The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation is now accepting applications for a Transportation Planner 2 position in the Statewide Planning Unit in the Office of Strategic Planning and Projects. This unit, within the Bureau of Policy & Planning, prepares the State’s long-range transportation plan, as well as other statewide plans required under federal law. This unit also develops strategic plans and studies regarding congestion reduction, project-financing alternatives, corridor needs and deficiency studies, and assists the Bureau of Public Transportation with required studies and plans. This position reports directly to a Supervising Transportation Planner at the Department of Transportation headquarters in Newington. We are looking for a self-motivated, collaborative planning professional to join our team.
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.
This Role: The Statewide Planning Unit is seeking candidates with knowledge and experience working with municipal, state, and federal partners to aid in delivery of high priority projects and develop plans and studies related to land use, economic and community development, multimodal planning, federal and state transportation policy, and transportation equity to support informed decision making by the Department.
This unit prepares, reviews, and provides oversight on several required state and federal planning documents, as well as regional transportation studies. Responsibilities further include providing support for planning activities associated with transit-oriented development (TOD) and performing studies for all modes of transportation, including bus, rail, highway, freight, bicycle, and pedestrian. These studies and plans present near and long-term implementation recommendations to guide Connecticut’s transportation infrastructure improvements, including context-sensitive solutions to ensure that projects address the needs of the transportation system and the surrounding communities.
Unit responsibilities include:
- Project management;
- Ensuring a multi-modal, collaborative approach to transportation planning studies, and that studies are conducted in a manner which strive to provide an equitable, accessible, sustainable transportation system for all users.
- Conducting community engagement, including public speaking and presentation of materials to the public, local elected officials, and external stakeholders.
The selected candidate will be responsible for ensuring strong and effective communication and working relationships internally and externally.
- 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.
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- 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, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
- Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
- The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
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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. Should you have any questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Hayley Newhouse at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-986-6918.
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
WORKING LEAD LEVEL: As assigned by a supervisor distributes, prioritizes, oversees and reviews office unit work; provides staff training and assistance; conducts or assists in conducting performance evaluations; acts as liaison with operating units, agencies, consultant staffs and other outside officials regarding unit office policies and standards; prepares correspondence; performs related duties as required.
ADVANCED LEVEL: Performs complex tasks and assignments in developing, coordinating and reviewing transportation planning programs; recommends, coordinates or participates in transportation demonstration projects; participates in preparation and negotiation of agreements and contracts; oversees and participates in corridor studies; prepares and reviews reports, studies and surveys in compliance with department standards and needs and state and federal laws and regulations; coordinates activities or projects with local, regional, state and federal agencies, consultants and stakeholders as required; reviews consultants’ work; investigates and responds to public inquiries and complaints regarding transportation plans, programs and/or projects; may make presentations at legislative or public hearings; performs related duties as required.
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.
- A degree in one of the following concentrations: Urban and Regional Planning, Environmental Planning, Geography, Economics, or Finance; or closely related degree.
- AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) Certification
- Experience preparing comprehensive multimodal plans, including bus, rail, highway, freight, bicycle, and pedestrian modes;
- Experience with project management, including consultant oversight and contract administration;
- Experience working with engineering and other technical design professionals.
- Experience with land use planning, economic and community development, urban and regional planning, and zoning;
- Experience working with the principles and general terms of public-private partnerships as they relate to both transportation facilities and community and economic development projects, including transit-oriented development, and joint development agreements;
- Experience with Microsoft Office, ESRI ArcGIS, graphic design and related software;
- Experience interpreting other published documents and media such as aerial photography and site plans.
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.