Position Description

Mobility Engagement Planner
Division Community Development Department
Rate $84,021-$111,551 annually
Application Requested By/Position may be open until filled 2/26/24
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CDD - Environmental and Transportation
Job Code:
M592 (#718)
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Number of Hours Per Week:
37.5 workweek
Additional Work Hours Information:
(Monday 8:30am-8pm, T-Th 8:30am-5pm, F 8:30am-12pm) plus evening or weekend meetings/events
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The City of Cambridge is a diverse and vibrant community that people of different ethnic, racial, religious, national, and other backgrounds call home. We take pride in our city’s diversity and strive to create a workplace that is reflective of the community we serve. The city is also deeply committed to creating an environment in which all our employees are treated equitably and feel included. We seek to hire, develop, and advance individuals who value antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI), and are committed to embedding ADEI best practices and tenets in all aspects of our work.

The Community Development Department (CDD) is the planning agency for the City of Cambridge. Encompassing the Economic Opportunity and Development, Housing, Community Planning, Zoning & Development, and Environmental & Transportation Planning Divisions, CDD’s mission is to foster a livable, sustainable, just, and equitable community. CDD engages and collaborates with community partners, other government agencies, businesses, and residents to make Cambridge a desirable place to live, work, learn, play, and innovate.

The Mobility Engagement Planner is responsible for engaging community members and encouraging walking, biking, and transit use. Key areas of focus include creating, managing, and assessing impact of events and classes, incentive programs, educational and promotional materials, and transportation amenities. This highly collaborative position facilitates partnerships between community organizations, advocacy groups, City departments, and other municipalities. This role ensures that our programs and planning processes are equitable and engage fully with the diverse communities of Cambridge, especially those who have been under-heard, underserved, and historically excluded.

Under the supervision of the Division Director, the Mobility Engagement Planner will be responsible for the following:

Outreach and Engagement:

  •  Manage and expand youth engagement program.
  • Foster relationships with community members to understand mobility needs.
  •  Co-develop strategies for successfully engaging a wide range of people in sustainable mobility programs.
  • Coordinate with other City departments and CDD divisions to participate in joint outreach and engagement, including organizing mobility staff’s involvement in large and small community events.
  • Update and distribute various mobility outreach materials, including brochures, maps, and PSAs.
  • Produce mobility-related social media content and edit mobility content on CDD website, as needed.
  • Grow the City’s inclusive engagement practices by working in partnership with the CDD Community Engagement Manager, the Community Engagement Team @ CDD, and division staff.

Transportation Planning Support:

  • Participate in CDD Community Engagement Team Advisory Board, the Food & Fitness Policy Council, and other interdepartmental engagement groups.
  • Support various transportation planning initiatives, including Bluebikes, Vision Zero, and real-time transit displays.
  • Supervise Active Transportation Coordinator (Safe Routes to School programming, bike education classes, and bike rack and bikeshare station siting) and various interns (outreach, engagement, and high school students).
  • Lead Transportation Demand Management Program for City staff, to shift employees out of single occupancy trips.
  • Perform additional tasks based on the needs of the division, department, or City.

Education & Experience:

  •  A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in a related field (community engagement, planning, public policy) and 7 years of experience, or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. A master’s  degree in a related field may be substituted for 2 years of experience.
  • Community engagement experience, including working with students, school districts, municipal partners, and community organizations.
  •  Experience supervising staff or volunteers.
  • Experience working with computers; comfortable using general office applications (Microsoft Office suite) and ability to learn new applications, as needed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • The candidate’s written submissions and interview must show:
    •  Familiarity with large and small event management.
    •  Excellent written and oral communication skills, and ability to create clear and compelling stories.
    • Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.
    • Ability to take initiative, solve problems, and carry complex projects from concept to implementation.
    • Commitment to antiracism, equity, and inclusion. The City of Cambridge's workforce, like the community it serves, is diverse. Demonstrated ability to work and interact effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies in a courteous, compassionate, and professional manner.


  • The ideal candidate should show the following qualities in their written submission and interview:
  •  Experience working with youth and young people.
  • Experience working with community members to co-design solutions.
  •  Familiarity with the varied communities of Cambridge.
  • Appreciation for the importance of including community member experiences in efforts to meet mobility and climate goals in a diverse, urban area.
  • Commitment to supporting sustainable transportation options, and social and environmental justice.
  •  Experience managing contractors to support projects such as annual magazine production (publisher, copy editor, photographer, printer) and employee commute survey (survey consultants).
  • Facility with data visualization

Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  Some outdoor work required for community engagement events and activities. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essentials functions. 

WORK ENVIRONMENTStandard office environment with fluorescent lighting, computers, standard office equipment, and air conditioning. Moderate noise level with a shared workstation. Work involved is both indoor in a professional office setting and outdoors at community events. This position may be eligible for a hybrid work schedule under the City’s Telework Policy depending on operational needs.


  • Competitive health, dental, and vision insurance;
  • Vacation and Sick leave eligible;
  • Sick Incentive Pay Eligible;
  • 3 Personal days;
  • 14 Paid Holidays;
  • Management Allowance, $2,700/year;
  • City employee transportation benefits (T-Pass reimbursement Bluebikes membership, EZRide Shuttle)


Please upload the following documents to complete your application: 

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter 


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