May 2021 Jobs: RIDOT – Principal Planner

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(This position includes working with MBTA commuter Rail, Amtrak, and RIPTA bus in Rhode Island)
Salary:  $33.84 – $38.27 Hourly
              $61,585.00 – $69,652.00 Annually
Location:  Providence, RI
Job Type:  IFPTE Local 400 (DOT) (65)
Job Number:  5415-10000-2348
Division:  Office of Transit
Closing:  5/6/2021 11:59 PM Eastern
Pay Grade:  0029A
Classification:  Classified
Scheduled Work Days; Hours of Work:  Monday – Friday; 8:30AM – 4:00PM
Work Week:  Standard 35.0 Hours
Bargaining Union:  IFPTE Local 400 (DOT) (65)
Class Definition
  • GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: To perform complex professional, community, regional and statewide planning functions and, as required, to supervise the work of other planners, technicians and other subordinates engaged in such functions; and to do related work as required.
  • SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Works under the general supervision of a superior from whom assignments are received in outline form.
  • SUPERVISION EXERCISED: As required, supervises and reviews the work of technical and clerical assistants. 
Illustrative Examples of Work Performed
  • To perform complex professional planning work relative to a community assistance, a regional or a statewide planning program.
  • As assigned, to supervise studies and present findings and recommendations on a variety of planning activities that are phases of community assistance program and/or a statewide planning program.
  • To assist and advise city and town planning officials in the development of work programs designed to solve local planning, development or re-development problems.
  • To coordinate statewide planning programs with state agency or community programs.
  • To confer with state, community and agency officials on matters pertaining to community, regional and statewide planning activities.
  • When authorized, to draft and negotiate details of contract agreements to provide technical planning assistance.
  • To supervise and review the work of technical and clerical personnel engaged in the performance of work related to community, regional or statewide planning programs.
  • As required, to attend meetings, hearings and conferences.
  • To do related work as required.
Required Qualifications for Appointment
KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS AND CAPACITIES: A thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of community and state planning; a thorough knowledge of the methods and techniques involved in the collection and organization of physical, social, economic, fiscal and other data used in community and state planning; the ability to make technical planning studies and surveys in such fields; the ability to analyze and evaluate data and make recommendations thereon; the ability to make varied types of planning designs, such as sketch plans and graphic presentations; the ability to plan, organize, supervise and review the work of other planners and clerical assistants; the ability to understand and carry out complex written or oral instructions; and related capacities and abilities.

  • Education: Such as may have been gained through: graduation from a recognized college with a Master’s Degree in Urban or Regional Planning; and
  • Experience: Such as may have been gained through: employment involving the performance of responsible professional planning work in the field of local, regional or state planning.
  • Or, any combination of education and experience that shall be substantially equivalent to the above education and experience.
Supplemental Information
Position works in the Department’s Office of Transit focusing on passenger rail, bus, and ferry modes. Position interfaces with MBTA, Amtrak, and RIPTA transit agencies as well as federal partners. Anticipated duties include planning analyses to improve existing services and efforts to implement the state’s new Transit Master Plan. Additional duties include federal reporting, grants management, contract management, plan review, and data and financial analyses. Candidates should have strong interest in increasing public transit usage.
Advanced Excel skills preferred; as well as ArcMap GIS software competency, proficiency with data and financial analysis and familiarity with local and regional transit systems, experience with ADA and Title VI is desired.


For information regarding the benefits available to State of Rhode Island employees, please visit the Office of Employee Benefits’ website at

Also, be advised that a new provision in RI General Law 35-6-1 was enacted requiring direct deposit for all employees. Specific to new hires, the law requires that all employees hired after September 30, 2014 participate in direct deposit. Accordingly, any employee hired after this date will be required to participate in the direct deposit system. At the time the employee is hired, the employee shall identify a financial institution that will serve as a personal depository agency for the employee.


  • Reasonable Accommodations: If an applicant is unable to perform any essential job functions because of his/her disability but can achieve the required results by means of a REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION, then the individual shall not be considered unqualified for the position.
  • Medical Information: Any medical exams required for this position will be performed after a conditional offer of employment has been made in accordance with the Rules/Regulations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


Note: All interviewees will be required to complete a Criminal Record Supplemental Questionnaire (CS-14B) at the time of the first interview or anytime thereafter. Conviction is not necessarily a bar to employment. Each case is considered on its individual merits. Per RIGL§ 28-5-6(4), “CONVICTION means, for purposes of this chapter only, any verdict or finding of guilt after a criminal trial or any plea of guilty or nolo contendere to a criminal charge.”



01 (Required Question)

Are you a member of IFPTE Local 400 at DOT? (You must answer this question correctly to be considered based on your union affiliation. If you fail to answer this question correctly, you will not be entitled to be considered based on contractual provisions.)

  • Yes or No
State of Rhode Island
One Capitol Hill
Providence, Rhode Island, 02908

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