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Now Hiring — Policy Associate

27 Oct 2017 | Posted by | 1 Comment |

Transportation for America – a program of Smart Growth America – is seeking a skilled and motivated individual with knowledge, experience and interest in transportation policy development and implementation at the federal, state or local level.

This position reports to the Policy Director of T4America.

Candidates must demonstrate an ability to work successfully with limited supervision, independently and within a team. The policy associate will support T4America’s development of policies furthering local decision-making and multi-modalism in close cooperation with our national and local civic, elected, business and non-profit partners, backing them up with research, and mobilizing diverse and compelling voices.


  • Support policy-related activities in partnership with targeted constituent groups both in DC and on the state level in other locations;
  • Work on transportation policy development, analysis and implementation efforts at multiple levels of government;
  • Develop tactics and strategy for a number of distinct policy initiatives working closely with T4A’s outreach and communications teams;
  • Provide policy support to our members and partner cities across the U.S., keeping them informed of transportation actions in Congress and the federal government as well as best practices in local policy for multimodal transportation systems and for emerging new technological innovations in mobility from ridesharing to car-sharing to data platforms;
  • Build the capacity of our partners to engage with state and federal leaders on our policy agenda; and
  • In select states, work with local partners working to promote progressive transportation policies and transportation funding efforts.

Special knowledge and skills


  • Knowledge of the federal legislative and appropriations process and the ability to think strategically and work across party lines;
  • Excellent time management and organization, research skills, and verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to complete multiple tasks and a high volume of work;
  • Excellent written and verbal skills, with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Comfortable with working in a collaborative team environment; and
  • The candidate must have good interpersonal skills, and be able to work independently with minimal supervision.


  • A degree in public policy, political science, planning or other related field is required;
  • Previous experience in local, state and federal policy as it relates to our subject matter; and,
  • Experience working with diverse populations.


Salary is commensurate with experience and includes benefits. The position is full-time, based in Washington, DC, and available starting immediately. Please send a cover letter and resume to alicia.orosco@t4america.org with “T4America Policy Associate” in the subject line.

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.

1 Comment

  1. Yosef Kessler

    2 months ago

    Dear T4America,

    I am not graduating college until June 2019, however, if the position is not filled, please consider hiring me as a summer intern. I have a keen interest in transportation policy. I am studying political science and public policy and have experience working in local New York City government. I would be a perfect candidate for this position.

    Yosef Kessler