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.
MassDOT is responsible for developing, implementing, and coordinating transportation policies and projects for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and to efficiently plan, design, construct, and maintain a safe statewide transportation system which effectively meets the transportation needs of the Commonwealth.
MassDOT’s divisions include: Highway, Aeronautics, Registry of Motor Vehicles, Rail & Transit, and Planning & Enterprise Services. There are approximately 3,600 employees across the organization.
MassDOT’s goal is to provide employees with greater flexibility in when and where they work while continuing to execute MassDOT’s Safety and Customer Service Mission. Furthermore, MassDOT will be doing our part to lead by example in reducing congestion and greenhouse gas emissions by minimizing overall workplace commuting travel during peak hours through telework and schedule flexibility.
This position has a high degree of remote flexibility once established in the role. The selected candidate will be expected to follow a hybrid work model that consists of both in-office and work from home days, as needed.
The selected applicant will be assigned to the Capital Planning section of the Office of Transportation Planning (OTP and will work in collaboration with our Divisions, Metropolitan Organization (MPO) Activities section and internal and external regional partners and agencies including the Executive Office for Administration and Finance (ANF).
The Capital Planning section of OTP seeks to hire an Analyst to assist in the implementation of planning guidance and prioritization approaches for capital projects. Through data analysis and development of decision support tools, this work would translate the vision and goals set by the Governor, Secretary and MassDOT into an achievable portfolio of tangible capital programs and projects. The Analyst will work with other members of the Capital Planning group, the MPO section and other MassDOT Divisions/groups to develop and monitor processes to shape and execute the MassDOT’s multi-billion dollar Capital Investment Plan (CIP). The CIP is a short-term, financially constrained capital plan that allows MassDOT to execute its strategic priorities, as expressed in longer-term, unconstrained multi-modal plans like the bicycle and pedestrian plans, the Freight Plan, Focus40, the 20-year capital investment strategy for the MBTA, among others. In partnership with stakeholders across the MassDOT and MBTA organizations, the Analyst will be responsible for conducting quantitative analyses and developing related insights for internal decision-making and public presentations or communication related to the capital program.
Candidates should demonstrate experience in data analysis, budgeting, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, and/or project management. Candidates should be comfortable working independently and on a team, and interfacing with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders. Candidates should be comfortable drawing insights and conclusions from limited or imperfect information. Candidates should also be able to learn new systems and tools quickly and with limited direction. Strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills and written and oral communication skills are required.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
- Assist the Director of Capital Planning in development and implementation of the MassDOT’s five-year Capital Investment Plan (CIP), working closely with the Capital Planning Team, MPO Activities group, Divisions, and other internal and external stakeholders.
- Assist the Director of Capital Planning and the Manager of MPO Activities with the development, implementation, and oversight of the 5and State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).
- Support and participate in processes to identify, review, evaluate, and prioritize potential capital projects as part of the annual update to the CIP.
- Monitor the execution of programs and projects against approved budgets, schedules, performance measures, and other milestones, in partnership with Capital Program Oversight.
- Complete data collection and analysis work in support of the development of the CIP and related initiatives.
- Utilize data visualization, business intelligence, and/or geospatial intelligence systems (GIS) tools to collect and display project data, conduct analysis, and inform decision making related to the capital program.
- Support development of executive-level and public-facing presentations and other communications content about the MassDOT capital program.
- Participate in meetings with both internal and external financial staff regarding all aspects of project budgets, funding, and other financial issues.
- Identify opportunities to continue to improve MassDOT policies and processes to maximize the impact of capital investment.
- The applicant will attend capital planning meetings related to regional planning and project prioritization, and other meetings as necessary. Some of these meetings will occur during the evening hours.
- In addition to meeting the minimum entrance requirements, it is desirable that candidates have strong written, oral, and visual communication skills; excellent interpersonal skills; analytical and computer skills; experience with regional planning; familiarity with the requirements of Title 23 and Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR); the 3CPlanning Process and Fixing America’s Transportation System (Fast Act).
Preferred Experience and Skills
- Advanced skill in MS Office, including Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate and present effectively to a diverse group of stakeholders and customers.
- Demonstrated ability to organize data, communicate insights and conclusions, and exercise effective problem solving skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative and team-oriented manner.
- Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information in an appropriate manner.
- Master’s degree from an accredited institution in Government, Business, Economics, Urban Planning, Engineering, Architecture, or a related field.
- Experience in planning, budgeting, data analysis, or project management processes in a public agency or within the transportation industry
- Experience with data visualization, business intelligence, and/or geospatial information system (GIS) tools and software programs.
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) three 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 one year 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 the required experience.*
*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
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.
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· For general questions regarding MassDOT, call the Human Resources Service Center at 857-368-4722.
· 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.
Executive Order #595: As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption.