The Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments’ primary objectives are to assist local governments develop local and regional plans within the tri-county region, as well as providing local governments with planning and technical support to improve the quality of life in the region, which is located on the coast of South Carolina and has a population of over 775,000. The Charleston area is known for beautiful beaches, golf courses, award winning restaurants, arts and entertainment. Because of an attractive quality of life and increased economic opportunities, the region has experienced a positive growth rate and this trend is expected to continue.

The BCDCOG also serves as staff for the Charleston Area Transportation Study (CHATS) Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO); and regional Economic Development District (EDD), provides direct support to local jurisdictions in comprehensive land use and land development planning, community development (CDBG) project development, and infrastructure project implementation, as well as coordinates planning and implementation of multi-jurisdictional land use and transportation planning initiatives.

General Statement of Job

Under the supervision of the Principal Transit Planner, the position serves as the Transit Engineer for the BCD Region. The primary responsibilities may include the management of multi-disciplinary assignments for transit facilities, infrastructure, on-corridor and off-corridor systems related projects. The projects will range from feasibility studies and preliminary design to detailed design and construction administration. This role requires active participation and collaboration with BCDCOG staff and consultant staff. The candidate is expected to have a strong foundation in the transit industry, and experience managing the delivery of multi-disciplinary project deliverables. The Transit Engineer is responsible for managing engineering activities in support of region’s transit capital improvements program; reviewing designs and plans for compliance with standards and criteria; and providing complex technical support on capital projects.

Essential Functions

These are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position.

  • Assists in the day-to-day project management activities of design, funding, construction and project control related to the Lowcountry Rapid Transit project; responsible for general project administration including Document Controls, Procurement, DBE/ADA Civil Rights, Project Controls and Risk Management.
  • Develops work scopes and negotiates consultant services contracts and contract changes; coordinates and supervises consultants’ engineering design activities;
  • Manages engineering and architectural activities related to the design and construction or modification of transit facilities including bus rapid transit, transit centers, maintenance facilities, park & rides, electric bus infrastructure, and bus stop amenities;
  • Communicates and implements safety rules, policies, and procedures in support of the agency’s safety vision and goals;
  • Ability to plan, organize, and manage capital project scopes, schedules, and budgets
  • Coordinates with governmental and private agencies (stakeholders, cities, counties, DOT, utility companies, etc.) in the design and construction of transit projects;
  • Provides updates to design criteria manuals, standard project specifications, and standard details for transit capital projects;
  • Works closely with procurement personnel to bid, award and manage contracts and subcontracts. Works closely with grants department and other stakeholders to ensure compliance and success including audits.

Additional Duties:

  • Performs other duties as required by the Principal Transit Planner, Deputy Director of Operations and Support, Executive Director or designee.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering or a closely related field and ten years of increasingly responsible experience in managing capital projects, including bus rapid transit and other transit facilities. Minimum of 5 years in the transit industry managing design and construction projects.

  • Registration as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the state of South Carolina, or the ability to obtain a South Carolina PE within six months.
  • Demonstrated experience with SCDOT projects is a plus.
  • PMP designation (preferred but not required);
  • Good written and verbal communication skills with team leadership skills;
  • FTA Project and Construction Management Policies and Procedures including Management Plans and Risk Assessments;
  • FTA New Starts/Capital Investment Grant Programs Management principles and practices;
  • Transit operations;
  • Civil engineering, architectural design and systems design and construction;
  • Project budgets, estimating and related documents;
  • Local, regional, state, and federal agencies, groups and organizations involved in transit planning and development;
  • National, State and Local Laws, codes, regulations, and legal requirements related to public transportation;
  • Americans with Disabilities Act Accessible Guidelines
  • Valid South Carolina Driver’s License or the ability to obtain one.

Salaries are commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefit package includes group health plan, retirement benefits, paid vacation and sick days, paid holidays, optional 401(k) and supplemental insurance benefits available.

Qualified applicants please send your resume:

Fax to: (843) 529-0305

Email to: andreak@bcdcog.com

Mail to: BCD Council of Governments

Attention: Andrea Kozloski

5790 Casper Padgett Way

North Charleston, SC 29406


To apply for this job email your details to andreak@bcdcog.com