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The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT), Bureau of Public Transportation, invites qualified applicants to apply for Transportation Rail Officer 2 positions located in the Office of Rail Project Concepts and Capital Planning Unit and the Office of Safety and Security in Newington. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel and possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
The position in the Office of Rail Project Concepts and Capital Planning Unit (PCN 131181) will be assigned work supporting all railroad conceptual design, preliminary studies, and project initiation for the following railroad infrastructure areas: Bridges, stations, facilities, communications and signals (C&S), traction power, catenary, Transit Oriented Development (TOD), and any other preliminary studies.
IN THIS ROLE, YOU WILL:
- Provide support for the capital planning, track outage planning, and all the Northeast Corridor Commission initiatives.
- Provide support for the railroad operations and fleet procurement initiatives
- Oversee and coordinate all railroad related projects for the Department’s Capital Program including work on the New Haven Main Line, New Canaan Branch Line, Danbury Branch Line, Waterbury Branch Line, Shore Line East and the Hartford Line
- Supervise, recommend, and direct capital programs to maintain a state of good repair and improve the railroad infrastructure
- Provide oversight of the Amtrak and Metro-North capital planning and coordination
The position in the Office of Safety and Security (PCN 131223) will aid in the coordination of rail regulatory and rail safety issues throughout the Department.
SPECIFIC DUTIES INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
- Interpreting and implementing State and Federal regulations related to system safety, drug and alcohol and roadway worker protection
- Participating in rail operational exercises and post-incident safety investigations
- Performing investigations and providing testimony for rail regulatory hearings
- Providing coordination between other Department offices and various railroad companies during the planning, design, construction and maintenance of railroad related projects
- Performing design reviews and field inspections of private and public highway-railway grade crossings
- Assisting in the development and implementation of the State’s highway-railway grade crossing action plan
About Us: As one of Connecticut’s largest State agencies, DOT employs approximately 3,000 individuals statewide in five distinct bureaus. It is our mission to provide a safe, accessible and efficient multimodal transportation network that improves the quality of life and promotes economic vitality for the State and the region. We have a significant transportation infrastructure system that is essential to maintaining mobility for Connecticut residents and businesses and supporting economic and community development while preserving environmental and cultural resources. The Department of Transportation is committed to cultivating a diverse staff that is representative of the communities we serve. Applications from individuals having diverse backgrounds and life experiences are strongly encouraged.
What We Can Offer You: The DOT offers a competitive starting salary, excellent State benefits package including health/dental insurance, generous paid time off, retirement plan options, alternate work schedules, and a culture that encourages work-life balance.
All state employees shall follow Executive Order 13G (as amended by Executive Order 14C).
- Please ensure that your application is complete before submitting it. Applicants will be unable to make revisions once their application is submitted into the JobAps system. Applicants who submit and subsequently withdraw their application will not be able to resubmit for the same posting.
- Relevant information such as possession of any licensure, any specialization in college, or relevant internships must be included in the application package.
- Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
- In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
Throughout the Recruitment Process:
- Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.
- This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs) which will be sent to you via email after the closing date. The email notification will include an expiration date by which you must submit (Finish) your responses. Please regularly check your email for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders, as emails could end up there in error.
- Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at www.ct.gov/ethics.
- The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
- Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
- Due to the large volume of applications received, we are unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account.
For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Michelle Gara at Michelle.Gara@ct.gov or (860) 952-9087.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Transportation, Bureau of Public Transportation this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks involving rail transportation programs, projects and activities in one or more of the specialized areas of operations, equipment, construction, maintenance, capital projects, finance and administration.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Develops and/or implements programs, projects and activities for rail transportation involving operations, equipment, construction, maintenance, engineering, capital projects, property management, administration or finance relating to rail activities; prepares various documents which may include technical reports, train operating schedules, service contracts, service and non-service related agreements including leases, licenses and easements, equipment procurement, maintenance, cycles and equipment specifications, construction schedules, project contracts, force account agreements, construction methods, design functions, project budgets, material specifications, audit schedules, financial contracts, budgets and reviews, grant applications, quarterly reports and other administrative instruments; may provide final review of reports, schedules, agreements, etc., in order to ensure completeness, accuracy and conformance with procedures and standards; develops detailed analyses; reviews, interprets and coordinates contracts, agreements and/or Federal Railroad Administration regulations and Connecticut General Statutes with railroads and local, regional, State and Federal agencies; develops preparations for legislative, informational and public hearings; performs related duties as required; ability to utilize computer software.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Knowledge of the principles and practices of railroad functions in operations, rail equipment, rail construction, rail maintenance, engineering, capital projects, finance or administration; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to analyze and recommend solutions to rail problems; ability to plan, organize, conduct and implement projects and reports; ability to understand, analyze and interpret agreements, rules, laws, and regulations; ability to utilize computer software.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Seven (7) years of experience in a professional or technical capacity in a railroad or railroad related organization.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
One (1) year of the General Experience must have included responsibility for the planning and execution of large, complex rail transportation projects and/or programs.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
- Experience in transportation/railroad planning, design, construction or railroad related activities
- Experience with capital planning, the contract development process, and administrative and financial controls with respect to railroad plans, contracts, projects and reports
- Experience with Bluebeam, Compass, and Microsoft Office 365 including scheduling meetings, managing data, composing correspondence, report writing and tracking work
- Experience developing relationships with stakeholders
- Experience identifying problems, researching solutions, making decisions and verifying the accuracy of the decision
- Experience in Engineering, Maintenance or Construction Management
- Experience working in a railroad or railroad related organization
- Experience with report writing, familiarity with spreadsheets and data management system software
1. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some danger of injury or physical harm from railroad or construction environments and a moderate degree of discomfort from exposure to year round weather conditions.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.