Are you a collaborative team player with strong leadership qualities with the skills to lead a unit of the CT DOT into the future? If so, this could be the role for you! Read below & apply today!
The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT), is now accepting applications for a Transportation Supervising Planner position located in the Environmental Permitting Unit within the Office of Environmental Planning. The selected candidate will be responsible for working effectively with our design teams and consultants to obtain necessary permits for Department projects, ensuring timely project delivery. The position is located at the Department of Transportation Headquarters in Newington. This position reports directly to a Transportation Assistant Planning Director or other employee of higher grade.
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.
The Role: We are seeking a collaborative and motivated candidate for this opportunity to; supervise the unit responsible for obtaining necessary water and natural resource environmental permits for Department projects; work collaboratively with design leads to prioritize and manage workloads to ensure timely project delivery, and act as the liaison with State and federal regulatory agencies.
The Environmental Permitting Unit acquires permit approvals for State designed projects that impact water and natural resources. The unit prepares environmental permit applications for in-house design projects and oversees and also reviews consultant prepared permit applications for content and accuracy. The unit acts as the primary liaison with agencies such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). The unit will also assist in field work associated with wetland and water resource identification, habitat assessments and mitigation requirements.
This position in the Office of Environmental Planning will require experience managing water and natural resources identification and evaluation, permit application processing, as well as a demonstrated history or ability to work collaboratively with design and construction professionals, State and federal regulatory agencies, outside stakeholders, elected officials and the public.
This position requires knowledge and experience in state and federal water and natural resource identification and assessment of potential impacts; impact avoidance, minimization and mitigation techniques to be applied when reviewing transportation projects; knowledge of both State and federal water and natural resource permitting requirements; as well as understanding of both federal and State related environmental topics and issues, as well as the ability to read and interpret laws and regulations as they apply to Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and State funded projects. The position requires the ability to adapt to office and field environments (i.e., uneven ground, inclement weather conditions, working close to active construction equipment, working within vegetated areas, and working adjacent to the traveling public).
Examples of Duties:
- Supervision of the staff of the Environmental Permit Unit including scheduling, assigning, overseeing and reviewing work of staff;
- Provides staff training and assistance;
- Conducts performance evaluations; determining priorities and planning unit work.
- Establishes and maintains unit procedures;
- Develops or makes recommendations on development of policies and standards;
- acts as liaison with other operating units and Bureaus, agencies and outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures;
- Oversees development of integrated and comprehensive unimodal or multi-modal transportation plans, programs and activities for movement of goods or people;
- oversees preparation of reports, studies, surveys and other related activities;
- develops findings and conclusions; makes recommendations based on completed analyses;
- provides final review for accuracy and conformance with standards and requirements; provides direction in interpretation and coordination of transportation plans, programs and activities to local, regional, state and federal agencies;
- makes preparations and presentations for legislative and public hearings and public meetings as required; performs related duties as required.
- Field work will be required and travel primarily within the State will be necessary.
What We Can Offer You: The State of CT 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.
- In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening. You must specify your qualifications on your application.
- The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
- In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
- 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.
Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:
- 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.
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- 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, 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.
- The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
- Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
- 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.
- All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
Connect With Us:
Due to the large volume of applications received, the State of Connecticut is unable to provide confirmation of receipt or status during the recruitment process. Updates will be available through your JobAps portal account. If you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment please contact Hayley Newhouse at email@example.com or 860-986-6918.
PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Transportation this class is accountable for supervising an operating unit engaged in transportation planning studies, programs and related activities.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Schedules, assigns, oversees and reviews work of staff; provides staff training and assistance; conducts performance evaluations; determines priorities and plans unit work; establishes and maintains unit procedures; develops or makes recommendations on development of policies and standards; acts as liaison with other operating units, agencies and outside officials regarding unit policies and procedures; oversees development of integrated and comprehensive unimodal or multi-modal transportation plans, programs and activities for movement of goods or people; oversees preparation of reports, studies, surveys and other related activities; develops findings and conclusions; makes recommendations based on completed analyses; provides final review for accuracy and conformance with standards and requirements; provides direction in interpretation and coordination of transportation plans, programs and activities to local, regional, state and federal agencies; makes preparations and presentations for legislative and public hearings as required; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of relevant agency policies and procedures; considerable knowledge of relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; considerable knowledge of multi-modal transportation theories, practices and methodologies; considerable knowledge of social, economic and environmental considerations involved in transportation planning; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; considerable ability to plan, organize and execute projects and studies; considerable ability to develop and use computer software including planning models and other programs related to planning process; considerable ability to comprehend and interpret laws and regulations; supervisory ability.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Eight (8) years of professional experience in transportation civil engineering or transportation, urban, regional or environmental planning.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
One (1) year of the General Experience must have been in a lead capacity.
Note: For State Employees this is interpreted at the level of Transportation Planner 2.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equaling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in civil engineering, transportation, urban, regional or environmental planning may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
- Experience with State of Connecticut water and natural resource environmental permit application requirements and general process.
- Experience with the preparation and review of permit applications for transportation-related projects;
- Experience with State and federal statutes and regulations in regard to the federal Clean Water Act and the State Wetlands and Watercourses Act;
- Experience reading and interpreting design plans/specifications and construction contracts;
- Experience collaborating with design professionals, construction contractors, other State and federal agencies, outside stakeholders, elected officials and the public;
- Experience with the identification of State and federal inland wetlands, tidal wetlands, coastal resources and other natural resources;
- Experience with fish and wildlife identification and habitat assessment;
- Experience analyzing proposed Federal and State transportation and environmental policies, legislation and regulations as they relate to transportation projects and programs;
- Experience in the fundamentals of project management and supervision;
- Experience providing presentations and training to various audiences as well as to staff;
- Experience using Microsoft Office 365, ESRI, Bluebeam, or related software and interpreting other published documents and media such as aerial photography.
1. Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
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.