OSPCD - Transportation and Infrastructure

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Statement of Duties

The Senior Transportation Planner performs field work, technical analysis, street design, public education, project management and interdepartmental coordination around multimodal mobility planning, engineering and urban design in New England’s most densely-populated city.  Candidates for this position should be highly motivated to ensure that public and private investment advance Somerville’s goal to become the most walkable, bikeable, transit-accessible city in the nation.


The candidate should have a strong background in the design and execution of transportation improvements, at different scales, from small scale tactical and experimental solutions to intersection and streetscape re-design projects.  The candidate should have a strong background in transportation planning and/or transportation engineering.


Candidate will lead program design, program management and project delivery of activities associated with implementing the mobility goals outlined in the City’s Five-Year and Annual plans under its federal Community Development Block Grant program and consistent with “SomerVision”, the City’s legally-adopted Comprehensive Plan; “Somerville Climate Forward”, the City’s official plan to eliminate carbon emissions; and the City’s Vision Zero Action Plan to eliminate crashes resulting in severe injuries and fatalities.


Candidates should be equally enthusiastic about field work with public safety and public works professionals, desk-based design development and project/financial management, and high-intensity public engagement. Employee is required to perform all similar or related duties.


Essential Functions:

  • Performs transportation planning and/or engineering work in functional areas such as policy planning, project development and design, financing, construction and/or traffic and parking operations.
  • Collaborates with the City’s Traffic & Parking Department, Police Department, and Department of Public Works around capital projects, construction management, operations & maintenance activities (including preparation, implementation and evaluation of Standard Operating Procedures), traffic calming interventions, bike / pedestrian facilities and signal operations.
  • Plays a lead role in street design efforts, ranging from temporary, low-cost pilot projects to large-scale capital projects.


  • Manages consultant engagements, including scoping, contracting, project management and community process to advance the goals of City’s federal Community Development Block Grant program, adopted Comprehensive Plan and Neighborhood Plans.
  • Provides in-house review of consultant-generated transportation analysis and reports, including traffic studies.
  • Assists interdisciplinary staff teams of community planners working on neighborhood or corridor plans.
  • Performs field work including multimodal turning movement counts, parking utilization counts, crosswalk compliance audits, and performs associated data entry and analysis tasks.
  • Supports pavement markings installation for new bike lanes, crosswalk facilities and traffic calming treatments by meeting crews in the field (often during overnight mobilizations) and ensuring installations are made according to plans.
  • Plays a lead role in program administration tasks, including public bike share contracts and Transportation Management Association (TMA) / Transportation Demand Management (TDM) activities.
  • Interfaces with project and program partners including the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, MBTA bus operations, neighboring municipalities, nonprofit and advocacy organizations at the local, regional and national scale.
  • Serves as Somerville’s primary point-of-contact with the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and manage our participation as an affiliate member city.

Recommended Minimum Qualifications                                                    

Education and Experience: Bachelor’s Degree in transportation planning, engineering, or a closely related field and three (7) years’ experience in municipal government, stage agency positions or relevant private consulting roles; Master’s degree preferred, and may substitute for a portion of relevant experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Special Requirements:  A Professional Engineer (PE) license is preferred.  An Engineer in Training (E.I.T.) certification and/or American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification  is desirable.



Knowledge, Abilities and Skill

Knowledge: Knowledge of Principles and practices of multimodal transportation planning, engineering, and design; Knowledge of federal and state regulations and guidelines such as the Highway Capacity Manual, Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), NACTO guidebooks including Urban Street Design Guide, Urban Bikeway Design Guide and Transit Street Design Guide, and MassDOT Separated Bike Lane Planning & Design Guide.  Knowledge of municipal and state project development processes from visioning and scoping through design, permitting, financing and construction.



Abilities: Ability to work effectively with the City’s Traffic Engineer, Highway Superintendent, and other relevant interdepartmental staff.  Ability to read and understand engineering plans and supervise implementation of lane markings plans.  Ability to prepare conceptual street design graphics using AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS or SketchUp.  Perform field data collection and analysis to ensure accurate and up-to-date pedestrian counts, bike counts and traffic counts.  Ability to interpret traffic simulation models (i.e. Synchro, Simtraffic, Vissim, etc.). Ability to formulate findings and recommendations to interdepartmental staff, elected officials, outside agencies, contractors, engineers, advocates and the general public. 


Skill: Skilled public speaker; excellent customer service, planning and design skills. Design software skill (i.e. AutoCAD, ArcGIS, Sketch Up, Adobe Suite) is preferable;  Quantitative analysis skills including Microsoft Excel; Strong written and oral communication with peers, consultants, contractors, and representatives of other agencies; Public speaking, facilitating and public presentations are required; Managing multiple tasks and deadlines.  Multilingual capacity desirable.

Application Procedure: 

This position will remain open until filled. Send your resume and cover letter to:

City Hall Personnel Office
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville MA 02143
Fax: 617-666-4426
TTY: 1-866-808-4851
Email: [email protected]

City of Somerville residents are especially encouraged to apply.

The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities free of charge, upon request.

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Nency Salamoun, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or [email protected].

Full Time Plus Benefits
Application Start Date: 
Thursday, August 1, 2019