Meeting local needs for training, technical assistance, and research in transportation

Now Hiring - Local Field Liaison

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Kansas LTAP is currently accepting applications for a Local Field Liaison. This 1/3 time, contract position reports to the Director of the University of Kansas Transportation Center (KUTC). 

Position Overview
This position will provide part-time traffic engineering services and advice as a local field liaison, particularly targeted to road and bridge agencies and street departments with limited or no in-house transportation safety engineering resources to conduct these activities on their own.

80% - Work directly with county and city public works agencies in Kansas (about 2 trips per month) as a part of the Kansas Local Technical Assistance Program (Kansas LTAP). Primary tasks in this duty include: planning and implementing visits to local agencies for coordination of practical road safety assessments, safety engineering analysis and identification of low-cost safety improvements, providing guidance in applying for funding for safety improvements, assistance in the implementation of local road safety plans, answering inquiries from local agencies, and distribution of relevant technology transfer materials to local agencies visited. This task will also include the development and delivery of curriculum for roadway safety training for local agency staff, elected officials, and law enforcement officials. Due to the nature of this work, the successful candidate can expect to travel approximately 6 days per month across Kansas.

10% - Work with the KUTC Communications and Outreach Coordinator to develop road safety and maintenance briefs suitable for distribution by Kansas LTAP.

10% - Represent the KUTC with key transportation organizations that are stakeholders in the technology transfer products and services of the KUTC.

Required Qualifications: 

  • A valid Kansas Professional Engineer's (PE) license. 
  • A minimum of ten years' experience working directly for or with local transportation public works agencies. 
  • Experience as a trainer for transportation engineering, highway safety, local road maintenance, or transportation operations topics. 
  • Experience working with pertinent transportation manuals and guidebooks such as The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, The Roadside Design Guide, A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets, and the Kansas Handbook of Traffic Control Guidance for Low-Volume Rural Roads. 
  • Experience using engineering judgment in situations that do not comply with standard guidance. 
  • Experience collecting, analyzing, or using transportation data of one or more of the following types: traffic volume and speed data, crash records, roadway geometric data, or other data. 
  • A valid driver's license. 
  • The ability to perform regular overnight travel approximately 6 days per month. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience with technical writing in one or more of the following areas: transportation engineering, roadway safety, or local road maintenance. 
  • Experience with establishing priorities in a complex technical environment with competing responsibilities. 
  • Proven record of the ability to meet deadlines.


Candidate Instructions
To apply, email a cover letter and resume to:

          Emily Wilder, ewilder@ku.edu
          Associate Director of Business & LTAP Director
          University of Kansas Transportation Center

Application Review
Review of applications will begin October 26th, 2020, and continue until a qualified pool of applicants is identified.