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Senior Rail Planner

Date Posted:  Jun 11, 2022
Requisition ID:  338105

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and to perform the essential functions of a role.


Next level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.


About the Job:

The primary responsibility of this position is to oversee the development of the State Rail Plan.  The rail plan is a requirement for federal funding eligibility and is updated every four years with the next edition due in 2025.  This requires an above average working knowledge/and or willingness to learn and understand how Indiana’s railroads contribute to Indiana’s economic ecosystem.  Another role of the position is to ensure state funds are used to preserve and promote the economic development and maintenance of the short-line railroad industry, inspect completed grant projects, promote safety at rail-highway crossings through administration of and analyze rail freight commodity movements.

A Day in the Life:

The essential elements of the job duties: 

  • Administer state and federal grant programs to transportation providers. 
  • Maintain compliance with state rules, regulations and requirements.
  • Assure effective operation of grant assistance programs.
  • Soliciting and evaluateing grant applications from transportation providers.
  • Analyze effect of projects on areas using cost/ benefit analysis.
  • Review projects for fulfillment of federal and state guidelines. 
  • Research & develops program policies, goals & procedures.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of annual work plans.
  • Coordinate and monitor the grant procurement activities. 
  • Compile, analyze and complete reports of key operating and financial data from the state's public transportation systems.
  • Maintain knowledge and work closely to resolve current issues on public/specialize transportation; Presentt relevant transportation information at local, state and national meetings.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities and activities may change or be assigned at any time. 

What You'll Need for Success:

This person must have the following requirements to be considered for employment: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Project Management, Public Administration, Business Management, or related field – equivalent combination of work experience and/or education may be substituted.   
  • Five (5) years of related experience, preferably in Economics, Finance, Legislation, or in Educational/Employment training programs.
  • Extensive knowledge of state and federal transit grant programs.
  • Working knowledge of State and Federal public transit operations.
  • Working knowledge of policy making and the legislative process at the federal, state & local level.
  • Working knowledge of local planning procedures.
  • Advanced skill in the use of computers and software to include Microsoft Office suite.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to research and solve problems utilizing available resources.
  • Ability to write and speak effectively and maintain cooperative relationships with local government.

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:


The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans;
  • Wellness program (offers premium discount for the medical plan and gift cards);
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution; 
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities;
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match; 
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options; 
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave;
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave;
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off; 
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years; 
  • Education Reimbursement Program;
  • Group life insurance; 
  • Referral Bonus program;
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits; 
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program;
  • Free Parking for most positions;
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access;


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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