National Practice Leader-Transportation Planning

at CDM Smith in Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States

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We are open to filling this position in any of our offices across the United States

The National Practice Leader within TSU/TSG is a global technical and sales role with responsibility for growing the business through technical advancement, innovative applications, and CDM Smith brand promotion. As a “thought leader” at CDM Smith, you will present visionary and influential views on Transportation Planning within our practices both internally and to our clients. This includes a focus on innovation in corridor planning; statewide and regional transportation planning; multimodal and freight planning; NEPA planning; resiliency and sustainability planning; diversity, equity, and inclusion; travel demand modeling; and environmental planning related to transportation.

As the Practice Leader and visionary, you would contribute to CDM Smith’s growth by:

-Advancing the practice through technical ingenuity, innovation, and growing top line sales.

-Positioning us technically, ahead of challenges being recognized in the marketplace.

-Collaborating with the client service units, pre-positioning for major pursuits by identifying and showcasing our technical differentiators.

-Partnering with sales and technical leadership to build relationships with federal, state, regional, and local planning clients, with an ability to work successfully across markets.

-Leading technical luminescence activities including conference presentations, technical papers, and webinars.

-Recruiting and retaining strategic technical talent and the best and brightest employees.

-Developing, mentoring, and guiding technical specialists and discipline leaders within the practice and driving innovative ideas for research and development.

-Embracing continuous improvement, a culture of quality, accountability to commitments, CDM Smith’s Core Values; and challenge of the “status quo.”

-Embracing the continuous search and application of innovative technologies that provide CDM Smith with a competitive edge and allow us to help our clients solve challenging problems and to do more for less.

-Embracing the opportunities afforded by a matrix organization and leveraging its advantages to grow the firm while maintaining our current client base.

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National Practice Leader-Transportation Planning



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Minimum Qualifications:

-Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Urban, Community, or Regional Planning, or related discipline.

-AICP, PTP, PE, CEP, or approved certification in a related field. Or Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Urban, Community, or Regional Planning, or a related discipline.

-15 years of related experience with a Bachelor’s degree or 14 years of experience with a Master’s degree.

-Domestic and/or international travel may be required. The frequency of travel is contingent on specific duties, responsibilities, and the essential functions of the position, which may vary depending on workload and project demands.

-Equivalent additional directly related experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Demonstrated experience in scoping and delivering transportation planning contracts for public sector clients.

-Demonstrated experience in transportation planning consulting business development success.

-Demonstrated experience in thought leadership in the arena of transportation planning.

-Experience in industry organizations. Examples: Transportation Research Board (TRB), American Planning Association (APA), Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), and National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO).

-Thorough understanding of the federal transportation planning and project development process and related funding programs.

EEO Statement:

We attract the best people in the industry, supporting their efforts to learn and grow. We strive to create a challenging and progressive work environment. We provide career opportunities that span a variety of disciplines and geographic locations, with projects that our employees plan, design, build and operate as diverse as the needs of our clients. CDM Smith is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship status, genetics, protected veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

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Our employees are the heart of our company. As an employer of choice, our goal is to provide a challenging, progressive and inclusive work environment which fosters personal leadership, career growth and development for every employee. We value passionate individuals who challenge the norm, deliver world-class solutions and bring diverse perspectives. Join our team, and together we will make a difference and change the world.

Job Site Location:

United States – Nationwide

Agency Disclaimer:

All vendors must have a signed CDM Smith Placement Agreement from the CDM Smith Recruitment Center Manager to receive payment for your placement. Verbal or written commitments from any other member of the CDM Smith staff will not be considered binding terms. All unsolicited resumes sent to CDM Smith and any resume submitted to any employee outside of CDM Smith Recruiting Center Team (RCT) will be considered property of CDM Smith. CDM Smith will not be held liable to pay a placement fee.

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Visa Sponsorship Available:

No – We will not support sponsorship, i.e. H-1B or TN Visas for this position

Skills and Abilities:

-Promotes a culture of collaboration, quality, and leading by example through CDM Smith’s Vision and Core Values.

-Strongly demonstrates CDM Smith’s Leadership Competencies of Promoting a High-Performance Culture, Trust and Accountability, Building Alliances, and Continuous Improvement.

-Drives staff engagement, retention, hiring, and development within the group.

-Possesses strong written and verbal communication skills.

-Is an exemplary service provider to both our external and internal clients.

-Demonstrates a strong understanding of the business (e.g., utilization, project profitability, overhead, staffing, etc.).

Background Check and Drug Testing Information:

CDM Smith Inc. and its divisions and subsidiaries (hereafter collectively referred to as “CDM Smith”) reserves the right to require background checks including criminal, employment, education, licensure, etc. as well as credit and motor vehicle when applicable for certain positions. In addition, CDM Smith may conduct drug testing for designated positions. Background checks are conducted after an offer of employment has been made in the United States. The timing of when background checks will be conducted on candidates for positions outside the United States will vary based on country statutory law but in no case, will the background check

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Job Posting: JC235343168

Posted On: Mar 01, 2023

Updated On: May 21, 2023

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