As the Executive Director of Engineering, Construction & Planning, you will lead key projects that enhance our multi-modal transit services. You will be responsible for driving innovative solutions, from launching new expansion efforts to improving existing infrastructure.

Your role will be crucial in not only managing project execution but also in assessing their impact, making sure each aligns with environmental standards, property concerns, timeframes, and budgetary limits. If you’re prepared to influence the transportation landscape and build a lasting impact, this position is for you.

This position requires 5 days a week onsite.

Ensure a commitment to safety through consistent and professional behaviors in performance of job requirements that demonstrate safety is a fundamental value that guides all aspects of our work. Perform related duties as required.

Serve as a good steward of TriMet be regularly utilizing our transit system to maintain a strong and current understanding of customers’ experiences and of TriMet’s product and service offerings.


Essential Functions

1. Provide strategic and engineering oversight to the planning, design and construction of large and small capital and construction projects for the organization involving a broad range of engineering, architectural, construction management, and project management responsibilities for the design and construction of transportation systems.

2. Develop, plan, and set priorities, budgets, and schedules in the following major functional areas: Real Estate and Right of Way Acquisition; Transit Project Engineering & Design; Construction Management; Major Construction and Equipment Procurement; Federal Transit Administration Grant and Program Management; Contract negotiation and intergovernmental agreements.

3. Control, monitor, and approve budgets and operational forecasts for the division, including capital expenditures, labor resources, materials, and supplies. Identify opportunities for containing costs, and may be responsible for increasing revenue.

4. Define project controls objectives, including performance, cost, and schedule objectives. Develop, track, and maintain project schedule(s), and schedule performance on active projects.

5. Directs the activities and operations of the Capital/Grant Compliance Control including capital financial systems management grant/funding agreement compliance, and authorized capital budget administration.

6. Plan, organize, implement, and monitor all aspects of established safety and security policies, procedures, and programs to mitigate risk.

7. Interact with various government agencies responsible for planning and funding/financing capital transit projects. Prepare and present public information updates for community meetings, political leaders, and staff as a representative of TriMet.

8. Build networks and relationships within other transit and transportation organizations/agencies, government agencies, public and private institutions, consortiums, businesses and communities and collaborate with those groups to develop short-term and long-term programs.


A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree is required.

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Architecture, Urban Design, Management or related field is preferred.

Twelve (12) years of senior management experience with an emphasis on project management, transportation, transit or rail development is required.

Five (5) years of supervisor/management experience is required.

Professional Engineering license is desirable, but not required.

Or any equivalent combination of training or experience.

*The amount of credit a candidate receives for prior years of experience is based on the relevancy of that experience to the required or preferred prerequisites of the job description. Experience is prorated based on hours worked. LRHR assigns and validates the “credited experience”.

Additional Information

Selection Criteria

Type of Position / Grade / FLSA
Grade 26, Exempt, Non-Union, Full-Time

Salary Range
Minimum: $216,690.00
Maximum: $325,036.00

Salary offers will be determined by a candidate’s education, training and relevant experience. Any final offer of employment will fall within the range stated above. For transparency, we choose to list the full available grade range, however, TriMet’s salary administration process will ultimately determine the final salary offered.

Selection Process

Candidates will be selected based at a minimum on the result of:
1. Application Review (please include: Cover Letter and Resume)
2. Panel Interviews
3. Reference Check

Supplemental Information

Make sure you describe in detail how your education, training and work experience fit with this role. You are encouraged to attach a resume, cover letter, training certificates and/or letters of recommendation with your application. You are permitted five attachments of less than 5MB each.

Internal applicants: Information in your personnel file will not be used in lieu of information requested on your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you are a qualified veteran and would like to apply for veterans’ preference points, you will need to reflect your status on the application and attach supporting documentation at the time of application submission.

If you need accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act for any part of the application process, contact our Human Resources staff at 503-962-7505, or the TTY line at 7-1-1. Note that we require a minimum of two workdays’ notice prior to the need for accommodation.

TriMet is an equal opportunity employer, committed to developing an organization that is reflective of and sensitive to the needs of the diverse community we serve, including veterans, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities.

ADA Statement

As applied to the workplace, applicants and employees must be qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. Essential functions may include required job functions performed infrequently as well as production standards related to the quality and quantity of work.

If a person with a disability could meet job qualifications with a reasonable accommodation, TriMet will work with the employee to accommodate the need. If TriMet’s accommodation is effective in allowing the employee to perform the essential functions of the job, it need not be the employee’s preferred accommodation.