Job Posting for MAPC: Transportation Policy Associate

Title: Transportation Policy Associate

Organization: The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)

Brief Summary of Position:

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is the regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in the 101 cities and towns of Metropolitan Boston. MAPC’s mission is to promote smart growth and regional collaboration.

The Transportation Policy Associate will work closely with municipal officials, state agencies, and advocacy groups to conduct research, evaluate alternatives, and develop policy recommendations that will advance MetroFuture (MAPC’s regional plan) goals. The Associate will be expected to participate in regional and state-wide working groups and coalitions, and to maintain and advance relationships with numerous stakeholders. This position will support senior transportation planning staff and project managers on a variety of studies including parking management, traffic mitigation, transit-oriented development, and bike and pedestrian planning.



  • Research transportation issues and develop recommendations for shaping local and state policy;
  • Provide technical assistance to cities and towns on a wide array of transportation issues;
  • Support MAPC’s effort to improve transportation finance;
  • Support the implementation of the Hubway bike share program;
  • Work closely with the “Transportation for Massachusetts” coalition and numerous other allies;
  • Represent MAPC on various local and regional transportation working groups;
  • Support senior transportation planning staff through data collection, analysis, and writing;
  • Draft reports, facilitate public meetings, and make public presentations on behalf of MAPC; and
  • Assist with other research and administrative duties as assigned.


Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree plus one year of relevant experience, or a Master’s degree, in transportation planning, urban studies, city/regional planning, political science, public policy, environmental science, or a related field. Ideal candidate would possess 2+ years of experience in planning, policy research, or advocacy, including experience working with state or local government.

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

  • Strong research and writing skills;
  • Ability to communicate challenging and politically sensitive issues;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of transportation and land use planning and modeling concepts;
  • Ability to foster and maintain collaborative relationships with local, state and regional officials, agency heads, civic groups, and the public;
  • Ability to collaborate and work as part of a project team, as well as work independently and meet project deadlines;
  • Strong Microsoft Office skills – Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word;
  • Experience with geographic information systems and data visualization tools.

To apply:  

Apply online at MAPC website ( at MAPC). Attach a cover letter and resume. The position is open until filled. 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. Posted September 24, 2015.

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