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Manager of Coordinated Research

Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

Deadline: March 31, 2017
Salary range: $64,000–$73,000

This position responsible for the development and delivery of CTS's coordinated research program, including overseeing the work of the research coordinator, building partnerships between sponsors and University faculty and staff, and assisting in the design and execution of sponsored programs and projects.

Position responsibilities include:

  • Manage CTS's research development and engagement activities for the coordinated research program. Guide and position University researchers for external funding opportunities with MnDOT, Local Road Research Board, the Transitway Impacts Research Program, Metropolitan Council, and Metro Transit. Manage the Center’s RFP and research project selection processes, including communicating with sponsors and faculty on RFP requirements, and managing the preparation of the RFP.  Facilitate meetings for proposal discussion and funding recommendations, and disseminate funding notifications.  Track emerging issues in transportation research and manage communications about funding opportunities for CTS-affiliated researchers.  Lead and participate in sponsor partnership meetings and coordinate activities, as needed. Lead and design the activities of the Center’s four Research Councils and work with their chairs to maximize stakeholder engagement in CTS research activities. Deliver the CTS Scholars Program in consultation with the CTS Director and Assistant Director, Coordinated Research and Implementation. Lead the biennial processes to select and appoint CTS Scholars, CTS Faculty Fellows, and CTS Senior Scholar. Manage the biennial RFP for seed research funding and provide strategic direction on project selection.  Plan and deliver Scholars meetings.  Oversee distribution and tracking of Scholars funding allocations.
    Manage the Center’s research administration activities for the coordinated research program. Oversee work plan processing and contract development for research projects led by University faculty and research staff.  Serve as liaison between University researchers and sponsors when issues arise and facilitate resolution of the issues when appropriate.  Assess and analyze the research program financial data, and problem-solve issues as needed.  Set direction for and participate in initiatives for improved administration and communication of research information with sponsors. Oversee program staff working on activities such as:
    • Executing research program delivery, including the development, tracking, and monitoring of research program budgets and allocations; processing of departmental research project work plans and contracts; and monitoring of project progress
    • Developing and enhancing research administration processes and tools, including initiatives to improve the functionality of the CTS Contract Management Database (CMD) for managing and reporting project information
    • Administering federally-funded University Transportation Center research projects in accordance with USDOT requirements
    • Monitoring matching funding levels and tracking processes, and identifying opportunities to obtain matching funds for the UTC program.
  • Provide support to business development activities that attract funding for transportation research by identifying funding opportunities; facilitating connections and the formation of interdisciplinary research teams; and communicating and promoting University expertise. Serve as project manager for proposal/work plan development, working with researchers and CTS staff, in response to research funding opportunities. Coordinate with PIs to identify capabilities, uniqueness of expertise, emerging issues and topics, key stakeholders and sponsors, results of past research, and potential impact of future research.  Develop and maintain processes for creating faculty-led proposals in response to funding opportunities.
  • Guide communication of research-in-progress and research results.  Collaborate with the Communications and Information Group to identify outreach opportunities for research-in-progress and the dissemination of research results. Encourage the transfer of research results into practice through sharing implementation ideas with research councils, partnerships and other external groups.  Oversee the collection and communication of research performance data to describe and highlight successes of the research program. Review research-related content of the Center’s key outreach and communication publications.



  • BA/BS and at least 5 years of related professional experience, or an advanced degree and 3 years of experience, or a combination of related education and work experience to equal 9 years
  • Experience managing transportation research or related transportation activities
  • Proven record of leadership and accomplishment
  • Documented experience working effectively with diverse organizations and individuals
  • Proficient in using facilitation and communication skills to promote collaboration and/or resolve conflict
  • Skillful writer able to communicate complex issues in a concise and thoughtful manner
  • The successful candidate will also be resilient, curious, and nimble, and able to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment


  • Experience interacting with academia, government, and transportation practitioners
  • Strong understanding of emerging transportation issues and ability to develop those into potential research or engagement opportunities
  • Skilled at guiding the work of others, providing direction and oversight as appropriate to lead to positive outcomes
  • Experience in developing systems to enhance processes and to improve program delivery performance
  • Experience developing and managing program budgets

Application Procedure

To apply, please visit the University of Minnesota job search site. The application deadline is March 31, 2017.

Transportation Planning Analyst

Public Works
Medina, MN

Deadline: April 5, 2017
Salary range: $54,837  - $86,933

The Project Delivery team in the Transportation Department is seeking a Transportation Planning Analyst within the Planning Division. This position offers opportunities for substantial professional and technical growth and provides technical support to Transportation Planning staff.  The potion functions under limited supervision, reporting to the Division's Senior Professional Engineer.

The Transportation Planning Analyst will assist in the key areas of developing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) maps displaying information relating to the Capital Improvement Program (CIP), crash data, traffic data, intersection and roadway segment inventories, speed limits and the 2040 Transportation Systems Plan (HC-TSP).


  • Related education and relevant planning analysis experience to equal eight years or more
  • Completed coursework in traffic and/or transportation engineering
  • Experience with traffic and/or transportation engineering functions such as traffic operations analysis, travel demand forecasting, crash analysis, traffic signal warrants, statistical analysis, and cost estimating
  • Proficiency with software tools such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Computer Aided Design (CAD), and other spreadsheet, database, and word processing packages
  • Ability to:
    • Establish and maintain effective relationships with county team members and consultants, vendors, contractors, other public agencies, private utility companies, affected property and business owners, and the public
    • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
    • Make independent decisions using established planning techniques and procedures; Coordinate work activities with county and contracted staff for successful project completion

Application Procedure

Apply online at the Hennepin County jobs site by April 5, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

Senior Transportation Planner

Roseville, MN

Deadline: April 6, 2017
Salary range: $45,894 - $67,317

MnDOT is seeking a Senior Planner, Transportation professional to support short- and long-range multimodal transportation planning and research activities for the MnDOT Metropolitan District, Office of Planning, Program Management, and Transit.

A full description of the job is available on the State of Minnesota Careers website.


  • A bachelor’s degree in Planning, Geography, Urban Studies, Political Science or other related field AND two (2) years professional transportation or transit planning experience at the local, metropolitan, or state level; OR three (3) years professional transportation planning experience at the local, metropolitan, or state level.
  • Working knowledge of the theory and practices of transportation planning.
  • Knowledge of public engagement tools and techniques for reaching a broad spectrum of audiences.
  • Human relation skills necessary to promote good working relationships with persons representing a variety of interest, private and public.
  • The ability to understand, influence and serve stakeholders while representing MnDOT policies and objectives.
  • Effective communication skills, both written and oral that diplomatically convey the division’s position on all relevant subjects that require research, interpretation, analysis, and response.
  • An understanding of travel demand modeling and forecasting is desirable.
  • An understanding of geographic information systems is desirable.

Application Procedure

Apply online at the State of Minnesota Careers website by April 6, 2017. If you have questions about the position, contact Erica Klein at or 651-234-7423.

Engineering Technician, Assistant

Hennepin County Transportation Construction Division
Medina, MN

Salary: $39,166.40 - $51,199.20/annually

Begin your career at Hennepin County! These entry level positions offer opportunities for substantial professional and technical growth through the Engineering Technician promotional process.

We have multiple full time benefit earning positions available to work on the construction inspection crew that includes rotations with a survey crew and / or materials testing lab.

These positions are located at the Public Works Facility, in Medina, MN. There is no public transportation to this location. The work schedule will be Monday – Friday, 7:00 am to 3:30 pm including occasional nights, weekends, and holidays with overtime.

Best Qualified Candidates will have:

  • One of the following:
    • Completion of an approved land surveying or highway/civil engineering technology training program.
    • One or more years of experience in technical non-professional highway, land survey, or related engineering work.
    • One or more years of experience analyzing numerical data using computer software applications, or developing and maintaining computerized information systems / applications.
    • Thirty (30) or more college semester credits in mathematics, geography, computer science, or engineering-related technical course work.
  • A valid driver's license and the ability to obtain a Hennepin County driver's permit.
  • Knowledge of:
    • Math functions such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry.
    • Construction equipment, materials, and methods.
    • Knowledge of and/or experience with lab testing equipment.
  • Experience:
    • Operating survey equipment
    • Operating inspection and materials testing equipment
    • Using AutoCAD and Microstation
  • Ability to:
    • Communicate with staff at all levels of the organization
    • Life items up to 60 pounds; climb up and down slopes; work outdoors in all weather conditions

Why join us? Hennepin County is well known for their generous health, dental, vision and wellness package; pension plan, retirement and savings plans, paid parental leave, and much more. We value lifelong learning and offer onsite training, tuition reimbursement, and leadership development.

Application Procedure

To view the complete posting and online application, visit the Hennepin County Jobs website. The posting is open until all the positions have been filled.