Location: Portage, IN

Director of Transportation

Salary: $70,000 – $90,000 DOQ

Closing: March 31, 2021

Working to enhance the quality of life for nearly 800,000 people along the southern shore of Lake Michigan, the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission (NIRPC) is seeking an exceptional individual to lead transportation planning activities under NIRPC’s designation as a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).

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

Application and 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

Application materials should be in NIRPC’s hands by March 31, 2021, though the position will remain open until filled to find the candidate with the best fit among professional qualifications, experience, and suitability to NIRPC’s mission.

Wondering About Northwest Indiana?
Called “the Affordable Shore” by the Chicago Tribune, Northwest Indiana combines an innovative spirit, beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline, and proximity to Chicago and its amenities with commuter rail access that is undergoing major expansion and service enhancements.

Northwest Indiana’s 41 communities each has its own unique character, providing everything from vibrant downtown restaurant scenes to growing arts districts to small town charm. These communities provide Northwest Indiana with a rich but affordable quality of life, helped by a state constitution property tax cap, lower taxes than our Illinois neighbors, and lower housing costs overall with similar or better proximity to Chicago’s loop than many of its Illinois suburbs.

The Indiana Dunes National Park and coastal environs provide exceptional beaches, forested dunes, paddling opportunities, and access to 190 miles of paved trails linking greenways, parks, and other recreational amenities throughout the region.

The northwestern Indiana region is revitalizing, and the Director of Transportation will play a huge role in making sure opportunities and access grow right along with it.