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Date: Aug 14, 2019

Location: FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, US, 33309

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Requisition No: 71302 

Agency: Department of Transportation

Working Title: PLANNING SPECIALIST III - 55002014

Position Number: 55002014 

Salary:  $46,556.23 - $60,249.24 

Posting Closing Date: 08/19/2019 








CONTACT PHONE NUMBER:  (954) 777-4593


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SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:  You may be required to provide your Social Security Number to conduct required verifications. Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962 will not be eligible for hire or promotion in the Career Service, or appointment in the Selected Exempt Service (SES) or Senior Management Service (SMS) unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS.

THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION VALUES AND SUPPORTS EMPLOYMENT OF INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES. QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.  In accordance with Section 110.112, Florida Statutes, and the Florida Department of Transportation’s Individuals with Disabilities Affirmative Action Plan, the agency is committed to ensuring affirmative action and equal employment opportunity for qualified individuals with disabilities.  Upon request and as appropriate, reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities may be provided.  Interested persons should contact the Florida Department of Transportation’s Equal Opportunity Office located at 605 Suwannee Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399 or call (850) 414-4747 for assistance.  

POSITION DESCRIPTION:   Develop and apply travel demand forecast models for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) mandated Urban Transportation Planning Process.  Perform multimodal demand forecasts using appropriate modeling procedures and tools for long and short-range transportation planning. Conduct travel behavioral and traffic characteristics surveys/analyses; conceptualize and develop modeling procedures, perform model calibration and validation, perform population/demography and other socio-economic data analyses.  Perform vehicle emission and other assessments.  Develop and apply modeling procedures. Analyze, summarize and interpret model outputs. Provide technical support and guidance to Metropolitan Planning Organizations and other model users.  

Develop and review project traffic for transportation improvement projects, including development of link volumes, turning movements and other data necessary for the proper design or modification of highway facilities using appropriate travel demand forecast models and methodologies. Prepare, review, analyze and summarize the outputs of transportation demand forecast models for project traffic and other transportation planning applications.  Perform other technical work including mesoscopic and microscopic traffic simulation analyses, transit ridership projections, quality and level of service assessments and other multimodal mobility performance assessments.  Serves as Systems and Policy Planning representative on pre-work of Project Development and Environment (PD&E) studies. Coordinate with PD&E and Design project managers with project schedule and deliverables.  Maintains a status log for the production of project traffic.

Manages consultant contracts in accordance with Department and Statutory requirements and perform the tasks of scope development, consultant selection, contract negotiation, task scheduling, work order preparation, quality assurance, product review, invoice approval and consultant performance evaluation.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:  Knowledge of multi-modal transportation planning processes; Knowledge of travel behavior, travel and traffic demand forecasts methodologies and processes; Knowledge of capacity analysis, traffic simulation, and multi-modal performance measurement analysis; Knowledge of principles of statistical and data analysis; Skilled in office productivity software; Skilled in managing the time and budget of consultant contracts to produce quality products; Ability to define and develop demand forecast modeling processes; Ability to communicate accurately and fluently in both written and verbal manner on complex technical issues, concepts and analysis; Ability to organize, analyze, comprehend, summarize and present complex data and issues; Ability to plan, organize, coordinate, and prioritize multiple work assignments to meet deadlines; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

OTHER JOB RELATED REQUIREMENTS:  Responsible for adhering to the provisions and requirements of Section 215.422, F.S. related State Comptroller's Rules and Department of Transportation's invoice processing and warrant distribution procedures.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:   A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and 1 year of professional experience in the field of transportation, planning, public administration, engineering or logistics to which the position is assigned; or Registration as a Professional Engineer in accordance with Florida Statute 471. A master's degree from an accredited college or university in engineering or transportation can substitute for one year of the required experience.  Professional or nonprofessional experience (including internships or co-ops) as described above can substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required college education.

As a CANDIDATE, you may be required to provide documentation (i.e. HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR EQUIVALENCY, college transcripts, ETC.) to verify meeting these Minimum Qualifications.

 A Competitive Area Differential (CAD) additive in the amount of $1,976.00 will be added to the annual salary.


THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION VALUES THE SERVICE VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE GIVEN TO OUR COUNTRY AND SUPPORTS THE HIRING OF RETURNING SERVICE MEMBERS AND MILITARY SPOUSES.  If you are a preference-eligible applicant who receives notice of a hiring decision and believe that you were not afforded employment preference in accordance with applicable Florida law and regulation, you may file a written complaint within 60 calendar days from the date you receive the notice, requesting an investigation to the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Division of Benefits and Assistance, 9500 Bay Pines Boulevard, Room 214, St. Petersburg, Florida 33708.


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Fort Lauderdale
Nearest Secondary Market: Miami