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Principal Engineer – Traffic Engineering

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Job ID: 60595
Department: Engineering
Location: 4 World Trade Center



Under the supervision of the Chief Traffic Engineer, the successful candidate will lead and manage Traffic Engineering’s role in a major redevelopment program and/or large-scale, critical design efforts within the agency, and supervise professional and technical staff, including Port Authority employees and consultants. As the majority of the traffic engineering services for redevelopment programs and large design projects are being performed consultants, the successful candidate will be the primary PANYNJ contact for the consultants.   The Principal Engineer will be responsible for overseeing staff as they prepare transportation management plans, conduct traffic engineering planning studies, perform traffic operations studies, and traffic safety studies, contract drawings, specifications and cost estimates, transportation technologies (ITS) initiatives, construction traffic support, and transportation management during construction. The successful candidate will also be responsible for coordinating with the Executive Director, Senior Agency Leadership, Line Department, and facility operations staff as required. 

Responsibilities also include but not limited to:

  • Mentor assigned staff to ensure appropriate development of technical and management skills and knowledge. Promote team spirit, creativity, and professional development.
  • Properly delegate work responsibility to assigned staff and ensure that staff time is used in an efficient manner. Ensure the production of complete, quality work that meets the customer's needs, and that all work reflects a rational decision-making process with a solid technical basis. Manage and audit design work and studies performed by consultants.
  • Manage staff workload and identify additional staffing needs and work with Chief Traffic Engineer to fill those needs.
  • Supervise the development of all technical work and ensure proper coordination with all appropriate internal and external stakeholders and perform quality control review. Monitor work progress, especially schedules and budgets, and ensure that project delivery metrics are met. Anticipate problems and take preventive/corrective action.
  • Serving as the point of contact with consultant firms performing work.
  • Serve as interagency liaison with partnering transportation agencies on technical coordination.
  • Developing and maintaining records of all project agreements, finances, reports, and documents.
  • Assist Chief Traffic Engineer with administrative tasks as required.


Candidates must present the following qualifications to be considered eligible for this position:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering with major coursework in Civil/Transportation Engineering from an accredited college or university.
  • Must be a Licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in NY or NJ or have the ability to obtain via reciprocity within 6 months.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in progressively more difficult and responsible traffic engineering work in the areas of operations, safety, planning, ITS, and/or design is required.
    • Examples of relevant experience include traffic planning studies and traffic simulation; geometric design; traffic safety studies; developing transportation management plans; ITS system planning and design; traffic operations including signal operations, sign systems, roadside safety features, and pavement marking design; preparation of contract drawings, technical specifications, and cost estimates; construction traffic support; and transportation systems operations/management. 
  • Must have a valid auto driver license.


Ideal candidates will also present the following qualifications:

  • Possession of a master’s degree in Transportation.
  • Thorough knowledge of and experience with applying concepts from the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), Highway Capacity Manual (HCM), AASHTO Green Book, and AASHTO Roadside Design Guide.
  • Possession of certification as a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE).
  • Demonstrated experience leading teams on large scale, dynamic, and fast paced Projects and/or Redevelopment-type Programs.
  • Demonstrated experience in establishing project plans, setting priorities, coordinating activities, handling multiple tasks simultaneously and delegating tasks and responsibilities that are multi-faceted and complex.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and experience managing a diverse workforce with varying work backgrounds, expertise, and levels.
  • Demonstrated superior interpersonal skills interacting with staff at all levels, supporting departments, consultants, and members of outside government and transportation agencies.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. 

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should apply to this job by clicking on the "Apply Now" button and submitting a combined cover letter and resume. The Port Authority of NY & NJ welcomes veteran and military spouse applications.

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

About The Port Authority:

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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