Transportation Planner – McMahon Associates

POSITION SUMMARY:
We are seeking a Transportation Planner to complement our dynamic team of planners and engineers, committed to improving communities through transportation. McMahon Associates is comprised of progressive transportation planners and engineers who are passionate about multimodal transportation. Our projects involve elements such as Complete Streets design, Vision Zero, First/Last mile connections to transit, Transportation Demand Management, shared and micromobility, transit service planning, parking studies, pedestrian and bicycle facilities for all ages, environmental sustainability and community planning.

The ideal candidate would have the flexibility to work out of the Boston, MA; Taunton, MA; or Lincoln, RI offices.

The Transportation Planner will work on a variety of transportation projects under direct supervision of an experienced professional and will assist project managers on all aspects of transportation planning projects, including research, field work, data analysis, preparing maps and graphics, drafting reports and documents, preparing proposals, developing solutions to complex problems, soliciting feedback from the client and public, and presenting recommendations.

PRIMARY DUTIES:
• Conduct research on various topics, including demographics, transportation issues, and best practices
• Assist with field work, including photographs, sketches, counts, and measurements
• Request, compile, and organize data from a variety of sources
• Create maps and graphics for transportation planning or engineering documents, including displays and materials for project committees and public meetings
• Draft text for planning documents, such as multimodal transportation plans, trail plans, corridor plans, complete streets, parking plans, transportation elements of municipal comprehensive plans, and grant applications
• Assist in client contact and communication pertaining to specific projects as necessary
• Assist with preparing materials and attending project related meetings outside of the office with clients, agencies, and the public
• Maintain organized project files

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
The following are essential for this position:
• Passion for improving communities through the built environment and transportation
• Demonstrated interest in multimodal transportation planning, particularly planning for transit, bicycle and pedestrian facilities
• Ability to identify problems, collect data, and develop creative solutions
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, including preparation of reports, letters, and presentation material
• Strong work ethic and a desire to grow in the profession, dedication to teamwork, and commitment to clients
• Comfort with interacting with the public and volunteers through public outreach and engagement activities. Direct experience preferred.
• Organizational skills and attention to detail
• Ability to work on multiple projects at the same time, both independently and also as an integral part of a team
• Cooperative skills in working efficiently with a team
• Advanced proficiency of Microsoft Office Suite required
• Valid driver’s license
The following are desirable but not required. The ideal applicant will have direct experience and skills in at least three of the categories:
• Knowledge and experience working with state Department of Transportation (DOT), Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO), Regional Planning Agencies (RPA), County Planning agencies, and/or transit authorities
• Knowledge and experience working with municipalities
• Knowledge and interest in transportation funding programs
• Experience with specialized software:
• ArcGIS
• Adobe Creative Suite (SketchUp, Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign)
• AutoCAD
• Experience with 3-D modeling and graphic presentation
• Ability to computer-generate graphics to assist with visualization of ideas. The ability to illustrate concepts by hand is desirable, but not essential.
• Strong graphic skills, including the ability to illustrate complex information
• Strong quantitative analytical skills
• Understanding the NEPA planning process and related state environmental regulations and permitting processes

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:
• A Master’s Degree in City/Urban/Regional Planning, Urban Design, Public Administration, or related field from an accredited college or university is preferred. A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year accredited college or university is required. If no Master’s Degree, the Bachelor’s Degree program must be accredited through the American Planning Associations (APA)’s Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.
• A minimum of two years of professional experience is required, with five years or more of planning experience desirable. Experience working as a transportation or community planner preferred.

COMPETENCIES:

1. Critical and Analytical Thinking
2. Problem Solving
3. Oral and Written Communication
4. Collaborative Working

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:
This position has no immediate supervisory responsibilities.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT:
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.

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

WORK SCHEDULE:
This is a full-time position. The typical work days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Some night and weekend work may be required.

TRAVEL:
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.

AAP/EEO STATEMENT:
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.

OTHER DUTIES:
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.