Transportation for America (T4America) – a program of Smart Growth America – is seeking a highly skilled and motivated individual with deep knowledge, experience and interest in transportation policy development and state or local level implementation to help lead the organization’s policy work. This high profile position reports to the Director of T4America and works alongside the Director of Strategic Partnerships and the Communications Director.
The chosen candidate will oversee T4America’s ongoing work helping to develop, analyze and engage in federal transportation policy and will also lead our emerging work in state-level policy and local implementation. T4America has launched a number of new initiatives over the past 12 months working with local elected leaders, regional planning organizations, community-based organizations, anchor institutions and local chambers of commerce to name a few. Possessing a savvy ability to connect with these local leaders far outside of Washington, DC, is critical to the success of this position. To win, knowing who has the power to make policy and how to reach them is only half the equation. The policy director must also help deliver motivated and credible local leaders armed with the right research and proposals to advance a winning policy agenda. The policy director will continue our success in developing policies in close cooperation with our partners, backing them up with research, and mobilizing diverse and compelling voices.
A Master’s degree in public policy, political science, planning or other related field is required. Minimum of 5 years experience working in the transportation arena or a closely related policy field is required. Experience working within a state or local transportation agency at the local, MPO or state level is strongly preferred. The applicant should possess excellent communications and research skills. Knowledge of the legislative process is important, as well as the ability to think strategically and work across party lines.
Equal opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles for our organization. Employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.
The position is full-time and available starting immediately. Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes benefits. Please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line write T4America Policy Director Position. For more information about us please visit our website: www.t4america.org.