Fw: TFN Employment Connections: September 7, 2005
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Transportation Futures Network Employment Connections
***TFN is back and pleased to announce the birth of the newest
transportation reform advocate, Madeleine Mae Ernst, born 05/10/05.***
This is the Transportation Futures Network Employment Connections. It is a
periodic compilation of job positions to match the right people with the
right jobs in areas broadly related to the transportation field. TO SUBMIT
AN EMPLOYMENT POSTING TO TFN, SEND AN EMAIL CONTAINING ONLY THE TEXT OF THE
POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT TO: mernst@...
Positions included in this issue:
*Multiple positions, FTA (Washington, DC)
*Multiple positions, WSDOT (Washington State)
*Transportation Program Associate, CFTE (Washington, DC)
*Assistant/Associate Planner, Fregonese Calthorpe Associates (Portland, OR)
*Program Coordinator, Mayor’s Institute on City Design (Washington, DC)
*Trails Information Coordinator, RTC (Washington, DC)
*Communications Development Director, Sustainable Long Island (Garden City,
*Volunteer Coordinator/Office Manager, TA (New York, NY)
*Researcher, Earth Policy Institute (Washington, DC)
*Executive Director, Transportation Riders United (Detroit, MI)
*Program Manager, Outreach Activities, AIA (Washington, DC)
*Research Analyst, Climate and Energy Program, SEI-B (Boston, MA)
*President/State Coordinator, California Operation Lifesaver (?, CA)
*Executive Director, WASHPIRG (Seattle, WA)
MULTIPLE POSITIONS, FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION
MULTIPLE POSITIONS, WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM ASSOCIATE, THE CENTER FOR TRANSPORTATION EXCELLENCE
The Center for Transportation Excellence (CFTE) - a Washington, DC-based
organization supporting transportation choice - seeks an energetic and
entrepreneurial professional to assist the Program Manager with projects of
the organization. The Center is managed by Advocacy Associates, a
Washington, DC consulting firm.
This individual will be responsible for a variety of operations of the
Center, including monitoring media reports and other sources for information
on local transit initiatives, responding to requests of local transit
advocates, reviewing media reports on transportation-related issues and
responding, developing materials for the website including responses to new
reports and templates, updating the site, drafting a newsletter for site
visitors, and identifying ongoing needs for research. The program associate
will also work with the Program Manager on administrative tasks such as
scheduling meetings, including Advisory Board meetings, making travel
arrangements, and assisting with day-to-day budget matters.
Qualified candidates will have a strong background in transportation policy
and program management with a degree in public administration, public
policy, political science, planning, transportation or relevant discipline.
Competitive candidates will be proficient in a variety of software programs,
including the Microsoft Office Suite, Dreamweaver and graphics programs such
as Quark. The candidate selected should be self-directed and a team player.
Strong writing skills are essential.
This is a full-time position with benefits. Salary is commensurate with
No Calls Please. Email or fax resume and cover letter to:
Transportation Projects Position
Center for Transportation Excellence
Fax -- (800) 883-0513
ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE PLANNER, FREGONESE CALTHORPE ASSOCIATES
Assistant/Associate Planning Position. Seeking a talented individual to join
small Urban and Regional Planning firm in Portland, Oregon. Work with a
variety of clients on residential and commercial projects around the United
States. Conduct preliminary land use and site development research; draft
recommendations and present reports to clients; meet and deal effectively
with governmental officials; use standardized word processing, spreadsheet,
GIS and graphics software.
The individual must be able to work in a fast paced environment and be
detail oriented. Must be able to complete projects in a timely manner, and
have exceptional customer service and written & oral communication skills.
This position will be filled at the Assistant or Associate level. Successful
candidates will have a BA/BS in an environmental, landscape architecture,
recreation, geography or urban planning field.
Salary and benefits DOE. Please fax or email resume to 503.525.0478 or
PROGRAM COORDINATOR, MAYOR’S INSTITUTE ON CITY DESIGN
The Mayors' Institute on City Design (MICD) is a program of the National
Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the American Architectural
Foundation and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Its mission is to transform
communities through design by preparing mayors to be the chief urban
designers of their cities.
Since 1986, the Mayors' Institute has endeavored to make design a priority
for our cities’ chief elected officials, training and encouraging mayors to
use design as a fundamental tool to influence the social well-being and
economic vitality of their cities. Each year, the Mayors’ Institute plans
and manages six to eight Institute sessions held throughout the country.
More than 625 mayors and hundreds of design experts have participated in
Each Institute brings together eight mayors, along with her or his most
critical city design challenge, with eight city design and development
experts in a single location for two and one half days of concentrated
discussion focused on finding design solutions to these real life projects.
Upcoming sessions are taking place in San Francisco, Charleston, the
University of Pennsylvania, Tulane University, the University of Illinois at
Chicago, and the University of California at Berkeley.
The Program Coordinator position is an employee of the American
Architectural Foundation reporting directly to the Director of the Mayors’
Institute on City Design. The MICD National Office is located in the U.S.
Conference of Mayors headquarters at 1620 Eye Street NW in Washington, DC.
Assist Director with production of pre-session briefing books, writing of
city design case studies, and participant preparations for Institutes
produced by the MICD National Office.
Plan and implement logistical arrangements for Institutes produced by the
MICD National Office. Coordinate invitations, lodging, meals, travel, local
transportation, equipment, supplies, and professional services.
Coordinate the production of Institute summaries and conduct post-Institute
correspondence with participants and alumni mayors.
Collaborate with the AAF Communications Department on the production of
newsletters, the writing of press releases, and the development of web site
Correspond with mayors, design professionals, and university partners.
Respond to requests for information.
Assist MICD Director with program administration and office management.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Master's or Bachelor Degree in Architecture, Urban Planning, Landscape
Architecture, or related discipline. Related professional experience in a
design firm, city government agency, or not-for-profit organization is
The position requires knowledge, passion, and appropriate education in a
broad range of disciplines related to the design and development of cities,
including planning, architecture, landscape architecture, and community
development. Skills and experience to collaborate with program partners to
organize national events with attention to detail, scheduling,
follow-through, and diplomacy in dealing with allied organizations,
consultants, design professionals, university partners, and mayors. Ability
to communicate effectively, manage multiple tasks, meet deadlines, and work
independently. Excellent writing skills required.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; however, the application
deadline is 5:00 EST on September 9, 2005. Interested candidates should
forward resumes and cover letters by email to: lnichols@...
or by mail to: The American Architectural Foundation. 1799 New York Avenue
NW. Washington, DC 20006.
TRAILS INFORMATION COORDINATOR, RAILS-TO-TRAILS CONSERVANCY (RTC)
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a national nonprofit organization dedicated
to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of
public trails, from former rail lines and connecting corridors.
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy advocates at local, state and national levels
for policies that support trails and greenways for transportation,
recreation, conservation and as an integral part of livable communities.
Founded in 1986, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s national office is located in
Washington, D.C., and we maintain field offices in California, Florida,
Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. RTC strongly supports
bicycling, walking and use of public transit for trip making. This is a new
position which is part of RTC’s national expansion effort.
This position is located in our national office in downtown Washington, DC,
three blocks from the White House, and is easily accessible to the Metro
red, orange, and blue lines.
The Trails Information Coordinator will be responsible for:
* Collection, input, and maintenance of information on trails, trail
projects, railroad abandonments and trail contacts in relational database
* Internal use, including:
* Tracking of trail project progress, national and regional statistics, and
* Research projects
* External use, including:
* TrailLink.com, RTC’s online trail directory
* RTC Guidebooks
* Media requests
* Input of trail information into a Geographic Information System (GIS)
database and subsequent creation of trail maps for internal and external use
* Coordinate with IT staff and outside consultants on database enhancements
and changes involving GIS and trail information
* Train staff in use of database software for capturing and manipulating
* Coordinate new on-line outreach and technical assistance services.
* Trail Planning: work with TrailDART – RTC’s trail planning team on
place-based projects throughout the country, including:
* Assist in community workshops, presentations, and trainings
* Research for RTC reports and feasibility studies
* Provide technical assistance to trail builders, managers and advocates
* Administration of the Early Warning System, including maintenance of rail
corridor abandonment data:
* Track railroad corridor abandonments
* Alert local communities of potential abandonments and trail opportunities,
provide technical assistance on acquisition of rail corridors.
* Assist with other RTC and Trail/Greenways related business as needed.
The successful candidate will:
* B.S. or B.A. degree from a college or university in transportation, urban
or land use planning, the environment, community development or a related
field plus a minimum of two years experience (nonprofit background a plus).
* Have excellent database management skills
* Have interest in non-motorized transportation planning and implementation
* Have strong GIS mapping skills
* Have excellent written and oral skills
* Have excellent interpersonal and leadership skills
* Knowledge of database reporting and SQL helpful
Salary is commensurate with experience. RTC offers the opportunity to work
in a high energy office in a great, transit-accessible location. RTC also
provides excellent health, dental, retirement and vacation benefits.
Mail, fax or email resume and cover letter detailing your interest in RTC
and your qualifications for the position ASAP, but no later than September
17, 2004 to (no phone calls please):
1100 Seventeenth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036 Fax: 202-466-3742
EOE – we are positively recruiting a diverse work force.
COMMUNICATIONS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR, SUSTAINABLE LONG ISLAND
Sustainable Long Island is a non-profit organization founded in November
1998. Our mission is to promote economic development, a healthy environment
and equity for all Long Islanders, now and in the generations to come.
Currently, we are pursuing our mission through program initiatives in Smart
Growth advocacy, community revitalization, Brownfields redevelopment, and
The Communications Development Director will be responsible for building the
support for Sustainable Long Island through communications and fundraising
activities. Job components include: seeking and establishing relationships
with donors, positioning Sustainable Long Island as a media source, and
writing newsletter articles, grants and brochures.
* A minimum of five years of development, print journalism or public
relations experience in a nonprofit organization, public relations agency or
media outlet, such as a magazine or a newspaper; experience implementing
public affairs, development and organizational branding campaigns and
strategic planning efforts. Experience in managing websites.
* Excellent writing, verbal and interpersonal skills. Experience in writing
grants, marketing materials, including brochures, newsletters and annual
* Ability to translate complex legal and land use concepts into accessible
language for talking points, donor reports, grant applications, marketing
materials and press materials.
* Ability to participate strategically in discussions of how to handle media
and development opportunities. Ability to develop story angles in a creative
manner, seize media opportunities, identify media trends, successfully pitch
and place stories, and organize and manage press conferences.
* Ability to work effectively with colleagues. Ability to juggle competing
priorities and deadlines while maintaining a professional demeanor and
commitment to quality control.
* A self-motivated and results-oriented individual. Awareness and
sensitivity to diverse racial/ethnic communities.
Access to a car is a must.
How to Apply:
Interested applicants should send a resume and cover letter (include salary
history) to Sarah Lansdale, Executive Director at sl@....
Sustainable Long Island is an equal opportunity employer.
VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR/OFFICE MANAGER, TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES
Transportation Alternatives (T.A.) needs someone to work with our Events and
Membership Director to serve as the volunteer coordinator and do some basic
office management. This is a fun and rewarding position that will provide
plenty of opportunity for innovation and creativity. T.A. is New York City’s
advocates for cyclists, pedestrians, car-free parks and sensible
transportation. For more information please visit http://www.transalt.org .
Summary of Position
The Volunteer Coordinator and Office Manager will be responsible for working
with the Events and Membership Director to strengthen our volunteer program
and expand our member recruitment. We are a member- and volunteer-supported
organization, so your work will be crucial to sustaining our advocacy work.
In addition, the Volunteer Coordinator and Office Manager will enjoy the
opportunity to develop our volunteer program to help support our advocacy
and development initiatives—including the NYC Century Bike Tour.
* Develop and manage volunteer program. Process all volunteers, run
bi-monthly Mailing Parties, expand volunteer corps for NYC Century Bike Tour
and Bike Month NYC.
* Assist Events and Membership Director with the production of materials for
events and membership program.
* Conduct outreach activities to spread the word about T.A. and the NYC
Century Bike Tour and to recruit new members and volunteers. Recruit
volunteers to assist with outreach.
* Handle all general phone and e-mail inquiries, direct emails and calls to
the appropriate staff member.
* Keep office stocked with all membership materials and general office
* Fervent desire to work for the improvement of bicycling, walking and
transit in New York City.
* Strong attention to detail, follow-through and ability to prioritize and
keep track of multiple projects at once.
* Experience working with databases (particularly ebase, Filemaker Pro) and
Microsoft Word and Excel desired but not necessary.
* Personable, enthusiastic, creative and independent.
* Leadership skills and an ability to work well with staff and the public.
Must be able and willing to work with all types of people.
* Ability to meet many deadlines.
* Flexible schedule. Willing to work longer hours during event season
(spring and summer).
How to Apply:
Send a one or two page cover letter describing why you are the person for
the job, along with your resume to:
Dani Simons, Events and Membership Director
127 W. 26th Street
New York, NY 10001
Hints: Your cover letter is crucial and phone calls/walk-ins are not
RESEARCHER, EARTH POLICY INSTITUTE
Earth Policy Institute is looking for an experienced researcher to help
analyze a broad range of environmental issues from an interdisciplinary
perspective. Responsibilities will include gathering information, compiling
data, and writing articles on the building of an eco-economy. A successful
candidate will have a degree in the natural sciences or related discipline,
knowledge of global environmental issues, and excellent research ability.
Strong writing and analytical skills, computer proficiency, and an exemplary
academic record also are important qualifications.
Earth Policy Institute strives to provide interdisciplinary analysis and
information to policymakers and the public through its print and on-line
publications and the media. Areas researched include food and agriculture,
biological diversity, transportation and urban planning, climate and energy,
fisheries and forestry, population, and economic policies. Additional
information on Earth Policy Institute’s activities and publications is
available at www.earth-policy.org.
Experience writing about environmental issues for a general audience is a
How to Apply:
If interested, please mail or email a cover letter, resume, short writing
sample (no more than 4 pages please, can be an excerpt), and names and
contact information of three references to:
Earth Policy Institute
1350 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 403
Washington, DC 20036
Please identify in Subject line with “Staff Researcher position”.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to high level of
interest you will be contacted ONLY if selected for an interview. Earth
Policy Institute is an equal opportunity employer.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TRANSPORTATION RIDERS UNITED, INC. (TRU)
A small but powerful member-based 501(c)(3) transit activist group in
Greater Detroit is seeking a full-time executive director to lead us to the
next level of internal organization and funding. Transportation Riders
United, Inc (TRU) works to educate the public and officials about transit
benefits, promote discourse on transportation issues at the state and local
levels, improve existing bus service, and promote alternatives to highway
projects which unnecessarily drain regional resources. We have received
start-up funding from foundations since 2001, have successfully completed
our initial audit, and are ready to grow our grass-roots membership and
fundraising efforts to implement major projects. We have a diversified and
dedicated Board and leadership team who have tirelessly led us through
several noted accomplishments and need a full-time person in our Detroit
office to effectively administer and direct the organization's efforts for
* Be responsible for leading and managing the organization's overall
developments to increase its annual budget.
* Develop and administer a comprehensive fundraising plan, which integrates
individual, corporate and foundation giving.
* Collaborate with our committees involved with grass* roots activities to
increase fundraising opportunities.
* Cultivate and secure all corporate, major donor, planned giving and
foundation gifts. This will include some travel, and collaborating with
* Execute and administer the policies of the Board and maintain a close
* Manage the day* to* day financial integrity of the organization through
budget development and administration.
* Manage and administer the member recruitment and services activities
including database and website administration, mailings, and event
* Manage and administer all corporate reporting to regulators and funders.
* Recruit and train volunteer office assistants and interns as needed.
* A dedication to TRU's Mission.
* At least 5 years' hands* on experience in non* profit fundraising with an
emphasis on major donor and corporate sponsorships and donor cultivation.
* Demonstrated ability to market a program and then 'close the deal'
* At least 2 years management experience in a technical or project field,
with demonstrated hands* on office systems proficiency with Microsoft
* Demonstrated ability to set goals and meet them.
* Strong writing and verbal communication skills; attentive to details,
spelling and syntax.
* Self* starter able to manage own time, meet deadlines and deliver.
* Willing and able to work and be directed with humility and harmony in a
culturally* diverse environment.
* Positive 'can* do' attitude.
* Willing and able to travel (most travel in southeast Michigan).
How to Apply:
Please email your resume and a cover letter with your compensation
requirements to: Lawrence Hands at lmhands@....
PROGRAM MANAGER, OUTREACH, AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS
This position provides professional support to the Managing Director and
Director by assisting in achieving the goals of AIA Community Design;
fostering leadership opportunities for AIA members, AIA local components and
the public at large; and developing and providing resources, partnerships
and guidance in the arena of livable communities. The incumbent focuses on
outreach, communication, and program delivery to all audiences. The Program
Manager will report directly to the Managing Director.
* Serves as a primary link between the Center and all AIA components;
communicates and coordinates Center activities with local AIA components and
monitors local component activities related to the mission of the Center,
aligning outreach with efforts of two other key AIA national component teams
(Component Relations and Marketing/Promotion).
* Responds to information requests from AIA members, AIA components, and the
general public on Center activities and issues.
* Assists in developing and disseminating programs, projects and resources
to members and components on assigned issue areas reflecting AIA National
Component priorities and policies.
* Assists in developing AIA Center for Communities by Design marketing
plans, communications, and program delivery systems; work with AIA Public
Advocacy to integrate the AIA brand throughout all Center activities and
promote media coverage at the national and component levels.
* May provide support to AIA Government Advocacy via coordinating
established relationships with elected and appointed officials, community
leaders, public and private institutions and others to strengthen advocacy
at the national, state and local levels for all aspects of communities by
design issues as they develop.
* Provides requested staff support for the Livable Communities Committee,
the Regional/Urban Design Assistance Teams, Disaster Assistance Teams, the
R/UDAT Task Group, and other focus groups that may involve group meetings,
comprehensive planning, budget, calendar, materials, communications,
staffing for national and regional conferences, workshops, meetings, and
* Provides support to programs coordinated between Communities by Design and
the American Architectural Foundation, the Mayor’s Institute on City Design,
and other Center partners.
* Provides input to program content development, strategic planning, and
budgeting as requested.
* Other members of the AIA staff
* Members of CACE and component leaders
* Elected and appointed officials
* Community leaders
* Related professional organizations and associations
* R/UDAT Task Group members
* Communities by Design Committee
* Disaster Assistance Teams
* Mayor’s Institute on City Design
Managing Director, Communities by Design
KSAs and Training and Experience:
Demonstrated experience writing marketing materials, reports, manuals,
articles and correspondence. Demonstrated experience analyzing complex
subjects quickly, researching and providing logical presentations both
orally and in writing to a wide range of audiences. Ability to package and
coordinate multiple products and services and present them in a cohesive
whole. Experience managing multiple priorities and responsibilities
independently. Flexibility and high energy are a must. Experience working
independently and using initiative and independent judgment to complete
complex projects on or before deadlines. Superior organizational skills,
skill in identifying and developing opportunities for outreach to
underrepresented groups and the ability to multi-task and manage multiple
duties simultaneously. Strong writing skills and demonstrated ability to
communicate effectively with diverse audiences. An understanding of urban
and regional planning, multimodal transportation, and natural resource
issues is preferred Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point,
Outlook and knowledge of Internet research methods.
Four-year degree in Marketing/Communications, Planning, Urban Design,
Architecture or related field desired; master’s degree is highly desirable.
How to Apply:
Please forward resume and cover letter to the attention of Human Resources
via email at aiajobs@.... Please reference job title and job number
FB05-23 in the subject line.
RESEARCH ANALYST, CLIMATE AND ENERGY PROGRAM, STOCKHOLM ENVIRONMENT
The Boston Center of the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI-B) at Tellus
Instititute in Boston is seeking an exceptional candidate to work as a
research analyst on SEI’s integrated energy and environmental planning
system, LEAP. LEAP, the Long range Energy Alternatives Planning system, is
an advanced software tool designed, disseminated and supported by SEI and
used by hundreds of governments, academics and non-profit organizations
around the world. LEAP is used for a wide range of applications including
climate change mitigation studies, integrated resource planning and
long-range sustainable futures studies. For more information on LEAP visit:
Duties will include (but not be limited to):
* Applying LEAP and other tools in studies and (eventually) conducting
international LEAP training workshops.
* Providing technical support to LEAP users.
* Managing, developing and maintaining the LEAP web site.
* Preparing documentation and training materials.
* Meeting preparation and support.
* Report writing and proposal development.
* Work on other SEI projects such as greenhouse gas mitigation and hydrogen
transition analysis using the National Energy Modeling System and other
The successful candidate should have:
* A master’s degree in a field related to energy and environmental analysis,
and two or more years of work experience in a relevant field.
* Exceptional quantitative skills including familiarity with spreadsheets
and statistical analysis techniques.
* Strong writing skills.
* A commitment to and interest in the principles of sustainable development.
* Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
* Ability to effectively and creatively work in a multi-disciplinary
* Web site development skills including a working knowledge of HTML and ASP.
* Willingness to work in developing countries (including the Arab States) as
well as the USA.
* Software development skills are not required but would also be desirable.
* A working knowledge of a second language (Spanish or French) is desirable.
How to Apply:
SEI-B is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities and women are
particularly encouraged to apply. Salary will be commensurate with
experience. Tellus offers a full package of benefits. Interested candidates
should respond with a cover letter, resume, three brief writing samples,
college transcripts, and names and contact information of three references
Stockholm Environment Institute-Boston Center
Attn: Research Analyst Position: Climate and Energy Programme
11 Arlington Street.
Boston, MA 02116
The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) is an independent, international
research institute specializing in sustainable development issues. SEI works
at local, national, regional and global policy levels. The SEI research
programmes aim to clarify the requirements, strategies and policies for a
transition to sustainability. The Boston Center of the Stockholm Environment
Institute is hosted by Tellus Institute, a not-for-profit research and
policy organization working on issues of sustainable development. With
headquarters in Sweden, SEI also has centers in Bangkok (Thailand), Oxford
and York (UK) and Tallinn (Estonia).
For more information on SEI and SEI-Boston, visit: http://www.seib.org
PRESIDENT/STATE COORDINATOR, CALIFORNIA OPERATION LIFESAVER
The President/State Coordinator is the chief administrative representative
and spokes-person of California Operation Lifesaver. This position reports
to the Board of Directors of California Operation Lifesaver through the
Executive Committee. The duties of the President/State Coordinator include
but are not restricted to the following:
The performance of all day to day operations of the Corporation, including
all correspondence. Manages the Corporation finances and formulates the
annual budget. Solicits funds for operation and special projects from our
corporate partners and pursues new funding through contributions, grants,
gifts or other sources. Presents at any regular or special board meeting
such reports and recommendations as necessary or might be required by the
Board of Directors or the Executive Committee. Issues all notices for
regular and special board meetings. Appoints and supervises the Regional
Coordinators as well as other staff needed to meet the goals of the
Corporation. Maintains a roster of Members of the Corporation and the
presenter database. Maintains a database for presentations made and other
information to help guide the Corporation in meeting its purpose and goals.
* Must possess leadership qualities.
* Must be a person with strong “people” skills.
* Must have excellent administrative and organizational skills.
* Must be a “self-starter” and be able to work independently.
* Must be familiar with railroad, light rail, transit, law enforcement or
related transportation processes.
* Desired additional qualifications:
* To have excellent computer skills.
* To have public speaking experience.
* To be able to work with the Media.
* To have team building and motivational skills.
How to Apply:
650 W. Davis Road
Salt Lake City, UT 84119
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, WASHPIRG
For 30 years, WashPIRG has been a tireless advocate for the public interest
in Washington state. Our mission is simple: deliver persistent,
result-oriented public interest activism that protects our environment,
encourages a fair, sustainable economy, and fosters responsive, democracy,
government. Whenever consumers are cheated, our natural environment is
threatened, or the voices of ordinary citizens are drowned out by special
interest lobbyists, WashPIRG speaks up and takes action, using the
time-tested tools of investigative research, media exposes, grassroots
organizing, advocacy and litigation.
WashPIRG’s history is rooted in developing practical solutions to some of
the state’s most pressing problems. In recent years we’ve helped stop the US
Department of Energy from shipping nuclear waste to their Hanford site,
enacted on the nation’s strongest bans of consumer products containing the
deadly neurotoxin mercury, restricted the use of consumer credit reports in
determining insurance policies, passed one of the country’s strongest
pipeline safety standards, and put through stronger protections to help
consumers correct credit report errors. We’ve also broken new ground on
seemingly major policy issues, passing for instance, the first-ever state
program to eliminate discharges of some of the most deadly toxic chemicals.
In 2005, WashPIRG is working to get the state to adopt California’s clean
cars standard, increase funding for public transit, raise energy efficiency
for major appliances, phase out the use of toxic PDBE chemicals, and allow
consumers to freeze their credit reports to protect against rampant identity
WashPIRG currently has 4 program and field staff, organizers at the
University of Washington and The Evergreen State College, the largest
door-to-door canvass operation in the state, and a membership of
approximately 20,000 Washington citizens.
The WashPIRG Executive Director will oversee the day-to-day operations and
the long-range program and financial planning for the one of the oldest and
largest public interest groups in Washington. Specific responsibilities will
* Hiring, training, and managing staff.
* Working with staff to create plans to win our public interest campaigns;
strategizing how to gain political support for our agenda through
coalition-building, grassroots organizing, media publicity, endorsements and
message development; and identifying new program areas.
* Lobbying officials on environmental and consumer protection policies.
* Developing and implementing fundraising plans, including building and
maintaining relationships with foundations and major donors and identifying
new funding sources.
* Working with bookkeeper and accountant to ensure all fiscal
responsibilities of organization are met.
* Developing and maintaining annual operating budget.
* Representing WashPIRG with coalition partners, legislators, policy makers,
and the media.
The Executive Director will also work with PIRG staff across the country,
including issue teams of state and federal-level policy staff across the
nation, and more specialized projects including an in-house think tank, an
environmental litigation team, a corporate campaign center, shareholder
advocacy experts, political messaging staff, campus organizing team, and
national celebrity- and media organizers. Moreover, the Executive Director
will receive support from PIRG organizational building departments,
including our legal, financial, grantseeking, citizen outreach fundraising,
direct mail fundraising, internet organizing, and membership services
departments, as well as other experts in non-profit operations.
Salary & Benefits
Salary for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional
experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. A competitive
benefits package includes health care coverage, educational loan assistance,
a retirement plan, and paid vacation and sick days. Opportunities for
advancement, travel, and additional training are available.
We're looking for a goal-driven and results-oriented individual with passion
and persistence who is committed to the public interest, someone with
leadership skills and initiative, and the verbal and written skills
necessary to make the case that protecting the environment must be a top
priority. Candidates should have 8 or more years of relevant professional
experience, post-college, including (but not limited to) work in political,
policy, legal, journalistic or government settings. Advanced degrees,
including a JD or masters in related fields, may count toward a candidate's
How to Apply:
Please email a cover letter and resume to careers@....