Senior Manager, Planning

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Urban Planning September 5, 2018 Northeast Corridor Commission NYC, NY, USA

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SUMMARY OF DUTIES:
This position on Northeast Corridor Commission (NECC) staff will lead the creation of a Strategic Development Plan (SDP) for NEC rail service and infrastructure through a highly collaborative multi-agency process. The Commission was established by Congress in the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 to coordinate the agencies that share the region’s core rail network. While the Commission has been administratively hosted by Amtrak since 2011, it is an independent team of highly motivated transportation professionals.

The SDP will be an action plan for early-phase implementation of the vision for commuter and intercity service defined by the selected alternative in the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) NEC FUTURE Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The position will develop and execute a consensus-driven planning process for NECC stakeholders, requiring extensive participation by the eight commuter railroads that operate on the Northeast Corridor, Amtrak, state departments of transportation, and USDOT.

The SDP will lay out objectives for service and infrastructure and describe a realistic and detailed strategy for implementation. The SDP will focus on a 10-15 year infrastructure plan that is aimed at restoring the corridor to a state of good repair while completing a targeted set of investments in capacity expansion and modernization. The SDP will coordinate and integrate technical work by NECC stakeholder agencies including, but not limited to, travel demand/ridership forecasting, service planning, infrastructure planning, operations modeling, workforce planning, economic impact analysis, and funding/financial analysis.

This position will ensure the SDP aligns with ongoing NECC initiatives including the development of five-year Capital Investment Plans, One-Year Implementation Plans, quarterly and annual reports, and implementation of the NEC Commuter and Intercity Rail Cost Allocation Policy.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Lead the development of the NEC SDP, building off work performed by FRA in the NEC FUTURE program. Create and facilitate a highly participatory, consensus-driven planning process with the Commission’s member organizations.
  • Engage the Commission’s Planning Committee, made of NEC Commission members from USDOT, Amtrak and the nine member states, typically representing the most senior levels of their organizations. Engage with the full Commission as appropriate.
  • Lead multi-agency working groups and other coordination activities with staff at various levels and in various roles and departments at stakeholder agencies as they gather, develop, share, and refine data and analyses.
  • Build and manage a team of Commission staff to assist with both technical work and stakeholder facilitation.
  • Engage and manage consultants to supplement Commission staff resources. Consultant management will include the development of scopes of work, estimation of project budgets, oversight and/or participation in the consultant selection process, and day-to-day management of projects to ensure that projects are delivered on-time and on-budget.
  • Participate in other Commission initiatives to ensure SDP activities align with and support five-year Capital Investment Plans, One-Year Implementation Plans, quarterly and annual reports, and implementation of the NEC Commuter and Intercity Rail Cost Allocation Policy.

WORK EXPERIENCE:

  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative team environment.
  • Consensus-based stakeholder facilitation and coordination.
  • Familiarity with and an ability to coordinate a variety of technical disciplines including, but not limited to, travel demand/ridership forecasting, service planning, infrastructure planning, operations modeling, workforce planning, economic impact analysis, and funding/financial analysis.
  • Excellent quantitative and analytical skills.
  • Ability to translate technical analyses into meaningful and appropriate information for different audiences and purposes (staff-level coordination, executive-level action, education for elected officials and the public, etc.).
  • Ability to multi-task effectively while remaining flexible in a fast-paced environment.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite applications.
  • Ten or more years transportation, public policy, or public administration experience with an emphasis on passenger rail, public transportation, or general transportation planning and policy.
  • Experience with the development of transportation planning documents, such Environmental Impact Statements, and/or Service Development Plans.

PREFFERED EDUCATION:
Master’s degree in public policy, urban and regional planning, transportation engineering, economics, business, or related field.

PREFERRED WORK EXPERIENCE:

  • Direct experience in passenger rail, freight rail, or transit.
  • Knowledge of the rail infrastructure and operations along the Northeast Corridor.
  • Direct experience managing consultants in the delivery of professional service related projects.

COMMUNICATIONS AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS:
Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.