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Position Title: Asst. Coordinator - Bike & Pedestrian Programs
Department: Bike & Pedestrian Programs
Reports to: Manager, Bike &Pedestrian Programs

Description of EZ Ride’s Programs

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program (http://www.saferoutesnj.org/) is a federally funded program that is administered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and is designed to encourage school children to walk and/or bike to school safely. . EZ Ride is responsible to help the 800+ elementary and middle schools in Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Union and Monmouth counties to implement the program. As the resources are limited, our primary focus is on schools located in disadvantaged communities.  The goals of the SRTS program are to:

  • Work with schools to educate and encourage children about how to safely walk and/or bicycle to school to encourage health and reduce pedestrian crashes, traffic congestion, and air pollution.
  • Assist communities to make bicycling and walking to school a safer and more appealing transportation alternative and to identify issues and fund infrastructure improvements.

Highway Traffic Safety (http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/pedestrian.html) and Street Smart NJ (http://bestreetsmartnj.org/) Programs are statewide efforts to promote walking and biking safety in communities. Our goals are to educate and encourage seniors, high school students and children re: walking and biking safety in selected communities in our service area.

NJ Healthy Communities Network (NJHCN) Program (www.njhcn.org) is a funding collaborative to support communities to develop active living and healthy eating strategies via systems, policy and environmental change. EZ Ride currently has a two-year grant in Long Branch to implement SRTS bike and walking programs and to promote healthy living and access to healthier foods via healthy corner stores. Our goals are to:

  • Introduce and implement SRTS activities in the community
  • Develop a coalition of groups to work on increasing active living and healthier eating
  • Recruit and work with corner stores to sell healthier snacks, drinks and fresh produce.
  • Conduct walkability assessments and prepare school travel plans
  • Attend grantee meetings and help write blogs about community successes

Street Smart New Jersey (SSNJ) campaign is an NJTPA funded program to decrease pedestrian crash rates and fatalities. We work on two full campaigns annually and prepare a report on our efforts to observe driver/pedestrian behavior, survey and educate residents about NJ laws, safe practices and the campaign’s key messages.

Role of The Position

You will be responsible to help our Bike & Ped team carry out the grant responsibilities and promote/implement the SRTS, HTS, HCN, and SSNJ programs in our service areas.

Outreach: You will contact municipal and school staff, PTA members, active senior or community centers, and other relevant community members/organizations to initiate programs or further promote the ongoing activities to achieve the program goals. You will help carry out the active living and healthy eating strategies for the HCN grant community.

Educate/Encourage/Train: You will present to large groups of students and teachers on how to be a safe pedestrian and bicyclist. Additionally, if necessary, you will train the teachers how to educate their students on pedestrian and bicycle safety in our Train the Trainer program. You will also participate in the education effort for SSNJ campaigns.

Technical Assistance; You will help the schools and/or community:

  • Launch SRTS initiatives such as travel tallies, walk to school day, walking school bus, bike rodeos, poster contests and bike trains, etc.
  • Conduct walkability/bikeability assessments, develop school travel plans, apply for transportation grants, and other relevant projects.

Recognition Program: You will encourage and help schools and municipalities to participate in the SRTS program, and  register them in the state sponsored SRTS Recognition database annually. Successful schools and municipalities will be awarded certificates of recognition at our annual event.

Miscellaneous: In addition, you will assist with:

  • Preparing weekly, monthly and quarterly reports;
  • Making pedestrian/biking crash/safety maps
  • Researching and/or writing articles and case studies about our programs

Education and Work Experience

  1. Bachelor’s degree
  2. Deep interest in promoting health, walking and biking safety and wellness
  3. Experience and ability to make oral presentations to large groups
  4. Ability to initiate and build relationships with school/city officials, community leaders
  5. Ability to organize, plan and work independently and manage multiple tasks/deadlines

Skills and Expertise

  1. Excellent communication skills – written and verbal
  2. Bicycle/Walking & Healthy Living Enthusiast – bicycle owner
  3. Reliable, strong work ethic, focus on excellence, not hours worked
  4. Positive Team Player, able to take feedback and direction
  5. Good driving record and willingness to drive to schools and locations in Bergen, Essex, Monmouth, Passaic and Union County
  6. Expertise in Google Drive apps and Microsoft Office
  7. Motivated self-starter
  8. Availability for weekend and occasional evening meetings is required
  9. Ability to speak Spanish fluently is desired

Salary & Compensation Level

Competitive compensation package commensurate with experience and qualifications

 

Contact Information for Questions:

Submit Resume to:

Lisa Lee, Manager, Bike & Pedestrian Program

[email protected]

(201) 939-4242, ext. 123.

 

 

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