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Transit Specialist/Senior Planner Opportunity with SRPEDD

Updated: Feb 9

Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD) is the regional planning agency for 27 communities of Southeastern Massachusetts
Position Summary/Duties

SRPEDD’s Transportation Department is seeking a self-starting team player who is good at collaborating as well as working on their own and able to take initiative on projects. Under the supervision of the Transportation Planning Manager, the Transit Specialist/Senior Planner performs a wide variety of transit/transportation planning tasks.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The Transit Specialist serves as a liaison between the Regional Transit Authorities, SRPEDD, area stakeholders, and state and federal partners. They produce planning narratives, data and policy analyses, reports, educational materials, project documentation, and other deliverables, as needed. The Transit Specialist will work with a diverse team of planners to integrate transit planning priorities and considerations into all transportation department and initiatives.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Transit Specialist shall be expected to perform the following tasks, among others:

  • Cultivate relationships with the SMMPO's Regional Transit Authorities including attendance at monthly board meetings.

  • Coordinate with Regional Transit Authorities regarding general needs, funding sources and allocations, asset management, project development and performance targets.

  • Conduct transit and transportation data collection and analysis, including air quality analysis for replacement buses.

  • Conduct planning related studies such as bus route evaluations, analyze transit passenger survey data and prepare reports based on findings.

  • Communicate with the public and area organizations to identify unmet transportation needs.

  • Communicate with private carriers on unmet needs and the development of potential projects.

  • Participate in neighborhood and local meetings, and other public outreach to inform and engage the public with respect to transit.

  • Assist with improving public outreach and participation, especially in under-served  populations and neighborhoods.

  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with elected officials, co-workers, other professionals, and the public.

  • Reestablish and manage the South East Regional Coordinating Council on Transportation (SERCCOT).


Qualifications and Education Requirements

The Transit Specialist should have the following qualifications:

Software

- 3+ year(s) of experience with Microsoft Excel and the Microsoft Office Suite;

Skills

- Familiarity with, interest in, and commitment to transportation equity and social justice.

- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

- Strong analytical abilities and creative problem‐solving skills.

- Strong project and time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines and prioritize tasks.


The following would be beneficial, but not required:

Software

- Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, other Adobe Creative Suite products;

- WordPress and/or HTML/CSS; and

-  Video Editing (Premiere, Canva).

Skills

- Transit experience, related to passenger surveys, bus route evaluations, transit funding programs, asset management plans and performance measures.

- Familiarity with Southeast Massachusetts, its communities, and transportation network.

Education

One of the following combinations of education and employment experience is preferred  but not required to be considered for the position:

- BA/BS and 3-5 years of relevant experience. Preference for fields of study including Transportation, Urban Planning, Public Policy, Public Administration, Engineering, Geography or similar. Preference for experience with transit planning;

OR

-  MA/MS and a minimum of one year of experience. Preference for fields of study including Transportation, Urban Planning, Public Policy, Public Administration, Engineering, or similar. Preference for experience with transit planning.

 

Applicants must have a valid driver's license, personal transportation, and a clean driving record. An agency vehicle is available for field work.


While SRPEDD does not have a residency requirement, preference is given to residents of  SRPEDD member municipalities. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply regardless of qualifications.


About SRPEDD

In cooperation with MassDOT, SRPEDD is responsible for the planning and programming of all modes of transportation including highways, public transit, freight, bicycles, and pedestrians. Our work is regionally based, but community focused. We work to formulate and implement plans that will achieve quality of life improvements, and to ensure that these plans reflect the expressed needs of our 4 Gateway cities and 23 towns. SRPEDD also provides technical assistance to our cities and towns and to the region's two transit authorities, Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Transit Authority(GATRA) and Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SRTA). SRPEDD’s office, based in Taunton, MA, is currently operating under a flexible, hybrid work policy. SRPEDD is an Equal Opportunity employer. Deadline for Applications: Position Open Until Filled

Please forward cover letter, resume and at least 3 work samples (at minimum two writing samples, and one presentation sample and/or one graphic/design sample) via email to: Lisa Estrela-Pedro, Transportation Planning Manager

SRPEDD 88 Broadway Taunton, MA 02780 lestrela@srpedd.org


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