Dynamic and highly motivated individual sought for a Senior Transportation Planner position with the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC), a regional planning agency serving Berkshire County in Western Massachusetts. The Berkshires offer a high quality of life for those who value outdoor recreation, cultural amenities, and a strong sense of community. The BRPC prepares and implements regional and community plans and provides direct technical assistance to its 32 member municipalities with housing, economic, land use, environmental, transportation, public health, and community development items.

This position is intended to primarily focus on developing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders and the public through active outreach efforts, presentations, and preparing/administering surveys.   Additional responsibilities include promoting the acquisition of electric vehicles, increasing the number of charging stations following the Berkshire County Electric Vehicle Charging Station Plan, and addressing climate change emission reductions from the transportation sector as mandated in the State’s Clean Energy and Climate Plans for 2030 and 2050.

A Senior Planner serves as the lead person for multiple complex planning projects. Responsibilities include program/project development, grant writing and grant preparation, development of scopes of work and budgets, project implementation, project and contract management, leadership of project teams, and technical planning services.

This position would be a key member of the Transportation Planning team and would be involved with developing the Regional Transportation Plan, the Transportation Improvement Program, and the Unified Planning Work Program. The selected candidate will lead a wide range of transportation planning activities. Work involves researching, compiling, and analyzing transportation information and data, generating, preparing and administering surveys, writing and producing reports, plans, and other technical documents, preparing and delivering presentations, and interacting with community leaders and the public.

Submit the following items to info@berkshireplanning.org by e-mail: cover letter, resume, and a two-page writing sample. Please include the phrase Senior Planner (or Planner) – Transportation Planning in the subject line of your e-mail. (Please limit your writing submission to no longer than two pages, even if it needs to be an excerpt.)  No telephone calls. The position is available immediately and open until filled. A position description and information about BRPC are available at Employment & Internship Opportunities – Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (berkshireplanning.org). EOE/Smoke- and Drug-free Workplace. 1 Fenn Street, Suite 201, Pittsfield, MA  01201.

To apply for this job email your details to info@berkshireplanning.org

About Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission (BRPC) is Berkshire County, Massachusetts's regional planning agency (RPA). BRPC staff are professional planners and skilled consultants overseen by a volunteer Commission of municipal officials. The mission is to enhance resilience and quality of life in the region and the 32 municipalities the Commission serves. BRPC provides leadership and assistance for a wide range of initiatives and projects in public health planning and services, community planning, community development, transportation planning and studies, land use, outdoor recreation, economic development, environmental management and remediation, energy, emergency planning and preparedness, housing, and sustainability.

Regional Planning Agencies like BRPC were established by a state mandate in 1966 to work with municipalities to manage regional challenges, opportunities, and assets. BRPC works on both state and federal levels securing and managing grants for projects and initiatives that grow and support this beautiful and unique region of western Massachusetts. BRPC's planning team also provides recommendations and technical assistance to cities and towns to implement these projects, helping to make the collective goal of a better Berkshires a reality.

Cities and Towns in the Berkshire County Planning District

Adams, Alford, Becket, Cheshire, Clarksburg, Dalton, Egremont, Florida, Great Barrington, Hancock, Hinsdale, Lanesborough, Lee, Lenox, Monterey, Mount Washington, New Ashford, New Marlborough, North Adams, Otis, Peru, Pittsfield, Richmond, Sandisfield, Savoy, Sheffield, Stockbridge, Tyringham, W. Stockbridge, Washington, Williamstown, Windsor

Why is it important?
BRPC addresses the challenges faced by the entire Berkshire region and individual communities. Issues in community planning and development, transportation, economy, environment, energy, public health, housing, and land development often span multiple communities and create interconnected problems. BRPC's scope allows the Commission to affect change on a regional scale while also addressing individual communities' needs. It provides a nexus for the development of collaborative solutions.

BRPC serves as a 'united voice' for the Berkshires when dealing with state and federal agencies. BRPC actively collects feedback through public engagement opportunities where community members can share their experiences. Public response to the study results or proposed plans is integral to BRPC's process.