Employment Opportunities

Director of Transportation

SUMMARY OF THE POSITION:

The Director of Transportation will head up the development and implementation of NIRPC’s transportation framework and ensure that NIRPC meets all its Federally required responsibilities as an MPO in surface transportation and public transit. The position will oversee the staff responsible for all aspects of transportation planning, and will facilitate stakeholder committees pertaining to technical, financial, and other aspects of regional transportation planning and project management. Responsible for the Long Range Transportation Plan as inculcated in NWI 2050, the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and other federal MPO requirements, the Director of Transportation will respond to internal and external inquiries pertaining to transportation planning; will be responsible for quality of transportation team products; will develop and enhance performance metrics/measurements; will lead and direct the work of transportation planning staff; will ensure efficient and effective use of transportation planning funds; will problem-solve obstacles to efficient project delivery; will collaborate with transit funding recipients to ensure equitable allocations of available funding; will carry out NIRPC’s Title VI program and address environmental justice concerns; and will be the go-to strategic point person for all transportation-related projects.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum educational accomplishment is a bachelor’s degree in urban or regional planning, or a related discipline such as public policy or transportation engineering.  Master’s degree and AICP certification, particularly with Advanced Specialty Certification in Transportation, are strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of eight years of successful experience in transportation planning (or land use planning with a strong transportation component), preferably with a regional or local government. Additional experience may compensate for a lack of a master’s degree.
  • Demonstrated knowledge or experience with Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration programs desired.
  • At least five years of the relevant experience should be in a supervisory capacity.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead effectively with strengths in adaptive management and mentoring.
  • Strong customer and public service ethic.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including group facilitation abilities and collaborative aptitude among multiple parties.
  • Demonstrated understanding of transportation planning principles and federal duties and obligations of Metropolitan Planning Organizations.
  • Exceptional skills and aptitude in project management and public administration, including budgeting, project staffing, and coordination of work activities. 

STARTING SALARY & BENEFITS:  

  • $70,000 – $90,000, depending on qualifications. NIRPC has a competitive benefits package, including twelve paid holidays and a flexible work schedule.

APPLICATION & TIMEFRAME:

  • To be considered for this position, please submit a carefully written cover letter, resume, and at least four professional references to:

Meredith Stilwell, Office Manager
Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission
6100 Southport Road
Portage, IN 46368-6409
mstilwell@nirpc.org

Economic Development District Coordinator

SUMMARY OF THE POSITION:

The Economic Development District Coordinator is responsible for providing economic development and planning assistance to communities in the NIRPC Economic Development District as designated by the U.S. Department of Commerce for Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties. The position coordinates delivery of economic development resources and relates NIRPC’s planning activities to economic development goals and objectives.

A Full job description available upon request.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:

A master’s degree in planning, economic development or a related field and ten years of professional planning and/or economic development experience is preferred. A minimum bachelor’s degree in planning, economic development or a related field and eight years of professional planning and/or economic development experience is required. AICP certification and/or other economic development and grant-related certifications highly desirable.

COMPENSATION & SALARY: 

Compensation will be negotiated based on experience, education, certification, and proven competency. NIRPC has a competitive benefits package, including twelve paid holidays and a flexible work schedule.

APPLICATION & TIMEFRAME:

Position open until filled. Submit a carefully-written cover letter and resume, along with 3 professional references, to:

Meredith Stilwell, Office Manager
Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission
6100 Southport Road
Portage, IN 46368-6409
mstilwell@nirpc.org

Programming and Grant Assistant

SUMMARY OF THE POSITION:

The Programming and Grant Assistant will report to the Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for supporting the Transportation and Finance Team’s transportation investment programming and transit grants associated with NIRPC’s role as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Lake, Porter, and LaPorte Counties in Indiana. The selected candidate will:

Support the Development and Management of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) (50%)

  • Support the development and management of the TIP program of projects, ensuring project data accuracy, fiscal constraint, and timely amendment/modification administration.
  • Collaboratively work with municipal and transit partners to review project funding. applications, amendments, and modifications.
  • Prepare monthly reports on financial position of the TIP including funds available, programmed, and obligated.
  • Support Quarterly Tracking and Transportation Resources and Oversight Committee meetings.
  • Other duties as needed.

Support the Transit Grant Writing and Management (50%)

  • Working collaboratively with NIRPC’s seven Federal Transit Administration (FTA) sub-recipients prepare and submit transit grants programmed in the TIP according to FTA regulations.
  • Working with the Procurement Coordinator, manage executed grants to ensure proper use of funds, and spend down of grants before grant deadlines.
  • Seek reimbursement from FTA and prepare required reporting.
  • Other duties as needed.

 Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor degree in Accounting, Finance, Public Management, or a related field where Microsoft Excel was used in coursework is preferred.
  • Entry-level hourly position with 1-2 years prior experience in grant management desirable.
  • Practical knowledge, proficiency, and experience managing financial information in Microsoft Excel and other financial databases is required.
  • Willing to work independently and on a team.
  • Enthusiasm to continually learn/train to keep skills sharp and gain understanding of transportation planning principles, financial accounting guidelines and rules, and general requirements of Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Transit Operators.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following through their written resume, cover letter, and in an interview:

  • Creativity and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to work independently and on a team
  • Good customer service to internal and external clients
  • Development and maintenance of strong professional relationships
  • Contributor to positive team dynamics
  • Management of their time and schedule
  • Communicates clearly and transparently
  • Flexibility and an open-mind
  • Excellent attention to details and organizational skills

STARTING SALARY PARAMETERS: 

Starting at $40,000 and depending qualifications or experience. NIRPC has a competitive benefits package, including health insurance, participation in Indiana Public Employees Retirement Fund, twelve paid holidays and a flexible work schedule.

APPLICATION & TIMEFRAME:

To be considered for this position, please submit all requested files to:

Meredith Stilwell, Office Manager
Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission
6100 Southport Road
Portage, IN 46368-6409
fax 219-370-6303
mstilwell@nirpc.org

  • A carefully-written cover letter (single page),
  • Resume (no longer than two pages), and
  • Contact information for at least two professional references.

The position will remain open until filled in order to find the candidate with the best fit among professional qualifications, experience, and suitability to NIRPC’s mission.