Intermodal Planning Specialist (Springfield, IL)

The Illinois Department of Transportation is accepting applications for an Intermodal Planning Specialist in Springfield, IL. 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 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 Intermodal 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 for 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 others outside the department to best meet customer needs.

The department offers extensive training and career advancement opportunities. Employees also receive a robust benefit package including:

  • Monday-Friday work schedule
  • Flexible work schedules are available in many program areas.
  • Health, Life, Vision, and Dental Insurance
  • Pension Plan
  • (10) Weeks paid Maternity/Paternity Leave
  • Deferred Compensation Program and other pre-tax benefit programs (Medical/Daycare)
  • Employees earn (12) paid Sick Days annually.
  • New Employees earn (10) paid Vacation Days their first year of service and can earn up to (25) paid Vacation Days annually.
  • Employees earn (3) paid Personal Days annually.
  • (13-14) paid holidays annually (based on start date)
  • Tuition Reimbursement

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 is accountable for developing intermodal freight plans and documents that support enhancing the efficient movement of goods using intermodal freight transportation facilities and infrastructure in Illinois. The incumbent is accountable for data collection, analysis, strategy development, coordination and monitoring of the implementation of strategies and goals from the state Long Range Transportation Plan and state Freight Plan.

The development and preparation of planning documents use data and analysis to articulate needs and identify strategies for improving freight mobility. These documents must meet federal eligibility requirements and assist in identifying candidates for applicable discretionary funding programs for transportation projects. As a part of these accountabilities, this position is responsible for representing the department and interacting with officials from local transportation planning agencies, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) intermodal/freight committees, port districts, airports, and private transportation carriers/freight service providers. This position also maintains awareness of planning activities and coordinates planning efforts with regional commercial ports on the inland waterways of Illinois.


Highway: 137,000 miles
Transit: 40 local systems
Rail: 8,000 miles; 7 class 1 railroads
Airports: 80 public facilities
Ports: 19 public districts; 300 private terminals:

Major National Highway System intermodal facilities in Illinois: 120
Miles of National Highway System intermodal connectors in Illinois: 150
MPOs: 16

This position reports to the Intermodal Planning Unit Chief. No subordinates report to this position.

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This position operates in an environment that is responsible for the development and preparation of freight related planning and project documents. The incumbent is directly responsible for maintaining close working relationships with the Illinois State Freight Advisory Council, local transportation planners, Illinois MPO staff, port district personnel, airport authorities, private transportation carriers/freight service providers, and local highway agency personnel regarding intermodal issues, needs, and opportunities. This position is unique in that it coordinates, analyzes, and recommends department action from a freight mobility perspective, incorporates all modes of transportation, and brings together public and private interests to improve transportation efficiency. The incumbent should possess the ability to tactfully recognize, address, arbitrate, and solve the many sensitive issues, problems, and jurisdictional disputes which may arise between the department, other state and federal agencies, units of local government, MPOS, port districts, and the private sector. S/He consults with the Intermodal Planning Unit Chief in areas of administrative policy requiring executive management decisions. The incumbent works in a cooperative environment with other Planning Services Section staff to develop and deliver documents and other products. Planning Services Section assignments require a wide latitude in the collaboration of staff and professionals.

The greatest challenge of this position is to ensure that state and local plans are well coordinated, meet federal eligibility requirements for intermodal/freight programs, and provide the planning and technical assistance with the objective of meeting plan goals and improving the efficient flow of freight in Illinois. This position analyzes freight data and logistics issues and identifies physical and operational barriers to the efficient movement of goods within and between modal systems. The incumbent is challenged by barriers to full analysis resulting from private sector confidentiality and internal carrier strategies concerning operations and competitive positioning. As a result, the incumbent should possess effective communication, conflict resolution, and negotiation skills to reach agreements among parties of widely varying and often opposing objectives and motives. The incumbent helps to develop scopes of work to be performed by other department staff or consultants, follows the progress of such work, and makes critical reviews of interim and final products to ensure that freight/intermodal considerations are appropriately discussed and analyzed. S/He recommends to the Intermodal Planning Unit Chief analytical perspectives, assessments, and considerations on planning and project documents that are impacted by intermodal needs or complications. The incumbent assesses the business/investment feasibility of such plans and projects to determine the opportunities and limitations for department action.

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The incumbent monitors federal programs to identify opportunities for freight/passenger discretionary projects, ensures complete knowledge of all federal agency planning and program requirements, and develops an information base that includes freight flow data, a system inventory of intermodal links, and major intermodal terminals. S/He recommends strategies for improving intermodal connectivity and various performance measures for assessing their success. The incumbent recommends development of work programs, program/project monitoring work plans, schedules, and approaches for ensuring close liaison with officials from the public and private sectors. The incumbent assists the Intermodal Planning Unit Chief in the development of the Planning Services Section's budget, potential legislation, and assignments. The incumbent recommends policies, procedures, rules, and regulations relating to department programs and his/her responsibilities. The incumbent manages state planning and research grants awarded to MPOs and local agencies to conduct planning related studies and projects.

The incumbent is given some latitude in making decisions related to specific areas of responsibility. Since the incumbent will often represent the department at critical points in relationships with public and private sector entities, s/he will be guided by the Intermodal Planning Unit Chief when representing the department.

Internally, the incumbent maintains close and frequent contact with the staff of the Offices of Highways Project Implementation, Intermodal Project Implementation, and Planning and Programming. Externally, the incumbent maintains regular contact with officials of the MPOs, port districts, economic development agencies, United States Department of Transportation, Illinois Commerce Commission, Civil Aeronautics Board, Department of Commerce, and other federal agencies concerned with commercial transportation issues in Illinois. The incumbent develops and maintains close liaison with private transportation carriers and service providers, such as Class 1 railroads. Occasional statewide travel with infrequent overnight stays is required.

The effectiveness of the incumbent is measured by the preparation of acceptable planning and project documents that support the development of commercial and intermodal transportation in Illinois. The effectiveness of this position is further measured by the incumbent's recommendations/analyses concerning the equitable development and enhancement of intermodal transportation in Illinois. The effectiveness of the incumbent's recommendations will, in part, be measured by their acceptance by the concerned MPOs, port district authorities, private transportation carriers, commercial transportation users, federal and state agencies, and the Illinois General Assembly. The incumbent's effectiveness is also measured by the productivity of his/her work toward all assignments.

Principal Accountabilities
1. Recommends procedures and approaches for developing freight plans and project documents.

2. Ensures that all plans and projects meet federal, state, and local planning, programming, and project requirements. Develops and maintains a thorough knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations effecting intermodal transportation planning, programming, and project development.

3. Monitors the development of all intermodal transportation facilities and services in Illinois.

4. Reviews and evaluates the Intermodal Planning Unit's intermodal system/facility inventory of the Illinois transportation system.

5. Develops and maintains knowledge of the private transportation sector, its operation, its business environment, and its long-range market prospects. Develops and maintains similar information on all private transportation firms and carriers.

6. Advises the Intermodal Planning Unit Chief of problem areas and makes recommendations for policies, procedures, rules, and regulations as related to the duties and responsibilities of this position.

7. Cooperates with and assists other staff of the Planning Services Section relative to development and delivery of the Planning Services Section and Intermodal Planning Unit assignments, products, and documents including the development of new knowledge for special studies and assignments.

8. Manages state planning and research grants awarded to MPOs and local agencies to conduct planning related studies and projects.

9. Performs duties in compliance with departmental safety rules. Performs all duties in a manner conducive 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 planning, environmental science, business, economics, or geography PLUS two years of experience in developing planning documents, nurturing stakeholder interaction, implementing goals and strategies, and utilizing data collection and analysis as related to urban planning, travel demand modeling, economic development, land use planning; or a combination thereof;
    • OR Eight years of experience in developing planning documents, nurturing stakeholder interaction, implementing goals and strategies, and utilizing data collection and analysis as related to urban planning, travel demand modeling, economic development, land use planning; or a combination thereof
  • Valid driver's license
  • Occasional statewide travel with infrequent overnight stays

Position Desirables 

  • Working knowledge of management techniques and modern organizational concepts
  • Ability to plan, organize, and execute administrative or technical program requirements
  • Ability to organize and lead groups of people to accomplish goals
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access
  • Effective communication and written skills
  • Effective negotiation and conflict resolution skills
  • Ability to harmoniously work with diverse groups of people

Salary Range: $5,120 - $9,155 Monthly
Work Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM Monday – Friday
Work Location: 2300 S Dirksen Pkwy Springfield, IL 62764-0001
Work Office: Office of Planning and Programming, Bureau of Planning
Job Family: Transportation

Application Instructions

Closing date for applications is 10/26/2022

State employees should sign in to the career portal for State of Illinois employees – a link is available at the top left of the homepage in the blue ribbon.

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If you have questions about how to apply, please see the following resources:

State employees: Log in to the career portal for State employees and review the Internal Candidate Application Job Aid

Non-State employees: on – click “Application Procedures” in the footer of every page of the website.

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