The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is seeking applications for the Kansas City District Engineer. Respond in strict confidence by submitting resume and cover letter by APRIL 10, 2017, to:
Michaelene (Micki) Knudsen, Human Resources Director
REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: The Kansas City District Engineer reports to the Chief Engineer of MoDOT. This is a highly responsible senior management level position serving under the leadership of the Chief Engineer, but with significant independence and authority. The Kansas City District Engineer is primarily responsible for planning, organizing, and delivering all operations, design, and support activities in the Kansas City region with a team of approximately 660 employees.
PRINCIPAL RESPONSIBILITIES: The Kansas City District Engineer leads the development and delivery of programs including identifying, prioritizing, and constructing innovative transportation solutions and maintaining the transportation system for the Kansas City District. The Kansas City District Engineer builds and sustains effective partnerships with city and county officials, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Regional Planning Commissions, and other transportation constituents and represents MoDOT to leverage resources and innovation to solve the transportation needs of the area. The Kansas City District Engineer serves as a champion, change agent, results driver, and key public relations agent on transportation issues in the Kansas City region and other major organizational issues as needed. The Kansas City District Engineer responds to the public, legislators, community leaders, and city and county officials on transportation needs and operations; and represents the department by communicating goals and objectives to the public and district employees. The Kansas City District Engineer ensures district employees have the tools necessary to perform their jobs safely and improves safety for employees and customers using our transportation facilities and the multimodal facilities of our transportation partners.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering is required. Candidates must be licensed or be prepared to achieve licensure as a Professional Engineer in the State of Missouri.
Over nine years of experience in highway or transportation engineering, including at least five years of supervisory experience, with knowledge and experience delivering innovative transportation solutions.
An understanding of innovative financing and demonstrated expertise in alternative construction delivery methods is desirable.
Demonstrated experience in managing complex and diverse internal operations as well as evidenced success at achieving real results through the use of innovation and effective partnering is a plus.
At least five years of progressively responsible management experience including:
Proven leadership skills, including a positive history of working collaboratively to establish rapport and credibility among staff and multiple stakeholders. Working with elected officials is a plus.
Established track record of effective use of organizational performance management practices, innovation, and accountability measures.
PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES: A person of high personal integrity and compassion, and the willingness to embrace and champion MoDOT’s departmental values, who trusts and empowers employees, and who understands and fosters a workplace culture focused on safety, inclusiveness, employee development, and customer service.
A results-oriented personality with strong energy and drive, who is people focused, bold in the approach to innovation and change, an excellent public speaker, and who can exude a calm, but direct demeanor when communicating tough decisions and handling difficult situations.
A high degree of political acumen including tact, diplomacy, and the people skills necessary to negotiate with the various constituencies impacting the position and the work of the department.
MoDOT is a non-partisan state agency governed by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission (“Commission”); a constitutional commission appointed by the Governor, confirmed by the Senate, and consisting of high-profile business and civic leaders. MoDOT is led by a Director selected by the Commission. MoDOT is responsible for the seventh largest transportation system in the country with ...approximately 34,000 miles of highway and 10,400 bridges. MoDOT also oversees aspects of other major modes for transportation including 124 public use airports, 11 ports, passenger rail (through Amtrak), 3,800 rail crossings, urban and rural transit, and 600 miles of pedestrian trails and bike paths. Motor carrier services and highway safety are also responsibilities of the agency. The MoDOT organization includes approximately 800 employees at the central office in Jefferson City, and 4,300 employees located in seven districts around the state. Each district is accountable for approximately 15 percent of the total road mileage in the state highway system.