Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Transportation Planner 2 (40 Hour)

Performance Management

Recruitment #220803-8876FE-001

Introduction


The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT), is now accepting applications for an exciting Transportation Planner 2 position in our Performance Management Unit.  This unit, within the Bureau of Policy and Planning, implements the transportation performance management requirements of federal law, including reporting and setting targets for national performance measures. The unit is also developing a Project Prioritization methodology for performance-based planning and programming and is working on initiatives such as congestion management and travel-time reliability.

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 dynamic motivated candidate for this opportunity to track the status of Department reporting requirements for compliance with federal legislation and to coordinate related required activities, including coordination with Metropolitan Planning Organizations and internal offices to ensure data and document compliance with federal requirements.

This position will lead the Department’s initiatives on congestion management and travel-time reliability.  This is centered on the responsibility to collect, analyze, and forecast travel time, freight, and congestion data and integrate it with other indicators so that the Department can comply with Federal target-setting requirements. This position will be responsible for analysis of Federal guidance, coordination, interpretation, implementation and communication regarding Department policies and procedures regarding performance management. 

This position will also support the Department’s own performance management initiatives, including analyzing performance data related to safety, resiliency, and public transportation, and assisting in the compilation of data for the Department’s quarterly publication of its performance dashboard for the public.  The position will also assist in advancing the practice of performance management through the application of forecasting techniques and providing performance-management resources to various units across Bureaus.  In addition, this position will support the Department’s current effort to implement a performance-based planning and programming process so that transportation projects can be prioritized in alignment with the Long Range Transportation Plan and increase public transparency.

The position is necessary to comply with Federal transportation legislation and associated Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), including the recently passed Bi-partisan Infrastructure Bill (BIL).  These laws require the Department to report on all 23 National Performance measures and set performance targets, and to provide associated deliverables (plans, process documentation, and other documents), in order to implement a performance-management framework.

Benefits: We provide limitless opportunities, we hire for diversity and new perspectives, and we accomplish meaningful work while maintaining a work/life balance. We also participate in a competitive benefits package with comprehensive healthcare policies including medical and dental coverage, retirement plan options, paid time off and more! We also encourage a healthy work-life balance for all employees!

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Selection Plan

To Apply:
  • 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.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.
  • Please select all location(s) and shift(s) you are willing to work on your application. Failure to do so may result in not being considered for vacancies in that specific location.
  • 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.
After You Apply: 
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  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders daily in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam. 
  • 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.
Connect With Us:
  • 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. 
  • If have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact faith.macdonald@ct.gov

PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)

In the Department of Transportation and the Connecticut Airport Authority this class is accountable for acting as a working lead and/or for performing the most complex tasks in transportation planning studies, programs and related activities.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

The duties of this position include lead responsibility to coordinate Department submittals on policy area goals involving all Bureaus; to oversee and/or coordinate multiple transportation performance management activities; and to assist staff with continued development and implementation of performance management initiatives, including:

  • Development of performance-metrics dashboards 
  • Review, analysis, and evaluation of current and new indicators in various performance management areas;
  • Application of performance forecasting techniques where appropriate;
  • Implementation of technology-driven tools to improve performance management, including data-entry applications, documentation, and publication tools;
  • Analysis of travel-time data, freight travel time reliability data, and air quality data and forecasting of congestion performance, and coordinating with all impacted Metropolitan Planning Organizations and surrounding states where unified targets must be set for urbanized areas spanning state lines;  and, recommend 2- and 4- year targets required by Federal law.
  • Directing the execution of truck bottleneck analysis that must be provided for performance management federal regulations.
  • Integration of linearly referenced with geospatially referenced data used to model and forecast performance.
  • Facilitation, coordination, and execution of Department National Performance Measures status meetings. 
  • Participation on technical committees and working groups on federal  performance measures
  • Business specifications for Office of Information Systems applications, including Performance Measures Intranet Application enhancements, and application of business specifications required for integration with the Transportation Enterprise Database.
  • Analysis of performance data and application of forecasting techniques to set future targets.
  • Assistance to project managers of existing or Division-wide studies and programs with planning and data analysis issues.
  • Technical advice on performance management to various Department units.  
  • Provision of performance-management resources and expertise to Metropolitan Planning Organizations.
  • See other examples of duties here

KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY

Considerable knowledge of multi-modal transportation planning theory, practices and methodologies; knowledge of environmental considerations involved in transportation planning; interpersonal skills; oral and written communication skills; ability to develop and use computer software including planning models and other programs related to planning process; analytical ability; ability to forecast trends based upon empirical data; ability to comprehend and interpret laws and regulations; some lead ability.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE

Seven (7) 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 include individual responsibility for the coordination of complex planning projects in a relevant planning area.
Note: For State Employees this is interpreted at the level of Transportation Planner 1 or Transportation Engineer 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.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in Mathematics, Statistics, Data Science, Transportation/Regional/Urban Planning, GIS (Geographic Information Systems), Geography, Civil Engineering, or closely related degree.
  • Analytical experience, including mathematical, statistical, business-analytics and other quantitative methods to turn data into actionable information.
  • Experience interpreting and clearly communicating highly technical subject matter and analytical methodology.
  • Experience with transportation performance management, including measurement and target-setting principles and practice.
  • Experience with congestion and travel-time data and visualization tools.
  • Experience or training with travel demand modeling, computer-aided design, or database querying software and tools.
  • Experience organizing complex analytics projects. 
  • Experience using Microsoft Office 365; ESRI ArcGIS or equivalent GIS software; Microsoft Power BI or equivalent data analytics and visualization software.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

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.

Conclusion

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.



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The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.