Job (s) Alert: (1). Program Manager & (2). Fellow – National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) @ New York City, NY

November 19, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Program Manager for a new Global Designing Cities program

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) is seeking a Program Manager for a new Global Designing Cities program, a multi-year initiative that will develop a global street design guide and provide technical assistance on street and public space design to cities around the world. Applicants should demonstrate past experience and leadership in the fields of city planning, design, and public policy, with background knowledge in transportation, land use, urban development, and other city issues in an international context. For this position, NACTO is looking for a strong communicator with a keen eye for understanding the design of city streets as part of an overall campaign to improve cities and traffic safety in general.

The Global Designing Cities Program Manager will be assisting with the development of street design content that connects best practices from global cities with the international realm over the next several years, as well as conducting trainings and outreach with partner organizations. The position works closely with NACTO’s Executive Director and Global Streets Design Director as well as steering committees to ensure the effective implementation and dissemination of the initiative’s core goals. The Program Manager must be highly self-directed, and willing to accommodate a schedule with occasional travel to national conferences, trainings, and other meetings. The ideal candidate will have
experience and standing in city street design at a national or international level.

Core activities for the Program Manager include:

  • Original content production for street design targeting the international market, with significant writing and graphic production.
  • Contributing original ideas for graphic styles of streetscape renderings, imagery, presentations, and layout that communicate content most effectively.
  • Work closely in a team environment on the development and dissemination of Global Street Design principles that provide the key principles of world-class street design, while also providing a platform and the means to translate these principles to the local conditions of select focus cities and countries.
  • Assistance with coordination of oversight committees and peer-to-peer activities during development of content and dissemination, working closely with partners.
  • Support in training and outreach in select focus international cities in partnership with local organizations and governments.
  • Assistance with project management, including support for fundraising and grant management, program budgets, and working with grant-making partners.
  • Fostering relationships with partners, city staff in target communities, leadership, and partners.

Minimum Qualifications: Graduate Degree in Urban Planning, Transportation Engineering, Urban Design, Public Policy or a related field and 3 years of experience, or a Bachelor’s Degree and an equivalent amount of experience; strong writing skills, graphic production skills in Adobe Creative Suite, proficiency in GIS.

Additional Desired Qualifications: Experience working with national, state or city standards in street design; experience working on the built environment in an international policy context; proficiency in 3-D modeling software such as SketchUp.

Salary Range: $65,000 – $80,000

Email a cover letter, resume and work samples to the Global Street Design Director at Deadline for applications: December 1, 2014

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit association that represents large cities on transportation issues of local, regional and national significance. NACTO views the transportation departments of major cities as effective and necessary partners in regional and national transportation efforts, promoting their interests in federal decision-making. We facilitate the exchange of transportation ideas, insights and best practices among large cities, while fostering a cooperative approach to key issues facing cities and metropolitan areas. As a coalition of city transportation departments, NACTO is committed to raising the state of the practice for street design
and transportation by building a common vision, sharing data, peer-to-peer exchange in workshops and conferences, and regular communication among member cities. We believe that by working together, cities can save time and money, while more effectively achieving their policy goals and objectives.


  • Start Date: As soon as possible
  • Duration: 6-month Fellowship
  • Salary: $2,500/month

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), a non-profit association which represents large cities on transportation issues of local and national importance, seeks a recent graduate or current graduate student in the field of urban planning, sustainable transportation, architecture, urban design, or public policy for a six-month paid fellowship. The fellow will work on geographic and statistical projects related to urban street design and bike share in a national and international context.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Conduct statistical and geospatial analysis to assist with the creation of NACTO’s Bike Share best practices guide, Transit Streets Design Guide and Global Streets Design Guide.
  • Collect and write up case studies on sustainable transportation topics.
  • Data collection and research on transportation issues, including direct outreach to cities.
  • Production of visually clear, concise graphics to communicate information.

The desired candidate is self-motivated with experience finding and analyzing data sets, creating data
maps and charts, and conducting research around issues of sustainable transportation and major trends in
urban planning, design, and policy.


  • Graduate Degree (preferred) or Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning, Urban Studies, Public Policy, Urban Design, Transportation Systems, or Architecture with a demonstrated interest in sustainable transportation.
  • Relevant internship, graduate-level research, or work experience in sustainable transportation, urban development, and related fields.

Competencies Desired

  • Mapping: ArcGIS or open-source GIS applications
  • Graphics: Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator), SketchUp
  • Data Analysis: Access, Stata, SPSS, or similar
  • Experience with data visualization tools and 3D modeling, some knowledge of programming languages used in interactive graphics or web development a plus

Cover Letters and Resumes should be sent to by November 26th, 2014.