Job Details

Requisition Number 17-0268
Post Date 10/17/2017
Title Principal Transportation Planner
Focus Multimodal
City Boston
State MA

Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates is seeking a highly organized, independent, and motivated principal for our nationally recognized multimodal, smart parking and transportation demand management (TDM) planning practice in the Boston office. This is an outstanding opportunity for the right person to become involved in leading our work in developing transportation systems for vibrant, livable communities on the east coast and around the country. The right person will be able to develop and provide integrated, creative, actionable solutions in keeping with Nelson\Nygaard’s current work, which further emphasizes creative and innovative community involvement.

We are seeking an individual with at least 15 years of experience and a strong interest in integrated, multimodal transportation, parking and TDM planning as well as some background in developing sustainable strategies to improve community accessibility and mobility. Experience working on projects in the Northeast and Boston region are a plus.

Nelson\Nygaard develops sustainable transportation solutions for people. Our work emphasizes creative, innovative transportation planning, and community involvement, often within a wider set of goals such as economic development and reduced dependence on the private automobile. Nelson\Nygaard offers a dynamic and self-directed work environment that is fast-paced, congenial, and supportive. This is your opportunity to work with one of the most innovative groups of planners and engineers in the United States, including highly talented junior and support staff in our Boston office. Our office culture is built upon diversity and creativity.


In this position, the successful candidate will be expected to manage entire projects, often with the involvement and guidance of other principals. Work will include responsibility for client communication, overall task and project management, determining and managing analytical tasks, client communication, public presentation, and other skills as necessary. The successful candidate is expected to lead proposals, be responsible for overall business development targets, and provide guidance and oversight to junior staff is a must. Your projects may be located anywhere throughout the United States, and thus a willingness and desire to travel is essential. You also will work closely with Nelson\Nygaard’s senior and junior staff from other Nelson\Nygaard offices throughout the country.


Qualifications and Requirements

The ideal candidate should have a broad range of transportation and urban planning experience, preferably with a focus on multimodal planning and design, smart parking strategies and TDM planning.  A candidate should be able to demonstrate significant expertise in at least five (5) of the following areas:

  • Citywide transportation planning and analysis
  • Campus transportation planning
  • Parking management
  • Bicycle/pedestrian facility planning
  • Street design guidelines
  • Data collection and performance assessments
  • Multimodal/intermodal facility planning
  • Transit station area planning
  • Transportation demand management
  • Transport policy, funding, and governance
  • Advanced geospatial analysis and database management (GIS, Excel, Access)
  • Advanced graphics communications (InDesign, Illustrator, SketchUp, Photoshop, CAD)
  • Computer traffic modeling (Synchro, VISSIM, TransCAD)


Successful applicants will be expected to:

  • Creatively solve multimodal, parking and TDM transportation problems
  • Demonstrate excellent written and verbal skills
  • Possess proven experience in managing projects within budget
  • Work successfully with clients, members of the public, and project teams
  • Mentor and train junior staff
  • Outline and prepare successful proposals and reports
  • Analyze a wide range of transportation data and manage the quality control and completion of technical analyses, feasibility studies, and other transportation reports
  • Prepare and give effective presentations
  • Participate in firm-wide strategic planning activities to ensure that we continue to build on our mission and core values


At a minimum, the candidate should meet the following qualifications:

  • At least fifteen (15) years of responsible experience in transportation planning, traffic engineering, or a related field.
  • A bachelor’s or more advanced degree in urban or transportation planning, or a related field. Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Successful and sustained experience in business development (i.e., winning work). If you have public agency experience, grant writing and successful RFP development are applicable skills.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and other communication skills, including facilitating public workshops.
  • The ability to manage complex projects on time and on budget.
  • Demonstrate advanced proficiency with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.


Salary and Benefits

The annual salary range equivalent for this position is industry competitive, depending on qualifications and years of experience. Benefits include medical, dental and vision insurance, pre-tax transit or bicycling benefit, a 401k program, life insurance and paid time off.

Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, Inc. is an equal employment opportunity affirmative action employer.

To apply, please click on the link 'Apply Online' below. Qualified and interested candidates should submit a resume and work samples (no larger than 4MB). No phone calls, please.

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