Salary Range: $155,332 – $289,351

Miami-Dade County (MDC) is seeking an experienced and results-oriented Director for the Miami-Dade Transportation and Public Works department (DTPW) to develop a safe, reliable, efficient, and socially equitable multi-modal transportation system to meet the growing needs of the community and improve mobility across all modes.  DTPW is the 18th largest public transit system in the country, largest transit agency in the State of Florida and one of the largest departments of Miami-Dade County government with approximately 3,800 employees serving a population of 2.8 million residents. The Department of Transportation and Public Works connects people to places by providing a high-quality, safe, reliable, clean, and efficient mass transit system that meets the travel needs of the County’s growing population and provides vital transportation infrastructure systems and services.   As an organization, MDC is focused on and committed to developing equitable transportation options for all stakeholders.   Engaging our local partners, MDC has adopted a Vision Zero approach to implement safety countermeasures and polices to reduce and ultimately eliminate fatalities and serious injuries related to mobility in MDC.

DTPW manages the strategic planning and progressive administration of mobility programs and activities relating to mass transit, multi-modal design and implementation, traffic management system design, construction and operation, design and implementation of sidewalks, urban trails, safe routes to school, bicycle facilities, and multi-year smart city project design & delivery. With respect to transit, DTPW controls a 25-mile dual elevated Metrorail track rapid transit system which encompasses twenty-three Metrorail stations with 136 rail cars; twenty-two Metromover stations with twenty-nine automated cars on a 4.4-mile electronically powered track that is among the longest in the United States.  In addition, Special Transportation Services (STS) are provided to eligible participants.   DTPW is also responsible for the planning, construction and maintenance of a safe and efficient system of roads, bridges, drainage, pathways, traffic signals signs and street lights.

The ideal candidate should have:

  • Experience managing a large metropolitan transportation agency with multi-modal transportation services;
  • Experience with and commitment to the promotion and protection of pedestrians, cyclists and other non-vehicle modalities through public space improvement projects;
  • Wide-ranging knowledge of Federal Transit Administration programs and processes, key state and federal funding sources and related requirements, current regulations and legislation affecting public transportation services;
  • Comprehensive knowledge in transit planning, construction and maintenance;
  • A proven record of results-oriented leadership, working independently and collaboratively with all stakeholders and
  • Established contacts with other leaders in the transportation industry.

The Director will (i) oversee the development and implementation of a countywide comprehensive prioritized transportation strategy that integrates and harmonizes the department’s pedestrian, bicycle, transit and freight plans with a clearly articulated vision and goals for transportation, and (ii) be tasked during the first year with conducting an organizational assessment of DTPW with specific recommendations for implementation so as to effectively implement the aforementioned transportation strategy.  Additionally, the Director will ensure DTPW’s responsiveness to identified customer values, service equity and regulatory compliance in the planning and management of the County’s transportation system, as well as actively ensure that all community groups have equitable access, service delivery and ability to use the County’s transportation system. The Director will also champion and facilitate a safe and inclusive workplace that supports employee engagement, innovation and productivity.

The Director will have oversight of an operating budget of approximately $700M and reports to the Chief Operations Officer.  Policy direction is received from the Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners.  For Fiscal Year 2020-21, the County’s adopted budget is $8.9 billion dollars. Miami-Dade County is internationally recognized for its achievement in implementing a results-oriented government culture. The County’s Strategic Business Plans are developed with significant input from the community in setting priorities.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree.  A minimum eight years of progressively responsible leadership, managerial and supervisory experience in a governmental operation is required.  A Master’s degree and/or PhD degree is preferable.    The preferred candidate will have experience leading a department or organization responsible for delivery of complex infrastructure projects, on-time and within budget as well as experience with and commitment to a multi-modal transportation system in a metropolitan setting.  Demonstrated knowledge in working with elected officials, community leaders and the public is critical to this position, as well as extensive experience in building functioning staff teams and increase workforce morale.


Miami-Dade County offers outstanding comprehensive benefits that include: full medical, dental, optional vision and disability insurance; optional 457 pre-tax savings plans, optional flexible spending accounts, 12 paid holidays, one birthday holiday, and three floating holidays; vacation and sick leave; and employee contributory membership in the Florida Retirement System.

Applicants qualifying for employment will be subject to an extensive background check including, but not limited to, fingerprint checks, employment verification and other procedures.  All resume submittals are subject to State of Florida Public Records Law.

Miami-Dade County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Local and Federal law.

Qualified applicants may apply online for the Director, Miami-Dade Transportation and Public Works, Job Opening # 61765 at www.miamidade.gov/jobs or send resumes via email to Recruitment@miamidade.gov or mail to Kathy L. Horton, Human Resources Manager, Recruitment and Internal Placement, Human Resources Department, 111 NW 1st Street, Suite 2110, Miami, FL 33128   For additional information contact Ms. Kathy L. Horton at (305) 375-2668 or Kathy.Horton@miamidade.gov .  All documents submitted in response to the advertisement are public records pursuant to Chapter 119 Florida Statutes.