Technical Supervisor – Traffic Management (Vancouver, British Columbia (BC), Canada)

Requisition ID: 23495 


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Main Purpose and Function

Reporting to the CE II, the Traffic Management Technical Supervisor is responsible for the Traffic Control Design team in the Traffic and Data Management Branch, which develops traffic signal and signage designs for major projects in the Transportation Division. The position provides supervision and mentoring for the highly technical work of the design team, including assigning and reviewing work, recruiting, training and conducting performance planning. The position is responsible for overseeing technical review for major roadway design projects in the Transportation Division and represents the Traffic and Data Management Branch on major roadway design project teams. This position is also responsible for overseeing modifications and installation of signal, signage and pavement marking designs in response to roadway projects or public requests.  Key areas of responsibility also include overseeing the development of branch policies and procedures and development and improvement of Quality Management standards.

Specific Duties/Responsibilities

Traffic Control Design

  • Oversees the production of transportation design pavement marking and sign plans
  • Develops and checks the design plans required for the installation and modification of traffic signals
  • Ensures technical design standards and drafting standards meet current City standards
  • Develops, implements, updates and monitors quality control processes and procedures in the design process to improve efficiency, consistency and quality
  • Participates in the development and implementation of new and/or revised departmental policies, procedures, systems, work standards, and programs as it relates to design standards
  • Designs, reviews  and checks traffic signal timing records and functional layout of traffic signal components
  • Oversees modifications and installation of signal, signage and pavement marking designs in response to roadway projects or public requests
  • Identifies issues and makes recommendations as necessary for major geometric roadway designs, sign and paint plans
  • Represents the branch for geometric design review and design acceptance
  • Supervises and/or performs intersection or network capacity analysis with Synchro and reviews similar work from consultants
  • Manages, prioritizes and coordinates requests for project sign, signal and paint plans within the Department
  • Reviews and quality-checks external consultant and developer design drawings and makes recommendations for improvements to ensure designs conform to City standards in accordance with the Street & Traffic By-Law, BC Motor Vehicle Act, MUTCD and ITE guidelines
  • Advises external consultants and developers on interpretation and compliance to by-laws, standards and guidelines
  • Makes decisions on complex technical issues related to the work
  • Reviews the development of Form 1s, Work Requests, Engineering Analyses, Field Reports, Site Instructions, and ensures accuracy and quality.
  • Oversees the development and maintenance of the Sign Code Inventory in accordance with the MUTCD
  • Makes recommendations on by-law updates


  • Assigns work, manages work plans, and participates in the performance planning and review of junior staff
  • Participates in attendance management and hiring activities.
  • Trains new staff and provides ongoing training and mentoring to designers of various levels of skill
  • Represents TDM on the transportation division design review team and reviews geometrics for safe and efficient accommodation of all transportation modes
  • Provides technical expertise in the research and review of new products and methods of traffic signal design
  • Supervises and checks the work of junior staff
  • Conducts weekly TDM design review meetings
  • Keeps current on emerging trends and best practices in the planning and design of transportation infrastructure


  • Ensures VanDocs Departmental Records Coordinator (DRC) duties are aligned with Quality Management (OQM) requirements
  • Communicates directly with the public, external partners such as Coast mountain Bus Company and ICBC and resolves cases developed by the City’s 3-1-1 call centre
  • Prepares technical studies, reports (memos, Council reports, etc.), cost estimates and presentations on complex design issues and by-laws as required
  • Develops and reports on section metrics
  • Participates in weekly branch coordination and planning meetings.
  • Other duties/responsibilities as assigned

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Education and Experience:

  • Completion of Grade 12 supplemented by relevant technical courses in construction and drafting, plus considerable related technical and supervisory experience or an equivalent combination of education and training. 
  • Considerable experience related to transportation engineering; or an equivalent combination of training and experience
  • Experience working with computer assisted traffic signal modeling tools would be an asset.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of the Street & Traffic By-Law, BC Motor Vehicle Act and the City of Vancouver Transportation policies.
  • Considerable knowledge of current transportation engineering design principles and methods related to traffic signal design and operations and relevant design guidelines, such as Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), Master Municipal Construction Documents Association (MMCD), TAC Geometric Design Guide for Canadian Roads, NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide, and other international guides.
  • Working knowledge of the roles and activities of other civic departments, as related to the work performed.
  • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills in a fast paced work environment and ability to perform complex technical work with tight timelines and multiple priorities.
  • Ability to work independently to produce quality materials and recommendations, including the ability to plan, organize, set goals and outcomes, accomplish and measure objectives and results.
  • Proven supervisory skills  and ability to direct, train, mentor, and lead staff including review and evaluation of work and providing guidance for improvement
  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership, conflict resolution and communication skills, including proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, the public, and external and internal stakeholders
  • Ability to develop and implement traffic signal timing plans, traffic signal and sign plan designs
  • Ability to read and interpret complex engineering plans and specifications and resolve complex transportation problems.
  • Advanced ability to use AutoCAD for transportation drafting and design.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to summarize data in an accurate written format and assist in the preparation of a variety of project reports; including the use of related computer software
  • Ability to prepare technical presentations and reports on complex design issues.
  • Demonstrated research, mapping and analysis skills.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion.
  • Ability to work outdoors in inclement weather
  • A current and valid Class 5 BC driver’s license is required

Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300) 

Affiliation: CUPE 15 Non Pks 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: January, 2021 

Salary Information: Pay Grade GR-028: $43.04 to $50.85 per hour

Application Close: November 29, 2020

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. We encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous applicants, all genders, nationalities and persons with disabilities. 

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.  

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