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Iowa Department of Transportation Transportation Planner 2 in Ames, Iowa

Salary $57,491.20 - $89,024.00 Annually

Location Ames - 50010 - Story County, IA

Job Type Full-time

Agency 645 Iowa Department of Transportation

Job Number 21-00535

Closing 9/13/2020 11:59 PM Central

Point of Contact Stuart Anderson;

Job Description

Our MissionThe mission of the Iowa DOT is to get you there safely, efficiently, and conveniently. The Public Transit Bureau is seeking a public transit grant manager to support the safe movement of people using Iowa’s public transit system.What you’ll do:The Iowa DOT’s Public Transit Bureau has an open position for a public transit grant manager responsible for managing all of the department’s grants from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) totaling $115 million, and for monitoring the implementation of all state grants totaling $17 million.This entails developing and submitting quarterly and annual grant status reports, assisting in close-out of FTA grants, and acting as the liaison between the Public Transit Bureau and the Finance Bureau’s Accounting Section.This position also serves as the department's specialist on FTA Drug and Alcohol Testing as well as the Civil Rights Specialist for public transit programs. This includes providing/coordinating training on FTA's requirements, monitoring for compliance, and overseeing annual reporting. This position is also responsible for administering the department’s Intercity Bus Assistance Program from the application, project selection grant agreement, to grant closeout.This person reports to the Director of the Public Transit Bureau and works closely with each of the transit team members coordinating the programs, projects, and reporting.Qualified persons should possess excellent math skills and attention to detail. The ability to read and interpret federal regulations, grant agreements, state and administrative law as applicable is required. The qualified candidate must also be able to effectively communicate these state and federal requirements in a manner that enhances understanding and compliance.Familiarity and experience with Word and Excel; database management; developing business application processes; federal software applications, such as TrAMS (Transit Award Management System) is desirable. This person must be able to work well with people, both team members and external customers. Organizational skills and attention to detail are a must.Travel: Some travel will be required to meet with the public and local, state, and federal agency staff.Shift: Days, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm with flextime available. Who we are and what we do:For more than a century, Iowa Department of Transportation has promoted the growth and betterment of Iowa's transportation system. Headquartered in Ames, the agency continues to serve the transportation needs of Iowa and its citizens. Contributing to our mission:Even with nearly 3,000 employees, we're all one team at the Iowa DOT. Our main goal is to keep people and goods moving on Iowa's transportation system. As a member of our team, you'll play a vital role in maintaining safe mobility for every traveler in our state.What we offer:Iowa DOT's employment opportunities are among the best with a competitive total rewards package. As a benefits-eligible State of Iowa employee, your bi-weekly paycheck is just a part of your total compensation package. Being part of the DOT team means you're eligible for a wide range of benefits including:

  • Iowa Public Employee Retirement System (IPERS) Retirement Package

  • Work environment that promotes work/life balance

  • Career growth and professional development opportunities

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Paid vacation, sick leave, and (9) holidays

  • Health, vision, and dental insurance

  • Group term life insurance

  • Corporate partner discounts (cell phone services, gym memberships, event tickets, etc.)

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a degree in any field, and experience equal to four years of full-time work in professional transportation planning*/engineering.


Licensure as a professional engineer by the Iowa Engineering & Land Surveying Examining Board.


employees with current, continuous experience in the state executive branch that includes three years of fulltime work as a Transportation Planner 1.

  • "Transportation planning" includes preparing planning contracts and grants; managing planning grant application submittals and project development; preparing functional classification appeals; developing travel demand models and traffic forecasts; creating cartographic representations and data collection applications; analyzing transportation data, project plans, and reports to identify problems; developing portions of statewide transportation plans; or conducting/coordinating transportation research projects.

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