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    ... Date: Fri, 2 Apr 2004 13:31:02 -0500 From: Michelle Ernst Subject: TFN Employment Connections: April 2, 2004 Transportation Futures
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      Date: Fri, 2 Apr 2004 13:31:02 -0500
      From: Michelle Ernst <mernst@...>
      Subject: TFN Employment Connections: April 2, 2004

      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
      AN EMPLOYMENT POSTING TO TFN, SEND AN EMAIL CONTAINING ONLY THE TEXT OF
      THE
      POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT TO: mernst@...

      Positions included in this issue:
      *Executive Director, Transportation for a Livable City (San Francisco, CA)
      *Vice President of Trail Building, RTC (Washington, DC)
      *Smart Growth Project Director, Community Ventures (Takoma Park, MD)
      *Development/Program Associate, Sustainable Long Island (Huntington, NY)
      *Community Engagement Manager, Friends of the High Line (New York, NY)
      *Automotive Analyst, Environmental Defense (Washington, DC)
      *Assistant/Associate Professor, UNLV Transportation Research Center (Las
      Vegas, NV)
      *GIS/Cartography Specialist, NY-NJ Trails Conference (Mahwah, NJ)
      *Transportation Planning Internship, MWCOG (Washington, DC)
      *Research Project Internships, STPP (Washington, DC)
      *Communications Manager, USAction (Washington, DC)
      *Recent FTA Postings


      THE TFN MISSION

      The purpose of the Transportation Futures Network is to cultivate
      progressive leadership in the transportation field. Members believe that
      sensible transportation decisions are an essential ingredient of viable
      communities and therefore should support environmental quality, social
      equity, community development and economic efficiency. To help our members
      pursue these goals, the Network provides a forum for problem-solving,
      debate, professional development and collaboration on local and national
      transportation activities.

      "Transportation is about making connections, and so are we."

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      EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TRANSPORTATION FOR A LIVABLE CITY

      Transportation for a Livable City is seeking a new Executive Director to
      lead the organization into its next phase. TLC's Executive Director is
      responsible for all aspects of this two-year old grassroots nonprofit
      organization. Our mission is to create more livable neighborhoods, where
      walking, bicycling, and transit are the best choices for most trips, and
      where housing is more plentiful and affordable. TLC¹s advocacy is
      currently
      focused in three areas: ensuring equitable transportation funding,
      changing
      parking policy to promote reduced car dependence and more affordable
      housing, and promoting the vision of stronger neighborhoods with less
      traffic and more transportation choices.

      TLC was instrumental in the development of the local transportation sales
      tax that passed in November 2003 with 75% of the vote. TLC most recently
      negotiated effectively to reduce the impact of a new parking garage that
      threatened to delay hundreds of buses on Mission Street. TLC publishes a
      quarterly tabloid called the Livable City Journal that promotes
      understanding of transportation and land use issues.

      Responsibilities of the Executive Director include:
      * planning, developing, and running policy campaigns;
      * leading the Board in developing a strategic plan to implement TLC's
      mission and vision;
      * oversight of TLC's Policy Director, and numerous contractors and
      volunteers;
      * fundraising through foundation grant-writing and individual donors to
      meet
      the budget and expand the organization;
      * financial management to ensure long-term stability and transparency;
      * representation of TLC to the general public, policy makers, and media;
      * coordinating with allied organizations to build strong coalitions on
      issues of shared interest;
      * recruiting, with the Board President, a strong and active Board of
      Directors which is broadly representative of TLC's constituency.

      The winning candidate will excel at articulating TLC's vision for San
      Francisco: a city where driving is a choice, not a necessity; and where
      reduced car dependence provides a higher quality of life more affordably
      for
      more people. TLC's Executive Director will exhibit the ability to
      influence
      policy outcomes in a politically charged atmosphere with elected officials
      and government administrators. He or she will have knowledge in the best
      practices of urban planning, particularly transportation and land use
      issues, as well as a knowledge of the local political environment. The
      ideal
      candidate will have experience managing an organization or a major
      project,
      including staff oversight, fundraising, and administration.

      Salary range: $45,000-$55,000, depending on experience, plus health
      insurance and vacation benefits.

      Applications are being accepted immediately. Women and people of color
      especially encouraged to apply. Please send a cover letter and resume to
      Dave Snyder at dave@... or TLC Execuitve Director Search, 1095
      Market Street #402, San Francisco, CA 94103. For more information, view
      our
      website at www.livablecity.org <www.livablecity.org> .

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      VICE PRESIDENT OF TRAIL BUILDING, RAILS-TO-TRAILS CONSERVANCY

      Summary: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), a leading national trails
      organization promoting the development of trails and greenways throughout
      America, seeks a highly qualified individual to serve as Vice President of
      Trail Building. This position will have lead responsibility for RTC
      activities related to the provision of technical assistance, development
      of
      marketing and fundraising strategies to support trail building and the
      day-to-day operation of RTC field offices. This position is part of RTC's
      Executive staff and responsibilities will be revised to reflect any
      changes
      in RTC's business plan and budget.

      Reports to: The President

      Job Location: This position is located in our national office in downtown
      Washington, DC

      Job Responsibilities: The Vice President of Trail Building will be
      responsible for:
      * Working with each field office to develop objectives and establish
      performance benchmarks to support the business plan
      * Strategically manage resources to improve and expand RTC's field
      presence.
      Work with field directors and national development team to establish new
      fundraising initiatives supporting RTC's trail building work. Specifically
      assist in identifying and cultivating potential funding sources,
      developing
      proposals and nurturing ongoing relationships with current funders.
      * Representing the field on the RTC executive staff
      * Working in partnership with the Senior Vice President of Programs to
      coordinate the policy and trail building activities of the Program
      Department.
      * Staffing the Board task force on field operations
      * Overseeing the work of the Trails and Greenways Clearinghouse, the
      Trails
      and Greenways Program, and Trail DART
      * Managing RTC's Conservancy program and leading the conservancy team
      * Coordinating RTC representation in geographic locations without field
      offices
      * Overseeing the field director's management functions including: creation
      and implementation of long-term development strategies, oversight of
      operational activities, approval of expenditures, personnel management,
      budget development, contract and grant management, review of
      communications
      materials, and event management.
      * It is estimated that the successful candidate will spend approximately
      40
      percent of his/her time on fundraising; 40 percent technical assistance
      related activities; and 20 percent on management and administration.
      * Other duties as assigned.

      Supervisory Responsibilities: The position is responsible for managing all
      Field Directors, Director of Trail Development, and the Trails and
      Greenways
      Clearinghouse Manager

      Additional Qualifications:
      The successful candidate will:
      * have a minimum of five years experience as a manager in a non-profit
      organization (environmental background a plus)
      * have experience developing and managing budgets
      * have demonstrated experience in raising revenue
      * have experience hiring, training and managing staff
      * have excellent written and oral skills
      * have excellent interpersonal and leadership skills
      * be available for occasional long-distance travel
      * Policy/Advocacy experience a plus

      Compensation: RTC provides an excellent benefits package that includes
      generous leave, health, dental, life, long-term disability and retirement
      benefits.

      How to Apply:
      Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume with salary
      requirements by the close of business on Thursday, April 1, 2004 to:

      Attn: Elton A. Clark
      Manager, Human Resource
      Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
      1100 17th St., NW, 10th Floor
      Washington, DC 20036
      Email: rtcelton@...
      Fax: 202-466-3742

      RTC is an equal opportunity employer seeks qualified candidates regardless
      of race, color, gender, or national origin. Women and minorities are
      encouraged to apply.

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      SMART GROWTH PROJECT DIRECTOR, COMMUNITY VENTURES

      Community Ventures, a nonprofit project of the Tides Center based in
      downtown Takoma Park, is looking to hire a project director to coordinate
      a
      national effort to bring together the educational-equity and smart-growth
      movements.

      Under a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the project seeks to
      foster
      cutting-edge policy ideas, and to forge a powerful new coalition. It will
      help smart-growth advocates appreciate the importance of strong public
      schools, and help educational-equity advocates appreciate the importance
      of
      new smart growth and community development strategies.

      The Project Director will prepare papers, coordinate national events and
      conferences, and undertake outreach with leading smart growth and
      educational organizations. The position will entail research, writing,
      organizing, political strategizing, administration, and supervising
      interns.
      While funding for the position is for only one year, the Project Director
      will be encouraged to conceive, fundraise for, and lead follow-on
      initiatives.

      Community Ventures engages in innovative projects across the country to
      promote strong community economies rooted in locally owned business and
      economic self-reliance. Other ongoing projects include creating a
      community-friendly poultry business in Eastern Maryland, forming a
      small-business venture-capital fund in New Mexico, and coordinating
      grassroots economic visioning projects in Maine and upstate New York.

      Applicants should have at least BA (though preferably an MA, or higher),
      with a specialization in education policy, urban planning, or community
      development. Strong writing and communication skills, with published
      policy
      or press pieces, are required, along with a proven track record of
      building
      diverse coalitions. Applicants should be independent, self-starting, and
      flexible. Also a plus are skills in MS-Office and web design.

      Community Ventures is an equal opportunity employer, and women and people
      of
      color are strongly encouraged to apply.

      Additional Qualifications:
      See Description

      How to Apply:
      Send cover note, resume, and published writing samples to Michael Shuman,
      director of Community Ventures, by e-mail (shuman@...) or land mail
      (7006 Carroll Ave, Suite 204, Takoma Park, MD 20912). More information
      about
      the job will be shared with finalists, prior to interviews.

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      DEVELOPMENT/PROGRAM ASSOCIATE, SUSTAINABLE LONG ISLAND

      Responsibilities Include:
      * Management of donor software and files, gift tracking, acknowledgment
      and
      reporting
      * Manage and process donor solicitations and other mailings
      * Annual fund acquisition, maintenance and upgrade of donors under $500
      * Assembles donor profiles
      * Edit newsletter
      * Facilitate launch of new website
      * Recruit and train volunteers & interns
      * Prepare solicitation packets
      * Research and analyze information to develop policy reports
      * Represent the program in the community & at meetings
      * Prepare agenda and minutes
      * Perform office/technical tasks including word processing, duplicating,
      preparing mailings and other duties as required
      * Monitor expenses and prepare reports on actual expenses relative to the
      program budget.

      Additional Qualifications:
      * Computer literacy and donor database management expertise
      * Experience with annual fund campaigns
      * Strong interpersonal, writing/editing, and organizational skills
      * Ability to handle multiple tasks
      * Attention to detail
      * Transportation to and from meetings

      How to Apply:
      E-mail cover letter & resume to sl@...

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      COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER, FRIENDS OF THE HIGH LINE

      FHL seeks to build on its foundation as a grass-roots, community-based
      organization through the planning, implementation, and management of an
      innovatively designed, creatively run community engagement program.

      Primary responsibilities of the Community Engagement Manager:
      Oversee creation of community engagement program that sets new standards
      for
      the field and is as innovative and creative as the High Line project as a
      whole, including:
      * Create and manage programs and events that engage community members in
      development of a design master plan for the High Line (now to Winter
      2004/5,
      in coordination with design team and project manager)
      * Create and manage programs and events that build community engagement
      with
      the High Line project as a whole prior the start of construction
      * Attend all meetings of relevant community groups (often evenings)
      * Develop strategy for engaging active participation of lower income,
      minority, and senior community residents in design, programming, and
      operating decisions
      * Oversee and expand volunteer program, including volunteer management in
      public programs such as street fairs and events (often weekends or
      evenings)
      Additional Qualifications:
      * 3 years experience in community outreach and engagement, with emphasis
      on
      mobilizing lower income and minority groups
      * Familiarity with community-building in lower-income and/or publicly
      subsidized housing complexes
      * Development and management of volunteer programs

      How to Apply:
      Send resume and cover letter via postal mail and/or e-mail to:
      Rick Little, Operations Manager
      Friends of the High Line
      430 West 14th Street, Suite 304
      New York, NY 10014
      rick@...

      No phone calls, please
      FHL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified candidates encouraged
      to
      apply.

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      AUTOMOTIVE ANALYST, ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE

      Environmental Defense: Our distinctive approach to environmental
      protection
      emphasizes a focus on scientific and economic disciplines and on the use
      of
      market mechanisms where applicable to reach well-crafted, durable
      solutions.
      The organization builds teams of scientists, lawyers, and economists to
      investigate the causes of environmental problems as well as the market
      forces and government policies that encourage patterns of environmental
      damage. In the full range of environmental arenas (air, water, climate,
      soil, toxins, and wildlife), Environmental Defense seeks practical
      solutions, founded on science, that policy makers and industry can
      incorporate into practice, law, or regulation.

      Overall Job Function: This position provides technical support to
      Environmental Defense's Clean Car Campaign, with a focus on clarifying the
      factors behind greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks and
      developing U.S. domestic policies for reducing emissions. The work entails
      building an analytically rigorous foundation for advancing emissions
      reduction strategies that are technically well-grounded, practical from
      business, institutional, and cultural perspectives, and environmentally
      sound in terms of the other health and safety impacts of automobiles. The
      analyst will work closely with the Campaign's senior technical staff,
      project managers, collaborators, and consultants to find, track, and
      manage
      the data and information needed for in-depth analyses supporting Clean Car
      Campaign goals.

      Key Responsibilities:
      * Collecting, tracking, and analyzing motor vehicle data, specifications,
      and related information from automakers, trade sources, and government
      agencies.
      * Research and assessment of automotive technologies, design options, and
      market trends as well as auto industry business and product strategy
      information.
      * Assisting with project management, including coordination of work,
      participants, and project-related meetings; preparation of work plans and
      project reports.
      * Research, writing, and production of technical and policy reports,
      articles, presentations, and web content on automotive environmental
      issues,
      and assisting with the organization's communication of such information to
      policy makers and the public.

      Additional Qualifications:
      Qualifications:
      * Masters degree plus 1-2 years experience, in mathematics, statistics,
      applied physics, mechanical engineering, with focus or background on
      automobiles.
      * Strong skills in research and critical thinking, emphasizing rigorous
      analysis of systems and data.
      * Excellent written and oral English communication skills as well as
      outstanding personal organization and attention to detail.
      * Ability to work both independently and with colleagues of varied
      background and experience.
      * Good understanding both the automotive industry and environmental issues
      in the United States, plus an appreciation of the value of public policy
      for
      protecting the environment.
      * Demonstrated proficiency with personal computer software for word
      processing, data management and analysis, technical graphics development,
      and presentations.

      How to Apply:
      Submit a cover letter stating your salary requirement along with a resume,
      and writing sample to:

      C. Pickard
      Human Resources Manager
      Environmental Defense
      1875 Connecticut Avenue, NW
      Washington, DC 20009
      Fax: 202-387-1030
      Email: jobs@...

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      ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, UNLV TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH CENTER

      The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of
      Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) invites outstanding applications for a full-time,
      9-month, tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor position in
      Transportation Engineering starting Fall 2004. The College of Engineering
      at UNLV houses the Transportation Research Center.

      Candidates applying for this position should have a strong commitment to
      teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels, a
      demonstrable
      research capability that will enable the candidate to develop an
      externally
      funded, independent research program, and publish in leading scholarly
      journals. Responsibilities will include participation in university,
      community and professional services.

      We seek candidates with strong background and demonstrable research
      capability in Intelligent Transportation Systems with experience in GIS.
      Qualifications include a bachelor degree in civil engineering, and at the
      time of appointment a doctoral degree in civil engineering or a closely
      related discipline from an accredited college or university. The selected
      candidate is expected to pursue professional engineering registration
      within
      a reasonable time.

      Preference will be given to qualified candidates with evidence of teaching
      effectiveness, strong publications record, proposal preparation, research
      funding and industrial experience. Position is contingent upon funding.
      Salary commensurate with labor market.

      The review of materials will begin immediately. If you are interested in
      applying for this position, please submit a letter of application
      indicating
      the position title, teaching and research interests, a detailed vitae
      describing qualifications and experience, and a list of contact
      information
      for four letters of references. Application materials should be addressed
      to Moses Karakouzian, Search Committee Chair, and submitted on-line at
      https://hrsearch.unlv.edu <https://hrsearch.unlv.edu> . For assistance with
      UNLV s on-line applicant portal, contact Bob Sitts at (702) 895-1655 or
      hrsearch@....

      For more information, see the UNLV World Wide Website at www.unlv.edu
      <www.unlv.edu> . UNLV is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity
      educator
      and employer committed to excellence through diversity.

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      GIS/CARTOGRAPHY SPECIALIST, NEW YORK - NEW JERSEY TRAIL CONFERENCE

      The New York - New Jersey Trail Conference is filling a new position to
      develop and manage GIS data in support of a broad range of organizational
      activities including land conservation, trail development and management,
      environmental monitoring and research, cartographic publications and
      geo-marketing. In addition to GIS data management and analysis, a
      significant component of this position requires a highly developed sense
      of
      graphic design and visual communications.

      Responsibilities:
      Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the GIS/Cartography
      Specialist will be responsible for the development and implementation of
      procedures and for the integration and maintenance of the spatial data for
      trail and conservation lands in Northern New Jersey and Southern New York.
      The position will work closely with other staff, volunteers and
      organizational representatives whom produce and use the data.

      Requirements:
      * A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college with course work in
      * GIS using ArcGIS (ArcView 8.x, 3D Analyst, Spatial Analyst)
      * Graphic arts and communications
      * Masters degree a plus
      * Experience using Adobe Illustrator, Avenza Map Publisher and other tools
      to produce high quality, user-friendly cartography.
      * Highly motivated, result oriented, and able to plan, organize, develop
      systems, policies and procedures to carry out complicated projects on
      deadlines.
      * Ability to work well with others at various levels, skills and
      disciplines, particularly volunteers.

      How to Apply:
      Applications:
      The Trail Conference offers competitive non-profit salaries and benefits
      commensurate with experience. Review of applications will begin in
      February
      with an expected start date in March or April 2004. Applications must
      consist of a resume, the names of three references and your salary
      requirements or salary history. A portfolio of sample GIS maps and/or
      images
      create with ArcView and/or Adobe Illustrator are a plus. Submit
      applications
      via email to office@.... For attachments, use plain text or RTF
      format and use your name as the name of the attachment. Or send by mail to
      Personnel, NY-NJ Trail Conference, 156 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah, NJ
      07430.
      No telephone calls please. A notice when the position is filled will be
      posted at http://www.nynjtc.org/employees <http://www.nynjtc.org/employees>


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      TRANSPORTATION PLANNING INTERNSHIP, METROPOLITAN WASHINGTON COUNCIL OF
      GOVERNMENT

      Position Specifics:
      The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments is seeking a graduate
      student interested in transportation planning to assist with activities
      specific to the responsibilities of Metropolitan Planning Organizations
      (MPOs) related to long range transportation planning in Suburban Maryland,
      Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. Depending upon the
      candidates interests and skills, she/he would assist in editing the
      long-range plan document, updating charts and tables, developing maps in
      GIS
      for citizens and elected officials, preparing for committee meetings,
      attending meetings with Federal, State and Local transportation agency
      representatives and elected officials, and drafting meeting highlights.
      Program elements include the documentation of the region's long-range
      transportation plan, the Access for All Advisory Committee which advises
      the
      National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (TPB) on issues
      important to transportation disadvantaged population groups, and the TPB
      task force on value pricing strategies for transportation developing a
      Washington area High Occupancy Toll/ High Occupancy Vehicle (HOT/HOV)
      network scenario for 2030.

      MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
      Applicant should be a current student or recent graduate in urban and/or
      transportation planning, or civil engineering or related field. Graduate
      level preferred. Interest in urban transportation planning, and/or
      environmental justice/Title VI issues, and/or congestion pricing helpful.
      Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, specifically Excel, Word and
      PowerPoint. Experience using GIS software is a plus, ideally ArcView and
      ArcGIS. Excellent written and oral communications and interpersonal
      skills.

      $10-$20/hr, depending on qualifications
      30 to 40 hours per week

      Please submit a resume to Wendy Klancher at wklancher@.... For more
      information call 202-962-3321.

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      RESEARCH PROJECT INTERNSHIPS, SURFACE TRANSPORTATION POLICY PROJECT

      Time frame: May-August 2004
      Unpaid. University credit may be arranged.

      INTERNSHIP #1

      Project Description
      Urban sprawl and the lack of transportation options is making getting to
      work more time-consuming, more gas-consuming, and more expensive than ever
      before in the United States. The jobs/housing imbalance inherent in a
      sprawling community design leads to massive daily movements that cost
      people
      time and money they could be using toward buying a home and other
      important
      expenditures.

      The research intern for this project will be finding stories about ways
      that
      people are dealing with these challenges, as well as quantifying the
      amount
      of time and money wasted on long commutes in an automobile-dominated
      transportation system. Our policy analysis team will provide guidance and
      assistance, but the internship will require an individual who is able to
      work independently.

      The end result of this project will be a publication-level report, and
      could
      also serve as the basis for longer-term projects, such as a master's
      thesis.
      The research will provide the intern with an invaluable base of knowledge
      in
      transportation and land use information. While this project will be the
      focus of work, the intern will also have opportunities to work with other
      national non-profit groups on livable community issues.

      Prior Skill Requirements
      Basic knowledge of SPSS, Microsoft Office software. Writing and research
      skills, ability to work with others, data presentation skills.

      How To Apply:
      Your application should include a résumé with a cover letter and 3
      references. Please include in your cover letter a description of the final
      product you envision and how it fits with your education and career goals.

      Applications and any questions to:
      Linda Bailey
      Surface Transportation Policy Project
      1100 17th St. NW, 10th Floor
      Washington, DC 20036
      lbailey@...

      INTERNSHIP #2

      Project Description
      Urban sprawl and community design that is inhospitable to walking and
      bicycling has made getting around on foot or by bicycle unsafe and
      inconvenient. More than 5,500 Americans were killed in traffic crashes in
      2002 while walking or riding their bicycles. A disproportionate number of
      those killed were children, minorities, and older people. And despite
      pleas
      from public health experts to walk or bicycle more as a way to increase
      physical activity, walking and bicycling rates continue to decline.

      The research intern for this project will assist the primary researcher in
      finding compelling anecdotes about the dangers to pedestrians and
      bicyclists. These stories will be included in STPP's well-known signature
      report on pedestrian and bicyclist safety, Mean Streets.

      The end result of this project will be a publication-level report, and
      could
      also serve as the basis for longer-term projects, such as a master's
      thesis.
      The research will provide the intern with an invaluable base of knowledge
      in
      transportation and land use information. While this project will be the
      focus of work, the intern will also have opportunities to work with other
      national non-profit groups on livable community issues.

      Prior Skill Requirements
      Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office software. Writing and research skills,
      ability to work with others.

      How To Apply:
      Your application should include a résumé with a cover letter and 3
      references. Please include in your cover letter a description of the final
      product you envision and how it fits with your education and career goals.

      Applications and any questions to:
      Michelle Ernst
      mernst@...

      ABOUT STPP

      Who We Are
      The goal of The Surface Transportation Policy Project is to ensure that
      transportation policy and investments help conserve energy, protect
      environmental and aesthetic quality, strengthen the economy, promote
      social
      equity, and make communities more livable. We emphasize the needs of
      people,
      rather than vehicles, in assuring access to jobs, services, and
      recreational
      opportunities.

      STPP is an equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities and people of
      color are encouraged to apply.

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      COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, USACTION

      USAction and its sister organization, USAction Education Fund (USAEF), are
      seeking a communications manager. USAction, a national progressive
      grassroots organization with over three million members, works to mobilize
      citizens around a wide range of progressive issues, including health care,
      public education, consumer rights, democracy reform, and voter
      participation. USAEF provides information, training, and technical
      assistance to grassroots organizations.

      USAction and USAEF share a small staff. The communications manager will
      have the opportunity to work closely with and learn from other staff
      members, and to contribute to the growth and shaping of a national
      organization that is making real grassroots change happen.

      The communications manager's responsibilities will include media
      relations,
      writing, organizing press events, and providing media support to
      grassroots
      organizations. In carrying out these duties, the communications manager
      will have extensive telephone and E-mail contact with grassroots leaders
      around the country, and will have the opportunity to learn more about
      issue
      and voter organizing.

      The communications manager will dedicate most of her/his time to USAEF's
      Strengthening the Public Sector project, a program to change the debate on
      tax and budget fairness. The communications manager will also provide
      limited communications support to the organizations' other program areas.

      Responsibilities
      1. Media Relations and Organizing
      * Develop relationships with national and state print and broadcast media.
      * Design media materials for state organizations and USAction/USAEF,
      including press releases, talking points, and opinion-editorials.
      * Assist state organizations with media outreach and events.
      * Represent USAction/USAEF at outside meetings, as needed.
      2. Organizational Communications
      * Produce a monthly e-newsletter to the organizations' allies and funders,
      and a semi-annual printed newsletter.
      * Provide content for the USAction website.

      Qualifications
      * Five years of media relations/communications experience and a proven
      track
      record of pitching stories and generating media coverage on policy issues
      at
      the state or federal levels.
      * Experience working with grassroots organizations and rapid-response
      campaigns is strongly preferred.
      * Commitment to social justice.
      * Strong writing and communications skills.
      * Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
      * Flexibility and self-motivation, including willingness to work long
      hours.

      * Proficiency with Windows-based computer systems including Word, Excel,
      Internet, and E-mail.
      * Knowledge of tax and budget policy and legislative process a plus.

      Salary: Commensurate with experience.

      Benefits: Include full health and dental insurance, excellent leave
      policy,
      and pension plan.

      The position begins immediately and ends on February 28, 2005, unless
      project is extended.

      To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, three references, and writing sample
      by March 31 to: Meredith Mohr, USAction, 1341 G St., NW, 10th floor,
      Washington, DC 20005, or fax: 202-737-9197. No phone calls or e-mail,
      please.

      USAction and USAEF are equal opportunity employers. It is USAction's and
      USAEF's policy to not discriminate against any individual for any reason
      including, but not limited to, race, color, religion, ethnic background,
      gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, or persons with
      disabilities. We work hard to recruit, retain, and identify leadership
      positions for staff members who represent these communities and/or who are
      from low-income backgrounds.

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