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The following is posted as a courtesy to the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission:

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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT Communications and Outreach Manager

The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission seeks an experienced communications professional to join us in promoting an innovative regional transit network. Put your writing skills, media savvy, and outreach skills to work to help build Northern Virginia’s economy and communities by expanding transportation choices, reducing traffic congestion, and improving air quality and energy efficiency.

In this newly designed position, the Communications & Outreach Manager will coordinate all aspects of the agency’s communications and outreach efforts, support Commissioners and senior managers representing the Commission, develop and implement communications and outreach strategies on Commission initiatives, design graphic print or electronic material and manage communications-related contracts. The Communications and Outreach Manager will also support community and stakeholder outreach on key initiatives such as the role of transit in the economic vitality of the region, development of high capacity, high quality transit in Route 7 and other key regional corridors, and public engagement in the work of the Commission.


The ideal candidate will be an experienced storyteller who has worked in a variety of mediums, is a quick study of complex public policy issues, and has a demonstrated interest in transit and expertise in transportation or economic development. We are looking for a creative problem solver who has excellent written and oral communication and skills in developing visually compelling communications materials in print and on the web. This position requires a college degree and at least three years of relevant experience supported with strong references.

DUTIES INCLUDE
1. Performs complex writing, editing and communications duties including designing, writing and/or editing e-newsletters, press releases, speeches, video scripts, reports, brochures, news and special feature articles, web-page copy, policy and procedures documents, testimony, and talking points.
2. Edits Commission meeting materials.
3. Develops and implements the community and stakeholder outreach strategies in support of the Commission and its partners’ planning, policy, and program initiatives.
4. Develops web-content for the NVTC website.
5. Uses website and social media tools to promote NVTC programs, to share
important news and to support regional collaboration on key strategic initiatives.
6. Provides communications counsel and strategy and training to other staff and
the Management Team as well as media relations support to Commissioners
and NVTC.

SELECTION CRITERIA
Mandatory:
 Bachelor’s Degree in Communication, Journalism, Public Administration,
Transportation or related field, plus three years of professionally progressive,
experience;
 Excellent written and verbal communication skills including creation of webbased
content;
 Experience in the design and production of presentations and other print and
electronic material;
 Ability to work on a small in-house team and to facilitate team projects outside
the agency;
 Experience in building a network of traditional and social media contacts.
Desirable:
 Additional work experience beyond the minimum three year requirement;
 Journalism or media relations skills;
 Experience in designing and/or conducting community outreach efforts;
 Experience in drafting and editing a range of communications materials including
speeches, articles, blogs, web-content, letters to the editor, and opinion pieces,
reports, analyses, and recommendations for board action and comments to
legislative and regulatory agencies;
 Experience with government and public policy;
 Experience with graphic design, illustration, and presentation software;
 Experience in creating and executing media plans for specific events and issues.


How to Apply
The job will remain open until filled. NVTC is an equal opportunity employer. Please
provide a complete resume including your salary history and requirements, as well as
a letter describing your qualifications and interest in this specific position. Send us
examples of your work.
Email your application to opportunities@nvtdc.org


ABOUT NVTC
NVTC has a small staff located in offices in the vibrant Court House area of Arlington. NVTC is the premiere transit organization in Northern Virginia whose mission is to promote high capacity, high quality transit that serves people and businesses across the region. We are leading experts on transit finance, coordinate regional planning studies and evaluations, and partner with other regional entities including the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. NVTC encompasses six cities and counties, Virginia Railway Express (a commuter rail service), Metrorail, the Vanpool Alliance, and six bus systems including MetroBus,

SALARY and BENEFITS


Outstanding benefits are provided (life, health, dental, disability insurance; pension; pre-tax child care and medical cafeteria plan; free parking or parking cash-out; tax-free transit benefit). We provide ZipCar membership as well as access to Capital Bike Share. The competitive salary depends on experience and qualifications.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


Work hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Additionally, work hours may vary based on business needs and will include evening and occasional weekend hours.
Applications will be reviewed on a continuous basis. Interviews will be scheduled with those candidates whose qualifications best fit our needs. The application process will close when the position has been filled or when a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received.


JOB ANNOUNCEMENT - PROJECTS AND POLICY MANAGER

The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission seeks a resourceful, transportation professional skilled in bringing teams together across transportation agencies on technology projects and planning efforts. This position will work with NVTC’s jurisdictions which include Arlington, Fairfax, and Loudoun counties and the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church.  Combine your skills in project management and knowledge of policy and planning to support regional efforts to expand capacity, improve connectivity and ensure high quality transit service in Northern Virginia. The Projects and Policy Manager will coordinate a regional working group on the New Electronic Payments Program, other contracts and state and federal grants as well as support regional planning activities.

NVTC has a small staff located in offices in the Court House area of Arlington.  NVTC is a leading expert on performance metrics and transit finance, coordinates regional planning studies and evaluations, partners with other regional entities including the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. NVTC encompasses six cities and counties, Virginia Railway Express (a commuter rail service), six bus systems including MetroBus, Metrorail and the Vanpool Alliance.

The job will remain open until filled.  NVTC is an equal opportunity employer. Please provide a complete resume including your salary history and requirements, as well as a letter describing your qualifications and interest in this specific position. Please describe examples of your relevant experience, include links to or attachments of relevant work product:

Email: opportunities@nvtdc.org
Director, Programs and Policy
NVTC
2300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 620
Arlington, VA 22201

 

JOB ANNOUNCEMENT - Transit Fellowship with the NVTC

Want a chance to complete a transit project in one of the most innovative and dynamic transit regions in the country? We need your skills in public outreach, policy and financial analysis, and data visualization through infographics and other tools.


The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) is preparing to interview candidates for its second group of Transit Fellows. This fellowship is to provide a professional development opportunity for mid-career transportation specialists as well as college graduates and graduate students. Successful applicants will gain in-depth knowledge of transit policy, planning and funding issues as well as an understanding of the policymaking process through conducting research under the guidance of NVTC staff, collaborating with transportation experts on publications, and assisting in the execution of programs conducted by NVTC. Transit Fellows will work on specific projects. Over the next six months NVTC is particularly interested in Fellows interested in the following projects:


 Developing and executing a public outreach plan for transit expansion
 Conducting policy and legislative research
 Working with NVTC to develop a series of policy forums
 Developing infographics and other graphical representations of data related to transit usage and economic benefits of transit
 Analysis of regional gas tax collections
 Update of emergency planning in relationship to regional transit networks


Minimum and Preferred Qualifications of a Successful Candidate:
 College graduates, graduate students or mid-career professionals;
 Bachelor’s Degree in transportation planning, public administration, economics, policy or related area;
 Demonstrated interest in public transportation or transportation planning and policy development;
 Strong writing and analytical skills;
 Ability to work in a small office/team oriented environment; and
 Proficient in Excel, including pivot tables.


Duration
Duration of the appointment is variable with a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of six months with an option of extension. Start and end dates can be flexible as can schedules. Priority will be given to applicants who can begin their fellowship quickly. We anticipate appointing as many as three Transit Fellows to complete projects no later than June 30, 2015; consideration will also be given to applicants interested in fellowships from May 15 through September 15.

Who Should Apply

Fellowships are awarded to professionals with a strong understanding of transportation policy,
finance and transportation funding and public outreach. Graduate students and mid-career
professionals are encouraged to apply.


Compensation
The Fellow will receive compensation consistent with compensation guidelines of the
Department of Rail and Public Transportation and will be eligible for transit benefits.


To Apply
Send cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to Kate Mattice at transitfellows@nvtdc.org.
The cover letter should describe the applicant’s objectives in pursuing the fellowship. Please
highlight particular skills, knowledge or interests as it relates to the project examples listed
above. Please note your availability at the top of the cover letter.


Applications can also be mailed to: Kate Mattice
Transit Fellowship Program
Northern Virginia Transportation Commission
2300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 620
Arlington, VA 22201


Application Deadline
Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until candidates are selected.

About NVTC
NVTC has a small staff located in offices in the vibrant Court House area of Arlington. NVTC is a leading expert on performance metrics and transit finance, coordinates regional planning studies and evaluations, partners with other regional entities including the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.  NVTC encompasses six cities and counties, a commuter rail service, six bus systems including MetroBus, Metrorail and the Vanpool Alliance.


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