Deputy Executive Director – Central Transportation Planning Staff

The Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) to the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (Boston Region MPO) is a group of talented staff at a transitional point. With a new Executive Director and a strategic planning process underway, the agency is seeking a Deputy Executive Director to oversee the strategic direction of CTPS’ operations, policy, and communications. Because this position will be filled as the strategic planning process leads to recommendations, the Deputy Executive Director will be empowered by the Executive Director to shape their role with the agency to be compatible with the ability to innovate and implement those recommendations.

The Deputy Executive Director will join a team of more than 50 staff who are committed to working towards an equitable and sustainable transportation system for the 97 cities and towns in the Boston region. The Deputy Executive Director will complete a collaborative leadership team made up of the Executive Director and Directors of Policy and Planning, Technical Services, and Finance and Operations, and the Associate Director of Regional Modeling and Analysis. The Deputy Executive Director will also collaborate with the leadership team of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the Boston area’s Regional Planning Agency and CTPS’ fiduciary agent; the Board members of the Boston Region MPO, including elected officials and professionals; and leadership and staff at the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and other state agencies.

The right candidate for this position is someone who both understands how to navigate technical processes, and who has a passion for working with people at all levels of an agency to best support their skills and mission to carry out a transparent and collaborative planning process.

Responsibilities

The Deputy Executive Director will work in close collaboration with the leadership team to support an agency culture that is equitable, inclusive, and collaborative, and that promotes the unique and joint capabilities and skills of staff. To do so, the Deputy Executive Director will need to approach problem-solving in a way that collaboratively identifies needs throughout the organization and the source of challenges before reaching conclusions about solutions.

The Deputy Executive Director will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Evaluate organizational processes, identify agency needs, and develop strategies for improvements that are realistic in the context of the constraints of a public sector regional agency
  • Update and create standard operating procedures, develop tracking and reporting processes and tools, and improve information flows to support the production of high quality work products
  • Lead implementation of recommendations from the five year CTPS strategic plan, including developing action plans for specific improvement areas
  • Develop and implement systems for consistent communication of organizational policies, updates, and leadership decisions to all staff
  • Develop and implement systems for robust internal communication to better ensure cross-collaboration between staff with varied expertise
  • Lead, or lead the identification of resources needed for, the development of an external communications strategy, including attention to agency branding, website development, and building relationships with regional stakeholders
  • Develop strategies to attract and retain diverse applicants and staff members, including through expanding agency recruitment efforts, assessing staff satisfaction, and proposing improvements catered to the CTPS work environment
  • Manage the staff development cycle, including performance evaluations and professional advancement and development
  • Support the Executive Director in building relationships with various external stakeholders to ensure the successful operation of CTPS
  • Manage the agency in the absence of the Executive Director, when necessary and in collaboration with the leadership team

Qualifications

While the following sections describe “required” and “desirable” qualifications, CTPS is open to candidates who believe that their particular experience and skills can replace some of the requirements.

Required Qualifications

  • Education:
    • A Master’s Degree in public policy, public management, business, planning, or a related field, and at least 10 years of relevant experience; OR
    • A Bachelor’s Degree in public policy, public management, business, planning or a related field, and 12 years of relevant experience
  • Excellent leadership, oral and communication skills, with at least 3 years of leadership experience
  • Ability to work in a diverse environment, demonstrating emotional intelligence, empathy, an ability to listen, and awareness of one’s own biases and privilege
  • Demonstrated experience leading staff through change
  • Ability to work collaboratively with elected and appointed officials
  • Experience in evaluating business processes, identifying needs, and developing strategies to maximize opportunities and best enable an agency to accomplish its mission
  • A commitment to dismantling systemic racism, promoting equity, and holding the organization accountable to its own values
  • An ability to learn quickly and adapt to a regional transportation planning environment, and interact with staff with a variety of expertise

Additional Desirable Skills

In addition to the above required skills, it could be helpful, although not required, if a candidate has the following attributes:

  • Exposure to or the ability to understand transportation planning and MPOs, particularly in the Boston region
  • Experience in business analytics and operations or experience managing business analysts
  • Knowledge of Deltek Vision or similar information management software packages for businesses

Additional Information

The starting salary range for this position is $122,500–$132,500 annually, contingent on qualifications and experience.

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. MAPC is the fiduciary agent for CTPS and legally employs its staff. MAPC and CTPS are Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) employers that take pride in the diversity of their workforces and encourage all qualified persons to apply. A Criminal Offenders Records Information (CORI) request must be completed if offered this position. However, a criminal record is not an automatic bar to employment but will be reviewed in relation to the job applied for.

About CTPS

CTPS is a passionate group of transportation planners, analysts, modelers, programmers, and engineers working to address Boston’s regional transportation challenges. The deep transportation knowledge and expertise of this close-knit team is a critical asset to MassDOT, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs), cities and towns within the region, as well as other agencies and stakeholders.

CTPS has two primary roles:

  • Support the Boston Region MPO board and its committees in establishing and realizing a vision to create a modern, well-maintained transportation system that supports an equitable, sustainable, healthy, livable, and economically vibrant region through a transparent and inclusive process
  • Carry out a wide range of technical and planning studies and analysis to support our partners in the region

The current organizational chart is below.

How to Apply

This position is open until filled and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. A review of applications will begin immediately. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume online at https://www.bostonmpo.org/.