Operations, Policy and Planning, Project Management
Project Analyst is TRA’s entry-level consulting position. The Project Analyst will be based in TRA’s Philadelphia office, and will work with TRA’s staff there, and with personnel in New York, Chicago, Florida, Washington, DC, Pittsburgh, and elsewhere. The Project Analyst will travel frequently in support of TRA projects throughout the United States. The Project Analyst supports TRA’s consulting staff and their highly varied, technical field work. Responsibilities include participating in client interviews, field assessments, and observations; documentation of business processes; writing and editing reports and proposals; interpreting and editing client documentation and procedures; and providing data, information, and analyses for use by TRA project managers and subject matter experts. The position answers primarily to TRA personnel, but also will interface with TRA clients in both public and private sectors. This Analyst will join a staff of other, very skilled Analysts who are involved in multiple projects — with varied groups of coworkers — at any given time. The Project Analyst often also works independently and will be expected to continuously learn about all aspects of public transportation operations, maintenance, safety, and security.
Project Analyst Qualifications
Master’s degree is required. A candidate with a bachelor’s degree will be considered only with significant, applicable transportation industry experience. Candidates with experience in rail and bus transit, general transportation, engineering, planning, or similar disciplines are often successful, however applicants with other applicable backgrounds may be considered. Knowledge of or interest in public transportation operations, maintenance, or safety is preferred. Familiarity with Safety Management Systems (SMS) in any industry is beneficial, as is knowledge of Federal Transit Administration and/or US Department of Transportation requirements. Project Analyst candidates must be detail-oriented, organized, and flexible. Candidates must have excellent written and verbal communications skills, strong ability for critical thinking, and an excellent capacity to analyze, understand, and incorporate technical information. Candidates must also be able to think creatively about data and how to present it as useful and engaging information, both for external and internal use. Candidates must be able work independently and interface regularly with a wide range of clients. Successful Project Analysts must be outgoing, engaging, and social, and must actively look for ways they can help the TRA team. A TRA Project Analyst must be proficient in Microsoft Office programs, especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Database and MS Project experience is a plus.
TRA provides management and technical consulting services to the transportation industry, especially in public transit operations, safety, security, and maintenance. TRA’s work includes auditing, safety programs and regulatory compliance assessments, and transit agency systems analyses. TRA provides its clients with detailed written findings and recommendations, as well as both quantitative and qualitative analyses.