Executive Director of Traffic21 Institute and CMU University Transportation Centers - Heinz College

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The Traffic21’s vision is to improve the metropolitan quality of life significantly and measurably through transportation and focuses on common challenges facing cities to develop shared, scalable solutions that can be deployed across the network.

Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III College’s Traffic21 is seeking an Executive Director to support and carryout the vision and mission of the Institute. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is enthusiastic about our work and who has the in-depth skills and know-how to support the Institute.

We are seeking a hands-on and innovator and someone who thrives in an exciting and challenging work environment.

Your core responsibilities will include:
  • Being responsible for the ongoing strategic efforts to build and expand partnerships, funding for new initiatives, maintaining current relationships as well as growing the visibility and reputation of the University, College and of Traffic21, Mobiltiy21 and T-SET.

  • Leading all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the Traffic21 Institute and the T-SET and Mobility21 National University Transportation Centers Study and is a key driver of critical and high priority projects.

  • Providing strategic direction for the development and implementation of Traffi21, Mobility21 and T-SET programs, budgetary, and management policies.

  • Providing day-to-day initiative, leadership, and staff management of Mobility21 Traffic21 and T-SET.

Inclusion, collaboration and cultural sensitivity are valued proficiencies at CMU. Therefore, we are in search of a team member who can effectively interact with a varied population of internal and external partners at a high level of integrity. We are looking for someone who shares our values and who will support the mission of the university through their work.

You should demonstrate:

You should have strong networking, negotiations, and program management skills paired with outstanding strategic planning and implementation skills. Adaptability, excellence, and passion are vital qualities in this role.

  • Master’s degree in Public Policy, Business Administration, Transportation Engineering, Planning or associated area

  • Eight (8) years of supervisory staffing experience, program management, government relations, fundraising, grant writing, corporate relations, and similar experience

  • Successful background check

Additional information:

Travel requirements: You should be able to travel both domestically and internationally and be willing to work outside of normal business hours as needed.

Funding: This is a grant-funded position.

Are you interested in this exciting opportunity?! Apply today!


Pittsburgh, PA

Job Function

Academic Program Administration

Position Type

Staff – Fixed Term (Fixed Term)

Full Time/Part time

Full time

Pay Basis


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