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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Job Details for 5213 - Senior Transportation Planner

Job Description

GRADE: 312

Under general supervisor performs work of moderate difficulty in professional county transportation planning work and performs related work as required. Transportation work may involve highway, transit, trails and non-motorized system projects.

An employee in this class is responsible for the independent performance of planning functions or projects requiring various combinations of skill in research, analysis, development, coordination, outreach, presentation or interpretation of concepts and data pertaining to transportation planning and implementation of plans.  Supervision may be exercised over field and office personnel engaged in inspecting, collecting, analyzing and presenting data, and managing planning activities.  Technical advice and assistance are given to subordinate personnel.  Work is performed according to general instructions from the Principal and/or Chief Planners with some latitude for independent initiative and judgment on assigned projects.

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.

• Reviews and manages the technical aspects of transportation planning projects and programs
• Communicates regularly with senior staff and outside agencies to assure timely and effective completion of projects
• Participates as a team member on a wide variety of planning projects and/or transportation studies
• Serves as the County’s liaison for non-motorized transportation programs, initiatives, accessibility, coordination and outreach including Illinois Prairie Path and Great Western Trail path systems
• Provides technical direction to subordinate staff working on planning projects or activities and coordinates the activities of planners, clerical personnel, and part-time temporary help as required
• Assists in the development of long-range and short-range transportation plans and programs for the County
• Provides technical assistance to Supervisor on land use, transportation, fiscal impact, environmental analysis and related issues
• Coordinates the needs and input of municipalities and other outside agencies within countywide plans and programs
• Assists in the development of the Department's information system and contributes to the ongoing development and maintenance of the DOT’s Geographic Information System asset base.
• Coordinates with staff and assists in the preparation and analysis of comprehensive and strategic plans for the DOT.
• Conducts and reviews transportation studies, traffic studies, traffic impact assessments, and other project related reports
• Manages planning contracts and grant programs as needed
• 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:
• Principles, practices and techniques of urban and transportation planning including non-motorized and transit modes
• Techniques of planning research and how to apply them to general and specific planning studies and projects
• Project economics, financing, funding and grants and grant processes
• Current office practices, procedures and equipment
• County policies and procedures
• Applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, regulations, codes, and/or statutes

Skill in:
• Formulating effective transportation plans and programs for an urban system
• Interpreting planning requirements and expressing objectives to interested groups and the general public
• Supervising assigned subordinate personnel engaged in planning activities
• Project organization and evaluation of performance
• Using computer hardware and software including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, email, and key software applicable to the function such as Geographic Information Systems, traffic forecasting systems (e.g., TransCad, Cube, and VISSIM/VISSUM).  Has some working knowledge of performance analysis software and public engagement tools 
• Applying an acquired knowledge of procedures, rules, regulations and services applicable to the assigned office

Ability to:
• Manage projects and multiple priorities simultaneously
• Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
• Plan, analyze and evaluate programs and services, operational needs and fiscal constraints
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with department and division staff, other departments and others, such as vendors
• 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
• Ensure compliance with applicable federal, state, and local

Exercises supervision of personnel in related area of responsibility.

Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Transportation Planning, Civil Engineering or a related field; and two to four years of experience in planning work and/or civil engineering; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

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.