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Transportation Planner I – MAPC

MAPC seeks a Transportation Planner I to support the goals and work of the Transportation Division. Under the supervision of the Assistant Director of Transportation, s/he will work on technical assistance projects, conduct research on regional transportation issues, and help to plan public meetings and events that highlight the work of the department. Other activities and projects may include parking studies, complete streets projects, transit improvement studies, and providing research on innovative transportation funding methods. This work is conducted in both urban and suburban settings across Greater Boston, and with multiple stakeholders.

The Transportation Division works at the local, regional, and state level to create a transportation system that is accessible, equitable, environmentally sound, and supports the growth of housing and jobs in locations that will produce fewer auto trips.

 About MAPC
MAPC is the Regional Planning Agency serving the people who live and work in metropolitan Boston. Our mission is to promote smart growth and regional collaboration. We are guided by MetroFuture: Making a Greater Boston Region, our regional plan for a more sustainable and equitable future, which was adopted in 2008. We work toward sound municipal management, sustainable land use, protection of natural resources and public health, clean energy, efficient and affordable transportation, a diverse housing stock, public safety, economic development, an informed public, and equity and opportunity among people of all backgrounds.

MAPC employs approximately 90 full-time employees located in downtown Boston in a family-friendly, transit-accessible, and bike-friendly office. We take pride in the diversity of our workforce and encourage all qualified persons to apply. For more information about MAPC, the Transportation Division, and the MetroFuture plan, visit www.mapc.org.

Examples of Duties

  • Support professional staff in the Transportation Department with conducting local and regional planning studies;
  • Collect data through phone calls, surveys, observations, and field work;
  • Conduct research on innovative transportation topics and develop recommendations for local and state action;
  • Write and edit technical memos, whitepapers, and reports;
  • Schedule and participate in meetings with municipal officials and other stakeholders;
  • Engage with stakeholders including elected officials, residents, business owners, and civic organizations;
  • Make public presentations on behalf of MAPC.
  • Other duties as necessary to advance the goals of the Transportation Division and MAPC.

 Occasional evening, early morning, and weekend meetings, and local travel are a responsibility for this position.

 Typical Qualifications

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree plus  two years of relevant work experience in transportation planning, city/regional planning, environmental studies, civil or environmental engineering, urban studies, public policy, government, or a related field.

The successful applicant will demonstrate all or most of the following skills:

  • Knowledge of transportation, planning and/or engineering concepts;
  • Familiarity with land use and environmental planning concepts;
  • Strong research and writing skills, including ability to take comprehensive meeting notes;
  • Ability to conduct fieldwork and data collection and to analyze and synthesize data;
  • Ability to organize meetings and events;
  • Ability to prepare presentation materials;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ease with both telephone and in-person contacts;
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills, including ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Ability to foster and maintain collaborative relationships with local, state and regional officials, agency heads, civic groups, and the public;
  • Ability to collaborate and work as part of a project team, as well as work independently and meet project deadlines;
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and the Adobe Suite including Illustrator;
  • Familiarity with GIS, including creation of shapefiles and spatial analysis.

 Additional information can be found on the job posting on the MAPC website.

 To Apply Apply online at MAPC website (www.mapc.org/Jobs at MAPC).  Please attach a cover letter and resume. The position is open until filled.  Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the USA and a valid driver’s license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region.

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