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.


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.

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Job Alert: Project Manager – Foursquare Integrated Transportation Planning, Inc. @ Rockville, MD

March 16, 2015 at 3:54 pm

foursquare-horiz-2-logo-type-rgbFoursquare Integrated Transportation Planning, Inc. is a fast-growing transportation and transit planning firm and we need an experienced Project Manager who is ready to join our team and lead amazing projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic. This position will provide you with the opportunity to:

  • Lead and contribute to an extremely wide range of transit and transportation planning projects;
  • Work with some of the smartest and most innovative planners in the industry;
  • Play a key role in the continued success and growth of a small transit and transportation planning company; and
  • Have a fulfilling, challenging, and rewarding experience with wonderful colleagues and clients, competitive pay, and full benefits.

Roles and Responsibilities
As a Project Manager at our firm you will be responsible for leading projects that consist both of Foursquare ITP staff and subcontractors, as well as leading internal teams that will report to prime contractors. Your primary roles will be to provide strategic direction on projects, including detailed guidance as needed; contribute to the projects; maintain schedules and budgets; and ensure that our high standards and quality are maintained. You will also be the primary point of contact with a variety of client types and will have the opportunity to work closely and collaboratively with a variety of transportation agencies and governments. You will need to be able to conduct and train others on quantitative analysis, methodologies, and development of recommendations. You will also be involved in business development opportunities and the development of proposals.

Required Skills and Experience
To succeed at Foursquare ITP excellent writing and oral presentation and interpersonal skills are essential. In addition to having the appropriate technical skills, you must be a smart, motivated, self-starter who is passionate about transit and transportation planning. For this position extensive experience leading project teams and coordinating with clients is essential – we are looking for at least 12 years of transportation planning experience with at least three years as a project manager. You must have experience managing staff and contributing to and overseeing projects from both the technical and administrative sides. A strong working knowledge of the Washington Metropolitan area is desired. You should also have a Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in a field closely related to our discipline.

About Foursquare ITP
Our firm conducts a broad range of transportation planning projects, with specific expertise in transit service and operations planning, corridor studies, multimodal coordination, transportation demand management, strategic planning and performance measurement, transportation related public outreach, GIS analysis and design, long-range transportation planning, transportation-land use coordination planning, and bike share planning. We work on a diverse array of transportation projects for state and local governments, federal agencies, transit agencies, and regional agencies.

We are based in Rockville, Maryland, right at a Metrorail station in a walkable community and have nearly 20 employees. As a result of our hard work, innovation, and straightforward or “foursquare” manner, we have earned and enjoy a strong reputation which affords us the opportunity to work on a wide variety of high-visibility and high-impact projects. We pride ourselves on our dynamic, close-knit team of highly talented professionals.

Salary, Benefits, and Work-Life
We offer a competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, life insurance, and a retirement plan with matching benefits. We allow two days of telework per week and offer competitive salaries commensurate with experience.

Résumés and cover letters will be accepted through Friday, April 3rd 2015 to resumes @

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

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: 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.


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 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
  • 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 All applications must be submitted online through this career portal in order to be formally considered. 

The World Resources Institute ( 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

Job Alert: Director, Project Finance Institute – American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) @ Washington, DC

December 15, 2014 at 1:14 pm

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials is currently hiring a Director, Project Finance Institute, a position located in Washington, D.C.

The Director, Project Finance Institute (PFI), leads the management and operation of the AASHTO Project Finance Institute, which promotes effective financing and implementation of surface transportation programs, projects, and policies by state and local agencies through training in the use of tools and decision-making processes, sharing of best practices, and technical assistance.

The director, Project Finance Institute directs all aspects of the Institute’s management and operations which includes development of strategies and work plans; efficient management of budgetary resources; identification and engagement of the Institute’s audience of beneficiaries, including state departments of transportation; review and oversight of subcontractor entities; and the development and delivery of tasks based on the cooperative agreement between AASHTO and the Federal Highway Administration.

Supervised by AASHTO’s Policy Director, the incumbent directs PFI’s assistance to surface transportation project sponsors through activities such as development of PFI’s strategic working group; development and delivery of training opportunities such as workshops, training seminars, and peer exchanges; development and management of the PFI website and a robust e-learning platform; facilitation of innovative practices through research and development; and other tasks as appropriate in advancing the mission of PFI.

In order to best understand the needs of PFI’s targeted audience, the incumbent regularly engages with AASHTO’s member department executives such as chief financial officers, chief administrative officers, and other program and policy leaders comprising the AASHTO Standing Committee on Finance and Administration. In addition, the incumbent will engage regularly with other project finance and transportation stakeholders.

Successful candidates should have a minimum of six years of progressively responsible experience, with at least two years in the field of surface transportation at the federal, state or local level of government.  A bachelor’s degree in business administration, public administration, economics or a related field is required, and evidence of a higher degree of professional development, such as postgraduate education, is also desirable.

Project planning, budgeting, and management skills are essential to this position, and a broad understanding of federal and state transportation policy is required. The incumbent must have experience with contract administration and financial reporting. A basic understanding of capital markets, institutions, and state-of-the-art financial instruments, as well as the ability to communicate complex issues is required. Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills are essential to this position. The incumbent must be able to travel 30-50 days per year.

Those interested in applying may do so by emailing by close of business on Friday, Jan. 2. Relocation costs are not reimbursable. AASHTO is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Alert: Planner – Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Office of Planning) @ Washington, DC

December 10, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Metro’s Office of Planning is hiring a planner for its Regional Planning branch. The job description and information on how to apply can be found on the WMATA Careers page and the job code is 141283. The job will be open until 11:59pm on 12/24/14.

About the position:

The open position is within the Regional Planning (REGP) program area in Metro’s Office of Planning. The REGP program area focuses on developing and executing the Authority’s long-range regional transit system plan and advocating for Metro’s short and long-term infrastructure and operational needs at local, regional, and state levels, with an emphasis on ensuring integration of Metro’s plans across all the ongoing planning activities in the region. Planners in this position manage long-range planning projects, prepare technical reports/presentations, represent Metro at project stakeholder meetings, and analyze/recommend regional transit policy.  The successful candidate will possess extensive capabilities in regional planning, possess strong communications skills, and be able to represent Metro across the region. The applicant will be particularly skilled at translating highly technical information into written documents, graphics, and presentations that are easily digested by a wide range of audiences. Knowledge in the areas of regional transportation planning and forecasting, the metropolitan planning process, transit funding options and considerations, and project evaluation and alternatives analysis is strongly preferred.

Job Alert: Public Transit Planning Intern – Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates @ Seattle, WA

November 13, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Job Alert: Transportation Specialist (GS-2101-13/14) – USDOT’s Federal Highway Administration @ Washington, DC

July 12, 2014 at 1:01 pm
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SALARY RANGE: $89,924.00 to $138,136.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD: Friday, July 11, 2014 to Sunday, July 20, 2014

This position is located in the Office of Innovative Program Delivery (HIN), Project Delivery Team, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in Washington, D.C. The Office of Innovative Program Delivery, an organizational element within the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), provides national leadership, direction, and consulting services in new approaches for project finance, procurement (e.g., public-private partnerships (P3s)), and revenue generation (e.g., congestion pricing).  The office also provides for the oversight and stewardship of projects with a total cost in excess of $500 million.  HIN brings together experts on transportation credit assistance; project cost estimating and financial plan development; innovative finance; policy development; P3s; and tolling. 

This position is for the implementation of stewardship and oversight activities to monitor the cost, schedule, and performance of Federal-aid transportation infrastructure projects, especially major projects (those costing over $500 million) to identify problems and initiate action to mitigate implementation risks.  This position provides technical assistance and authoritative consultant services to FHWA field offices, State agencies, and other Federal agencies to assure that Federal regulations and policies are met in the development and delivery of major highway projects.

The ideal candidate will be a mid-career transportation specialist with a specialty in the stewardship and oversight of the major highway project delivery process.

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This is why you should worry about the Highway Trust Fund running out..

July 8, 2014 at 6:10 pm

A brilliant animated primer from the ASCE explains what’s at stake for the average American as the highway trust fund is fast nearing its end.. For the uninitiated,the Highway Trust Fund is the US federal funding for roads, bridges, and transit systems, and it is on course to become insolvent by August, jeopardizing America’s infrastructure and its economy. Unless our lawmakers get their act together with extreme urgency, we might be in for some serious trouble and may lose some of the hard fought economic gains quickly…Learn more:

In case you are wondering why the highway trust fund is running out of money, take a peek at this article from Washington Post..

Job Alert: Supervisory Civil Engineer (Lead Civil Eng -Structural), GS-0810-15 – USDOT’s Federal Highway Administration @ Washington, DC

July 7, 2014 at 5:33 pm
This position is located in the Office of Bridges and Structures, Office of Infrastructure. The incumbent serves as a Principal Bridge Engineer in the structures discipline and the Team Leader of the Structural Engineering Team. The incumbent assists the Director, Office of Bridges and Structures, in the performance of all administrative and technical activities related to the functions performed by the Office.

  • SALARY RANGE: $124,995.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year
  • OPEN PERIOD:Monday, July 7, 2014 to Sunday, July 20, 2014

Ideal Candidate: The ideal candidate for this position will be a civil engineer with a graduate degree and professional engineering license, and significant knowledge and experience in the design, load rating and construction of major and unusual highway bridges and/or tunnels.


Serving as a Supervisory Civil Engineer, you will:

  • Exercise national leadership in structural engineering aspects of all the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) programs and be responsible for providing technical guidance, and for coordinating FHWA’s activities in these areas with FHWA field offices, Federal agencies, State departments of transportation and local agencies, academia and with various other partners and customers on a national and international basis.
  • Be accountable for the team’s outcomes and results, e.g., timely development and updates of policy and guidance, timely review of major and unusual structures, delivery of quality work products and services and implements a quality improvement program in assigned program areas. Provide coaching and leadership to team members in their consultant services to management of Headquarters and field organizations.
  • Plan, evaluate, and execute short- and long-range programs which impact national issues. Lead and manage the activities of a staff of engineers in the Headquarters Office and provide technical leadership and guidance to other FHWA offices in Headquarters, Research, Development and Technology, Resource Center, Federal Lands Highway Divisions, and Division Offices.
  • Serve as an authoritative expert and be responsible for planning and managing a program on a national level with the objective of improving the state of practice of structural engineering as applied to planning, selection of type, size and location, design, construction, and evaluation (load rating) of highway bridges and structures.
  • Lead and coordinate the evaluation of the structural, hydraulic and geotechnical aspects of tunnels, major and unusual bridges, and drainage structures submitted for comments and/or for approval by the Office of Bridges and Structures.

Click here to learn more and to apply