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Senior Analyst, Capital Programming, Regional Transportation Authority, Chicago, IL

Updated: Sep 21

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), located in downtown Chicago, is currently accepting applications to fill the Senior Analyst, Capital Programming position. The RTA oversees financing, secures funding, and conducts transit planning for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), Metra, and Pace (also referred to as the Service Boards). The RTA manages these three Service Boards’ five-year capital programs. Also, to help riders with disabilities and older adults across Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties, the agency issues Reduced Fare and Ride Free permits, assesses eligibility for ADA Paratransit service, and oversees specialized travel training. The RTA offers a competitive benefits package, including flexible work arrangements and a hybrid work environment.

Under the general direction of Manager, Capital Programs, the Senior Analyst will support and contribute to the development and administration of the regional five-year capital program for the RTA system, which includes the Service Boards. Key tasks include capital grants administration, monitoring and tracking of grant funds, reviewing, and approving third-party procurement contracts during the concurrence process, and aiding in the development of the regional five-year capital program.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assists in capital grants administration, including preparation of grant applications, agreements, amendments, and completion of quarterly and annual reporting on projects funded under these grants. Conducts reviews to ensure that Project Management Guidelines are followed for all projects in RTA and State funded grants. Monitor grant expenditure activity for reconciliation with finance and accounting.

  • Assists in the development of the Five-Year Capital Program and its annual elements including FTA sub-regional allocations, Service Board funding, annual program review and adoption, and quarterly amendments. Interacts with RTA, Service Board, and funding agencies’ staff to assist with updates, revisions, amendments, and technical corrections to the five-year capital program.

  • Assists in review and processing of capital grant reimbursement requests from the Service Boards using RTA’s Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, monitoring of capital expenditures, assisting in preparation of quarterly reports analyzing expenditures and capital project completion status. Prepares reimbursement requests to Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). Assists in preparation of monthly grant requisition reports and reconciles differences with the RTA Controller Division, Service Boards, and auditors.

  • Provides review and oversight of third-party procurements let by CTA, Metra, and Pace, that are funded with the State of Illinois Bond Programs and PAYGO funding. Conducts review, analysis, and recommendation of procurement concurrence requests from the Service Boards, conformance with the RTA/IDOT Project Management Guidelines, FTA Best Procurement Practices and State of IL procurement guidelines, project budgets, capital program, and grants.

  • Assists with the oversight, management, and administration of the Illinois Works Initiative.

  • Proposes, directs and/or supports special studies and projects to implement the objectives of the division, department, and the agency. Assists in the development and implementation of the division’s annual work plan and monitors the plan for performance.

  • Acts in a manner which is consistent with the RTA’s strategic goals and objectives as developed by the Board of Directors, while providing service of the highest level to our customers -- both internal and external. Ensures the confidentiality of all information obtained in the performance of job duties.

  • Performs other related duties as required or assigned, that contribute to the effectiveness of the department.

The ideal candidate has the knowledge, skills, and abilities equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in Transportation Planning, Urban Planning, Audit, Accounting, Finance, Economics, Public Administration, Operations Analysis, a related field, or equivalent work experience. Advanced degree preferred.

Other qualifications desired: possess a minimum of three (3) years of progressively responsible procurement, project management, and/or program implementation experience in a public or private sector, including negotiations and consensus building experience in a project team environment, and a strong emphasis on financial analysis and planning, capital budgeting, procurement, development, and communication skills. Basic knowledge of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems is preferred.

The RTA offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. Relocation is not available.

For more information about the RTA, visit our website at

Salary minimum to mid-point: $67,565.63 to $84,457.58

Candidates can expect salary offers that range from the minimum to the mid-point of the salary range. RTA provides full pay ranges so candidates can consider their growth potential.

Salary Range: $67,565.63 to $101,348.45

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You may also submit a resume and cover letter to:

Regional Transportation Authority

Human Resources 23-SACP

175 W. Jackson, Suite 1550

Chicago, IL 60604

An Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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