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Transportation Data Ethicist

Job Title:

Transportation Data Ethicist (Area/Region)

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 technical guidance, training and support for transportation data ethics related to Transportation System Management and Operations (TSMO).  The position requires the ability to apply ethical criteria to make decisions related to data privacy and security, appropriate uses and management of datasets, and to assess risks related to data storage and use.

Roles and Responsibilities

1.0 Managerial

% of Time

  1. May be a lead worker to other specialists or technicians providing mentoring or training.


2.0 Strategic Planning

% of Time

  1. Collaborate with others related to overall TSMO planning.


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 related to data ethics.
  2. Maintain professional contact with elected officials, private companies, public, government agencies, and officials doing business with the State related to data ethics.
  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. Coordinate with project managers and other staff to incorporate data ethics into system development and enhancement projects.


5.0 Technical

% of Time

  1. Act as a technical advisor on implementing data ethics related to TSMO.Implementation of data ethics includes both new systems and legacy systems.The transportation data ethicist will be involved in the design and audit of software, hardware, and manual procedures.
  2. Through collaboration and research, the transportation data ethicist will stay abreast of agency, social and regulatory issues related to data ethics and will understand how the data ethics requirements of outside data sources will impact the TSMO systems.
  3. Identify policies and best practices related to data ethics.
  4. Support the development of data management and data sharing policies, processes and protocols.
  5. Identify and recommend software, hardware, procedures, and best practices for data ethics.
  6. Collaborate with other technical staff to assure system compatibility with other systems.
  7. Train users on the data ethics.
  8. Participate on committees, task teams and in other groups as needed.
  9. Develop technical reports, presentations, training materials, required.


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 Engineer Traffic Operations Engineer

☐Certified Information Systems Security Professional