Transportation Program Planner IV - Sustainable Transportation Team

State Of Massachusetts 10 Park Plaza , MA

Posted 2 months ago

About MassDOT

An agency on the move, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) takes great pride in connecting the Commonwealth's residents and communities. Powered by a growing data-analytics discipline - and working in conjunction with municipalities, public agencies and the private sector - we're finding new ways to improve the Bay State's transportation infrastructure.

MassDOT is responsible for developing, implementing, and coordinating transportation policies and projects for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and to efficiently plan, design, construct, and maintain a safe statewide transportation system which effectively meets the transportation needs of the Commonwealth.

MassDOT's divisions include: Highway, Aeronautics, Registry of Motor Vehicles, Rail & Transit, and Planning & Enterprise Services. There are approximately 3,600 employees across the organization.

MassDOT's goal is to provide employees with greater flexibility in when and where they work while continuing to execute MassDOT's Safety and Customer Service Mission. Furthermore, MassDOT will be doing our part to lead by example in reducing congestion and greenhouse gas emissions by minimizing overall workplace commuting travel during peak hours through telework and schedule flexibility.

The selected candidate will be expected to follow a hybrid work model that consists of both in-office and work from home days, as needed.

Position Summary

MassDOT's Office of Transportation Planning (OTP) is seeking a Transportation Program Planner IV in our sustainable transportation team.

The sustainable transportation team works on integrating greenhouse gas mitigation into transportation planning processes; supporting increased uptake of alternative fuel and zero emissions vehicles; climate resiliency; and supporting the achievement of the Commonwealth's Global Warming Solutions Act targets and other sustainability goals.

The right candidate for this position will be someone with an interest in sustainability, who is self-motivated and organized, comfortable working on complex projects and learning new content areas, and able to work collaboratively with others to get results.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform, manage, and participate in transportation planning studies through the preliminary, conceptual, and scoping phase in accordance with the MassDOT standards, manuals, policies, and procedures.

  • Supervise the implementation and administration of plans and programs

  • Review and recommend changes in operations relating to program objectives, manage consultant contracts, monitor performance, review work products, and process invoices.

  • Draft memos, letters, reports, and other study-related documents and correspondence.

  • Determine the methods and approaches to be used in studies and perform various research and data analyses.

  • Respond to inquiries, maintain records, attend meetings, and other duties as needed.

  • Work collaboratively with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.

  • Confer with agency staff to identify problems and needs.

  • Perform in a variety of technical analysis, policy development, consultant management, stakeholder communication roles.

OTP is a dynamic work environment and staff in the sustainable transportation team can be required to work on a broad range of issues and topic areas.

One initial focus of this role will be completing a statewide climate resiliency study. This project is a statewide analysis of the risks to critical transportation infrastructure from flooding under future climate scenarios. Key tasks include managing a contract with a multidisciplinary consultant team, guiding and reviewing interim deliverables, facilitating internal expert input on key technical choices, presenting project results and recommendations to internal stakeholders and identifying activities needed to close out the project and potential follow-up actions.

Preferred Qualifications

Communication

  • Able to draft substantive reports, memos, briefings, slide decks and deliver succinct verbal briefings to internal and external audiences.

  • Comfortable interacting with stakeholders with diverse perspectives on transportation issues and a range of communication styles.

  • Able to navigate working across all levels of a large complex organization.

Initiative

  • Takes a proactive approach to planning and structuring work, including being able to anticipate issues, develop potential solutions, and escalate risks appropriately.

  • Able to work on urgent, reactive tasks while managing long term projects and programs.

  • Comfortable mastering new areas of knowledge and professional skills.

Critical Thinking and Analysis

  • Able to apply a structured, evidence-based approach to problem solving and use reasoning and judgment to draw appropriate conclusions.

  • Have knowledge of current sustainability challenges and opportunities in the transportation sector.

  • Comfortable undertaking and reviewing quantitative analysis using excel, GIS, and other analytical tools.

Organization and Project Management

  • Able to manage time effectively and take an organized approach to scoping, planning and completing work.

  • Able to develop and negotiate project scopes; direct and manage consultant teams; review, track and approve project expenditures; and assemble contract documents.

  • A proven capacity and willingness to work in an environment characterized by multiple and overlapping deadlines.

  • Able to contribute to business planning, reporting and strategic thinking about the forward work program of the team.

Encourage and Sustain Positive Team Dynamics

  • Comfortable working in teams and know how to contribute to and improve team dynamics.

  • Able to work outside areas of current expertise to support other OTP teams as required.

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

All applications must be submitted online, through MassCareers, to be considered.

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

Applicants must have at least (A) five years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional or technical experience in urban planning, regional planning, land use planning or transportation planning, and (B) of which at least three years must have been in a professional capacity, and (C) of which at least one year must have been in a supervisory capacity, or (D) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

Substitutions:

I. A Bachelor's degree with a major in urban or regional planning or transportation, civil or environmental engineering may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience.*

II. A Graduate degree with a major in urban or regional planning or transportation, civil or environmental engineering may be substituted for maximum of three years of the required (A) experience and one year of the required (B) experience.*

  • Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

Special Requirement:

For Non-MassDOT Applicants: Applicants for this position must possess a bachelor's degree, or higher, in urban or regional planning, transportation, civil or environmental engineering for this position.

For MassDOT Employees: Applicants for this position must possess a bachelor's degree, or higher, in urban or regional planning, transportation, civil or environmental engineering for this position, or hold a position in the department in one of the next two lower titles than the position applied for, in the same or similar career ladder.

Executive Order #595: As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption.

  • For questions regarding the job posting, please email: Robin.Burke@dot.state.ma.us

  • For general questions regarding MassDOT, call the Human Resources Service Center at (857)368-4722.

  • For a disability-related reasonable accommodation or alternative application method, call ADA Coordinator, Heather Ulesoo, at (857) 851-9447.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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