Program Specialist for Policy
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
This position is located in Washington, DC.
The Program Specialist for Policy provides support for a broad range of policy development, implementation, and administration activities. In supporting state departments of transportation, the Program Specialist collaborates with key AASHTO partners such as the US Department of Transportation, Amtrak, other Federal agencies, Congress, and various transportation industry associations. The incumbent gathers, synthesizes, and communicates information to members of AASHTO committees and to various groups within AASHTO. Activities may include organizing, developing, and staffing committee conference calls and meetings; coordinating state DOT members to discuss proposed federal actions; assisting in planning and implementing national conferences, training workshops, webcasts, webinars, and meetings with state DOTs and resource agencies, and; maintenance and improvements of relevant committee websites.
Other tasks may include development of presentations and letters for AASHTO members and staff, drafting responses to requests from state or federal agencies, developing and managing surveys and tabulating responses, coordinating meetings and teleconferences, filing expense reports, organizing committee mailings, processing invoice requests, monitoring monthly financial statements and tracking billing against budgeting for accuracy, and other similar duties as assigned.
In carrying out the above responsibilities, the incumbent is expected to develop and maintain professional relationships with individuals and organizations in the transportation community. The incumbent must also be able to set priorities and achieve them independently in a timely manner.
Successful candidates will have three years of diverse technical and professional experience, with demonstrated evidence of increasing responsibility. Relevant transportation-related experience desired, preferably at a government, industry, association or research institution. A Bachelor of Arts or Science degree is required, preferably in the areas of policy, planning, engineering, or economics. Evidence of a higher degree of professional development, such as a postgraduate education, is desirable.
Candidates should possess excellent written and oral communication skills, excellent research and analysis skills, and the ability to establish work program priorities and carry them out independently. Broad knowledge of state and federal transportation programs, including knowledge of budgets and finance; state, national and local transportation policy issues; federal government programs and agencies; and Congressional committees with authority for highways, transit, and aviation desired. Ability to organize survey responses, prepare power point presentations and research effectively to prepare reports with minimum supervision is also necessary.
For the full position description and to apply for this position visit the AASHTO website.