Discipline Leader-Long-Range Transportation Planning

at CDM Smith in Urbana, Illinois, United States

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We are open to filling this position in any of our offices across the United States

CDM Smith is seeking an experienced and dynamic individual to join our growing Transportation team as a Long-Range Transportation Planning Discipline Leader. The Discipline Leader will provide a variety of professional transportation planning services including providing expertise in long-range transportation planning and strategic decision-making. This includes a focus on statewide and regional long-range transportation planning; multimodal and freight planning; NEPA planning; corridor planning; resiliency and sustainability planning; and diversity, equity, and inclusion planning related to transportation.

The ideal candidate will have a strong background in long-range transportation planning, a proven track record of successful project management, excellent verbal and written communication skills, the ability to manage multiple assignments, and experience with the development of client relationships. Experience managing long-range transportation plans for state departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations is preferred.

If you are a strategic thinker with a passion for creating sustainable and efficient transportation solutions, we invite you to apply for this exciting opportunity as the Long-Range Transportation Planning Discipline Leader.

Primary Responsibilities:

The Long-Range Transportation Planning Discipline Leader’s anticipated responsibilities include:

- Serve as project manager, deputy project manager, and major task leader for a variety of transportation planning studies, including state and regional long-range transportation plans, corridor studies, freight studies, and planning and environment linkage studies.

- Support the Transportation Planning Practice Leader in growing the practice through technical advancement, innovative applications, and CDM Smith brand promotion.

- Collaborate with other transportation planning discipline leaders to support the growth of the transportation planning team both internally with staff and with our clients.

- Support our client service units with pre-positioning for major pursuits by identifying and showcasing our technical differentiators.

- Partner with sales and technical leadership to build relationships with federal, state, regional, and local planning clients, with an ability to work successfully across markets.

- Lead technical luminescence activities including conference presentations, technical papers, and webinars.

- Embracing continuous improvement, a culture of quality, accountability to commitments, CDM Smith’s Core Values, and challenge of the “status quo.”

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Discipline Leader-Long-Range Transportation Planning



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Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Urban, Community or Regional Planning or related discipline. AICP, PTP, PE, CEP or approved certification in a related field. Or Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Urban, Community or Regional Planning or related discipline. 12 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree or 11 years of experience with a Master’s degree. Domestic and/or international travel may be required. The frequency of travel is contingent on specific duties, responsibilities, and the essential functions of the position, which may vary depending on workload and project demands. Equivalent additional directly related experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Preferred Qualifications:

- 10 years of transportation planning experience and preparation of planning documents, such as long-range transportation plans, freight plans, corridor studies, active transportation plans, transit plans, resilience plans, and safety plans.

- A strong background with a state department of transportation.

- Demonstrated experience in scoping and delivering long-range transportation planning contracts for public sector clients including state departments of transportation and metropolitan planning organizations.

- Thorough understanding of the federal transportation planning and project development process and related funding programs.

- Demonstrated experience in managing projects and tasks with attention to deadlines and budgets. Good organizational skills, multi-tasking capabilities and attention to detail.

- Ability to work independently and provide guidance and leadership to junior team or project members, with strict adherence to QA/QC.

- Experience participating in business development activities such as developing project teams and pursuit strategies, and proposal writing.

- Experience coordinating with public agency staff, private consultants, stakeholder outreach teams, and professionals in other disciplines for successful project completion.

- Confidence in public speaking before laypersons, stakeholders, and teaming partners.

- Experience in industry organizations. Examples: Transportation Research Board (TRB), American Planning Association (APA), and WTS International.

- Mentors and develops staff skillsets aligned with long-range transportation planning.

- Promotes a culture of collaboration, quality, and leading by example through CDM Smith’s Vision and Core Values.

- Project management certification (PMP) is a plus.



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We attract the best people in the industry, supporting their efforts to learn and grow. We strive to create a challenging and progressive work environment. We provide career opportunities that span a variety of disciplines and geographic locations, with projects that our employees plan, design, build and operate as diverse as the needs of our clients. CDM Smith is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship status, genetics, protected veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

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Job Site Location:

Illinois – Statewide

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Job Posting: JC259987059

Posted On: May 17, 2024

Updated On: Jun 21, 2024

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