The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking to hire a Bureau Chief of Planning. 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.
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.
This position is accountable for the oversight of the Bureau of Planning. This bureau is responsible for developing the statewide long-range transportation plan and modal plans.
This position reports to the Deputy Director of Planning and Programming. Reporting to this position are the Operations Manager, Aviation Program Planning Section Chief, Metropolitan Program Planning Section Chief, Planning Services Section Chief, Policy and Innovation Section Chief, and Travel Demand Modeling and Forecasting Section Chief.
This position is accountable for the oversight of the Bureau of Planning. This bureau is responsible for developing the statewide long-range transportation and modal plans.
This position oversees the Illinois Transit/Rail/Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and capital funds budget as they relate to aviation, public transportation, and freight/passenger rail.
Additionally, this position oversees the administration of the Metropolitan Planning Program in coordination with various state and local planning agencies and is responsible for the transportation data, mapping, and support activities for the Office of Planning and Programming (OPP).
This position is accountable for the preparation and administration of the State Planning and Research Program (SPR) and Metropolitan Planning Funds Program. The incumbent is expected to exercise significant discretion in the regular and daily implementation of policy and strategy as directed by executive staff.
A major challenge in this position is to balance both state and local priorities in statewide planning activities. This challenge is compounded by the limited resources available to address the wide array of needs.
Additionally, the incumbent will need to work closely with staff across the department and the state who are responsible for the implementation of long-range planning policies and recommendations.
The incumbent is responsible for managing a staff that develops plans and policies that guide the future direction of the department as it relates to the state’s multimodal infrastructure.
The incumbent will use existing priorities, data, and research to develop multimodal plans and policies to improve these systems.
S/He is responsible for administering the Metropolitan Planning Program and maintaining a positive liaison with the local, regional, and private sector planning organizations to ensure that proper technical guidance and assistance is provided to local planning agencies.
This position is unique in that it serves as a focal point for the integration of multimodal planning activities across the department.
This position is responsible for developing procedures and guidelines for establishing and maintaining data collection activities, systems support, and mapping and graphics products to support transportation planning and programming functions.
Functions that are performed by this position are developing new guidelines for the assessment of system operation and needs, determining a priority of needs, staying current with state and federal planning and policy legislation, analyzing and recommending federal legislation, providing guidance and assistance on high priority or problem projects to metropolitan planning organizations (MPO), and making decisions on high priority or Bureau of Planning objectives.
The incumbent accomplishes accountabilities through the following staff:
Operations Manager who is responsible for organizing, developing, and implementing contractual budgetary and designated fiscal programs in the administration of the OPP.
Aviation Program Planning Section Chief who is responsible for working with the Office of Intermodal Project Implementation (OIPI) aviation staff to prepare the annual and multi-year AIP.
Metropolitan Program Planning Section Chief who directs the department’s Metropolitan Planning Program and provides the necessary technical support to implement the federal and state regulations and policies in metropolitan areas across the state.
Planning Services Section Chief who directs and coordinates the department’s long-range planning activities.
Policy and Innovation Section Chief who identifies innovative initiatives and develops related implementation plans; provides policy analysis to support budgetary, legislative, and programmatic decision-making throughout the department; and assists in developing Illinois Department of Transportation’s (IDOT) state and federal legislative policy agendas while analyzing impacts of proposed legislation.
Travel Demand Modeling and Forecasting Section Chief who is accountable for maintaining the statewide travel demand model and coordinating traffic forecasting responsibilities to serve internal and external customers for program and project development.
The incumbent has authority for the training of subordinate personnel. The incumbent is given wide latitude in the techniques used to establish priorities, define plans, develop programs, and assess administrative constraints. This position is constrained by all applicable departmental, state, and federal policies and practices.
The incumbent has frequent contact with the Office of Highways Project Implementation (OHPI) to ensure effective coordination and monitoring of the transportation projects. The incumbent has external contacts with freight representatives, members of the legislature, the U.S. Department of Transportation, local governments, planning agencies, and universities concerning the direction of statewide planning. Statewide and out-of-state travel with overnight stays is required.
The performance of this position can be measured by the effectiveness of the aviation, metropolitan, and public transportation improvement programs toward achieving state and local objectives.
Develops statewide multimodal transportation plans along with other modal plans and policies that drive agency priorities.
Supports the development of the department’s annual and multi-year programs.
Develops and administers the Metropolitan Planning Program and maintains a positive liaison with local planning units.
Develops and evaluates state legislation for transit, aviation, and rail programs.
Complies with federal regulations and grant applications.
Manages and provides strategic guidance on the office information systems management and data management.
Exercises significant discretion in the regular and daily implementation of policy and strategy as directed by the executive staff.
Performs duties in compliance with departmental safety rules. Performs all duties in a manner conducive to the fair and equitable treatment of all employees.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Completion of a master’s degree plus five years of progressively responsible managerial experience in planning, public policy, and experience with state and local governments, developing long-range planning activities, or a combination thereof, OR
Completion of a bachelor’s degree plus nine years of progressively responsible managerial experience in planning, public policy, and experience with state and local governments, developing long-range planning activities, or a combination thereof, OR
Seventeen years of experience in planning, public policy, and experience with state and local governments, developing long-range planning activities, or a combination thereof
Three years of supervisory experience
Valid driver’s license
Statewide and out-of-state travel with overnight stays
Ability to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate assigned major departmental programs in order to attain assigned objectives
Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships between and among diverse groups of professional and technical personnel as well as the public
Ability to set policies and priorities to meet various departmental objectives
Exceptional oral and written communication skills
Initiative in developing and implementing new programs
Work Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday - Friday
Work Location: 2300 S Dirksen Pkwy Springfield, IL 62764-0001
Office: Office of Planning and Programming/Bureau of Planning
Agency Contact: DOT.CO.BPM.EmploymentApplications@Illinois.gov
Job Function: Transportation