveness, reliability, and safety of TDOT’s transportation network.
Creates a culture of accomplishment by communicating expectations, assisting the Divisions in establishing measurable goals, ensuring the necessary tools required for the Divisions to achieve its goals are available, and celebrating the achievement of goals with staff.
Provides leadership, vision, and strategic planning for operations and services as they relate to program management, project management, professional services, program administration, performance management, and asset management.
Develops and ensures implementation of statewide technical policies, processes, procedures and performance measures for the Divisions and Regions.
Provides administrative oversight for the development of division budgets using data driven methodology for allocating funding to ensure the department meets or exceeds set performance expectations.
Manages resources for the Divisions, allowing for the Divisions to perform their roles effectively and efficiently, optimizing the team's ability to successfully address unanticipated challenges.
Serves as a liaison for the Regions, other government agencies, and external stakeholders by effectively communicating policy level direction to resolve issues requiring technical interpretation, technical implementation, possible statewide precedence, financial compensation, and interpretation of federal and state statutes.
Builds a culture of continuous learning by leading the development of a succession planning process for the Divisions that recruits staff, develops leaders both functionally and culturally, and ensures continuity of critical roles and employee retention.
Champions peer exchanges and foster internal/external partner collaboration to share ideas, skills, and insights to obtain departmental efficiencies.
Mentors staff in the areas of leadership, professional conduct, emotional intelligence, and teamwork
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15 Years of Demonstrated Competency in civil engineering, construction, transportation asset preservation, and project management oversight, including at least 5 years of management experience and 2 years supervising professional and engineering staff.
Application for the Assistant Chief Engineer of Program Delivery requires completion and submission of the following two items:
Letter explaining applicant interest in the position.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation provides citizens of Tennessee and travelers with one of the best transportation systems in the country. TDOT is a multimodal agency with responsibilities in building and maintaining roads, aviation, public transit, waterways, railroads, cycling and walking. Our involvement ranges from airport improvements to funding transit buses to planning for river ports. The Department of Transportation has approximately 4,000 employees with four statewide region facilities in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Nashville, and Jackson. TDOT headquarters is located in downtown Nashville.