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Location: Cambridge, MA
Emerald Network Project Manager
Salary: $60 -70K
Closing: Monday, October 24, 2022
What we're looking for
LivableStreets seeks a thorough, passionate, and thoughtful project manager to advocate for greenway connections, work with partners to build strong coalitions, and help broaden awareness around the Emerald Network's priorities.
Who we are and what we do
For 17 years LivableStreets has been transforming Metro Boston’s streets by advocating for innovative and equitable transportation solutions that are safe, affordable, and enjoyable – making our community more connected and livable (via transit, housing, and greenways) for everyone. LivableStreets is on a committed path to becoming an anti-racist organization, and we are seeking an individual who will uphold these values and embed anti-racism at the heart of their work.
In 2015, Livable Streets launched the Emerald Network, a vision that builds on Boston’s greenways to create a seamless 200-mile greenway network across metroBoston. Learn more at www.emeraldnetwork.info.
What the Project Manager will do
Reporting to the Program Director, the Project Manager will have both internal and external facing responsibilities, ranging from assisting on to managing projects like the DOT Greenway, Columbia Road, and our Charles River Area Projects, to help steward coalitions that advance the Emerald Network’s mission, and sustaining relationships with community, municipal, and agency partners.
The ideal candidate is organized, detail-oriented, willing to learn on the go, and able to independently manage multiple complex projects. They are a good listener, able to empathize with a variety of community challenges and lived experiences, and have strong design and research skills with expertise across active transportation, transit, and the environment. The Project Manager should be aware of and/or committed to learning about anti-gentrification and anti-racist practices. This position will begin mostly remote with some in-person work to support public meetings and community walk/ride-alongs. The Project Manager will occasionally work outside regular 9-5 hours, including 2-3 evenings a month for work-related meetings, events, and public presentations.
Primary responsibilities include:
- Expanding engagement efforts and working directly with Boston-area communities to improve transportation and housing access for all. Examples of these efforts include:
- Creating and maintaining maps related to the Emerald Network and its projects
- Managing key projects within the Emerald Network by coordinating local organizations and community residents
- Attending public meetings as well as internal and external coalition meetings
- Coordinating outreach and supporting communications, including but not limited to writing comment letters and blog posts
- Strengthening working relationships by providing technical assistance for and with community organizations, community leaders, and city & agency staff in their efforts to connect with communities and further elevate the Emerald Network's priorities
Other responsibilities include:
- Maintaining the Emerald Network links database, list of project partners, and progress reports
- Representing LivableStreets at public events, meetings, and with the press
- Collaborating with the Program Director to cultivate effective partnerships, including foundation, corporate, and donor support
- Working with our Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Diversity Fellow to create a Greenways Playbook, an instructive resource exploring how to build public green spaces in communities
- Collaborating with staff to produce written and digital external communications, including regular newsletters, social media posts, website updates, and other communication tools
Day-to-day, this looks like:
- Responding to emails from other advocacy organizations, funders, and non-profit groups to coordinate work towards common aims.
- Organizing, hosting, and executing events that bring people together to workshop ideas for our priority projects, such as the Charles River, DOT Greenway, and Columbia Road.
- Meeting with leaders (political, community, environmental, etc) to hear their stories, concerns, and goals. Support these leaders in a way that promotes the creation or improvement of non-vehicular networks.
- Collaborating with governmental organizations, such as the City of Boston’s transportation planners or the Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s Community Engagement team, to offer suggestions, ideas, and feedback we have heard from communities.
To be successful in this job, you should
- Have previous professional experience: You have experience in the fields of housing, land use, urban planning, transportation, landscape architecture, public health, environmentalism, or government. You have a minimum of 3 years of professional or lived experience with demonstrated leadership managing groups of people and/or initiatives/programs. Whether or not you are currently local to the area, you are familiar with Metro Boston regional planning issues. You have strong written, visual, and verbal communication skills. Fundraising and/or previous non-profit campaign management experience is a plus.
- Have technical experience (or be willing to learn): You have some familiarity in a combination of the following: ArcGIS, other mapping software, and Adobe Illustrator/InDesign. If you are unfamiliar with these programs, you have a comfort in self directed learning. Skills communicating in other languages (e.g. Spanish, Creole) is a plus.
- Enjoy building relationships: You enjoy connecting with people, particularly people with lived experiences different from your own. You enjoy cultivating and maintaining relationships through consistent meetings, formal and informal conversations, and amplifying community voices to those in power. You have been told that you are a good listener.
- Be open to new ideas: You are inspired by the possibility of creating new systems, processes, and environments. You are willing to challenge your personal perceptions and ideas and remain open to new modes of being. You acknowledge that all people contain expertise, even when they don't have a fancy professional title.
- Have the ability to do many things, as well as the confidence to ask for help: You feel comfortable taking initiative, thinking across disciplines, and creatively resolving problems. You have the ability to execute a number of diverse projects simultaneously, but also know when to ask for help. We believe strongly in teamwork.
- Foster a commitment to anti-racism + social justice: You are open to and curious about both professional and personal anti-racism work. Even if you are early in your anti-racist journey, you understand that your own identities color how you see the world and how this may effect LivableStreet’s goal to advocate for equitaible communities. You understand that decisions about highways, funding, the location of public space, and the access to affordable housing have had racist histories and are up to the challenge of building towards just communities.
- Take care of yourself: Advocacy work requires a great deal of emotion, passion, honesty, and hard conversations. You understand what you need to recharge and prioritize your own well-being. You help LivableStreets cultivate an environment of hard work balanced with rest and restoration, by respecting our “Forever Fridays” (half day Fridays all year long!) and making use of vacation time.
How to apply
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and references to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, October 24th. Early applications are encouraged.