$113,590.79 to $170,386.18

The City of Asheville is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Transportation Director. The Transportation Director is hired by and reports to the City Manager (with day-to-day supervision by an Assistant City Manager). The Transportation Director leads a dedicated staff of the City’s Transportation Department as they continue to provide high-level transit, traffic engineering, parking, and transportation planning services to the community.
Our ideal candidate will have the technical aptitude required for this position and will also:
■Be forward thinking, welcoming of challenges and hard work;
■ Be collaborative, empathetic, and approachable;
Bring a passion for excellent customer service;
Prioritize and establish clear priorities for the different divisions within the department;
■Serve as an advocate for Transportation staff in decision making and project prioritization;
■ Effectively leverage departmental positions and financial resources with a forward thinking approach;
■ Have a demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with executive leadership, elected officials, operational staff, and members of the public;
■ Have experience working directly or indirectly with the public sector.


The Transportation has an operating budget of over $24 million, has 47 dedicated full-time equivalent (FTE) positions, and is made up of four divisions:
■ Traffic Engineering Division is responsible for the safe and efficient movement of people navigating city streets, sidewalks and other public right-of-ways in Asheville.
■Transit Planning Division oversees the Asheville Rides Transit (ART) bus service through out the City of Asheville and Town of Black Mountain
■Transportation Planning Division is responsible for providing Citywide planning services, including for the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), transit, and greenway projects.
■ Parking Services Division is responsible for providing safe, reliable, and efficient parking through the management of on-street parking facilities, four parking garages, and several surface lots in downtown Asheville.
The Transportation Department plays a key role in community safety, health, mobility, and quality of life for Asheville residents and visitors through planning for multi-modal transporta- tion infrastructure and ensuring that all residents and visitors have transportation options to safely access job centers, housing, education, and cultural destinations in the community. The Transportation Department’s Fiscal Year 2023 – 2024 priorities include:
■ Working with other City departments and the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to implement identified action steps within the approved GAP Plan (Greenways, ADA Transition, & Pedestrian), to communicate and prioritize work to build a strong, accessi- ble pedestrian network that lowers barriers for the disabled community, improves access to recreational activities, and provides viable alternatives to cars to navigate the community.
■Continuing to partner with the NCDOT as the $1.35 billion I-26 Connector project moves to the design-build phase which is currently underway. This project will realign 4.7 miles of Interstate 26 and will have a major impact on Asheville’s transportation network.
■Continuing to partner with the NCDOT to prioritize, fund, and implement projects focused on improving bicycle and pedestrian safety throughout the community.
■Completing the Federal Transit Authority (FTA) Triennial Review including addressing findings and implementing recommendations from the FTA.
■ Coordinating with the Finance Department to enhance FTA grant administration and coordination with FTA grant subrecipients to improve grant reporting and ensure the effective use of federal transit funds.
■Continuing to focus on enhanced Transit service delivery, to include upgrading the fleet, capital planning for a new garage and transit center, and coordinating with Buncombe County to establish a regional approach to transit service delivery and developing a sustain- able long-term Transit funding strategy.


Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Urban Planning, Public Administration or a related field required; supplemented by ten years of progressively responsible experience in transit administration, parking administration, transportation planning, and/or traffic engineering. Our ideal candidate will have experience in budget preparation and administration as well as a proven track record of effective project management and leadership of teams representing different disciplines and a combination of frontline and administrative personnel. With the exception of the minimum requirement of a Bachelor’s Degree, the City of Asheville may consider candidates with an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this position.
Strong consideration will be given to individuals with a valid North Carolina Professional Engineer’s license (or ability to obtain). A valid North Carolina driver’s license (or ability to obtain) is required.

Additional Information

Hiring range: $113,590.79 to $170,386.18 DOQ, plus a very competitive fringe benefits package that includes participation in the North Carolina Local Government Employees Retirement System.
Qualified candidates should apply by completing an application to include a cover letter, resume, and contact information of three professional references in confidence at:
Applications will be reviewed as received and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled or until a sufficient number of applications are received.
Asheville is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.
Persons of all genders and races are encouraged to apply.
If you have questions regarding this opportunity, or a recommendation of a colleague, please contact: Jamie Allen at JAllen3@ashevillenc.gov or (828) 767-3474