Job Posting: Director of Transportation Services

Job Posting: Director of Transportation Services

City of Iowa City, IA

Director of Transportation Services

The Community

Offering big-city amenities along with small-town hospitality, Iowa City has it all. Nestled in the heart of the Midwest in east central Iowa, it has long served as a hub for culture, education, variety, and fun.

The City enjoys an extensive parks and recreation system that includes nearly 1,000 acres of prairie, wetlands and forested areas with almost every Iowa City resident living within ½ mile of public open space areas. Iowa City also features a vibrant, walkable downtown, and in 2008 was designated as a UNESCO City of Literature, and remains the only City in the United States to hold this honor.

Numerous professional publications consistently rank Iowa City as a highly favorable place to do business, a vibrant center for arts and culture, and a great place to retire where seniors can age successfully.

Iowa City is the home of the University of Iowa with Hawkeye athletics being a regional draw for college sports enthusiasts. Our community also offers excellent healthcare facilities, including the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Mercy Hospital, and the Iowa VA Medical Center.

Additionally, the City is the location of numerous private employers such as American College Testing, Pearson, Procter & Gamble, Oral B, and many other smaller business and manufacturing firms.

The City’s fiscal year 2018 operating and capital budget totals $190.6 million. The primary revenue sources are property taxes, hotel/motel taxes, user fees, permits and licenses, and franchise fees. Iowa City has received a Moody’s Aaa credit rating for more than 40 years and has been recognized for its efforts in budget preparation and comprehensive annual financial reporting.

Our diverse and welcoming community, located along the banks of the Iowa River and south of the Coralville Reservoir, is home to more than 74,000 people, and is easily accessible via Interstate 80 and the Avenue of the Saints. Iowa City is situated in Johnson County, with a population of 142,000, and serves as county seat.

Approximately 26 miles north is Cedar Rapids, serving a metropolitan area of 175,000. Several small rural towns are located throughout Johnson County. Iowa City also neighbors two bustling suburban communities, Coralville and North Liberty.

Responsive Government

Iowa City is governed by a mayor and six council members elected to four-year overlapping terms, with four at-large members and three from districts. The City Council appoints the City Manager, City Clerk, and City Attorney for indefinite terms. All other staff appointments throughout eight City Departments, including the Transportation Services Director, are the responsibility of the City Manager.

Transportation Services Position

The Transportation Services Director manages the operational, financial, personnel and related administrative activities of the Department of Transportation Services, including Transit, Parking and maintenance of the Central Business District.

The Department of Transportation Services provides the public with a system of clean, safe and convenient transportation options, including a fixed bus and contracted ADA paratransit system with 1.7 million annual riders and nearly 3,800 garage and metered parking spaces. The Director of Transportation Services will represent the Department before the City Council, the general public and the media, as they provide guidance and development opportunities for approximately 80 employees under their direction.

The City of Iowa City has recently undergone a variety of improvements to its transportation systems and facilities. A few of the latest changes include several new buses, implementation of real-time passenger AVL in partnership between Iowa City, the University of Iowa, and City of Coralville (, rollout of a mobile parking app (PassportParking) for metered stalls in coordination with the University of Iowa, and the opening of a brand new 600-space parking facility (pictured above).

Bike sharing is on the horizon, along with electric vehicle charging stations and an upcoming route study. Development continues to flourish throughout Iowa City and transportation services will be vital to maintaining the community’s vibrancy.

Quick Facts

Iowa City has fixed route operations providing direct services for Iowa City and the City of University Heights. The City’s transit services coordinate daily with multiple transportation systems in the region.

  • 27 heavy duty vehicles provide 1.7 million rides annually
  • 20 routes at peak service, operating Monday – Saturday
  • 708,473 Annual Revenue miles
  • 54,403 Annual Revenue hours
  • Base Fare – $1.00

14 light duty ADA Paratransit vehicles are owned by Iowa City and services are currently contracted with Johnson County SEATS.

  • 313,772 Annual Revenue miles
  • 33,042 Annual Revenue hours
  • 98,094 Annual Rides

Iowa City’s Parking and Central Business District management encompasses 6 parking decks (3,686 spaces) and 1,174 on-street metered stalls.

  • Parking decks offer First Hour Free parking
  • 2,400 Permits issued for decks and lots
  • 735 Motorcycle/moped/scooter permits
  • 57,560 Citations issued
  • $0 citations – 19,339
  • Parking Services provides general maintenance of pedestrian mall and surrounding area

Essential Functions

  • Plans, directs, coordinates and oversees the daily activities of the divisions within the Transportation Services Department, including fixed bus routes, garage and metered parking facilities, coordinates with paratransit service, and manages maintenance of downtown business district infrastructure.
  • Oversees development and performance of department supervisory staff, plans long range department goals in conjunction with City Council strategic plan, and recommends capital improvement projects, equipment procurement, and operational policies to ensure fulfillment of City objectives.
  • Responds to and resolves inquiries, requests, and complaints from the public and outside agencies or groups regarding City transportation, parking and downtown maintenance issues.
  • Develops, administers and monitors the Department’s budget and approves expenditures, monitors collection and handling of parking ramp, parking meter, parking permit and bus fare revenues, and administers and monitors service contracts, including paratransit services.
  • Serves as the City’s representative with various regional, state and federal regulatory agencies, including the Iowa Department of Transportation and Federal Transit Administration and administers state and federal grant requirements, maximizing funding attained through such grant programs and participating in Federal Transit Administration regulatory review processes.
  • The position will be require collaboration with Coralville Transit, University of Iowa CAMBUS and paratransit service provider management to maintain a coordinated and cooperative urban area transit service, also working with University management to coordinate parking and enforcement planning.
  • Develops and administers operations for maintenance of the Central Business District, and works with the Iowa City Downtown District on cooperative efforts in the Central Business District.

Candidate Requirements

BA in business administration or related field from a DOE recognized accredited school required. Seven years supervisory experience in related field required. Valid driver’s license with satisfactory driving record required. Valid Iowa Class B commercial driver’s license with air brake and passenger endorsement required within 90 days of hire. Pre-employment drug screen required. Must reside within Iowa City city limits and pass a background check. Master’s degree in business or a related field from a DOE recognized accredited school preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Salary schedule. Starting salary to be negotiated. Range of $91,644.80-145,246.40.
  • Medical insurance. Employees contribute $55 per month for single coverage and $95 per month for family coverage.
  • Dental insurance. The City provides dental insurance for employees through Delta Dental. Employees have the option of purchasing family dental coverage.
  • Section 125 Plan. The City offers premium conversion and medical spending account, and dependent care spending accounts through a pre-tax Section 125 plan.
  • Life Insurance. The City provides life insurance coverage in an amount equal to annual salary.
  • Supplemental Life Insurance. Employees may purchase supplemental life insurance for themselves and their dependents.
  • Sick Leave. City employees accrue sick leave at the rate of one day per month, up to a total of 1440 hours.
  • Vacation. City employees accrue vacation at a rate of one day per month for the first five years of employment. Accrual rates increase every five years.
  • Holidays. City employees receive 11 holidays and one personal day each year.
  • Longevity Pay. Longevity pay of $325 annually is paid following five years of service. Longevity pay increases in five-year increments.
  • Deferred Compensation. Employees may voluntarily join a deferred compensation program which includes a post-tax Roth IRA option administered by the City.
  • Pension Plan. Iowa Public Employees’ Retirement System.

Application and Selection Process

City of Iowa City online application and resume must be submitted by Friday, November 17, 2017. The online application can be accessed at

  • Questions regarding this recruitment process may be directed to:
  • Human Resources, City of Iowa City, 410 E. Washington Street, Iowa City, IA 52240
  • 319-356-5020 or email

Selected candidates may be required to prepare additional documentation in the form of a questionnaire to further assist in candidate screening. Selected candidates will be interviewed in Iowa City at City expense.

The City of Iowa City is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is subject to the Iowa Smokefree Air Act.