TFN Employment Connections: March 29, 2007
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Transportation Futures Network Employment Connections
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
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Positions included in this issue:
*Executive Director, STPP (Washington, DC)
*Research Manager, STPP (Washington, DC)
*Policy Director, Smart Growth America (Washington, DC)
*California Smart Growth/Location Efficiency Advocate, NRDC (San Francisco,
*Summer College Internships, MTC (Oakland, CA)
*Executive Director, WalkSanDiego (San Diego, CA)
*Transportation Planner, SF County Transportation Authority (San Francisco,
*Project Coordinator, SSBX (Bronx, NY)
*Multiple positions, FTA (Washington, DC)
*Multiple positions, WSDOT (Washington State)
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SURFACE TRANSPORTATION POLICY PROJECT
STPP seeks to fill a new position of executive director to lead the next
phase in the evolution of transportation reform policy. The
responsibilities are to:
* Motivate the organization’s leaders, members and staff to accomplish this
* Develop a strategy and a revenue plan to support its execution
* Continue providing partners with better tools and knowledge to pursue
policy and investment changes at the state and regional levels
* Build and expand a coalition and network structure throughout the US
* Secure adequate staffing and consultation to provide necessary support
* Monitor and translate external affairs and influences into communications
that a coalition structure can use to frame new opportunities for public
policy at the federal, state and local levels
* Monitor and make use of the collective assets of the organizations leaders
* Assure that the organization complies with all applicable laws and
* Pay attention to personal development and workplace quality.
Qualifications—we seek applicants with the following qualifications
* 15 or more years experience in similar positions
* Education background in transportation or urban policy and planning, or
related fields such as environmental policy and economic development
* Proven ability to conceptualize and execute organizational strategy
* Familiarity with the policy development process
* Ability to assemble diverse interests into a working whole
* Excellent leadership and communications skills, and
* A passion for positive social change and excellence in its achievement
We anticipate hiring by the Spring of 2007. This is a position of national
prominence, and salary will be commensurate with experience and ability.
Please direct inquiries or applications to newjobs@... :
RESEARCH MANAGER, SURFACE TRANSPORTATION POLICY PROJECT
STPP seeks a fulltime research manager to lead STPP’s research program for
the next phase in the evolution of transportation reform policy. The
responsibilities are to:
* Envision, plan, manage, and conduct research and analytical projects that
address STPP’s transportation reform mission and advance program objectives
* Build a network of progressive research and advocacy organizations and
individuals to support STPP’s reform agenda
* Lead a coalition research team composed of partner staff and key
* Support partners with better knowledge to pursue policy and investment
changes at the state and regional levels
* Help to coordinate technical assistance to national, state and regional
* Direct and organize research activities to ensure projects progress on
schedule and within budget
* Work with other STPP staff to identify, develop, and market proposals for
new project opportunities and funding
* Represent STPP in research, advocacy, policy, media, and fundraising
* Present research results to external audiences
* Maintain and enhance STPP’s research reputation
Qualifications—we seek applicants with the following qualifications:
* 7 or more years experience in similar positions
* Strong research skills and analytical capabilities
* Exemplary writing and verbal communication skills
* Demonstrated ability to organize and work in partnership teams with other
* Time management and organizational skills to balance multiple projects,
* Ability to prepare proposals, scopes of work, research designs for
clients, partners, and funders
* Experience in managing complex research projects and staff
* Experience in transportation or urban policy and planning, or related
fields such as environmental policy and economic development
* A passion for positive social change and excellence in its achievement
We anticipate hiring by the Summer of 2007. This is a position of national
prominence, and salary will be commensurate with experience and ability.
Please send statements of interest and resume's with recent salary history
POLICY DIRECTOR, SMART GROWTH AMERICA
Smart Growth America (SGA) is searching for a Policy Director. SGA is a
nationwide coalition of roughly 100 organizations promoting a better way to
grow: one that protects farmland and open space, revitalizes neighborhoods,
keeps housing affordable, and provides more transportation choices. For more
information about our work, see our web site at www.smartgrowthamerica.org.
Applicants are encouraged to submit résumés, short writing samples, and
The Policy Director will be responsible for leading and coordinating SGA’s
policy advocacy work, especially at the state, regional, and local levels.
He or she will work closely with SGA’s state and regional coalition members
to promote a wide range of smart growth policies. He or she will also work
with federal policy staff, coalition members, and advisors to advance smart
The Policy Director will take on a number of initiatives in the short-term,
including leading SGA’s efforts on state and local policy advocacy,
coalition building, and our new initiative on weak market cities. He or she
will also be responsible for the integration of our federal, state, and
local activities to ensure that coalition members are assisting at all
levels of decision making. For example, the Policy Director will ensure that
grassroots groups are informed of and involved in federal policy activities.
Similarly, he or she will work with national organizations to ensure that
their field efforts are helpful to state and regional groups.
The ideal candidate will have:
* At least five years of state-level policy experience, such as legislative
staff, agency, non-profit advocacy, and political campaigns. Local and
federal policy experience would also be beneficial.
* Significant knowledge of state laws relating to smart growth, community
development, housing, transportation, the environment, New Urbanism, and
other related issues. Knowledge of federal laws and local best practices
would also be a plus.
* A thorough understanding of the legislative process, including experience
crafting legislative proposals and getting them enacted.
* Demonstrated ability to work with diverse coalitions to build consensus
around policies that advance smart growth.
* Excellent oral and written communications skills, diligence, and
* Leadership skills, people skills, and a strong desire to work in teams.
* At least two years of experience managing staff.
The Policy Director will report directly to the Executive Director and will
work closely with SGA’s staff, coalition members, and other partners. He or
she would be responsible for forming a state and local policy advisory
committee to help achieve SGA’s goals.
Commensurate with qualifications, and competitive with positions in similar
Washington, DC-based non-profit organizations. Excellent benefits.
This position will be open till the right candidate is hired, hopefully by
How to Apply
Smart Growth America strongly encourages people of color to apply for this
job. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national
origin, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. Please send a résumé,
writing sample and references to:
Smart Growth America
1707 L Street, NW Suite 1050
Washington, D.C. 20036
Fax: 202.207.3355 ext. 10
CALIFORNIA SMART GROWTH/LOCATION EFFICIENCY ADVOCATE, NATURAL RESOURCES
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit national
environmental advocacy organization with more than 1.2 million members and
online activists. We have offices in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago,
San Francisco, Los Angeles and Beijing. Our staff of 275 includes attorneys,
scientists, policy analysts and educators working to protect the environment
and public health through advocacy and education.
The Energy Program focuses on curbing global warming by advancing
sustainable energy solutions such as energy efficiency, location efficiency,
renewable energy, cleaner vehicles, and renewable fuels. The California
Smart Growth/Location Efficiency Advocate will be an integral part of the
Energy Program’s team advocating effective policies to implement
California’s package of landmark bills to curb global warming, including the
Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), in a manner that cuts
emissions while providing economic and environmental benefits to California.
This position represents a challenging, collaborative, entrepreneurial, and
enjoyable opportunity for the right person.
* Work with key stakeholders including business, transportation,
conservation, environmental justice, and consumer and low-income advocate
* Represent NRDC in public including before state regulatory proceedings,
regional planning forums, and the state Legislature.
* Focus on the development and implementation of public policies and changes
in private sector decision-making processes that encourage location
efficient development. Location efficiency is maximized when residential
neighborhoods are compact and well served by mass transit; mixed use
development and pedestrian/bicycle friendliness, and centrality to regional
attractions also enhance location efficiency. These attributes improve
profitability for developers and the real estate industry; they also cut
traffic congestion and reduce consumer costs. Yet a complex array of
barriers, some regulatory, some based on past practice, some political,
thwart beneficial development.
* Identification of barriers and disincentives, working collaboratively with
stakeholders, and developing and implementing affirmative solutions. Some of
these include the Location Efficient Mortgage™ and the improvement of
transportation planning models such that they account for location
* Developing other concrete policy proposals and working with other NRDC
staff to develop policy agreements in the private sector and with public
interest advocates and state government to implement changes to growth
patterns that reduce VMT (vehicles miles traveled) and greenhouse gas
Skills and Expertise Requirements:
This position benefits from extremely multi-disciplinary educational and
practical experience. While no candidate may possess all of the skills and
background listed, the following skills are particularly important:
* Graduate or professional degree in a related discipline such as City and
Regional Planning, transportation planning, energy, law, public policy,
business, real estate, finance, economics, science, or engineering.
* At least two years of relevant work experience.
* Knowledge of California’s transportation sector, and how both highway and
transit projects are planned, evaluated, and funded.
* Familiarity with transportation planning models; how they are constructed
and how they are used.
* Knowledge of the real estate development industry and how projects are
permitted, how their impacts are evaluated, how they are able to obtain
approvals both formally and through the political process.
* Knowledge of the lending industry and how homes, apartments, and real
estate development projects are financed.
* Persuasive oral and written advocacy skills.
* Demonstrated ability to build coalitions much broader than the traditional
environmental community; in particular, ability to work cooperatively with
businesses individually and through business organizations.
* Strong analytical skills required; ability to perform technical and
quantitative analyses is preferred.
We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a pleasant working
environment and are committed to workplace diversity. Salary is based on a
nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience. Applicants should send a
resume, writing sample, and cover letter with salary requirements to
HR_SF@... with subject: Smart Growth. No phone calls or faxes. Please
reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
SUMMER COLLEGE INTERNSHIPS, METROPOLITAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) provides transportation
planning for the San Francisco Bay Area. MTC administers federal, state &
regional funds, overseeing efficiency of the region’s transportation system.
The following internships are available for summer 2007:
• Library Intern
• SAFE Data Analysis/Program Evaluation Intern
• Pavement Coordinator Intern
• Transit Statistical Summary Intern
• High School Internship Coordinator
• TransLink® Intern
• Geographic Information Systems Intern • TLC Program Analyst Intern
The internships are available to students currently enrolled at least
halftime in any undergraduate or graduate-level curriculum or who have
graduated within the last six (6) months. The salary for undergraduate
students is $14.50 and $18.75 for graduate students.
For further info on the internships and an MTC application, please see our
web site at www.mtc.ca.gov, or call our Job Hotline, at (510) 817-5818.
Applicants must submit an MTC application, and a current resume for each
internship they are considering.
Application deadline is 4:00 p.m., April 9, 2007. (Late applications and
faxed/emailed applications will not be accepted).
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, WALKSANDIEGO
WalkSanDiego, a regional, grassroots pedestrian advocacy organization seeks
qualified candidates for the full-time position of Executive Director.
WalkSanDiego is a highly regarded organization actively sought out by health
funders to bring our walkability message and improvement model to more
neighborhoods. Through training, advocacy, and work with local governments,
schools, developers, and the San Diego Association of Governments,
WalkSanDiego is working to reclaim streets for pedestrians through policy
reforms, accessible and inviting streetscapes, and traffic calming measures.
A complete job description, job application, and more information on the
organization's activities are available at www.walksandiego.org. Submit
application electronically to calmtraffic@..., by 4pm Pacific
Time, April 30, 2007. No resumes accepted.
TRANSPORTATION PLANNER – PROGRAMMING & LEGISLATION, SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY
Transportation Planner (TP) position in a very dynamic, progressive and
professional public agency. Under direction of the Chief Deputy Director,
the TP reviews and develops recommendations for sales tax funding requests
and amendments; assists with long-range Strategic Plan updates; acts as lead
for all day-to-day aspects of administration of the local Transportation
Fund for Clean Air (TFCA)program; develops programming recommendations for
state and federal fund sources; assists with development of the long-range
Countywide Transportation Plan and periodically with planning, policy, and
legislative studies; performs project delivery oversight such as helping
sponsors meet timely use of funds requirements; and responds to inquiries
from the public and other agencies about funding opportunities. Education:
Requires completion of a graduate degree in an appropriate discipline such
as transportation planning or civil engineering and one year of experience
in transportation planning, programming or funding allocation. Salary as
noted below is effectively higher since employer contributes to PERS
retirement plan in lieu of social security. See website posting for further
details on required and preferred skills and experience, benefits, etc.
Salary: $60,225 – $84,320; see note above
Contact: Maria Lombardo
Address: 100 Van Ness Avenue, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
PROJECT COORDINATOR, SUSTAINABLE SOUTH BRONX WATERSHED ALLIANCE
Sustainable South Bronx is a community organization dedicated to
implementing sustainable environmental and economic development projects
that are informed by the needs of the community and the values of
Project Coordinator will direct and administer the Sheridan Expressway
Campaign for the Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance*, a coalition of
community organizations and technical assistance providers whose mission is
to force the NYS DOT to implement the Community Plan through the EIS
process, which includes decommissioning the Sheridan Expressway, an
underutilized 1.25 highway and coordinate and manage SSB’s participation in
implementing the South Bronx Greenway (SBG), an overarching community led
plan for a bicycle/pedestrian greenway along the South Bronx waterfront
which will provide much needed open space, waterfront access and
opportunities for mixed used economic development within the South Bronx and
the Active Living by Design Campaign (ALbD), a partnership of health care
providers and other community stakeholders which will help residents and
workers to integrate activity into their daily lives. The Coordinator will
devote 60% of their time to the Sheridan campaign, and 40% to SBG and ALbD.
* Coordinate the Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance’s Sheridan
Expressway Campaign, including tasks below:
* Coordinate monthly meetings with SBRWA staff members
* Conduct/coordinate outreach to community member and organizations,
business sectors and interests, elected officials and other key parties
about the campaign
* Build community support in preparation for the EIS hearing
* Manage website updates
* Generate and create distribution plan for educational/promotional
materials about the Sheridan campaign
* Work with the SBRWA members to develop and implement a press strategy
* Seek out continued funding for the work of the SBRWA and the Sheridan
* Represent the SBRWA in official and unofficial settings
Manage the South Bronx Greenway and Active Living by Design Campaign
Projects, including tasks below:
* Represent SSB on both projects with agency, community and all other
partners and/or associates
* Maintain and nurture current, and identify new external relationships
relevant to the growth and development of projects.
* Coordinate projects with other SSB staff to determine and take advantage
of potential opportunities for collaboration
* Work with the city to create a detailed maintenance plan for the SBG that
will create jobs for South Bronx Residents
* Help identify funding sources for project support and develop fundraising
& development strategies and manage project budget.
* Write proposals for future project support and assist in developing and
producing narrative and financial reports.
* Work to close out all reporting for the ALbD program
* Continue to work on the Social Marketing Campaign
* Continue to collaborate with community partners to help lead a series of
events promote healthy lifestyles.
Education and Experience
* 4 year undergraduate degree, advanced degree desirable. Appropriate life
experience also accepted.
* At least 2 (preferably more) years work experience in community
organizing, community planning, or environmental justice experience;
volunteer experience will also be considered
* Demonstrated writing and analytical skills
* Computer proficiency
* Spanish speaking desirable
* Excellent communications skills, both oral and written
* Commitment to accuracy and attention to detail
* Ability to interact with a broad range of constituents
* Ability to access and interface with a wide range of sources and networks
* Ability to multi-task
* Good judgment and ability to function independently, but not afraid to ask
questions or ask for support
* Experience working with African-American and/or Latino communities a
* Good sense of humor
SSB is an EOE; women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please send resume and cover letter to the Project Coordinator Search
Committee, c/o Sustainable South Bronx, 890 Garrison Avenue, 4th Floor, The
Bronx, NY 10474 or ssbinfo@....
* The Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance members: Mothers on the Move,
The Point CDC, Sustainable South Bronx, Youth Ministries for Peace and
Justice, Tri-State Transportation Campaign and the Pratt Center for
Community and Environmental Development
MULTIPLE POSITIONS, FEDERAL TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION
MULTIPLE POSITIONS, WASHINGTON STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION