Engineering and Transportation Director - Town of Brookline


November 16, 2023

Are you an engineering and transportation leader who has a passion for complete streets, multi-modal transportation, and climate resiliency who thrives with an engaged community and collaborative leadership skills? Join Brookline as our Engineering and Transportation Director to build and move our community to the next level!  For more information and to apply, click here.

The following profile describes the Town, the Division and the position.

Engineering and Transportation is a Division of the Department of Public Works. 

Responsibilities of the Division are divisible into seven broad service areas: 1) Permit administration and inspection; 2) Archival maintenance and reference; 3) Interagency coordination and oversight; 4) CIP project engineering, management, and construction; 5) Multi-modal planning, analysis and review; 6) Public right-of-way signage, signalization, and accessibility; and 7) Management and administration of the Town’s metered and permit parking program.

The position is a high-level Professional Engineering leadership position with administrative, supervisory and engineering responsibilities to further the mission of the Division, the Department and the Town. Under the administrative direction of the Commissioner of Public Works, the Director works directly with the Transportation Board and the Select Board. The Engineering and Transportation Director leads a staff of 14 and manages an annual budget of approximately $1.6M.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Management of the division and its work. Managing all projects, overseeing progress, quality of work and budget management.
  • Supervising staff, assigning projects, performance management and professional development.
  • Preparation of plans and work drawings and assists in overseeing construction, inspection and quality assurance of engineering elements of Town (public ROW, water, sewer, parks, playgrounds, cemeteries) projects, affixing registered civil engineer’s seal and/or requiring registered surveyors’ seal to projects.
  • Providing professional and technical advice on transportation and civil engineering projects and plans.
  • Providing engineering support to DPW to ensure professional designed structures and systems.
  • Overseeing the operation of the transportation system including over 57 traffic signal locations, public transportation, taxicabs, and rideshares.
  • Overseeing the parking space rentals and residential permit parking, as well as the taxi cab, limousine, and rideshare industries.
  • Working closely with Planning Department, Planning Board, and Board of Appeals on new building projects in accordance with zoning bylaws relating to transportation and engineering.
  • Conducting technical studies, evaluating data and making recommendations to boards, commissions and departments.
  • Reviewing development proposals for impact on the community, including construction requirements, transportation, infrastructure, public safety and municipal service delivery.
  • Preparing division budget and participating in the Town-wide Capital Improvement Plan.
  • Assisting in all elements of the public procurement processes.

A Bachelor of Science degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering and a certificate of registration as a Professional Civil Engineer issued by the Massachusetts State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers, with at least seven to ten years of experience designing, planning, and directing complex engineering projects including three to five years at a management level is required; or any equivalent combination of education, training, certification and experience. 

The Town anticipates negotiating a competitive total compensation package with the selected candidate, DOQ, in the range of $135,900 to $160,000.

Should you have any questions regarding this opportunity, or a recommendation of a colleague, please contact Erin Chute, Commissioner of Public Works, at 617-730-2166 or

Please submit a resume and cover letter detailing your qualifications by visiting the Town of Brookline Human Resources page and clicking on Engineering and Transportation Director at We encourage prompt responses. The position will be open until filled.

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