City of Boston

Vision Zero Planner

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Traffic Division
Regular Full-Time
Btd Policy&Planning
Salary Min
Salary Max
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This is a provisional appointment.


Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job):


The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) is seeking a highly motivated Vision Zero Planner to work on projects that will realize the City’s vision to create streets and public spaces that are vibrant, multi-modal, resilient, and safe.


Reporting to the Commissioner or designee, the planner’s particular focus will be on rapid, quick build interventions to lower the number of fatal and serious crashes on Boston’s roadways and increase the number of people bicycling and walking in the City.



Responsibilities include:

  • Manages spot, corridor and district design projects from concept to construction-ready relative to bicycle network implementation, bicycle parking, pedestrian improvements, and traffic calming.
  • Assist in the design and implementation of “rapid-response” installations using measures such as lane markings, flex posts, and traffic signal timing changes.
  • Manages consultant teams including scope, schedule, task prioritization, budget parameters, and city-agency coordination.
  • Collaborates with a diverse range of public agencies and advocacy groups to design and implement new bicycle and pedestrian facilities to improve safety.
  • Uses data analytics, real-time information, online tools, and smartphone apps in the development of projects and policies.
  • Manages project-based community processes using digital, in-person, and on-the-ground (tactical) engagement.
  • Develops and manages the messaging, graphics, and narratives of websites, brochures, annual reports, and other communications materials.
  • Conducts research studies, surveys, geospatial analyses, and interviews to inform walking and bicycling project planning and design.
  • Collects, stores, and analyzes data relative to walking and bicycling in Boston in general and as part of project and program evaluation.
  • Performs related work as required.

Required to work any and all emergencies as directed by the Commissioner or designee.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

  • Four (4) years of transportation planning experience, of which at least two years must have been in a project management capacity. Project management experience should include contracting; managing scope, schedule, and budget; and managing risks and changes.
  • A bachelor’s degree in city planning or related field preferred and may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience. The required project management experience may not be substituted.
  • Demonstrated ability to take projects from concept to implementation strongly preferred.
  • Working knowledge of NACTO’s Transit, Street, and Urban Bikeway Design guides, MassDOT’s Separated Bike Lane Planning and Design Guide, Boston Complete Streets Guidelines, and familiarity with relevant MUTCD, AASHTO and FHWA guidelines.
  • Demonstrated record working in multi-disciplinary outcome-oriented teams.
  • Ability to collaborate with a diverse range of public agencies, private consultants and community groups.
  • Proven research, writing, oral, and graphic presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated experience with GIS mapping, graphic design, data analysis and maintenance and website development.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.
  • Bilingual applicants encouraged to apply.





Union/Salary Plan/Grade:  SENA/MM1-6

Hours per week:  35




The City of Boston is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. Therefore, qualified applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category.


The City of Boston encourages AmeriCorps alumni, Peace Corps alumni, and veterans.


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