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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 5211 - Chief Transportation Planner

Job Description

GRADE: 315

Under general direction; performs work of considerable difficulty assisting in the management of DuPage County's Transportation Planning and Programming initiatives, and administration of the County’s Fair Share Transportation Impact Fee Program; performs related work as required.

An employee in this class is responsible for the management of the Comprehensive Long Range Transportation Planning process as well as the development of the Annual and Multi-Year Improvement programs for the Division of Transportation that are financially attainable and realistically scheduled. Work is performed independently under the general direction of the County Engineer.

The list of duties and responsibilities is illustrative only, and is not a comprehensive listing of all the duties and responsibilities performed by positions in this class.

• Administers all elements of the work plan related to the Comprehensive Transportation Plan and program
• Implements studies
• Prepares policy recommendations, proposals and related reports
• Supervises staff, a program, function, or service, which may include: prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff are trained; ensuring that employees follow policies and procedures; maintaining a healthy and safe working environment; and, making hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations
• Coordinates with transportation, transit, planning and administrative staff of partner agencies throughout the DuPage and metropolitan Chicago area
• Administers the Impact Fee program
• Serves as staff liaison and provides support service to the Transportation Committee, the Impact Fee Advisory Committee and Transportation Committees of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning and DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference
• Development of annual and multi-year programs, budgets and agency agreements
• Performs Revenue and budgetary analysis, forecasting and management
• Administers the capital inventory and all related work for the purpose of capital valuation
• Identifies and prioritizes the group of projects and project implementation schedules required to maintain, enhance and/or expand our transportation system
• Manages the capital and maintenance program budgets, and the budgeting and ERP aspects of the Division of Transportation
• Manages the Division of Transportation’s pavement management system and is responsible for the development and forecasting of pavement management strategies to ensure the efficient use of available funding to ensure a safe and serviceable transportation system
• System performance appraisals and development of strategic initiatives to improve overall travel performance and operations on County highways
• Program management and budgeting, planning, contract management, preparation of agreements and contracts, preparation of grant applications, and recommendations for future projects
• Recommends hires and promotions, directs and evaluates employment decisions for all assigned positions
• Maintains regular attendance and punctuality

• Adjusts work assignments and schedules in the event of an emergency to participate in emergency preparedness, response, and recovery activities as assigned.
• Depending on assignment may maintain required emergency management training, licensure and/or certifications.
• Performs related duties as required or assigned within job classification.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Knowledge of:
• Long range transportation planning and laws and ordinances affecting transportation and development
• Methods, principles, procedures, objectives, and standard practices of transportation planning, administration, implementation and traffic modeling
• Federal and State funding processes as well as the ability to understand Federal Transportation Administration requirements and procedures
• Transportation/Land Use Planning principles
• Project implementation management
• Site planning and architectural design principles
• Planning terminology, methods, materials, practices, and techniques
• Budgeting principles and programming and planning best practices
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, codes, rules, and regulations
• Research methods
• Mathematical concepts

Skill in:
• Use of computers and related software applications
• Analyzing and systematically compiling technical reports
• Planning, scheduling and evaluating the work of subordinate staff
• Planning and preparing programs and budgets.

Ability to:
• Relate planning needs with impacts of planned development
• Manage complex, high profile projects
• Manage multiple priorities simultaneously
• Perform mathematical calculations
• Read maps and scales
• Conduct research
• Administer contracts and evaluate the work of external consultants
• Interpret and apply applicable laws, ordinances, codes, rules, and regulations
• Analyze and collect data
• Create and give presentations
• Prepare reports and documents
• Communicate and use interpersonal skills to interact with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction

Supervises assigned personnel

Completion of a Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Geography, Political Science, Engineering or similar and seven years experience in city or regional planning work including three years of experience in a supervisory capacity; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position is typically office or administrative work and is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.