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Traffic Engineering Manager

Traffic Engineering Manager

Elk Grove, CA, USA

Elk Grove, CA, USA

City of Elk Grove

Bryan Noblett and Greg Nelson


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Traffic Engineering Manager

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The City of Elk Grove offers a great opportunity for a talented Traffic Engineering Manager who seeks both compelling professional challenges and the opportunity to work in a major metropolitan area where traffic safety and quality of life issues are of critical importance. The next Traffic Engineering Manager will have a hallmark career opportunity to make a lasting impact on the quality of life of those who live and visit Elk Grove by way of improving traffic systems, safety, and utilizing an entrepreneurial mindset.


The Public Works Department is led by the Public Works Director who is assisted by two (2) Deputy Public Works Directors who oversee Engineering and Operations respectively.  The Traffic Engineering Manger leads the Traffic Engineering Division and reports to the Deputy Public Works Director over Engineering. The Public Works Department consists of 54 FTE’s and has a FY 22/23 budget of $32.2 million. The City has a robust Capital Improvement Program (CIP) with a budget of nearly $300 million to support a multitude of projects designed to make lasting improvements in the community in the coming five years. The 2022-2027 CIP document provides project descriptions, budgets, and revenue sources and can be viewed at

Given the rapid growth of the City of Elk Grove since its inception and anticipated future growth, the Public Works Department and the Traffic Engineering Manager will play key roles in planning, designing, and implementing many important projects that will impact the safety, well-being, and overall quality of life for those who live, work, and play in Elk Grove.


Reporting to the Deputy Director of Public Works, the Traffic Engineering Manager is responsible for managing the engineering services in Public Works associated with traffic engineering, right-of-way engineering, alternative modes of transportation, and transportation related land development issues. A valid California civil or traffic engineering license and experience in transportation related land development issues, construction of public works projects, traffic control and congestion management, right of way management, transportation safety projects and other public works operations and activities are required for this assignment.

The Traffic Engineering Manager is responsible for managing the traffic engineering functions in Public Works. This includes, but is not limited to, transportation planning, design, and operations; directing and supervising a broad range of activities involving installation of traffic controls, analysis of collisions or traffic problems, speed control measures, management of the traffic operations center, and evaluation of potential impacts of proposed developments; and coordinating traffic engineering related activities with other City departments, consultants and outside agencies.

The ideal candidate for the position of Traffic Engineering Manager will have experience as a traffic engineer (preferably in a municipal, county, or state position) and with Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS) as increased traffic safety is important to the City. Management or supervisory experience is also desirable as is a flexible and adaptable approach, a commitment to teamwork and strong communication skills.


Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying; however, the most qualified candidates will possess the following:

  • Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in civil engineering, environmental engineering or a closely related field.

  • Experience: Five years of increasingly responsible experience in professional traffic, civil or environmental engineering, including two years of administrative responsibility.

  • Licensure: Possession of a California registered professional civil or traffic engineering license is required to perform the duties of this position. Licensure as a traffic engineer is highly desirable. Possession of an out of state professional civil or traffic engineering license with the ability to obtain licensure in California within one year may be considered dependent on other qualifications.


The salary for the Traffic Engineering Manager is up to $156,422, with placement made depending upon experience. In addition, the city offers an excellent benefit package with key benefits outlined below:

  • Retirement: CalPERS retirement is dependent upon hire date with the City of Elk Grove and/or status with a reciprocal Public Retirement System. Classic members in CalPERS receive 2% at 55 and new or PEPRA members receive 2% at 62.

  • Deferred Compensation: 457 plan, 401(a) employer match up to 4% - 1 year vesting period.

  • Insurance: The City participates in the CalPERS Health Plan and provides a monthly City contribution up to $2,138.15 (2023 rate for family coverage) that an employee may apply toward premiums for medical insurance.  Dental and Vision premiums are paid 100% by the City.

  • Annual Leave (Vacation/Sick/Administrative): New employees receive 176 hours annually, which equates to 6.77 hours per pay period.  Accrual rates increase with each 5-year service increment. Cash out options are available. Eighty (80) hours of administrative leave is provided annually with cash out options.

  • Holidays: Twelve (12) paid holidays per year and eight (8) paid floater hours per year.

  • Relocation Assistance: Up to $5,000 reimbursed for eligible expenses.

  • Signing Bonus: 7% of starting salary, up to $10,000. 50% paid upon hire, with the remainder paid at the completion of the probationary period (*subject to City Council approval).

Interested candidates are encouraged to review the detailed recruitment brochure for additional benefit information.


Candidates are encouraged to apply immediately, as this recruitment will close once a sufficiently strong candidate pool has been established.

Confidential inquiries are welcomed to Bryan Noblett or Greg Nelson at (916) 550-4100.

Interested candidates may apply below and review the detailed recruitment brochure for additional information.

The City of Elk Grove is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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