SRTS Regional Coordinator
20 hours per week
The Bicycle Coalition of Maine (BCM) is seeking a dynamic, self-directed individual to coordinate and conduct outreach for the Safe Routes to School Program in Eastern Maine, concentrating on the Bangor/Orono/Brewer/Old Town/Lincoln region, but also including some occasional work in Hancock, Washington, and Aroostook Counties. The position will concentrate on communities with supportive infrastructure and a population density of more than 75 persons per square mile within two miles of a school.
Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a national effort that seeks to enable and encourage children to walk and bicycle to school. Programmatic elements focus on making walking and bicycling to school safe and more appealing. The SRTS program also helps facilitate the planning, development and implementation of projects that will improve safety, and reduce traffic, fuel consumption, and air pollution in the vicinity of schools.
The Bangor Regional Coordinator will be a 20 hour/week contracted* position with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Compensation will be in the area of $20/ hour. The position will be based from a home office, and the geographic scope will be finalized after a person is hired (approximately 60 minute radius from home, with occasional needs to travel beyond this range). The regional coordinator will report to the BCM main office in Portland, and will be expected to attend regular meetings using video conferencing. The continuation of this position beyond 2015 is subject to continued federal and state funding.
The position is responsible for:
- Working with youth, school, city/town officials, local committees, and community members to conduct SRTS activities at K-8 schools to increase the number of students walking and biking to school.
- Encouraging local schools to participate in Walk/Bike to School Days and other walk and bike encouragement events and programs.
- Encouraging and facilitating the creation of regular “walking school buses” and/or “bike trains” to local schools.
- Collecting stories and photos of events and activities to share successes.
- Coordinating SRTS evaluations (Parent Survey & Student Travel Tally) to gather baseline data about walking and biking participation rates and barriers.
- Coordinating assessments of walking/biking routes and school sites with parents, students and officials to identify priority improvements for safe bicycling and walking.
- Creating School Travel Plans with school communities to identify physical and cultural barriers to walking and bicycling to school.
- Providing technical assistance to the Maine SRTS Mini-Grants Program.
- Contributing regional SRTS content to the Maine SRTS e-newsletter and website several times per year.
- Coordinating with the SRTS’s sister program, the Maine Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education Program, to promote bicycle and pedestrian classroom presentations, after-school bike clubs and bike safety rodeos.
- Participating in weekly regional SRTS staff “meetings” via phone.
- Produce monthly written reports on Coordinator’s activities, number of children served and other results of all activities.
- Promoting the program to area media, at public events and through social media.
- Providing technical assistance on SRTS work on occasion to low population density rural communities.
- Maintaining files and data-bases for the program as needed.
- Performing other responsibilities as required or assigned.
The ideal candidate will have: a flexible schedule; a bachelor’s degree or higher education; a proven ability to work independently; experience working with public school systems; experience in community organizing and outreach; knowledge of the program region; comfort with making presentations and facilitating meetings to a variety of audiences; some knowledge of and interest in transportation policies and facilities; experience with event planning; contagious enthusiasm for biking and walking; and comfort and competence working with technology. Some night meetings and weekends may be required. This is a field position–regional travel required (car required; mileage is reimbursed at Maine state rate of .44/mile).
To apply, please submit a letter of interest, a resume, and a list of three references with phone and email contact info to email@example.com. Please submit your application by July 18.
Interviews will take place in the Augusta area on July 30, 2014. Please reserve that date; we will notify you of the specific hour as soon as possible.
* An independent contractor position does not include employee benefits. The contracted employee pays his/her own payroll tax and supplies his/her office needs, (computer, printers, materials, equipment, tools, etc).