boston planning & development agency


Posted Date 09/08/2021
Job ID
Transportation & Infrastructure Planning
Grade Level
# of Hours
Salary Range
72,100 - 90,100


boston planning & development agency







GRADE:         K                                             STATUS:       EXEMPT





The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) is the planning and economic development agency for the City of Boston. The BPDA plays a far-reaching role in shaping the City. We are a self-sustaining agency and our love for Boston inspires us to make our City an even better place to live, work, and connect.  The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff with diverse experiences while continuing to work to build and sustain an equitable and inclusive work environment, where cultural diversity is celebrated and valued.  We believe every member on our team enriches our agency and allows us to see a broad range of ways to understand and engage with our city, identify challenges, and discover, design, and deliver solutions.




Under the direction of the Deputy Director for Transportation and Infrastructure Planning,  assists 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 assisting with the analysis, development and implementation of progressive multi-transportation strategies, policies and programs.



The general duties and responsibilities of the position are included in but not limited to the information listed below:

  • Work with the BPDA Planning Division staff 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. Experience with current best practices approaches to designing streets safely and equitably for all modes of travel. 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 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.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with progressive parking policies and practices is required.
  • 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, Massport 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.
  • Assist in staffing the City’s involvement with the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO).
  • Lead and/or 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.
  • Assist in training, guiding and supervising junior staff and 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 plus 8 years of related work experience in urban transportation planning; or a Bachelor’s degree in transportation engineering or planning, plus 10 years of related work experience in urban transportation planning.  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.   Knowledge of standard approaches to traffic and transit capacity analysis. 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 graphic design and presentation software to develop conceptual designs and assemble graphically compelling presentations and reports is highly desirable.



Normal office environment, some local travel



Little or no exertion


Not applicable





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