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OAC Program Specialist

Date Posted:  Nov 18, 2022
Requisition ID:  415316

La Porte, IN, US, 46350


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 Indiana Department of Transportation:

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) provides a dynamic workplace that serves Indiana citizens, improves our state’s quality of life, and enhances its economic opportunity. INDOT has a number of innovative programs and projects, including Public-Private Partnerships, Green Initiatives, and cutting-edge uses of materials and assets. As part of the State of Indiana, INDOT offers a competitive total compensation package, as well as outstanding work/life balance. Whether you are an established professional in the transportation field or just starting your career, INDOT has exciting and challenging opportunities for you. 


Salary: This position traditionally starts at an annual salary of $53,222.00. Salary for this position may be commensurate with education and job experience.


Location: This position is located in INDOT La Porte.


Role Overview: This position will serve as the Outdoor Advertising Compliance and Control Specialist. 

About the Job:

The Engineer Assistant 3 position is responsible for data collection, reconciliation, and implementation of the Outdoor Advertising Control (OAC) program within the District. This position oversees outdoor advertising with respect to State right-of-way (ROW) via permitting done in a manner that balances economic development with transportation infrastructure protection. Position responsibilities include coordination with Central Office, other Districts, and other INDOT divisions to implement policies and procedures for Permits and other programs impacting Outdoor Advertising (OA) and major permit projects. This position serves as the lead for the District in ensuring that applicable Federal and State laws and regulations, as well as INDOT policies and procedures, are followed. Failure to administer the OAC program effectively could result in a 10% reduction in Indiana’s federal highway funding.


The staff person for this position must be a graduate of INDOT’s Certified Technician Program or become certified within the first six months of hire.  The position reports directly to the District Permit Manager.

A Day in the Life:

  • Assists and acts on behalf of the District Permit Manager to oversee, manage and accomplish effective OA as required by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Beautification Act.
  • Ensures compliance with all State and Federal requirements and recommends approval or denial of OA permit applications to District Permit Manager.
  • Serves as District liaison to INDOT Central Office, FHWA, and stakeholders for OA permits.
  • Coordinates OA annual inventory and reconciles issues found.
  • Reviews technical information and provides guidance and recommendations to the District Permit Manager and permit applicants as to the proper procedures for INDOT’s review and issuance of OA permits.
  • Facilitates proper coordination with multiple INDOT programs, in a collaborative environment, to review and issue OA permits for projects with complex right-of-way (ROW) in a timely manner.
  • Develops familiarity with zoning requirements and resources of all localities within the District.
  • Coordinates and assists with the evaluation and disposition of OA signs involved in INDOT construction projects, coordinating with INDOT Real Estate, Utilities, Project Managers, and others as required.
  • Documents all updates, corrections, violations, and other issues in the Electronic Permitting System (EPS) relating to OA permits.
  • Serves as the District lead on procedural information and technical applications relating to OA permits.
  • Responds to inquiries from INDOT personnel and the general public pertaining to the OA permit processes.
  • Coordinates and leads pre-construction meetings for all OA permits as required.
  • Performs OA permit site inspections by reviewing ROW relationship on all new and existing installations.
  • Performs final inspections of approved permitted work on OA projects to ensure permit conformity.
  • Receives, reviews, and approves as-built plans submitted from applicants related to new/revised OA permits.
  • Drafts correspondence and performs follow-up, both informational and legal, for OA compliance issues including, but not limited to: Missing OA plates, permit downgrades/revocation, and illegal/non-permitted signs.

What You'll Need for Success:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Two (2) years of experience with INDOT or related transportation work (or sub, training as equal experience).
  • Knowledge/ability to understand and interpret Federal and State rules and regulations, INDOT policies, and construction standards.
  • Excellent people skills.
  • Broad knowledge in agency’s mission, program, and administrative policies and standards.
  • Broad knowledge of accepted construction practices, procedures, and precedents.
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, prioritize workload, and meet deadlines, in many cases concurrently.
  • Customer-focused, with a keen sense of urgency/accountability and able to help resolve problems, develop collaborative solutions, and satisfy expectations.
  • Ability to function effectively under potentially stressful situations, working with various personalities and stakeholders while conforming to changing demands and responsibilities.
  • Effective communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Valid Driver’s License.
  • Valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL), or ability to obtain a CDL within 90 days.
  • During winter weather events, availability to timely report for snow/ice removal activities.

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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