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My favorite thing about working at this company is definitely the people at the firm who I learn from and work with that share the same values, passion and work ethic. There’s something powerful about that.
- Erin Ferguson, PE, Associate Engineer

ITS Practice Leader

Kittelson & Associates has an immediate opening for a senior-level Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) practice builder in our Portland, Oregon office. We are looking for an experienced, energetic professional to join our team and help develop our growing ITS practice in the northwest and across the firm.


Job description

As a senior-level Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) practice builder, you will provide strategic vision and business development support across the firm and will manage and lead highly-technical projects with a focus on using technology to improve transportation systems for all users. You will be responsible for creating opportunities for less-experienced staff to develop skills in ITS planning and design. You will also be responsible for presenting and developing cost-effective deployment plans, proposing methodologies, and objectively presenting findings while building consensus amongst stakeholders and the public. The successful candidate will have a strong desire and interpersonal skills to interface with clients, and will receive mentoring and support from the team to become successful in this role. The successful candidate will look for opportunities to take on additional responsibilities as he or she manages his or her own career path at the firm.

Job requirements

Required qualifications:
  • 10+ years of traffic engineering experience with a background in ITS planning and design.
  • Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or related field.
  • Registered as a Professional Engineer (PE).
  • Extensive experience working on a variety of projects related to the following areas:
  • Traffic monitoring and management, particularly for incidents, emergency services, construction, and weather-related events.
  • Traveler information systems.
  • Archived data management.
  • Minimum of four years of hands-on experience in analyzing and solving complex transportation technology challenges dealing with all travel modes.
  • Ability to use a variety of software programs effectively and make timely and informed recommendations to clients, elected officials, and stakeholders.
  • Ability to effectively manage projects and develop solid internal and client relationships.
  • Proven experience in providing quality control oversight of technical analysis.
  • Strong willingness and ability to lead and win competitive marketing pursuits.

Preferred Additional Qualifications:

  • Experience with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Systems Engineering process.
  • Ability to provide technical advice on the following topics:
  • Network engineering, including interconnect planning and design.
  • Transportation operation centers (TOCs), including their connection to field equipment and role in monitoring traffic.
  • Freeway management, particularly related to incident management, ramp meters, variable speed limits, and variable message signs (VMS’s).
  • Warning systems for speeds and/or challenging roadway geometry.
  • Vehicle-tracking systems for transit and freight.
  • Traffic signal systems and adaptive signal control technology (ASCT).
  • Systems engineering.
  • Experience coordinating with stakeholder outreach teams and other disciplines for project delivery.
  • Experience conducting technical training.

Personality characteristics:

  • Entrepreneurial and consulting spirit to serve internal and external clients
  • Passion for the transportation industry and consulting
  • Natural teaching and mentoring ability
  • A strong interest to learn
  • Outward focused with a high level of customer service

The professionals who now define our reputation and quality of work came to the company one by one, each bringing the commitment, initiative, inquisitiveness, and willingness to take risks that have led to our collective success. Our staff is committed to our overall firm purpose and mission to create and sustain a lifelong learning environment for all staff, increase the value and contributions of our profession and the communities we serve, and provide the opportunity for the independent success for everyone on the team.

If you have a passion for what you do and want to work with a great team that is making a difference in Transportation today, we want to hear from you!

Our Benefits Are Focused on You 

Kittelson & Associates understands that each person is unique in their needs. The benefits that we offer are an extension of that understanding and of our values and culture. We built our benefits to be flexible in order to accommodate your individual needs and beliefs; we are proud of our focus on setting our team members up for future financial stability; and we understand the need to balance priorities at home and work. In short, our firm puts people first. Below is a sample of the benefits that we are proud to offer as part of our total compensation package.

Kittelson & Associates is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of veteran status or disability.