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Friday Job Market

Looking to hire a smart, qualified person for a position in transportation planning, engineering, IT, or advocacy? Post a listing on the Streetsblog Jobs Board and reach our national audience of dedicated readers.

Looking for a job? Here are the current listings:

Associate Director, Progressive Transportation Services, District Department of Transportation, Washington, DC
Plans, directs and manages program operations of three divisions: Streetcar Development, Transportation Business, and Mass Transit. Prioritizes and allocates available program resources; review and evaluate program and service delivery; makes recommendation for and execute changes in operations to ensure maximum effective service provision; institute a routine issue and risk management process; proactively monitor progress and critical path, identify potential crises and determine contingency plans; and assists in developing new program function elements, including researching, compiling and analyzing supporting data.

Transportation Safety/Systems Integration Manager, District Department of Transportation, Washington, DC
As the Program Manager for Safety & Systems Integration, the incumbent is responsible for managing the highest level of safety for rail and bus programs within DDOT and PTSA by ensuring that third party contractors comply with Federal Transit Administration, Federal Railroad Administration and local transit oversight policies and procedures. The program manager will supervise the work of subordinate staff responsible for safety and system integration of streetcar operations and maintenance, and will be accountable for future mass transit integration’s for bus, Para transit, and other surface transit systems developed by DDOT and PTSA.

21st Century Transportation Field Director, U.S. PIRG, Based in Boston, DC, or Chicago
Our Field Organizer will work with our people around the country on the transportation campaign, setting them up for campaign tactics or reaching out to the media, public leaders and civic organizations yourself. You will sometimes need to travel — recruiting new groups to join a coalition, speaking in a church basement or town hall to win a new endorsement, organizing a news event or rally, meeting with an editorial board, or doing whatever else it takes to urge our public officials to do the right thing.

21st Century Transportation Campaign Director, U.S. PIRG, Based in Boston, DC, or Chicago
We’re hiring a Transportation Campaign Director to lead our national transportation campaign to advocate against spending so many public dollars on unnecessary highway expansion and to advocate for better public transit, biking and walking infrastructure, and repairing the roads we already have. Led by Millennials, Americans are driving less than they used to, but government policies haven’t caught up with the times. We aim to change that.

Launch Project Manager, Alta Bicycle Share, NYC
We at Alta Bicycle Share, located in NYC, are seeking a Launch Project Manager. This role requires a high level of judgment, decision making, and time management. This is an exciting opportunity for a high performing individual to be part of the Launch Team in a growth environment.

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Friday Job Market

Looking to hire a smart, qualified person for a position in transportation planning, engineering, IT, or advocacy? Post a listing on the Streetsblog Jobs Board and reach our national audience of dedicated readers.

Looking for a job? Here are the current listings:

Executive Director, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition
As a sixteen-year-old organization, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition is like many teenagers: we’ve come leaps and bounds since our founding in 1998, and we know that our greatest growth lies ahead of us. We’re looking for a leader who will direct our team to achieve more for bicycling in LA than we ever have before.

21st Century Transportation Campaign Director Based in Boston, DC, or Chicago, U.S. Public Interest Research Group
We’re hiring a Transportation Campaign Director to lead our national transportation campaign to advocate against spending so many public dollars on unnecessary highway expansion and to advocate for better public transit, biking and walking infrastructure, and repairing the roads we already have. Led by Millennials, Americans are driving less than they used to, but government policies haven’t caught up with the times. We aim to change that.

21st Century Transportation Field Organizer Based in Boston, DC or Chicago, U.S. Public Interest Research Group
Our Field Organizer will work with our people around the country on the transportation campaign, setting them up for campaign tactics or reaching out to the media, public leaders and civic organizations yourself. You will sometimes need to travel — recruiting new groups to join a coalition, speaking in a church basement or town hall to win a new endorsement, organizing a news event or rally, meeting with an editorial board, or doing whatever else it takes to urge our public officials to do the right thing.

Transportation Digital Organizer, U.S. Public Interest Research Group, Denver, CO
The Public Interest Network is hiring five digital organizers ready to protect the environment and restore our democracy. One of these organizers will be focused on our 21st Century Transportation campaign. This is an entry-level position for recent-college graduates ready to turn their online skills into political action. We’re looking for people who are eager and ready to learn new skills, want to work hard, and who won’t be satisfied until they win.

Communications Manager, Congress for the New Urbanism, Chicago
CNU seeks an experienced communications and marketing professional to provide leadership on all aspects of CNU’s communication issues, including, but not limited to, developing and editing written materials, marketing events, managing CNU’s social media, and coordinating with the press.

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The 10 Best and Worst Cities to Catch a Bus to Work

This chart shows the number of jobs accessible by transit in Atlanta. Red indicates better accessibility by transit. Image: University of Minnesota

This map shows the number of jobs accessible by transit from a given point. Few parts of Atlanta have good transit accessibility compared to the nation’s top performing cities. Map: University of Minnesota

It’s been called “the geography of opportunity.” And David Levinson is trying to make a science of it.

In a new analysis, Levinson, a University of Minnesota transportation engineering professor, and his colleague Andrew Owen have ranked the 50 largest U.S. metro areas based on job accessibility by transit [PDF].

Levinson and Owen used transit schedules and walking routes to chart how many jobs are accessible in each region from a given point within a given amount of time. Adding Census data about where people reside, they were able to calculate the number of jobs the average worker in each region can reach via transit within 10-minute intervals. The rankings are based on those stats — the more jobs a typical resident can reach via transit in a short amount of time, the higher a region performed.

This chart shows job accessibility by 10-minute intervals for the Charlotte region. Image: University of Minnesota

This chart shows the number of jobs accessible via transit for an average worker in the Charlotte region, within 10-minute intervals of travel time. Graph: University of Minnesota

The top 10 cities for job accessibility by transit, according to Owen and Levinson, align fairly well with what you would expect:

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Thursday Job Market

Looking to hire a smart, qualified person for a position in transportation planning, engineering, IT, or advocacy? Post a listing on the Streetsblog Jobs Board and reach our national audience of dedicated readers.

Looking for a job? Here are the current listings:

Development Director, Transportation Alternatives, New York, NY
The Development Director will lead and direct all of T.A.’s fundraising efforts, with direct responsibility for major gifts, foundation grants, and gala events, and oversight responsibility for corporate sponsorship, membership, and T.A.’s annual bike tours

Safe Routes to School Planner, BikeWalk KC, Kansas City, MO
BikeWalkKC is looking for a person with technical expertise in community planning, active transportation, public and institutional policy, and geographic information systems to make Kansas City a better place for people to walk and bike. In particular this position will be focused on the Kansas City Public School District and all of its diverse neighborhoods.

Communications Manager, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
The Communications Manager should be able to craft compelling messages that convey the joys of bicycling while furthering the Bicycle Coalition’s mission and programs. The ideal candidate also has a laser-like attention to detail and a strong commitment to diversity of all kinds.

Transit-Oriented Development Planner, City of Madison, WI
The Sustainable Transportation Planner is responsible for professional urban and community planning work with a particular focus on planning a healthy, sustainable, 21st Century mobility system for the City of Madison with consideration for the metropolitan region.  The position is defined by a high degree of collaboration with area units of government.

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Friday Job Market

Looking to hire a smart, qualified person for a position in transportation planning, engineering, IT, or advocacy? Post a listing on the Streetsblog Jobs Board and reach our national audience of dedicated readers.

Looking for a job? Here are the current listings:

Planner, TransLink, New Westminster, British Columbia
This position provides transportation planning expertise and leadership to projects of smaller/medium scope in support of a designated program related to transportation policy, forecasting, infrastructure/service development in an integrated multi-modal environment.

Senior Planner, TransLink, New Westminster, British Columbia
The Senior Transportation Planner is accountable for providing senior transportation planning expertise and leadership to projects of medium/higher scope in support of a designated program related to transportation policy, forecasting, infrastructure / service development or engineering in an integrated, multi-modal environment.

Policy Analyst, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Chicago, IL
The policy analyst position will be responsible for assisting the agency in implementing recommendations in the GO TO 2040 regional plan related to economic innovation and industry clusters by collecting and analyzing data, managing research, and producing reports and issue briefs.

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Friday Job Market

Looking to hire a smart, qualified person for a position in transportation planning, engineering, IT, or advocacy? Post a listing on the Streetsblog Jobs Board and reach our national audience of dedicated readers.

Looking for a job? Here are the current listings:

Volunteer Coordinator (part-time), San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
The Volunteer Coordinator is responsible for managing the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s team of daytime, in-office volunteers; coordinating the internship program; and supporting the recruitment and staffing of all organizational volunteer opportunities. With over 1,000 active volunteers every year, volunteers are key to the success of our organization.

Public Affairs/Communication Associate, American Planning Association, Washington, DC
National association focused on planning and community development policy is seeking a communications professional to manage relations with traditional and digital media; provide guidance on overall communications and messaging strategies; and coordinate key communication campaigns and initiatives.

Executive Director, Trailnet, St. Louis, MO
Trailnet is seeking a strategic and visionary Executive Director who will carry the organization forward in fulfilling its mission at the highest level of excellence, keeping Trailnet at the leading edge of making St. Louis a livable and walkable community.

Southern California Policy Manager, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, Los Angeles, CA
Join the Safe Routes to School National Partnership (National Partnership) and use your professional talents and personal passion to advocate for safe walking and bicycling to and from schools and in daily life, to improve the health and well-being of America’s children and to foster the creation of livable, sustainable communities.

Transportation Planner, Transportation Agency for Monterey County, CA
Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) is a countywide transportation-planning agency responsible for developing long range transportation plans, distributing state and federal transportation grants and administering various transportation projects and programs.

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Thursday Jobs Market

Looking to hire a smart, qualified person for a position in transportation planning, engineering, IT, or advocacy? Post a listing on the Streetsblog Jobs Board and reach our national audience of dedicated readers.

Looking for a job? Here are the current listings:

Executive Director of the Institute for Quality Communities, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
The University of Oklahoma College of Architecture invites applications for the position of Executive Director of the Institute for Quality Communities. The Institute for Quality Communities (IQC) was established in 2008 by University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren to enhance the quality of communities throughout Oklahoma and around the world.

Program Analyst, TransitCenter, New York, New York
TransitCenter, a civic organization that supports and catalyzes innovation in sustainable urban mobility, seeks a dynamic Program Analyst to join its staff of two in its New York office. As part of a small core team, the Program Analyst will research issues, develop opportunities, and execute projects for TransitCenter initiatives that promote sustainable urban mobility.

Sacramento Journalist, Streetsblog Los Angeles, Sacramento, California
The Southern California Streets Initiative is looking for a full-time writer to cover issues in the state Capitol, including the legislature, executive branch and Governor’s Office, that pertain to transportation, planning, open space, development and public health.

Los Angeles Journalist, Streetsblog Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
The Southern California Streets Initiative is looking for a full-time writer to join the staff of Streetsblog Los Angeles as a full-time writer to cover transportation, land use, planning, open space, and public health issues in Greater Los Angeles.

Smart Growth America Fellowships, Smart Growth America, Washington, DC
Smart Growth America (SGA) is seeking three Fellows for its core programs to engage with Congress, the Administration, state leaders and allies on the benefits of smart growth policies.

Data and Technology Planning Associate, Regional Plan Association, New York, New York
Regional Plan Association is seeking a talented urban planner, computer scientist or policy analyst to develop policy and advocacy programs around technology and urban planning. We are looking for someone who understands how new opportunities for technology and data can help foster thriving, healthy communities.

Director of Energy and Environmental Programs, Regional Plan Association, New York, New York
Regional Plan Association is seeking a creative and dynamic professional to direct the organization’s energy and environment initiatives, including climate mitigation and adaptation, open space conservation and park development, and water resource management.

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More Evidence That Unemployment Doesn’t Explain the Decline in Driving

Only one state shows up on the Top Ten lists for both VMT reduction and unemployment increase: Florida. But Nevada, whose jobless rate has tripled, actually increased driving. Source: U.S. PIRG

For those who say driving rates will pick right back up again when the economy’s really humming, here’s something to chew on: In a report released this morning, “Moving Off the Road,” U.S. PIRG presents further evidence that unemployment rates and driving rates have changed independently of each other.

Transportation reformers have made the case that there are multiple reasons behind the dip in driving rates, and that many of these factors will continue to have an impact long after this economic slump is over. If the change is in fact a lasting one, it signals that conventional forecasts of escalating traffic are wrong, strengthening the case for overhauling car-centric transportation policies in favor of transit, biking, walking, and more efficient land use.

Today’s report from U.S. PIRG builds on their previous, groundbreaking research showing that young people are leading the reduction in driving rates and that the Driving Boom has decisively ended. These findings have become common knowledge, frequently referenced by top federal officials, members of Congress, and even international credit rating agencies.

The Drop in VMT Isn’t About Unemployment

The PIRG report compares changes in driving and joblessness in all 50 states from 2005 to 2011. The authors call it “a useful natural experiment to examine different factors behind America’s reduction in driving,” and it provides ample evidence that unemployment doesn’t explain the drop in VMT. If the Americans were driving less because jobs are scarcer, for instance, it would stand to reason that the states hardest hit by unemployment would be those with the biggest drops in VMT. But that’s simply not true.

For example, the top state for unemployment growth was Nevada, whose jobless rate tripled between 2005 and 2011. And Nevada is one of just four states that’s actually driving more now than during the peak years of 2004-2005. (Two of those four states are in the Gulf South — Alabama and Louisiana — where the devastating Hurricane Katrina obviously affected travel during the driving peak year of 2005.)

And the number one state for VMT drop? Alaska, which has reduced its mileage by a whopping 16.23 percent since 2005. So Alaska must be suffering with staggering unemployment, right? Not so. Every state in the union experienced some growth in unemployment, but in Alaska it was just a 10 percent increase — from 6.9 to 7.6 percent.

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How Mayor Mick Cornett Fought Oklahoma City’s Brain Drain and Weight Gain

Part One of this interview was posted yesterday.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett (R) has made it his mission to make his city healthier and less obese, in part by improving its walkability. The city lost a million pounds during his weight-loss campaign — and then they took a freeway out of the middle of downtown and overhauled its built environment.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett is doing some revolutionary things in a conservative city. Photo: Flickr

I interviewed Mayor Cornett last week when he was in Washington, DC for the annual meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors. In the first installment, posted yesterday, Cornett described the excitement among city officials when the rules changed and they were asked to think outside the car-centric box. He said they built sidewalks and parks and bike trails with locally-raised funds, even over the objections of the fire and police unions. And while he welcomes federal money for projects like these, he’s at peace with other Oklahomans who see things differently — though he worries that less federal funding will result in less equality among cities.

So now you’re all caught up. Here’s Part Two.

Tanya Snyder: It seems like there are more and less successful ways of talking about [livable cities] with different people. You have a pretty conservative constituency. Does it hurt the cause that Michelle Obama is out in front on obesity, and does it hurt the cause that walkability is associated with sustainable development, is associated with Agenda 21, is associated with climate change initiatives — what you’re doing is nonpartisan, you’re just trying to get people fit and healthy.

Mayor Mick Cornett: There is some pushback about — as you mentioned, Agenda 21 and anything that comes out of the White House. But at the end of the day, people elect mayors to get things done. You might elect a Congressman to go up and stop something. But you don’t elect a mayor to stop things form happening. You elect an executive branch person — a mayor, a governor, a president — to do things.

I close with this: “We’re creating a city where your kid and grandkid are going to choose to live.” And they know it’s true.

So I’ve never let that slow me down. I will say that one secret to our success is that we’ve been able to convince the suburbanite that their quality of life is directly related to the intensity of the core. And so they have continually passed initiatives to support inner-city projects, sometimes at the expense of the suburbs.

TS: How did you do that?

MC: Here’s what I do. I try to win an intellectual argument. I stand toe-to-toe with a lot of retired suburbanites who don’t like downtown, don’t like me, are tired of funding taxation. I’m serious, they have more negativity than you could possibly imagine.

And when I’ve lost on every turn and every argument in this debate that takes place in neighborhood after neighborhood I close with this: “We’re creating a city where your kid and grandkid are going to choose to live.”

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Friday Job Market

Looking to hire a smart, qualified person for a position in transportation planning, engineering, IT, or advocacy? Post a listing on the Streetsblog Jobs Board and reach our national audience of dedicated readers.

Looking for a job? Here are this week’s listings:

Program Officer – Country Support and Climate, Institute for Sustainable Communities, Montpelier, VT
The Program Officer will act as the main contact point at the ISC headquarters for the ISC Bangladesh country program. The Program Officer will also support the development and implementation of international climate programming which may include the design, planning and execution of climate leadership academies and other capacity and network building activities.

BikeNYC.org Content and Marketing Coordinator (Part-time), Transportation Alternatives, New York, NY
Transportation Alternatives is seeking a bike-passionate, web-savvy individual to manage BikeNYC.org, the new online hub for bicycling in New York that is designed to serve the city’s bike community, fostering growth and participation on the site.

Communications Coordinator, Transportation Alternatives, New York, NY
Transportation Alternatives seeks a Communications Coordinator to assist with day-to-day media operations. This position will report to the Communications Director and work with other staff to implement communications plans that advance T.A.’s mission.

Operations Manager, Safe Routes to School National Partnership
The Operations Manager is responsible for carrying out a variety of human resources, financial and event planning tasks and spearheads the organization’s technical support on Salesforce, Google Apps, Dropbox and Microsoft Office.