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WHO WE ARE

Michael Baker International is a global leader in Engineering, Architecture and Consulting services dedicated to developing and implementing innovative solutions to the world's infrastructure, environmental challenges, and governmental. Supported by more than 3,500 employees in 90 offices worldwide, we provide a full continuum of life-cycle engineering consulting, specialized global construction, base operations, Green Infrastructure, security management and intelligence solutions.

The Consulting and Technology Solutions (CTS) vertical of Michael Baker International partners with federal, state, regional and local governments including broadband and telecommunications agencies and companies, Department of Defense, Airport Corporations, Oil and Gas industry, and natural resource agencies to provide unrivaled expertise in the application of new and emerging technologies to solve their greatest challenges. We seamlessly integrate advanced technology into service delivery, providing clients with a 360-degree view of their assets and program. We enable more informed, faster and more accurate decisions to be made with greater confidence.

Thought leadership, technological innovation, and differentiated service are all synonymous of the Michael Baker International's CTS brand.

DESCRIPTION - EQUITY PLANNER
Michael Baker International is seeking a qualified Equity Planner to join Michael Baker's CTS team with a focus on broadband planning. This is an opportunity to work within a dynamic and growing industry and with one of the leading broadband mapping, planning, and program management services firm in the nation. We've built a team of people who desire being part of a dynamic unit delivering broadband solutions for federal, state, regional, and local governments through innovative ideas and client advocacy.

Broadband consulting services represents a growing market need across the US. Within the CTS Team, this new position of Equity Planner will be the vital link to ensure our broadband technology solutions are aligned with community goals. Equity in broadband planning at Michael Baker occurs throughout the whole life cycle of project implementation from kick-off to final delivery. Acting as a client advocate and trusted advisor and supported by our expert technical team and world class software solutions, our Equity Planners will work with our National Broadband Digital Equity Director and with Broadband Strategy Leads on each project to evaluate client needs both for short term improvement and long-term sustainability of their broadband programs.

Role Summary:

Under the direction of the National Broadband Digital Equity Director, this role will be responsible for collaborating with communities, stakeholders, and clients to develop broadband expansion, outreach, and community program solutions. The Equity Planner will work on a variety of tasks across broadband planning projects, including strategic roadmaps, feasibility studies, action plans, and digital equity plans. Such tasks will include research into best practices, data analysis and summarization, development and testing of concepts and performance measures, public outreach and facilitation with stakeholders and community members, review and preparation of funding opportunities and guidelines, and more. Collaborate with project managers and technical team members to performing client briefings, presentations, analyses, and other forms of communication with clients.

This role will work alongside team members to develop innovative and implementable planning recommendations and materials that communicate ideas effectively and clearly enhance economic opportunities, digital equity, and quality of life for communities. Pursue innovative planning and/or technology solutions alongside our team of software developers, GIS, communications, and graphic arts teams that advance Michael Baker's broadband and overall CTS offerings.

This role involves opportunities to collaborate, lead planning tasks and deliverables production, and develop broadband subject matter expertise to advance quickly into more leadership roles.

This role will also have the flexibility to pursue innovative approaches and develop ways to expand our broadband services in ways that fit the successful applicant's interests and skills. This role and the CTS team as a whole are oriented towards innovative solutions for consulting and technology that can further advance the full suite of services and industry sectors offered by Michael Baker International to positively impact communities nationwide.

Essential Functions:

  • Develop client- and community-focused planning recommendations related to broadband infrastructure expansion, policy impacts, public outreach, affordability, and digital equity programs for existing and prospective clients.
  • Perform needs assessments, market research and public outreach to gain an understanding of digital access and equity needs in a client's given geography.
  • Engage with clients, stakeholders, and community members to facilitate meetings and lead public engagement activities.
  • Assist stakeholders in efforts to identify and overcome barriers to broadband deployment and adoption.
  • Provide support for GIS team members in developing data visualization graphics and narratives building from Michael Baker's Connectivity Platform products, including our Digital Access and Digital Equity dashboards.
  • Develop reports for final delivery, including broadband roadmap plans and digital equity reports.
  • Assist with project communication, outreach, and educational materials alongside Michael Baker's communications and graphic arts team
  • Assist clients to identify funding and procurement options, including those related to ARPA, IIJA, and other regional funding mechanisms
  • Assist team project managers to prepare effective project proposals in cooperation with project managers
  • Ability to travel on-site to meet with clients or prospective clients, estimated 10% of work may include travel
Competencies and Skills:

  • Experience in planning or a similar role. Broadband-specific experience is not required but community planning, transportation planning, equity planning, and resilience planning are all be relevant areas of focus that apply to broadband projects.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Experience with conducting stakeholder and public meetings
  • Ability to work on multiple projects at a given time
  • Experience working with diverse communities, with a preference for proven equitable practices and solutions
  • Interest in the impact of broadband expansion for communities and enthusiasm for solving the digital divide
Experience Required:

  • 3+ years of community or equity planning for community agencies, planning departments, planning firms, and/or nonprofits
  • Strong analytical abilities, solid analytical and trouble-shooting skills with the ability to quickly identify and solve client issues
  • Proven experience leading project tasks, meeting deadlines, and creating high-quality deliverables
  • Computer and software skills (Microsoft Office, Powerpoint, Excel) to develop reports, guide clients virtually, and develop presentations that are clearly understood
Experience Preferred:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Planning, Communications, Public Policy, Business, Geography/GIS, or relevant field
  • Preference for experience with developing or utilizing equitable methods and/or rubrics in public outreach, strategy recommendations, or other planning processes
  • Preference for experience with meeting client needs while understanding and achieving compliance with government policies and funding requirements
  • AICP or similar credentials
  • Data visualization and analysis skills are a plus. Some GIS skill, and/or use of Adobe Illustrator or other graphic mapping tools, is beneficial.
  • Graphic capabilities, including use of Adobe InDesign, is a plus.
  • Historical knowledge of federal, statewide, and regional broadband programs is a plus.
LOCATION: REMOTE

COMPENSATION: The range for this position is $65,000 to $90,000, depending on the candidate's individual experience and skillset.

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Michael Baker International, a global leader in engineering, planning and consulting has been partnering with communities since 1940 to solve their most complex infrastructure challenges with a legacy of expertise, experience, innovation and integrity.

Supported by more than 6,000 employees in 90 offices worldwide, we provide a full continuum of life-cycle engineering consulting, specialized global construction, base operations, security management, systems integration and intelligence solutions. Our clients include federal, state, and municipal governments; foreign allied governments; and a wide range of private development and other commercial partners.

 

When Michael Baker Jr. first established his engineering firm in 1940, he envisioned a company that would serve as a property surveyor or designer of roads, bridges, buildings and sewage systems, and also as a trusted, long-term partner with local communities and distant nations. His employees strove to transform communities, companies, states and even nations, adopting dual roles as both caring neighbors and innovative nation builders. Baker instilled in his employees the drive to deliver improved quality of life and the desire to make a difference.

 

Baker built a lasting legacy that today forms the foundation on which we continue to serve and grow. Today, we continue to leverage our collective expertise and experience to make the communities we serve better. We strive to make them safer, more accessible, more environmentally sustainable and more livable. We facilitate their transformation supported by differentiating innovation, technologies and dedicated employees. We are change agents, leading our partners around the world into the future.

 

Our greatest differentiator, though, is our employees who demonstrate a world-class ability to solve complex problems. That’s why we engage our people, educate and train them, develop their careers, and invest in their futures. We give them opportunities around the world to exercise and expand their skills and expertise. We reward innovation and collaboration that lead to the best solutions for our clients. As a company, We Make a Difference.

 

To most effectively serve our clients, Michael Baker International is organized into three distinct business units: Engineering & Consulting; Sallyport Global Holdings; and SC3, which are described below.

 

ENGINEERING, PLANNING AND CONSULTING

 

The Engineering, Planning and Consulting business unit encompasses the complete life-cycle of planning, environmental assessment, engineering design, construction management, and facilities maintenance for projects in more than 38 countries on five continents. We provide a full continuum of solutions for a broad range of markets, including highways, bridges, airports, rail and mass transit systems, domestic and overseas government and commercial facilities, water and wastewater infrastructure, energy infrastructure and urban planning and development.

 

Professional Services – As part of Engineering, Planning and Consulting, this business unit provides high-value, differentiated engineering and professional services around the globe, including specialized construction services, cost management support and engineering support.