VDOT Transportation Design Director

Job Locations US-VA-Richmond | US-VA-Virginia Beach | US-VA-Williamsburg | US-VA-Tysons Corner | US-DC-Washington
Regular Full-Time
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VHB is seeking a growth-oriented, entrepreneurial, and experienced engineer to serve as the VDOT Transportation Design Program Executive (PX). The successful candidate will play a critical role in driving the growth of the VDOT Transportation Design practice to increase market share across the state of Virginia. As the company continues to grow and undertake projects of greater scale and complexity, the VDOT Transportation Design PX provides high-level strategic guidance and support to Project Managers (PMs) on large-scale, complex transportation projects, enabling PMs to focus on project execution while ensuring the overall success of projects. This person will collaborate closely with PMs, clients, and project teams, working throughout the project life cycle from pursuit to close-out to ensure seamless delivery, client satisfaction, and project excellence.     


  • Leverage relationships to develop and maintain trusted adviser relationships with clients at all levels of the VDOT organization as well as set the vision for growth and lead market awareness.
  • Be highly externally visible at conferences and industry forums, including involvement in professional associations, conferences and boards to strengthen VHB’s design reputation.
  • Contribute to VHB’s external visibility through articles, social media posts, and thought leader initiatives such as VHB Viewpoints, whitepapers, and podcasts.  
  • Work closely with our Mid-Atlantic regional and office leadership and other local staff in the development of targeted client service action plans for VDOT.
  • Provide strategic guidance during the project pursuit process, including opportunity identification, scope development, risk identification, and defining project goals.
  • Advise on project approach, scope, cost, and schedule, identifying opportunities for innovative solutions and strategic teaming partnerships.
  • Develop new project opportunities and provide key insight for proposal submissions. 
  • Attend meetings with clients, regulatory agencies, and stakeholders to establish their needs and discuss design/permitting issues with them. 
  • Oversee and lead project delivery teams and provide technical guidance for the design of transportation projects.
  • Participate in VHB’s Alternative Delivery Task Force, contributing to the development and implementation of guidelines and best practices for alternative delivery throughout VHB’s footprint.
  • Potentially serve as Project Executive or Design Manager on mega projects across VHBs footprint.

Skills and Attributes

  • Strong track record of overseeing successful VDOT project delivery
  • Proven record of delivering complex transportation projects
  • Ability to work in a dynamic environment
  • Have the drive to be a leader in the company and in the professional community  
  • Possess strong engineering judgment with a strive for quality and financial excellence 
  • Expert knowledge of VDOT processes and procedures
  • Desire to mentor and train design staff in evaluating project risks, client expectations and overall successful project delivery


  • B.S. in Civil Engineering or related degree (a master’s may be substituted for 2 years of experience)
  • 15+ years of professional civil engineering experience focused on delivery of complex VDOT Transportation Design Services; 20+ years of experience highly preferred
  • Virginia Professional Engineer licensure required
  • Demonstrated supervisor and mentoring skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including proposal writing and presentation skills, public speaking ability, and problem-solving skills are required
  • Technical proficiency and ability to understand and navigate complex projects
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to effectively engage with diverse clients and project teams
  • Ability to maintain a high-level view of project and client goals while providing strategic guidance
  • Solid project management skills, including planning, budgeting, and risk management
  • Objective mindset to identify project challenges and develop appropriate solutions
  • Market and client knowledge to align project strategies with client drivers and expectations


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WE ARE VHB! We’re an inspired and innovative team of engineers, scientists, planners, and designers who partner with clients in the transportation, real estate, institutional, and energy industries, as well as federal, state, and local governments. Our work helps improve mobility, enhance communities, and contribute to economic vitality. We do this while balancing development and infrastructure needs with stewardship of our environment.

Our people make us great! VHB provides a differentiating employee experience.

  • Inclusive culture of collaboration and innovation
  • Opportunity to work on complex, transformational projects
  • Amazing co-workers
  • A focus on learning and development
  • Flexible, hybrid workplace

It’s not surprising that VHB has consistently been rated one of the top AEC firms to work for across our 30+ offices on the East Coast. We’re growing and we hope you’ll join us!

VHB is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age, or any other federally protected class.




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