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Senior Manager, Strategic Planning - Rail

Company: Disability Solutions
Location: Chicago
Posted on: July 9, 2024

Job Description:

DescriptionSALARY$130,240.38POSITION SUMMARYManages the Authority's strategic planning efforts with regard to major rail capital projects, rail capacity analysis, ridership forecasting, modeling, network analysis, and rail fleet management. Interfaces with local agencies on project coordination, funding, infrastructure, and transit research issues. Coordinates and assists Planning staff in developing strategic initiatives and long range rail system development plans that will enhance the viability of the Authority as a public service agency.QualificationsPRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Oversees the operations and activities of strategic planning staff by assigning and prioritizing work and monitoring work progress.
  • Assigns or delegates responsibility for specific projects or functional activities to section personnel.
  • Oversees projects that utilize computer model outputs (i.e. CMAP regional model, STOPS, CTA OD Model etc.) to forecast ridership, fare policy impacts, operation and maintenance costs, and network analysis.
  • Oversees analysis of architectural and historical significance of CTA properties, including rail stations, concession spaces and other real estate.
  • Oversees analytical work including Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and asset management projects.
  • Oversees the development of the Authority's strategic, long-range planning projects, including projects eligible for major federal funding programs (i.e. Core Capacity, New Starts or Small Starts), as well as other CTA initiatives.
  • Guides the focus of long-term infrastructure projects according to the interests of the Authority and the transit industry.
  • Provides oversight of environmental and historic reviews, including Alternative Analyses (AAs), Environmental Assessments (EAs), Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) and other planning studies.
  • Manages related consulting contracts.
  • Ensures coordination with Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), sister agencies, other internal departments, and other governmental agencies.
  • Establishes working relationships with other governmental agencies (e.g. FTA, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), IDOT, Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), etc.) and the other service boards. Participates in and supports coordination with other agencies' planning initiatives, including long range strategic plans.
  • Integrates information from market research studies, capacity analyses, resource planning, asset management and strategic initiatives into overall CTA plans and policy recommendations. Coordinates the synthesizing of industry knowledge and research findings to support applications in initiatives such as transit-oriented development (TOD), infill stations, and long-range corridor studies.
  • Reviews, approves and/or evaluates scoping studies, RFPs, and LIQs for projects that require consulting or other professional services.
  • Supports coordination on rail fleet issues:
  • Manages analysis efforts to support long-term fleet development on behalf of Planning concerning capacity, compliance, maintenance, procurement, and retirement projects.
  • Oversees the update of the rail fleet management plan.
  • Coordinates with Scheduling and Rail Operations on fleet use issues. Develops recommendations on behalf of Planning for yard and shop capacity.
  • Hires, trains, develops, monitors, and evaluates staff. Reviews and recommends personnel actions for approval. Evaluates the performance of department staff to provide opportunity for enhancing their career development and to ensure adherence to Authority's programs and policies.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIESReporting to this position may include the following jobs:Job Title
    • Strategic Planner
    • Historic Architect
    • Project CoordinatorCHALLENGES
      • Large projects sometimes take many years to implement, and periods of dormancy are often followed by periods of intense activity that are difficult to schedule and that frequently overlap.
      • Managing adequate project coverage with a very small staff requires development of a close-knit team of staff, which is made more difficult by the fact that positions in this unit are excellent training for private-sector jobs.EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
        • Bachelor's Degree in Transportation, Urban Planning, Civil Engineering, or a related field, plus five (5) years of experience in transportation planning, operations, and/or policy analysis, or an equivalent combination of education and experience relating to this position.
        • Masters Degree in related field preferred.PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
          • Requires remaining in a stationary position for extended periods of time and constantly operating a computer and other office productivity machinery.
          • Service Area Requirement: Exempt (Non-Union) employees must live within the boundaries of the CTA Statutory Service Area either at the time of employment or within 6 months of beginning employment at CTA.KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
            • Conceptual understanding of transit planning fundamentals, both economic and schedule-related.
            • Working knowledge of federal, state, and local laws and regulations relating to area of work.
            • Working knowledge of transit planning fundamentals, both economic and schedule-related.
            • Working knowledge of data and information sources relevant to transportation planning.
            • Working knowledge of the methods and principles in the practical application of modeling methods to problem-solving.
            • Strong analytic, quantitative, and evaluation skills.
            • Strong project management skills and ability to execute from start to finish.
            • Strong written and oral communication skills.
            • Strong presentation skills.
            • Strong organizational skills, analytical ability, and problem solving skills.
            • Ability to work and produce finished work products within a short time frame.
            • Ability to exercise good judgment.
            • Ability to work independently.
            • Ability to manage multiple initiatives, balance competing priorities, and meet deadlines with timeliness and accuracy.
            • Ability to present to a diverse range of audiences.
            • Ability to establish and retain effective working relationships with diverse groups.
            • Ability to adapt in a fast-paced, large system environment.WORKING CONDITIONS
              • General office environment.
              • Occasional weekend and evening hours
              • Occasional field work
              • This position is considered a "C-List" position under the "Revolving Door" prohibition within the State Officials and Employees Act (5 ILCS 430/5-45), which contains a number of post-employment restrictions CTA employees in C-list designated positions must follow. Among other requirements listed in this statute, CTA employees in C-list designated positions are required to follow State notification procedures to the Office of the Executive Inspector General prior to acceptance of any applicable non-State employment or may be fined significant penalties.EQUIPMENT, TOOLS, AND MATERIALS UTILIZED
                • Standard office equipment.
                • Personal computer and related software.Additional DetailsEmployees and/or union members will be given priority consideration in the hiring process, per the applicable labor contracts.Final salary will be determined in part by the qualifications of the selected candidate and may be higher or lower than target.Applicants, if hired,must comply with CTA's residency ordinance.CTA IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
                  No employee or applicant for employment will be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, ancestry, age, unfavorable military discharge, disability or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws; except where a bona fide occupational qualification exists We are committed to providing an inclusive environment for our workforce and supporting the communities we serve. CTA will make reasonable accommodations for the known disabilities of otherwise qualified applicants for employment as well as its employees, unless undue hardship would result. If you require an accommodation in the application or hiring process, please contact arc@transitchicago.com prior to the submission of your application or upon notification of your actual test date. CTA will work with you to determine if an accommodation can be provided.During the hiring process, CTA's Human Resources department will contact candidates with next steps . Failure to respond to these correspondences in a timely fashion may result in your application being closed out for non-responsiveness.Please click link below to review the benefits offered at the CTA.https://www.transitchicago.com/hrbenefits/

Keywords: Disability Solutions, Chicago , Senior Manager, Strategic Planning - Rail, Executive , Chicago, Illinois

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