Manager of the Certification Activities Group

Posted on October 28, 2019


The Central Transportation Planning Staff (CTPS) of the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is seeking an experienced and innovative transportation professional to lead its Certification Activities Group, which is responsible for conducting the MPO’s 3C planning process and related activities and programs; producing the MPO’s three required certification documents, the Long-Range Transportation Plan, Transportation Improvement Program, and Unified Planning Work Program; and providing technical, administrative, and logistical support to the MPO and its committees.

About CTPS

CTPS was created to develop a permanent resource of expertise in comprehensive, multimodal transportation planning and analysis. CTPS promotes interagency cooperation, ensures consistency among planning efforts, reduces redundancy, and fills gaps in the capabilities of MPO members—thus enabling the MPO’s 3C (and related) work for member agencies to be accomplished efficiently and effectively.

Example of Duties

The successful applicant will excel in the following:

  • Providing leadership and successfully managing the expectations of diverse stakeholders—including federal, state, regional, and local officials, other agencies, advocacy organizations, and the general public—and ensuring that all are dealt with in a fair, collaborative, and thorough manner
  • Leading an eight-member staff and implementing the management principles and interpersonal strategies needed to oversee the work of the group, promote group cohesiveness, and facilitate the efficient functioning of the MPO within existing resources
  • Balancing multiple activities, demands, and priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrating high standards of excellence in work products
  • Communicating well orally and in writing, and appreciating the importance of visualization as an avenue for communicating complex data and information
  • Facilitating outreach programs to engage the public in transportation planning and decision-making in a meaningful and productive way
  • Understanding the federal and state laws, regulations, and requirements that govern MPOs, keeping abreast of best practices in metropolitan transportation planning, and bringing innovative ideas to the process
  • Taking an active part in meeting Title VI/Nondiscrimination needs and requirements
  • Applying quality-assurance procedures to all products and activities


The candidate must have a master’s degree in planning, public policy, or a related field. A candidate with at least nine years of relevant professional experience (or 12 years of relevant experience with a bachelor’s degree) and at least five years of experience managing or supervising a staff as a group manager or project manager on large complex projects is strongly preferred. An otherwise qualified candidate with less than nine years of experience in a related field must be prepared to make a case for why other experience or skills substitute for the requirement. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel is required. Experience working with one or more of the three required certification documents is preferred.

Additional Information

All candidates must have legal authorization to work in the USA. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is the fiduciary agent for CTPS and legally employs its staff. MAPC and CTPS are Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action (EEO/AA) employers that take pride in the diversity of their workforces and encourage all qualified persons to apply.

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How to Apply

This position is open until filled and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. A review of applications will begin immediately. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume online at or Preference will be given to candidates who apply by October 30, 2019.