Who We Are
Milwaukee County encompasses Wisconsin’s largest metropolitan area including the City of Milwaukee and 18 other municipalities. The County employs over 4,000 professionals serving diverse needs of the community through our award-winning park system, affordable, convenient and well-maintained airport and mass transportation systems, comprehensive human and health services for our children, youth, adults and aging communities, supporting cultural, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity and assuring a safe and secure support network for all of our citizens.
Department of Transportation Mission
Commitment to our mission provides a safe environment by promoting mobility and accessibility to the citizens of Milwaukee County and its visitors while enhancing the quality of life and promoting economic prosperity for all. As a recognized public works leader, we strive to continuously improve our operations in order to provide value, knowledge and expertise within the context of a sustainable environment.
Milwaukee County seeks a performance-driven individual to serve as Director of Transportation. The Director works under the general direction of the County Executive, and is responsible for the implementation of County policy for Transportation infrastructure in the oversight of Airport, Transit, Highway, and Fleet Management Divisions.
The Milwaukee County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is a diverse Department charged with developing and maintaining Milwaukee County's vast infrastructure needs. There are five distinct divisions within the Department and each is charged with a unique role in serving the needs of the County: Director's Office, the Transportation Services Section, Highway Maintenance, Fleet Management and Transit Services. The Director manages the Department and is assisted by the Deputy Director.
The Director, reporting directly to the County Executive, manages a budget close to $300 million dollars and is responsible for:
Strategy Development. Establish long and short term strategic direction for all division of the Department of Transportation, including strategic-level, mission-driven goals that advance the transportation infrastructure of Milwaukee County and place it at a national best-in-class level.
Strategy Execution. Provide steady progress toward identified strategic-level, mission-driven goals and targets. Report to the County Executive on performance and progress toward goals on a regular basis.
Operations and Programmatic Oversight. Provide day-to-day operations and programmatic oversight that results in the provision of high-quality services to the community. . Provide guidance to division heads with regard to goals, key performance indicators with best practice benchmarks.. Report to County Executive on operational and programmatic key performance indicators.
Financial management. Work toward financial sustainability of the Department, in light of uncertain state and federal revenue sources through best practice and innovative solutions (ex. Increasing transit ridership, increasing efficiency of fleet system, etc.)
Serve as a member of the County Executive’s strategic leadership team and play a front-line role, with other department leaders, in moving the County to a model government – as defined by the Baldrige criteria.
Work closely with the County Board, as a key partner in creating a high-performing organization.
Why Milwaukee County?
Milwaukee County is, as with many cities, municipalities and counties across the country, transitioning the way services are delivered to communities. Milwaukee County is committed to being a premier leader in innovation as it relates to serving its residents.
If you are passionate about public service, and have the required knowledge and the experience, we can offer you a competitive Total Rewards package and a dynamic work environment where you can make a difference. This is an unclassified position and exempt from Civil Service Rules. Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter outlining their qualifications for this positon online.
Requirements and Qualifications
The qualified candidate will have a passion for public service, combined with an in-depth knowledge of system planning and compliance. A bachelor’s degree in a closely related field, such as urban planning, business administration, or public administration. A master’s degree is preferred. Five years of experience in a high-level system management role, including comfort with compliance with state and federal agency requirements. Ability to demonstrate past success in creating and/or managing a performance-driven complex organization is a must. Three years of management experience. Experience managing high-level staff preferred. A valid driver’s license is also required. This position requires County Board confirmation.
Milwaukee County offers competitive benefit package including group life, health and dental insurance; including major medical coverage of employees and dependents; deferred compensation and contributory pension plan, pre-tax childcare and dependent care program. Additionally, the federal government offers a loan forgiveness program for employees that serve in the public sector.
Milwaukee County is an Equal Opportunity/E-verify employer committed to diversity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability genetic information or protected veteran status. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing, background checks and pre-employment physicals subject to job requirements.