Other benefits include medical, dental, vision, wellness
program, life, and short- and long-term disability
insurance. Additionally, the City of Fort Collins offers
other benefits, including 401(a) and 457 deferred
compensation plans with an employer contribution,
optional Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending
Accounts, and relocation assistance for the successful
The Fort Collins Traffic Engineer is uniquely positioned to shape the future of transportation for Fort Collins as we shift away from thinking about our transportation system as a function and consider it an essential component in achieving our long-term goals for greater livability and prosperity for all. At its foundation, the Traffic Engineer leads the operation and maintenance of a safe and efficient multi-modal transportation system using signs, signals, pavement markings, intelligent transportation systems, and other programs. The Traffic Engineer develops short-term and long-range plans and prepares the department’s annual budget based on the goals and growth objectives of the department. The Traffic Engineer oversees operation and development of the City’s Traffic Operations Center and effectively manages traffic calming efforts where applicable. This position directly manages the Assistant Traffic Engineer, the Traffic Systems Engineer, and the Senior Supervisor of Transportation Operations and indirectly manages a dedicated team responsible for all aspects of signal timing, signal construction, signal maintenance, signing and paint marking, and work area traffic control for the City. Importantly, the Traffic Engineer listens to and responds to community complaints and concerns. A highly collaborative position, the Traffic Engineer develops and coordinates work activities of the Traffic Operations department with other City departments and divisions as needed in order to sustain and enhance safety and service levels to the public. This position routinely assists and participates in transportation planning, which also includes streets planning. The Traffic Engineer performs and oversees development review and traffic impact studies and reviews plans to ensure appropriate traffic engineering solutions are in place to mitigate development impacts.
The City of Fort Collins Planning, Development, & Transportation (PDT) Service Area teams up to successfully shape growth and mobility in our community in a manner that reflects our core values of:
Livability: A safe and thriving quality of life
Community: A diverse and inclusive community where all have equitable access to opportunities
Sustainability: A resilient and forward-thinking community
Within PDT, the Traffic Operations department is essential to advancing our vision and core values. We implement and oversee all aspects of moving people within and through our community. This involves all multi-modal traffic related responsibilities within the City, including signal systems, signs and pavement markings, speed limits, other studies, work area traffic control, safety, pedestrian and bicycle innovations, and neighborhood traffic mitigation.
With a budget of $3.7M, the department is staffed by 33 employees in three divisions including Engineering and Administration, Signals – Maintenance and Construction, and Signs and Pavement Markings. From the Traffic Operations Center (TOC), traffic personnel monitor the transportation system, modify signal timings, coordinate incident response, and troubleshoot signal malfunctions.
The Econolite Centracs Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) is the traffic signal control system used by Traffic Operations to monitor traffic and control the traffic signals in Fort Collins. Using more than 65 miles of fiber optic technology and wireless communication, the ATMS connects more than 184 traffic signals, 48 closed circuit television cameras, and remote data sensors throughout Fort Collins.
Traffic Operations is also responsible for 34 pedestrian signals, 19 pedestrian actuated crosswalks, 49 reduced speed limit school zones, and 5 fire station traffic signals. Traffic Operations uses Centracs SPM to optimize traffic signal timing and TrafficCast’s BlueTOAD Bluetooth readers to actively clear traffic backups and prevent congestion. In addition to Adaptive and Traffic Responsive Signal Control, the City is exploring Vehicle to Everything (V2X) technology.
At least ten years of progressively responsible professional traffic engineering experience with at least three years in a leadership and management capacity, preferably with a municipality. Advanced knowledge of traffic engineering practices and procedures, including design and construction, and the ability to apply full scope of theory, principles, concepts, and methodologies is essential. Strong familiarity with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices is crucial. Prior experience developing and managing a budget is required. A professional engineering license is required with a Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE) certification encouraged. A bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, or related field. An equivalent combination of experience and education that enable success as the Traffic Engineer will be considered.
The City of Fort Collins sits nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains alongside the banks of the Cache La Poudre River. At 5,000 feet in elevation, residents enjoy a moderate, four-season climate, with an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. With 174,800 residents, Fort Collins is Colorado’s fourth-largest city and spans 57 square miles. With the 20 year growth projection, the City of Fort Collins is expected to reach 255,000 residents.
There are abundant outdoor recreation opportunities available to the many residents who enjoy healthy lifestyles. The nearby Horsetooth Reservoir is a key attraction, as is the Cache La Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway. The Downtown district provides many venues for live music, shopping, dining, and nightlife within the city. Fort Collins is widely considered the Craft Beer Capital of Colorado. The City has a strong appreciation for arts, culture, and entertainment. Various national organizations and magazines recognize Fort Collins as one of the best places to live in the nation.