Transportation Program Assistant


Vital Communities Mission: Engages Upper Valley citizens, organizations, and communities in creating solutions to our region’s challenges

Transportation Mission: Reduce reliance on driving alone

Responsible To: Transportation Manager

Effective Date: January 6th, 2014

Location: White River Junction, Vermont

Status: 40 hrs/wk, non-exempt. Temporary (one-year) with possibility for longer-term employment

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

This position will assist the Transportation Program Manager in planning and implementing Vital Communities’ work within the topics of transportation and energy. This includes supporting the day-to-day operations of our commuting outreach program (Smart Commute Upper Valley), general promotional and outreach activities, and assisting with the Vermont Transportation Stakeholders Network. 

Smart Commute:

ï‚· Consult major regional employers on programs to lower the impacts of commuting and mid-day transportation needs

ï‚· Work with manager to expand program to 50 Upper Valley workplaces

ï‚· Program and analyze transportation surveys

ï‚· Measure and promote progress toward reducing vehicle fuel use in the Upper Valley

ï‚· Play an active role within the Transportation Team in developing outreach and communications materials and plans

ï‚· Assist with event planning and execution

ï‚· Other administrative tasks as necessary


Vermont Transportation Stakeholders Network:

ï‚· Assist with all aspects of the Vermont Transportation Stakeholders Network, a statewide association of transportation professionals. Duties include logistics for 3-4 major gatherings per year, program planning, and outreach to Network members

ï‚· Develop a website to share case studies, best practices, and commuter data from across Vermont

ï‚· Assist with creating, administering, and collating surveys and other evaluative materials


Minimum expectations/qualifications: 

ï‚· Bachelor’s degree, preferably in public policy, environmental studies, geography, communications, or another applicable field

ï‚· Passion for efficient transportation, energy, and land use

ï‚· A basic understanding of PC computing, a willingness to try simple troubleshooting

ï‚· Attention to detail; efficient and effective organization skills

ï‚· A self directed individual who is willing to ask questions and wants to be successful in even the smallest task.

ï‚· An optimistic, outgoing, and positive presence when interacting with the public on VC’s behalf



ï‚· Ability to take on a diverse set of tasks and complete them efficiently at one’s own direction

ï‚· Access to personal transportation


General Expectations of all Staff 

 Understand and support the mission of Vital Communities as expressed by the Board

 Network with allied organizations and initiatives

 Coordinate and integrate efforts with staff working on other Vital Communities programs

 Actively participate in Vital Communities’ planning, evaluation and development: including annual appeals, newsletter and annual reports, staff retreats and meetings, Board retreats and meetings (as invited), and other outreach systems including blogs and the website

 Greet the public through all channels of communication with courtesy and respect

 Work in a safe manner and report any safety hazards to the Executive Director

 Maintain individual work station and office in a clean, attractive manner

 Practice good work habits of flexibility, efficiency, punctuality, dependability, and confidentiality

 Strive to upgrade existing skills and learn new ones

 Employ good communication skills by sharing information, listening to others, and giving positive input

 Work as a team member by helping others and making suggestions for improvements


Support Available to All Staff 

 Opportunity to set professional development goals with supervisor

 Regular meetings of VC staff

 Staff handbook updated regularly, with description of employment benefits and restrictions.


How to Apply 

Send your resume, three references, and a cover letter to Please e-mail any questions you have about the position to that address. To learn more about Vital Communities, visit

White River Junction, Vermont
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