Employment/Job Opportunities

Full-Time:

RIDE Solutions Outreach and Communications Specialist

General Definition

In this full-time position, the RIDE Solutions Outreach Communications Specialist will be under the Director of RIDE Solutions and performs responsible professional work in transportation demand management.  Areas of responsibility will include promotion and marketing; community outreach and education; and member services and retention.  The specialist will be responsible for assisting and supporting the Director in communicating the benefits of alternative transportation through traditional and social marketing, events management, presentations, and related activities.

Typical Work Tasks

Duties include (but are not limited to) the following efforts:

  • Work with the Director and independently to develop creative programs, events, and campaigns to encourage cycling, walking, public transportation, and carpooling as transportation options.
  • Design and develop marketing collateral for various audiences in print and digital formats.
  • Assist Director with public relations activities including, but not limited to, assistance on social media outreach efforts (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, others), blog posts, and monthly electronic newsletter.
  • Public speaking engagements including neighborhood and business groups, local government meetings, public hearings, and others, to advocate for transportation demand management and promote RIDE Solutions’ services.
  • Lead and participate in promotional events such as the Bike Shorts Film Festival, Night Rider’s Ball, Art by Bus, and social bike rides throughout the year.
  • Develop and maintain a volunteer force to assist with events, promotional bike rides, field work, and more.
  • Provide excellent service to RIDE Solutions customers by answering phones, responding to emails, carpool matching, and other assistance.
  • Provide public relations and marketing support for the Regional Commission and Workforce Investment Board, as needed.
  • Work with Regional Commission and Workforce staff on broader transportation needs including studies, plans, and public relations support.

Knowledge. Skills and Abilities

Willingness to work directly with customers on a one-on-one basis.  Strong oral communication, presentation, and writing skills. Ability to work with various diverse populations. Ability to communicate ideas and promote discussion; Computer skills in graphic design, word processing and spreadsheets; desktop publishing experience. Ability to follow complex oral and written instructions; to take direction, to work independently. Ability to establish and maintain effective and cordial working relationships with professional colleagues, government officials, representatives from other agencies and the general public.  Flexible schedule to meet demands of organizing events and fieldwork.  Knowledge of sustainability practices for both residential and commercial sectors in the region. Certification in LEED, LCI, Commuter Choice, or similar transportation or sustainability programs encouraged.

 

Education and Experience

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in marketing, communications, planning or closely related field.  Two years’ experience in marketing, communication, planning, sustainability, or related field.

Continuing Education

Dedication and willingness to continue education through attendance of conferences and workshops.

STARTING SALARY RANGE: $41,000-$43,000 depending on qualifications.

Excellent benefits package.

The position is open until filled.

Cover letter and resume should be submitted to Sherry Dean, Director of Finance, at sdean@rvarc.org.


Transportation Planner (I-III per Experience)

 

General Definition

The Transportation Planner, under the direct supervision of the Director of Transportation, is responsible for performing transportation-related professional and technical work independently and in teams.  Such work may include preparing and developing plans and reports, creating maps, conducting field work, maintaining databases, analyzing and interpreting transportation information, presenting information to stakeholders, and representing the Commission to local or state organizations.  Maintains current knowledge on federal and state transportation legislation, technical transportation analysis methods, and software skills such as those related to Microsoft Office and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Typical Work Tasks

Duties include (but are not limited to) the following efforts:

  • Participate in the development of the Long-Range Transportation Plan, Congestion Management Process Plan, corridor studies and other regional transportation and land use plans and programs;
  • Performs Environmental Justice, Title VI and Public Involvement related planning activities;
  • Conducts studies of complex regional transportation-related problems;
  • Generates maps and analyzes spatial data using GIS software;
  • Researches and collects data as necessary to prepare assigned reports;
  • Conducts surveys, data collection and analysis;
  • Provides technical assistance and advice to local agency officials, member organizations, and other interested parties;
  • Contributes to the preparation of the annual Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and Rural Transportation Planning Work Program;
  • Serves as the staff liaison for rural transportation activities;
  • Consults with staff of local, state, and federal governments and regulatory authorities concerning transportation plans and projects;
  • Coordinates with other Commission staff to ensure that all meetings, as well as public involvement activities, are well-prepared and well-documented;
  • Represents the Regional Commission and Transportation Planning Organization at meetings in a professional manner;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge. Skills and Abilities

The ideal candidate will possess knowledge of regional multimodal transportation planning theories, principles, practices and techniques, and be dedicated to further developing a career in transportation planning.

The ideal candidate will be able to:

  • Independently complete transportation planning tasks,
  • Establish and maintain effective and cordial working relationships,
  • Effectively communicate verbally before public groups,
  • Prepare credible and understandable written materials,
  • Plan, organize, and complete projects in a timely manner,
  • Work with minimal supervision and execute multiple tasks simultaneously,
  • Work flexible hours, including evenings or weekends, as needed,
  • Utilize personal computers and common software application packages such as Microsoft Office and ESRI ArcGIS.
  • Prior familiarity with Citilabs CUBE will be a plus, and
  • A willingness to learn more specific planning or analysis tools and software.

Education and Experience

At a minimum, graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in transportation planning, transportation policy/administration, transportation or civil engineering (or a closely related field) with 3-5 years of experience working in the transportation field, or a Master’s Degree and at least 2 years of transportation experience, and the interest and motivation to further a career in transportation planning.  AICP preferred.

STARTING SALARY RANGE: $40,000-$52,000 depending on qualifications.

Excellent benefits package.

The position is open until filled.

Cover letter and resume should be submitted to Sherry Dean, Director of Finance, at sdean@rvarc.org.

Internship and Volunteer Program

Internship and volunteer opportunities are available year-round with the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission’s Internship and Volunteer Program for students and individuals that have coursework, interest and/or experience in any of the following areas: regional and transportation planning, community and economic development, water and environmental resources planning, demographics, mapping, housing, homelessness, citizen participation and outreach, general research and data collection, website design, graphic design, and/or related topics.

Types of Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

Academic and special project (thesis, research, capstone project, etc.) internships and volunteer opportunities are available for students from a range of academic majors and/or skill sets. Note: Academic credit internships are based on academic institution and/or department requirements and the intern is responsible for completing all requisite administrative items.

Internship and/or Volunteer Projects and Duties

Specific duties and assignments will be based on intern’s/individual’s area(s) of interest/expertise and the Regional Commission’s Work Program. An overview of programs, projects, and activities is in the Regional Commission’s Comprehensive Work Program.

Work Hours and Office Location

Work hours are flexible and based on the intern’s or volunteer’s schedule, academic institution requirements for academic or other credit, and the timetable of various projects in which the intern or volunteer will be participating. Regional Commission office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Regional Commission is located at 313 Luck Avenue, SW, Roanoke VA 24016. Directions and parking information.

Benefits of an Internship with the Regional Commission

* Opportunity to work on a range of projects and activities with a multidisciplinary staff
* Valuable work experience
* Research opportunities
* Academic credit
* Networking opportunities
* New skills development
* Flexible work schedule
* Telecommuting

To apply for an internship, or for additional information, contact Bryan Hill at 540.343.4417 or bhill@rvarc.org.


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