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Location: Austin, TX
Temporary Community Engagement Specialist – Vision Zero Program
The Austin Transportation Department’s Vision Zero Program has an opening for full-time Community Engagement Specialist to address a core element of the overall safe systems approach of Austin’s Vision Zero program: Engagement/Outreach/Communications. This position will be responsible for developing and delivering community engagement strategies and communications campaigns, including fresh content for various communications channels. This person will engage with partner City departments as well as develop strong relationships with community groups and interested stakeholders. The recently adopted Austin Strategic Mobility Plan and Strategic Direction 2023 provide the policy guidance and define the performance measures for Vision Zero community engagement efforts.
The ideal candidate will have the following abilities:
- Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, and the ability to shift from one project to another without sacrificing quality.
- Ability to develop relationships and work well with individuals from a variety of different backgrounds and experience, including community leaders, residents, service providers, local officials and elected representatives.
- Must have the ability to read, write, and fluently speak English; fluency in Spanish and/or other languages is preferred.
- Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
The ideal candidate is passionate about achieving Vision Zero goals, has an in-depth understanding of best practices, is comfortable with flexibility, and is able to work in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment.
- Experience implementing strategic communications plans, including appropriate performance measures, and ensure effective use of resources for maximum impact.
- Working knowledge of the Vision Zero/Safe Systems approach and how a holistic approach is needed to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries.
- Experience and knowledge working directly in the Austin community, excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to present to public groups and excellent computer skills.
- Working knowledge of effective behavior change communications strategies based on best practice research.
- Bilingual – English/Spanish.
Graduation from a four (4) year college or university with major coursework in Public Relations, Communications, Public Administration, Political Science, or a closely related field plus three (3) years of experience involving the development and coordination of public information or community outreach or involvement programs, or masters Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Public Relations, Public Administration, Communications, Conflict Resolution, Peace Studies, or a closely related field plus one (1) year of experience involving the development and coordination of public information or community outreach or involvement programs, or experience may substitute for education up to the maximum of four (4) years.
To be considered for this position, candidates must apply online at: https://www.austincityjobs.org/postings/86938
About Austin Transportation Department:
In collaboration with area partners, Austin Transportation Department leads our community’s Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries on Austin streets, the achievement of a 50/50 commute type split by 2039 as established in the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan, and actively seeks innovative solutions and piloting technology that can decrease the use of single-occupancy vehicles and improve safety through Austin Transportation Department's Smart Mobility Office. For details, please visit AustinTexas.gov/Transportation.
Austin has long been known as a technologically advanced city, a place where new ideas go to be tested and adopted. Austin has enjoyed a robust and diverse economy for the past 10 years, with economic indicators regularly exceeding national averages. Austin metropolitan area is one of the fastest growing in the country, with a 2.9 percent increase in population in 2016. Austin, Texas has a population of 926,000, making it the 11th largest city in the country. One of the country’s most popular, high-profile “green” and culturally dynamic cities, Austin was selected as the #1 Best Places to Live (US News and World Report 4/2017), # 5 Top 25 Future-Ready US Cities (Convention Management Association Convene Magazine, 2/2016), “Best City for the Next Decade” (Kiplinger), the “Best Places to Live in the US” (US News), the “Top Creative Center” in the US (Entrepreneur.com) and #1 on the “On Numbers Economic Index” as the fastest growing economy.
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