The City of Vancouver, WA is seeking a Senior Transportation Policy Advisor. Housed within the Community and Economic Development Department, the Senior Transportation Policy Advisor will serve as the City’s senior project manager, advisor, strategist, and advocate for transportation projects of regional importance, including the Interstate 5 Bridge Replacement (IBR) program, congestion pricing on the regional highway system, planning for future southwest Washington highway projects, and the implementation of regional transit projects. As the City’s project manager for such projects, this person will provide technical and policy leadership, identify key issues and opportunities, collaborate with City staff and regional partners to establish desired outcomes and priorities, engage with project sponsors to advocate for city interests, and track and report out on progress.
In addition to the development of policy objectives and technical analysis, this position will also be responsible for identifying impacts to vulnerable populations and advocating for mitigation strategies to ensure infrastructure projects provide equitable benefits for Vancouver community members, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, low-income and transit-dependent residents, and people with disabilities. This position will lead City efforts to develop state and federal legislative priorities for transportation infrastructure and funding, and will be the primary spokesperson for the City in discussing how regional infrastructure projects further the City’s regional transportation vision in a variety of public forums.
The optimal blend of expertise would be technical hard skills with transportation projects (reading plans and analyzing technical reports) combined with the soft skills of advocacy and policy work in a political environment (with exposure to the City Council and community). The selected candidate will enjoy a collaborative, team-based environment focused on providing solutions. PE or AICP designations are desirable