Assistant Vice President, Transportation Planner

Ferries New York, New York

Our Vision: To make New York City the global model for inclusive innovation and economic growth, fueled by the City’s diverse people and businesses.

Our Mission: To create shared prosperity across New York City’s five boroughs by strengthening neighborhoods and growing good jobs.

The NYC Ferry system is a year-round passenger ferry system that launched in 2017 and now carries over 6 million riders annually while serving 25 landings on 6 routes. Reporting to the President’s Office, the Ferry Department oversees NYC Ferry on behalf of the City of New York. Our oversight is comprised of contract management and compliance, day-to-day operations, and planning and policy decisions for the system.  The Ferry Department is made up of individuals who manage the fleet and facilities, operations, contracts and finance, and planning/policy/special projects. We also serve as the coordinator for many other NYCEDC departments to ensure the proper maintenance and operation of ferry infrastructure throughout the city. NYC Ferry is a public-private partnership involving close contractual and operational coordination between NYCEDC and a private ferry operator.

Position Overview: As a member of the NYC Ferry Department, you will report to the Deputy Director who oversees planning, policy and special projects for the department. You will be responsible for long-range transit planning and policy tasks in connection with NYC Ferry. Example tasks for your work include route optimization exercises, fare and ridership modeling, equity and disparate impact assessments, system expansion analyses and other long-range planning. This work will be closely coordinated with the Operations Planner whose data-oriented work supports short-term scheduling and capacity planning for seasonal service changes. You will be seen as a subject-matter expert in transportation issues and policies throughout New York City to best plan how NYC Ferry interacts with other transit modes. In addition, you will be a liaison between NYCEDC and other transportation agencies.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead long-range transportation studies for NYC Ferry including any future assessments for new service, route changes or adjustments to the system.
  • Recommend policy foundations for NYC Ferry and coordinate long-term strategic planning for the next phase of the system.
  • Manage third-party consultants for planning- and service-related tasks.
  • Perform studies in connection with transit and racial equity assessments and conduct disparate impact studies as needed.
  • Work in close coordination with the Operations Planner, the VP of Operations and Safety, and the VP of Contracts and Finance to ensure plans are effectively informed by NYCEDC’s experience managing ferries.
  • Attend community meetings to present or listen to public input in connection with NYC Ferry planning.
  • Engage in and stay abreast of city-wide transportation proposals and policies to better understand how NYC Ferry fits into regional transportation planning. This work may include participation in panels and working groups concerned with transportation policy. Additionally, keep abreast of developments at peer ferry systems, both domestically and abroad.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in transportation planning, transportation engineering, transit policy or other relevant subject areas. In lieu of a master’s degree, 5 years of progressive experience in support of transit planning or operations may be substituted.
  • Thorough understanding of local New York City transportation issues and policies. In addition, a high competency in all transportation and transit planning concepts.
  • Quantitative modeling abilities for ridership, operations, route planning, etc.
  • Qualitative approach to community priorities and concerns in relation transit planning.
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.
  • Self-starter with demonstrated prioritization and time management
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point)
  • New York City residency is required within 180 days of hire
  • All new hires must be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus as defined by the CDC, unless they have been granted a reasonable accommodation for religion or disability
  • Have, or can obtain, a TWIC card (Transportation Worker Identification Credential, reimbursable by NYCEDC)

Salary Range: $90,000-$93,000

About Us: NYCEDC is New York City’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. Our mission is to create shared prosperity across New York City’s five boroughs by strengthening neighborhoods and growing good jobs. We do this by developing, managing, and implementing expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment and strengthen the city’s competitive position. 

NYCEDC is dedicated to the creation of a dynamic, equitable, and sustainable urban economy. We are making sure that whatever happens next, happens right here in New York City—and that all New Yorkers are a part of it. 

NYCEDC offers many unique advantages for an exciting and fulfilling career. As part of our team, you’ll enjoy: 

  • The unique opportunity to make an impact on New York City 
  • Working on diverse, unique, and challenging projects 
  • Working closely with teams of creative, highly motivated, and passionate people 
  • Learning opportunities designed to enhance the practical skills and business knowledge of our employees 
  • Excellent benefits, including company-paid 401(a) pension plan, 457(b) tax-advantaged retirement savings plans, medical, dental and vision benefits, generous paid family leave and paid time off, and other perks 

The New York City Economic Development Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our Diversity, Equity, and Social Responsibility Mission is to create a People First strategy by attracting, retaining, and engaging a diverse and talented workforce. Like the city of New York, NYCEDC knows our strength comes from each of our connected parts, making the fabric of our organization better and stronger because of our unique employees' talents.

To help build an inclusive workplace culture, NYCEDC supports six employee resource groups that strive to engage members and advocate for their respective communities within NYCEDC. Those groups are: Accessibility group, Elevation group (BIPOC), Mindful group, Out/EDC group (LGBTQAI+), Parents group and Women's Leadership group. NYCEDC employees work as part of a highly engaged, passionate and inclusive team where everyone’s contributions are valued, respected, and have an impact on one of the best and most diverse cities in the world!

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