The Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (Boston MPO) and Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) seek an experienced and innovative urban transportation professional to lead Greater Boston’s regional transportation planning agency. The Executive Director reports to the Chair of the Boston MPO, currently MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack or her designee, and plays a key role in implementing the mission and goals of the Boston MPO.
We are seeking an Executive Director with the capacity to lead a mission-driven agency of planning professionals in an inspiring manner, to expand the development and application of quantitative decision support tools and methods, and to enable innovative planning that addresses the changing transportation landscape of the 21st century.
The successful candidate for this role will have considerable knowledge of the theory and practice of transportation planning and forecasting; the federal transportation planning process and regulatory requirements; community outreach and engagement; and organizational and financial management.
About Boston MPO and CTPS
The Boston MPO “envisions a modern transportation system that is safe, uses new technologies, provides equitable access, excellent mobility, and varied transportation options — in support of a sustainable, healthy, livable, and economically vibrant region.” (Charting Progress to 2040, the Boston MPO’s Long-Range Transportation Plan)
CTPS was created in 1974 as a permanent resource of expertise in comprehensive, multimodal transportation planning and analysis for the Boston MPO. CTPS oversees the “cooperative, comprehensive, and continuing” (3C) transportation planning process required by federal law, and provides direct technical assistance to MassDOT, MBTA, other government agencies, and cities and towns in the region.
The MPO region encompasses 97 cities and towns, covering approximately 1,361 square miles from Cape Ann in the north to Interstate 495 in the west and the South Shore in the south. The region is home to approximately 3.3 million people and supports about 2 million jobs. The communities include major urban centers such as Boston and Cambridge, regional urban centers like Salem and Framingham, maturing suburbs like Brookline and Newton, and many developing suburbs. Therefore, transportation planning must take into account the demographic, cultural, and environmental diversity of the region, and consider the various means by which residents and visitors travel. The region is also home to substantial Environmental Justice communities. Serving these communities is an important focus for CTPS and the Boston MPO.
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), which is the Regional Planning Agency established under state law for the Greater Boston region, serves as fiduciary agent for CTPS, and the two agencies collaborate closely on many ongoing planning responsibilities and individual projects.
The Boston MPO seeks an Executive Director with the skills, experience, and desire to lead and help evolve CTPS to be able to deliver the planning, forecasting, and thought leadership that the Boston MPO needs to shape the region’s transportation future.
The Executive Director is responsible for managing approximately 70 professional and support staff and an operating budget of over $6 million on behalf of the Boston MPO in order to carry out the mission of the MPO in compliance with federal requirements for the 3C transportation planning process. This responsibility includes ensuring that funds awarded to the MPO are properly managed, contractual obligations are fulfilled, work described in the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) is performed well, and administrative and personnel policies of the MPO and its fiduciary agent are fully implemented.
Specific responsibilities include:
Compensation and Benefits
The starting salary ranges from $125,000 – $150,000 annually, depending upon qualifications and experience. This is a full time exempt position. CTPS offers excellent Massachusetts state employee benefits as well as a flexible, supportive, and family friendly work environment and a commitment to ongoing professional development. Our office is located in downtown Boston, in a transit-oriented and bicycle-friendly environment.
How to apply
The position is open until filled, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. A review of applications will begin immediately. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume online www.mapc.ma/ExecutiveDirectorBostonMPO
Additional information about the Boston Region MPO and CTPS can be found at www.bostonmpo.org.
Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the USA and a valid driver’s license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region.