Traffic Engineer

County of Marin



Public Works Department

County of Marin, California

Salary: $ 131,352 - $161,304 Annually, DOQ/DOE

The County of Marin seeks a Principal Civil Engineer (Principal Engineer) to head their Transportation and Traffic Operations Division.  We are looking for an engaging leader who combines their engineering technical knowhow, with strong leadership and interpersonal skills.  This is a senior leadership position within the Public Works Department and will lead the Transportation Services Division. Highly qualified candidates for this Principal Engineer will have a background in traffic engineering to manage projects from inception to completion, and be a registered Civil Engineer (PE) with the State of California. You will also have a strong background overseeing complex traffic engineering projects that include collaborating across multiple County departments and divisions, and across city jurisdictions within the County of Marin. Ideal candidates will be effective decision makers, resourceful, customer service focused, responsive (to internal and external customers), have a high level of emotional intelligence, and able to demonstrate effective communication skills.

For more information please see the complete recruitment brochure:

The Job and Division

The Transportation Division is a service-oriented division with a broad client base including support from

several divisions in Public Works.  The division oversees development of transportation plans, manages transportation programs, traffic signal operations, and manages traffic safety initiatives for the county-maintained roadway system.

The Principal Engineer is the head, or Chief over the Transportation Services Division and implements complex programs of extremely broad scope that are characterized by highly difficult and sensitive public, engineering, and technical issues.  The Principal Engineer is expected to exercise initiative, judgement, and administrative expertise; including taking an active role in performance management, coaching and development of the division team. This is an at-will position that oversees seven staff and contributes to the department budget, and oversight of a $1.4 million division operational budget, plus additional special funds and projects as needed.  This position is part of the Department’s executive team and will promote a culture that inspires creative thinking, engagement, collaboration, and supports work-life balance.

Ideal Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will work cross-departmentally with other leaders in the County and communities and use their technical expertise and interpersonal skills to meet the goals and objectives of the department and County.  You will use your strengths in these areas to address a wide variety of county and city issues. The incumbent will be customer service minded, responsive, an interdepartmental collaborator, an excellent project manager, and a mentor to others.

Employment Standards – In addition to the above ideal candidate competencies, candidates shall have:

Five years of increasingly responsible professional engineering experience which provides the knowledge and skill requirements.
Be Registered as a Civil Engineer issued by the California State Board of Registration for Civil and Professional Engineers

Ability to obtain a valid California Driver’s License upon hire.


Registration as a Traffic Engineer in the State of California - If you are registered as a Traffic Engineer in another state, the CA Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists has a form of reciprocity called Comity to fast-track the registration process.

Experience overseeing comprehensive transportation projects within a public sector organization.   

Compensation and Benefits

Salary: $131,352 - $161,304 Annually, DOE/DOQ. Salary is supplemented by a generous benefit program, see the full recruitment brochure for details.


This position is open and continuous until filled. To be considered for this exceptional career opportunity, interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply early for first consideration. 
Apply at the County’s website:  - we are using an abbreviated application, which should take approximately 15 minutes to complete!

IMPORTANT: Your submission must include a resume (and preferably a cover letter) that addresses the competencies and technical skills described in the ideal candidate profile herein. 

Questions? Contact Colleen Beck by phone 415.473.6185

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