Planning Specialist

Virginia Department of Transportation
Culpeper, VA
Added: January 17, 2024
Title: Planning Specialist

State Role Title: Program Admin Specialist II

Hiring Range: $59,509 - $96,702

Pay Band: 5

Agency: VA Dept of Transportation

Location: Culpeper District Complex

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Recruitment Type: General Public - G

Job Duties

VDOT's Culpeper District is in search of a Planning Specialist for our Culpeper, VA location. The Planning Specialist position will work with staff, localities, and regional planning partners to coordinate transportation planning activities and support urban and rural planning efforts. Coordinate and implement long-range plans through a project selection/study process and development of concept plans and applications for the various funding programs and ultimate inclusion in the TIP, STIP and project development process. Conduct technical analysis using capacity tools, databases, and geospatial software that locates and identifies deficiencies allowing for the development of recommended improvements to ensure future needs are met throughout district localities. Integrate planning efforts such as corridor studies, long-range plans, traffic requests and prioritization efforts into the Pathways for Planning (P4P) and Statewide Planning System (SPS) as the platform for future technical studies and study repository. Support ongoing communication and public outreach and coordination of planning activities with local governments and regional bodies.

Why Choose VDOT

In addition to a rewarding work experience, VDOT offers core benefits including competitive health and life insurance programs, pre-tax spending accounts, and leave programs. Employees participate in a State Retirement Plan; a tax-deferred Retirement Savings Plan with employer matching provision is also available. Also, the State funds a Short- and Long Term Disability Program. Miscellaneous benefits include 12 paid holidays, training and tuition assistance programs, wellness programs, etc.

VDOT employees have Shared Values and abide by a Code of Ethics. Our culture includes teamwork, transparency, nimble learning, creativity, and collaboration of work that values differences. We encourage all those who apply to review our values and ethics. Click here to review andvalues.asp. If you share these values, we invite you to apply. Your success in our organization depends upon sharing these values and keeping this Code of Ethics.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate and complete multiple assignments within scheduled timeframes.
  • Skill in the use of computers and software applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply transportation planning principles and practices to a variety of complex projects.
  • Experience applying transportation planning and traffic engineering principles, practices and procedures.
  • Ability to evaluate, develop, and maintain innovative solutions for transportation planning and mobility initiatives.
  • Skill and ability to positively interact with employees, citizens and government officials.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local transportation planning and land use regulations, procedures and policies.
  • Ability to evaluate, develop and maintain innovative solutions for transportation planning and mobility initiatives.

Additional Considerations

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Transportation Planning, Urban Planning or related field; a combination of experience and education may substitute for degree.
  • Certified Planner with American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).
  • Experience using planning and traffic engineering software, e.g. Geographic Information System (GIS), Highway Capacity Software, Synchro, Sidra, etc.
  • Experience in long-range transportation planning to include forecasting, transportation studies and traffic analyses.
  • Experience as liaison with diverse groups, e.g. government officials, special interest groups, etc.

Special Instructions

You will be provided a confirmation of receipt when your application and/or résumé is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your account to check the status of your application for this position.

You will be provided a confirmation of receipt when your application and/or resume is submitted successfully. Please refer to "your application" in your account to check the status of your application for this position. The decision to interview an applicant is based on the information provided in the application or optional resume; therefore, those who fully represent their qualifications will be more successful with obtaining an interview. Submitting an incomplete application or resume lacking relevant experience detail may impact interview eligibility. State applications or resumes submitted via email, postal mail, fax, or in person will not be considered.

You may be required to assist during emergency operations, requiring work outside normal work hours to ensure the safety of the traveling public.

Fingerprint based background check, references, work history and DMV records will be verified prior to employment.

Applicants must be eligible to work in the United States. H1B VISA Sponsorship is not available.

VDOT utilizes a market-based pay program, which has been approved by DHRM. Therefore, advertised rates of pay may or may not align with the Commonwealth pay bands.

Telework eligibility will be in accordance with the Commonwealth's Teleworking policy.

We are a "Virginia Values Veterans" (V3) official certified company and state agency that provides hiring preference to Veterans and Members of the Virginia National Guard in support of Executive Order 29, (2010). If you are a Veteran or Virginia National Guard Member, we urge you to respond accordingly on your state application.

Contact Information

Name: Sherri Johnson

Phone: 540-727-7055


In support of the Commonwealth’s commitment to inclusion, we are encouraging individuals with disabilities to apply through the Commonwealth Alternative Hiring Process. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants will need to provide their Certificate of Disability (COD) provided by a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor within the Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS), or the Department for the Blind & Vision Impaired (DBVI). Veterans are encouraged to answer Veteran status questions and submit their disability documentation, if applicable, to DARS/DBVI to get their Certificate of Disability. If you need to get a Certificate of Disability, use this link: Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities, or call DARS at 800-552-5019, or DBVI at 800-622-2155.