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CIVIL ENGINEER V - TRAFFIC PERMITS ENGINEER

Company: State of Illinois
Location: Schaumburg
Posted on: January 17, 2023

Job Description:

Agency: Department of TransportationClosing Date/Time: 01/20/2023Salary: $6,445 - $10,210 MonthlyJob Type: Salaried Full TimeCounty: CookNumber of Vacancies: 1Plan/BU: NR916 - Protech TeamstersThis 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 illinois.jobs2web.com 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.This position is covered by the Revolving Door Prohibition Policy.Agency Mission Statement:The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking to hire a Traffic Permits Engineer.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 scheduleFlexible work schedules are available in many program areas.Health, Life, Vision, and Dental InsurancePension Plan(10) Weeks paid Maternity/Paternity LeaveDeferred 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 ReimbursementWe 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 ResponsibilitiesThis position is accountable for planning and directing the many diverse activities associated with the investigation, preparation and issuance of all access, roadway closure, railroad repair and private utility construction permits so as to ensure the protection of district right-of-way investment and to maintain and/or improve the safety and efficiency of traffic movement on state highways and the adjacent local streets and highways that may be affected by such permit actions. This position also coordinates district and Illinois Tollway projects affecting both agencies.Subordinate Personnel: 7 Direct, 3 IndirectDistrict Right-Of-Way Investment: $16B - $24BAnnual Operating Budget: $250,000Annual Highway Permits Issued: 1,500 - 2,000Annual Roadway Closure/Railroad Repair Permits Issued: 350Annual Permit Construction on State ROW: $80MAnnual Contract Plan Review: $80MThis position reports to the Arterial Traffic Operations Engineer. Reporting to this position are the Area Permit Engineers, an Office Coordinator and an Office Associate.(Job Responsibilities continued)District physical characteristics involving as they do urban, suburban, and rural features constitute an unusual challenge to the evaluation of permit applications and the coordination of district and Illinois Tollway construction projects. Changing land use is rapid and industrial, commercial, and residential development is intense. Because the district is becoming highly urbanized, the highway system is interlocked with a complicated network of tollway and local government highways and streets. With this urbanization, which comprises not only the city of Chicago but approximately four hundred local governmental units, there has developed a condition where multi-billion vehicle miles are traveled annually on the area roadways which are particularly sensitive to any intrusion resulting from new access or revised geometrics. Additionally, the district has implemented the Strategic Regional Arterial (SRA) System of highways which is a network of existing roads in Northeastern Illinois encompassing route segments in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties. Access management plays a big role in the objectives of the SRA System, which must supplement the existing and proposed expressway facilities by accommodating a significant portion of long distance, high volume automobile and commercial traffic in the region. Access required by commercial and industrial developers or by tollway construction projects become major intersections and areas of high visibility which are focal points of interest for the media, members of the political directorate and important local government and private groups.Typical problems encountered in this position include: reconciling the often conflicting proposals of commercial, industrial and residential developers with local planning and land use regulations and proposed construction projects so as to minimize the adverse impact these developments have on the existing highway system through proper access management; ensuring that adequate drainage evaluation is given to permit applications which is essential in this are because of the impact of intense land development on the areas natural drainage courses and the maze of drainage rules and regulations. The greatest challenge to this position is to carefully manage access to state highways so that it is reasonable and safe, while conforming to appropriate requirements and to apportion limited available space within the public right-of-way to accommodate drainage and private utilities, while maintaining the integrity of the right-of-way investment and ensuring adequate highway capacity and motorist and pedestrian safety.(Job Responsibilities continued)The incumbent personally attends local agency planning meetings to ensure local land use proposals are compatible with permit policies and planned improvement projects; negotiates and prepares joint financial participation agreements with local agencies and private developers where permit work is to be performed under contract; participates in the development of access proposals for highway improvement projects; participates in the evaluation of complex permit applications covering regional shopping centers, industrial parks and large residential developments and supervises the preparation of permit specifications and provisions covering such developments; meets with and responds to inquiries from political officials, media representatives, local and other state agency personnel and private developers explaining reasons for permit actions and describing the impact these actions may have on subsequent land development and traffic volumes; serves as coordinator for permit requests from local government agencies to use previously leased excess land parcels; and acts as principal district advisor on all permit matters.The high traffic volumes in this area, and the declining availability of right-of-way, results in highway capacity and safety being very sensitive to any additional access. This requires the incumbent, in the evaluation of permits, to ensure the appropriate application of traffic engineering principles covering traffic signal phasing, signing, pavement marking, geometric design and temporary traffic controls. The application of correct construction methods and material specifications must be used in ensuring the proper inspection of permits. Coordination between the district and the Illinois Toll Highway Authority requires the incumbent to correctly anticipate the consequences that large scale tollway improvement projects may have on the abutting district and local government highways and negotiation of project revisions that will minimize adverse impacts.Access to SRAs and other high-volume highways is an essential economic asset not only to the particular developer but also to the wellbeing of the surrounding communities. Developers often enlist the aid of the political directorate to seek appeals to decisions rendered through independent policy interpretation which requires the incumbent to provide careful explanation and adequate documentation to support his/her decisions. The incumbent serves as liaison engineer with the Illinois Toll Highway Authority, coordinating all tollway projects to minimize their impact on the state highway system, thus preserving the capacity of the local roadways and ensuring coordinated consideration of proposed developments by the district, the Toll Authority and by affected local governments. The incumbent is continually attempting to persuade large scale industrial and commercial developers to construct capacity improvements on the state highways, at no cost to the department, to accommodate traffic generated by their developments which must utilize the highway system for access.(Job Responsibilities continued)The incumbent accomplishes these accountabilities through the following staff:Area Permit Enginee r: is, with the assistance of Area Permit Technicians and a Jr. Permit Engineer, responsible for evaluating permit applications, preparing permit documents for, and inspecting private construction on state highways within an assigned area.Office Coordinator: is responsible for performing secretarial duties, answering inquiries, and producing all correspondence and documents relative to the permit function.Office Associate: is responsible for recording and typing permits, maintaining files and records, answering inquiries, and performing other secretarial and complex clerical work.Because policy guidelines governing permit issuance are very general, the incumbent is required to exercise considerable independent judgment in the evaluation and issuance of permits.The incumbent must develop and maintain effective working relationships with all district bureaus; industrial, commercial and residential developers; State Toll Highway Authority personnel; and local planning and zoning agencies in developing information necessary to properly evaluate permit applications and realistically project the impact of permit construction.The effectiveness of this position is measured by the safety and efficiency of the highway operation resulting from permit actions.Principal Accountabilities1. Ensures complete, timely and comprehensive engineering evaluation of permit applications.2. Ensures appropriate reconciliation of developers proposals with permit guidelines and local land use regulations.3. Ensures the safety of the public on the highways during the construction of access facilities and private utilities and during approved roadway closures for local celebrations or railroad repairs through the use of properly designed traffic control measures.4. Ensures the proper coordination of Toll Highway Authority projects with proposed highway improvement projects of the district to preserve the capacity and integrity of the state and local system.5. Trains, motivates, and evaluates subordinate personnel.6. Performs duties in compliance with department safety rules. Performs all duties in a manner conducive to the fair and equitable treatment of all employees.7. Performs other duties as assigned.QualificationsPosition RequirementsEducation/ExperienceCurrent registration as a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of IllinoisFive years of experience in highway engineeringThree years of experience supervising staff and engineering functionAbility to work outdoors and traverse uneven terrainValid driver's licenseFrequent district-wide travel and occasional state-wide travel, which may require overnight staysOccasional overtime during evenings and weekendsPosition DesirablesWorking knowledge of highway geometric and construction policy, the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, trip generation and volume/capacity relationships, and design standardsFamiliarity with the Illinois Vehicle CodeAbility to plan, organize and establish prioritiesExcellent oral and written communications skillsExperience with public speaking and dealing with the mediaWork Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:15 PM Monday-Friday (45-minute lunch)Work Location: 201 Center Ct Schaumburg, IL 60196-3169Office: Office of Highways Project Implementation/Region 1/District 1/Bureau of TrafficAgency Contact: Family: TransportationAPPLICATION INSTRUCTIONSUse the Apply button at the top right or bottom right of this posting to begin the application process.If you are not already signed in, you will be prompted to do so.State employees should sign in to the career portal for State of Illinois employees a link is available at the top left of the Illinois.jobs2web.com homepage in the blue ribbon.Non-State employees should log in on the using the View Profile link in the top right of the Illinois.jobs2web.com homepage in the blue ribbon. If you have never before signed in, you will be prompted to create an account.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 AidNon-State employees: on Illinois.jobs2web.com click Application Procedures in the footer of every page of the website.The main form of communication will be through email. Please check your junk mail, spam, or other folder for communication(s) regarding any submitted application(s). You may receive emails from the following addresses:@SIL-P1.ns2cloud.com

Keywords: State of Illinois, Schaumburg , CIVIL ENGINEER V - TRAFFIC PERMITS ENGINEER, Other , Schaumburg, Illinois

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