The Northeast Corridor Commission is seeking a highly motivated candidate to join its hard-working and enthusiastic staff. The Commission was established by Congress in the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008 to coordinate the agencies that share the region’s core rail network. While the Commission has been administratively hosted by Amtrak since 2011, its staff is an independent team of transportation professionals.
This position is intended to support a variety of Commission initiatives, giving the successful candidate broad exposure to many technical areas. The position will support implementation of the Northeast Corridor (NEC) Cost Allocation Policy that governs the allocation over $1.3 billion in annual operating and capital costs and promotes coordination among the nine passenger railroads that operate on the NEC rail line.
Specific responsibilities will include collecting, managing, and analyzing current and future capital project and train operations data from transportation agencies located across the Northeast from Massachusetts to Virginia to support the Commission’s cost-sharing, planning, reporting, and implementation workstreams.
This role requires a high degree of technical competency, skills and experience in data processing, analytics, and communicating complicated technical information to lay audiences. Experience working in transportation, particularly public transportation, is beneficial.
Support the development of a variety of Commission workstreams including: 1) cross-agency service and infrastructure planning through 15-year CONNECT NEC and 5-year Capital Investment Plans; 2) infrastructure delivery and train performance reporting; 3) capital program implementation coordination; and 4) operating and capital cost sharing through the NEC Cost Allocation Model, and other projects as needed.
Support the collection of capital project and train operations data from transportation agencies, including preparing templates, coordinating with external contacts at member agencies, and normalizing data for use by NEC Commission staff.
Support the creation and maintenance of capital project and train operations databases, and the creation of accessible database dashboards for internal staff and external stakeholders. Database management requires adoption of accepted database management and collaboration processes.
Support the execution of key analytical tasks, quality assurance and quality control checks, and the preparation of documents and reports, both public and internal. Report preparation includes development of text, graphics, and maps that communicate technical information to a general audience.
Support the development of responses to ongoing questions from external stakeholders, including organizing the collection of all formal questions related Commission products; performing ad hoc analyses; and facilitating the resolution of any identified issues among stakeholders.
Support planning for and executing meetings of the Commission, its committees, and its working groups.
Bachelor’s degree in transportation planning, public policy/administration, engineering, business, or a related field.
0-2 years professional experience, especially direct experience in passenger rail or transit.
Experience collecting, managing, evaluating, and interpreting data.
Excellent computer skills in data processing and analysis, particularly in Microsoft Excel and Access, and an interest in expanding working knowledge of these and other data processing and management tools as needed to meet evolving project needs.
Experience with data visualization and business intelligence tools (e.g., PowerBI, Tableau), geographic information systems (e.g., ArcGIS), or Adobe Creative Cloud (particularly Illustrator and InDesign)
Strong skills in written, verbal, and graphic communication of quantitative and qualitative information, including the ability to clearly express technical concepts to wide audiences.
Ability to solve problems independently, identify potential process improvements, and work in a highly collaborative team environment.
Demonstrated interest in passenger rail transportation and/ or the ability to learn the details of the Northeast Corridor rail infrastructure and its commuter, intercity and freight rail operations.
Graduate degree in transportation planning, public policy/administration, engineering, business, or a related field.
1-3 years professional experience, especially direct experience in passenger rail or transit.
MORE INFORMATION & HOW TO APPLY:
The Northeast Corridor Commission is administratively hosted by Amtrak.
The salary/hourly range is $69,500 – $90,070. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, internal equity, etc. Depending on an employee’s assigned worksite or location, Amtrak may consider a geo-pay differential to be applied to the employee’s base salary. Amtrak may offer additional incentive and pay programs to recognize and reward our employees, including a short-term incentive bonus based upon factors such as individual and company performance that is commensurate with the level of the position and/or long-term incentive plan compensation. In addition to your salary, Amtrak offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes health, dental, and vision plans; health savings accounts; wellness programs; flexible spending accounts; 401K retirement plan with employer match; life insurance; short and long term disability insurance; paid time off; back-up care; adoption assistance; surrogacy assistance; reimbursement of education expenses; Public Service Loan Forgiveness eligibility; Railroad Retirement sickness and retirement benefits; and rail pass privileges. Learn more about our benefits offerings here.
The Northeast Corridor (NEC) is the rail backbone of the Northeast region and the busiest passenger rail corridor in the United Sates. It connects eight states and the District of Columbia and each day serves 800,000 riders and 2,000 commuter, intercity, and freight trains.