Transportation Planning Assistant – Boston Planning & Development Agency

OVERVIEW

The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) is the planning and economic development agency for the City of Boston. The BPDA plays a far-reaching role in shaping the City. We are a self-sustaining agency and our love for Boston inspires us to make our City an even better place to live, work, and connect.  The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff with diverse experiences while continuing to work to build and sustain an equitable and inclusive work environment, where cultural diversity is celebrated and valued.  We believe every member on our team enriches our agency and allows us to see a broad range of ways to understand and engage with our city, identify challenges, and discover, design, and deliver solutions.

SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under the direction of the Senior Deputy Director for Transportation and Infrastructure Planning, assist in the division’s activities with regard to transportation planning initiatives, including development review, neighborhood and citywide transportation planning, a transportation mitigation database, other related projects.   Support the Transportation team in striving to achieve Go Boston 2030 goals to significantly increase transit, walking, biking and other sustainable modes.

GENERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The general duties and responsibilities of the position are included in but not limited to the information listed below. 

Transportation Planning:

  • Assist in drafting requests for proposals (RFP’s) for consultant selection, including communicating with the Legal Department and Procurement to advance selection and preparing board memos for RFP approval and release.
  • Participate in the consultant selection process.
  • Coordinate and prepare for public meetings, including, but not limited to, drafting/finalizing PowerPoint presentations, handouts, meeting notices and other materials, posting website updates, drafting and finalizing boards for community meetings, assisting senior staff in developing and implementing public engagement strategies and coordinating logistics for meetings..
  • Help with logistics of internal working groups and administrative consulting meetings; scheduling meetings, drafting agendas, taking minutes.
  • Work on other projects as assigned.

Article 80 Development Review:

  • Review Article 80 project filings (Project Notification Forms, Draft Project Impact Reports, and similar documents) to flag, identify and summarize transportation issues and possible mitigation strategies.
  • Draft comment letters on Article 80 project filings for review by senior staff.
  • Track status of Article 80 large projects including stage of review, key deadlines and transportation staff assigned.
  • Draft site re-designs for transportation elements, including cross-section designs, ROW usage, curbside management, bicycle facilities and transit components.
  • Coordinate and schedule meetings with various stakeholders, including Boston Transportation Department, Public Works Department, and the Disabilities Commission to discuss the Agency’s position on projects.
  • Develop a transportation mitigation database.
  • Update database monthly with transportation mitigation measures committed to Article 80 board memos.
  • Use salesforce to pull data and generate reports.
  • Coordinate with the Research and MIS departments on best practices for tracking mitigation.

Administrative/Other:

  • Develop BPDA administrative review guidelines for best practices in specific topic areas targeted at improving the public realm, including coordinating with key stakeholders and other city agencies on current standards and applicable zoning regulations.
  • Draft guidelines to be circulated internally and externally with developers.
  • Prepare agendas for weekly team meetings.
  • Schedule meetings for interdepartmental and interagency coordination with the Boston Transportation Department, Public Works Department, Mayor’s Office, Disabilities Commission and MBTA.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in transportation, urban planning, engineering, or other closely related field.
  • 1-3 years of experience in urban transportation planning and development 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite, Powerpoint and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to design and assemble presentations and reports.
  • Familiarity with salesforce strongly preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • An interest in pursuing an advanced degree in the field of Urban Planning, Transportation Planning or a related field is highly desirable.
  • Ability to exercise independent initiative as well as work well in a team environment.
  • Experience with Federal, State and City agencies involved in transportation and infrastructure is required.
  • Skilled in the application of personal computers to assemble and manage information required for land use and transportation models.
  • Knowledge of the standard approach to traffic capacity analysis.
  • Familiarity and commitment to progressive multi-modal transportation strategies, policies and programs.
  • Design skills relative to transportation infrastructure, the public realm and site design. Knowledge and familiarity with progressive parking policies and practices. Excellent oral and written communication skills.

 WORK ENVIRONMENT:

Office Environment, possible site visits and attendance at evening meetings. 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Little or no exertion; occasional local travel.

TO APPLY:  Please click on this link and apply here:  https://careers-bpda.icims.com/jobs/1584/transportation-planning-assistant/job

**BOSTON RESIDENCY IS A CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT**