Technical Service Leader/Planning & Project Development – McMahon Associates


We are currently seeking a Technical Service Leader that will lead our Planning and Project Development Group. In this role, the Technical Service Leader will manage planning staff in the New England Region, assist in training and mentoring of staff, and contribute to the growth of the New England Region. Additionally, this person would be instrumental in developing new business opportunities for these services in the New England region, while working closely with the Regional Manager. Furthermore, the Technical Service Leader will be responsible for managing multi-modal transportation projects in the public and private sectors. 


  • Supervise individuals (Senior Project Managers, Project Managers (PMs), Project Engineers, Staff Engineers, Designers, Technicians, etc.) including development and training of departmental staff, as well as performance management, i.e. conducting annual performance reviews, regular staff meetings, etc.
    Oversee the technical performance of planning services in the New England region and provide technical quality control.
  • Meet with the Regional Manager and discipline service leads to discuss recommendations for hiring, dismissal, promotion, and training, and participate in these processes
  • Coordinate with Regional Manager and discipline service leads regarding the allocation of company staff and technical resources to projects
  • Develop existing and new business development opportunities
  • Win and manage multidisciplinary planning projects in the New England Region. Establish project budgets and schedules; notify the client of project scope changes, and prepare estimates for additional design fees
  • Participate in project and/or public meetings
  • Conduct project meetings with staff on a regular basis, coordinate field review/site visits when appropriate
  • Perform reviews of contract analyses, mapping, plans and reports to adhere to McMahon’s QA/QC Policy.
  • Review and recommend contract changes, prepare proposals and presentations
  • Review and approve monthly client invoices for payment 


  • Ability to lead multidisciplinary teams on transportation and community planning projects, including corridor studies, feasibility studies etc.
  • Understanding of GIS applications for a variety of projects
  • Understanding of the NEPA process and ability to organize a team of experts to comply with NEPA on large scale projects
  • Strong knowledge of best practices and industry standards for planning concepts such as Complete Streets, Transportation Demand Management strategies, Smart Growth, Vision Zero, Department of Transportation and Transit Authority policies and practices etc.
  • Ability to convey technical information in plain language.
  • Strong organizational skills, interpersonal, communication skills and technical writing
  • Experience with public involvement techniques
  • Proficient in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint


  • Master’s Degree in Urban Planning or related field
  • 10+ years of work experience managing transportation projects
  • Must have experience managing staff, demonstrated leadership skills
  • Experience in business development and preparing and presenting client proposals required


  • AICP required


This position has immediate supervisory responsibilities.


This job operates primarily in a professional office environment. This role requires frequent and prolonged use of standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works outside the office and may be exposed to outside weather conditions. This position may include occasional lifting up to 50 pounds. 


This position may risk exposure to bright/dim light, noise, fumes, odors, and traffic.


This is a full-time position. The typical work days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Some night and weekend work may be required.


Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-the-area and overnight travel may be required according to the needs of the business.


This company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We invite resumes from all qualified, interested parties, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other protected classification under federal, state or local law.


While this job description is intended to be an accurate reflection of the job requirements, please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties from particular jobs and to assign other duties as necessary at any time with or without notice. 

OFFICE: Taunton, MA, Lincoln, RI, or Boston, MA offices

SUPERVISOR:  Regional Manager