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Date:  Jun 8, 2021

Springfield, IL, US, 62764-0001

Job Requisition ID:  1370

Agency:  Department of Transportation 
Closing Date/Time:  06/21/2021 
Salary:   $7,085 - $11,020 Monthly 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Sangamon 
Number of Vacancies:  1 
Plan/BU:  NR916 




Technical Applications PM1080 (rev 3/8/21) must be received by the Bureau of Personnel Management, Room 113, 2300 South Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, IL  62764 (Fax# 217/557-3134) or emailed to DOT.CO.BPM.EmploymentApplications@Illinois.gov by the closing date listed above.  A copy of each applicant’s ACTIVE Illinois Professional Engineer License must accompany application for this position.   Please visit https://idot.illinois.gov/about-idot/employment-opportunities/employment/index to download the Technical Application PM1080.

Please indicate IPR#44762 on the Technical Application PM1080.

Agency Mission Statement

The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking to hire an Engineering Policy Unit Chief.

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.

Job Responsibilities

This position is accountable for the development, implementation, and interpretation of the geometric design and engineering policies which govern the construction, reconstruction, and rehabilitation of highways, intersections, and interchanges on the state highway system.  This position is also accountable for managing the content and publishing revisions for the Bureau of Design and Environment (BDE) Manual which contains these engineering policies.

This position reports to the Engineer of Policy and Procedures.  Reporting to this position are the Highway Policy Engineer, Bicycle and Pedestrian/Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Policy Engineer, and Policy Specialist.
The engineering policies and procedures developed under this position in the categories of highway location, rehabilitation, construction/reconstruction, access control, pavement design, ADA, and safety express the official position of the department. Effectively written policies and procedures promote statewide uniformity in the preparation of Phase I studies and in the design of highways.  With sound policies and procedures, cost-effective highway improvements can be developed to maximize safety and minimize adverse social and environmental impacts. These policies and procedures are used by the department’s district offices and consulting engineers to prepare Phase I studies and to develop construction plans for highway projects on the state highway system.  The policies and procedures directly affect the cost-effectiveness, safety, and functional life-span of construction projects.
Typical problems of this position include developing innovative engineering policies and procedures which are fiscally sound, operationally safe, and consider the latest available research; resolving implementation problems with districts; and interpreting policies and procedures.  The greatest challenge to this position is the timely development of innovative policies and procedures through research and evaluation, field observations, attending seminars, and interoffice coordination.  

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The incumbent is personally responsible for developing policies which govern the location aspects of new and reconstructed highways; policies which help to guide the district offices and consultants in the preparation of Phase I studies; policies for the rehabilitation of existing highways which can encompass all aspects of geometric design, cross-sections, alignment, slopes, etc. with the specific objectives of cost-effectiveness, safety, and fiscal restraints; policies governing the control of access on freeways and expressways; and policies promoting accessmanagement on other types of highways.  The incumbent directs the implementation of policies related to pavement design, roadside safety, bicycle/pedestrian accommodations, and accessibility as governed by the ADA.  The incumbent monitors and evaluates state and federal legislation and regulations, recommends actions for compliance, and evaluates pertinent research findings with a view toward improving current design practices. The incumbent also serves on various task forces and working groups for the department with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and Transportation Research Board (TRB).
Accountabilities are accomplished through the following staff: 
Highway Policy Engineer who is responsible for the development and implementation of the engineering policies which govern structural pavement design and rehabilitation.  This position also coordinates the development and implementation of the engineering policies which govern roadside safety.

Bicycle and Pedestrian/ADA Policy Engineer who is accountable for the development, implementation, and interpretation of the engineering policies which govern the design of bicycle and pedestrian facilities.  This position is also accountable for the management of state sponsored trail projects funded by the Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program (ITEP) and the department’s ADA Transition Plan for programs and facilities in the public right-of-way.  

Policy Specialist who is responsible for assisting in the development and publication of policies, procedures, and information on issues affecting department projects.  This position also assists in the analysis of and response to legislation, regulations, and other initiatives on topics affecting operations or policies under the jurisdiction of the BDE.  This position is also responsible for coordinating forms management, records management, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, and planning the annual program development meeting for the BDE.

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This position is given great latitude in accomplishing its duties.  Unusual circumstances are directed to the Engineer of Policy and Procedures.  The incumbent is constrained by departmental, state, federal, and national policies and by the rules and regulations of the department.
The incumbent's regular contacts within the department involve the other central bureaus in the Office of Highways Project Implementation (OHPI) and the district offices.  In addition, contacts are frequently made with the Office of Planning and Programming (OPP), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), other state highway agencies, and research consultants.  Frequent statewide travel and field work within construction sites are required as well as occasional out-of-state travel with overnight stays to attend technical meetings of regional or national significance.
The effectiveness of this position can be measured by the ability to develop timely engineering policies and procedures which are understood and used by technical staff.  Such policies and procedures will promote the uniform and efficient preparation of Phase I studies and the design of highways which are cost-effective and safety-effective.

Principal Accountabilities

1. Develops and interprets geometric and  engineering policies for the construction/reconstruction of highways, intersections, and interchanges while maintaining the proper balance of engineering, operational safety, social, and environmental considerations.
2. Develops rehabilitation policies and procedures for upgrading existing state highways and monitors their use to provide safe, efficient, and cost-effective highway improvements.
3. Develops and disseminates policy and procedure memoranda in a timely manner, manages the content, and publishes any revisions to the BDE Manual.

4. Maintains an effective liaison with district, central, and federal offices for the purpose of obtaining engineering policy input, providing policy interpretations, and resolving problems.
5. Develops policies and procedures for conducting Phase I studies.
6. Monitors, evaluates, and recommends actions on changes in pertinent state and federal guides, regulations, and AASHTO and TRB publications concerning the design of highways.  Recommends actions on completed technical research for proper compliance on new issues and/or improvement of current engineering practices.
7. Conducts appropriate and timely research and/or evaluation of research papers and publications to support policies in terms of cost-effectiveness and safety.  This includes serving on various AASHTO, TRB, and department task forces and working groups.
8. Develops, recommends, and disseminates changes to the access control policy for freeways and expressways and develops policy for access management on state highways.
9. Performs duties in compliance with departmental safety rules.  Performs all duties in a manner conducive to the fair and equitable treatment of all employees.
10. Performs other duties as assigned.



Position Requirements

• Current registration as a Licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Illinois
• Eight years of experience in civil engineering including three years supervising staff and managing engineering functions
• Valid driver's license
• Frequent statewide and occasional out-of-state travel with overnight stays

Position Desirables

• Experience with design policy and the planning and supervision of significant engineering functions
• Extensive knowledge of modern methods applicable to the design, construction, and maintenance of highways
• Strong oral and written communication skills
• Good organization, leadership, and self-motivational skills
• Ability to develop and maintain cooperative working relationships

Work Hours:  8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday - Friday 

Work Location:  Springfield - 2300 S Dirksen Pkwy 

Office: Office of Highways Project Implementation/Design & Environment

Agency Contact:  DOT.CO.BPM.EmploymentApplications@Illinois.gov

Job Function:  Transportation 

Collective Bargaining Agreement language applies to this requisition

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Please visit the IDOT website at http://www.idot.illinois.gov/about-idot/employment-opportunities/employment/index to obtain the required bid forms and application forms.