Become a Consummate Transportation Advocate

The BTA is hiring:

Position Title: Statewide Project Advocate
Status: Full time, exempt, grant dependent, limited duration (through 9/2011)
Salary: Dependent on experience
Benefits: Health, Dental and Vision insurance as well as generous paid time off and holiday benefits
Reports To: Operations Director
Posted: September, 2009
Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Expected Start Date: October, 2009

Organizational Statement:
The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) is a non-profit membership organization working to promote bicycling and improve bicycling conditions in Oregon and SW Washington. Since 1990 the BTA has worked in partnership with citizens, businesses, community groups, government agencies and elected officials to create communities where people can meet their daily transportation needs on a bike. The BTA creates healthy, sustainable communities by making bicycling safer, more convenient and more accessible.

Position Summary:
This is a 2-year position, the objective of which is to assist in creation of new partnerships and leverage existing relationships among public agencies, business communities, and statewide education programs to build high-level and broad-based support for statewide active transportation initiatives into the next biennium. In doing so, this position will focus on working with four communities throughout Oregon and engage them in efforts to improve their active transportation options and in a movement to increase funding for active transportation at the 2011 Oregon legislative session. This position will be required to work with diverse communities and stakeholders, including rural, low income, and racially diverse communities and representative organizations.

This position is managed by the BTA and funded with the support of the Northwest Health Foundation and other community partners.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Bringing creative ideas and energy for the purpose of helping Oregonians access safe places to walk and bike
• Grassroots organizing, including strategic planning, volunteer organizing, coalition building and media relations
• Working with minority and low-income communities
• Coordinating and collaborating with existing and new BTA advocacy and program initiatives
• Planning tasks and effective delegation of responsibility
• Tracking and adjusting to meet commitments and timelines
• Communicating effectively: verbally, visually and electronically

•Well organized, self-motivated and reliable, with experience in advocacy and active transportation options
•Ability to work well with and inspire others
•Ability to work closely with business and community leaders, including after hours
•Strong communications skills – writing and presenting
•Ability to speak and write in Spanish

Working Conditions:
This position requires statewide travel, which will include evening and overnight stays and requires periodically long and irregular hours of work both in and away from our office, so as a result the successful applicant will possess a willingness to work flexible hours, will possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license and an acceptable driving record or be otherwise able to provide alternate transportation capable of supporting equivalent programmatic expectations, and will possess a cell phone for staying in contact.

The BTA does not discriminate on the basis of: race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, physical or mental disability, or legal source of income.

To Apply:
Please send cover letter, resume completed BTA application form and sample of your work that best demonstrates relevant experience and capabilities in PDF format via email to No calls, please.

6 responses to “Become a Consummate Transportation Advocate”

  1. Somebody from a bicycle group – I thought it was BTA – testified at a Lake Oswego to Portland Steering Committee hearing two years ago in favor of streetcar. I could never understand that because that option, and only that option, increased the cost of providing a safe cyclist/pedestrian route by seven or eight fold, according to the project Alternatives Analysis.

    Now planners are saying that we may need to bore a 1400 foot tunnel just for a cyclist/pedestrian trail. From where would the money possibly come?

    Bottom line: making the “trail” more expensive makes it just that more likely that it won’t get built.

  2. I think it is worth noting that the urban development surrounding streetcar systems is exactly the kind of dense, mixed-used form that is good for cycling. Laying tracks in the road doesn’t help cyclists either, but it’s worth it in other respects.

  3. It is true that a couple of WSL ROW miles (more or less) is in the form of easement for rail transport only. However, it’s kind of hard to believe that the people doing the Analysis didn’t know that. It’s possible that the $7 million projected cost of the “trail” w/o streetcar didn’t include any cost of paying for the right to have a trail on those easements. At the very worst, a local government would have to exercise eminent domain. There probably will be condemnations, anyway. We simply are not restricted only to streetcar or reversion.

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