Environmental Planning Lead

Glastonbury, CT
United States
Job Description
**Environmental Planning Lead**

Req ID **16877**

**Environmental Planning Lead**

**Who We Are**

At WSP, we are driven by inspiring future-ready pioneers to innovate. We’re looking to grow our teams with people who are ready to collaborate in building communities and expanding our skylines. To do this, we hire candidates of all experiences, skillsets, backgrounds and walks of life. We actively foster a work environment and culture where inclusion and diversity is part of our fundamental structure. This is delivered behaviorally, through our policies, trainings, local partnerships with professional diverse organizations, internal networks and most importantly with the support and sponsorship of our leaders who help drive our commitment to an inclusive, diverse, welcoming and equitable work environment. Anything is within our reach and yours as a WSP employee. Come join us and help shape the future!

**This Opportunity**

WSP is currently initiating a search for an Environmental Planning Lead for our **Glastonbury, CT** offices. Be involved in projects with our New England Advisory & PlanningTeam and be a part of a growing organization that meets our client’s objectives and solves their challenges.

The primary need is in the Connecticut market, and enhancing client contacts and growing business in Connecticut will be the main focus for the successful candidate. The successful candidate may also support business development and project delivery in other Northeast offices/market.

_WSP employees actively champion Inclusion & Diversity programs and initiatives throughout the country at the national, regional, and local levels. Here in the Northeast region, we act on the company’s inclusion, diversity, equity, and belonging principles through a variety of committees that partner with professional organizations, lead STEM outreach in our communities, facilitate regular learning opportunities through Lunch & Learn discussions and weekly “Inclusion & Diversity Moments,” and promote Inclusion & Diversity throughout the office through a variety of initiatives designed to reduce bias and raise awareness. Upper management supports these initiatives and all employees are invited to join their local councils or apply to become an “Inclusion & Diversity Ambassador,” which brainstorm and implement the various initiatives and programs._

**Your Impact**

+ Grow and diversify project portfolio – the successful candidate will bring a clear vision and plan to grow the portfolio of projects, while also expanding into new areas.

+ Identification of opportunities and a prioritized and specific approach to deliver them:

+ Grow and maintain a large professional network through professional organizations and the attendance of client commission and committee meetings

+ Network and grow relationships at both a technical and policy level, considering both perspectives on behalf of our clients

+ Identify and pursue project opportunities

+ Identify and include junior staff in meaningful roles in client meetings and business development

+ Identify and encourage opportunities for junior staff to grow in project management, strategic and business planning, and business development

+ Responsible for the financial health of the planning practice in the Southern New England area.

+ Lead project teams and manage projects:

+ Manage project scope, schedule and budget of assignments provided by clients

+ Prepare and assure the quality of reports, publications, maps, presentations, memos, letters, and other project materials

+ Analyze data and model results for their impact on public policy, project alternatives, and suitability

+ Maintain familiarity with and conduct project activities in compliance with appropriate federal, state, and local regulations

+ Organize and lead public meetings, social media, and project events

+ Manage client relations and serve as primary contact between clients and WSP, for project assignments and planning services

+ Participate in local American Planning Association and WTS organizations and activities

+ Maintain ongoing familiarity with trends and emerging issues related to transportation, land use, economic development, and demographic shifts

+ Collaborate with professionals from a variety of disciplines to provide “trusted advisor” service and future ready solutions for clients.

+ 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 in Environmental Planning,Transportation Planning, Urban Planning,or a related field (or equivalent experience.)

+ 12+ years of experience in the transportation planning field; advanced degrees may substitute for one or more year of experience

+ Knowledge of planning principles and practices

+ Experience in NEPA, PEL, CEPA planning studies

+ Knowledge of principles and practice of research and data collection

+ Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook

+ Excellent analytical, written, oral, and visual communication skills

+ Ability to think creatively and critically about planning issues

+ Proven track record of successfully managing a pipeline of work for staff

+ Ability to demonstrate a good understanding of how to leverage existing skillsets and an ability to incorporate existing staff into the pursuit of new projects

+ Project management expertise

+ Ability to demonstrate a consistent track record of delivering work on-time, on-budget, and can show repeat business with a client – ideally in increasing amounts and/or responsibility

+ Strong understanding of relevant transportation planning issues, including multimodal planning, smart growth development, transit-oriented development, pedestrian and bicycle planning,

+ Complete Streets design, and transit planning.

+ Ability to establish partnerships with internal and external project management, client representatives, government agencies, and other organizations.

+ Experience preparing planning studies and technical reports for a variety of transportation and transit agencies

+ Good organizational skills, multi-tasking capabilities, and attention to detail

+ Ability to work well independently and in a group setting

+ Experience working with CTDOT, Connecticut COGs, and other local and regional private entities and public sector agencies

+ Member and active participant in industry organizations such as WTS, ULI, and APA

+ Must successfully complete and pass WSP’s Motor Vehicle screening.

+ Proven track record of upholding workplace safety and ability to abide by WSP’s health, safety and drug/alcohol and harassment policies.

+ Strong ability to quickly adapt to change and demonstrate flexibility to a variety of schedules and hours to meet business needs.

+ Occasional travel may be required depending on project-specific requirements.

**Preferred Qualifications**

+ M.A., M.S., or other advanced degree

+ Currently an Officer or Chair in Professional Organization

+ Completion of Leadership or Advanced Management Training

+ Familiarity with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA), Rhode Island Turnpike & Bridge Authority (RITBA), Rhode Island municipalities, and/or other potential Rhode Island clients

+ Proven business development track record

+ Professional licensures and accreditations, such as: AICP, P.E., etc.


**Additional Requirements**

+ To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

**Additional Details**

+ **Travel Required:** 10%

+ **Job Status:** Regular

+ **Employee Type:** Full

+ **Primary Location:** GLASTONBURY - WINDING BROOK DR

+ **All locations:** US-CT-Glastonbury

**About WSP**

WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of WSP, one of the world's leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water and environment markets. With more than 15,000 employees in over 300 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper. www.wsp.com

WSP provides a flexible and agile workplace model while meeting client needs. Employees are also afforded a comprehensive suite of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and retirement savings focused on providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career.

At WSP, we want to give our employees the challenges they seek to grow their careers and knowledge base. Your daily contributions to your team will be essential in meeting client objectives, goals and challenges. Are you ready to get started?

WSP USA (and all of its U.S. companies) is an Equal Opportunity Employer Race/Age/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Disability or Protected Veteran Status.

The selected candidate must be authorized to work in the United States.


WSP does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters, employment agencies, or other staffing services. Unsolicited resumes include any resume or hiring document sent to WSP in the absence of a signed Service Agreement where WSP has expressly requested recruitment/staffing services specific to the position at hand. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers or other business leaders, will become the property of WSP and WSP will have the right to hire that candidate without reservation – no fee or other compensation will be owed or paid to the recruiter, employment agency, or other staffing service.

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