Staff Public Involvement Specialist (hybrid)

Location: Boston
Job Code: 202
# of openings: 2

Description

Why Choose HSH:

Do you have the desire to be part of THE go-to transportation firm in Massachusetts? The firm who designed National Awarding winning and first center-running MBTA bus rapid transit lanes and is planning the return of the iconic US Open to the Country Club in Brookline. The Firm who is part of just about ALL the ongoing air rights developments in the city of Boston? Howard Stein Hudson is that firm and we are expanding!  With civil and transportation engineers, as well as planning experts, we work on some of the most high-profile, exciting, and complex projects in the City of Boston and Commonwealth.  Our culture is warm, close-knit, and fully engaged with colleagues and clients. 

We have offices in Boston, Chelmsford, and Worcester.  HSH’s flexible work policy includes hybrid or full-time in-office work.  We are well-known in the region and enjoy close working relationships with our clients and partners.  Our aim is to offer rewarding professional experiences with opportunities for professional development and leadership.  Our culture is what sets us apart.  Come check it out for yourself!

Public Involvement at HSH:

HSH was founded on public involvement and transportation engineering more than 30 years ago. Today, our team brings together people with experience in advocacy, grassroots organizing, planning, engineering, conflict resolution, and environmental public involvement to conduct community engagement on projects throughout the Commonwealth and New England, for state agencies, municipalities, and private clients. Our team thrives when we each bring our own passions and expertise to the processes we help facilitate: to support respectful, comprehensive, informative engagement that goes beyond merely “checking the boxes” of minimum public process. We aspire to carry out collaborative, community-centered, and engaging public involvement that benefits both the project and the community it serves by involving stakeholders and residents who have historically been excluded and those who participate often. We believe that responsive and transparent public process builds public trust and contributes to project success. Wherever we can, we aim to use our processes to increase trust, capacity, and mutual understanding between stakeholders and our clients.

We want people who believe in that mission, believe in the value of public input, and are excited to grow into their careers alongside us.

Responsibilities:

  • Interact with clients and assist in developing communication strategies to present to stakeholders, including the general public, neighborhood groups, and related elected officials, and communicate information regarding proposed projects, design initiatives, and construction
  • Prepare for and actively participate in or facilitate public meetings and virtual public engagement
  • Document the public process including meeting notes and public comments, and analyze meeting success and impact in influencing or changing public attitudes using critical thinking, judgement, and experience
  • This position requires working closely with internal and external teams, including production/graphics, agency partners, general public, neighborhood groups and related officials, and professional staff on multidisciplinary teams.
  • Coordinate and document meetings with project team including pertinent professional staff, contacts at governmental agencies, and community groups.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration/Policy, Transportation and/or Urban Planning, Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Planning, or related field.
  • 2+ years’ related experience preferred.  New grads considered.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are essential.
  • Strong interest in transportation-related matters.
  • Ability to develop and implement integrated public awareness and education campaigns.
  • Teamwork/collaboration/relationship building.
  • Some evening and weekend work may be required.
  • Multilingual skills in commonly spoken languages in the Boston metro and Massachusetts a plus, but not required.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite required.
  • Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop), Sketchup, and ArcGIS including ArcOnline a plus but not required.
  • Experience with web design a plus but not required.

If you are interested in becoming part of a company focused on improving the infrastructure of Massachusetts and beyond, we invite you to consider joining the HSH team. You can make a difference at HSH – help us build a better tomorrow!

 

Howard Stein Hudson is an EEO/AA employer.





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