TECHNICAL CONSULTANT – July 2021 (Philadelphia, PA)

TECHNICAL CONSULTANT – July 2021 (Philadelphia, PA)


TRA is looking for an experienced Technical Consultant to join our dynamic team. Responsibilities include:

  • Leveraging technical experience and expertise in transit security, safety, operations, maintenance, and/or engineering.
  • Providing technical, programmatic, and analytic input into TRA’s consulting projects, whether as a project manager or subject matter expert working at the direction of others.
  • Acting as a front-line interface with TRA’s clients and other project stakeholders.
  • Participating in and coordination of field and tabletop drills and exercises, client interviews, field assessments, and observations.
  • Documentation of business processes.
  • Writing and editing reports and proposals.
  • Interpreting and editing client documentation and procedures.
  • Providing data, information, and analyses for use by TRA project managers and subject matter experts.
  • Contributing to TRA business development efforts, such as proposal development, client relations, and teaming partner cultivation.
  • Mentoring TRA’s junior staff


Technical Consultant Qualifications

  • Completion of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Transit Safety and Security Program Certificate, or the Public Transportation Safety Certification Training Program, is a strong plus. Candidates who do not possess the TSSP credential will be required to attain it as part of their work with TRA.
  • Knowledge or interest in public transportation operations, maintenance, emergency preparedness, security, and/or safety, and especially safety management system (SMS) frameworks is strongly preferred, as is familiarity with FTA and United States Department of Transportation requirements.
  • Candidates must be proven leaders, with a strong record of stakeholder relations and coworker interaction.
  • Must be detail-oriented, organized, and flexible.
  • Must have outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • High level of critical thinking, and the ability to easily analyze, understand, and synthesize technical information for consulting work products.
  • Ability to think creatively about data and how to present it as useful and engaging information.
  • Must be able to work independently and as part of a team while regularly interfacing with a wide range of clients.
  • Must be outgoing, engaging, and social.
  • Must actively look for ways they can help the TRA team.
  • Strong writing skills, with the ability to communicate complex information effectively to multiple types of audiences, including individuals with non-technical backgrounds.
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and video conferencing platforms. Database and MS Project experience is a plus.


Other Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check.
  • S. citizen
  • Physical agility sufficient to meet typical rail transit and railroad requirements for roadway worker protection (working in rail transit and railroad rights-of-way safely).


Education and Experience Level

  • Master’s degree in engineering, transportation planning, public administration, or similar field is required.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in rail or bus transportation, safety, operations, maintenance, or engineering is strongly preferred.
  • Candidates with successful careers in other applicable areas will be considered.



This position will be based in Philadelphia, with regular interface with TRA staff and clients in throughout the United States. Frequent travel (40-60%) in support of TRA projects is expected.



  • Compensation will be based on skills and experience.
  • Position is salaried, and is based on an approximately 45-hour work week, not inclusive of travel time or non-working time at project site locations.
  • Schedule and total hours will vary depending on current assignments.


Submitting Qualifications

Potential candidates are invited to send a detailed description of their interest in the Technical Consultant/Project Engineer position. Include an explanation of how their qualifications meet the needs of this position, as well as what their understanding is of TRA and its work. Share how they might help TRA grow – special skill, new market, particular focus of research, etc. Send quals packages to


 About TRA

Transportation Resource Associates, Inc. (TRA) provides management and technical consulting services to the transportation industry, with a primary focus in public transit and infrastructure operations, safety, security, and maintenance. TRA’s work includes auditing, safety program development and assessment, and regulatory compliance assessments, as well as transit agency systems analyses. TRA provides its clients with technical assistance, detailed written reports and other deliverables, as well as both quantitative and qualitative analyses.

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