Transportation Planning Assistant 2

Public Outreach and Engagement

Recruitment #240416-8907FS-001


The State of Connecticut, Department of Transportation (DOT), is recruiting for a Transportation Planning Assistant 2, in a newly formed Public Outreach and Engagement Unit, part of the Office of Policy & Intergovernmental Affairs. 

This position is being created within the Bureau of Policy & Planning, at our headquarters, located in Newington CT. The focus of this unit is to ensure outreach and public engagement requirements are met, and that the Department is conducting meaningful public engagement with all of our communities. 

  • Competitive salary
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  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings 
  • Paid time off including 13 paid holidays per calendar year
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The Transportation Planning Assistant 2 will assist in the daily operations of the Public Outreach and Engagement Unit, assisting project teams in scheduling public informational meetings and hearings, and providing support and logistics associated with both in-person and virtual meetings. This new team will lead the day-to-day operations of a centralized public outreach and engagement system that will be used for public informational meetings as well as gathering public comment and feedback on proposed projects throughout the Department. Travel primarily within the State will be necessary, along with the need to maintain a valid CT driver’s license.  This position will require attendance at Public Informational Meetings with the public, after normal working hours.   

Specific Duties for this position include:  
  • Aiding the unit in establishment and testing of the PIMA system
  • Assisting in developing intake forms and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)’s for the operation of the PIMA system
  • Performing daily operations associated with entering projects into the PIMA system
  • Providing logistical preparation support to teams for Virtual and in-person Public Informational Meetings, Hearings, and other outreach activities
  • Providing logistical support in running Public Informational Meetings, Hearings, and other outreach activities
  • Compiling and analyzing data 
  • Assisting with preparation and dissemination of information
  • Gathering and aiding in responding to public comments
  • Tracking community engagement
  • Collaboration across Bureaus to ensure equity is considered and tracked for public outreach efforts 

  • Full-time, 40 hours per week
  • Monday through Friday 
  • First shift
  • Location: Newington, CT 
  • P-4 (Engineering and Scientific) bargaining unit
  • Reports to a Transportation Planner or employee of a higher grade and works more independently with acquired experience
  • This position is eligible to apply for telework after successful completion of the working test period, and thereafter, in accordance with the Telework Policy. The Policy can be found here. Employees in their initial working test period must work on-site in the office.
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 the State’s resources. DOT 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.

Selection Plan

To Apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the 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.
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  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class in the next twelve (12) months.
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In the Department of Transportation this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of basic tasks in transportation planning, analyses and evaluation.


  • Assists in the completion of assignments relating to transportation planning programs and schedules;
  • Collects and updates data, maintains records and assists in the review and analysis of statistical data pertaining to transportation needs, programs, projects and schedules, population, urban and suburban changes and land use relative to transportation;
  • Prepares charts, maps, graphs, diagrams and other illustrative materials; 
  • Prepares reports and publications;
  • Provides information to regional planning agencies;
  • May perform field inventories;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Knowledge of
    • the principles of research methods used in planning;
    • standard elementary statistical procedures used in the collection and tabulation of data;
    • the objectives of local, regional or State transportation planning;
    • the preparation of planning reports;
  • Skills
    • interpersonal skills;
    • oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to
    • read maps and construction plans;
    • utilize computer software.


Three (3) years of experience in transportation planning related activities with a recognized transportation or planning agency, consulting firm or similar planning organization.


  • College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of two (2) years.
  • For state employees two (2) years of experience as a Transportation Planning Assistant 1 may be substituted for the General Experience.
  • For state employees one (1) year of experience as a Transportation Engineer Technician may be substituted for the General Experience.


  • Experience with communication and public outreach necessary to fulfill federal and state requirements for transportation projects funded by FHWA, FTA, and FRA
  • Experience developing and meeting project schedules, utilizing organizational skills
  • Experience developing, maintaining, and enhancing communication and relationships internally in an organization as well as with representatives of other organizations, stakeholders, and the general public
  • Experience analyzing data and demographic information
  • Bi-lingual with the ability to translate to and from Spanish or other languages.
  • Experience utilizing the Microsoft Office Suite of applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Teams


  • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator’s license.


Incumbents in this class may be exposed to some danger of injury or physical harm from highway, railway or construction environments and a moderate degree of discomfort from exposure to year-round weather conditions.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.