Smart Growth America (SGA) is seeking an experienced leader to assume the role of director for our signature transportation initiative, Transportation for America (T4A). This is an exciting opportunity to lead a dynamic team in order to help shape the next generation of transportation policy at the federal, state and local levels at a critical moment for the nation and local communities everywhere.
Transportation for America was created in 2008 with the goal of transforming national transportation policy by promoting a more balanced transportation system that provides more affordable travel options while strengthening the economy, protecting the environment and advancing social equity.
For the first four years, T4A focused on the reauthorization of the federal transportation bill as the sole policy vehicle for this vision. After Congress passed the MAP-21 transportation law in 2012, we diversified our work to include a new membership program, state policy development, technical assistance aimed at metropolitan planning organizations, and capacity building with local grassroots organizations in targeted cities around the country.
We have developed and launched numerous high-profile initiatives that are helping local communities solve critical infrastructure challenges, such as our Transportation Leadership Academies and our new Smart Cities Collaborative in partnership with Sidewalk Labs. T4A is one of a number key programs and initiatives of Smart Growth America, including the National Complete Streets Coalition, LOCUS (a national alliance of infill and smart growth developers), and the Local Leaders Council, among others.
The T4A Director will be responsible for leading both external and internal aspects of the T4A program including strategic planning, policy development, program development, membership development, fundraising, relationship management with key dues-paying members, partners and funders and managing a staff of 15 full-time employees. The Director must work both internally and collaboratively across SGA’s programs and externally with our key members and partners from local government, local chambers of commerce, transportation planning agencies, metropolitan planning organizations and grassroots advocacy groups on a wide range of issues. Overall responsibilities include:
Policy and Advocacy
- Advocate for transformative public policy change at the federal, state and local level; set and drive the implementation of multiple policy campaigns in partnership with T4A members and partners;
- Oversee T4A’s policy team and work with SGA’s policy team in their federal transportation policy and advocacy work with both Congress and the new federal administration;
- Continue to advance T4A’s work on innovative state transportation policy and provide assistance to state level policymakers through our START network and Capitol Ideas conference;
- Work closely with cities – through our Smart Cities Collaborative and elsewhere – to develop a new policy framework that will help local governments manage disruptive technologies in order to provide more mobility options that are affordable, efficient and equitable;
- Develop a research agenda and work with partners to scope and deliver research products including reports and position papers.
- Develop overall strategic direction for T4A and help formulate and implement biannual workplans;
- Raise funding from T4A’s foundation partners and oversee membership development and contract work in order to generate new revenue;
- Recruit, manage and mentor a committed staff and ensure the optimal staffing structure, roles, responsibilities and training that meet T4A/SGA’s needs;
- Closely coordinate with SGA’s other transportation initiatives including the National Complete Streets Coalition and SGA’s state transportation program;
- Develop and oversee the annual T4A program budget, manage and update financial reporting.
Program Development and Delivery
- Work with T4A staff to guide the higher level development and delivery of signature T4A programs such as our membership program, Transportation Leadership Academies, The Smart Cities Collaborative, and Arts, Culture and Transportation program;
- Ensure that new and existing programs have viable revenue models.
Communications and External Affairs
- Champion T4A’s mission externally to a variety of stakeholders, regularly speak at conferences, events, with the media, and with policymakers;
- Oversee and ensure consistency of high-level public-facing content including critical position papers, policy briefings and public education materials.
- The T4A Director will be a seasoned senior leader who brings a significant track record:
- Advancing an ambitious policy agenda in transportation or a related field (urban planning, affordable housing, public health, or social justice or economic development);
- Engaging and unifying diverse stakeholder groups – across the public, nonprofit and business sectors – to develop and implement action-oriented strategies that lead to measurable policy outcomes;
- Managing an organization.
- Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills;
- A strong commitment to addressing social equity as well as building economic prosperity and improving public health;
- Leadership qualities: action- and results-orientation; resourceful and entrepreneurial; inclusive; adaptable and relationship-oriented.
Candidates should have a passionate energy for transportation in general and the ability to work with a diversity of stakeholders.
Salary is commensurate with experience. This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC. Benefits include health insurance, 401(k), paid vacation and sick time.
How to Apply
Please send a resume, cover letter, and a portfolio or links to relevant work samples to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “T4America Director” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted immediately on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Equal Opportunity Employment
Equal opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at Transportation for America and Smart Growth America. 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.