SUMMARY OF DUTIES This position supports a wide range of activities for the Northeast Corridor Commission related to transportation planning and policy development. The Commission was established by Congress in the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 to coordinate the agencies that share the region’s core rail network. The Commission has been administratively hosted by Amtrak since 2011.
This position will support Commission initiatives with an emphasis on capital planning, programming, and reporting activities defined within the FAST (Fixing America’s Surface Transportation) Act and the Northeast Corridor Commuter and Intercity Rail Cost Allocation Policy as adopted by the Commission. These activities require input from and extensive coordination with Amtrak, the eight commuter railroads that operate on the Northeast Corridor, state departments of transportation, and USDOT. The position will include data collection, data analysis, policy analysis, and preparation of reports.
Support the coordination of the Commission’s many stakeholders, including Amtrak, the USDOT, the Northeast states and state departments of transportation, commuter rail agencies, freight railroads, and others. Work will frequently involve coordinating assistance provided by staff at various stakeholder agencies.
Support the development of Commission reports, presentations, websites, and other materials through data analysis, policy analysis and written material. Work will frequently involve making technical information accessible for non-technical audiences
Some relevant experience in transportation, public policy, or public administration with an emphasis on passenger rail, public transportation, or general transportation planning and policy. Master’s degree may substitute for work experience.
Knowledge of transportation policy and issues, particularly rail.
Excellent written and visual/graphic communication skills.
Quantitative analysis and critical thinking.
Demonstrated ability in Microsoft Office tools, including Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word; Adobe Creative Suite tools, including InDesign and Illustrator. Ability in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a plus.
Experience in report layout and design for text, pictures, maps, charts, and infographics to organize large amounts of information in a compelling format for lay audiences.
Bachelor’s degree in transportation, public policy, urban and regional planning, business, or related field.
Master’s degree in transportation, public policy, urban and regional planning, business, or related field.
COMMUNICATION AND INTERPERSONAL SKILLS: Must have excellent oral and written communication skills
Additional Salary Information: We offer a competitive salary and benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision insurance; paid time off (vacation, sick, personal and holidays); 401k match and free, unlimited rail travel on Amtrak trains.
The Northeast Corridor (NEC) is the rail backbone of the Northeast region and the busiest passenger rail corridor in the United Sates. It connects eight states and the District of Columbia and each day serves 800,000 riders and 2,000 commuter, intercity, and freight trains.