Transportation Design Department Manager

Posted Date 5 months ago(1/11/2024 8:04 AM)
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US-VA-Richmond | US-VA-Fairfax
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Job Description

Dewberry has an opportunity for an experienced project manager to serve as the Transportation Design Department Manager in the Richmond, VA & Fairfax, VA office, with flexible work hours and the ability for part-time telework.


This individual will report to the mid-Atlantic transportation Business Unit Manager, lead a growing transportation design team in Richmond, and coordinate with transportation leadership staff in Virginia and Maryland.  Collectively, this business unit provides professional services to numerous public agencies, private entities, and contracting partners.  


The selected person will be responsible for oversight of staff in Richmond, Virginia performing roadway and infrastructure design, calculations, preparation of contract documents, and engineering support during construction.  They will also be responsible for conducting business development activities to grow the department, win projects of increasing scale, act as a Project Manager or Design Manager for large or complex projects, and act as a client manager for one or more public agencies.


Typical projects involve private, locality, and state agency clients in the transportation market. The selected candidate will be heavily involved in staff professional development, growth, retention and recruiting, mentoring, training, quality management, project management practices, and contribute to sales and revenue generation of the business unit. 


Dewberry is a leading, market-facing professional services firm with more than 50 locations and 2,000 professionals nationwide. What sets us apart from our competitors is our people. At Dewberry, we seek out exceptional talent and strive to deliver the highest quality of services to our clients. Whether you’re an experienced professional or a new graduate, you’ll have the chance to collaborate with the best and brightest and work on innovative and complex projects at the forefront of the industry. Our commitment to excellence stems from our personal integrity and from other defining attributes, which we call “Dewberry at Work,” that have inspired our employees to be successful for more than a half-century.


  • Market Dewberry’s capabilities to external clients to win additional and new work with localities surrounding the Richmond area.
  • Supervise and provide direction, guidance, and inspiration to transportation design staff in Richmond.
  • Successfully perform as Project Manager (design-bid-build) or Design Manager (design-build) of large, complex jobs.
  • Recruit, retain, develop, mentor, train and grow individual practitioners and teams.
  • Staff project teams with the right number and type of skill sets to contribute to successful delivery.
  • Collaborate pro-actively and productively with other department managers within the Business Unit
  • Collaborate and coordinate with other business units and offices across the mid-Atlantic region.
  • Conduct business development activities, proposal writing, and oversight.
  • Responsible for operations that lead to meeting revenue and profit goals.
  • Actively contribute to the quality management program.

Required Skills & Required Experience

  • BS in Engineering with 10+ years of highway engineering and project management experience.
  • Project management success for mid- and large-scale projects for VDOT is required.  Experience with localities surrounding the Richmond, Virginia area is desired (Henrico County, Chesterfield County, Hanover County, etc.).
  • Experience as a Design-Manager on design-build project(s) is preferred.
  • Professional Engineer in Virginia is required.
  • Connections with VDOT and Richmond, Virginia areas are preferred.
  • Experience writing successful proposals and leading client presentations is required.
  • Strong interpersonal and effective leadership skills.
  • Understanding of transportation design software is required.
  • Local travel and a clean driving record are required.

Don’t meet every single requirement? At Dewberry we are dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive workplace for our employees. So if you’re excited about this role, but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the position description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You may just be the right candidate for this or other opportunities.


*At this time, Dewberry will not sponsor a new applicant for work authorization.

*Dewberry is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation.

*Only recipients of an offer of employment from Dewberry, will be required to submit to a background screening which may include, but is not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, driving record check, criminal background check, and an investigative consumer report. These screenings will be conducted by Dewberry’s background vendor of choice and will be conducted in compliance with all applicable federal, state, and local law.



Notice to Third Party Recruiters:  Dewberry only compensates job placement recruiters that have a valid Dewberry-approved written agreement in place for recruiting services. Dewberry does not compensate third party recruiters for unsolicited job placement candidate information.


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