Apply to be UC Davis Transportation Services' New Director

UC Davis Transportation Services (TAPS) is more than the white lines and the black stuff in between. TAPS is effectively UC Davis’ Department of Transportation and manages the parking system (18,000 parking stalls!), parking enforcement, sustainable commuter transportation (20,000 bicyclists per day!), heavy equipment repair, a sign shop, and an airport. Yes, an airport. If that and working with a committed and knowledgeable staff intrigues you, then we want you to apply for the recently opened Executive Director position in Transportation Services. See the detailed description of responsibilities below.


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Determine, promote and implement the culture, values and strategic direction of CPES. Serve as advocate for CPES model within campus community. With CPES directors and the campus community to set direction and establish priorities for functions/activities including strategic and long­ range planning. Manage initiatives and strategies with special attention to cross-unit priorities.

Lead for integrating transportation & access needs with campus Long Range Development Plan by developing & implementing the Transportation System Management plan. Incorporate campus, local & regional influences & requirements into planning efforts. Evaluate & plan elements of a comprehensive parking & transportation strategy for long- and short-term campus access needs by balancing parking inventory with sustainable transportation goals & outcomes in an ever-changing transportation environment. Identify & lead program evaluation & analysis related to service changes & sustainability goals to meet dynamic & shifting transportation needs.

Directly supervise the TAPs unit. Work with managers to present a safe, welcoming, attractive, well-maintained, increasingly sustainable, and highly functioning 'public realm' each day for the campus and community. Manage performance, mentor, train, and motivate employees. Oversee recruitment and selection activities. Develop, review, and disseminate internal operating policies and procedures. Support development, analysis, implementation and refinement of CPES client-focused operations in concert with analysis, tracking and implementation of mandates and initiatives related to long term campus planning and environmental stewardship objectives. Utilize reporting models consistent with industry standards, business conditions and campus/University-wide principles, policies and procedures. Plan, prioritize, execute and monitor continuous process improvement initiatives in the context of a learning organization. Develop detailed project and/or implementation strategies with milestones and checkpoints. Monitor CPES supported processes to ensure optimum functional levels to meet organizational goals, compliance standards, service level agreements and policy mandates.

Coordinate & lead program development and implementation with external and internal constituent groups.

Ensure appropriate environmental & regional planning and monitoring is coordinated with Environmental Planning and Environmental Health &Safety, City/Campus entities, and Yolo/Solano Air Quality Management District. Plan with local transit agencies to improve transit services and to develop appropriate incentives to attract riders.



Develop, implement, and monitor TAPs performance model and utilization via metrics related to daily operations and stewardship objectives. Analyze supported processes, tasks and activities for re-engineering and process improvement opportunities to increase operational effectiveness. In coordination with FOA Business Partners, prepare and present budgetary findings and metrics to senior management. Meet with customers to review services and service partnership expectations and agreements. Meet regularly with campus planners and sustainability planners to integrate stewardship and operational outcomes.



In coordination with CPES management and clients, identify training and development opportunities. Collaborate with managers, develop training and development plans to provide initial and ongoing training opportunities for staff and clients. Utilize technology to maximize opportunities for learning and performance. Support all aspects of training and development programs to keep staff current in their roles and to transition staff into new roles as needed in support of stewardship initiatives.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of five years of progressively responsible senior level management experience in planning, organizing and directing a complex operational unit, preferably in a higher education setting.
  • Experience managing budget, financial and administrative operations in a research, teaching and/or public service environment.
  • Experience selecting, supervising, training, and evaluating supervisory professionals and technical staff. Skill to establish work assignments, set expectations, evaluate performance and provide reward or corrective action as required.
  • Experience in sound leadership skills, human resources management, effective interpersonal skills and strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent analytical and management skills to independently recommend solutions to complex problems and issues.
  • Experience in effectively aligning resources with goals in an environment of competitive demands for resources.
  • Knowledge of fundamentals of parking facility design.
  • Knowledge of design standards commonly used in general construction.
  • Knowledge of traffic engineering including state and federal standards governing traffic control devices.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of California statutes including Title 13 (vehicle code), Title 8 (Industrial Relations-Cal OSHA) and the Public Contract Code.
  • Knowledge of California regulations governing air and water quality specifically as related to fleet emissions, greenhouse gas and watershed management.
  • Proven leadership ability and experience in directing skilled work teams engaged in delivering civil and industrial services.
  • Knowledge of wildlife management, watershed management and plant science
  • Knowledge and familiarity with the Caltrans manual of standard plans and specifications.
  • Strong skills in job estimating, work sequencing and business contracts.
  • Skill to design and develop programs, facilities and practices used for research and academic efforts.
  • Analytical and conceptual skills applied to the resolution of complex problems. Identification of key issues in complex situations, evaluate options and initiate strategies for resolution.
  • Skill to read and understand complex laws and regulations concerning open space, waterway recreation and public transportation facility management.
  • Knowledge of current trends, principles, practices, methods and techniques applicable to outdoor program administration.