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Program Assistant (Part-Time)Posted 4/15/2013

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Summary:
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy advocates at local, state and national levels for policies and practices that support trails and greenways for transportation, recreation, conservation and as an integral part of livable communities. Founded in 1986, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's national office is located in Washington, D.C., and we maintain field offices in California, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Job Location:
The Western Regional office is located in the financial district of San Francisco, in a historic building on Montgomery Street. Convenient to MUNI and the Montgomery BART station, we are surrounded by professional offices, retail stores, restaurants and galleries.

Job Duties:
RTC is hiring for a part-time Project Assistant position to work with our Western Region staff supporting both our policy and trail development work, our program fundraising, and office administration. This position is part-time, 15-20 hours per week, beginning late May to early June 2013. Typical tasks may include:

Trail Development/Planning/Events: Assisting the Trail Development Manager in providing technical assistance to local trail partners by doing research and writing on trail planning, design, maintenance and other topics; gathering trail data and updates; handling logistics and event planning for walking clubs, Walk/Bike to School Day, trail clean-ups and celebrations; handling publicity for events using social media, designing flyers, and coordinating with local partners to get the word out.

Active Transportation/Recreation Policy and Communications: Assisting the Regional Director on our Campaign for Active Transportation, and other policy and advocacy matters at the regional, state and federal level to protect and expand investment in biking, walking & trails This may involve communicating and coordinating with our campaign partners in the Western Region; obtaining support letters from key partners and agencies; writing campaign materials. The Program Assistant also works on communications, giving presentations to local groups, writing stories for our e-newsletter or blog, and coordinating with our national communications staff to pitch media stories.

Programmatic Fundraising: Researching and tracking foundation and corporate giving opportunities, assistance with proposal writing, representing RTC in workplace giving campaigns (such as Earthshare).

Office Administration: The Program Assistant is responsible for general office management including ordering office supplies, handling accounts payable/receivable, and preparing expense reports.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
None, this position will report directly to the Western Regional Director.

Job Requirements/Qualifications: The successful candidate will have:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Outstanding organizational skills, as this is a position that requires juggling multiple tasks, and managing a lot of details and logistics;
  • Some experience in transportation planning, environmental policy, non-profit fundraising and/or political organizing/campaign work, and a demonstrated interest in biking/walking/trails;
  • An enthusiastic, positive demeanor, resourcefulness, a sense of humor and flexibility to help wherever needed.

Work Environment: Normal office setting, with low to moderate noise level.

Employer's Rights: RTC reserves the right to revise, change or reclassify this job description at any time in accordance with RTC's business needs. This job description is by no means an implied contract.

How to Apply: Send a resume and cover letter (tell us why you are interested in this particular position, and what qualifications you bring) to:

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Attention: Elton Clark
Duke Ellington Building
2121 Ward Court, NW, 5th Floor
Washington, DC 20037

Fax: 202.223.9257

e-mail: Elton@railstotrails.org

Please note that we get many applications, and are not able to respond immediately to all applicants. Please do not contact the Western Office directly, and please choose only one form of transmitting your resume (mail or email). We expect to conduct interviews beginning late April and make a hiring decision in mid-May, so please apply as soon as possible.

RTC is an equal opportunity employer and seeks qualified candidates regardless of race, color, gender, disability, or national origin. Women and diverse applicants are encouraged to apply.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
The Duke Ellington Building
2121 Ward Ct., NW
5th Floor
Washington, DC 20037
+1-202-331-9696