Transportation Analyst

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.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • 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.

WORK EXPERIENCE

  • 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.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor’s degree in transportation, public policy, urban and regional planning, business, or related field.

PREFERRED EDUCATION

  • 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

The Commission is administratively hosted by Amtrak. Click here to apply.

Contact Donnie Maley at dmaley@nec-commission.com with any questions.