Colorado Department of Transportation Winter Maintenance Operations Manager (Golden) in Denver Metro, Colorado

Department Information

This position is only open to Colorado state residents.

About CDOT Are you looking for a challenge? Do you have a passion for helping people? Do you want to be part of a diverse team that is committed to making the transportation system in Colorado safe and efficient? Then, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is the place for you! CDOT is devoted to incorporating technology, providing equal employment opportunities, developing leaders, and improving systems in order to provide outstanding customer service. By providing Freedom, Connection and Experience through travel, CDOT is committed to becoming the number #1 Department of Transportation in the country. In working towards this goal, we believe every one of our employees plays a critical role. CDOT's core values include safety, people, integrity, customer service, excellence and respect. Please visit to learn about CDOT and how we are making Colorado a great place to live, work and play, now and for the future!

In addition to a fantastic place to work CDOT offers a variety of benefits which include:

  • Annual leave (accrued based on years of service, starting at 8 hours a month)
  • Sick leave accrued at 6.66 hours a month
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Medical and dental plans
  • State paid life insurance policy of $50,000
  • Choice of 2 retirement plans
  • 401K and 457 plans
  • State paid Short Term Disability coverage
  • Credit Union Membership
  • Work life programs
  • Free RTD EcoPass
  • Tuition reimbursement programs
  • Training To learn more about our benefits visit:

#LI-POST Description of Job

This position is part of Division of Highway Maintenance. The Division oversees maintenance operations across the state for 1800 employees. The Division provides leadership and direction in establishing and enforcing standardized best participates for training, execution and sustainment of The Colorado Department of Transportation's (CDOT's) highway maintenance operations.

The Winter Maintenance Operations Manager will oversee CDOT's 8 Maintenance Sections' spending of the $90 Million snow and ice budget and the $10 Million Transportation Commission funds; plan statewide winter operations including setting standards for winter operations, winter maintenance operational readiness, winter project usage, level of service programming for winter operations, materials management, weather forecasting, avalanche control, and training of maintenance workforce. The Winter Maintenance Operations Manager will additionally focus on winter preplanning operations on the I-70 Joint Operations Area, safety program development for snowplow drivers developing customer service polls and day-day storm management at the Colorado Traffic Operations Center (TOC).

This position will lead CDOT in exploring new opportunities and ideas in the winter maintenance industry and integrate those ideas and opportunities into CDOT processes and culture in a way that brings value to both internal and external stakeholders.

In addition to the Winter Maintenance Operations Manager's program management role, this position will represent CDOT on various national committees, including Clear Roads (a winter operations advisory group), Aurora Board (a Winter Weather Roadway data advisory group), and the Maintenance Decision Support System pool fund study advisory group.

Major duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • As chair of the Working Group on Winter Operations, provides strategic direction to the 8 maintenance sections related to the format and content of winter statewide operation plans; adjusts Winter Operations Plans to changing priorities, staffing and technologies;
  • Manages the annual Maintenance Decision Support System (MDSS) contract ($400,000) on behalf of the maintenance sections and the TOC; oversees monthly the MDSS billing and payments, the purchase of new AVL/MDC equipment; coordinates, plans and leads the annual MDSS training for the maintenance sections and the TOC; champions the full development of the MDSS throughout the state; integrates mobile data from the roadway weather information systems network and snowplow data into the MDSS solution to provide enhanced weather forecasting and treatment recommendations;
  • Keeps Maintenance Superintendents engaged and up-to-date as to the utilization of MDSS in their sections; educates the Maintenance Superintendents in the use of the management reporting tools in the MDSS as a method of monitoring performance and efficient use of labor, equipment and materials.
  • Manages statewide stockpiles and material readiness on all Winter Products; develops cost analysis and historical usage trends to work with industry to ensure that CDOT has the Winter Projects needed for operations;
  • Partners with Maintenance Engineering Unit to develop the de-icer materials' specifications including liquids, solids, corrosion inhibitors and enhancers; oversees the development and management of the de-icer testing program to ensure that the products delivered to the maintenance work force meet the specifications; ensures that penalties for non –adherence to the specification, including failure to deliver on time are uniformly applied throughout the state;
  • Works with the National Weather Service and Iteris (CDOT's MDSS partner) to develop storm response strategies; works with CDOT Regional leaders to determine resource allocation and coordinate response; conducts analysis of storm performance and severity to produce reports in order to direct the CDOT Regions in a coordinated response; leads the organization in after-action reviews for storm responses;
  • Conducts avalanche management planning; develops a strategic plan for avalanche mitigation projects; oversees the state Avalanche Management Team and the contract with the Department of Natural Resources for Avalanche Forecasting;
  • Serve as CDOT liaison at meetings with the Clear Roads Pooled Funded Study Group, the Aurora Pooled Fund Study Group and the biennial Winter Maintenance Peer Exchange to champion CDOT research needs, propose research projects that would benefit CDOT and drive innovation statewide and nationally; communicate research and innovations discovered at these meetings to the CDOT Division of Highway Maintenance;
  • Other duties as assigned. Work Environment:

  • Typical work schedule is daytime hours Monday-Friday

  • Frequent daytime travel during business hours to attend meetings and trainings along the Front Range
  • Approximately one month a week overnight travel to attend meeting and training throughout the state, and to attend national meetings
  • Required to operate CDOT vehicles Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

This experience must be specifically documented on your application. Additional information submitted after the closing date of this announcement will not be considered in the review of your application.

  • A bachelor's degree from a U.S. accredited college or university in Business or Public Administration, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Meteorology, Computer Sciences, Construction Management, or a closely related degree. (A copy of your transcript must be submitted to verify this requirement.)
  • AND at least five (5) years of progressively responsible professional work experience at a level that significantly impacts the success of a corporate or public entity. This work experience must include:
  • managing the high-level daily operations of an organization;
  • conducting short and long-term planning, establishing goals and directing staff to achieve these goals;
  • budget management and allocating resources;
  • providing leadership and vision for a complex and diverse program area.
  • A current valid driver's license is required for this position as it requires operating a state or personal motor vehicle to perform one or more essential functions of the position. Substitution:Additional work experience that provided the same kind, amount and level of knowledge acquired in the required education, may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required bachelor's degree but not for the specific experience. A Doctoral or Master's degree in the above listed degrees will substitute for the undergraduate degree and one year of the required professional experience.

NOTE: A legible copy of your unofficial college transcript(s) or credential evaluation report must be submitted with your application. Transcripts from colleges or universities outside of the United States must be assessed for U.S. equivalency by a*NACES* educational credential evaluation service. Failure to provide a transcript or credential evaluation report will result in your application being rejected and you will not be able to continue in the selection process for this position.

Stronger candidates will be those that demonstrate depth and breadth of skill and ability, through a combination of professional experience and formal training, to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this position.

The* Exceptional Applicant*will be a career minded transportation maintenance professional and will possess the proven ability or accomplishment in the following:

  • Demonstrated success with the duties listed in the Description of the Job section;
  • Highest work/personal ethics and integrity;
  • Considerable strategic planning experience and comprehensive knowledge of statewide transportation needs and maintenance solutions;
  • ?Managing a large budget and administrative responsibilities, as well as knowledge of State and CDOT procurement rules;
  • Working knowledge and understanding of maintenance quality assurance programs;
  • Creative, strategic, and flexible ability to address complex issues and execute solutions and approaches that meet the needs of the State of Colorado and advance the mission of CDOT;
  • Knowledge and understanding of CDOT maintenance operations, logistics, emergency response, and incident management, including related policies, rules and regulations;
  • Working knowledge and understanding of winter products, and the concepts of anti-icing, de-icing, and traction control, as well as the utilization and mobilization of winter maintenance equipment;
  • Strong commitment to employee and public safety;
  • Ability to adapt leadership styles to various situations, modeling high standards of honesty, integrity, trust, openness, and respect for individuals;
  • Leadership and vision across multidisciplinary groups; experience with matrix management;
  • Proven ability to manage multiple assignments, priorities, and projects in a demanding environment;
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and be adaptable to changing assignments;
  • Ability to take initiative to solve problems in an innovative manner;
  • Ability to partner with public and private organizations, special interest groups, elected and appointed officials, in situations which may be politically sensitive;
  • Ability to work with general public, professional, consultants, and staff, with sensitivity to their needs, priorities, promises made and commitments;
  • Ability to negotiate mutually acceptable solutions and build consensus through give and take;
  • Interpersonal and relationship building skills;
  • Strong time and project management skills, including prioritization and multi-tasking ability;
  • Excellent reasoning, investigative, analytical, and problem solving ability;
  • Excellent facilitation, presentation, and communication skills, both written and oral;
  • Strong attention to technical detail and accuracy;
  • Passion for safety;
  • Ability to work effectively in both independent and team situations;
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, SharePoint), Gmail, SAP, and the ability to quickly learn other software systems. Employment Screening

If an applicant reaches the finalist stage of the hiring process, the Colorado Department of Transportation may procure a consumer report and/or investigative consumer report on the applicant in connection with his/her application for employment purposes, as defined under the Fair Credit Reporting Act. These reports may be obtained at any time after receipt of the applicant's authorization. As part of the employment screening an applicant will be requested to disclose any differed judgments and convictions as well an explanation of the circumstances around any arrest or conviction. In the event that a screening returns information that the applicant believes is not accurate, he or she will have an opportunity to dispute the information with "TC logiQ".

TC logiQ, a consumer reporting agency, will obtain the report for CDOT. Further information regarding TC logiQ, including its privacy policy, may be found online at TC logiQ is located at 629 N. Weber St., Suite 7C, Colorado Springs, and can be reached at 877.825.6447.

The report may contain information bearing on the applicant's character, general reputation, personal characteristics, and mode of living. The information that may be included in the report includes: social security number trace, criminal records check, public court records checks, education records, and driving records checks. CDOT will only request credit reports insofar as they relate to the position for which the applicant is applying. The information contained in the report will be obtained from private and/or public record sources. The applicant will have the right, upon written request made within a reasonable time after receipt of a notice, to request disclosure of the nature and scope of any investigative consumer report. Supplemental Information

Applicant Checklist: Only complete applications submitted by the closing date for this announcement will be given consideration. Immediately after you submit your application you should receive an email that confirms that you successfully submitted an application for this position. If you do not, try submitting again until you receive the confirmation email. Be sure to also check your junk folder for email communications from the State of Colorado's website.

Complete Applications must include the following documents: 1) A complete CDOT Application for Announced Vacancy (please submit online using the link in this announcement) 2) A complete Supplemental Questionnaire (must submit online as part of your application) 3) A copy of your official or unofficial transcript showing that your degree has been conferred and the name of your school, or your NACES accreditation 4) Detailed, Chronological Resume (please attach to your online application or you may email it to 5) A Cover Letter (please attach to your online application or you may email it to

Requirements for the resume: Please upload your resume as an attachment in the "attachment" section within your online application or you may email to Please label all pages with your full name. The resume limit is 2 pages with at least 11-point font and 1/2 inch margins. Your resume should contain the following information:

  • Education and Training
  • Work Experience should be listed in reverse chronological order, beginning with your most recent experience, and must include:
  • Beginning and ending dates of assignments, including promotion dates
  • Official position title/working title, including specialty area or unit, you held within the organization/company
  • The name of the organization or company
  • A brief description of your job duties

Requirements for the cover letter: Please upload your cover letter as an attachment in the "attachment" section within your online application or you may email to Please label all pages with your full name. The cover letter limit is 2 pages with at least 11-point font and 1/2 inch margins. The education, experience, abilities, and accomplishments listed in this announcement have been identified as critical to successful performance in this position.

Your cover letter should address your interest in and qualifications for this job with CDOT. Please be specific and detailed in describing experience, abilities, and accomplishments as they relate to this position's requirements and major duties as described in the announcement. Also, please describe your experience in leadership and management in maintenance activities with a specific focus on those that most affect the performance of the transportation system in safety and mobility and your experience with traffic incident management, road weather information, work zone management, and other high impact maintenance activities related to winter operations.

Only complete applications will be given consideration. Every effort must be made to submit transcripts by the announcement close date. Where unusual circumstances prevent timely acquisition of transcripts, they must be submitted within five business days of the announcement close date.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application, but may be used to supplement information to the application. Failure to submit properly completed documents by the closing date of this announcement will result in your application being rejected.

Former employees of the Colorado Department of Transportation System or any other State of Colorado Department or Agency, who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this information on his/her application.

Transfer, Non-Disciplinary Demotion or Reinstatement: If you believe that you are eligible to be considered as a transfer, non-disciplinary demotion or reinstatement to this vacancy, you must submit a completed application following the directions in this job announcement and you will be included in the selection process along with other qualified applicants. If you are the finalist for this position after the selection process, Human Resources will confirm your eligibility to be appointed as a transfer, non-disciplinary demotion or reinstatement applicant.

*The Assessment Process: *Colorado Revised Statutes require that all state employees be hired and promoted through comparative analysis of merit and fitness. Part or all of the assessment for this position will include a review of your application material. Applications will be reviewed by a Human Resource Specialist and/or Subject Matter Experts to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the position. They may also use the application material to assess and rank applicants who meet the minimum requirements, to cut to a top group for additional assessment, or establish an eligible list for referral to the hiring manager for final consideration.

Be sure your application material specifically addresses your qualifications, experience, work products, and accomplishments as they relate to the Major Duties, Education and Experience Requirements, and Exceptional Applicant sections as listed above. Upload additional pages if necessary to fully explain your experience and accomplishments. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the deadline for application may result in your application not being accepted for this position and may affect your inclusion as a qualified candidate in any of step of the selection process and placement on the eligible list.

Appeal Rights:If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

The Consolidated Appeal/Dispute Form is available at: . Any appeals must be in writing and received no later than 10 calendar days from the date the examination was administered. Send appeals to the appropriate address as indicated on the Consolidated Appeal/Dispute Form. The above ten-day deadline and appeal procedures apply, as well, to all charges of discrimination.

ADA Accommodations: Any person with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To receive the accommodation, the person making the request must present medical documentation that describes the disability which justifies the accommodation. Because it requires several days for CDOT to evaluate the request and prepare for the accommodation, it is essential for the person who believes he/she may need an accommodation to locate or obtain the documentation that he/she intends to submit well in advance of the assessment date. Failure to provide the medical documentation several days in advance of a comparative analysis could make it impossible for CDOT to prepare for and provide the requested accommodation.

To request a reasonable test accommodation for this assessment, please contact the Center for Human Resource Management at (303)757-9216 or the contact listed on this announcement several days before the assessment date.


LL (SAP #50004936/PCR #17411)

Salary: $6,794.00 - $9,000.00 Monthly $6,794.00 - $9,000.00 Monthly

Job Type: Full Time

Job Number: HAA-50004936-10/16

Location: Denver Metro, CO

Department: Department of Transportation

Closing: 10/23/2016 11:59 PM Mountain

Agency: State of Colorado

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