Transportation Improvement Program Manager (Transportation Planner)
Central Transportation Planning Staff
May 10, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
Civil - Project Management, Civil - Transportation, Civil - Urban and Community Planning, Civil Engineering
The Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) of the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is seeking a transportation planner to manage all aspects of the MPO’s Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), a federally required document that describes the programming of federal funds for transportation infrastructure projects throughout the Boston metropolitan region. This talented professional will also engage in other metropolitan transportation-planning activities to support the MPO's continuous, comprehensive, cooperative (3C) transportation-planning certification process, as needed.
The qualified candidate must have:
A minimum of three years of relevant professional experience in the field of transportation planning and/or transportation engineering with a demonstrated knowledge of the principles, practices, and techniques of metropolitan planning in the areas of transportation, land use, demographics, project financing, and public policy
A master’s degree in transportation planning, urban or regional planning, civil engineering, economics, or a related field
Excellent written and oral presentation skills and the ability to effectively communicate to a variety of audiences, including the MPO board, elected officials, technical staff, and the general public
Strong organizational, project-management, and analytical skills (both qualitative and quantitative)
Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
Ability to facilitate dialogue among stakeholders
Proficiency working with spreadsheets and databases
Attention to detail and in applying quality-assurance procedures to all products and activities
Previous MPO experience and knowledge of the MPO process are desirable.
The TIP Manager will oversee development of the annual TIP document and its periodic amendments. Activities include:
Coordinating CTPS activities to support TIP development
Presenting regular updates to the MPO board
Coordinating with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, regional transit authorities, and municipalities to track the status of project design, engineering, and construction
Evaluating and prioritizing transportation projects by applying existing methods, and developing new methods
Working with MPO board members, municipalities, and other potential project proponents
Conducting outreach to inform the public about the TIP and the MPO planning process
Creating the TIP document, including drafting text, preparing tables that present budget information, and overseeing layout, graphics, and production
Updating federal funding information and ensuring that the TIP complies with federal and state requirements, regulations, and procedures
The TIP Manager also will provide policy, process, and technical support for the development of other certification documents, such as the Long-Range Transportation Plan, and Air Quality Conformity; and activities like performance-based planning.
Knowledge of the following is desirable, but not required:
U.S. Census Bureau data sets
Construction project management, project financing, and financial planning
Spatial analysis and map production using ESRI’s ArcGIS software
Understanding of the practices and principles of travel demand modeling, traffic engineering, transit service planning, bicycle and pedestrian planning, and air quality conformity
Salary contingent upon qualifications; excellent employee benefits package. All candidates must have legal authorization (citizenship or visa) to work in the USA. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is CTPS’s fiduciary agent and legally employs its staff. MAPC/CTPS is an EOE/AA employer which takes pride in the diversity of its workforce and encourages all qualified persons to apply.
Respond with resume and cover letter to:
Recruitment Director, CTPS
State Transportation Building
10 Park Plaza, Suite 2150
Boston, MA 02116-3968
About Central Transportation Planning Staff
The staff to the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization is Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS).CTPS was created to develop a permanent resource of expertise in comprehensive, multimodal transportation planning and analysis, to promote interagency cooperation, to ensure consistency among planning efforts, to reduce redundancy, and to fill gaps in the capabilities of MPO members—thus enabling the MPO´s 3C work and other, related work for member agencies to be accomplished efficiently and effectively. Visit our website at www.bostonmpo.org.