Safe Routes to School (SRTS) (http://www.saferoutesnj.org/) is a federally funded program administered by the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and 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 implement the program. As resources are limited, our primary focus is on schools located in disadvantaged communities. The goals of the SRTS program are to:
- Work in schools to educate children about how to safely walk or bike 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 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 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 school community
- Develop a coalition of partners 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 monthly blogs about our work
Street Smart New Jersey (SSNJ) campaign is an NJTPA funded program to reduce pedestrian crashes 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 SRTS, HTS, HCN, and SSNJ programs in our service area spread over all five counties – Bergen, Essex, Passaic, Union and Monmouth.
- Community Outreach: You will contact municipal and school staff, PTA members, active senior or community centers, and other relevant community members/organizations to setup presentations or promote activities to achieve the program goals. You will help carry out the active living and healthy eating strategies for the HCN grant community including helmet fitting, bike safety events, and healthy eating events.
- 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 Street Smart 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 team reports;
- Making crash maps
- Research and writing travel plan reports, articles, blogs, and case studies
- Any other task as may be assigned.
Performance will be measured by:
- Completing grant deliverables or other assignments on time
- Efforts to recruit new schools and municipal partners
- Ability to present and availability to work at events
- Contributions to the Bike & Ped team
- # of Schools/Municipalities participating and recognized for their SRTS activities
- # of Pedestrian and Bike Safety Presentations conducted
- # of Bike Rodeo or Bicycle Skills Events conducted
- # of Walkability / Bikeability Audits conducted
- # of School Travel Plans prepared
- # of poster contests conducted
- # students participating in events
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS REQUIRED OR DESIRABLE:
Education and Work Experience Required
- Bachelor’s degree
- Deep interest in promoting health, walking and biking safety and wellness
- Experience and ability to make dynamic presentations to large groups
- Ability to initiate and build relationships with school/city officials, community leaders
- Ability to organize, plan and work independently and manage multiple tasks/deadlines
Skills and Expertise Required
- Excellent presentation and writing skills
- Bicycle/Walking & Healthy Living Enthusiast – confident cyclist
- Experience with Google Suite, Microsoft Word, Excel and PPT
- Availability for weekend events and occasional evening events is required
- Punctual, reliable, strong work ethic, focus on excellence, not hours worked
- Positive attitude, team player, able to learn quickly on the job, and accept feedback
- Good driving record – requires frequent travel to schools/ events in Essex, Monmouth, Passaic, Union and Bergen Counties
- Ability to speak Spanish fluently is desired
Contact Information for Questions:
Lisa Lee, Manager, Bike & Pedestrian Program, [email protected], (201) 939-4242, ext.123.