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If you have job opportunities related to the field of transportation, please email your ad to ctscig@umn.edu.

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Finance and Business Strategy Manager

Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota
Deadline: January 19, 2022

Job Description

This position is responsible for strategic Center-wide activities that support the Financial Strategy and Operations (FSO) functional group, which is responsible for the areas of financial management, contract management, human resources, and Center operations/administration, with a primary focus on financial strategy and management. This position will also assist CTS leadership and Principal Investigators in activities related to business development, including providing strategic input and managing the development of funding proposals.

Responsibilities

Financial Strategy and Management

  • Provide strategic financial support to CTS leadership and program directors by monitoring and assessing CTS’s financial health, proactively providing information to assist with budget management and decision making, and offering and implementing solutions to address issues. Manage the relationship with the Financial Cluster to ensure CTS accounting needs, such as preparing all CTS financial documents in the University system, reconciling Center accounts, and approving transactions through our Certified Approver, are met.
  • Assist with the budget development for workplans and proposals, providing a Center-wide view and assessing financial needs and risks for new funding opportunities. Monitor contract development for potential financial implications. Review workplan/proposal budgets to ensure alignment with the scope and with sponsor, University, and CTS requirements.
  • Work with project and program managers to strategically and proactively manage individual project budgets, identify alternative solutions when budget assumptions do not develop as planned, and identify solutions to unplanned events.  
  • Analyze financial data, investigate issues, and identify solutions. Provide leadership in scenario planning activities at the project, program, and center-wide level, utilizing a broad, strategic perspective that considers impacts to CTS.
  • Monitor financial data for the research program and translate research funding and allocations for CTS financial reports and performance measures. Assess and analyze the research program financial data and problem-solve issues as needed.
  • Assess University and sponsor policy changes and formal agreements involving the Center through a fiscal lens. Work with appropriate staff and partners to communicate impacts, address concerns, etc. as needed.
  • Manage the development and maintenance of financial management systems and tools, spreadsheets, and databases that:
    • monitor financial performance on a Center-wide, program-specific, or project-specific basis
    • support project managers who are accountable for financial performance
    • communicate financial status to project managers
    • communicate finance-related process information to staff

Strategic Initiatives Support

Assist CTS leadership and Principal Investigators in activities related to business development, including providing strategic input and managing the development of funding proposals. This position will also lead the design and delivery of initiatives that enhance CTS’s business operations, including projects related to human resources, staff engagement, and strategic systems.

Center-wide Budget Development and Monitoring

  • Manage the development of the Center’s annual budget, including developing and communicating the budget project plan and schedule, identifying staff roles, and managing Financial Cluster staff and others who assist with the budget development.
    • Assist program directors and functional groups in anticipating program activities and estimate staffing, technology, communications, and other program delivery needs and the associated budget impacts.
    • Analyze financial data, investigate issues, and identify solutions. Work with CTS leadership to translate the financial information and identify strategic messages to share with the CTS Executive Committee.
  • Review and analyze a variety of reports for CTS accounts that facilitate financial monitoring at the Center-wide level. Alert leadership when issues arise, suggest potential solutions, and work with the appropriate CTS and Financial Cluster staff to address issues.
  • Manage the Center’s processes to allocate staff efforts across projects, including:
    • Work with leadership and group management teams on effort philosophies and strategies.
    • Monitor effort plans and identify solutions to unplanned events.
    • Coordinate payroll entry, salary adjustments, and effort certification with the Financial Cluster.

Flexible Work

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and the Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) endorses a “work with flexibility” approach that offers a welcoming and flexible work environment where everyone is inspired to do their best. Work location options include working fully remote, partially remote, or entirely in the office and are based on the work of the position. Some on-site work may be necessary for certain positions, even those designated as fully remote.

This position has been designated as OVPR Work Profile Four. OVPR Work Profile Four is expected to work fully remotely with the exception of required attendance for on-site events. Your dedicated work space will be in your remote work location. CTS management retains the right to modify flexible work arrangement agreements on a temporary or permanent basis for any reason at any time.

Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree plus at least six years of work experience.

Preferred Qualifications

The successful candidate will also have experience:

  • Managing projects with a high degree of quality and with little oversight/direction.
  • Developing and managing project, program, and/or organizational budgets.
  • Developing tools to monitor and communicate financial or other complex information.

The successful candidate will also:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking by identifying patterns, problems, and opportunities; seeking input and ideas; assessing alternatives; recognizing potential impact on others; and communicating proposed solutions.
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to resolve conflict.
  • Communicate effectively with different hierarchical levels within and outside CTS.
  • Be resilient, curious, nimble, and able to thrive in a dynamic, fast-paced environment

How to Apply

Apply on the U of M jobs website (job ID 345206):

Applicant review will begin on January 19, 2022.


 

Entry-Level Technology/ITS Engineer

AECOM
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Deadline: Open until filled

Job Description

The position provides the opportunity to work on exciting, challenging, and high-profile innovative transportation projects.

The Technology/ITS Engineer will be responsible for supporting technology-related projects that involve connected and automated vehicles, ITS systems, data management and analysis, electrification, and other emerging transportation technology. Additionally, there will be opportunities to work on arterial traffic management systems, transit technology applications, and traffic engineering. Join a team of experienced innovative experts to develop and apply new and emerging technology solutions to transportation.

The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • Perform assignments requiring application of standard techniques, procedures, and criteria to carry out engineering tasks. Assignments are designed to further develop judgment and understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities.
  • Exercise judgment limited to developing details of work in making preliminary selections and adaptations of engineering alternatives.
  • Prepare engineering-related calculations and develop drawings and visual aids.
  • Work on a wide range of projects and tasks and assist with field research, evaluations, data collection, data analysis, graphics, maps and data presentation, and report development.
  • Assist in agency coordination and emerging technology / ITS planning and design projects. Projects may involve advanced transportation technology, connected and automated vehicle pilots, smart mobility, broadband communications, ITS devices, and other innovative solutions.
  • Support ITS architecture development, systems engineering analysis, design, construction plan development, specifications, quantities, estimates.
  • Perform traffic engineering tasks such as traffic impact studies, traffic analysis software and simulation modeling, traffic signal design, traffic signal timing, street light design, air/noise modeling, data analysis, before/after evaluation studies.
  • Prepare technical reports, provide project meeting support, and perform other duties as required.
  • Work under supervision of a project manager or senior-level team member.
  • Develop Presentations to internal and external customers.
  • Efficiently manage multiple tasks and responsibilities.
  • Good communication skills and team spirit.
  • Work in a collaborative fast paced team environment.

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in civil engineering or bachelor's degree with an emphasis in traffic or transportation engineering or related field

Preferred Qualifications

  • Interest in emerging technology solutions for transportation
  • MS Office suite software
  • Business Intelligence Software - PowerBI, Tableau, etc.
  • Computer software - VISSIM, Synchro, MicroStation, AutoCAD, GIS

How to Apply

Apply online on the AECOM website. This position is expected to start in May 2022.


 

Program Coordinator

Center for Transportation Studies
Location: Minneapolis, MN/remote
Deadline: January 31, 2022

Job Description

This position is a member of the Center’s Program Development and Delivery (PDD) Group, which is responsible for successfully delivering education, training, outreach, and engagement contracts that serve our external stakeholders. This position is responsible for planning and delivering training, stakeholder engagement, and student development activities to a variety of transportation stakeholder groups; building and fostering relationships with partnering organizations; serving as a liaison and representative for CTS in activities that enhance program visibility and strengthen relationships with the community; assisting in the development and management of project scope, schedule, budgets, and deliverables; and designing and implementing systems and processes to enhance personal, team, Center, and University performance. This position manages multiple projects at any given time, interacts with a wide variety of stakeholders and funders, and performs a number of functions within the group.

Responsibilities

The successful candidate will work on a portfolio of projects from the functional areas noted below. Responsibilities for each project, regardless of functional area, include:

  • Proactively identify and appropriately resolve and/or escalate issues that arise during the delivery of project and program tasks. Solve problems while considering various stakeholders’ and participant needs to offer solutions in a timely manner.
  • Serve as project manager for the delivery of project and program activities, including managing the work of students, staff administrative assistants, and/or other partners.
  • Assist the program director with developing and monitoring project scopes, schedules, deliverables, and budgets and with activity monitoring and evaluation.
  • Work collaboratively with the CTS Communications and Information Group (CIG) to identify content and review materials for CTS publications, websites, social media, and other communications products based on project or program scope.

Planning and Advisory Committee Activities

Provide program management and coordination for externally funded programs that engage transportation stakeholders and utilize planning, advisory, and/or steering committees. Serve as a liaison and resource for program participants by developing and managing complex stakeholder relationships and by acquiring the appropriate level of technical knowledge. Interact with a wide array of external and internal stakeholders, funders, community organizations, and individuals to facilitate interaction on areas of common interest. Manage development and distribution of meeting materials, including agendas and notes. Coordinate follow up of action items as identified by stakeholder groups. Maintain committee rosters and facilitate committee communication and correspondence.

Student Engagement

Perform project management and coordination for delivery of the Center’s education activities for K-12 and University students. Plan and deliver CTS activities that encourage students to pursue transportation careers and support student engagement. Identify available resources and determine age-appropriate content and activities. Develop relationships with potential K-12 outreach venue staff and facilitate discussions on potential collaborative efforts.

Outreach Services Activities

Perform project management and coordination for outreach activities such as events, focus groups, workshops, and forums for both on-going CTS programs and one-time projects. Utilize a broad understanding of the transportation arena, both internal and external to the University, to help design and develop event content. Build and strengthen relationships with presenters and participants; serve as a program representative and strategic and technical knowledge resource/liaison from the University to the transportation community. Provide event delivery expertise by managing abstract submission and working with external stakeholders to identify topics and speakers; overseeing venue selection and negotiation; coordinating with event sponsors and exhibitors; providing on-site support and resolving issues; and evaluating and reporting on the event.

Customized Training Activities

Perform project management and coordination for the delivery of the Center’s externally funded training programs. Acquire the appropriate level of knowledge and a broad understanding of the transportation arena for the specific topic to assess training and technical assistance needs and recommend program activities. Coordinate efforts of technical experts and University staff to develop and deliver training and other technical assistance products (workshops, webinars, handbooks, videos and online resources).

Work Location

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and the Center for Transportation Studies endorses a “work with flexibility” approach that offers a welcoming and flexible work environment where everyone is inspired to do their best. Work location options include working fully remote, partially remote, or entirely in the office and are based on the work of the position. This position has been designated as eligible for OVPR Work Profile Four (work fully remotely with the exception of required attendance for on-site events); the successful candidate will have the option to be office-based or hybrid if fully remote is not preferred. The Center for Transportation Studies management retains the right to modify flexible work arrangement agreements on a temporary or permanent basis for any reason at any time.

Occasional attendance at in-person events will be required. This position requires the ability to travel within the Twin Cities metro area and greater Minnesota, and requires the ability to occasionally work evenings, early mornings, and weekends. Details regarding work schedule, work location, and other arrangements will be made upon offer of employment and a work schedule will be agreed upon by the employee and their supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications

Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS degree with at least two years of experience or a combination of related education and work experience to equal six years.
  • Professional experience that is related to the Center’s research, education, and outreach activities, such as: coordinating events and training activities, providing staff support to stakeholder groups or committees, facilitating meetings, developing and monitoring budgets, and working with multiple teams.

Preferred Qualifications

The successful candidate should possess the following competencies:

  • Achieving and Getting Results: customer-focused; utilizes effective oral and written communication skills; demonstrates ability to deal with unanticipated problems and opportunities; curious, dependable, detail-oriented, and quality conscious.
  • Building and Maintaining Relationships: able to work with multiple bosses in a complex, high-energy environment; appreciates and respects different points of view.
  • Managing Self: functions effectively within ever-changing environments; effectively manages time, resources, organizational tools and systems, and stress level; demonstrates resilience, persistence, and adaptability.
  • Leading: proactively takes initiative to identify and appropriately resolve and/or escalate issues or problems; appropriately utilizes, influences, and manages resources to accomplish work.

How to Apply

Apply on the U of M jobs web page (job ID 345534):

Applicant review will begin on January 31, 2022.