Assistant Director of Transportation

Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Boston, MA United States

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) seeks an Assistant Director of Transportation who will support the Transportation Director in overseeing the Department. The Assistant Director will work on a variety of planning activities and policies to advance sustainable mobility, smart growth, and transportation equity in Greater Boston. The Assistant Director will report to the Transportation Director and will help manage department staff and budgets, support regional transportation planning at the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), manage technical assistance projects, and other activities to advance the transportation components of Greater Boston’s regional land use and policy plan, MetroCommon2050. 

About MAPC   

MAPC is the Regional Planning Agency (RPA) serving the people who live and work in metropolitan Boston. Our mission is to promote smart growth and regional collaboration. We are guided by our regional plan, MetroCommon2050: Shaping the Region Together. MAPC’s staff includes approximately 100 full-time employees located in downtown Boston in a transit-accessible and bike-friendly office.

MAPC has a hybrid schedule, combining time in the office with remote work. Employees must reside within a commutable distance from MAPC’s Boston office. 


Responsibilities (including but not limited to)


  • Supervise professional planning staff and/or teams of staff; 

  • Lead the development of new place-based planning and technical assistance projects, including interdisciplinary projects in consultation with other departments at MAPC; 

  • Establish processes to improve department products, including presentation materials, website and newsletter content, and final reports; 

  • Apply for grants, requests for proposals, state and federal resources, and other funding opportunities;   

  • Work with the Boston MPO, including the development of the Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP), the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP), and other MPO activities (MAPC serves as Vice Chair of the Boston MPO);  

  • Lead project tracking, evaluation, and reporting processes; 

  • Manage several planning projects annually, including scoping, budgeting, data collection, analysis, presentation of findings, and final reports; 

  • Facilitate working groups with diverse stakeholders in the region, including municipalities, state agencies, the private sector, community-based organizations, and advocacy groups; 

  • Collaborate with other Regional Planning Agencies (RPAs) throughout Massachusetts on joint projects and state-wide priorities; 

  • Develop and recommend changes in state policies, programs, and funding priorities to advance sustainability and equity throughout the Commonwealth; and 

  • Undertake other responsibilities as needed to achieve the goals of MetroCommon2050. 


Evening events, occasional weekend events, and local travel are a responsibility for this position. MAPC does not require that you have a vehicle; however, you must have a valid driver’s license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region. MAPC provides support for travel, including MBTA passes, a Zipcar account and BlueBikes membership. 



Candidates for this position must have either a Master’s degree plus a minimum of 6 years of relevant work experience OR a Bachelor’s degree plus a minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience in transportation planning, city/regional planning, civil engineering, public policy, or a related field. AICP preferred, but not required. Candidates must have at least one year of experience directly supervising one or more staff. 

The successful applicant will demonstrate all or most of the following: 

  • Deep knowledge of transportation and land use planning concepts;  

  • Strong transportation planning experience, including ability to make placed-based and policy recommendations; 

  • Knowledge of or experience working on transportation justice and equity issues, including but not limited to issues specifically impacting the BIPOC community;

  • Project management experience, demonstrating ability to prepare work plans, budgets, reports, and meet deadlines;  

  • Experience writing and applying for, and managing grant funding or contracts; 

  • Experience with community engagement, facilitation, and working effectively with community-based organizations, state agencies, municipalities, advocacy groups, and communities of color; 

  • Strong writing skills, including ability to prepare technical memos, whitepapers, and reports; 

  • Strong presentation and public speaking experience; 

  • Experience conducting fieldwork and data collection; 

  • Experience working in and/or with communities located in Massachusetts; and/or 

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. 

Additional desired skills and experience (a plus, but not required): 

  • Data visualization skills, experience with software such as Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign; 

  • Experience working with the Boston MPO or MPOs generally; 

  • Experience managing consultants or consultant teams; and/or 

  • Experience applying for federal grants. 

Experience Level
Senior (8-10 years)
AICP Level
Transportation Planning
Salary Range
$100,000 - $110,000