Principal Transportation Planner

Southen NH Planning Commission

Manchester, NH United States

The Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission (SNHPC) is seeking an experienced Principal Transportation Planner to complement our professional planning staff. The Principal Transportation Planner will work with the Commission’s staff, municipalities, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, and federal partner agencies on long and short-range regional transportation planning, project development, and special transportation studies. The Principal Transportation Planner will supervise the work of other transportation planning staff and work closely with the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director on the development, maintenance, and administration of the SNHPC’s Unified Planning Work Program.

As a regional planning agency and designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for the greater Manchester, NH region, the SNHPC prepares local and regional plans, and assists 14 member municipalities with transportation planning services.

This position requires extensive knowledge of transportation planning principles and practices, travel demand modeling, state and federal transportation planning regulations, and grant administration and management.

Education and Experience: 

•    Master’s Degree in Urban or Regional Planning with an emphasis in transportation planning or related field and eight (8) years of progressively responsible professional transportation planning experience, or Bachelor’s Degree in Urban or Regional Planning with an emphasis in transportation planning or related field and ten (10) years of professional transportation planning experience. 

•    American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification is desirable.

Duties and Responsibilities: 

The following duties and responsibilities are not all inclusive. Other duties may be assigned on an as-needed basis. 

•    Lead the development of regional transportation plans including, but not limited to the SNHPC Metropolitan Transportation Plan, the SNHPC Transportation Improvement Program, and SNHPC regional project priorities for the NH Ten-Year Transportation Improvement Plan. 

•    Organize and staff the monthly meetings of the SNHPC Technical Advisory Committee. 

•    Coordinate with the SNHPC’s consultant team to oversee and maintain the SNHPC’s Regional Travel Demand Model.

•    Coordinate the development of special transportation studies including, but not limited to corridor studies and road safety audits, freight/logistics planning studies, congestion management plans, complete streets policies, transportation infrastructure resiliency plans, electric vehicle charging infrastructure plans, and intelligent transportation system architectures.

•    Coordinate the compilation, target setting, and reporting of federally-mandated transportation performance measures for the SNHPC region.

•    Review and perform quality control on transportation-related data collected by SNHPC field staff including traffic counts, vehicle classification studies, culvert inventories, and pavement condition data.

•    Assist communities within the SNHPC region with reviewing and analyzing the traffic impacts of development proposals, including preparing written findings and providing guidance to planning staff and planning boards.

•    Organize, prepare and present transportation plans, reports, and analyses to municipal boards, commissions, and the public. 

•    Organize and facilitate a variety of committee and public participation meetings to develop consensus on transportation plans, projects, and programs.

•    Assist SNHPC municipalities and partner agencies in preparing grant applications to implement new transportation projects and studies. 

•    Recommend staffing assignments within the SNHPC Transportation Program and coordinate activities with transportation staff.

Related Skills: 

•    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with funding agencies, stakeholders, public officials, other employees, and the general public. 

•    Ability to communicate effectively in writing and verbally.  Prepare well-written professional reports for publications, represent the SNHPC in public settings, and give effective and informative public presentations. 

•    Ability to review and analyze plans and present findings in a clear and concise manner. Ability to work independently, meet frequent deadlines, and coordinate the completion of multiple projects.

•    Knowledge of regional travel demand modeling techniques.

•    Knowledge of Microsoft Access, Publisher, PowerPoint, Excel, and related software tools for analysis and communication. 

•    Knowledge of cartographic software platforms, including ArcGIS  and extensions of ArcGIS.

Other Requirements:

This position requires a current, valid driver’s license. The position requires travel throughout the region, occasional long-distance travel, and occasional night meetings.

Salary and Benefits:

The starting salary range for this position is $75,000 to $85,000 depending on experience.

The SNHPC promotes a work environment that is both personally and professionally fulfilling and encourages continued professional development in an atmosphere that allows a healthy work/life balance. The SNHPC offers competitive health and dental insurance benefits, and participates in the New Hampshire Retirement System (NHRS) pension plan. 

Applying for the Position:

Persons interested in applying for the Principal Transportation Planner position should submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to:

    Linda Moore-O’Brien, Office Administrator
    Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission
    438 Dubuque Street 
    Manchester, NH   03102

Or submit electronically to with the subject heading “Principal Transportation Planner Position.” 

The Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The position is open until filled. Applicants must be authorized to work lawfully in the United States. If hired, a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, must be completed at the start of employment.

Experience Level
Senior (8-10 years)
AICP Level
Transportation Planning
Salary Range
$75,000 - $85, 000

Contact Information

Linda Moore O'Brien
438 Dubuque St
SNHPC 2nd Floor
Manchester, NH
United States
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