Job Posting for Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA): Director

Title: Director

Organization:  Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA)

Brief Summary of Position:

The Director will build on T4MA’s successful policy advocacy, public education and outreach to create a statewide network of supporters and successfully craft and lead issue campaigns. Specifically, s/he will inspire all of T4MA’s members and constituents, and collaboratively marshal the talent and resources necessary to implement the remaining two years of our strategic plan. At the same time, the Director will prepare for and help design T4MA’s future. This is a compelling opportunity for a seasoned policy strategist, relationship- and coalition-builder as well as an entrepreneurial, disciplined manager who is passionate about advancing an effective policy agenda that generates action to protect our climate while increasing mobility for all.

The Director reports to the Executive Committee (Board of Directors). Position is located in Boston.

Responsibilities:

  • Advocates for transformative public policy change by setting and driving the implementation of multiple state issue campaigns in partnership with coalition members
  • Staffs and engages the coalition’s Executive Committee to ensure well-informed decision-making, timely action, and that all perspectives are heard
  • Links disparate groups, non-traditional partners and resources into effective statewide advocacy campaigns
  • Balancse short-term legislative and policy needs with the long-term need to influence public opinion and secure adequate funding for transportation investments
  • Deepens partnerships with public agencies while also calling for accountability
  • Identifys a research agenda and work with partners to scope and deliver research products (reports, white papers, forums)
  • Monitors and influences trends related to transportation policy and investments
  • Advances an active learning agenda for coalition members
  • Develops a coalition-wide workplan — with multiple, linked strategies — and budget, as well as oversee the implementation of all strategies by coalition members and a small, talented staff
  • Raises the coalition’s annual budget through philanthropic fundraising, and the identification of other sources of revenue
  • Recruits, manages and mentors a committed staff (4 currently)
  • Ensurea the optimal organizational structure, roles, responsibilities and training that meet T4MA’s evolving needs
  • Personally modela a culture of collaboration and accountability
  • Oversees sound finances and operations, in partnership with the fiscal agent partner
  • Serve as one of the public faces of the coalition
  • Champion T4MA’s mission externally to a variety of stakeholders: regularly speak at events, with the media, and with policymakers
  • Partners with and support grasstops and community-based leaders to advance transportation- and mobility-specific strategies
  • Ensures excellence and clarity of critical position papers, policy briefings and public education materials
  • Cultivates mutually beneficial relationships with colleagues in other states
  • Adapts best practices to MA

Qualifications:

  • A significant track record:
    Advancing an ambitious policy agenda in transportation or a related field (such as urban planning, affordable housing, public health, or social justice or economic development)
    Engaging and unifying diverse stakeholder groups – across the public, nonprofit and business sectors – to develop and implement action-oriented strategies that lead to measurable policy outcomes
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to
    Effectively represent the organization to a wide array of audiences (elected and appointed officials, community groups, business leaders)
    Authentically hear all points of view and drive consensus where possible, while also recognizing that, at times, hard decisions need to be made
    Keep the Executive Committee and other key stakeholders informed of T4MA initiatives and issues important to advancing the strategic plan
  • A strong commitment to addressing climate change and social inequity as well as building economic prosperity and improving public health
  • Experience with diverse organizational cultures, including organizations rooted in and led by people of color and low income people
  • Some familiarity with Massachusetts’ policy and political landscape (preferred)

To Apply: For more information, click here. To apply, contact Kathleen Yazbak and Babette Meyer at Viewcrest Advisors at: apply@viewcrestadvisors.com.

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