Active Transportation Alliance is seeking a passionate and dedicated individual to join our fight for healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities.
Under the supervision of the Advocacy Director, the Trail Advocacy Manager will lead Active Trans’ advocacy on priority suburban trail projects in the region, including leading the development of the Trail Connect Chicagoland campaign, which will seek to target and close priority gaps in the regional trail network. Primary responsibilities will include developing and implementing advocacy strategies to engage grassroots supporters, community partner organizations, and decision makers in driving trail development. Activities will include, but are not limited to, community outreach, coalition building, and strategic communications.
Essential Duties and Accountabilities
Lead development and implementation of campaign plans addressing priority trail gaps throughout the region
Build diverse coalition of individuals, organizations and other stakeholders to coordinate trail advocacy efforts
Develop communications content to support trail advocacy initiatives, including webpages, blogs, social media, factsheets, and reports.
Serve as spokesperson and main point of contact for Active Trans Trail Connect Chicagoland campaign
Frequent travel throughout Chicago suburbs via biking, walking, public transportation or car share
Occasional evening and weekend work hours required for community meetings, events, etc.
Participation in obligatory Active Trans organizational events and activities as assigned
A passion for and understanding of the transformational nature of walking, bicycling and transit on health, equity, and sustainability.
A commitment to Active Transportation Alliance mission, vision and goals
3-5 years of demonstrated organizing, communications or outreach experience
Experience in advocacy, community engagement and coalition building, particularly within the Chicago region
Superior communication skills, including written, presentational and media-related
Ability to work with online media platforms, including social media and web content management systems
Fluency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point
Expertise in transportation planning and trail development process
Familiarity with Chicago and suburban communities and units of government
Ability to lift and carry items up to 25 lbs.
Send a resume and cover letter to Jim Merrell at firstname.lastname@example.org. You must include the words ‘Trail Advocacy Manager’ in the subject line. Electronic submissions only; no mailed or faxed submissions will be accepted. No phone calls, please.
This position is open until filled. For priority consideration, please submit application no later than October 31, 2017.