WSP is currently initiating a search for a Senior Transportation Planner for our Philadelphia, PA office. WSP’s local planning team guides our local and regional clients through solving complex infrastructure challenges by providing a unique combination of planning and engineering principles, technology, and strategic consulting skills. Come join us and help shape the future!

The Senior Transportation Planner will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Think creatively and deeply about planning best practices across a range of topics and how to apply them effectively in a variety of planning contexts
  • Understand the planning process and the scope and context of planning projects
  • Assume a variety of roles on multiple planning projects simultaneously, including writing and reviewing major sections of plans or technical studies; developing and working with other team members to develop analysis, graphics, and maps
  • Communicate effectively, consistently, and punctually among several project teams and project timelines
  • Lead client, public, and stakeholder coordination and present information across a range of audiences

The diversity of local projects this role will contribute to may include:

  • Complete streets initiatives
  • Bicycle and pedestrian planning
  • Transit planning
  • Community-focused projects
  • Grantwriting for local, state, and federal funding opportunities
  • Placemaking, urban design, and transit-oriented development

The best candidate is culturally competent, empathetic, and authentic in their work, and a self-starter who can work well individually and collaboratively in a team. Ideally this person will demonstrate a combination of the base and bonus qualifications.

Your Impact

  • Provide technical planning assistance and guidance based on a variety of interdisciplinary work products
  • Collaborate across disciplines to develop maps, reports, recommendations, analysis, etc.
  • Preparation of plans, studies, reports including developing qualitative and quantitative analysis with a high degree of independence. Work products include maps, visualizations, written analysis, recommendations
  • Plan and participate in public and stakeholder engagement, including at times leading meetings, seminars, or workshops
  • Keep up-to-date on industry trends and current and emerging practices
  • Represent the planning team in internal and external meetings, grasping the basics of  project, pursuit, and client needs
  • Build relationships with internal and external clients
  • Participate in business development and support pursuit
  • Ability to work on multiple assignments and meet deadlines

Who You AreRequired Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree (preferred major relating to planning, such as geography, policy related, or interdisciplinary)
    5-7 years of experience working in the planning and/or transportation planning field
  • Excellent verbal communications skills and ability to “read the room”
  • Excellent ability to read/listen and synthesize information and communicate a point of view
  • Excellent ability to creatively problem-solve and approach an issue from a variety of perspectives
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Strong ability to source, analyze, and interpret quantitative and qualitative data
  • Fundamental knowledge of transportation planning processes, historical trends, and emerging innovations
  • Curious, collaborative spirit with a supportive attitude
  • Interest in continuous learning, building skills, and forming relationships
  • Proficiency with ArcGIS, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Suite (or other visualization software)

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Master’s degree in planning
  • Certified Planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
  • Strong familiarity with Philadelphia
  • Working knowledge and experience with planning processes at a local, state, and/or Federal level
  • A strong local network among transportation planning professionals at a variety of organizations
  • Recent or ongoing experience with community planning, organizing, or related work
  • Ability to provide guidance and leadership to junior team or project members
  • Project management or deputy project management experience with small to mid-size projects including leading a small team, delegating project work, budget preparation, tracking hours, invoicing, and administration