The Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) of the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) seeks a Manager of MPO Planning and Policy to lead a forward-thinking, and ambitious team of policy and planning experts committed to working to help build an equitable, sustainable, and resilient transportation system for the Boston region. The Manager of MPO Planning and Policy will lead the strategic development and implementation of programs and activities in support of the MPO’s vision and goals for the region and will work to continuously align the agency’s ongoing planning and policy research with these goals. This individual will work collaboratively with the Manager of MPO Activities to coordinate the efforts of both teams to jointly fulfill the MPO’s responsibilities and federal requirements and with other groups in the agency, including Communications and Engagement and the technical groups responsible for carrying out multimodal transportation planning, modeling, and data analysis. The role requires excellent leadership, organizational, communication, project management, and budget oversight skills.
● Lead and oversee staff focused on MPO planning and policy research in support of the MPO and other project work at the agency.
● Support and mentor staff in ongoing development of MPO programs, including developing multi-year visions and fostering cross-agency collaboration to identify staff skills that can be employed to enhance the programs.
● Coordinate internally to ensure the successful delivery of high-quality work products that comply with federal requirements, are clear and engaging, and provide meaningful resources for MPO board members, CTPS’s partners, and members of the public.
● Implement management principles and interpersonal strategies to oversee the work of the group, promote group cohesiveness, and coordinate with other groups in the agency.
● Foster a spirit of teamwork that embraces diversity and allows for respectful discourse, including disagreement over ideas.
● When necessary, engage proactively in expeditious conflict resolution and coaching.
● Oversee and direct the work and workflow of the group, ensuring proper resource allocation and workload balance, and coordinate with other managers for effective resource management across the agency.
● Oversee program and project management and delivery, and track schedules, timesheet charges, and budgets.
● Apply quality-assurance procedures to all products and activities, demonstrating high standards of excellence.
● Lead the team using a performance management and development process that provides an overall context and framework to encourage contributions from staff members and includes goal setting, feedback, and performance development planning.
● Support development and achievement of supervisees’ goals and provide constructive and timely evaluations.
● Work with CTPS’s leadership to manage expectations of diverse stakeholders—including federal, state, regional, and local officials; other agencies; advocacy organizations; and the general public—and ensure that all are dealt with in a fair, collaborative, and thorough manner.
● Communicate and collaborate regularly with the leadership team and other managers to provide input into agency operations and support implementation activities related to the agency’s five-year strategic plan.
● Liaise with the leadership team to establish and maintain a workplace culture that emphasizes the mission, vision, and values of the agency.
While the required and desirable qualifications are listed below, our organization is open to candidates who believe that their particular experience and skills fulfill the requirements.
● A minimum of 12 years of combined educational and professional experience in transportation or regional planning; public policy analysis; program development and administration; or another field that would support the candidate’s ability to carry out the above responsibilities. Preference will be given to candidates with at least two years of experience managing or supervising staff as a group manager.
● A bachelor’s degree in urban studies, planning, public administration, political science, government or public policy, or a similar field may substitute for three years of professional experience.
● A master’s degree in a similar field may substitute for five years of professional experience.
● Excellent supervisory and leadership skills including emotional intelligence, empathy, and listening skills
● Experience successfully managing expectations of diverse stakeholders
● Ability to balance multiple activities, demands, and priorities
● Excellent organizational and time management skills and attention to detail
● Demonstrated interpersonal relationship building and employee mentoring and development skills
● Experience applying quality assurance procedures to products and activities to produce work products of a high standard in the context of changing priorities and deadlines
● Excellent written and oral presentation skills and the ability to effectively communicate to a variety of audiences, including boards of directors, elected officials, technical staff, and the public
● Appreciation for the importance of visualization as an avenue for communicating complex data and information
● Familiarity with federal and state laws, regulations, and requirements that govern MPOs
● Ability to keep abreast of best practices in metropolitan transportation planning
● A professional commitment to working toward transportation equity, environmental sustainability, climate resiliency, safety, and economic vitality
This is a full-time position and the starting salary range is $80,000–$95,000 annually, contingent upon qualifications and experience.
We offer excellent Massachusetts state employee benefits; a flexible, supportive, and family-friendly work environment; and a commitment to ongoing professional development. Our office is located in downtown Boston, in a transit-oriented and bicycle-friendly environment. We are currently piloting a hybrid work schedule based on health indicators and guidance. All employees will be required to provide proof of vaccination status.
Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the United States and a valid driver’s license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region.
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is our fiduciary agent and legally employs our staff. Both organizations 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. MAPC participates in the E-Verify system to confirm employment eligibility.
About the Central Transportation Planning Staff
Our organization is a public agency and is made up of a passionate group of transportation planners, analysts, modelers, programmers, and engineers working to address the Boston region’s transportation challenges. The agency’s deep transportation knowledge is an essential asset to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), regional transit authorities, cities and towns within the region, as well as other agencies and stakeholders.
How to Apply
The position is open until filled, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 21 days. When applying for this position, please upload both a resume and cover letter via www.bostonmpo.org. Candidates selected to interview will be asked to submit three (3) references plus a sample of relevant writing or work product.
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