Illinois Department of Transportation: Marine Transportation Program Planning Specialist

Job Title: Marine Transportation Program Planning Specialist
Technical Manger V – IPR#45768

Agency: Department of Transportation
Closing Date/Time: 06/02/2022
Salary: $6,145 - $10,210 Monthly
Job Type: Salaried Full Time
County: Sangamon
Number of Vacancies: 1
Plan/BU: NR 916 – Protech Teamsters

This position is a union position; therefore, provisions of the relevant collective bargaining agreement/labor contract apply to the filling of this position.

All applicants who want to be considered for this position MUST apply electronically through the Illinois.jobs2web.com website. State of Illinois employees should click the link near the top left to apply through the SuccessFactors employee career portal.

Applications submitted via email or any paper manner (mail, fax, hand delivery) will not be considered.

Agency Mission Statement

The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking to hire a Marine Transportation Program Planning Specialist.

The IDOT team works diligently to provide safe, cost-effective transportation for Illinois in ways that enhance quality of life, promote economic prosperity and protect our environment. We are problem solvers and leaders, constantly searching for innovations and improvements in support of our commitment to providing the best multimodal transportation system of Illinois.

Our team fosters a culture of inclusivity. We value diversity and hold ourselves to the highest ethical standards as we work together for a common purpose. Team members frequently collaborate with colleagues and other outside the department to best meet customer needs.

Employees enjoy excellent benefits, including health, vision and dental insurance; a retirement plan and deferred compensation options; state holidays and other time off; tuition reimbursement; flexible schedules; and pre-tax benefit programs. The department also offers extensive training and career advancement opportunities.

We invite qualified applicants to apply to become part of our team. We are confident that you will take pride in serving Illinois and its residents and visitors.

Job Responsibilities

This position serves as a transportation subject matter expert developing and managing projects and initiatives which compliment the success of the department’s Marine Transportation Program. This position is accountable for developing and maintaining the department’s Marine Transportation Program with emphasis on intermodal freight movement and providing technical assistance to plan, implement, and operate programs and related systems.

Rebuild Illinois Port Program: $150 Million
Statewide planning and research funds: 15 Projects

This position reports to the Aviation Program Planning Section Chief. There are no subordinates reporting to this position.

This position works in an environment that identifies attainable solutions for the Illinois Marine Transportation System problems and assesses their impacts and recommends a strategy that clearly works within the multi-year time frame and fiscal constraints. This position is impacted by the diversity, complexity, and scope of existing marine transportation system deficiencies as well as the scarcity of both federal and state funds available to solve these problems. To meet this challenge, efficient management initiatives, strategies, and alternatives are continually developed and evaluated. The result of these efforts are translated into explicit criteria to guide proposals and evaluation methodologies to select and prioritize a final marine transportation program. This position involves differing situations intended to produce moderate to substantial change which may have new and unusual elements and require considerable innovation.

The greatest challenge to this position is formulating a realistic annual Marine Transportation Program that meets the goals and objectives of the department as well as provides the department with comprehensive plans and investment recommendations to preserve and maintain the marine transportation facilities to an adequate level for requirements of Illinois commerce, industry and the public at large.

The incumbent serves as a project coordinator for marine transportation projects administered by the department. S/He explores, identifies, and executes the department’s strategic role of marine transportation development in Illinois collaboratively with department staff, regional and local stakeholders, and transportation experts. The incumbent provides technical assistance to marine stakeholders during project development and implementation to ensure regulatory requirements are satisfied. The incumbent gathers information from various federal and state sources and uses this data to develop and recommend budgetary options to the Aviation Program Planning Section Chief. The incumbent helps to determine initiatives and final priorities and recommends what needs to be included in the annual and multi-year maritime program to determine consistency with department priorities. S/He provides data and policy analysis related to freight transportation systems that are multi-modal including Illinois marine transportation. The inclement prepares and makes presentations regarding the department’s efforts in improving the Illinois Marine Transportation Systems. S/He participates in various multi-modal plans and studies, regular briefings on multi-modal issues that impact the Illinois Marine Transportation System in order to be able to anticipate changing developments and provide analyses of changes in planning statewide goals, policies, strategies, programs, and relationships in order to respond to changes in state or federal transportation legislation and regulations.

The incumbent exercises wide latitude in making the funding projections which are necessary to prepare the Annual and Multi-Year Illinois Marine Transportation Program. S/He receives general guidance from the Aviation Program Planning Section Chief but has wide latitude in the preparation of the annual program. Within the context of state and federal requirements as well as agency policies and principals, the incumbent applies approaches, techniques, principles, and practices of transportation planning and public administration. S/He has latitude to consider whether new procedures or approaches may be needed to achieve required results or to improve their efficiency or effectiveness. The incumbent should be able to resolve both technical and administrative problems to assure execution of the annual plan.

The incumbent will have contact with departmental staff, regional and local stakeholders, and transportation experts. Occasional stateside travel with limited overnight stays is required.

The effectiveness of this position is measured by the degree to which the Illinois Marine Transportation Program meets state and local immediate and long-range goals and is fiscally attainable and operationally responsible.

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Explores, identifies, and executes the department’s strategic role of Illinois marine transportation development collaboratively with department staff, regional and local stakeholders, and transportation experts.
  2. Assists in determining future marine transportation priorities and initiatives.
  3. Services as project coordinator for marine transportation planning and research projects administered by the department.
  4. Develops, recommends, and monitors the Annual and Multi-Year Marine Transportation Program.
  5. Provides data and policy analysis related to freight transportation systems that are multi-modal including Illinois marine transportation.
  6. Prepares and makes presentations regarding the department’s efforts in improving the Illinois Marine Transportation System.
  7. Participates collaboratively in various multi-modal plans and studies, regular briefings on multi-modal issues, and training to enhance multi-modal understanding.
  8. Keeps abreast of problems and issues that impact the Illinois Marine Transportation System in order to be able to anticipate changing developments and provide analyses of changes in planning statewide goals, policies, strategies, programs, and relationships in order to respond to changes in state or federal transportation legislation and regulations.
  9. Performs duties in compliance with departmental safety rules. Performs all duties in a manner conductive to the fair and equitable treatment of all employees.
  10. Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

Position Requirements

  • Education/Experience
    • Completion of a bachelor’s degree majoring in management, port planning, transportation planning, or public administration PLUS three years of experience in the transportation field managing a transportation facility, developing transportation planning, administering a transportation program, or a combination thereof; OR
    • Eleven years of experience in the transportation field managing a transportation facility, developing transportation planning, administering a transportation program, or a combination thereof;
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Occasional statewide travel with limited overnight stays

Position Desirables

  • Working knowledge of intermodal transportation systems
  • Understanding of how planning methods impact programming development
  • Knowledge of the project planning process and ability to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate activities associated with the annual and multi-year marine program development
  • Ability to present technical information to others with clarity and precision
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint software programs

Work Hours: 8:00 A.M. – 4:30 P.M. Monday – Friday
Work Location: 2300 Dirksen Pkwy Springfield, IL 62764-0001
Office: Office of Planning & Programming/Bureau of Planning
Agency Contact: DOT.CO.BPM.EmploymentApplications@Illinois.gov
Job Function: Transportation

Application Instructions

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