SRPEDD is the regional planning agency in Southeastern Massachusetts for 27 communities. In cooperation with MassDOT, SRPEDD is responsible for the planning and programming of all modes of transportation including highways, public transit, freight, bicycles, and pedestrians. Our work is regionally based, but community focused. We work to formulate and implement plans that will achieve quality of life improvements, and to ensure that these plans reflect the expressed needs of our 27 member municipalities (4 cities and 23 towns). SRPEDD also provides technical assistance to our cities and towns and to the region’s two transit authorities, Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority (GATRA) and Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SRTA). SRPEDD’s office, based in Taunton, MA, is currently operating under a flexible, hybrid work policy.
Position Summary/Duties –
SRPEDD’s Transportation Department is seeking a self-starting team player who enjoys collaborating as well as working on their own and is independent enough to take the initiative and serve as a reliable, effective project manager on meaningful and substantive planning projects. Under the supervision of the Transportation Planning Manager the Principal Planner performs a wide variety of transportation and transit planning tasks.
The Principal Transportation Planner acts as a creative and technical assistant and leader on numerous plans, studies, public engagement initiatives, grant applications, and other complex products. Responsibilities require an understanding of principles, practices and methods of transportation planning and related technical assistance. Program specific essential duties include but are not limited to:
Provide technical guidance, and oversight, develop planning study scopes.
Perform data management, analysis, and visualization, including the delivery of regularly scheduled reports and technical datasets.
Oversee and/or assist with transportation and transit data collection, as needed, such as (e.g. crash and safety data or bus route evaluations) and prepare professional-grade reports based on findings.
Write reports and correspondence, assemble, and submit successful grant applications, and prepare detailed study-related documents and recommendations.
Communicate with and engage effectively with agency liaisons, area stakeholders and members of the public in the process of identifying, prioritizing, and responding to unmet transportation needs.
Assist with organizing, facilitating, and contributing toward all manner of successful in-person and remote meetings and other public outreach to inform and engage the public with regards to transportation and transit.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with elected officials, co-workers, agency representatives, consultants, and members of the general public.
Coordinate with Regional Transit Authorities regarding asset management/performance measures and private carriers for potential projects.
Assist with updates, development and implementation of various plans and programs, including the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and Long-Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).
Attendance at in-person and remote daytime and evening meetings required.
Qualifications and Educational Requirements –
Bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning, engineering, geography, or related field and a minimum of five years in a professional capacity. A graduate degree may offset required experience.
Transportation planning, addressing issues related to statewide, metropolitan, and/or corridor planning experience, and performance-based planning and programming required.
Transit experience, related to passenger surveys, bus route evaluations, Transit Asset Management Plans and Performance Measures a plus.
Strong analytical abilities and creative problem-solving skills and community engagement expertise essential.
Experience with Adobe Creative Suite or other visualization software as well as an eye for graphic design desired.
A valid driver’s license, personal transportation, and a clean driving record required, with an agency vehicle available for field work.
While SRPEDD does not have a residency requirement, preference given to residents of SRPEDD member municipalities.
Salary and Benefits –
$70,000 to $75,000 to start. May be filled at a higher or lower level, depending upon qualifications.
SRPEDD offers a highly competitive benefits package, inclusive of health insurance through the Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission (GIC), dental, vision, life, and disability insurance, medical and child care flexible spending accounts, retirement pension through the Massachusetts State Employees Retirement System (MSERS), and a Section 457 Deferred Compensation (MA SMART) plan with employer match. SRPEDD also offers a flexible and hybrid work schedule, competitive time off, sick leave bank, and twelve paid holidays per year.
Requirements and Deadline for Applications –
Please forward cover letter, resume, samples of written analytical work, and three professional references via email by December 3, 2022 (position open until filled) to:
Lisa Estrela-Pedro, Transportation Planning Manager
Taunton, MA 02780
SRPEDD is an Equal Opportunity employer.
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