Street Design Project Manager
Type of Job
$78,385 - $104,068
About the job
JOB SUMMARY: Under the supervision of the Assistant Director for Street Management and in coordination with the Engineering Manager, the Project Managers will be responsible for managing quick-build projects required under the City’s Cycling Safety Ordinance. The Project Managers will be expected to oversee multiple projects, while ensuring that these projects meet the City’s engineering design standards, are effectively communicated, and are implemented on time and within budget. This work requires close collaboration with key staff from TP+T, the Community Development Department, and the Department of Public Works, as well as other relevant City departments. The positions will also involve technical and contractual oversight of outside engineering consultants. Additionally, the selected candidates will need to be able to balance competing interests and incorporate feedback from a wide variety of stakeholders, including but not limited to the general public, community and local business associations, and City’s official transportation advisory committees.
These critical positions will require candidates with excellent technical, project management, and communications skills, who can manage multiple fast-moving projects. The individuals hired for these positions should possess significant experience in designing city streets for multi-modal improvements managing complex projects with significant time constraints/deadlines, as well as excellent organizational skills. The successful candidate will have proven communication skills to interact with internal and external stakeholders and the public through a variety of means as part of the engagement process related to each project.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Manage multiple design projects for rapid implementation of separated bike lanes and other transportation improvements
• Oversee design of pavement marking and signage plans, traffic signal plans, and/or traffic management plans
• Conduct community engagement, including making public presentations; responding to emails and phone calls; and collecting, consolidating, and incorporating public feedback into designs
• Use traffic analysis and modeling to inform decision making
• Manage external consultants performing technical design work
• Oversee project implementation, working in coordination with City staff and contractors
• Collaborate with the TP+T’s Engineering Manager to ensure that all plans meet City standards and other technical requirements
• Perform related duties as required
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
• Knowledge and practical experience managing and/or leading projects with multiple internal and external stakeholders.
• Experience successfully implementing complete streets designs, incorporating high quality facilities for people biking and walking.
• A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, or equivalent combination of education, training, or experience.
• Exceptional project management skills that can be illustrated through a record of leading or supporting successful projects.
• Self-starter with demonstrated ability to carry complex projects from concept to implementation, use creative thinking to solve problems, and work in a fast-paced environment.
• General knowledge of quick-build design, materials, specifications, and implementation processes.
• The City of Cambridge’s workforce, like the community it serves, is diverse. Applicants must have the ability to work and interact effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies.
• Comfortable using technology and collaboration tools including Microsoft 365, Word, and Excel.
• Ability to get around Cambridge using a variety of transportation methods.
• Effective verbal and written communications/presentation skills.
• Budget management skills, including adhering to defined project budgets.
PREFERRED SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:
• Undergraduate or post-graduate degree in engineering, planning, project management, or another directly relevant discipline.
• Three or more years of experience in the design or construction of streets with bicycle facilities, specifically including designing separated bicycle lanes and protected intersections.
• Familiarity with Cambridge streets, and transportation in the Greater Boston region (including historical context).
• Strong time management skills, attention to detail, and ability to work on multiple tasks while remaining organized and meeting deadlines.
• Ability to communicate clearly and concisely via written and oral methods, and effectively share information with a wide range of stakeholders including the public, other City departments, government agencies, and contractors.
• Experience relating to audiences with multiple dimensions of diversity, and work collaboratively with peers.
• MA PE License, along with a demonstrated knowledge of engineering standards related to bicycle facility design.
• Ability to create maps and other informational materials using ArcGIS and Adobe Creative Cloud, including following communications design standards.
• Familiarity with NACTO design guides; specifically the Urban Street Design Guide, Urban Bikeway Design Guide, and Transit Street Design Guide
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Work involves frequent site visits, requiring travelling to and through active construction zones and examining the physical conditions of the environment (which may involve bending, squatting, reaching, stretching, or carrying tools).
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involved takes place both indoors and outdoors. Indoor work is conducted primarily in an office environment with fluorescent lighting, air conditioning, computers, and other standard office equipment. Outdoor work may include City streets and construction sites under all weather conditions. Remote work may be required due to COVID-19 restrictions.
RATE: $78,385 - $104,068 annually (in seven steps) + excellent benefits
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Submit both your resume and letter of interest no later than 5 pm on 4/7/21 via email to: or to Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02139. Fax 617-349-4312. Resume and letter of interest requested by 04/05/21. Position will remain open until filled. We are an AA/EEO Employer.