Transportation Planner 2

Public Outreach and Engagement

Recruitment #240508-8876FE-002



The State of Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT), is recruiting for a Transportation Planner 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.  


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    *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.

    THE ROLE: This position will assist a newly formed Public Outreach and Engagement Unit that will ensure quality and accessible public engagement and that the Department is tracking and responsive to public feedback.  This office will also serve to track and develop strategies to enhance our public outreach and engagement with Environmental Justice communities, working closely with our Communications and Office of Contract Compliance and our federal funding agencies to achieve these goals.

    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. This position would report to a Transportation Supervising Planner or employee of a higher level. 

    Specific Duties for this position include:  

    The Department plans to utilize the Public Involvement Management Application (PIMA) system.  Once established, this team will aid in all aspects of public outreach including but not limited to: identifying and engaging stakeholders, reviewing presentation materials, assisting project teams with scheduling informational meetings, gathering and responding to public comments, and tracking community engagement. Additional duties include:    

    • Assisting in establishment of the framework of the PIMA system for the Department
    • Assisting in developing Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)’s for the operation of the PIMA system, outlining the roles and responsibilities of the various units
    • Collaboration across Bureaus to ensure equity is considered and tracked for public outreach efforts 
    • Assisting in providing PIMA system training 
    • Assisting in ensuring PIMA is included in required Department documents, such as the Department’s Public Involvement Procedures and the Consultant Design Manual

    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. 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.

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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 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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    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.


    • 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.
    • 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.


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


    Seven (7) years of professional experience in transportation civil engineering or transportation, urban, regional or environmental planning.


    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 experience is interpreted at the level of a Transportation Planner 1 or Transportation Engineer 2.


    • 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 four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
    • A Master's degree in a closely related field may be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.


    • A bachelor’s or master’s degree in Political Science, Public Administration, Public Policy, Communications, Marketing, Journalism, Sociology or closely related degree
    • Experience with communication and public outreach necessary to fulfill federal and state requirements for transportation projects funded by FHWA, FTA, and FRA   
    • Experience with Environmental Justice requirements and reaching Environmental Justice Communities
    • Experience analyzing data and demographic information  
    • Bi-lingual with the ability to translate to and from Spanish  
    • Experience in transportation policy and emerging issues 
    • Experience in program and project management, including developing and meeting project schedules
    • Experience developing, maintaining, and enhancing communication and relationships internally, in an organization as well as with representatives of other organizations, stakeholders, elected officials, and the general public
    • Experience providing presentations and training to various audiences as well as to staff
    • Experience handling time-critical strategic communications, and problem-solving
    • Experience utilizing the Microsoft Office Suite of applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Teams


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



    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.