Position Description

Director of Transportation
Department Transportation
Employment Duration Full time
Salary Range $111,793.00 - $191,905.00
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About the Houston-Galveston Area Council 

The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) is a voluntary information, planning, and problem-solving forum for local governments in the Houston-Galveston region. H-GAC serves an area of 12,500 square miles and more than 7 million people in Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton counties. Our regional programs focus on community and environmental planning, data tools and resources, disaster planning and recovery, mobility and public safety, workforce and economic development.


H-GAC’s mission is to serve as the instrument of local government cooperation, promoting the region’s orderly development and the safety and welfare of its citizens.

Governance and Organization

The Houston-Galveston Area Council is one of the largest regional planning commissions in the country. Our service area spans 13 counties and includes 177 cities and 84 independent school districts. The 240-member staff of professionals and 36-member

Board of Directors understand that a strong economy and rapid growth brings both opportunities and challenges. We meet these challenges in three key ways: providing
a forum for jurisdictions of all sizes to come together to solve regional issues; identifying and prioritizing funding opportunities; and providing direct services.

About the Department

H-GAC serves as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for transportation planning in the eight-county Houston-Galveston area. This area includes Brazoria, Chambers, Fort-Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller counties. H-GAC’s Transportation Policy Council approves the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).  The department includes a diverse team of professionals with backgrounds in public transit, transportation and land use planning, air quality, freight and goods movement, traffic safety, infrastructure resiliency, and environmental justice.

About the Position

The Transportation Director reports directly to the Executive Director of H-GAC and is responsible for guiding a regional policy making council to establish short term and long-range transportation investment priorities for one of the largest metropolitan areas in the US.  Direct reports include Assistant Director of Transportation, who oversees the day to day operations of the department and manages a team of managers and staff.

Primary responsibilities include setting a vision for the future of transportation for our region; communicate with a wide variety of individuals and organizations from county executives and mayors, to planning staff and consultants, state and federal elected officials, leaders of state and federal transportation agencies, advocacy groups, and the media.  Chart the course for a large team of professionals to advance and implement important planning and service programs with an annual operating budget of approximately $10 million, with programming responsibility of $700 million to $1 billion per year in transportation projects. 

The Transportation Director will also be responsible for developing managers and leaders within the transportation department.  Delegate operational work, department management, and project implementation to the Assistant Director of Transportation.  Help implement the vision of H-GAC's Executive Director. Contribute to agency policy and growth discussions with peers from the agency senior management team and strive to empower staff. Explore opportunities to expand our service to the region, collaborate across the agency, and improve efficiencies.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be an innovative leader with demonstrated ability to contemplate problems that are complex and have multiple considerations including political, financial, regulatory, and technical. The selected candidate will evaluate options, act, and adjust to changing conditions and opportunities when applicable.  The ideal candidate will have a background in transportation and proven experience to motivate, coach, and grow a new generation of professionals and leaders.  Attributes of a successful candidate include:

  • Diplomatic approach to identifying win-win opportunities to resolve conflicts over controversial projects

  • Proven ability to build relationships and alliances based on trust

  • Candid and generous communication style

  • Ability to achieve consensus across a spectrum of interests and priorities

  • Ability to articulate complex concepts in a clear and straightforward manner

  • Applies a forward-thinking approach to long term planning, with an emphasis on innovation and technology

  • Energetic and an effective listener

  • Ability to recognize and pursue opportunities to expand services and establish our agency as a leader

  • A practical thinker, motivator, able to collaborate with team members, leaders, and stakeholders to produce exceptional quality output and drive creative solutions to maximize federal and state funding for our region

Leadership & Innovation

The next Transportation Director will have the opportunity to address several challenges:

  • Integrate advances in high-capacity transit, autonomous freight movement, traffic management technology, multimodal networks, and smart construction techniques into long range regional planning and near term project selection policies

  • Balance current and future transportation needs with equitable consideration of existing neighborhoods and communities

  • Create a dynamic collaborative environment that will leverage other programs and projects that intersect with transportation (housing, natural resources, economic development, and resiliency)

  • Establish our organization as a national-caliber MPO with regards to pilot testing new technologies with regards to increased mobility, improved air quality, and traffic safety)

  • Develop a regional vision zero traffic safety alliance

Education & Experience

The position of Transportation Director requires:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Public Administration, Urban Planning, Engineering, Architecture, or other related field of study.

  • Minimum of ten (10) years of experience are required in progressively responsible professional work directly related to regional planning, public service, and infrastructure/economic development planning, with at least five (5) years in a management capacity focused on transportation.

  • Experience in a consensus building environment with proven leadership in achieving results.

Additional experience in the following is considered a plus:

Preference will be given to applicants that possess:

  • Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Public Administration, Urban Planning, Engineering, Architecture, or other related field of study.  
  • Executive level experience in a public service organization
  • Over ten (10) years of management experience
  • Understanding of traffic and drainage infrastructure
  • Ability to work with a diverse population
  • Proven experience leading a large organization through transformation and/or natural disasters

Compensation and Benefits

H-GAC is offering a competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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H-GAC is an equal opportunity/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, or protected veteran status.  

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