WSP – Lead Transportation Planner

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Lead Transportation Planner

Philadelphia, PA, United States

Job Description

This Opportunity

WSP is currently initiating a search for a Lead Transportation Planner for our Philadelphia, PA office.  WSP’s local planning group guides our local and regional clients through solving complex infrastructure challenges by providing a unique combination of planning and engineering principles, technology, and strategic consulting skills. Come join us and help shape the future!

The Lead Transportation Planner will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Think creatively and deeply about planning best practices across a range of topics and how to apply them effectively in a variety of planning contexts
  • Understand the planning process and the scope and context of planning projects
  • Assume a variety of roles on three or more planning projects, including project management/deputy project management; writing and reviewing major sections of plans, technical studies, or grant applications; developing and working with other team members to develop analysis, graphics, maps
  • Communicate effectively, consistently, and punctually among several project teams and project timelines
  • Lead client, public, and stakeholder coordination and present information across a range of audiences
  • Develop new business with existing or potential clients, support proposal writing, and build relationships across an internal and external network
  • Think about the skills and interests of the planning staff holistically and how to best align them with current and future work
  • Manager interns and/or entry level staff


The diversity of local projects this role will contribute to may include:

  • Federal funding opportunities such as Reconnecting Communities
  • Complete streets initiatives
  • Placemaking and transit-oriented development
  • Bicycle and pedestrian planning
  • Transit and rail planning
  • Community-focused projects

The best candidate is culturally competent, empathetic, and authentic in their work, and a self-starter who can work smart individually and collaboratively in a team. Ideally this person will demonstrate a combination of the base and bonus qualifications.

This is a full-time hybrid position in the Philadelphia, PA office. You will be joining a diverse women-led team that includes people of color from different diasporas and LGBTQ+ members and allies.

Your Impact

  • Provide technical planning assistance and guidance based on a variety of disciplines (i.e. traffic, environmental, economics/finance, civil, structural, community/public involvement, etc.)
  • Preparation of plans, studies, reports including developing qualitative and quantitative analysis with a high degree of independence and attention to quality. Work products could include maps, visualizations, data analysis, report writing, policy recommendations, PowerPoint presentations, and/or grant applications
  • Public and stakeholder involvement planning and participating in and leading meetings, seminars, or workshops
  • Keep up-to-date on industry trends and current and emerging practices
  • Represent the planning group in internal and external meetings, understand and communicate the most critical elements of a project/pursuit/client need, and build relationships with internal and external clients
  • Coordinate with clients, agency stakeholders, subcontractors, technical staff, and others in a confident and professional manner
  • Ability to work on multiple assignments and meet deadlines
  • Exercise responsible and ethical decision-making regarding company funds, resources and conduct, and adhere to WSP’s Code of Conduct and related policies and procedures.
  • Perform additional responsibilities as required by business needs.

Who You Are

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree (preferred major relating to planning, such as geography, policy, engineering, environmental, economics, public health, or interdisciplinary)
  • 7-10 years of experience working in the transportation planning field, or related industry
  • Ability to provide guidance and leadership to junior team or project members
  • Project management or deputy project management experience with small to mid-level projects including tracking hours and expenses for project work and invoicing
  • Excellent verbal communications skills and ability to “read the room”
  • Excellent ability to read/listen and synthesize information and communicate a point of view
  • Excellent ability to think critically, creatively problem-solve, and approach an issue from a variety of perspectives
  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Strong ability to source, analyze, and interpret quantitative and qualitative data
  • Fundamental knowledge of transportation planning processes, historical trends, and emerging innovations
  • Collaborative team spirit with a supportive attitude
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office
  • Familiarity with ArcGIS and Adobe Suite (or other visualization software)


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in planning or related field
  • Certified Planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)
  • Project management or deputy project management experience with mid-to-large projects including tracking hours and expenses for project work and invoicing
  • Business development, scoping and cost estimating, and proposal writing experience at a consulting firm
  • Experience in and enthusiasm for managing direct reports (interns and/or entry level) and providing mentorship and career development guidance
  • Strong familiarity with Philadelphia and region
  • Working knowledge and experience with planning processes at a local, state, and/or Federal level
  • A strong local network among transportation planning professionals at a variety of organizations
  • Recent or ongoing experience with community planning, organizing, or related work
  • Experience in one of the following planning specializations, Transit and/or Rail Planning, Urban design and transit- oriented development, sustainability and climate resiliency, active transportation and safety planning, or corridor planning and concept development.#LI-MC4

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