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.
The selected applicant will be assigned to the Public/Private Development Unit (PPDU) within the Office of Transportation Planning (MassDOT Planning). PPDU facilitates the environmental review and permitting of the transportation-related elements of private development projects in need of access to the state transportation system. PPDU works with the MassDOT Highway Division, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), and the MassDOT Rail and Transit Division, to coordinate the environmental process with the development permit process in order to expedite the review of project proposals and issuance of associated permits.
Staff in this group primarily prepare, coordinate and oversee the Massachusetts Department of Transportation reviews of private developments requiring access to the state highway system, and perform a variety of related duties. Work within the Office of Transportation Planning may occasionally require travel across the Commonwealth including some evening meetings.
This position would be expected to follow a hybrid model of reporting to work that combines in-office workdays and work from home days as needed.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Review transportation/traffic impact studies in coordination with other MassDOT divisions and district offices.
- Provide written agency comments through the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) process.
- Prepare “Section 61” findings (M.G.L. C.30 S.61).
- Review and comment on MassDOT property disposition canvasses.
- Develop, recommend and implement transportation guidelines and programs.
- Conduct studies and analyze data concerning transportation programs.
- Draft memos, letters, reports, and other documents and correspondence.
- Build and maintain liaison with government authorities and others.
- Develop materials for the dissemination of information.
- Respond to inquiries, maintain records, attend meetings, and other duties as needed.
In addition to meeting the minimum entrance requirements for this position, it is desirable that candidates be familiar with MEPA regulations, ITE’s Trip Generation Manual, the 2014 EEA/MassDOT EIR/EIS Transportation Impact Assessment Guidelines, the State Highway Access Policy, the Approval of Access to State Highways, and other applicable policies, procedures and regulations.
Candidates should also have strong written and oral communications skills, combined with the ability to work effectively with others in establishing cooperative relationships, and in a variety of settings (individuals, groups, inter- and intra-agency, etc.).
Candidates should have a strong computer background including spreadsheet and word processing. A familiarity with the principles and practices of transportation planning is also preferred.
Ideal candidates for positions within MassDOT Planning should possess the following abilities:
- Develop and maintain strong professional relationships: The Office of Transportation Planning (the Office) is considered an Enterprise Service for all of MassDOT with the modal divisions as our clients. This means that the team members in the Office are expected to work well with individuals and departments across the agency and with external stakeholders including federal partners, and positively represent the Office through their professional conduct.
- Think critically and creatively: The Office needs team members who can draw connections between planning concepts, ideas, existing projects and organizational strategies. For example, when scoping a new project or study, the ideal candidate would consider contemporary planning practices, incorporate innovative planning strategies all while relating the new project to existing planning projects and the strategic direction of the Office of Transportation Planning. Team members are expected to have strong problem solving skills that include the use of research, quantitative analysis, reasoning and judgment. Candidates should also be familiar with current transportation specific software and planning tools.
- Work independently: The fast-paced environment of the Office can sometimes diminish direct interaction or oversight on individual activities. The candidate should be able to independently execute tasks both with direct support as well as with more limited oversight. The Office fosters a work culture that allows each team member to work in their preferred style with the expectation that outcomes will be delivered on-time and be high-quality.
- Ensure good customer service: Each team member is expected to represent the Office internally and externally and good customer service is expected. As an Enterprise Service it is critical that the rest of MassDOT, as internal customers, can rely on the Office for on-time, on-budget, accurate, creative and high-quality deliverables. Externally, our customers are the residents, businesses and visitors to the Commonwealth. The Office works on behalf of the Commonwealth to plan and study transportation issues and investments.
- Communicate clearly and transparently: The candidate should have exceptional verbal and written communication skills whether drafting original documents or reviewing, revising and editing deliverable documents from others. The Office relies on good communication to fulfill its mission and operate efficiently and effectively. This includes rapid production of memos, slide deck presentations and ability to succinctly provide verbal briefings. One of the most essential elements of this role is being able to communicate information between different partners and stakeholders. For example, explaining technical analysis produced by engineering consultants to senior leadership or a community stakeholder in plain language that is easy to understand and respond to. The diversity of information and audiences relevant to this position make the ideal candidate one who can both understand and communicate across a range of topic areas, but also learn and appreciate the perspectives of these varied audiences.
- Encourage and sustain positive team dynamics: The nature of transportation planning requires collaboration and teamwork. The ideal candidate should be comfortable working in teams and know how to create and improve team dynamics to ensure good transportation planning.
- Be flexible and open-minded: Transportation planning requires that all ideas, concepts and perspectives are considered. A good planning process should not be pre-determined. The candidate should be open to new ideas and processes, and be inherently flexible. This flexibility and open-mindedness will contribute to creativity and innovation and allow planning activities to be completed without prejudice based on personal beliefs or ideology.
If you have questions regarding this position, please contact Alaina Seitz, Human Resources Specialist, at email@example.com.
This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
Minimum Entrance Requirements:
Applicants must have at least (A) four 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 two years must have been in a professional capacity, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.
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.
NOTE: Educational substitutions will only be permitted for a maximum of one year of the required (B) experience.
Special Requirements: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator’s license may be required.
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 the next lower title than the position applied for, in the same or similar career ladder.
All job applications must be submitted online through MassCareers to be considered.
For a disability‐related reasonable accommodation or alternative application method, call ADA Coordinator, Heather Ulesoo – (617) 851-9447.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.