Transportation Planner

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary and title are commensurate with education and/or experience.




One Whitehall
16th Floor
New York
United States


Regional Plan Association is seeking a self-motivated, dynamic individual for the position of Associate Planner for Transportation. The primary responsibilities for the position are to produce analyses, plans, and reports on multi-modal transportation systems in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan area, including transit, aviation, freight, roadway, bicycle, and pedestrian services. The Associate Planner will report to the Senior Vice President & Chief Planner, and work closely with a staff of interdisciplinary professionals.

The planner will undertake research, collect and analyze data, conduct policy research, organize public meetings and workshops, conduct policy, and produce original reports and research findings. The position is an opportunity to work with a talented staff to develop research-based, multi-modal solutions for moving people and goods in one of the world’s most dynamic economies, one that is challenged by obsolete infrastructure, growing inequality, and climate change. In particular, the Associate Planner for Transportation will help advance the goals and recommendations of RPA’s Fourth Regional Plan for creating a more prosperous, equitable, healthy and sustainable region. The planner will work with staff to integrate transportation planning with the organization’s other research areas, including housing, economic development, environmental, energy, and neighborhood planning.

We are looking for someone who shares our passion for fostering equitable, healthy, sustainable cities and communities. We encourage a challenging, collaborative, and fun work environment. We also believe in work-life balance.

General responsibilities will include:

  • Organizing, researching, and writing policy reports on transportation-related issues
  • Conducting in-depth data, operational, financial and systems analysis
  • Helping to manage ad-hoc committees of RPA board members and other stakeholders
  • Organizing meetings, forums and events
  • Representing RPA to our partners at meetings, charrettes, and conferences
  • Supporting local community-planning projects, which could involve analysis, public engagement, and/or design initiatives
  • Delivering public testimony, preparing presentations, and writing articles designed to highlight research and affect public policy
  • Thinking creatively about tools, data and strategies to support RPA's ambitious planning and policy work is encouraged


  • A minimum of three years of work experience.
  • Graduate degree, preferably with a concentration in urban studies, urban planning, economics, geography, political science, architecture, sociology or other relevant field of study
  • Knowledge of local land use and planning issues
  • High proficiency with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), as well as data-analysis programs such R or SPSS
  • A demonstrable track record finding, analyzing, and presenting data in a compelling way
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, design, writing and presentation skills, as well as experience in a collaborative working environment
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to take on considerable responsibility in a fast-paced office environment
  • Fluency in Spanish a plus

Work may occasionally include evening or weekend meetings. This position is based in RPA’s New York office, although occasional travel to other areas within the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region may be needed.

About RPA

RPA conducts research, advocacy, and planning on regional and national priorities, including open space and environmental sustainability, transportation, economic development, and governance. Our team of talented professionals is passionate about developing and sharing ideas that foster thriving, healthy cities and communities.

We are an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in New York City, with offices in Stamford, CT and Princeton, NJ. RPA is a workplace that values diversity. Employment and promotional opportunities are equal opportunity without regard to race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.


This is a full-time position with health, vision, and dental benefits. 

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

To apply, please submit resume, a brief (one page maximum) cover letter, three references, a writing sample and/or portfolio and any other relevant materials to the Jotform link above. Because of the high volume of applications we receive, we regret that we are unable to reply to every applicant. We kindly request no phone calls or emails.