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Location: Philadelphia, PA

Community Coordinator

Salary: $50,000 - $70,000

Agency Description
The Managing Director’s Office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability (OTIS) is charged with driving change through our transportation and infrastructure systems. OTIS leads a portfolio of departments, including Streets Transportation, Streets Sanitation, Philadelphia Water Department (PWD), and the Office of Sustainability to provide cost-effective quality services with a focus on the resident. OTIS collaborates with a wide variety of organizations such as Amtrak, DVRPC, PATCO, PennDOT, and SEPTA.

More information about the functions of OTIS can be found at: www.phila.gov/otis, https://www.phila.gov/departments/office-of-sustainability, and https://www.phila.gov/departments/department-of-streets/.

Job Description
The City of Philadelphia seeks several highly motivated, flexible, creative, and independent coordinators with excellent communication, interpersonal, and project management skills to join OTIS in the role of Complete Streets Community Coordinator. The Community Coordinator will be involved in the implementation of a range of complete streets projects and advancing the goals of the City’s CONNECT Transportation Plan and Vision Zero Action Plan. Through their work and projects, the Community Coordinator will advance transportation equity and make Philadelphia a safer, more accessible city for all roadway users.

Each Community Coordinator will be part of a team of planners, engineers, and other professionals with a portfolio of projects in a specific region of the city. They will collaborate closely with the team to assure that the community voice is centered in each project that OTIS undertakes. The Community Coordinator will be a liaison—they will build relationships to ensure the voices of the community members are represented, and they will also advocate for the importance of each project within the communities where they will be built. The Community Coordinator will be responsible for making sure that the work of the project team is clear, concise, and communicated to the external stakeholders and community members who will be impacted.

Essential Functions
Do the work

  • Responsible for developing, planning, and implementation of the community engagement and outreach strategy for a portfolio of several complete streets projects
  • Support additional projects as assigned to assure that project timelines are clearly communicated to stakeholders and completed on time
  • Assure that community voice is centered in the Complete Streets project delivery process - project selection, scoping, planning, and implementation
  • Coordinate project implementation and review across City departments (Streets, Commerce, Parks & Recreation) and partner agencies such as SEPTA, PATCO, Amtrak, etc.

Collaborate

  • Collaborate with peers at OTIS and build relationships with staff across various City departments to better implement programs and projects
  • Participate in meetings with inter-governmental partners, stakeholders and community groups related to transportation concerns
  • Support City projects that advance the goals in the CONNECT Plan, Vision Zero Action Plan, the Philadelphia Transit Plan, and the City’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan
  • Support other OTIS initiatives and projects as assigned

Communicate

  • Support community and stakeholder engagement across department
  • Prepare and deliver communications materials such as presentations, memorandums, reports, data, and maps to a variety of audiences and in various forums
  • Support conversation with governmental officials and community groups to elicit support and promote public awareness of Vision Zero
  • Monitor and report on program and project goals through collected data and metrics to both internal partners and community members

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Able to work effectively and independently with City staff, resident groups, businesses, individuals, property owners and other stakeholders on behalf of the City to achieve and implement transportation programs, projects and plans.
  • Ability to understand the role of multimodal transportation in neighborhoods and an ability to communicate complex concepts to a wide audience
  • Ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines, and produce quality results on time with attention to detail.
  • Collaborative team member with focus on achieving shared objectives maintaining on-going productive working relationships.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including presentation abilities
  • Ability to analyze situational information, constraints, or data and present findings in written reports, visual and verbal communication  
  • Sound knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and a willingness and ability to learn other design software as required.
  • Passion for building community capacity to help build a safer, equitable, sustainable, healthier transportation environment for our constituents 

Qualifications
Required:

  • Experience in community engagement working with diverse groups to move a project forward within city governmental structure and its neighborhoods
  • Completion of an associates degree program at an accredited college or university with major course work in Urban Studies, Environmental Studies, Urban Planning, Public Policy, Public Health or comparable fields
  • 2 or more years’ experience in community engagement, transportation planning, program management, project implementation or related fields

Desirable:

  • Experience working with elected officials or other community leaders
  • A Master's degree or additional certification in the fields mentioned above

We welcome and encourage applicants with non-traditional career paths. If you don’t exactly meet the qualifications outlined here, please apply and describe in your cover letter how your own experiences equip you to excel in this position.

How to Apply
Interested candidates must submit a cover letter, references and resume. Apply online at: https://jobs.smartrecruiters.com/ni/CityofPhiladelphia/6ac2401b-289a-4067-81ad-a554dc21e0af