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Program Manager, Transportation Improvement Program

Company: Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations
Location: Boston
Posted on: September 25, 2022

Job Description:

The Central Transportation Planning Staff of the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization seeks a program manager for the agency's Transportation Improvement Program. This role requires analytical, interpersonal, and communications skills and is part of a forward-thinking and ambitious team of policy and planning experts committed to helping support a robust, equitable, and resilient transportation system for the Boston region.The Transportation Improvement Program is a five-year rolling capital investment program that allocates federal funds to transportation projects that serve the region. The program manager leads the annual process to identify, evaluate, and recommend those projects. The individual in this role serves as the key point of contact for the public to provide input and feedback on recommended projects and is the primary presenter of the program to the agency's board. The program manager is supported by a broad range of staff from across the agency with various areas of expertise. The program manager is directly supported in all aspects of program development by a Transportation Planner. In 2022, more than $1.2 billion was allocated through the Transportation Improvement Program; the budget tracks roughly $4.8 billion in investments overall.Responsibilities
Evaluate and prioritize transportation projects by applying existing criteria and methods, and develop new or revised project-selection methods in partnership with the board as needs change and challenges arise
Understand the status of projects in the Transportation Improvement Program through coordination with transportation partners and communicate this information to the board
Engage the public in the Transportation Improvement Program development process and prioritize historically marginalized voices in capital planning conversations
Present regular program and project updates to the board
Create the Transportation Improvement Program document by drafting text, preparing tables, and overseeing layout, graphics, and production
Manage the online project database and other web assets as active channels for sharing information about the Transportation Improvement Program with internal and external stakeholders, including members of the public
Develop frameworks and partnerships to implement new project funding programs
Ensure that the Transportation Improvement Program development process is transparent, inclusive, and complies with federal and state requirements, regulations, and procedures
Communicate with the staff of the cities and towns in the Boston region in support of their efforts to obtain federal capital funding
Partner with the agency's Communications and Engagement team to more broadly engage residents and advocates in the planning processThe program manager also provides policy, process, and technical support for other metropolitan planning organization work, including performance-based planning efforts and long-range plans.Qualifications
While the following sections describe required and desirable qualifications, our organization is open to candidates who believe that their particular experience and skills fulfill the requirements.Required qualifications include the following:
At least four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in urban or regional planning, transportation planning, transportation engineering, public policy, program/project administration, or another field that would support the candidate's ability to carry out the above responsibilities
A bachelor's degree in a similar field may substitute for one year of professional experience
A master's degree in a similar field may substitute for two years of professional experience
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
Strong organizational, project management, and analytical skills-both qualitative and quantitative
Strong relationship-building skills and the ability to facilitate inclusive dialogue among diverse stakeholders, including prior experience in public engagement
A professional commitment to working toward transportation equity, environmental sustainability, climate resiliency, safety, and economic vitality
Proficiency in working with spreadsheets and databases
Attention to detail and in applying quality-assurance procedures to all products and activitiesKnowledge of the following is desirable:
Processes and practices of metropolitan planning organizations
Federal transportation legislation, including the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
Construction project management, project financing, and financial planning
Spatial analysis and map production using ESRI's ArcGIS softwareAdditional Information
This is a full-time position, and the starting salary range is $70,000-$80,000, 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 transitioning to a pilot 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
This position is open until August 31, 2022, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume online via www.bostonmpo.org .

Keywords: Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Boston , Program Manager, Transportation Improvement Program, Executive , Boston, Massachusetts

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