Job Alert: Transportation Program Manager – Smart Growth America @ Washington, DC

September 9, 2015 at 10:21 pm

Smart Growth America is seeking a Transportation Program Manager to help communities across the country better coordinate land use and transportation policies. This person will deliver technical assistance to state agency staff, work with town and city leaders across the country, and advocate on transportation policy and program issues with members of Congress.

Position description
An ideal Transportation Program Manager will be a technical expert, personal connector, and outstanding project manager. This person will be a transportation engineer by training with an in-depth knowledge of the integration of transportation and land use policy and practice; performance measures; project selection, development, design and delivery standards and procedures within a DOT; and the funding, rules, and policies governing DOT planning, project development, and project delivery. They will also have specific knowledge of Complete Streets, and experience designing and delivering multimodal transportation projects.

Responsibilities
The Transportation Program Manager will be responsible for working with DOTs, MPOs and City or County DOTs and public works on a wide range of land use and transportation issues. That includes helping those agencies to adopt and implement Complete Streets policies and practices; adopt performance measures; and improve return on investment from transportation projects across a number of criteria including economic, health, equity, and environmental measures. This position’s work may also include leading studies, reports, and trainings on these and other topics and policy issues. This person will act as lead on many of these projects, so experience managing staff, budget, and grant timelines is preferred. Additional responsibilities will include:

  • Lead technical assistance for state DOTs, MPOs, and City and County DOTs;
  • Conduct research, develop policy positions, write policy papers, and inform transportation advocacy efforts;
  • Act as lead or team member for technical assistance efforts to local governments, state governments and other SGA technical assistance efforts;
  • Assist on other projects where specific transportation expertise is needed;
  • Manage program staff, budget, and grant deliverables;
  • Help market the transportation program;
  • Conduct limited fundraising; and
  • Speak publicly before elected officials, transportation professionals, and the general public.

Requirements
This position requires a self-starting, detail-oriented engineering professional with excellent writing, oral communication, research, technical, and organizational skills. A successful applicant will also have the following:

  • A degree in civil engineering;
  • A professional engineering license in at least one state;
  • Experience working at a state or local DOT;
  • Basic computer literacy in word processing and Microsoft Excel;
  • The ability to work in teams;
  • The ability to manage their time to accommodate multiple assignments from different project leads; and
  • A dedication to delivering high quality work.

Compensation, location and time frame
Salary commensurate with experience. This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC. Benefits include health insurance, 401(k), and paid vacation and sick time. This position will report to the Transportation Program Director.

How to apply
Please send a resume, cover letter, three references, and two short writing samples (no more than two pages each) to jobs@smartgrowthamerica.org, with “Transportation Program Manager” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted immediately on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Equal Opportunity Employment
Equal opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at Smart Growth 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.

Job Alert: Group Manager (Sustainability Program) – San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District

July 7, 2015 at 2:21 pm

The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) is seeking excellent candidates for the position of Sustainability Program, Group Manager. This is a senior level position that will oversee a $40M energy budget, energy efficiency and implementation of an Environmental Management System for the District.  I’d appreciate it if you could post to your networks.

The group manager will be responsible for guiding BART’s Sustainability planning and implementation in order to advance BART’s long-term vision for sustainability. Plans, directs, manages and oversees the activities and operations of the Energy Division and Environmental Management Systems, to implement BART’s Sustainability Policy through sustainable and resilient provision of energy and other key resources supporting operation of the BART system; coordinates assigned activities with other departments and outside agencies; provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Assistant General Manager and Chief Planning and Development Officer(s); and performs related duties as assigned.

http://www.bart.gov/about/jobs (See position #5456).

Job Alert: Transportation Program Monitors – Tennessee Dept. of Transportation @ Nashville, TN

April 29, 2015 at 4:54 pm

(via YPTransportation)

Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) is looking to fill five entry-level positions in downtown Nashville in the Local Programs Development Office. These positions manage and administer State and Federal grants. Preferred candidates have excellent communication skills, are proactive, can multitask, and can easily understand State and federal regulations. Ideal candidates have a business, communications or political science (or similar) degree.

Normal job duties include federal reporting, communicating with local governments, managing schedules, and writing contracts. This office is easily the most publicly visible office in within TDOT. All clients served are outside agencies (planning organizations, city/county officials, and engineering firms). There is room for advancement and growth within the office. Persons with the ability to learn on the fly, positive attitudes, outgoing personalities, and the ability to work in fast-paced and stressful situations will be perfect candidates.

To apply, click here.

Job Alert: Program Officer (Studies and Special Programs) – Transportation Research Board (TRB) @ Washington, DC

April 26, 2015 at 2:11 pm

TRB is one of six major divisions of the National Research Council— a private, nonprofit institution that is the principal operating agency of the National Academies in providing services to the government, the public, and the scientific and engineering communities. The National Research Council is jointly administered by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine. TRB’s varied activities annually engage more than 7,000 engineers, scientists, and other transportation researchers and practitioners from the public and private sectors and academia, all of whom contribute their expertise in the public interest by participating on TRB committees, panels, and task forces. The program is supported by state transportation departments, federal agencies including the component administrations of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and other organizations and individuals interested in the development of transportation.

The Program Officer is responsible for assisting with one or more of the organization’s projects with minimal oversight by Director or Senior Program Officer. Assembles committees and provides staff assistance to committees as they conduct their work. Responsible for ensuring projects stay on schedule and within budget.

Incumbent applies in-depth professional level knowledge to independently solve a full range of complex problems. The job’s primary focus is supporting studies or convening activities. The work is primarily intellectual or analytical in character, requiring advanced knowledge. Assignments are broadly defined and require judgment and creativity to complete. Incumbent is often responsible for oversight or management of other staff. Reports to Senior Program Officer or Director.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:

1. Manages projects of minimal or moderate complexity. In collaboration with supervisor, manages budget, supervises staff, and ensures program or project meets objectives.

2. Where applicable and with director/senior program officer oversight, recruits potential committee nominees and assembles appointment packages. Communicates and coordinates with the committee chair and members. Identifies and gathers research materials for the committee. Facilitates the flow of information among committee/panel members, consultants, staff, and other applicable parties

3. Conducts large and small workshops and/or meetings. Develops agendas, invites presenters and participants, oversees meeting logistics and multimedia presentations, and prepares written summaries.

4. Prepares background papers and technical summaries. Develops written products (e.g., reports, proceedings, white papers). Drafts and edits materials for publication. Synthesizes and edits research findings and technical data and determines the relevance of data for purposes of activity.

5. Supports committee members, forum members, workshop participants, etc. in all aspects of work. Assistance is provided in preparing the draft report, including writing sections of report based on committee input and review and editing the report for format, consistency, and grammar. Facilitates the response to review, responds to comments and concerns of editors, and prepares the final manuscript for publication.

6. Supports dissemination activities related to assigned programs or projects. Creates and maintains materials for web sites social media channels and other outreach to provide interest groups with information generated from and for activities.

7. Oversees project budget and schedule and authorizes expenditures. As required, collaborates with financial staff to ensure compliance.

8. Collaborates with experts and sponsors from federal, state, and local government agencies, foundations, schools, and other organizations. Represents the unit and committee within and outside the National Academies.

9. With Director or Senior Program Officer oversight, conducts background research on topics for new studies, programs, or activities.

For more information, visit http://chk.tbe.taleo.net/chk02/ats/careers/requisition.jsp?org=NAS&cws=1&rid=8047 and search for Job Number 150070-5.

Job Alert: Research Fellow – Transportation for America @ Washington, DC

March 31, 2015 at 9:40 am

T4A logoTransportation for America is hiring a Research Fellow to help produce research and produce reports, identify innovative transportation concepts, and support a mission-based consulting service to produce the best outcomes for clients’ transportation investments.

The fellow will join Transportation for America’s policy team conducting original research that advances local, state and federal policies. This is an opportunity that features a great deal of responsibility, direct collaboration with our partners and valuable hands-on experience with transportation thought-leaders throughout the country.

Description

The ideal fellow is a proactive, savvy researcher with exceptional writing and editing skills and plugged-in to developments surrounding transportation policy at the local, state and federal, levels. The successful candidate will be able to use all these skills to create original research for Transportation for America’s partners and the public.

Fellows should be dependable team players that can perform regular duties when asked, while also being proactive self-starter who can independently research and offer and implement new research areas that support Transportation for America’s policy efforts. Fellows will be conducting research and writing assigned issue briefs and longer reports, but will also be counted upon to support the President of Transportation for America’s newly-created mission-driven consulting service.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Researching, writing and editing original research that supports local, state and federal transportation policy efforts of Transportation for America. This includes short (3-10 pages) issue briefs and lengthier research assignments when necessary.
  • Identifying research trends and gaps to develop scope for new research.
  • Managing oversight and quality assurance of data collection.
  • Assisting policy team in researching local, state and federal policy, and producing content for Transportation for America’s members
  • Supporting mission-driven consulting service by researching and writing reports and memorandums, and billing responsibilities.
  • Providing general research support for the organization and our partners.

Requirements

All Transportation for America fellowships require a self-motivated, detail-oriented person with excellent writing, oral communication and organizational skills, as well as the ability to think creatively and work independently with adequate supervision. Candidates should have a strong interest in transportation, economic development, smart growth or related areas.

Specific to the Research Fellow candidate, Transportation for America is looking for those who can fulfill the following requirements:

  • Proactive, team-player
  • A bachelor’s degree in public policy, planning, sociology, demography, economics or other related field.
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative transportation and economic development research.
  • Highly computer literate
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Working understanding of Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator) and GIS a plus.

Recommended candidates include:

  • New professionals, especially policy, transportation, planning and economic professionals.
  • Candidates able to demonstrate the capacity for independent study or research.

The position is full time (40 hours per week) and requires a six-month commitment. Some former fellows have joined our full-time staff. Transportation for America Fellows receive a stipend of $1,500 per month. This position is based in our offices in Washington, DC.

To apply, please send these materials to info@t4america.org with “Research Fellow” in the subject line:

  • A short cover letter that includes a 50-word description of the assets you would bring to this position
  • A current resume with references
  • Recent research examples

Applications will be accepted immediately on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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.

About T4America

T4America 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. Learn more at http://t4america.org

Job Alert: Senior Manager – Amtrak @ Washington, DC

March 6, 2015 at 2:51 pm

AMTRAK in Washington DC is looking to hire a new Senior Manager, Service Planning and Costing. Click here for a direct link to the application and additional information.

This position is responsible for leading the route and service change evaluation process and the development of state corridor payment forecasts and charges. It directly supervises a Lead Service Planner and two Senior Service Planner positions that assist in these efforts. The position manages cross-functional and inter-department teams to develop accurate cost and contribution impact forecasts. It also provides, both in written and presentation form, evaluation results and recommendations to senior management and external customers.

To qualify, you must have a Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Economics, Transportation, Business, Public Administration, Accounting or related field and 10 years of related work experience or an equivalent combination. Prefer: Master’s degree in Planning, Economics, Transportation, Business, Public Administration, or related field or other related advanced degree.

Amtrak offers a competitive benefit package and salaries commensurate with experience. Submit your application online atwww.amtrak.com/careers.

Amtrak is committed to equal employment opportunity for all qualified employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other protected characteristic.

Job Alert: Traffic Signal Systems Analyst – Maricopa County DOT – Phoenix, Arizona

February 27, 2015 at 6:12 pm

JOB TITLE: Traffic Signal Systems Analyst
CLOSING DATE/TIME: Wed. 03/11/15 11:59 PM Arizona Time
SALARY: $50,398.40 – $70,220.80 Annually
JOB TYPE: Classified/Full-Time
LOCATION: Phoenix, Arizona
DEPARTMENT: Transportation

POSITION OVERVIEW
Proactively monitor, manage and evaluate the traffic flows on MCDOT and Regional roadways through the development, implementation and management of signal timing and application of Traffic Signal System.

POSITION QUALIFICATIONS:
Minimum education and/or experience:
Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and two (2) years of related experience in Intelligent Transportation Systems, Transportation or Engineering. An equivalent combination of education and experience may substitute for the degree requirement on a year for year basis.

Specialized training, certifications, or other special requirements:
A valid Arizona Driver’s License is required at the time of hire.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must have good understanding of traffic signal systems, traffic signal controller/cabinet and how it operates. Must be able to develop traffic signal timing plans, traffic signal construction plans, and have a basic understanding of communication systems, and operation of traffic signal system. Requires a basic understanding of Traffic Engineering practices and procedures, software’s such as HCS, Passer, Syncro, NetSim.Ability to interpret and analyze data; ability to write technical reports; ability to present material in a clear, concise and logical manner, orally and in writing. Ability to work effectively with those contacted in the course of work; and the ability to work independently. Knowledge of Federal and State transportation laws and regulations governing traffic markings, traffic signals, and roadway lighting. Familiar with the manual of uniform traffic control devices and its application to Traffic Engineering functions. The ability to make complex traffic engineering decisions that affect the safety of the public, both vehicular and non-vehicular. The ability to use traffic engineering computer software packages. Ability to perform computer-assisted drafting and prepare designs and specifications for traffic signals projects and department presentations. The ability to negotiate solutions with citizens, utilities, and other outside contacts. This position requires a post-offer physical examination.

Preferred training, certifications and/or other special requirements:
Registration as a Professional Engineer.

Working conditions:
Must be able to work in indoor TMC environment and frequently outdoors primarily at the signalized intersections and other ITS communication installations along the roadway; must be able to respond to system failures or duty assignments during any time of the 24 hour day; must have manual dexterity of hands and body to install ITS equipment, both in the field and as well as in the TMC; must be able to hear, see, climb, crouch, bend and lift/carry 50 pounds with or without assistance of a cart or device. must be able to manage frequent interruptions, time pressures, high work volumes, multiple and complicated tasks, unscheduled tasks, team-oriented activities, prompt decision-making and interaction with regional and local ITS, IT and traffic management stakeholders and the public; must constantly maintain concentration, accuracy, ethical behavior and a professional demeanor.

ESSENTIAL JOB TASKS:
Monitor the operation of MCDOT’s traffic signals on the day-to-day basis. Prepare/update intersection timing plans and implement them to maintain the intersection and cooridor operations at optimum level of service. Operate, maintain and use the Traffic Signal System software to integrate signals, monitor traffic flow and implement signal timing plans. Ensure smooth operation of network, communication systems, and workstations as it relates to Traffic Signal System. Support the planning, design and implementation of other MCDOT Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) such as Traffic Management Center (TMC), Regional Data Archive system (RADS), Advanced Traveler Information system (ATIS) etc. Monitor the operation of ITS elements such as CCTV cameras and DMS on day to day basis for signal timing applications. Maintain inventory, timing plan records, signal controller status records, communication status reports for all signals systems and ITS equipment deployed by MCDOT. Provide technical input to solve signal timing issues as they relate to other divisions, County Departments and Regional partners. Review signal construction plans, construction permits, oversize and overweight vehicle permits. Perform signal timing studies including before and after studies and analysis. Develop periodical signal timing and travel time performance reports. Represent MCDOT in public forums, before high-level public officials, technical groups and committees. Performs other duties as assigned or required.

Click here to learn more and to apply

Job Alert: Senior Traffic Operations Project Manager – Pennsylvania Turnpike @ Harrisburg, PA

February 9, 2015 at 7:11 pm

This position is responsible for performing tasks that are aimed at the efficient movement of traffic and goods throughout the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) highway system, such as: work zone management, incident and emergency response, winter operations and operational planning. Work involves participating in the evaluation of mobility needs relating to recurring and non-recurring congestion. Work tasks will include the application of engineering principles and practices related to intelligent transportation systems (ITS). The work involves reviewing plans, preliminary engineering studies and preparing plans and specifications. Completed work assignments are reviewed by the department manager or designee for accuracy, completeness and conformance with stated goals, objectives and policies. An employee in this position will participate in the coordination with other departments and units of the Commission to attain input for projects.

Click here to learn more and to apply

Job Alert: Community Transportation Planner 1 – Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) @ Chattanooga, TN

February 6, 2015 at 4:35 pm

via YPTransportation.org

The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Long Range Planning Division is accepting applications for a Community Transportation Planner 1 position in the Long Range Planning Division’s Office of Community Transportation, located in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Application for the Community Transportation Planner 1 position requires completion and submission of the following three items:

  • Letter explaining applicant interest in the position
  • Resume that is a maximum of two pages
  • Written responses to the four application questions below

The three items should be emailed to Ms. Suzie Howard, Suzie.Howard@tn.gov, by 4:30 p.m. Central Daylight Time on Thursday, February 12, 2015.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

A Bachelor’s Degree in Planning or related field from an accredited college or university and at least two (2) years of planning experience

Or

Master’s Degree in Planning or related field from an accredited college or university

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

The Long Range Planning Division Community Transportation Planner 1 will assist in the Division’s development and implementation of strategies that coordinate the State’s land management and transportation infrastructure needs.

  • Assists in the development of guidelines for coordination of land use and transportation decisions between state and local entities.
  • Assists in the development of rural regional transportation plans, major thoroughfare plans, corridor management agreements, and statewide access management plans.
  • Provides technical assistance to local community partners, Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Rural Planning and Consultation Organizations.
  • Participates in regular collaborative opportunities with metropolitan transportation planning organizations, rural transportation consultation organizations, cities, and counties.
  • Reviews new and established federal, state, and local plans and policies and makes recommendations for implementation.

This position will require occasional statewide travel.

APPLICATION QUESTIONS:

(Please use a separate sheet for each question.)

When answering the application questions, you should use examples of work related experiences. If you do not have appropriate work related examples, non‐work related examples are acceptable.

  1. Describe two or three major trends in transportation and land use planning.
    • Do you see any of these trends in Tennessee?
    • What are some of the biggest challenges coordinating land use and transportation?
  2. Give an example of a transportation planning idea or improvement that you had and how did it make a difference in the community that you were serving?
  3. Give a specific example of a situation in which you had to deal with conflict when working with the public.
    • Describe in detail how you handled both the person(s) and the situation.
    • How did this affect the overall outcome of the situation or issue?
    • How did you document and communicate the outcome?
  4. Provide a few detailed examples of professional and/or self‐improvement skills that you developed or enhanced over the past two years.
    • Were these skills prerequisites of your current position?
    • How have these skills assisted you in the performance of your current job responsibilities?

Please contact Ms. Tanisha Hall, Director, Long Range Planning Division, at Tanisha.Hall@tn.gov with questions about the position openings. 

Job Alert: Transportation Research Analyst – World Resources Institute/EMBARQ @ Washington, DC

February 4, 2015 at 12:48 pm

EMBARQ seeks a full-time  to provide research, data analysis and other support to its Integrated Transport team which conducts global research on sustainable transport and urban development, and supports Cities Network projects in Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, India, and China. The research assistant will support several projects related to sustainable mobility. The projects will require working with transit planning and operations; economic, social and environmental impact analysis of transport projects; and sustainable transport best practices, policies, institutions, and finance.

The position is located in WRI’s Washington, D.C. office. It offers the opportunity to connect with sustainable mobility and urban development experts, and key stakeholders around the world. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Competitive WRI benefits package.

Responsibilities

Research & Analysis

  • Conduct desktop research, literature reviews and synthesize findings;
  • Assist with transport data collection, verification, visualization, and analysis, both qualitative and quantitative;
  • Research, document, evaluate, and analyze emerging trends, best practices, and policies in urban mobility and city planning.
  • Support the maintenance of shared databases;

Writing & Editing

  • Contribute written and graphic content to publications, reports, papers, and presentations
  • Support internal reviews of EMBARQ publications
  • Prepare project-related content for publication on EMBARQ.org and EMBARQ’s blog The City Fix.

Program Support

  • Interact with WRI/EMBARQ Network members (China, India, Turkey, Brazil and México) as well as partner institutions for data exchange, information requests and project coordination
  • Support contract and proposal development, reporting, and tracking
  • Support conferences/events planning
Qualifications
  • Masters degree in transport planning/engineering, or urban/regional planning with a focus on transportation
  • Previous coursework, work experience, internships or papers in urban transportation planning are desirable
  • Strong quantitative, analytical, and research skills
  • Enthusiasm to work on sustainability issues and in developing countries.
  • Detail-oriented and organized thinker.
  • Ability to work well in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams, juggle multiple priorities and work under tight deadlines
  • Enjoys working in a fast-paced, results oriented non-profit environment
  • Experience with quantitative analysis of data with software such as Excel, STATA, and ability to learn new software and computer systems quickly
  • Competence to undertake high-profile research assignments with minimal supervision
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Knowledge of Mandarin, Spanish, Portuguese, and/or Turkish, is desirable
  • Some experience using ArcGIS or similar mapping software, or familiarity with at least one transport modelling software such as VISUM or TransCAD would be a plus.

Final candidates will be required to take a writing test.

Duration: Regular full-time

Salary:  Salary is commensurate with experience and skills. WRI offers a generous, comprehensive benefits package.

Location: Washington, DC

Qualified applicants should apply online at www.wri.org/careers. All applications must be submitted online through this career portal in order to be formally considered. 

The World Resources Institute (http://www.wri.org/wri) is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI’s policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.

About WRI

Established in 1982, WRI is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization respected globally by policymakers, non-governmental organizations, and corporate leaders.

WRI’s reputation is grounded in its excellent analysis, non-partisan approach, and high-impact results. We measure our success based on how our work helps to create real-world change on the ground—and approach we call “Managing for Results.”

WRI’s work is united by and driven by our values: Innovation, Integrity, Urgency, Independence, and Respect.

WRI fosters a culture of innovative ideas, working collaboratively, and thinking independently. WRI employees are driven by the organization’s mission and have the satisfaction of helping to create a more prosperous and healthy planet.

Learn more about our organization at www.wri.org.