Sample Position Descriptions
Highway Safety Office Director/Coordinator
General Summary of Function/Purpose of Position
This position serves as the State Highway Safety Office (SHSO) Director, the Governor’s Representative for Highway Safety for the State, and the SHSO representative on the Governor’s Traffic Safety Advisory Commission and the Traffic Records Coordinating Committee. This position directs the design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of traffic safety programs instituted as a result of the National Highway Safety Act of 1966, and the distribution of Federal highway traffic safety funding. This position is the administrator of the State’s U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) underage drinking prevention program. This position directs the completion of the State Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) to reduce traffic crashes, deaths, and injuries in accordance with the needs and objectives of the State and the requirements of Federal standards. This position directs the application for grants from the Federal government and public and private sources. This position facilitates the coordination of State highway safety programs provided by State departments and agencies, local units of government, and private agencies.
Serve as administrator of the SHSO. 60% of time
- Establish the policies, priorities, program development, implementation, and monitoring of the comprehensive statewide Highway Safety Plan (HSP) as required by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Underage Drinking Prevention Program authorized by the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
- Develop and submit a budget for all of the above programs.
- Select, assign, train and develop staff to implement programs assuring equal employment in hiring and promotion.
- Act as sole authority for the approval and oversight of all Federal highway safety grants to State and local agencies within the State. Assure the integrity of all financial systems. Communicate and meet periodically with NHTSA and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) regional staff to assure program compliance with all applicable Federal regulations and policies.
- Establish goals, objectives, policies and procedures, and implement and evaluate the SHSO and grantee activities.
- Provide a productive, efficient and effective work environment for division employees.
Provide advice and testimony on traffic safety matters to the Department Director, the Governor’s Office, State legislators, congressional delegation, and State and local governmental agencies as they relate to traffic safety issues within the State and the Department’s and SHSO’s mission, goals, and policies. 20% of time.
- Address citizen groups, highway safety associations and organizations, news conferences and media events, radio and television talk shows and interviews (both national and State) to generate public and policy level attention to critical traffic safety issues.
- Testify at committee hearings as requested, provide information, and respond to verbal and written inquiries from the Director, Governor’s office, congressional and State legislative delegation regarding traffic safety priorities, technical information and SHSO priorities.
- Make presentations at local, State, and national meetings, seminars and conferences regarding the SHSO mission, traffic safety priorities and programs.
- Assure adherence to the mission, goals, and objectives of the office, the department, and the State.
Serve on various boards, commissions, and associations and represent the SHSO, the department, and the State with traffic safety organizations statewide. 20% of time
- Serve as Governor’s Highway Safety Representative and designee to the Governors Highway Safety Association.
- Serve as a member of the Governor’s Traffic Safety Advisory Commission (GTSAC) which coordinates the State Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). Assure the efficient administration of the Commission’s activities, including an annual Traffic Safety Awards Program.
- Serve as the SHSO representative on the Traffic Records Coordinating Committee.
- Serve on a variety of State and national boards and associations as necessary.
- Advise the Director, the Governor’s office, and the legislature of activities completed by the various commissions and boards being served.
- Represent the SHSO with a variety of State and local traffic safety organizations.