THIS IS A TIME-LIMITED POSITION FOR TWO AND A HALF YEARS
Deadline to apply is Sunday, June 27, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
To be considered, please attach one or two writing samples with your application
A resume and cover letter are not required with your application, but highly encouraged
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. For more information about MTC, visit us at www.mtc.ca.gov.
The Public Engagement Assistant (Housing and Local Planning Focus) will support the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) in public engagement and technical assistance related to regional housing policy initiatives. The Assistant will be responsible for a range of tasks to foster more productive public dialogue on housing as part of a comprehensive technical assistance program. The Assistant will also implement strategic communications and manage consultants in assisting local jurisdictions in updating their Housing Elements. This position is in the Legislation and Public Affairs section serving ABAG-MTC.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
The ideal candidate will have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; make presentations to diverse audiences, including professional staff, advocacy groups, and the general public;
Write persuasive documents, including reports, fact sheets, newsletters, outreach materials, web content, and social media posts;
Work with local governments, including public officials who lead MTC-ABAG as well as other professional staff engaging the agencies on behalf of their various constituents;
Plan and manage projects within time and budget limitations;
Organize and provide technical assistance with Zoom webinars; familiarity with online engagement tools;
Plan, coordinate and staff public meetings and workshops off-site as well as at the Bay Area Metro Center headquarters;
Represent the agencies in meetings and at events with community-based organizations and various interest groups, as well as assist with presentations to the ABAG and MTC governing boards as well as to city and county officials;
Collect and organize data into visual narratives; prepare simple charts and graphs to depict findings;
Work both collaboratively and independently as part of a professional team of dedicated public servants.
Writing in the journalistic style
Social media principles
Graphic design principles
An appropriate combination of education and experience that has provided the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is:
Education: A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in an appropriate discipline such as communications, journalism, English, liberal studies, rhetoric, political science, public policy, transportation or city and regional planning, or related field. (Applicants with a degree issued from an institution outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by an academic accrediting service and provide proof of equivalency along with the application.)
Experience: Depending on the assignment, a minimum of one year of relevant, recent full-time work experience producing public information, public relations or media publications; and/or designing and implementing public outreach programs for a governmental or similar entity.
License/Certificate: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver’s License and a safe driving record, or the ability to provide alternate transportation which is approved by the appointing authority.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Specific tasks and duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
Equitable Public Engagement
Collaborate with Housing Team to plan and execute Housing Leadership and Community Engagement component of new Regional Housing Technical Assistance Program funded by the state’s Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) grant.
Serve as day-to-day community engagement officer on all ABAG-MTC work related to Housing Element updates and otherwise advancing the production, preservation and protection of housing, especially affordable housing.
Attend project-related meetings, ensure processes are aligned with state and federal requirements to “Affirmatively Further Fair Housing” and other relevant statutory requirements, and ensure alignment with the agencies' Equity Platform, as well as broader goals of authentic public engagement.
Ensure that public outreach and engagement include meaningful efforts to include community voices historically excluded from public policy discussions, particularly low-income and communities of color most heavily impacted by housing, land use, and transportation decisions.
Manage consultants who are assisting local jurisdictions with technical assistance needs related to housing element updates.
Assist with contract management functions that include administering and monitoring funding agreements and task orders; ensuring compliance with scope of work, budget, and schedule; and reviewing invoices to ensure accuracy and conformance to funding agreements and task orders.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, distilling detailed program or policy concepts into compelling, relevant, and understandable content.
Prepare technical memos and summary reports; present findings to staff and policy makers.
Represent ABAG-MTC in a variety of meetings and/or events.
Advise ABAG-MTC staff on effective community engagement strategies related to housing issues.