The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) is now accepting applications for an exciting Transportation Planner 2 position in our Performance Management Unit at our Newington Headquarters. 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.
WHAT WE CAN OFFER YOU
As one of Connecticut’s largest State agencies, DOT employs approximately 3,300 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.
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 be responsible for independently leading cross-functional groups of technical experts and other stakeholders in collaborative efforts and managing multiple concurrent priorities while meeting deadlines.
This position will lead the Department’s initiatives on performance-based planning and programming, specifically the project prioritization process being implemented. This is centered on the responsibility to implement a process linking spatial and transportation-system data to identify quantitative indicators of alignment between candidate projects and our vision and goals as laid out in the Long Range Transportation Plan and our other related planning products and providing a prioritized list of initiatives based on broad cost-and-benefit criteria.
This position will also be responsible for analysis of proposed and enacted Federal guidance, and support of coordination, interpretation, implementation and communication regarding Department policies and procedures in the area of performance management.
Additionally, this position will support the Department’s own performance management initiatives, including analytics and forecasting of performance areas including congestion, travel time reliability, greenhouse gas emissions, and transportation system access. The position will also assist in advancing the practice of performance management internally, providing performance-management resources to various units across Bureaus. 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.
- Monday - Friday
- Full-time (40 hours per week)
- First shift
- Location: Newington, CT
- In P-4 (Engineering, Scientific and Technical) bargaining unit
- This position is eligible to apply for telework after successful completion of the working test period, and thereafter, in accordance with the Telework Policy. Employees in their initial working test period must work on site in the office.
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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 goals involving all Bureaus, to oversee and/or coordinate multiple transportation performance management activities, and to assist with continued development and implementation of performance management initiatives, including:
- Coordination of submittals of candidate projects and subsequent analysis for prioritization
- Implementation of technology-driven tools to improve performance management, including data-entry applications, documentation, and publication tools
- Application of performance forecasting techniques
- Analysis and evaluation of current and new indicators in various performance management areas
- Analysis of travel-time data, freight travel time reliability data, and air quality data and forecasting of congestion performance, and coordinating with Metropolitan Planning Organizations and surrounding states where unified targets must be set and recommending 2- and 4- year targets required by Federal law
- Providing technical advice on performance management to various Department units and to Metropolitan Planning Organizations
- Participation on technical committees and working groups on federal performance measures
- Integration of linearly referenced with geospatially referenced data used to model and forecast performance as well as to conduct analysis for performance based planning and programming
- Assistance to project managers with planning and data analysis issues
- Performing 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 bachelor’s or master’s degree in Transportation, Regional, Urban Planning, GIS (Geographic Information Systems), Geography, Civil Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics, Data Science, or closely related degree
- Analytical experience, including mathematical, statistical, business-analytics or other quantitative methods to turn data into actionable information
- Experience interpreting and communicating technical subject matter and analytical methodology
- Experience organizing complex analytics projects
- Experience in performance management, including measurement and target-setting principles and practice
- Experience coordinating and collaborating with regional planning agencies and other stakeholders to achieve project outcomes
- Experience utilizing Microsoft Office 365; ESRI ArcGIS or equivalent GIS software; Microsoft Power BI or equivalent data analytics and visualization software
- Experience or training in travel demand modeling, computer-aided design, or database querying software and tools
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.