DIVISION/DEPARTMENT: PLANNING/TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING
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, development review, transportation systems analysis, and the coordination of multi-modal transportation initiatives. Work with Federal, State and City agencies involved in such projects. Undertake tasks related to neighborhood planning and zoning being carried out by the Division. This position places a particular emphasis on the analysis, development and implementation of progressive multi-transportation strategies, policies and programs.
GENERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The general duties and responsibilities of the position are included in but not limited to the information listed below.
Work with the BPDA Planning staff and Boston Transportation Department (BTD) to implement the vision and goals of Imagine Boston 2030 and Go Boston 2030 by proactively guiding equitable growth in Boston, creating new places to live and work, improving quality of life, increasing affordability, and fostering more sustainable, equitable transportation choices. Provide multimodal transportation planning expertise and technical support to BPDA Divisions and Departments, and to other City agencies. Familiarity with the City’s Complete Streets approach and other relevant city initiatives such as Vision Zero. Experience with transit planning and knowledge of the latest best practices related to the public transit industry.
Provide multimodal transportation systems analysis support. In particular, a thorough understanding of and experience with the typical industry standard approach to traffic capacity analysis utilizing the lead software programs for traffic modelling. Assist with data collection and management to inform land use, employment and population models for the evaluation of future transportation projects and policies.
Provide transportation expertise to the BPDA development review (Article 80) process. Influence and modify future development proposals to mitigate transportation related impacts on all modes. Incorporate best practices into site designs and their adjacent improvements/impacts to the public realm. Coordinate development review with senior BPDA staff, the Boston Transportation Department and the Public Works Department.
Lead and manage a variety of transportation planning studies and initiatives, including but not limited to neighborhood and corridor studies and plans.
Develop and manage contracts for consultant services.
Knowledge and familiarity with progressive parking policies and practices.
Represent the BPDA on the topic of transportation functions of other City and State agencies, particularly on participation in planning studies; and the planning and implementation of transit and roadway projects.
Represent the BPDA regarding the activities of the Boston Transportation Department, the Public Works Department, MassDOT, and the MBTA including in particular the planning and design of transportation projects; the development and maintenance of neighborhood transportation and parking programs; and the development and maintenance of neighborhood models through which policies are explored and developed.
Participate in planning initiatives for specific city neighborhoods and citywide projects. In this connection, meet with representatives of various City agencies, community or civic groups, business/commercial organizations and other involved parties to obtain information about their needs and concerns; provide staff support to project committees. Work with and manage consultant teams hired by the BPDA other City Departments for specific projects.
Make presentations to Agency staff, stakeholders, community groups and the general public.
Assist in training, guiding and supervising interns.
Research, write and compile reports, briefings, correspondence, memorandums, etc; develop and prepare materials for meetings and presentations.
Manage special projects as assigned by senior BPDA staff.
Perform other related duties as required.
Work requires a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning or a Bachelor’s degree in transportation engineering or planning, plus 5 to 7 years of related work experience in urban transportation planning and development. Must have extensive knowledge of multimodal transportation planning and familiarity with zoning and land use policies and regulations. Familiarity with Federal, State and City agencies involved in transportation and infrastructure is required. Expertise in the application of personal computers to assemble and manage information required for land use and transportation models. Ability to exercise independent initiative as well as work well in a team environment. Knowledge of the standard approach to traffic capacity analysis, including first-hand experience building traffic modelling networks with the typical industry leading software programs. Experience with transit service planning and the utilization of computer programs for this work is a plus. Demonstrated familiarity and commitment to progressive multi-modal transportation strategies, policies and programs. Knowledge of latest design and engineering guidelines at local, state and federal levels. 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 communications skills. Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, PPT, and GIS to design and assemble graphically compelling (clear) presentations and reports is highly desirable.