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Senior Associate – Transportation Planner

Boston, NYC, and D.C. Offices

Senior Associate – Transportation Planner

Senior Associate/Transportation Planner- Boston, NYC and D.C. Offices  

Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates is seeking a highly organized, independent, and motivated senior-level staff member for our nationally recognized multimodal planning practice in multiple office locations on the East Coast: Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C. This is an outstanding opportunity for the right person to become involved in supporting and growing our leading work in developing transportation systems for vibrant, livable communities locally and around the country. The right person will be able to develop and provide integrated, creative, actionable solutions in keeping with Nelson\Nygaard’s current work, which further emphasizes creative and innovative community involvement.

This practice conducts transportation planning and community involvement, often within a wider set of goals such as economic development, health, and reduced dependence on the private automobile. We are seeking an individual with at least eight years of experience and a strong interest in integrated transportation planning as well as some background in developing sustainable strategies to improve community accessibility and mobility.

Nelson\Nygaard offers a dynamic and self-directed work environment that is fast-paced, congenial, and supportive. Our office culture is built upon diversity and creativity. This is your opportunity to work with one of the most innovative groups of planners and engineers in the United States, including highly talented junior and support staff.


In this position, the successful candidate will be expected to manage tasks and entire projects, often with the involvement and guidance of a Principal. Work will include responsibility for client communication, overall task or project management, determining and managing analytical tasks, client communication, public presentation and other skills as necessary. The successful candidate is expected to lead proposals, and be responsible for overall business development targets. Providing guidance and oversight to junior staff is a must. Your projects may be located anywhere throughout the United States, and thus a willingness and desire to travel is essential. You will work closely with Nelson\Nygaard’s senior and junior staff in the local office, and also with staff in our other offices throughout the country.

Qualifications and Requirements

The ideal candidate should have a broad range of transportation and urban planning experience, preferably with a focus on transit operations and planning. A candidate should be able to demonstrate significant expertise in at least five (5) of the following areas:

  • Citywide transportation planning and analysis
  • Campus transportation planning
  • Parking management
  • Bicycle/pedestrian facility planning
  • Street design guidelines
  • Data collection and performance assessments
  • Multimodal/intermodal facility planning
  • Transit station area planning
  • Transit service planning
  • Transportation demand management
  • Transport policy, funding, and governance
  • Paratransit and demand-responsive services
  • Advanced graphics communications (InDesign, Illustrator, SketchUp, Photoshop)
  • Computer traffic modeling (Synchro, VISSIM, TransCAD)

Successful applicants will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate excellent written and verbal skills
  • Possess proven experience in managing projects within budget
  • Work successfully with clients, members of the public, and project teams
  • Outline and prepare successful proposals and reports
  • Analyze a wide range of transportation data and manage the completion of technical analyses, feasibility studies, and other transportation reports
  • Prepare and give effective presentations
  • Creatively solve multimodal transportation problems
  • Participate in firm-wide strategic planning activities to ensure that we continue to build on our mission and core values
  • Mentor and train junior staff
  • Organize and supervise data collection activities in the office and the field

At a minimum, the candidate should meet the following qualifications:

  • At least eight (8) years of responsible experience in transportation planning, traffic engineering, or a related field
  • A bachelor’s or more advanced degree in urban or transportation planning, or a related planning field; master’s degree is preferred
  • Successful and sustained experience in business development, i.e., winning work; public agency experience, grant writing and successful RFP development are applicable skills
  • Excellent written, verbal, and other communication skills, including facilitating public workshops
  • The ability to manage complex projects on time and on budget
  • Demonstrate advanced proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

We are looking for someone who can begin immediately.

Salary and Benefits

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance, carshare and bikeshare membership, pre-tax transit or bicycling benefit, a 401K program, life insurance, and paid time off. Other benefits of the position include a dynamic and self-directed work environment, collaboration with leading planners, and a congenial and supportive office culture.

To apply, please combine a cover letter and resume into a single PDF with the filename format “Lastname-City-Senior-Associate.pdf,” and e-mail to jobs@nelsonnygaard.com. Please specify in your cover letter which is your preferred location: Boston, New York, or Washington, D.C. or any of the three.

No phone calls, please.

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