Transportation Planner

Western Connecticut Council of Governments

Sandy Hook, CT United States

Planner (part-time; or fulltime with a 35-hour work week)

Salary Range: Fulltime salary is $70,000-$100,000 (depending on qualifications) with a competitive benefits package. Part-time salary range is prorated.

Location: Hybrid work environment in Sandy Hook, CT

Closing Date: Open until filled or closed

About WestCOG

The Western Connecticut Council of Governments (WestCOG) is a metropolitan and regional planning organization that provides transportation, environmental, economic development, GIS and other planning services to 18 municipalities in western and southwestern Connecticut.

Job Description and Responsibilities

WestCOG seeks a qualified, experienced, and highly-motivated person to serve as a part-time or fulltime planner or project manager. The ideal candidate will provide support on a variety of transportation planning activities, including freight, transit, and congestion mitigation planning. Job responsibilities may evolve over time and are expected to include:

  • Development of local and regional transportation studies and plans; and
  • Assist with state and federal transportation programs; and
  • Management of consultant-led planning studies; and
  • Conduct data collection and statistical analysis; and
  • Prepare reports and related planning documents for technical and non-technical audiences; and
  • Communicate with local, state, and federal transportation officials; and
  • Assist with project solicitation, review and prioritization; and
  • Assist with procurement processes, including Requests for Proposals/Qualifications; and
  • Facilitate public and stakeholder engagement, and
  • Other tasks as assigned

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The ideal candidate will be/have:

  • Strong project management skills
  • Transportation planning experience
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent time management skills to handle multiple assignments simultaneously on-time
  • Ability to pay attention to detail
  • Outcome-oriented, with strategic execution and good follow through to deliver on assignments
  • Ability to work within government structure and protocol
  • Ability to work independently, while maintaining strong working relationships with supervisors, staff, elected officials, committee members, consultants, and members of the public


The ideal candidate should have a minimum of five years of relevant work experience that provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge, and ability to perform the job.

The ideal candidate will have a high level of proficiency in:

  • Spoken and written English
  • Quantitative analysis
  • Computer software and systems
  • Regional government and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO)
  • Project, grant, and consultant management

The ideal candidate will be reliable, able to work independently, have a high level of professionalism, be an innovative and creative thinker.

Salary and Benefits

Title to be determined commensurate with experience, and corresponding salary of $70,000-$100,000, depending on qualifications. Part-time salary range is prorated. WestCOG offers a competitive benefits package including: health and dental insurance; retirement contributions; vacation time; personal time; sick time; flexible work schedules; telecommuting opportunities; employer-paid professional accreditations, memberships and conferences; and federal student loan forgiveness (employees of public agencies may qualify under Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness). Part-time employees are eligible for some of these benefits.

This position provides an opportunity to work in a collaborative, supportive, and motivating work environment. The employee will be stationed in WestCOG’s office located in Sandy Hook, CT, with a flexible and hybrid work schedule (partial remote work). Fulltime employees may have an option to work a compressed schedule to take one day off per week. This area of Connecticut combines the rural charm of a small New England town with the sophistication and amenities of metropolitan suburbs and offers:

  • High quality of life
  • Close access to major cities, universities, world-class healthcare, cultural and recreational attractions
  • Excellent school systems
  • Access to recreational trails and many leisure activities

Applying for the Position

To be considered, applicants must have a driver’s license, access to reliable transportation, and be legally able to work in the United States.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, references, and salary requirements to Mr. Francis R. Pickering, Executive Director at Selected candidates may be asked to provide additional information or to appear for a personal interview. This position will remain open until filled or closed.

WestCOG is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Experience Level
Mid II (4-8 years)
AICP Level
Transportation Planning
Salary Range
70,000 -100,000

Contact Information

Kristin Hadjstylianos
1 Riverside Road
United States
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