Michael Baker International Seeking Public Transportation Department Manager

Job Position


Public Transit Department Manager




Michael Baker International is a leading provider of architectural, engineering and consulting services, including design, planning, environmental, construction and program management. The company provides its comprehensive range of services and solutions to support U.S. federal, state, and municipal governments, foreign allied governments, and a wide range of commercial clients. Michael Baker’s more than 3,000 employees across nearly 100 locations are committed to a culture of innovation, collaboration and technological advancement to help solve challenges for clients and communities throughout the country. To learn more, visit https://mbakerintl.com/.


Consistently ranked by Engineering News-Record as a Top 20 transportation firm, Michael Baker International offers clients an integrated team of professionals versed in all aspects of transportation planning, design, permitting, and construction management and inspection.  In addition, Michael Baker International is a recognized leader in the practical aspects of operating and maintaining a safe and efficient transportation infrastructure.


Michael Baker International’s Harrisburg, PA office is seeking a Public Transit Department Manager to lead its dynamic and growing public transportation services team, which delivers innovative technical planning, policy and finance services to State Departments of Transportation, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and public transportation agencies in Pennsylvania and beyond.

The successful candidate will report to the office’s Planning Division Manager and be responsible for managing the Public Transit Department’s staff and delivering a diverse portfolio of technically challenging public transportation projects from Michael Baker’s Harrisburg, PA office location. In addition, the successful candidate will also be responsible for coordinating and collaborating with Michael Baker’s National Rail & Transit Practice team members and network of public transportation and multimodal experts located in various offices throughout the United States to promote and diversify the firm’s multimodal and public transportation and technical planning, policy, and finance services.

The Public Transportation Department Manager will also manage, supervise, and mentor team of transit planners. Responsibilities will include reviewing and providing feedback on staff work products, providing training and guidance to staff, coordinating staff workloads, working with staff to develop and achieve professional development goals, evaluating performance, and maintaining a culture of collaboration by being both an effective team leader and contributor.

The Public Transportation Department Manager must have at least 10 years of experience in total, with 7 or more years of multimodal and public transportation experience in the areas of technical consulting, transit operations, or a combination thereof. Specific areas of expertise should include fixed route bus transit, shared ride/demand response, passenger rail, safety, bicycle/pedestrian modes, and community/stakeholder engagement. The successful candidate should also have expertise in transportation funding and policy and have a fundamental understanding of Federal Transit Administration (FTA) programs including Bus and Bus and Bus Facilities, Procurement, State of Good Repair, Buy America, and Access and Mobility.

The successful candidate will work in a fast-paced environment with a dynamic team of professionals that focus on making a difference and delivering value. The successful candidate will entail the following characteristics:

  • Experience with local transit agencies and operations.
  • Previous experience assisting transit agencies with Transit Development Plans, Operations Plans, Strategic Plans, etc.
  • Shared Ride and Microtransit experience a plus.
  • Ability to conduct research and prepare technical planning reports.
  • Ability to establish and manage project work plans, budgets, and staffing plans.
  • Knowledge and expertise in transit planning and interrelated planning disciplines, including active transportation, emerging mobility, program management, community outreach/engagement, and policy analysis.
  • Knowledge and expertise in public funding, including successful grant application development for Pennsylvania and USDOT transportation funding programs.
  • Ability to understand client needs and create valuable partnerships.
  • Ability to coordinate business development activities and support growth objectives.
  • Ability to coach, mentor, and manage staff.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills for preparing and presenting reports and projects.
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to work independently as well as in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Experience with the Microsoft Suite of programs.
  • Experience and/or familiarity with other programs, such as ESRI ArcMap GIS is desired.
  • Ability to accommodate moderate travel including a valid driver’s license.




10 years of experience in total, with 7 or more years of multimodal and public transportation experience in the areas of technical consulting, transit operations, or a combination thereof.
Bachelors or Masters degree in planning, engineering, environmental, or transportation management.
Microsoft Office Suite, with proficiencies in MS Word, MS Excel, and MS Access. Data analytics and management is a key skill set.
American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) desired but not required.

The salary range for this position is $100,942- $174,870 in Harrisburg, PA. This will be dependent on the experience and expertise of the incoming candidate.


We offer a comprehensive benefits package including:

Medical, dental, vision insurance
401k Retirement Plan
Health Savings Account (HSA)
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Life, AD&D, short-term, and long-term disability
Professional and personal development
Generous paid time off
Commuter and wellness benefits

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