The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) invites qualified applicants to apply for the position of Transportation Planner 2 in the Statewide Planning Unit in the Office of Strategic Planning and Projects. 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 professional to join our team.
The 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 lead the development of Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) studies. The position will also support other comprehensive plans and studies related to land use, economic and community development, environmental planning, multimodal transportation, and equity, to support informed decision making by the Department.
The Statewide Planning Unit prepares, reviews, and provides oversight on several required state and federal planning documents, as well as corridor, regional, and Planning and Environmental Linkages studies. Responsibilities further include performing studies and planning activities for all modes of transportation, including bus, rail, highway, freight, bicycle, and pedestrian, and transit-oriented development (TOD) planning and implementation activities. 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.
Other unit responsibilities include:
- Project management and consultant oversight;
- Coordinating with other offices, Department Bureaus, federal and state agencies and stakeholders regarding large scale corridor studies; and
- Extensive 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.
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.
About Us: 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.
Join an award winning agency! CT DOT has been recently awarded the Employer of the Year award by the Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers (CSCE)!
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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
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;
- 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 preparing comprehensive multimodal plans, including bus, rail, highway, freight, bicycle, and pedestrian modes;
- Experience preparing Planning and Environmental Linkages Studies;
- 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;
- Experience developing presentations and effectively delivering complex materials to the public, municipal officials, other elected and agency officials, and senior management in both written and verbal formats;
- Experience with project management, including consultant oversight and contract administration;
- Experience working with engineering and other technical design professionals, State and Federal agencies, elected officials, external stakeholders, and the public.
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.