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Principal Transportation Planner

Job ID: 35761
Department: Port
Location: 4 World Trade Center


The Port Department is seeking an individual with a strong interest in carrying out policy and general transportation planning work within the context of a broad set of port industry issues including waterside, landside, and intermodal systems development and operations, on- and off-port land uses, legislative and regulatory developments, as well as municipal relations.  Reporting to the Manager, Port Policy &Planning, this position is primarily responsible for:

  • Assessing the impacts of regional, state, and federal level governmental policies, programs and regulations on the Port Department and the Port Authority:
  • Identifying threats, with the aim to minimize their impact, and opportunities to garner financial, political and/or industry support and general cooperation for Port Department initiatives from others.
  • Working with outside agencies both directly and through supportive staff departments (e.g. Planning, Government and Community Relations, Real Estate, etc.) to create port-supportive polices and funding opportunities.
  • Responding to federal, state or local governmental requests for information about the Port Department and the Port Authority that relate to port operations, policies, plans, programs or general freight supply chain issues.
  • Providing guidance regarding impacts of state/federal legislation, regulations and policy matters to other Port Department units to strengthen both in-house program development and applications for grant funding (i.e. INFRA, MARAD, BUILD, etc.).
  • Supporting the Director‘s leadership roles in national forums and committees aimed at creating strong national polices supportive of port development and services, and producing white papers and extended analyses supportive of this role.


Candidates must present the following qualifications to be considered eligible for this position:

  • Bachelor's Degree in public policy or a related field.
  • A minimum of five (5) years’ experience in port and intermodal freight policy and planning.

Selected candidate will be required to pass a Federal Security Background check and obtain a Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) to work in a maritime environment as required by the Department of Homeland Security.


Ideal candidates will present the following profile:

  • Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of regional and national level highway, rail, and port infrastructure and related attributes and deficiencies.
  • Demonstrated experience working with public agencies, transportation or companies engaged in maritime activities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in port and intermodal freight policy and planning.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of legal and legislative processes within the transportation industry.
  • Demonstrated thorough understanding of the drivers and processes that underlie governmental policies and programs.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and/or actual experience in the application of public-private partnerships in advancing port-related projects and/or programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with all levels of the organization and outside entities.
  • Demonstrated experience in report and speech writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to formulate strategic concepts and analyze strategic proposals.
  • Demonstrated analytical and creative problem solving skills.
  • Demonstrated experience organizing a demanding workload and managing multiple tasks in a tight timeframe.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team as projects require.

Compensation & Benefits

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey offers a competitive salary, an outstanding benefits package and a professional environment that supports development and recognizes achievement.

How To Apply

Interested candidates should apply to this job by clicking on the Apply Now button and submitting a combined cover letter and resume.

Only applicants under consideration will be contacted.

About The Port Authority

Founded in 1921, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey builds, operates, and maintains many of the most important transportation and trade infrastructure assets in the country. The agency's network of aviation, ground, rail, and seaport facilities is among the busiest in the country, supports more than 550,000 regional jobs, and generates more than $23 billion in annual wages and $80 billion in annual economic activity. The Port Authority also owns and manages the 16-acre World Trade Center site, where the 1,776-foot-tall One World Trade Center is now the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.


The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey/Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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