Location: Traverse City, MI

Transportation Program Manager

Salary: $45,000-55,000

Deadline: September 2, 2020.

The Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities is seeking a Transportation Program Manager to manage our Transportation & Community Design program. The ideal candidate will be passionate about cities; interested in public policy; and wake up every day thinking about how to improve transportation systems for those on train, bus, bike, foot, or wheelchair. This position is full-time, year-round, and will report to the Deputy Director.

The Transportation Program Manager will be a visible, credible community leader on policy issues who will help develop new project ideas; manage program activities and budgets; publicly advocate for policy positions; and build relationships with community leaders, donors and grantors.

By way of example, the Transportation Program Manager will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following:

  • Provide day-to-day oversight of a project focused on providing more transportation choices to residents in the Traverse City, Michigan-area;
  • Develop, plan and execute necessary steps to build passenger rail between Ann Arbor, Michigan and Traverse City, Michigan;
  • Help Traverse City, Michigan-area residents and decision-makers understand transportation policy and its impact on communities;
  • Become a credible voice on state and federal transportation policy;
  • Organize meetings and community events that address transportation issues;
  • Develop new project ideas and plans that address housing and city growth; Participate in local transportation committees and networks;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with community leaders and serve as a local and statewide expert on transportation policy;
  • Work with the Communications Director to oversee and manage Groundwork’s transportation-related communications;
  • Serve as a spokesperson for Groundwork on transportation-related topics, including in public presentations and media relationships;
  • Research and describe best practices in transportation policy;
  • Write grant proposals and build strong relationships with existing and potential funders, including individual donors and foundations.

Professional Requirements
Candidates for this position must demonstrate:

  • Experience in transportation policy, planning, public administration or economic development;
  • An ability to develop and cultivate relationships with decision-makers at all levels of government and a broad spectrum of donors;
  • A proven ability to work independently and be self directed while collaborating well with others in a team setting;
  • And, a demonstrated standard of excellence with attention to detail and accuracy.

Personal Qualifications
Among the qualities we seek in successful candidates are a:

  • Strong commitment to Groundwork’s mission and programs;
  • Passion for building communities, transportation solutions, and city growth; Growing understanding of and enthusiasm for resiliency principles;
  • Proven ability to organize priorities, with keen attention to detail and deadlines; Self-directed working approach and ability to take initiative;
  • Professional and pleasant demeanor;
  • And, a sense of humor and positive outlook.

At Groundwork, the candidate will join a driven team of individuals who are advancing policy solutions and projects that are pragmatic, practical, caring and visionary. We strive to create a positive, collaborative, healthy, and inspired working environment that gives the staff the support to do be the leaders in their field.

We are optimistic about Michigan’s future and believe in a thriving local farm and food economy; stronger, more walkable, bike-able, and transit-friendly towns and villages; cleaner sources of energy, and climate solutions that support a more equitable world for all. The researchers, writers, advocates, system-changemakers and coalition-builders that make up the Groundwork staff are passionately committed to realizing this vision.

Compensation, Benefits, and Application Procedure This is a full-time position with flexible hours, generous vacation and health benefits, retirement contribution matching, and a competitive salary range. This is a manager-level position, with a salary range at $45,000-55,000. The position will be based in the Traverse City, Michigan area.

Please send a one-page cover letter, resume and three references to with the subject line: Transportation Program Manager. We will accept applications until midnight on September 2, 2020.

Groundwork is committed to creating a diverse workplace and seeks a wide-range of perspectives and backgrounds. People of color, persons with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQ candidates are encouraged to apply. Groundwork is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its employment decisions. Applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation at any point in the employment process.