Job Alert: Lead Research General Engineer – Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) – McLean, Virginia

June 29, 2015 at 6:10 pm

This position is for the Team Leader of the Transportation Enabling Technologies Team in the Office of Operations Research and Development (R&D). The incumbent specializes in research management, the conduct of exploratory advanced research related to advanced traffic management and operations systems, and the development of transportation enabling technologies.

The ideal candidate will have strong transportation or transportation-related R&D experience with advanced degrees in one or more of the following enabling technology areas (listed in alphabetical order): civil engineering; computer science; cyber-physical systems; electrical engineering; mathematics/statistics; mechanical engineering; real-time data capture, management, and analytics; software engineering; or, systems engineering. He/she is a thought leader at the national and international levels and has been recognized for past scientific and engineering contributions in the development and application of transportation operations, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), or connected-automated vehicle technologies. He/she will have experience in managing a team of research professionals and conducting laboratory and field research in the fields of transportation operations, ITS, or connected-automated vehicles. The ideal candidate has expert experience facilitating the development, implementation, and/or evaluation of national technologies, policies, programs, and budgets in a research environment, and has experience communicating this knowledge, orally and in writing, to a variety of audiences.

You will be requested to do a presentation and complete a writing sample as part of the interview process.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional Travel is required less than 25%


  • You must be a U.S. citizen & meet specialized experience to qualify.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date
  • Job announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.
  • Announcement also advertised merit promotion: FHWA.HRT-2015-0001


As a Lead Research General Engineer, you will:

  • Demonstrate classic management knowledge, skills, and abilities in leading change, leading people, being results driven, demonstrating business acumen, building coalitions, and demonstrating and promoting excellence in oral and written communications.
  • Provide expert knowledge in traffic engineering and transportation management theory specializing in one or more of the following areas: signal systems, communications, surveillance and detection, data management, cyber-physical systems, and modeling and simulation of the impacts of hardware, software, standards, and operating practices on mobility, safety, environment, energy, and other performance areas.
  • Plan, develop, coordinate, and conduct a research and development program in traffic operations and traffic management to produce transportation enabling technologies in areas such as transportation data collection and management; cyber-physical systems, sensing systems; wireless communications; connected and automated vehicle technologies; and positioning, navigation and timing.
  • Lead the planning and conduct of a national program of research by means of partner and customer inclusion and through active liaison, collaboration, and coordination with other FHWA offices, Federal agencies, state and local highway agencies, AASHTO, TRB, ITS America, ITE, IEEE, SAE consortia, user groups, universities, private industry, and the highway community in general.
  • Work closely with Office of Operations, Resource Center, and other FHWA offices, as well as with state highway agencies to translate and transfer the team’s research and development results to the highway community and to assure that research products are marketed and deployed as rapidly as possible.
  • Represent FHWA nationally and internationally to initiate technical exchange, recommend international partnerships that are potentially beneficial to FHWA and the US Department of Transportation, and coordinates U.S. research and development with foreign countries under the auspices of TRB and through the International Programs Office and interagency agreements.
  • Use essential leadership skills to enhance team productivity and commitment to research products and services that contribute to the strategic goals and objectives of the agency

Job Alert: Transportation Planner (TDM) – District Department of Transportation (DDOT) @ Washington, DC

June 29, 2015 at 3:28 pm
  • Job Title: Transportation Planner (T.D.M.)
  • Requisition Number: JO-1506-2716
  • Grade: 13
  • Salary Range: $76,397.00 – $98,429.00
  • Promotion Potential:
  • Agency: Transportation, District Dept.
  • Location: 55 M St SE (DDOT)
  • Area of Consideration: Open to the Public
  • Opening/Closing Date: 6/25/2015 – 7/25/2015

Job Summary

  • Salary Range: $76,397.00 to $98,429 per annum
  • CS-2101-13
  • First screening date: July 9, 2015
  • Number of Vacancies: One (1)
  • Collective Bargaining Unit (Non-union): This position is not in collective bargaining unit.
  • Duration of Employment: Career Service – Permanent

Transportation Planner (Transportation Demand Management / TDM) is the senior level position within the Transportation Planning Coordinator job progression. Develops and manages the transportation demand management program for the District of Columbia, with emphasis on a multi-modal approach to reduce travel demand.

Brief Description of Duties:

Develops and manages the transportation demand management program for the District of Columbia, with emphasis on a multi-modal approach to reduce travel demand, especially single occupancy vehicle demand during peak hours of  travel. Markets the transportation demand management program to employers, employees and residents of the District of Columbia through advertising, public relations, employers, direct marketing, the internet, and other means. Manages consultants that perform marketing activities. Reviews development plans to ensure appropriate transportation demand measures. Coordinates transportation demand policies and programs with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Business Improvement Districts, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, and other groups to seek their commitment to implement transportation demand management policies and programs.


Knowledge and experience in the field of transportation demand management, including encouragement of transit, bicycle, and pedestrian travel, and land use and parking policies that reduce or change transportation demand. Knowledge of and experience in regional transportation planning and coordination. Knowledge and expertise in marketing transportation options to businesses, employees and residents. Knowledge and experience developing scopes of work for transportation/marketing programs and managing contracts. Ability to effectively communication orally and in written formats technical information pertaining to transportation planning studies, projects, program analyses, and to facilitate meetings and the coordination of related program.

Licensures, Certifications and other requirements

Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) membership is desired.


Bachelor’s Degree – Bachelor’s Degree in planning, marketing, business, public administration, or similar field, or an equivalent combination of education or experience

 Work Experience

3 or more years of relevant experience.

 To apply, to go: and send a resume to


Job Alert: Senior Transportation Planner – Lea and Elliott, Inc @ Herndon, VA

June 24, 2015 at 12:25 pm

Lea +Elliott is seeking a self-sufficient, highly organized, personable and motivated person to join our senior-level staff in the Northern Virginia office. With direct accountability to the project’s FTA Coordination Manager, the Senior Planner will assist in gaining and transmitting intellectual understanding of issues and events occurring on a large and complex public rail transit construction project in order to meet FTA and agency reporting, meeting and project management requirements.

The successful candidate will be called upon to research, interview, analyze, write and edit complex technical data for use in reports, plans and procedures that record and present technical information, often in a non-technical way.  They will need to exercise initiative, judgment and decision making ability in a timely and effective manner and in full compliance with all applicable local and federal laws, rules and regulations.

Position Responsibilities

Included in the position responsibilities are:

  • Being a member of the team that develops monthly and quarterly progress reports covering the entire project effort.
  • Maintaining a high level of quality control.
  • Preparing for and creating documentation of monthly and quarterly meetings with the FTA for the project record.
  • Staying current with federal project management requirements and aligning reports and plans to comply with all regulatory requirements.
  • Assisting senior leadership and executive management with other regulatory, audit and quality review functions as needed.
  • Coordinating between departments and interviewing project directors and others to avoid duplications of effort or contradictions.
  • Maintaining the documentation repository of newly created or revised reports, minutes, plans, etc., to assure a complete project record.
  • Obtaining needed reviews and approvals for the timely dissemination of newly created or revised documents to the appropriate audiences.
  • Monitoring compliance with policies, grant terms, procedures and guidelines of the various federal and state agencies.
  • Becoming familiar with multiple topics as needed by reading and using computer based products to gather and research technical information for use in complex documentation.


  • Masters or Bachelors degree in Transportation Planning or related field.
  • At least four years (six years with a Bachelors degree) of specialized experience that is related to the responsibilities described.
  • Excellent writing and verbal skills and full mastery of English.
  • AICP Certification is preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite is required.

Basic Qualifications

The ideal candidate would possess:

  • Creative problem-solving skills related to gathering relevant information to solve loosely-defined problems.
  • Excellent proofreading and editing skills and attention to detail.
  • Experience working with the transit industry’s writing style such as terminology grammar, sentence form, and structure.
  • The ability to convert technical knowledge into terminology that can be easily understood by a broad and diverse audience.
  • The ability to work independently and be self-motivated, as well as be part of a team.
  • The ability to read and assimilate technical and financial information rapidly and from diverse sources and use it to prepare timely and accurate reports and plans.
  • Good analytical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • The ability to communicate effectively and efficiently by both listening and speaking carefully.
  • Flexibility and the ability to adapt to the changing needs of the position.
  • Superior time management, organization and prioritization skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to build and maintain relationships with project colleagues while insisting on thorough and accurate input from these colleagues at the same time.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the federal government’s regulatory process ideally in the areas of public transportation, New Starts and TIFIA.


An internationally recognized transit vehicle and systems engineering firm, Lea+Elliott is highly regarded for its depth of experience and expertise. We are a specialized group of planners, engineers and architects that work on transit systems around the world.

The position falls under the responsibility of Lea+Elliott’s Eastern Regional Director at the firm’s corporate office at Dulles International Airport, but will report to the project’s FTA Coordination Manager in the project office, located in Herndon, VA.

We are looking for someone who can begin immediately.  Salary is dependent on experience.  Lea+Elliott is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply, please respond to jobopenings@leaelliott.comwith a cover letter and resume.  No phone calls please.

Applications will be accepted through June 26.

Job Alert: Associate Transit Management Analyst – New York City Transit @ New York, NY

June 23, 2015 at 9:54 pm

Associate Transit Management Analyst  – Department of Subways – Performance and Expense Analysis Units

MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) is the largest public transportation agency in North America and one of the largest in the world, with 24/7 bus and subway service, and an average daily ridership of more than 7 million customers.  We are 46,000 diverse employees working in a variety of fields that include, but are not limited to: Architecture, Engineering, Finance, Enterprise Asset Management, Change Management and Human Resources, Telecommunications, Information Technology, Procurement, Safety, Security and skilled trades.

NYCT Department of Subways is seeking talented and ambitious individuals to join a dynamic team within their Performance Analysis Unit (PAU) and Expense Analysis Unit (EAU).  PAU is a new internal consulting group for the Department of Subways.  This unit will support various Subway Operating Divisions and improve performance by designing and conducting analyses to identify trends and root causes.  EAU provides financial support to the Department of Subways. This team prepares, allocates and presents the Department of Subways $3.8 billion operating budget. These career opportunities offer direct involvement in improved performance initiatives and financial planning programs that support NYCT effective operations and the continued vibrancy and prosperity of the Metro NYC region.

These positions offer a robust benefits package that includes: competitive compensation, comprehensive benefit plans and promotional opportunities.

Job Description:

The selected PAU candidate will coordinate agency wide performance initiatives, monitor and track status, evaluate effectiveness, and make recommendations.  The incumbent will seek out relevant data from across NYC Transit, make inquiries of Operating Division managers, and perform other fieldwork.  The selected candidate must develop a solid understanding of operations and become an expert on various subway performance metrics.  In addition, the individual will set up workflows to populate Subways central performance database with current and historic information from data stores across the agency.  The analysts may design and automate performance reports, and periodically disseminate data via reports, dashboards, slideshows, videos, and web-based tools for Operating Divisions.

The selected EAU candidate will be required to thoroughly understand the unique operations of each Subways Division and their fiscal needs through meetings, research, and field visits.  Working closely with the Operating Divisions, the selected candidate will respond to funding requests and reduction targets through analytic efforts to determine the most appropriate and cost efficient means of meeting stated objectives.  The analysts will be involved with functions pertaining to budget development, variance analyses, overtime analyses, and forecasting models, as well as work outside their core area in an effort to creatively problem solve and to support the success of the Unit as a whole.


  1. Assistant Transit Management Analyst I / II – A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in Business/Public Administration, Public Policy, Transportation Planning, Urban/Planning studies or a related field and two (2) years of full-time related experience.
  2. Associate Transit Management Analyst – A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in Business/Public Administration, Public Policy, Transportation Planning, Urban/Planning studies or a related field, and three (3) years of full-time related experience, of which one (1) year must have been in the transportation industry; or
  3. Satisfactory equivalent of education and experience.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience and strong interest in rapid transit design and operations
  • Works creatively and independently
  • Organized and able to manage multiple projects
  • Skilled with project management methods and systems
  • Familiarity with analyzing large data sets
  • Proficient with MS Excel, including pivot tables, lookup/index functions, and VBA macros
  • Adept with MS Word, technical writing, and data analysis narratives
  • Understanding proficient with MS PowerPoint and graphic presentation skills
  • Experience with regression analyses and basic statistical concepts
  • Proficient with MS Access and/or other relational databases and querying languages
  • Knowledge of database design and maintenance; integrating/consolidating existing databases
  • Basic understanding of computer programming and web development
  • Familiarity with dashboards and visual presentation of data

To Apply, Visit our website:, Select Job Postings, Agree to the Privacy Statement, Select MTA New York City Transit and Search for Assoc. Transit Mgmt. Analyst, Performance and Expense Analysis Units, Subways, Job ID, 83344

Job Alert: Policy Associate – Transportation for America @ Washington, DC

June 8, 2015 at 10:21 pm

Transportation for America is seeking a highly skilled and proactive team member with knowledge and interest in local, state and federal transportation policy to serve as Policy Associate. This person will report directly to the Policy Director and work closely with Transportation for America Consulting — a mission based consulting service — as well as with our members and stakeholders to help achieve progress on our priorities at all levels of government.

Transportation for America is an alliance of elected, business and civic leaders from communities across the country who are united to ensure that states and the federal government step up to invest in smart, homegrown, locally-driven transportation solutions. We advocate for transportation reforms including increased local control of transportation planning and increased investments in infrastructure that boost long-term regional prosperity, and policies that improve the performance of the transportation system. This includes collaboration and support for local elected officials, chambers of commerce, businesses, and regional leaders in providing the tools and resources to allow them to complete their transportation priorities.


  • Present and discuss transportation policies and local implications with stakeholders including mayors, state representatives, state DOTs, regional chambers of commerce, transportation planners, businesses and equity advocates.
  • Represent Transportation for America and our key transportation policies before local councils, state legislatures, and on Capitol Hill.
  • Prepare legislative and policy documents related to local, state and federal transportation decisions.
  • Manage transportation policy programs to deliver resources and tools to elected officials and transportation practitioners throughout the country.


  • Proactive, team-player
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and writing skills
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least two years of experience in legislative advocacy
  • Experience with state and/or local transportation policy
  • Experience with federal regulations and Congress is a plus, but not required.

Transportation for America offers a competitive salary commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits. This position is located in Washington, D.C. To apply, send a resume and cover letter to Joe McAndrew with the subject line “Policy Associate application”

Equal opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at Transportation for America. Employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

Transportation for America also prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities and will reasonably accommodate applicants with a disability, upon request, and will also ensure reasonable accommodation for employees with a disability.

Job(s) Alert – Program Manager & Program Coordinator for Environment – American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) @ Washington, DC

June 7, 2015 at 10:33 pm


The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) is currently hiring a Program Manager for Environment & a Program Coordinator for Environment.

Program Coordinator for Environment – NATURE OF THE POSITION:

Reporting to the Program Director for Environment, the Program Coordinator for Environment supports a wide breadth of AASHTO’s environmental programs, projects, and special assignments related to the Center for Environmental Excellence (Center), the Standing Committee on Environment (SCOE), and the Resilient and Sustainable Transportation Systems (RSTS) Steering Committee and Technical Assistance Program.  This position is housed in the Policy and Management Division of AASHTO.

The incumbent coordinates the environmental research program, including maintaining the Transportation and Environmental Research Ideas database, soliciting research ideas for the database, facilitating the SCOE process for rating ideas, developing research statements, and submitting research statements to the appropriate research programs.  The incumbent also maintains the Center and SCOE websites including managing two website consultants. The incumbent ensures regular monitoring of the Center website usage, content updates, and periodic enhancements to the SCOE and Center websites.

Additionally, the incumbent serves as staff liaison to the SCOE Subcommittee on Community and Cultural Concerns. As the SCOE frequently develops comment letters on proposed federal actions related to transportation and the environment, the Program Coordinator assists in coordinating with the member state departments of transportation (state DOTs) to discuss proposed federal actions and electronically submits AASHTO’s comments on the actions.

Under the supervision of the Program Director, the incumbent is responsible for contract negotiation and management, and oversight in performing some of the aforementioned tasks. The incumbent regularly coordinates activities in the environment area of AASHTO through skillful and timely research, analysis, and utilization of a variety of technology and communication platforms. Such duties may include assisting in planning and implementing national conferences, training workshops, webcasts, webinars, and meetings with state DOTs and resource agencies; and receiving and answering inquiries from members and the public about environmental programs.  In addition, the incumbent performs a wide range of technical and administrative support tasks including but not limited to drafting correspondence, conducting surveys and tabulating results, coordinating meeting and teleconferences, filing expense reports, organizing committee mailings, processing invoice requests, and tracking billing against budgeting for accuracy.


Candidate must possess excellent written and oral communication, research, and analysis skills, and the ability to establish work program priorities and carry them out independently. Incumbent must be sensitive to the needs of multiple members and customers and have a general understanding of federal and state environmental policies, regulations, procedures and practices as they relate to transportation. Incumbent must be highly skilled in the use of computers, and proficient in word processing software packages with experience in graphics, spreadsheets, and the operation of conventional business equipment. It is desired that the incumbent be familiar with the fundamentals of project management and budgeting, including consultant selection and oversight, drafting requests for proposals, and negotiating and overseeing consultant scope of work and budgets.

A minimum of two to three years of previous transportation and/or environment program and policy support experience is required. A Bachelor of Arts or Science degree is required, preferably in an environment or transportation related field. Evidence of a higher degree of professional development, such as a postgraduate education, is desirable.


Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to by Monday, June 15. Relocation costs are not reimbursable. For more information, visit

AASHTO is also currently hiring a Program Manager for Environment.

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Awesome pic of i-10 and i-45 right at the northern edge of downtown Houston. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Under the leadership of the Program Director for Environment, the Program Manager for Environment serves as the staff liaison to the AASHTO Resilient and Sustainable Transportation Systems (RSTS) Steering Committee and manages the RSTS Technical Assistance Program (TAP). The Program Manager also serves as the staff liaison to the Standing Committee on Environment’s (SCOE) Air Quality, Climate Change, and Energy Subcommittee (AQ Subcommittee) and the SCOE Natural Resources Subcommittee. Additionally, the Program Manager oversees and directs various activities under the Center for Environmental Excellence (the Center) by AASHTO. Duties are performed with input from the Program Director and oversight groups consisting of state transportation agency representatives.

As liaison to the above committees, the Program Manager’s primary duty is to ensure AASHTO members are cognizant of key technical, legislative and regulatory issues related to climate change, extreme weather, air quality, stormwater, wetlands, endangered species, and other related environmental topics. In addition the incumbent ensures AASHTO members’ awareness of the linkage between general environmental topics and transportation. The Program Manager monitors the legislative, regulatory and technical activities of appropriate Congressional committees, federal agencies and other public interest groups and associations, and provides this information to members to assist them in policy deliberation and development.

In managing the RSTS Technical Assistance Program, the Program Manager is responsible for the development of long-term program and project objectives and strategies; program and project planning and budgeting; contract preparation, negotiation and administration; marketing of RSTS services and products; coordination of activities, programs and projects with governmental agencies, trade associations and public interest groups.

As staff liaison to the SCOE Air Quality, Climate Change and Energy and the SCOE Natural Resources Subcommittees, the Program Manager provides management support to the subcommittees. In this capacity, the Program Manager attends meetings and provides policy and procedural advice; advises on meeting agendas; disseminates informational materials to committee members, provides other assistance as required; and serves as liaison between the subcommittees and SCOE.

As a task manager for the Center, the Program Manager supports the Program Director in developing the annual work plan; long-term environmental program objectives and strategies; environmental program and project planning and budgeting; contract preparation, negotiation and administration; marketing of the Center’s services and products; and coordination of activities, programs and projects with governmental agencies, trade associations and public interest groups. The Program Manager oversees the development of training materials, webinars, websites, workshops, and national conferences that provide AASHTO members opportunities to engage in critical environmental discussions.

The Program Manager represents and promotes AASHTO’s environmental goals and policy positions in meetings, task forces and workshops; prepares and delivers presentations; and performs other functions as needed.


A broad understanding of federal and state environmental policies, regulations, procedures and practices as they relate to transportation; and sound comprehension of the administrative, legislative and regulatory process at the federal and state levels is required.  The incumbent must have an understanding of state transportation responsibilities, planning and project delivery practices and policy issues. Project planning, budgeting and management skills, experience with contracts administration and financial reporting, and excellent written and oral communication skills are required. The incumbent must be able to travel approximately 30 days per year.

The successful candidate must have a minimum of four to six years of progressively responsible, professional experience in the transportation sector; with a focus on environmental issues or in the environmental field with a focus on transportation issues.  Prior experience in project management is desired.   A bachelor’s of arts or science degree is required, preferably in an environment or transportation related field.  Evidence of a higher degree of professional development, such as a postgraduate education, is desirable.


Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to by Monday, June 15. Relocation costs are not reimbursable. For more information, visit

AASHTO is an equal opportunity employer.