Position Description

Supervising Engineer
Division Traffic, Parking and Transportation
Rate $121,143 - $133,010 annually
Application Requested By/Position may be open until filled 3/4/24
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TPT - Engineering and Planning
Job Code:
M532 (ID# 747)
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Monday 8:30 AM-8:00 PM Tues, Wed, Thurs. 8:30 AM-5:00 PM Friday 8:30 AM-12:00 PM
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The City of Cambridge is a diverse and vibrant community that 120,000 residents of different ethnic, racial, religious, U.S. nationals and other backgrounds call home. We take pride in our City’s diversity and strive to create a workplace that is reflective of the community we serve -- one in which all employees can thrive. The City is also deeply committed to creating an environment in which all our employees are treated equitably and feel included. In joining our team, you would work in a workplace environment that advances and values antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI), and that is committed to embedding ADEI best practices and tenets in all aspects of our work.

The City of Cambridge Traffic, Parking, and Transportation (TP+T) Department supports the safety and health of the Cambridge community by creating and sustaining a high-quality street and parking system that supports a range of transportation options for all those who live, travel, and park in Cambridge.

The Supervising Engineer is a key member of the engineering and operations team at the Traffic, Parking, and Transportation Department and reports to the Commissioner through the Assistant Commissioner for Street Management/ Traffic Director. The person in this role will be part of the management team within the Street Management Division and will work towards the goal of providing safe and efficient operations and excellent customer service, performing high level organization and management duties for the Department requiring sound decision-making, financial responsibility, and problem-solving.


  • Oversee the day to day operations of the Engineering Unit.                    
  • Procure and manage a variety of street improvement projects,  including  safety projects and quick build projects.
  • Supervise direct report staff and participate in the hiring of staff and consultants.
  • Oversee planning, design, and maintenance of pavement markings, traffic signals and poles, bike racks, flex posts, and other traffic control devices and provide guidance, support, and direction to the engineering staff who conduct this work.
  • Oversee planning, design, maintenance, and operation of the traffic signal system, and provide guidance, support, and direction to the engineering staff who conduct this work.
  • Perform design review of land development, street reconstruction, temporary traffic control, and other engineering drawings and make comments with the goal of protecting the safety of the public, established traffic engineering standards, and TP+T assets.
  • Oversee traffic engineering and transportation planning studies aimed at improving safety, mobility, and operations within Cambridge.
  • Write maintenance contracts and Requests for Proposals, oversee bid and award of contracts, manage contractors and vendors, and administer contracts.
  • Conduct investigations relating to traffic controls and public inquiries.
  • Support the Department's customer service goals in relation to providing a timely and professional response to the needs of the community, elected officials and other city departments.
  • Effectively collaborate with other Traffic, Parking, and Transportation Department Divisions and City departments to meet multi-disciplinary goals and objectives for the built environment including bicycle facilities, Complete Streets, Vision Zero and maintenance of public facilities.
  • Employ best practices around process improvement, team management and communications.
  • Model the City’s values and culture, and act with the highest integrity and ethics.
  • Perform related duties as required.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or related field.
  • 5 years of progressively responsible experience designing and/or constructing roadway, bike, and/or multi-modal transportation infrastructure projects.
  • Ability to manage and administer design and implementation contracts.
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service.

 Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong knowledge of the Federal Highway Administration’s Manual on Traffic Control Devices, MUTCD Interim Approvals, and the Massachusetts Amendments to the MUTCD.
  • Knowledge of current roadway and bike design guidance, including those from MassDOT, NACTO, AASHTO, and other relevant guidance.
  • Strong interpersonal and customer service skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Exceptional organization skills.
  • Ability to effectively lead complex design processes and collaborate with the community.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage competing priorities in a busy work environment under tight deadlines.
  • Strong problem solving, decision making and mediation abilities.
  • Proficiency with a variety of computer software typical to professional office environment including word, excel, smartsheet, teams, and zoom.
  • High ethical standards and personal integrity.
  • Commitment to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion. The City of Cambridge’s workforce, like the community it serves, is diverse. Applicants must have the ability to work and interact effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies.


  • Registered Professional Engineer.
  • Experience with state and municipal procurement laws and regulations.
  • Knowledge of complete streets design emphasizing accommodation for pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Knowledge of state and federal accessibility requirements and experience designing and constructing accessible facilities.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Work involves frequent site visits, requiring travel to and through construction zones, driving, walking, bending, squatting, reaching, and stretching. Ability to access, input and retrieve information from a computer. Ability to operate office equipment including copiers, printers, and scanners. Executes multiple tasks involving keyboarding, telephones, writing, bending, reaching, and lifting boxes of files (up to 10 lbs.). Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. 

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Outdoors including construction sites and congested City roadways under all weather conditions. Standard office environment, which includes fluorescent lighting and air conditioning. Busy office work environment characterized by multiple work demands from staff and customer interaction. This position may be eligible for hybrid work under the City’s Telework Policy depending on operational needs.


  • Competitive health, dental and vision insurance
  • Vacation and Sick Leave eligible
  • Sick Incentive Pay eligible
  • 3 Personal Days
  • 14 Holidays
  • Commuter Benefits (T-Pass reimbursement, Bluebikes membership, EZRide Shuttle membership)
  • Management Allowance, $2,700 / year


Please upload the below documents to complete your application.

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter


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