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Bowman Project Manager, Transportation Planning - Boston, MA/Taunton, MA/Westfield, MA/Lincoln, RI in Boston, Massachusetts



To execute assigned projects to ensure successful and timely completion with a commitment to improving communities through multimodal transportation planning, making it easier, safer, more efficient, and attractive to walk, bike, and use transit and emerging mobility options. Projects involve elements such as Complete Streets design, Vision Zero, First/Last mile connections to transit, Transportation Demand Management, transit service planning, parking studies, pedestrian and bicycle facilities for all ages, environmental sustainability, landscape architecture, and community planning. 

Key Responsibilities

Leadership and Direction

  • Perform work under very limited supervision requiring the need to exercise independent judgement and discretion on a regular or frequent basis.

  • Provide oversight and direction for one or more specific business processes or functions.

  • Position will include direct supervisory responsibility of staff to include hiring decisions, direction and delegation of work assignments, performance and evaluation, training and development, employee relations and disciplinary issues, compensation, and termination decisions. Supervise the work of all project personnel to ensure that it meets the highest professional standards. 

  • Provide mentorship through counsel, guidance, and knowledge to junior staff as a key component to the development of future Project and Senior Project Managers. 

  • Manage all aspects of assigned projects including budgeting, staffing and delegation, scheduling, and client management.

At the Operational and Company Level

  • Coordinate with other internal departments to meet project requirements. 

  • Supervise and monitor client relationship strategies, acting as primary client contact on assigned projects and maintaining client satisfaction. 

  • Lead regular project staff meetings.

  • Play an integral role in working with public sector clients and engaging with the public. 

  • Assist with the marketing of the firm’s capabilities to establish new clients and enhance relationships.

Do the Work

  • Work with clients, staff, agency personnel, and others to successfully complete transportation planning projects.

  • Prepare proposals and lead business development activities. 

  • Perform project development for complex projects, including finalizing scope of projects, preparing project budgets and cost estimates. 

  • Prepare and direct preparation of designs, specification, plans, estimates and reports for projects. 

  • Manage the financial performance of projects including budgeting, reviewing job cost sheets, preparing monthly billings, and minimizing/avoiding project write-offs, and assuring collection of client account receivables.  Ensure assigned projects stay within budget allocation. 

  • Maintain healthy client relationships and ensure client satisfaction and use solid operational insight for driving projects and executing deliverables.   

  • Prepare proposals and manage projects.

  • Understand client objectives and help them reach a successful outcome.

Success Metrics and Competencies

Ideal candidate will consistently demonstrate...

  • Ability to work both independently and within a collaborative team environment.

  • Self-reliance and ability to operate independently with limited direction. 

  • Ability to effectively manage multiple time-sensitive tasks.

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.

  • Strong communication and presentation skills, including the ability to convey complex information in an easily understood format. 

  • Ability to lead community engagement programs and public meetings.

  • Ability to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization and external partners.

  • Effective working relationship with internal leaders and peers, as well as external clients.

  • Commitment to working in partnership with others inside and outside the organization.

  • High degree of discretion and ability to manage highly confidential information.

  • Highly motivated and problem-solving attitude with a strong work ethic.

  • Strong sense of urgency in responding to constituents.

  • Commitment to promoting the reputation of the company through quality of work.

  • Aspirations to grow professionally and advance within the company.

  • Strong data analysis and interpretation skills.

  • Basic understanding of financial reports and metrics.

  • Strong marketing/business development skills and mindset.

  • Commitment to driving profitability and growth.

  • Commitment to becoming a “citizen” of the broader organization, breaking down barriers and silos.

  • Thorough understanding of business and financial principles in a consulting business, as well as public sector planning.

  • Passion for improving communities through transportation. 

  • Demonstrated interest in multimodal transportation planning and engineering.

  • High level 360° problem solving skills. 

  • Solid understanding of the integration of engineering, planning, street design, and bicycle and pedestrian oriented planning. 

Education, Work Experience, Licensure/Certifications, and Technical Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Planning, Architecture, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture or related discipline required.

  • Master’s Degree in City/Urban/Regional/Transportation Planning, Urban Design, Architectural Design, Landscape Architecture, or related discipline preferred.

  • Minimum ten (10) years of professional experience in transportation or community planning, to include project management experience. 

  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) or another applicable professional certification/license preferred.  

  • Experience working with municipalities, DOT, MPOs/RPOs, County Planning agencies, transit authorities, and transportation funding programs required.

  • Familiarity with the regulatory policies of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) project review processes and related federal and state environmental regulations and permitting processes. 

  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).

  • Understanding of 3D modeling programs and graphic design software applications in GIS, SketchUp, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, AutoCAD, and/or other digital design tools required. 

  • Must hold a valid state driver’s license and successfully pass a motor vehicle check and/or have a reliable means of transportation to/from the office or project sites.

Physical Demands and Working Environment

  • Primarily indoor professional office environment which may include bright/dim light, noise, fumes, odors, and traffic.

  • Mobility around an office environment.

  • Frequent and prolonged use of standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

  • Occasional outdoor work environment which may include adverse weather conditions, varying temperatures, excessive noise, and/or potential hazards.

  • Mobility around a job/construction site to include walking, bending, crawling, climbing, squatting, or kneeling and wearing of required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

  • Primarily local travel during the business day, although some out-of-the-area and overnight travel may be required according to the needs of the business.

  • Occasional lifting or carrying up to 20 pounds.

  • Occasional pushing or pulling up to 20 pounds.

  • Occasional reaching outward or above shoulder.

Note: While this job description is intended to be an accurate reflection of the job requirements, it is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties from particular jobs and to assign other duties as necessary at any time with or without notice.





  • Team Player: Works well as a member of a group



  • Growth Opportunities: Inspired to perform well by the chance to take on more responsibility

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)