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 Employment Opportunities in Cambridge


POSTING DATE: December 2, 2019

Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Department: Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department
Job Title: Walkshop Manager (Contract position through 10/16/2020)
Job Code: X153
Civil Service Position: Non Civil Service position
Union Affiliation: None
Hours Per Week: 37.50 hours per week (see additional information below)


The Cities of Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville are proud to serve as the hosts for the 2020 National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Designing Cities conference. The conference will bring together over 900 transportation professionals, primarily from municipal transportation departments, from September 14 - September 17, 2020. A vital element of this annual conference is the "walkshops" - mobile workshops that allow attendees to visit, learn about, and reflect on projects in the region. Approximately 50 walkshops take place over three days. Walkshops may include the following methods of transportation: walking, biking, transit, shuttle bus, and/or boat.

At the direction of the Primary Contact for the conference, the Walkshop Manager will work closely with staff from Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville to develop walkshops that cover a wide range of projects and present opportunities for attendees to learn directly from the people behind the projects. The Manager will be responsible for facilitating the coordination of walkshops including assisting with idea generation, managing logistics, and promoting the walkshops. The selected candidate will work closely with and get to know a large number of transportation leaders, including staff from multiple cities, agencies, and NACTO. The Walkshop Manager will have the opportunity to learn more about senior-level decision-making processes and conference planning. Additionally, this person will gain in-depth knowledge of a wide array of transportation innovations both locally, through the walkshop planning process, and beyond, through the conference. 

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:  

  • Research and analyze walkshop results from previous conferences
  • Work with the Walkshop Committee, and sub-committee for each City, to solicit and develop ideas for walkshop content
  • Liaise with volunteers (transportation professionals), management, conference organizers, and sponsors to develop positive working relationships and plan the walkshop agendas
  • Use information provided by NACTO and previous conference hosts to create and implement standard methods for the collection of walkshop information from planners and sponsors, as well as to address operational considerations for volunteers
  • Test all walkshop content and routes to ensure a high level of value for conference participants, including the identification of potential issues and contingencies
  • Assemble all written content related to the walkshops for the conference program, including maps of the walkshops
  • Ensure all advanced preparations are in place for the walkshops, such as volunteer walkshop leaders, pretested routes, contingency plans, transportation services, supporting materials, etc.
  • Oversee the operational aspects of all walkshops during the conference, including evaluations, and provide on-the-ground support to volunteers and conference organizers, including helping problem-solve in real time
  • Professionally represent Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and NACTO while working with a diverse range of public agencies, community groups, advocates, and consultants
  • Participate in Conference Steering Committee meetings and provide regular updates on walkshops
  • Identify and document opportunities or areas for improvement at future conferences
  • Provide a brief report on lessons learned and recommendations for future walkshop organizers
  • May perform additional duties and responsibilities as identified or assigned


  • Self-starter with demonstrated ability to carry complex projects from concept to implementation
  • Ability to use creative thinking to solve problems, and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Exhibit strong time management skills, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task while remaining organized and meeting deadlines
  • Communicate clearly and concisely via written and oral methods, and effectively share information with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Relate to audiences with multiple dimensions of diversity, and work collaboratively with peers
  • Comfortably use technology, collaboration tools like Office 365 and Google Drive, and organizational tools like Google Sheets and Excel
  • Knowledge of best practices related to creating walking, bicycle, and transit tours
  • Able to get around Metro Boston using a variety of transportation methods


  • Familiarity with the Boston region's public transportation services, including historical knowledge of the area and the transportation system
  • Previous involvement in transportation projects and/or working in a public sector environment
  • Familiarity with community-based organizations, neighborhood, and professional groups in Metro Boston
  • Ability to establish and adhere to design standards, and create maps and other materials using ArcGIS and Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Bachelor's Degree in a related field or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience


HOURS OF WORK:              37.50 hours per week, Mon 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM Tues-Thurs 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Fri 8:30 AM 12 noon. Additional weekend/evening hours may be necessary.T emporary contract position through October 16, 2020.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The position requires travel between the three cities to meet with stakeholders and preview the walkshop routes; access, input and retrieve information from a computer; answer phones; maintain multiple files; and lift stacks of paper weighing up to 10 lbs.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work is conducted primarily in an office environment with fluorescent lighting, air conditioning, computers and other standard office equipment. We will work with the candidate to identify a suitable work-base that is conducive to your needs and the needs of the host Cities. You will also be expected to attend meetings regularly in the three cities with staff and other partners in other offices or facilities, including outdoor locations. 



RATE: $34.87 – 37.43 per hour + excellent benefits


Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest; external applicants submit both your resume and letter of interest via email to: or to the Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax 617-349-4312. Resume and letter of interest requested by 12/13/19. Position will remain open until filled.

The City of Cambridge is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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