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Surface Weather Specialist

Job Title:

Surface Weather Specialist

Job Category:




☐Systems and Data Management

Minimum Years of Experience/Position Level:

5-10 Years/Mid-Level

Applicable to:






☒Toll Agency

General Summary of Position / Purpose of Position

This position is a specialist that provides advanced transportation systems management and operations (TSMO) as it relates to weather applications.

Roles and Responsibilities

1.0 Managerial

% of Time

  1. Direct and supervise staff.
  2. Meet regularly with employees to assign work, establish work objective and timelines to ensure working objectives are met.
  3. Evaluate employees’ performance, during established time frames, throughout the year and at formal review periods.
  4. Motivate and train and/or ensure required training is available for staff.
  5. Communicate regularly with direct reports, both individually and in staff meetings.
  6. Ensure that all the paperwork required for processing pay documents and human resource matters, including performance appraisals, disciplinary actions, filing vacant positions and separations, are completed accurately and processed in a timely manner.


2.0 Strategic Planning

% of Time

  1. Develop and implement TSMO business and related plans to guide resource allocation and achieve unit performance targets.
  2. Collaborate with others in plan development, reporting plan results, linking performance targets to specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound, (SMART) objectives in staff expectations, identifying and making resource recommendations.
  3. Ensure funding and resources are utilized in the most cost effective and beneficial manner.
  4. Ensure the most current program elements, performance measures and functions are being implemented.


3.0 Customer Service

% of Time

  1. Participate in meetings, on committees, task teams and other groups with internal and external customers to represent TSMO interests.
  2. Maintain professional contact with elected officials, private companies, public, government agencies, and officials doing business with the State.
  3. Promote good public relations with the persons contacted while adhering internal policies.
  4. Provide accurate and timely responses to the public, contractors, and other department personnel.
  5. Promote the resolution of outstanding technical and contractual issues.
  6. Communicate effectively (strong written and verbal communication skills) and work well with team members from diverse technical backgrounds.


4.0 Project Management

% of Time

  1. Develop and manage consultant contracts and other types of agreements that support TSMO functions and/or relate to performance targets.
  2. Develop documentation for contract funding, request for proposal (RFP) and related documents, participation on technical review committees (TRC), evaluation of contract work products, consultant evaluation and invoice processing approval.


5.0 Technical

% of Time

  1. Incorporate detailed weather information in the operational decision-making processes.
  2. Collect and take advantage of advanced technology, such as connected vehicle data and information transmissions, to increase situational awareness, improve roadway levels of service, and optimize use of resources and materials.
  3. Use innovative applications and systems to inform decisions as well as increase the ability to respond quickly and appropriately to adverse weather and roadway surface conditions to reduce or eliminate weather-related crashes and delays.
  4. Assess the nature and magnitude of storms, determine staffing needs, plan road treatment strategies and timing, and activate pre/posttreatment systems.
  5. Generate improved plans and recommendations to maintenance personnel, providing expanded data acquisition from fixed and remote sensors as well as from mobile sources.
  6. Apply advanced systems such as Variable Speed Limits for Weather-Responsive Traffic Management (WRTM), Signalized Intersection for WRTM, Road Weather Information (RWINFO) for Maintenance and Fleet Management Systems, Road Weather Information (RWINFO) for Freight Carriers, Road Weather Information (RWINFO) and Routing Support for Emergency Responders, etc.
  7. Assess the potential for connected vehicle data to enhance and transform road weather performance measurement and management processes in traffic management and maintenance operations.


6.0 Other

% of Time

  1. Perform other duties as required.



☐High School Degree

☐Technical Degree/Associate Degree

☒Bachelor’s Degree in Related Field

☐Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering; or

☐Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science

☐Bachelor’s Degree in Business

☒Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science

☐Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Economics, Statistics, or another Quantitative Field

☐Master’s Degree in Engineering

☐Master’s Degree in Engineering (preferred but not required)

☐Master’s Degree in Quantitative Field (preferred but not required)

☐PhD in Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering, Electrical or Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or related field (preferred but not required)

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

☐Registered Engineer in Training

☐Registered Professional Engineer

☐Professional Traffic Operations Engineer

☐Certified Information Systems Security Professional