The Central Transportation Planning Staff of the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) seeks a Manager of MPO Activities to lead the staff who provide core support for the MPO’s policy board that is responsible for implementing a vision of a safe, equitable, sustainable, and resilient transportation system in the Boston region. The manager builds relationships with the members of the MPO board and its committees so that the agency and staff can best serve the region’s transportation planning needs. The manager is also responsible for building internal and external relationships to support and enhance the work that the MPO Activities team engages in. This position will report to the Director of Policy and Planning.
• Lead and oversee staff responsible for the core planning and financial documents required of an MPO, including the Long-Range Transportation Plan, Transportation Improvement Program, and Unified Planning Work Program; support the MPO board; and coordinate and facilitate MPO meetings.
• Collaborate with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s MPO liaison to ensure that staff are able to obtain necessary information and feedback, as well as to successfully plan and facilitate board meetings.
• Support and mentor staff in the ongoing development of programs, including developing multi-year visions and fostering cross-agency collaboration to identify staff’s skills that can be employed to enhance the programs.
• Promote teamwork and collaboration with other groups across the agency, including Communications and Engagement; the technical teams responsible for carrying out multimodal transportation planning, modeling, and data analysis; and MPO Planning and Policy to jointly fulfill the MPO’s responsibilities and federal requirements.
• Oversee and direct the work and workflow of the MPO Activities group and ensure proper resource allocation and workload balance, and set quarterly outcomes and ensure annual targets are met.
• Engage with a range of stakeholders to meet MPO requirements—including federal, state, regional, and local officials, other agencies, advocacy organizations, and the general public.
• Understand the federal and state laws, regulations, and requirements that govern MPOs, keeping abreast of best practices in metropolitan transportation planning, and bringing innovative ideas to the process.
• Take an active part in meeting Title VI/Nondiscrimination needs and requirements.
• Provide ongoing, timely support and feedback to team members, and deliver thoughtful evaluations to the staff.
• Review deliverables, including technical documents, work plans, budgets, and schedules.
• Contribute to organizational initiatives in support of the agency’s strategic plan.
While the following sections describe required and desirable qualifications, candidates who believe that their particular experience and skills fulfill the requirements are encouraged to apply:
• A master’s degree in urban studies, planning, public administration, political science, government, public policy, or a related field, plus at least two years of management experience; or a bachelor’s degree in the fields listed above plus five years of management experience
• Proven ability to manage people with emotional intelligence, empathy, and listening skills
• Ability to work collaboratively and manage concurrent streams of work
• 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
• Strong organizational and time management skills and attention to detail
• Strong written and verbal communication skills and the ability to effectively communicate with a variety of audiences, including the MPO board, elected officials, technical staff, and the public
• Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite
• Knowledge of or an ability to quickly learn the MPO process and the mission, functions, and operation of the MPO Activities group
Additional valued qualifications
• Previous MPO experience
• Experience working with Asana or other related project management software
• Proficient with Deltek Vision or other resource planning software
• Familiarity with the Boston metropolitan region
Compensation and Benefits
This is a full-time position. The starting salary range is $95,000–$110,000 annually, contingent upon qualifications and experience. The agency offers excellent Massachusetts state employee benefits; a flexible, supportive work environment; and a commitment to ongoing professional development.
The Central Transportation Planning Staff of the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization is a public agency 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.
The agency has a hybrid schedule, combining time in the office with remote work. Employees must reside within a commutable distance from the Central Transportation Planning Staff’s office, which is located in downtown Boston, in a transit-oriented and bicycle-friendly area.
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. All employees will be required to provide proof of vaccination status.
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is the fiduciary agent to the Central Transportation Planning Staff and legally employs the staff. Both organizations are Equal Employment Opportunity 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.
How to Apply
The position is open until filled, and applications will be 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 governmentjobs.com/careers/ctps or bostonmpo.org. Candidates selected to interview will be asked to submit three references plus a sample of relevant writing or a work product.
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