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Title: Assistant Director - DDOT Operations
Company: City of Detroit
Location: Dearborn, Michigan
Job Status: Full-time
Job ID: 130173
SALARY: $33.13 - $54.10 Hourly
$68,915.00 - $112,537.00 Annually

DDOT takes the COVID-19 situation very seriously. We are working with the City of Detroit, state, and local public health officials and following the CDC’s guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19. For more information, visit

Under the executive appointment of the Mayor, the Assistant Director - DDOT Operations assists in planning, directing and coordinating operations in the Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT). This position is also responsible for providing leadership to attain the goals and objectives of the department.

  • Oversee management of staff and the day to day activities of the division, this includes all administrative functions, personnel issues, customer complaints, operations including service delivery and information systems.

  • Implements, analyzes and modifies division processes and procedures to assure accuracy and efficiency in alignment with department goals and objectives; identifies new technology needs of the division, as well as enhancements to existing technology to support division processes.

  • Assist in preparing operating statistics, reports and cost analysis to determine and compare efficiency of operations.

  • Assist in determining the impacts of changes and procedures on services, costs, purchasing requirements, and personnel/budget requests.

  • Participate in fiscal management, budgetary planning and staffing analysis.

  • Research and analyze trends in public transit operations.

  • Assign and oversee special projects to division managers and staff.

  • Represent the department at City Council meetings and interface with City agencies, other public officials and key stakeholders to ensure departmental programs and activities are aligned with related City priorities in the absence of the Executive Director and/or Deputy Director.


  • Bachelor's Degree in transportation, business administration, public administration or related field of study.

  • Preferred-Master's Degree in Transportation Management, Business Administration,

  • Supply Chain Management or a related field of study preferred.

  • Minimum seven (7) years' experience in the administration and management of transportation systems.

  • Minimum three (3) years' experience in a leadership capacity.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be substituted to meet the education and experience requirement of this position.


  • Federal, state and local rules and regulations governing the use and operation of a public transit system.

  • Principles and practices of public transit operations and maintenance of vehicles and equipment.

  • Current trends and developments in public transit operations and maintenance of vehicles and equipment.

  • Safety rules, operating instructions and procedures manuals.

  • Labor relations, unions and collective bargaining units.

  • Project management, with the ability to provide thought leadership that will assist DDOT in its effort to further solidify itself as a regional mobility authority.

  • Professionalism and credibility.

  • Planning, assigning, supervising and coordinating the activities of employees.

  • Communicating effectively both orally and in writing to convey information clearly.

  • Human capital management, performance evaluation processes and goal setting.

  • Organize work, set priorities and meet deadlines.

  • Plan, direct, and coordinate transit operations of a large transportation system.

  • Define problems, research issues and develop logical and practical solutions within the framework of general principles of transportation and the policies and procedures of the City of Detroit.

  • Respond to issues during off-peak hours including weekends and holidays.
  • Some travel required.

LICENSE, CERTIFICATION AND OTHER SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Valid State of Michigan Driver's Operator's is required. The above statements describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to the class. Incumbents may be required to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this specification. Specific job duties may vary from position to position.


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