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Welcome to the eleventh Jobs, Opportunities and Funding Dispatch! I was out in the future National Landing area long enough to grab this shot over top of Pentagon Row, which is still new to me despite spending lots of time in that area over the years, as I mentioned in this tweet stream when we received the HQ2 news last week. 

I’m also sure, despite this being a cold and sometimes dreary Thanksgiving weekend, that it’s packed with people, but on Wednesday November 21, when I shot this image, it was bright and glistening.

Let me take a moment and tell you how thankful I am that so many of you are getting value from this newsletter. I appreciate all the feedback, from sending me new jobs, to the number of jobs I send, to the types of jobs I send. I hope that maybe this list can be the present you need, of a new job, a funding lead or just awareness that there are positions and places in the world. Plus, please continue to write me if you have questions or want to do more things. Also, I misspelled Gordon Chaffin’s name in my imagery and this dispatch last week. My regrets.

Now, on to those jobs and opportunities:

The Still Open and Ready’s

SieX 1 and 2 ( A reminder that this is a start-up venture and that you would be taking on one of these roles and generating revenue. However, if you’re entrepreneurial, but don’t quite have an idea of your own, this would be a perfect fit for you.

US PIRG

Bicycle Colorado

Marin County (CA) Bicycle Coalition

Silicon Valley Bike Coalition

All those jobs in Boston but some are already starting to review resumes and interview candidates. I would suggest continuing to check that pages regularly if you are interested in any of these posted or upcoming City of Boston jobs.

The Loeb Fellowship (until January 4, 2019, so you have some time, but again, this is a fellowship so it can take some time to get an application package together).

The NAACP National Headquarters Design Competition.) Just a reminder here to  have your final materials in by November 30th.

Cascade Bicycle Club

The League of American Bicyclists

City of Bloomington, IN (Closes 12/3)

Walton Enterprises

Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT)

Apex Design

IndyGo (With Jerome Horne and Austin Gibble!)

SLF Consulting (Henry Pan can connect you with a staff member)

And not just one, but a second position at Uber. For the second Nadia Anderson is the actual hiring manager.

TriMet

Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) (Open until filled)

ODOT (Closes 12/3)

Atlanta Regional Commission

The Federal Highway Administration— this is that one that’s only taking the first 150 candidates, so be sure to jump on that fast.

Jarrett Walker & Associates (Original position has closed, but bookmark this page for two other upcoming position openings)

Seattle DOT 

California Walks (Closes 11/30)

Carson City, NV (Several potential opportunities but the bike/ped position may be the most interesting).

The City of Detroit

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) (Several openings with a variety of closing dates)

Friends of the High Line

The City and County of Denver

The City of Eugene, OR

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

UNC Charlotte (Closes on 11/25)

WashDOT

Valley Regional Transit

University of Washington

Adventure Cycling (Closes 11/27)

DVRPC (This is also their main page which has jobs, internships and other partnership opportunities listed on a rolling basis).

TxDOT

Foothill Transit

The City of Toronto (The Director of the Transit Expansion Office one that closes 12/7)

The I-70 Mountain Corridor Coalition (Closes 11/30)

Evenergi

Greater Greater Washington (Still not on the hiring committee, but can answer some questions personally)

The Coalition for Smarter Growth

Baltimore Regional Transportation Board Public Advisory Committee (Volunteer service opportunity with applications due on 12/4)

(Portland Area) Metro

Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies at UCLA (Closes 11/29)

The City of Madison, WI ( Grant Foster is willing to answer questions about the position you may have).

Transit Center

Agency Landscape and Planning

NYC EDC

Vote Solar

Buncombe County, NC

WMATA-related Arlington, VA projects via First Group

What Jessica Roberts slid us in the Bike Equity Network listserv this week:

The City of Key West is hiring a Multimodal Transportation Coordinator Planner. Full job description linked here. Key West, FL. Source: TRANSP-TDM list serve. Salary listed.

The City of Boston is hiring 4 temporary Bicycling Program Team Members. Boston, MA. Source: National Center for Biking and Walking. Salary listed.

USDOT is hiring a (paid) Traffic Safety Data Fellow. DC. Source: A Jobs Jawn. Salary listed. 

The Mayor of Stockton,CA is hiring a part-time Program Manager III / Transformative Climate Communities Manager. Stockton, CA. Source: A Jobs Jawn. Salary listed. ( Closes Monday 11/26)

The Downtown Long Beach Association is hiring a Placemaking Manager. Long Beach, CA. Source: emailed to me. Salary not listed. 

Playworks is hiring a Program Manager. Oakland, CA. Source: A Jobs Jawn. Salary not listed.

Fairfax County, VA is hiring a Transportation Planner IV.  Source: A Jobs Jawn. Salary listed. (Closes 12/7)

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is hiring a Public Health Planner. Boston, MA. Source: emailed to me. Salary listed.

Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) is hiring a Transportation Travel Demand Modeler. Pittsburgh, PA. Source: National Center for Biking and Walking. Salary not listed. 

The City of Santa Monica is hiring a Transportation Planning Assistant. Santa Monica, CA. Source: LinkedIn. Salary listed. (Closes 11/30)

More Jobs and Opps from My Own Social Media Stalking and Email and DMs

Thomas Ngo sent me a couple gigs, one more with his agency in Portland, Brink Communications, as a copywriter  (Closes 12/3) and another with Portland’s Office of Community and Civic Life as a strategic communications officer, for which he will be serving on the interview panel and closes on 11/17).

Get Some Money to Do Something

Transportation for Massachusetts wants to fund transportation justice projects, both by established nonprofits and also from independent and un-incorporated activists and advocates. While their efforts are primarily focused on Mass, there’s room for others outside of Mass to get funding to work on a specific climate justice project. What’s also nice, is that when Jessica Roberts tweeted this to me and several other awesome black/POC women-identified folks, several folks offered specific services or to partner.

In addition Safe Routes to School National Partnership is encouraging nonprofits around the country and specifically one nonprofit or local government in Oregon to apply for ten slots (eleven if you include the Oregon specific one) that will provide funding and a suite of technical support and training to help create an action plan and also build parks, especially in areas where equitable access to parks has been an issue. S/O to Dr. Adonia Lugo, who created the Bike Equity Network list, for sharing that with us this week on the listserv. All materials are due on December 10th.

The Transportation Review Board (TRB)’s Transit Cooperative Research Program is accepting request for proposals for funded research or projects that could use some technical support.

Finally, several heavy-hitters in urban economic revitalization have released this equity toolkit to help you build your projects.

Work With Me

As I’ve been doing this platform for the better part of a decade, what’s emerged is that I’m really good at digging out stories, from individuals, from organizations, from governments and communities. I think it’s vital that we are clear on who we are, what we are about and how we hope to go about in the world. Plus, you can draw the prettiest maps, but if you’ve not gone to the community and learned what all used to be on that site and, more often than not, what the community’s sketched out for itself, you’re also doomed. Oh and that doesn’t even get into government funding cycles that cancel projects or private developers who don’t seem to have a soul.

So here I am, offering to build the public engagement campaigns, the neighborhood identities, and the individual personal brands that your work, community or venture deserves. Feel free to fill out this checklist I made to help you build your outreach and branding strategy and also check out these six things I do when I present my work. Reply back if you’d like to hire me to help you implement some of things you want to do that you developed from both of those resources. Oh and if you want me to come speak to your group, here’s a sample of some of my other speeches from over the years. And yes, I’m available to be a subcontractor on your federal and state projects that need public engagement. I’m still working on getting myself to where i can be a full MWBE, but I have been able to work around that and team with some great folks, namely in Birmingham, AL.

Other Things To Do

— The flagship Transportation Camp, in Arlington, VA the weekend of the Transportation Review Board Annual Meeting, has opened registration. As much as I love big #transpocamp, having been on planning boards for Midwest and Baltimore and knowing how intimate the older DC camps were, I want to challenge you to pull together a group and get one going in your city, or, sign up for one nearby. DC is still fun, especially as part of the Transportation Super Bowl that TRBAM is, but don’t sleep on the other camps either.

Adina Howard, a black woman planner posted this in the newly revamped Blacks in Planning and Urban Development Facebook Group and I asked her if I could repost it here—If any jurisdictions are undergoing the Analysis of Impediments or Assessment of Fair Housing and in need of consulting I am offering free 30 minute “pick my brain” sessions. Schedule a time at www.seespotrunllc.com.  She’s only doing this until the end of this month and this which is probably the last time you’ll see this offer here, so make sure you don’t miss out.

Barb Chamberlain has issued a challenge for white folks in the space to evaluate their conference invites and jobs for opportunities to include folks of color. She has also added a tweet in the thread for my fellow POC and otherwise marginalized folks to tag themselves and their work if you want to be considered for more panels, keynotes, workshops, commissions and the like. Absolutely do this and also let me know when you are participating in these kinds of engagements.

Send jobs! Tag me on any social media outlets, reply to this email, etc. The goal is getting this email out over the weekends, but occasionally, I’ll get a batch of jobs and throw them up quicker. Or, life happens and jobs come out a little later, but they will be here, in some email or on the job board page of the site. Please also don’t limit your jobs to transportation and planning. If it has anything to do with land use, mobility or making black communities stronger, please send it my way.

Note the closing dates on jobs. As I said before, I try to get this out in a timely manner, as well as clean off old jobs that aren’t open anymore. Please also tell me when your jobs, especially those that have ambiguous close dates, actually close.

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Review your announcements for areas of potential inequity and to publish at least a salary range. It’s not enough to include an EEOC pledge or invite for certain groups to hire, especially if things like work environment, licenses, and other things don’t actually affect your day to day work product. Also, don’t be afraid to reach out to specific folks that you might have in mind, especially from previously marginalized groups with invites or offers to do informational interviews.

Before I Go…

The goal with this list is that these are jobs you are either a point of contact for, either as a future colleague or hiring manager or can mentor applicants to producing a successful application. I may also pick listings and posts on some of your social media accounts that are excellent resources for good leads and add anything of note that I think you (the potential applicant) should shoot for,  regardless of if there’s a lead from this list or in your own..

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Welcome to the tenth Jobs, Opportunities and Funding Dispatch. It is November 17, 2018 and I don’t think we really had a fall. Upper 60s and low 70s for Halloween night, and then this snow thing that several of us have had now. I was laughing at Kansas City until Thursday morning when I still had to go out and give a speech. And a good one I thought! Thanks to the Capital Trails Symposium, which was put on by the Capital Trails Coalition, which is administered by my friends at  the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, for putting on such a great program and letting me part getting folks excited to be there. Listen to my remarks, which start at the 13:38 remark with my introduction and end at the 24:10 mark. Thanks again to Gordon Chaffin for the image leading this picture and the recording and a very special shout out to Les Henderson to for being my pep squad on that day (and tbh, every day these days).

Now, on to the jobs.

The Still Open and Ready’s

SieX 1 and 2

US PIRG

Bicycle Colorado

Marin County (CA) Bicycle Coalition

Silicon Valley Bike Coalition

All those jobs in Boston but some are already starting to review resumes and interview candidates. I would suggest continuing to check that pages regularly if you are interested in any of these posted or upcoming City of Boston jobs.

The Loeb Fellowship (until January 4, 2019, so you have some time, but again, this is a fellowship so it can take some time to get an application package together).

The NAACP National Headquarters Design Competition) Just a reminder here to  have your final materials in by November 30th.

Cascade Bicycle Club

The League of American Bicyclists

City of West Hollywood That 11/20 close date is almost here and basically before the next email, so get on this one!

City of Bloomington, IN (Closes 12/3)

Walton Enterprises

Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT)

Apex Design

IndyGo (With Jerome Horne and Austin Gibble!)

SLF Consulting (Henry Pan can connect you with a staff member)

And not just one, but a second position at Uber. For the second Nadia Anderson is the actual hiring manager.

TriMet

Sound Transit (Program Director closes on 11/20)

Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) (Open until filled)

The City of Alexandria (Closes 11/18)

ODOT (Closes 12/3)

Atlanta Regional Commission

The Federal Highway Administration— this is that one that’s only taking the first 150 candidates, so be sure to jump on that fast.

Jarrett Walker & Associates (Original position has closed, but bookmark this page for two other upcoming position openings)

Seattle DOT (Director and Transit & Mobility Division Director; The first is open until filled and the second closes 11/20)

California Walks

MNDOT

Carson City, NV

The City of Detroit

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA)

Friends of the High Line

The City and County of Denver

The City of Eugene, OR

The City of Westminster, CO (Closes 11/19)

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

UNC Charlotte (Closes on 11/25)

WashDOT (One, which closes 11/20 and Two)

Valley Regional Transit

University of Washington

Adventure Cycling (Closes 11/27)

DVRPC

What Jessica Roberts slid us in the Bike Equity Network listserv this week:

TxDOT is hiring a bicycle/pedestrian Planner III/IV (officially in the Public Transportation Division). Austin, TX. Source: APBP list serve. Salary listed.

The City of Toronto is hiring a Public Realm Project Manager. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Source: can’t remember. Salary listed. (Closes 11/21)

Foothill Transit is hiring a Policy and Programs Manager. West Covina, CA. Source: Emailed to me. Salary listed.

The City of Toronto is hiring an Executive Director – Transit Expansion Office. Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Source: Emailed to me. Salary not listed. (Closes 12/7)

The I-70 Mountain Corridor Coalition is hiring a part-time TDM Program Coordinator. Frisco, CO. Source: TRANSP-TDM list serve. Salary listed. (Closes 11/30)

Evenergi is hiring an eMobility Associate. Sydney, Australia. Source: Emailed to me. Salary not listed.

More Jobs and Opps from My Own Social Media Stalking and Email and DMs

Greater Greater Washington’s main advocacy person, David Whitehead, is moving on to bigger things and to replace him, they are hiring for two positions. Note, I’m only the messenger here as while I’m on the editorial board, I may or may not be on this hiring committee. But it’s worth looking into both positions, especially as a person of color, as I wholeheartedly believe we are in need of POC staff.

Another DC area smart growth and urbanism advocate, the Coalition for Smarter Growth, is looking for a Maryland Policy Manager. Again, this is an all-white office, but they want to change that reputation. They are also encouraging folks to go ahead and apply if they meet at least 75-80% of the criteria. You’ll also be working and managed by Aimee Custis and working with everyone else there in that office. They are a good squad and as many of you know, or should know, Aimee inspired me, along with my buddy Marcus Slade in NC, to crank up this jobs letter and I’ve been thrilled to see so many of you use this to find your way and find your place in the land use and mobility world as a result. Anyway, this position is open until filled.

This is a volunteer service opportunity, but Baltimore region folks, consider being part of the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board Public Advisory Committee. You have until 12/4 to submit an application to do so and you’ll be in the company of some great folks working to make transportation better in the Baltimore region.

Even though those in-house jobs from Thomas Ngo’s firm have closed, he sent along this one from the (Portland Area) Metro for a Safe Routes to School Coordinator.

The folks at the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies at UCLA reached out to let me know they would be posting this position as a communication manager, which again, if I was a little closer, would be very tempting for me to flex into, but it’s perfect if your both a transportation and communication nerd like myself. Apps are due by November 29th.

The City of Madison, WI is hiring a bike/ped coordinator and you’ll be working with Jessica Wineburg and Baltazar De Anda Santana, both who insist that this next person needs to have a mind towards bike/ped equity. I also like that the actual title of the position lists pedestrian first. Additionally, Grant Foster is willing to answer questions about the position you may have. Finally, when I was there in 2011 for CNU 19, the ability to get around on bike the way you can in Madison was life-changing and I hope they can continue making equity strides.

The lovely staff at Transit Center need a program associate (or senior program associate). I love the work they do, I’ve been honored to visit their office a couple of times and again, if I wasn’t building this platform, I’d be tempted to apply. (h/t Jerome Horne, who as you may remember, can help you with any jobs at his current agency, IndyGo)

I saw one particular NYC EDC job on Justin Garrett Moore’s LinkedIn, but here’s a whole list of open opportunities. Also, he posted a slew of open opportunities at Agency Landscape and Planning.

Vote Solar has a number of positions open, many across the Southeast region and one as an equity director. One of my favorite environmentalists, Katherine Kershaw, shared this on my LinkedIn. She’s just on of a handful of folks from my first job out of college I’ve either reconnected with or been privy to things they’ve been doing.

Buncombe County, NC (Asheville Metro) is seeking a County Manager. You wouldn’t be working with Kimberlee Archie’s agency in-house, but you would be working with the City of Asheville and other adjacent places in and around that part of the North Carolina strain of the Great Smoky Mountains.

A contracted (via First Group) project manager for WMATA-related Arlington, VA things. Can’t remember who posted this one, but it’s here and I think it’s worth a shot. Arlington folks, let me know if you can answer project questions.

Get Some Money to Do Something

Transportation for Massachusetts wants to fund transportation justice projects, both by established nonprofits and from independent and un-incorporated activists and advocates. While their efforts are primarily focused on Mass, there’s room for others outside of Mass to get funding to work on a specific climate justice project. What’s also nice, is that when Jessica Roberts tweeted this to me and several other awesome black/POC women-identified folks, several folks (including me!) offered specific services or to partner.

In addition Safe Routes to School National Partnership is encouraging nonprofits around the country and specifically one nonprofit or local government in Oregon to apply for ten slots (eleven if you include the Oregon specific one) that will provide funding and a suite of technical support and training to help create an action plan and build parks, especially in areas where equitable access to parks has been an issue. S/O to Dr. Adonia Lugo, who created the Bike Equity Network list, for sharing that with us this week on the listserv. All materials are due on December 10th.

The Transportation Review Board (TRB)’s Transit Cooperative Research Program is accepting request for proposals for funded research or projects that could use some technical support.

Finally, several heavy-hitters in urban economic revitalization have released this equity toolkit to help you build your projects.

Work With Me

As I’ve been doing this platform for the better part of a decade, what’s emerged is that I’m really good at digging out stories, from individuals, from organizations, from governments and communities. I think it’s vital that we are clear on who we are, what we are about and how we hope to go about in the world. Plus, you can draw the prettiest maps, but if you’ve not gone to the community and learned what all used to be on that site and, more often than not, what the community’s sketched out for itself, you’re also doomed. Oh and that doesn’t even get into government funding cycles that cancel projects or private developers who don’t seem to have a soul.

So here I am, offering to build the public engagement campaigns, the neighborhood identities, and the individual personal brands that your work, community or venture deserves. Feel free to fill out this checklist I made to help you build your outreach and branding strategy and also check out these six things I do when I present my work. Reply back if you’d like to hire me to help you implement some of things you want to do that you developed from both of those resources. Oh and if you want me to come speak to your group, here’s a sample of some of my other speeches from over the years. And yes, I’m available to be a subcontractor on your federal and state projects that need public engagement. I’m still working on getting myself to where i can be a full MWBE, but I have been able to work around that and team with some great folks, namely in Birmingham, AL.

Other Things To Do

— The flagship Transportation Camp, in Arlington, VA the weekend of the Transportation Review Board Annual Meeting, has opened registration. As much as I love big #transpocamp, having been on planning boards for Midwest and Baltimore and knowing how intimate the older DC camps were, I want to challenge you to pull together a group and get one going in your city, or, sign up for one nearby. DC is still fun, especially as part of the Transportation Super Bowl that TRBAM is, but don’t sleep on the other camps either.

Adina Howard, a black woman planner posted this in the newly revamped Blacks in Planning and Urban Development Facebook Group and I asked her if I could repost it here—If any jurisdictions are undergoing the Analysis of Impediments or Assessment of Fair Housing and in need of consulting I am offering free 30 minute “pick my brain” sessions. Schedule a time at www.seespotrunllc.com.  She’s only doing this until the end of this month, so make sure you don’t miss out

Barb Chamberlain has issued a challenge for white folks in the space to evaluate their conference invites for panels, keynotes, workshops  for opportunities to include folks of color. She has also added a tweet in the thread for my fellow POC and otherwise marginalized folks to tag themselves and their work if you want to be considered for more panels, keynotes, workshops, commissions and the like. Absolutely do this and also let me know when you are participating in these kinds of engagements so I can tell people to attend and congratulate you on your achievements! Also, I heard the Untokening this year was great. Sorry to miss all of you, but you know there’s always room for you on my proverbial podcast couch!

Send jobs! Tag me on any social media outlets, reply to this email, etc. The goal is getting this email out over the weekends, but occasionally, I’ll get a batch of jobs and throw them up quicker. Or, life happens and jobs come out a little later, but they will be here, in some email or on the job board page of the site.

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Welcome to the ninth Jobs, Opportunities and Funding Dispatch. Today is November 10th and as it is when you wait a little late to get an email out, more opportunities pop up. Plus, I wanted to take advantage of ninth on the ninth, but the best I could do is to send this out in the 9 a.m. hour for some of you. Anyway cue up this song, appropriately called Number 9. And this classic, which is what you probably thought I was linking to in the first place.  Or this one. Anyway, you got a soundtrack,here’s more jobs.

The Still Open and Ready’s

Rockingham County, NC Marcus Slade is your guide

SieX 1 and 2

US PIRG

Bicycle Colorado

livingLAB Detroit

Marin County (CA) Bicycle Coalition

Silicon Valley Bike Coalition

All those jobs in Boston but some are already starting to review resumes and interview candidates. I would suggest continuing to check that pages regularly if you are interested in any of these posted or upcoming City of Boston jobs.

The Loeb Fellowship (until January 4, 2019, so you have some time, but again, this is a fellowship so it can take some time to get an application package together).

The NAACP National Headquarters Design Competition.) Friday was the last day to submit your intention to compete and you have to have your final materials in by November 30th.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department First review of applications was October 29, but they will accept them now on a limited basis.

Cascade Bicycle Club 

The League of American Bicyclists

Cal Poly Pomona November 16th is the hard deadline, but they’ve even said it themselves that the sooner the better.

City of West Hollywood. This one’s close is coming up but it’s still not till 11/20

City of Bloomington, IN (Transportation Engineer)

Walton Enterprises

Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT)

Apex Design

IndyGo (With Jerome Horne and Austin Gibble!)

SLF Consulting (Henry Pan can connect you with a staff member)

And not just one, but a second position at Uber. For the second Nadia Anderson is the actual hiring manager.

TriMet

Sound Transit (Program Director closes on 11/20)

Brink Communications. (This is Thomas Ngo’s firm in Portland).

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department (First review November 15)

SFMTA (San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency) (Close November 16)

Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) (Open until filled)

TriMet

DRCOG (Closes 11/12)

The City of Alexandria (Closes 11/18)

ODOT (Closes 12/3)

Atlanta Regional Commission (Principal Program Coordinator and Senior Principal Program Coordinator)

The Federal Highway Administration— this is that one that’s only taking the first 150 candidates, so be sure to jump on that fast.

Jarrett Walker & Associates

Seattle DOT (Director and Transit & Mobility Division Director; The first is open until filled and the second closes 11/20)

California Walks

MNDOT

Carson City, NV

The City of Detroit

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA)

Friends of the High Line

The City and County of Denver

The City of Eugene, OR

The City of Westminster, CO (Closes 11/19)

The City of Toronto (Closes 11/13)

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

UNC Charlotte (Closes on 11/25)

What Jessica Roberts slid us in the Bike Equity Network listserv and on the web this week:

The Oregon DOT is hiring an Equity and Inclusion Officer. Salem, OR. Source: emailed to me. Salary listed. (This is  an exciting opportunity and it closes Monday, November 12, so I would get on that now).

WashDOT is hiring a Multimodal Planner. Olympia, WA. Source: Twitter user @barbchamberlain. Salary listed. (She also tagged me in this tweet and for this job as a commerce specialist, the planning position closes 11/20 and the other is open until filled).

Downtown on the Go is hiring a Business Outreach Coordinator. Tacoma, WA. Source: emailed to me. Salary listed. (The first review for these started yesterday, but they are still accepting applications until they fill the position)

Valley Regional Transit is hiring a Mobility Collaborative Program Director. Boise, ID. Source: TRANSP-TDM list serve. Salary listed. (Boise was so dope when I was there. You will be living large on that salary and yes, there are folks of color there and you won’t be alone if that’s you too!)

UW is hiring a Commute Options and Planning Manager. Seattle, WA. Source: emailed to me. Salary not listed.

Adventure Cycling is hiring a Safety Coordinator. Missoula, MT. Source: emailed to me. Salary not listed. (Barb tweeted this one to me as well and they RTed that RT. Also, they will start their application review on November 27)

DVRPC is hiring a Planner/Research Analyst. Philadelphia, PA. Apply here. Source: emailed to me. Salary listed. (This is a link to their full job board, so bookmark them if you are interested in the organization in any capacity).

WMATA is hiring a Project Manager in the Office of Real Estate and Parking. DC. Apply here; job ID 180851. Source: emailed to me. Salary not listed.

A Very Special Opportunity to Work Together for Transportation Justice

Transportation for Massachusetts wants to fund transportation justice projects, both by established nonprofits and also from independent and un-incorporated activists and advocates. While their efforts are primarily focused on Mass, there’s room for others outside of Mass to get funding to work on a specific climate justice project. What’s also nice, is that when Jessica Roberts tweeted this to me and several other awesome black/POC women-identified folks, several folks offered specific services or to partner.

Additionally, I want to be more specific about my offer on that thread, for communications services. As I’ve been doing this platform for the better part of a decade, what’s emerged is that I’m really good at digging out stories, from individuals, from organizations, from governments and communities. I think it’s vital that we are clear on who we are, what we are about and how we hope to go about in the world. Plus, you can draw the prettiest maps, but if you’ve not gone to the community and learned what all used to be on that site and, more often than not, what the community’s sketched out for itself, you’re also doomed. Oh and that doesn’t even get into government funding cycles that cancel projects or private developers who don’t seem to have a soul.

So here I am, offering to build the public engagement campaigns, the neighborhood identities, and the individual personal brands that your work, community or venture deserves. Feel free to fill out this checklist I made to help you build your outreach and branding strategy and also check out these six things I do when I present my work. Reply back if you’d like to hire me to help you implement some of things you want to do that you developed from both of those resources.

Other Things To Do

— The flagship Transportation Camp, in Arlington, VA the weekend of the Transportation Review Board Annual Meeting, has opened registration. As much as I love big #transpocamp, having been on planning boards for Midwest and Baltimore and knowing how intimate the older DC camps were, I want to challenge you to pull together a group and get one going in your city, or, sign up for one nearby. DC is still fun, especially as part of the Transportation Super Bowl that TRBAM is, but don’t sleep on the other camps either.

Adina Howard, a black woman planner posted this in the newly revamped Blacks in Planning and Urban Development Facebook Group and I asked her if I could repost it here—If any jurisdictions are undergoing the Analysis of Impediments or Assessment of Fair Housing and in need of consulting I am offering free 30 minute “pick my brain” sessions. Schedule a time at www.seespotrunllc.com.  (She’s only doing this until the end of this month, so make sure you don’t miss out!)

—I’ll be opening for the opening plenary at this coming week’s Capital Trails Symposium on November 15 at Trinity Washington University here in D.C. You can register here and please do by November 13th.

Send jobs! Tag me on any social media outlets, reply to this email, etc. The goal is getting this email out over the weekends, but occasionally, I’ll get a batch of jobs and throw them up quicker. Or, life happens and jobs come out a little later, but they are there.

Note the closing dates on jobs. As I said before, I try to get this out in a timely manner, as well as clean off old jobs that aren’t open anymore. Please also tell me when your jobs that have ambiguous close dates, actually close.

 Click on this link if you just want notifications once a week,with a link to content from the prior week. I’m still determining a hard date for that (truly weekly) recap.  And do nothing if you don’t mind seeing me in your inbox 3-5 times a week, as I increase the frequency that I share jobs and content from The Black Urbanist platform.

Review your announcements for areas of potential inequity and to publish at least a salary range. It’s not enough to include an EEOC pledge or invite for certain groups to hire, especially if things like work environment, licenses, and other things don’t actually affect your day to day work product. Also, don’t be afraid to reach out to specific folks that you might have in mind, especially from previously marginalized groups with invites or offers to do informational interviews.

Before I Go…

The goal with this list is that these are jobs you are either a point of contact for, either as a future colleague or hiring manager or can mentor applicants to producing a successful application. I may also pick listings and posts on some of your social media accounts that are excellent resources for good leads and add anything of note that I think you (the potential applicant) should shoot for,  regardless of if there’s a lead from this list or in your own personal life.

I believe that while being a prepared or preferred candidate may not be a job guarantee, it will start the process of building a bigger group of mentors and friends for all of us throughout the industry and in the communities, we both serve and live.

Plus, I’ve heard from multiple people that my post where I included some questions to ask and traps to avoid when considering this career field has helped them decide on planning school and also have a better balance of their career. Also, for those of you who live in SF-330 hell (and you know who you are), a friend of the site and A/E/C marketing coordinators everywhere Matt Handal has released a new SF-330 survival guide. And if you’re discouraged in your job hunt, read this Twitter thread and know you’re not alone in the hustle.

Finally, my colleagues Ashley Dash and Gisla Bush can help coach you through this job and opportunity hunt if you’d like.

Alright, that’s been the ninth job dispatch. Go forth and get your bag!

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Welcome to the eighth Jobs, Opportunities and Funding Dispatch. Today is November 6, 2018, and it’s decision time. I’ll be voting in the District today, much like I did in 2016. I posted this Instagram post highlighting how easy for me to do everything on the same day (register, vote, brag). Later that night I would weep openly at the Meridian Pint on 11th Street and then I would channel that aggression over Women’s March weekend into my Patreon.

You all know that I’m as blue as they come and sometimes very, very green. Please research and vote for progressive, forward-thinking candidates (or consciously abstain if you don’t have anyone like that on your ballot). Please try to get to the polls and if you have issues there, challenge them and make sure they register your vote. And even better, this work comes from the mandates of progressive, forward-thinking candidates and officials. Do the work you can, but know that some work will require you to run yourself or convince an official to appoint you to a board. And sometimes that work is as simple as a conversation or a post/email like this one.

Anyway, I still have lots of government and nonprofit and other similar jobs here and we’ll do what we’ve come to do and recap still open jobs and opportunities, add some new ones and then I’ll add a couple more announcements before I leave you to your job and opportunity hunting and voting.

Also, please, please, please remember to update me if the jobs on this list are no longer active or working. Sometimes the links on these posts go away, but sometimes they don’t.

The Still Open and Ready’s

Rockingham County, NC Marcus Slade is your guide

SieX 1 and 2

US PIRG

Bicycle Colorado

livingLAB Detroit

Marin County (CA) Bicycle Coalition

Silicon Valley Bike Coalition

All those jobs in Boston but some are already starting to review resumes and interview candidates. I would suggest continuing to check that pages regularly if you are interested in any of these posted or upcoming City of Boston jobs.

The Loeb Fellowship (until January 4, 2019, so you have some time, but again, this is a fellowship so it can take some time to get an application package together).

The NAACP National Headquarters Design Competition. There’s one more information session on the first of November, but you have to submit your intention to compete by November 9th and you have to have your final materials in by November 30th.

Two of those Washington State jobs  (That Barb Chamberlain can help guide you with. She’s also available for informational interviews and today’s (11/6) her birthday!)

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department First review of applications was October 29, but they will accept them now on a limited basis.

Cascade Bicycle Club 

The League of American Bicyclists

Cal Poly Pomona November 16th is the hard deadline, but they’ve even said it themselves that the sooner the better.

City of West Hollywood. This one’s close is coming up but it’s still not till 11/20

City of Bloomington, IN (Transportation Engineer)

Walton Enterprises

Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT)

Apex Design

Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition (Closes today)

IndyGo (With Jerome Horne and Austin Gibble!)

SLF Consulting (Henry Pan can connect you with a staff member)

And not just one, but a second position at Uber. For the second Nadia Anderson is the actual hiring manager.

TriMet

Sound Transit (Program Director closes on 11/20)

NYC Planning Thanks to Perris Straughter for sharing that position and note that it closes on November 8th.

Brink Communications. (This is Thomas Ngo’s firm in Portland).

New from Jessica Roberts’s  last couple of roundups in the Bike Equity Network listserv (With asides from me):

Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department is hiring a Scenic Bikeways and Waterways Coordinator. Salem, OR. Source: emailed to me. Salary listed. (First review November 15)

The SFMTA (San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency) is seeking a Transportation Planner II to focus on Vision Zero. SF, CA. Source: emailed to me. Salary listed. (Close November 16)

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) is hiring a Mobility Programs Manager for the TDM/Mobility Programs team. Apply here. Richmond, VA. Source: TRANSP-TDM list serve. Can’t tell if salary is listed. ( Here’s a direct link with salary. There’s no listed close date)

TriMet is hiring a Manager, Marketing & Outreach Services. Portland, OR. Source: emailed to me. Salary listed. (Open until filled)

DRCOG is hiring a Regional TDM Program Sales Specialist. Denver, CO. Source: TRANSP-TDM list serve. Salary listed. (Closes 11/12)

The City of Alexandria is hiring a Division Chief of Mobility Services. Alexandria, VA. Source: Twitter user @bikepedantic. Salary listed.  (Closes 11/18)

ODOT is hiring a Principal Planner. Portland, OR. Source: LinkedIn. Salary listed. (Closes 12/3)

The Atlanta Regional Commission is hiring both a Principal Program Coordinator and a Senior Principal Program Coordinator. Atlanta, GA. Source: TRANSP-TDM list serve. Salary listed.

The Federal Highway Administration has openings for the Pathways Recent Graduate – Community Planner. Many locations possible. Source: emailed to me. Salary listed. First 150 applicants only. 

Jarrett Walker & Associates is hiring a Transit Analyst. Arlington (VA) or Portland (OR). Source: emailed to me. Salary listed. (Will be interested to see how this hiring process shakes out and if someone marginalized does make it into this position, considering how they will be making the process blind to identity).

The Seattle DOT is hiring a Director and a Transit & Mobility Division Director. Seattle, WA. Source: emailed to me. Salary listed. (The first is open until filled and the second closes 11/20)

California Walks is hiring a Walk San Jose Program Manager. San Jose, CA. Source: emailed to me. Salary listed. (Closes 11/30)

MNDOT is hiring a Transportation Operations Manager for the Office of Transit and Active Transportation. St. Paul, MN. Source: National Center for Walking and Biking. Salary listed.  (Closes 11/19)

Carson City is hiring a Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator. Carson City, NV. Source: National Center for Walking and Biking. Salary listed. (No closing date listed)

The City of Detroit is hiring a Project Manager and Analytics Specialist IV (Smart Mobility Strategist). Detroit, MI. Source: NACTO jobs board. Salary listed. (No closing date listed)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) has a lot of jobs open, in IT and research and engineering.

Friends of the High Line is hiring a Senior Director of the High Line Network. NYC. Source: National Center for Walking and Biking. Salary not listed. (Closing date not listed)

The City and County of Denver is hiring a Transportation Engineer (Vision Zero / Area Engineer). Denver, CO. Source: NACTO jobs board. Salary listed. (Closing date not listed)

The City of Eugene is hiring a Traffic Engineer. Eugene, Or. Source: NACTO jobs board. Salary listed. (Open until filled)

The City of Westminster is hiring a Transportation & Mobility Planner. Westminster, CO. Source: NACTO jobs board. Salary listed. (Closes 11/19)

The City of Toronto is hiring a Big Data Innovation Research Analyst 1. Toronto, ON, Canada. Source: NACTO jobs board. Salary listed. (Closes 11/13)

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is hiring a Traffic Engineer. NYC. Source: NACTO jobs board. Salary not listed. (Close date not listed)

A Few More Things

— I was tempted to throw my hat into this research job at UNC Charlotte, but I’m not quite ready to come home. It also has a hard time limit of September 2020, but it could become more, especially if the research bears fruit. Check it out. It closes on 11/25.

— The flagship Transportation Camp, in Arlington, VA the weekend of the Transportation Review Board Annual Meeting, has opened registration. As much as I love big #transpocamp, having been on planning boards for Midwest and Baltimore and knowing how intimate the older DC camps were, I want to challenge you to pull together a group and get one going in your city, or, sign up for one nearby. DC is still fun, especially as part of the Transportation Super Bowl that TRBAM is, but don’t sleep on the other camps either.

Adina Howard, a black woman planner who owns the planning firm See Spot Run posted this in the newly revamped Blacks in Planning and Urban Development Facebook Group and I asked her if I could repost it here: If any jurisdictions are undergoing the Analysis of Impediments or Assessment of Fair Housing and in need of consulting I am offering free 30 minute “pick my brain” sessions. Schedule a time at www.seespotrunllc.com. She would also like you to know that this is only for the month of November.

The Fine Print

If you want to add jobs, the best way to do so is to email me at kristen@theblackurbanist.com, to tag me on your job posts on LinkedIn, share it in The Black Urbanist Facebook group, or tag me on any tweets or social media posts where you see this job. After a few weeks of doing this and realizing so many jobs close on Fridays, and that there are so many jobs that do come recommended, I’m considering changing how this list comes out. Right now, I’ll officially be doing one of these a week, but don’t be surprised if you start to see more Jobs, Opportunities and Funding Dispatches to the point where they come out every weekday but holidays. That probably won’t happen until I get more staff here at The Black Urbanist, but be ready.

Either way, the minute you see or post a job, send it over and I’ll get it out as soon as I can. Also, please let me know if any links don’t work and also if you’ve filled these jobs and they just happen to still be sitting on your website. The goal with this list is still that these are jobs you are either a point of contact for, either as a future colleague or hiring manager or can mentor applicants to producing a successful application. I may also pick out some of your social media accounts that are excellent resources for good leads and add anything of note that I think you (the potential applicant) should shoot for,  regardless of if there’s a lead from this list or in your own personal life.

Also, a reminder to review your announcements for areas of potential inequity and to publish at least a salary range. It’s not enough to include an EEOC pledge or invite for certain groups to hire, especially if things like work environment, licenses, and other things don’t actually affect your day to day work product.

I believe that while being a prepared or preferred candidate may not be a job guarantee, it will start the process of building a bigger group of mentors and friends for all of us throughout the industry and in the communities, we both serve and live.

Plus, I’ve heard from multiple people that my post where I included some questions to ask and traps to avoid when considering this career field has helped them decide on planning school and also have a better balance of their career. Also, for those of you who live in SF-330 hell (and you know who you are), friend of the site and A/E/C marketing coordinators everywhere Matt Handal has released a new SF-330 survival guide. And if you’re discouraged in your job hunt, read this Twitter thread and know you’re not alone in the hustle. Finally, my most recent podcasts are a wealth of info on making your voice heard.

I’ve noticed several of you unsubscribing, before you do, click on this link if you just want notifications once a week, with a link to content from the prior week. I’m still determining a hard date for that (truly weekly) recap.  And do nothing if you don’t mind seeing me in your inbox 3-5 times a week, as I increase the frequency that I share jobs and content from The Black Urbanist platform.

Vote, if you can, and may our odds ever be in our favor!

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Welcome to the seventh Jobs, Opportunities and Funding Dispatch. Today is October 26, 2018, and I’ve been a Washingtonian again for just about a month. As I say all the time, I don’t know for how long and I’m honestly just going with the flow. I love my roommates and I have some other special folks popping up in my life that are making this round even better, so we shall see.

In the meantime, we’ll do what we’ve come to do and recap still open jobs and opportunities, add some new ones and then I’ll add a couple more announcements before I leave you to your job and opportunity hunting. 

Also, please, please, please remember to update me if the jobs on this list are no longer active or working. Sometimes the links on these posts go away, but sometimes they don’t. Anyway, the still opens:

Rockingham County, NC Marcus Slade is your guide

SieX 1 and 2

US PIRG

Bicycle Colorado

livingLAB Detroit

Marin County (CA) Bicycle Coalition

City of Long Beach Advance Planning Coordinator (CLOSES TODAY)

Silicon Valley Bike Coalition

Options for Homes in Toronto. This position has been reviewing resumes for the past couple of weeks and a decision may have been made. I would call or email to double check before submitting any information.

The University of Washington, Tacoma Urban Studies Department  (Dr. Mark Pendras is leading the search for this tenure-track position and the priority deadline is November 5, one and a half weeks from today.

All those jobs in Boston but some are already starting to review resumes and interview candidates. I would suggest continuing to check that pages regularly if you are interested in any of these posted or upcoming City of Boston jobs.

The Loeb Fellowship (until January 4, 2019, so you have some time, but again, this is a fellowship so it can take some time to get an application package together).

The NAACP National Headquarters Design Competition. There’s one more information session on the first of November, but you have to submit your intention to compete by November 9th and you have to have your final materials in by November 30th.

And finally all those Washington State DOT Jobs (That Barb Chamberlain can help guide you with. She did say that the planning ones are closing very soon. Not sure what very soon means, but I would get that app in ASAP if you want to work with them. Also, please do reach out, even if it’s just to add another potential mentor or friend to your roster of people in this world.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department First review of applications is October 29, but they will accept them afterward on a limited basis. 


Cascade Bicycle Club
 

The League of American Bicyclists

Cal Poly Pomona November 16th is the hard deadline, but they’ve even said it themselves that the sooner the better.

City of West Hollywood. You have just over a month to get this application in, as it closes on 11/20/2018

City and County of Denver

City of Bloomington, IN Bike/Ped and Transportation Engineer)

Walton Enterprises

Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit (TCAT)

City of Berkeley (These do close on November 5th and your information will be kept on file for future positions if you don’t get in on this round).

Orange County (FL) Transportation Division (All positions close tonight)

Apex Design

Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition (Closes on November 6th)

City of Missoula, MT (Closes on Monday October 29th).

IndyGo (With Jerome Horne and Austin Gibble!)

SLF Consulting (Henry Pan can connect you with a staff member)

And not just one, but a second position at Uber. For the second Nadia Anderson is the hiring manager.

New from Jessica Roberts’s roundup in the Bike Equity Network listserv. 

TriMet is hiring a Director, Bus and Rail Operations. Portland, OR. Source: WTS Portland chapter e-newsletter. Salary listed.

Sound Transit is hiring a Program Director. Seattle, WA. Source: NACTO job board. Salary listed.

The City of San Antonio is hiring a Streets Outreach Coordinator. San Antonio, TX. Source: NACTO jobs board. Salary listed.

The Wisconsin DOT is hiring an Advanced Urban and Regional Planner. Madison, WI. Source: APBP Career Center. Salary listed.

From the Facebook group, NYC Planning needs a Senior Planner in its Queens and Staten Island Division. Thanks to Perris Straughter for sharing that position.

And, friend of the site Thomas Ngo and I have been friends since the TRB that we not only ran into each other at the convention hall and some of the official happy hours but on the Metrobus, not rail, but bus, headed to a local spot that’s a little off the beaten path for most tourists. Anyway, after time in New York and time in government service, his new firm Brink Communications is hosting a meet and greet next week. They also have openings for communications associate and project manager, positions that you can happily ask them about. If you want to attend it’s at their office, 1300 SE Stark St #201, Portland, OR 97214 on October 31, 8-9 a.m. PDT.  Anyone who’s interested in attending should email alyssa@brinkcomm.com by 8 a.m. PDT on October 30. Also, Thomas, congratulations on your speaking engagement in Portland. You’re going to do awesome!

Finally, if you want to add jobs, the best way to do so is to email me at kristen@theblackurbanist.com, to tag me on your job posts on LinkedIn, share it in The Black Urbanist Facebook group, or tag me on any tweets or social media posts where you see this job. After a few weeks of doing this and realizing so many jobs close on Fridays, and that there are so many jobs that do come recommended, I’m considering changing how this list comes out. Right now, I’ll officially be doing one of these a week, but don’t be surprised if you start to see more Jobs, Opportunities and Funding Dispatches to the point where they come out every weekday but holidays. That probably won’t happen until I get more staff here at The Black Urbanist, but be ready.

Either way, the minute you see or post a job, send it over and I’ll get it out as soon as I can. Also, please let me know if any links don’t work and also if you’ve filled these jobs and they just happen to still be sitting on your website. The goal with this list is still that these are jobs you are either a point of contact for, either as a future colleague or hiring manager or can mentor applicants to producing a successful application. I may also pick out some of your social media accounts that are excellent resources for good leads and add anything of note that I think you (the potential applicant) should shoot for,  regardless of if there’s a lead from this list or in your own personal life.

Also, a reminder to review your announcements for areas of potential inequity and to publish at least a salary range. It’s not enough to include an EEOC pledge or invite for certain groups to hire, especially if things like work environment, licenses, and other things don’t actually affect your day to day work product.

I believe that while being a prepared or preferred candidate may not be a job guarantee, it will start the process of building a bigger group of mentors and friends for all of us throughout the industry and in the communities, we both serve and live.

Plus, I’ve heard from multiple people that my post where I included some questions to ask and traps to avoid when considering this career field has helped them decide on planning school and also have a better balance of their career

I’ve noticed several of you unsubscribing, before you do, click on this link if you just want notifications once a week, with a link to content from the prior week. I’m still determining a hard date for that (truly weekly) recap.  And do nothing if you don’t mind seeing me in your inbox 3-5 times a week, as I increase the frequency that I share jobs and content from The Black Urbanist platform.

Happy job hunting and have a wonderful weekend!

Please forward this to anyone who needs this. And if you’re new here, come over and let’s get to know each other better.

Also, this platform doesn’t have a paywall,  but I still need to eat. Buy me a meal via PayPal or Cash App, or many meals via Patreon.

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Welcome to the sixth Jobs, Opportunities and Funding Dispatch. Today is October 19, 2018, and Wednesday was the 8th Anniversary of the creation of The Black Urbanist!

I’ve always been interested in how cities work and as I got older, I really wanted them to work better. As the platform has grown, I’ve really become invested in telling the stories of black towns and cities, people in the African Diaspora and how we interact with all kinds of cities, critiquing theories and practices that we’ve all accepted as fact in land use and planning, and finally, helping people get their foot in the door and find their place as practitioners of place.

It’s been a joy to see all of you open and respond to these emails and I’m happy I can provide value to you and your colleagues and friends. That being said, before I get into the job check-ins and the new gigs, please stop, listen to Episodes 9 and 10 of The Black Urbanist Radio Show with Ashley Dash and Gisla Bush respectively. Both of these women have powerful insights into how to up-level your career and how to make it work along with having a life! Take that advice and go after one or more of the jobs on this list!

Alright, let’s check on the still opens…

Rockingham County, NC Marcus Slade is your guide

SieX 1 and 2

US PIRG

Bicycle Colorado

livingLAB Detroit

Marin County (CA) Bicycle Coalition

City of Long Beach Advance Planning Coordinator (But only until next Friday 10/26)

Silicon Valley Bike Coalition

Options for Homes in Toronto. This position has been reviewing resumes for the past couple of weeks and a decision may have been made. I would call or email to double check before submitting any information.

The University of Washington, Tacoma Urban Studies Department  (Dr. Mark Pendras is leading the search for this tenure-track position and the priority deadline is November 5, two and a half weeks from today

All those jobs in Boston but some are already starting to review resumes and interview candidates. I would suggest continuing to check that pages regularly if you are interested in any of these posted or upcoming City of Boston jobs. I also want to applaud the City of Boston for modeling a great way to write a job description and recruitment sites for the government jobs. A lot of the government positions are good about showing salary and being clear on what type of job, but this also gives you some insight on culture, hiring timelines and also encourages people to come to this page and ask questions that aren’t found.

The Loeb Fellowship (until January 4, 2019, so you have some time, but again, this is a fellowship so it can take some time to get an application package together).

The NAACP National Headquarters Design Competition. There’s one more information session on the first of November, but you have to submit your intention to compete by November 9th and you have to have your final materials in by November 30th.

And finally all those Washington State DOT Jobs (That Barb Chamberlain can help guide you with. She did say that the planning ones are closing very soon. Not sure what very soon means, but I would get that app in ASAP if you want to work with them. Also, please do reach out, even if it’s just to add another potential mentor or friend to your roster of people in this world.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department First review of applications is October 29, but they will accept them afterward on a limited basis.

 The University of South Florida This closes tomorrow night 10/20/2018

Cascade Bicycle Club  I want to applaud them for being so transparent about what working for this kind of organization means and what is required. If you are looking for a great model to write those job apps, this is a good one , especially for my private and other non-governmental folks out there.

The League of American Bicyclists

Cal Poly Pomona November 16th is the hard deadline, but they’ve even said it themselves that the sooner the better.

City of West Hollywood. You have just over a month to get this application in, as it closes on 11/20/2018

Uber (Nadia Anderson is a potential future colleague).

Don’t forget about the Bike Equity Network group or the Untokening if you’re doing any kind of mobility and transportation-related work and want to stay in the loop around debates and discussions. Also, Jessica Roberts’ webinar is now on-demand and watchable whenever you’d like. Here’s her list from this week (both the Tuesday and Friday lists are included here):

The City and County of Denver is hiring a Safe Routes to School Program Administrator. Denver, CO. Source: emailed to me. Salary listed.

The City of Tukwila, WA is hiring a temporary part-time Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Program Assistant. Tukwila, WA. Source: emailed to me. Salary listed. 

The City of Bloomington is hiring a Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator. Bloomington, IN. Source: emailed to me. Salary listed.

Denver’s Department of Public Health and Environment is hiring a Program Administrator (Safe Routes to School). Denver, CO. Source: APBP career center. Salary listed.

Walton Enterprises is hiring a Bike Culture Program Manager. Bentonville, AR. Source: National Center for Walking and Biking. Salary not listed.

Salt Lake City is hiring a Transportation Planner I or II. Salt Lake City, UT. Source: emailed to me. Salary listed. 

Tompkins Consolidated Area Transit, Inc. (TCAT) is seeking a Project Manager. Ithaca, NY. Source: TRANSP-TDM list serve. Salary not listed. 

The City of Berkeley is hiring an Associate Planner. Berkeley, CA. Source: A Jobs Jawn. Salary not listed.

Orange County Transportation Division is hiring an Assistant Project Manager/Transit Planner two Planner IIIs, and two Planner IIIs (Transit Focus). Search here. Orlando, FL. Source: APBP career center. Salary not listed.

Apex Design is hiring a Multimodal Transportation Planner. Denver, CO. Source: National Center for Walking and Biking. Salary not listed. 

The City of Bloomington is hiring a Transportation and Traffic Engineer. Search here. Bloomington, IN. Source: National Center for Walking and Biking. Salary not listed. 

The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition is hiring an Executive Director. Santa Rosa, CA. Source: National Center for Walking and Biking. Salary listed.

The City of Missoula is hiring a Program Assistant – Transportation. Missoula, MT. Source: National Center for Walking and Biking. Salary listed.

My brother from another mother  (and King of NUMTOT ;)) Jerome Horne  would be thrilled to have you as a colleague at his and Austin Gibble’s agency, IndyGo in Indianapolis. They are hiring for the following positions and more:

  • Strategic Planner
  • External Communications Coordinator
  • Internal Communications Specialist
  • Customer Service Supervisor

Henry Pan sends over this call for three (yes, three) Associate Planners for the City of Berkley and while he doesn’t have a personal connection to this job, he does note that applying to this job will at the very least put you in the pipeline any future openings in the Berkley planning department.

He does know and can connect you with someone for the public engagement coordinator opening, at SLF Consulting, a Twin Cities area firm.

You could dump city life completely and go work on a farm with the Northeast Farmers of Color Land Trust on the Soul Fire Farm in Upstate New York. There’s a coordinator position open for applications until November 1st and there’s still time to become a Farm Apprentice for next year. Thanks to David Kanthor for bringing this opportunity to my attention via email.

And finally, if you want to add jobs, the best way to do so is to email me at kristen@theblackurbanist.com, to tag me on your job posts on LinkedIn, share it in The Black Urbanist Facebook group, or tag me on any tweets or social media posts where you see this job. After a few weeks of doing this and realizing so many jobs close on Fridays, and that there are so many jobs that do come recommended, I’m considering changing how this list comes out. Right now, I’ll officially be doing one of these a week, but don’t be surprised if you start to see more Jobs, Opportunities and Funding Dispatches to the point where they come out every weekday but holidays. That probably won’t happen until I get more staff here at The Black Urbanist, but be ready.

Either way, the minute you see or post a job, send it over and I’ll get it out as soon as I can. Also, please let me know if any links don’t work and also if you’ve filled these jobs and they just happen to still be sitting on your website. The goal with this list is still that these are jobs you are either a point of contact for, either as a future colleague or hiring manager or can mentor applicants to producing a successful application. I may also pick out some of your social media accounts that are excellent resources for good leads and add anything of note that I think you (the potential applicant) should shoot for,  regardless of if there’s a lead from this list or in your own personal life.

Also, a reminder to review your announcements for areas of potential inequity and to publish at least a salary range. It’s not enough to include an EEOC pledge or invite for certain groups to hire, especially if things like work environment, licenses, and other things don’t actually affect your day to day work product.

I believe that while being a prepared or preferred candidate may not be a job guarantee, it will start the process of building a bigger group of mentors and friends for all of us throughout the industry and in the communities, we both serve and live.

Plus, I’ve heard from multiple people that my post where I included some questions to ask and traps to avoid when considering this career field has helped them decide on planning school and also have a better balance of their career

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I asked this question before, but in honor of this episode’s guest, I’m going to ask it again: Are there too many planners? Gisla Bush, also known as GiGi the Planner, and a self-described urban planning career promoter seems to think the answer is no and goes as far to say there aren’t enough black planners especially.

We also talk about what inspired her to create a personal brand in this space, encountering and overcoming ageism and other challenges in the field and what she feels planners, especially those who want to work in the government sector, need to do to be successful in the field.

You can listen along or read the transcript below.

You can listen in a lot of places, but I want to highlight listening on Radio Public. Radio Public is part of the PRX family, which not only produces some great public radio podcasts, they are working to share the wealth through profit sharing like they do with Radio Public and training. When you listen on Radio Public, I get paid and you get more information.

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[00:00:00] Gisla Bush: Hi, my name is Gilsa Bush. My brand name is Gigi the Planner. I would consider myself an urban planning career promoter the purpose behind my organization, my business is to increase the number of black urban planners. So first I do so by allowing kids and teaching kids, black kids specifically, about the filter urban planning through workshops. And I also do career coaching for black planners going into the field and also going into their master’s program,

Kristen Jeffers: Which sounds really awesome and needed. I will tell everybody on the mic when I first heard about this. I was like, yeah, this is absolutely what we need. You know, as those of you who have followed me for a while know recently. I wrote a post about how asking just flat-out, you know, whether or not this is something that is an issue. Are there too many planners?Are there not enough planners?  Is there something that happens when you think about marginalized groups such [00:01:00] as you know black or Africaness at least in sort of against say whiteness, not amongst ourselves because we know we’re awesome regardless, and that’s essentially why you’re doing the work that you’re doing to make sure that people know that they’re awesome at this is a career path. So I like to start out by asking when did you kind of have an inclination that I don’t know if it wasn’t planning maybe architecture or just something related to like how we use land and how we do things around like the environment around us. When did that become an option for you or when did that even become an interest for you?

Gisla Bush: Well, my mother is an architect. So I grew up being taught sort of taught under her with drafting and I was going to go into school being an architect. Growing up. My mom always told me that had a knack for color and I’m a designer by heart. So, you know architecture seem like the the [00:02:00] path that I wanted to go into. I had an interesting background growing up and went to college really really young at the age of 15 doing dual enrollment. So I attempted to get into the architecture program at that time and it didn’t really work out. So I had to try to find next best option for me that was sort of  similar to architecture but wouldn’t really put me behind and caused me to have to be in school a little bit longer. So the school aid makes you Florida Atlantic University allowed me recently open a program for Urban Design. Which is you know a mesh between architecture urban planning landscape architecture and civil engineering. So I was able to learn about the field of urban planning through my degree in Urban Design. So that’s really how I sort of started in that I sort of know fell into it like most people do I really didn’t know what it was but ever since then I’ve really had a love for it.

Kristen Jeffers: That’s really awesome because your program like coming [00:03:00] out of the gate was an integrated program. So many of us seek have to make a decision like we have to think about architecture or planning especially as we climb the ladder for thinking about even more advanced degrees. I know for me  at least if you’re thinking about the North Carolina schools like UNC Chapel Hill has the planning program and N.C State  has the architecture program technically, even though we’re in the same university system. Those are two schools and two ways of doing things. To separate degree audits and sometimes a long time in between  to be able to complete those programs. And so, you know people who were able to you know, do that program and do doctorates in that program, you know, there’s a 45-minute ride horses, you know and other schools. It’s just a 45-second walk across the hall to meet with architecture advisor, and then you might have a planning advisor. I think that’s something we don’t even think about enough that there are sometimes [00:04:00] barriers. You mentioned that you know going to college at an early age. That was somewhat of a potential barrier just go into  what that was like because I feel like you mentioning that there’s going to be a lot of folks who come to this and come to thinking around these things after having even more like years lived, you know, it’s oh I didn’t realize I was a community advocate and I realize now this is a professional field. Oh, you know, I really didn’t know that anything else, you know, I didn’t have a parent connected to the field. I didn’t have anyone who had some form of connection. So,  talk about you obviously I’m thinking you might feel like you had an advantage having a hand and having a this interest and having someone recognize that and you as well as other things, is that true do you feel like you had an advantage,

Gisla Bush: um, somewhat somewhere, you know, like I said, it’s just sort of fell into it. [00:05:00] There just happened to be a programmer Urban Design that it just started, you know, it was in second semester when I found out it was a brand new program. I’m trying to get into architecture. I tried actually tried twice to try again to architecture program. But you know, this is separate enrollment process for that and I just didn’t make the cut. So my idea was to pursue my bachelor’s degree in Urban Design and then headed into my master’s degree in architecture. However, I’m going through that program. I learned about you know a little bit about what architecture would be like and I had a class and site planning and it did not really I did not really feel as if you know, this was really what I wanted to do.

Kristen Jeffers: Hmm.

Gisla Bush: So I got a taste of I got a taste of architecture while in Urban Design that I figure out that that’s not what I want to get into its little bit too nitpicky for me. I’m going to be probably stressed about all the little details as you know goes into architecture. So I just felt like you [00:06:00] know through Urban Design. I’ll have a better way and urban planning to as well, but a way to express my design.

Kristen Jeffers: Yeah. Yeah. I definitely can see that. It’s for me. It’s been coming up with the right kind of language to talk about what I’m doing. And again, I’m primarily a words person. I came to this because I was writing down things and I just went to journaling and then the next thing I know I’m like, okay,  well maybe I could build something and then over the years I found value in staying in to how we talk about things. Because often times you can draw the best building you can have the best land use plan if you can’t convince neighbors or convince the media. Like the mass media that this is a good idea. You may not even get to the stages of construction management. You know, it may just sit as like, I don’t know and it’s been a while since I’ve been through the phases of construction, but it definitely won’t be going into like an actual build phase. It’ll just be collecting dust and you know, I just heard about. Somebody else [00:07:00] finding plans for some form of mass transit that was supposed to be built in Baltimore and it was like, yeah, it’s not going to be built because it’s you know, it’s years ago. But again, someone was probably paid, someone who probably had a planning degree or architecture degree or even an urban design degree or engineering degree to make that plan, but it never made it. So just thinking about how so many of our, so much of our work so much of our ideas and goals of always get there. That’s definitely something that I think about a lot and honestly like you coming into thinking about the a way to open up the field, you know, you have created a brand much like I created a brand and just staking a claim to say not just that on here, but your, you’re taking it a step farther. And say how can I make sure [00:08:00] more people are here, you know, where did that calling and drive come from initially?

Gisla Bush: I guess the idea stemmed from me, you know surfing through LinkedIn and I happen to come upon a young lady from North Florida area doing some work with black girls architecture. There was a Barbie architecture camp that she had and I thought it was really interesting and then maybe a few weeks later I found about the Hip-Hop Architect. And so when I saw these two people, you know doing things for architecture and I just thought to myself. Well there needs to be somebody, you know, that’s promoting urban planning for blacks. So I thought you know, I think this is a good opportunity for me to you know to birth this dream so that was about, that was about a year ago and I started about May, I actually started this journey, but that was sort of where it, it started also, you know [00:09:00] being working in local government and the city in South Florida, I’m currently the only black planner at my office and we have I would say a pretty large department but 15 planners and often times I feel lonely, you know, I don’t fully, you know mesh with the rest of them because of know just different backgrounds initially when I got there there was a black gentleman and he was an architect, he was like an Urban Design planner and he left after a year and then a few years later. I was able to get my friend become an intern there and she was there for a few months. But you know, I’ve been there for five years and you know, it’s kind of lonely, you know being the only black person in the room.

Kristen Jeffers: Oh, yeah, absolutely.

Gisla Bush: So that’s sort of you know, that’s all sort of my drive. That’s also why the emphasis is for why I decide to do what I’m doing also because of that another factor is you know, going to school in the urban planning and went to Florida Atlantic University. As I said before. I got my bachelor’s and my [00:10:00] masters and I noticed, you know, quite a few black people in my program, but I did some of them did actually, you know, they got their degree in urban planning, but then they just work somewhere else. So I just felt the need that there needs to be some sort of retention and you know the graduates that’s coming from this plan program to still pursue planning because you know, What good is it to have planners out there that are just you know, you know maybe working as a teacher and that’s the same thing, you know, I guess being a teacher but you know, we have a great disparity of you know, white planners planning our communities and we really need a lot more black planners planning our communities because you know, the residents can resonate with them better. There’ll be more open to listening to them. So through my career coaching that as part of you know, what I’m trying to do is sort of help. People get to their next stage because I know there’s an issue with people trying to find jobs and not really knowing the steps. [00:11:00] So those are you know, the reasons why I got into what I did and the impetus for why I decided to move forward with them.

Kristen Jeffers: Yeah. It’s definitely a huge need like there’s a need from the community standpoint of having enough people that you know, understand the cultural dynamics. Essentially, especially in communities that have essentially been like planned off the face of the Earth as we’re seeing, you know, another wave of property values of land speculation of what we’ve termed gentrification but really it is a lot of things that are underpinned by that whereas in other assets there’s a lot of folks in the black community who have access to capital and access to creating new neighborhoods and sometimes neighborhoods that you know, That mirror some of the new neighborhood sometimes there are cases where we have as black folks have been able to aid [00:12:00] in gentrification, you know having folks having more diverse perspectives in the room having more of diverse perspectives both on the technical side as well as the sales side the be able to talk people through things because ultimately there’s a lot of folks. I feel like at the community level who just own hot property, if they’ve been able to own property and who can’t fathom the fact that you know, after years and years of being you know, ostracized or oppressed by landlords or even other government officials, I think it’s really important to have people in the room that are dedicated and have either examined ways in which they thought they had to say certain things or do certain things to get ahead in the business or even just thinking about like personal family issues because sometimes you know, some of us have land in the family and it’s not always ours to access at least not in  our generation or we’re not quite on the right side of the family to deal with [00:13:00] that or the lands been lost and it’s in pieces and there’s just all sorts of elements and angles you talked before about feeling isolated that there were no other people like you in your office and even you may have the technical prowess, but there’s just certain things where people ask questions or they try to get holidays right or they try to get hair right and all these things just come up that you know, you just wouldn’t have if you had a more and I definitely say diverse and inclusive office across the board not just your black diversity, but your diversity across like gender identity, sexual orientation and number of women versus number of men versus, you know, other other marginalized racial groups and cultures just having a lot of folks, especially the number of folks that reflects your population numbers you know there may still be some communities a majority of white European oriented folks, but there are a lot of [00:14:00] black and Asian and Latinx communities that were they are the majority. But do they have the same representation and governmental offices, especially in long-range planning when we’re long range planning where we’re thinking about how we put it infrastructure. Are we thinking about how are we going to teach how we’re going to put in infrastructure and have to teach people or are we looking at how communities are using things and potentially, you know, the things are already there. But really it’s awesome that you’re focusing in on and obviously you coach people from around the world. All from all different backgrounds, but I think this is a great opportunity to talk specifically about black women and some of the issues we face with stepping into a field again. There’s been a lot more attention paid to stem oriented fields. I feel like there’s a lot of more programs. You have a youth program. There are hundreds of others again. I’m you know, we part I partner with The Plug [00:15:00] which is another just media source that highlights activities and STEM of you know, especiallyblack women looking at what Arlan Hamilton’s doing with Backstage Capital the potential to fund being on the VC level and on the investor level but really what would you say and how what specifically are things that you started to see come up when you’re canceling your black women clients as well as other friends and colleagues on getting in and staying in and maintaining yourself in our field?

Gisla Bush: Well so far most of my clients have been black females and I think because I am a black female  they’re naturally drawn to me. I would have said I was think there was anything different from them versus, you know, somebody else as it relates to male or other races that have any particular issues I would say though that you know, they’re very [00:16:00] passionate about what they want to do. They have you know, a lot of drive. One of the things I realized that you know, the people I’m coaching our don’t really have a good knowledge of what urban planning is. So me helping those, you know, moving forward into the field, you know, just trying to just let them know about the ins and outs of what it’s like to be a planner, you know just be real with them, you know and let them know that. You know, these are some of the issues that I deal with, you know working in there and I’m just not trying to paint a facade. I don’t try to play a facade like urban planning is the best field ever. I don’t try to do any of that.

Kristen Jeffers: Yeah,yeah

Gisla Bush: I love the field but there are some things about it that you know, I don’t love

Kristen Jeffers: Yeah

so that’s something that I’ve been trying to, you know, make sure that I, you know, let my clients know about know the Hard Knocks of life was really going to. When you get to know working in a department or local government, but I really can’t speak to where its private because I’ve never worked in the [00:17:00] private sector, but at least let him know what happens, you know working in the public sector some of the things that you’re going to be facing some type of work that you’re going to be doing and just no getting a sense for you know, how it’s going to be.

Kristen Jeffers: Yeah. Yeah. I think that’s valid, you know, someone who has like a master of public administration or of technically affairs in my case. There’s this is a little bit of a distinction there, you know, we learned everything from public budgeting, you know where your money comes from and how it can be lost and you know, how on basically it’s at the mercy of elected officials how a lot of what you do as a public administrator or someone who works in government as you’re at the service of government officials, you know people who are elected and often times. You may want to consider elected office especially if you really want to set the agenda set the budget agenda, set the agenda that goes out to The [00:18:00] Press set the things that keep people when people do organizing if they’re talking about whereas if you’re great with being behind the scenes, if you’re great, especially with you know, doing mapping GIS coding it there’s a lot more coding involved now and always has been but it definitely is a area of coding and you know, That aspect where people there is some overlap there where two other sort of more general fields of computer science or you know  website making and software making you definitely do have to be you don’t really get to have an ego a lot of times, you know, your plans go through multiple red lines. And if you hated the red on your teachers pages when you were coming up, you’re really gonna hate it when you hear in the professional setting now, it’s. that doesn’t go away you I think you have to really like if you decide to do more public engagement like you but or if [00:19:00] it’s actually something you have to do and generally you have to do it when you’re in the government sector. You don’t really get the specialize like you doing private where it private you have people who are just GIS technicians, and that’s it. And then you have people who do the public meetings or people who had the meetings with the stakeholders and they go to different peoples meetings and go to different community meetings and sometimes yeah, you get that separation in the government sector, but sometimes your agency or your even your firm is too small for you to be able to differentiate I would think you would agree with what a lot of what I just said and that’s probably some of what comes up when you talk to different people about the realities of field where there any things that I missed. And that analysis of just the kind of the quirks of the field, especially since you are actively working and have been actively working in the field for a while. And like I said, you see it everyday versus me seeing it. It’s been a few years since I’ve been in private firm and it’s been a couple years since I’ve done like I on-the-road project.

[00:20:00] Gisla Bush: I mean what other things that I let people know is that you know, you have to deal with the public. That’s one of the biggest things, you know working specifically and local government is dealing with the public and they can be brutal. They can be very brutal. Everybody wants everything yesterday. You can’t get it to them fast enough and you just have to know stand your ground know what you’re talking about. I feel like sometimes there’s another ageism issues. I’ve had somebody tell me, they didn’t u say to me specifically but they told a co-worker. How old is, why do you guys have kids working, you know the department and you know, I felt like this to that and you know people look at using as if, I  have some people ask me how old I was a few times and different things like that that you have to deal with, you know, especially being a black female working in a..

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Sometimes what makes you appreciate new spaces and places is moving around and making those places for your career. My guest this episode, Ashley Dash grew up in the South, but also traveled the world at an early age as a military brat and to visit family. Because of her parent’s service in the military, she was even born outside of the United States in England. However, she actually grew up in South Carolina stayed near their to attend college and the first job she could get after her high-achieving college career was near her then home in South Carolina.

It was during that college career that I met her at a Monster.com career accelerator for high achieving college students. We reconnected recently over a Facebook video I happened to catch on a layover during one of my many recent bouts of domestic travel. I told her she had to come on the show after listening to her video where she talks about her many moves and I’m thrilled to feature a migration story and introduce how that ties into how we experience black urbanism.

You can listen and check out the transcript of our main conversation below.

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[00:00:00] Ashley Dash: So I am Ashley Dash and I am a Career Branding Expert and I have been around the country going crazy over the last several years just really learning how to build my business build my career and really move forward in a way that is hopeful for me.  A lot of times people ask me;  how do I get started? And the way I got started actually was after I graduated from college.

I was actually an unemployable college graduate. I had a brand-new shiny degree that no one really wanted. I had several corporate internships under my belt and just for a period of months, no one would hire me and no one would I always say touch me like a 10-foot pole so better word.

Kristen Jeffers: Yeah.

Ashley Dash: All of the traditional advice and people normally say like, you know go to Career Services, I was doing. Get internships. I was doing you know graduate I did that it just didn’t work. So it is from that place of like, you know, being out of money out of interviews. I really had to rebrand and change my life and I was able to do that in 30 days. So it’s from that place. I actually helped my clients and help other business professionals and entrepreneurs really move forward with their lives and what their career so they can increase their confidence, make boss money and really good get unstuck at work, because that’s something I get a lot is a lot of people feel stuck. So those are things that I focus on as I’m working through clients and I’m talking with people.

Kristen Jeffers: Yeah, so you talked about just in that little bit, you know being you know, you have all I know when I came out of undergrad I had a ton of internships and club memberships and running things and you know one case I had run a concert festival, I had managed money, I done all these things but often that resets when you leave the college setting and you go out to quote unquote the real world. So I definitely relate to that. I’m not sure how I cannot remember how close to [00:02:00] like the 08 recession you graduated out of but I know that was a factor with me. I had a job when I walked across the stage and December of 2007 and I was that was early for me.

That was a semester early. I was one of many of my classmates that I knew of who took advantage of the fact that our degree was a little lighter at least as far as coursework it was made for a lot of people to transfer into after other options. And so I took advantage of that. I was like yay, I’m getting out here.

I’m out of the gate. Yeah, there might be a recession but doesn’t matter I have a job and I guess I have an apartment and I finally have a car, you know, the life has started and actually the life truly has started. You know, like I said, I’m just 22 and pretty soon, I’m going to make this decision about law school and there’s gonna be a magical partner that’s going to appear we’re going to take over the world together babies, big house.Like even though I’ve always known that I wanted that big house to be like in a major city , it probably was going to be a big town house, but nevertheless all these wishes were there, but then six months into my working, at this organization I get laid off with four other people on the same day.

So essentially it was a reduction in force. It was  eligible for unemployment, but that was still something. I didn’t understand

And so yeah, I it’s July 1st of 2008 and I am unemployed. For the first time in my life is not my choice. It was definitely a learning experience and there were definitely things that happened at that position that I wish that I could learn better. But and also just as far as like how I conducted myself in the office like everything from like the junk on my desk to just bouncing around in the energy that I had in that office, but yeah, [00:04:00] definitely took it as a firing and

Ashley Dash: but it’s all lessons learned like It’s like 20/20 hindsight or so many things that I would have done different had I known but a lot of times you don’t know so I’m excited to hear about your experience at least initially because like I was not that person who had a graduation had a job after graduation, right? So I actually graduated late a semester in December. And the internship I had they let me stay on a couple months after graduation. But after that was kind of like I was unemployed, right?

Kristen Jeffers: Yeah. Yeah

Ashley Dash: But, I coudln’t qualify for unemployment. So I was living off of savings.

Kristen Jeffers: Mmm Yeah,

Ashley Dash: you know going through that process. I learned a lot about myself there was some personal things that had to happen and just but during the period 2008. I did land like I called my first real job, right? So you can’t see me but my air quotes my first

Kristen Jeffers: yes. Yes. Yes

Ashley Dash: with like you would benefits and you know, I can get my car and I can get my own apartment and and like really living the life, but that was dampened because the Great Recession did come. And while I want to say our organization that I was with at the time did not lay anyone off. Everyone had reduced hours.

Kristen Jeffers: Hmm.

Ashley Dash: So and at the time I wasn’t salary right? It’s my first time I was an hourly person. I’ve still making good money, but you know,

Kristen Jeffers: yeah, yeah,

Ashley Dash: really. So every other week, you know, we had to get like a Friday off.

Ashley Dash: So part of it was like I could feel you know, the impact to my paycheck.

Kristen Jeffers: Hmm

Ashley Dash: on the one hand but on the other hand I was. This is amazing because every other weekend I had like a three day weekend. So I was traveling I was busy.

Kristen Jeffers: Yes,

Ashley Dash: making all these road trips, you know, I was planning like two major trips twice a month because I knew that I had this, you know extra time, although my pay was impacted, you know, you know, I was I was able to deal with it. Wasn’t that big of a deal? But just [00:06:00] before everything kind of like during that time of the Great Recession if you survived, right?

Kristen Jeffers: Yeah,

Ashley Dash: it was still this just level of uncertainty. Yes level of the Doom and Gloom on the news on the radio. So I definitely learned how to have conversations how to have uncomfortable conversations how to ask really tough questions when bby no one has answers. I’ve had some really good experiences during that time professionally where I could like Leverage for like interview questions in the future. So I want to say at the time I worked for a commercial trucking and organization and I was responsible for reporting, right?

Kristen Jeffers: Yeah. Yeah

Ashley Dash: for the reports I was responsible for showing them, okay. How many trucks do you predict will be bought, you know on a on a monthly basis. So it’s like a rolling report and I remember sending this report. That was 0 for weeks at a time, months at a time to the Vice President of Sales vice president marketing saying hey, yeah, no one’s buying trucks and it was just these experiences that I was able I didn’t understand at the time but I was able later able to leverage these conversations into like interview questions.

Have you ever had a tough, you know conversation with someone? Yes. I mean who tells you know your first job your entry-level, right? Who tells the Vice President of Sales that no one’s buying trucks.

Kristen Jeffers: Yeah

Ashley Dash: The last month or two right?

Kristen Jeffers: Yeah.

Ashley Dash: So yeah. Hi, like looking back. It makes so much sense. But when you’re in the moment, you really can’t predict what’s going to happen and where it’s going to go.

Kristen Jeffers: Yeah, I’ve been through so many career transitions.  there been times where I’ve been unemployment eligible as well as times when it’s just been I’ve been fired and it always been times. I’ve had to walk away from positions  I feel like. Is something to be said about that flexibility and also being somewhere that you can be flexible,

but I want to go back to talking through that experience of even though you weren’t necessarily [00:08:00] making a whole lot. But in those early days before bills and like things of that nature really piled up being able to travel so much like I worked a $11 an hour job.

I worked it 40 hours a week. I was able to. Take a then-boyfriend on a plane up to DC. Which again is something you know, . I was back in Greensboro at this point, even if I had been in Raleigh, this is something you kind of just drive it, we did a hotel and all these things and I was like.

I was able to do that.  I was living at home. rent free. All I did was I went home. I pay my car note, which was very low  I had no credit cards back then credit cards did not become a factor until much later into my adult life.

And now let’s do it and now it’s like I’m that’s a. Yeah, it’s very much a monster. And I wish I can burn it send it back to work from where it came from but it happened  I sense that you’ve always had a bit of Wanderlust. Maybe

Ashley Dash:I do

Kristen Jeffers:You know, when did like what when you were coming up as a kid like would I know if my family was always a running joke, you know my grandparents live out on some property out in the country, but I grew up in Greensboro proper and I was like I have to go. Home and there’s got to be action going on. Part of the reason I live in the DC area now because it’s always been a city that was a goal City. And I was at person that would cry when company would leave.

Ashley Dash: Me too

Kristen Jeffers: like I just loved having a lot of action and energy in the house.

You know, my first train trip it took. Years for me to fly for the first time and now that I’ve been flying like I try to fly as much as possible, I’m the person that folks come to for directions. I am definitely not directionally challenged. So, when did you start to notice that about yourself that there was something where you just didn’t mind a lot of travel and a lot of moving.

Ashley Dash: Well, it’s [00:10:00] not myself. It’s actually my family. So I do have Wanderlust probably more than. All of my family grew up in a military family.

Kristen Jeffers: Ah,

Ashley Dash: so I am a military brat. I was actually born in England. So my first flight I don’t know.  So travel has always just been a part of my life.

It’s just something that. That we did now I actually grew up in a very small town called Jackson South Carolina. Very small very country.

Kristen Jeffers: Yeah,

Ashley Dash: but I was always visiting like my aunt she had three three girls my cousins and I was my mom’s only child. So I was always like visiting them and because.

My uncle, you know that family they were military. So he was in the Army so they would be traveling across the country for his job. So every summer basically I would go visit them and they will be in a different part of the country. So when summer I was in Louisiana, another summer, I was in Texas

Kristen Jeffers: Um-hum

Ashley Dash: I was in Georgia another summer. I was in Maryland like that was just what we did. So for me, it’s just a natural part of my life and like my family and even now like my grandmother would jump on a plane. Like that’s just we go to Maryland for Thanksgiving and we’ll fly her out and she has no problem, you know jumped on the plane picking her up like our whole family is like that so I think that’s just something that we do as a family and that I just inherited now, my mom has always been a really an advocate of what she calls culturalization right?

She wants me to experience the world. She wants me to see. Where people live and their other perspectives, so I was always going on different trips or or opportunities, whether it’s like going to the Opera or going to a symphony or band is exposing me to other cultures so that I wasn’t I guess in her words be like, it’s Country Bumpkin.

She wanted me to experience life. So I think just. Even though I live in the country having these experiences where every summer I was leaving and seeing new things new ways of life. I think that just kind of carried over as an adult, right?

[00:12:00] Kristen Jeffers: Yeah. Yeah

Ashley Dash: as an adult I was then able to make you know decisions for myself, but I think tried to be honest.

I didn’t really mean for all the traveling that has happened in my career to actually happen.

Kristen Jeffers: Okay.

Ashley Dash: It was like an accidental thing like one thing led to another so I remember. That’s my job a couple times and I realized it was time for me to move on. Like I was just like I was getting to a point where I wasn’t necessarily happy.

I kind of feel like I learned enough, but I really didn’t know where I wanted to go. But I was just like in this angsty place if that makes sense.

Kristen Jeffers: Oh, I understand that completely.

Ashley Dash: Yeah, so that angsty place where I’m like not happy, but I don’t want to leave. I don’t know what’s next just like all these questions and I remember seeing this position opening at Mercedes-Benz and I was like, you know what I’m going to apply.

Now here’s the thing. I didn’t actually think I’d get the job anyway.

Kristen Jeffers: Okay.

Ashley Dash: So this is my mindset at the time. Okay. I was working to Human Resources, but the position was like in compliance look HR compliance.

Kristen Jeffers: Yeah

Ashley Dash: ever done anything like that. Like I was a recruiter. So I was like a happy career fair lady, you know telling people a lot how awesome it is to work compliance like the opposite of recruiting right?

Kristen Jeffers: Yeah. Yeah,

Ashley Dash: but in my mind I say, okay. I’m going to apply for this job. They’re going to see my name see my resume. They’re going to say, you know, thank you, but no. Thank you. But they’re going to have like this name recognition. So when there’s another job at opens up, I’ll apply getting like oh, yeah, she apply for X y&z.

Okay. That was my mindset. When I applied for this position. I’m not going to get it. It’s okay. It’s part of a bigger plan. Right? So I actually applied for the position and then went on vacation for like a week because I didn’t think that I would, you know, hear anything back and I heard back like they call me later.

Yeah, we want to you know schedule an interview and I was like, well, you know, I work for the affiliate organization. They’re just being polite. Right.

Kristen Jeffers: Yeah. Yeah. Okay.

Ashley Dash: So then you know, I do like, you know a phone interview and you know, everything’s fine. I’m expecting to say Hey, you know, thanks for applying but blah blah blah blah. All right.

Kristen Jeffers: Yeah

Ashley Dash: I do the phone [00:14:00] interview and I don’t hear anything some of the okay not a big deal, you know, I wasn’t expecting this job and like a week later. They called back there like yeah, can you fly out for interview? I’m like what is happening? You know, I talked to my mom like yeah, they want me to fly me up and you know, things like that at the time I lived in Fort Mill South Carolina, which is like a suburb of Charlotte.

Kristen Jeffers: Yeah,

Ashley Dash: and the job was actually in New Jersey or like the greater NYC area.

Kristen Jeffers: Yeah,

Ashley Dash: so. Everything I can it was very interesting because in my mind, I hadn’t prepared for the job the way you would traditionally think that you would and every step the process. I was like, they can’t hire me like I don’t have any experience or this is just a courtesy interview or they’re just being nice, but I think when they flew me up, He got really real like, you know,

Kristen Jeffers: yeah.

Ashley Dash: Yeah you want to play it was my first time traveling for an interview. So that was a new experience and I want to take my first time in first class on the airplane. That was awesome.

Kristen Jeffers: Yeah. Yeah. Yeah,

Ashley Dash: right and just you know having those the all the interviews so just really getting immersed into these like an experience is really enough enough.

There’s not another way to describe it where you just kind of have to go with the flow you having the all the things they talked about like in undergrad. Finally came to fruition at hell. Yeah, like yeah used interview. This was panel interviews that we have to talk. We have to like interview while I’m eating lunch.

Make sure nothing in my teeth and pop these people and what do you order and etiquette and all those things? You’re kind of? Yeah, whatever. Yeah all came together and that and they actually offered me that job and it. Again, interesting because it was like this temporary job. It was like this full-time project assignment where you do this job for two years and then after that you leave like that that’s basically what it was but I felt like it was like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity where like who when am I ever gonna get a chance to work for Mercedes-Benz, even if it’s just temporary?

Ashley Dash: Yeah that was kind of like the beginning of me [00:16:00] moving for my career. Kristen Jeffers: I had family members that would always fly in so it’s always a lot of going to the airport but never actually getting on a plane and I’m like, well what’s on the other side of the plane like, you know, what’s you know, I hear that there’s like a I mean you can see the Jet Bridge but like it’s like you just they disappeared into a tube to go into a smaller tube and then they like get to go somewhere and come back, you know, this was back before, 9/11 like the terror attacks and like you could go to the gate.

Ashley Dash: Yes,

Kristen Jeffers: so and you could go to the gate anytime you wanted to my parents my dad, especially like he would you know, once it was clear to do as an obsession with transportation vehicles, like my dad was would take me to the airport. We’d sometimes just sit and watch the planes go and then sometimes it would just be us going to the gate.

Yeah, my aunt still lives in Detroit and she would fly say into Greensboro.Airport or maybe occasionally Raleigh airport, but at the time Greensboro airport was definitely still like a thing that people did not to say they don’t do it anymore, but it was definitely more vibrant. And so we would just show up and like at the gate.

I’m I’m both of my parents only and so my mom had siblings and they at the time I just have one other cousin who was also an only they lived in Oklahoma City. I never visited them out there, but. And they were always come in for a little bit during the summer. So that was a big thing. It was like well what a wonder what’s going on there and like I have an uncle and aunt on both sides that both at one point lived in the Hampton Roads Tidewater area.

So there were years where we would go up and visit them and that was a car trip. And it was actually that set on my mom’s side that you know, we took the train up to DC to go visit them even they looked right outside of Baltimore to time on the south south end. So, you know, there [00:18:00] was that was already kind of brewing and cultivating but I myself did not make it on a plane until I was 20 and I had all the fear that comes from flying and just hearing about it and just seeing the process over and..

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Hello folks. This is the 5th Jobs, Opportunities and Funding Dispatch. It’s October 11, 2018 and I’m here a day earlier than promised because several of the jobs listed here are closing on Friday and I have one that’s double recommended! Plus, the planet is going through climate change and I know a lot of jobs on this list will help to fix that.  Or you could do like this person above did and build a vehicle that raises awareness. Or even better, do both, we could use all the help we can get.

First, the still open jobs and opps, some with rolling applications, others with deadlines that aren’t tomorrow.

Rockingham County, NC (Marcus Slade is your guide)

SieX 1 and 2

US PIRG

Bicycle Colorado

livingLAB Detroit

Marin County (CA) Bicycle Coalition

City of Long Beach Advance Planning Coordinator

Wilsonville, OR (But only until Monday 10/15)

Silicon Valley Bike Coalition

Options for Homes in Toronto

The University of Washington, Tacoma Urban Studies Department  (Dr. Mark Pendras is leading the search for this tenure-track position)

All those jobs in Boston, namely this one!

The DDOT Hospitality and Commuter Outreach Coordinator (housed with Foursquare ITP)

The Loeb Fellowship

The NAACP National Headquarters Design Competition

And finally all those Washington State DOT Jobs (That Barb Chamberlain can help guide you with)

Then the closing tomorrows (Friday 10/12/2018) that I know of from the Bike Equity Network List.

  • The NCDOT is hiring a Transportation Planner I. Wake County, NC. Source: National Center for Walking and Biking. Salary Listed. This is the one that I double recommend.  Hanna Cockburn who is the Bike and Pedestrian Director at NCDOT along with a number of other folks I’ve known over the years of doing bike/ ped and transportation work period in North Carolina are doing some great things and Hanna’s really awesome. I first worked with her on the Greensboro Bikeshare Task Force and I remember seeing her Planning Department booth at several of our noted street festivals and can vouch that she will be a good resource, not just colleague (and maybe supervisor, I can’t tell how this will fall on an org chart but she will be in the building.)
  • The City of Providence is hiring a Planner. Providence, RI. Source: emailed to me. Salary listed.
  • The City of Sacramento is hiring a Program Analyst. Sacramento, CA. Source: NACTO jobs board. Salary listed. (I also appreciate that this one notes that the driver’s license requirement can be waived due to physical disability. I don’t know if they read last week’s email, but thanks for making this note).

And then everything else from Jessica Roberts’s Bike Equity Network list with longer/rolling deadlines

  • Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is hiring a Recreation Trails Planner. Salem, OR. Source: emailed to me. Salary listed.
  • The University of South Florida is hiring a TDM Outreach Coordinator focusing on bicycle safety education. Tampa, FL. Source: National Center for Walking and Biking. Salary Listed.  ( I also want to add that this is a part-time opportunity and a great way to test out the field or get back into the field after a pause if you’re local to the area).
  • Cascade Bicycle Club is hiring for a Policy Director, a Digital Communications Manager, a Rides Program Manager, and a Major Taylor Project Ride Leader/Instructor. Apply here. Seattle, WA. Source: emailed to me. Salary listed.
  • The League of American Bicyclists is hiring a Communications Director. Washington, DC. Source: National Center for Walking and Biking. Salary Listed.

I appreciate that Jessica’s well-organized in sending this list on Tuesdays in the Bike Equity Network Google Group. and I also suggest that if you’re interested in getting some of these jobs well before their close date and you live in Bike World (those of you know who you are) and you want to keep working there, hop into the Google Group! Also, thanks to Jessica for mentioning me on that list!  (And I didn’t realize until this morning I wasn’t in the Google Group and I’m very happy to be there now) It’s not too late to catch her webinar, Transportation Seminar: Transportation Behavior Change…Now With SCIENCE! which will be live at noon Pacific tomorrow (10/12/2018), but on-demand as long as you register for it.

Also, BIPOC folks who are community planners, advocates and all other related activities, the Untokening 2018 is accepting applications for its next iteration in Detroit. This is an excellent opportunity for those of us who are BIPOC to come together and learn from our peers, heal from prior injustices in the sector and plot out what’s next. I was at the first, I yielded space for Californians to convene for the second and I’m leaning towards not being in Detroit again this year (even though this promises to be an even more focused and purposeful version of the Allied Media Conference), but you should apply. Please ask for the fee waiver and scholarship if you think you have an inkling that you need it! The convening is only a month away, so I’d hurry and get your information in so the organizers can follow up with next steps.

Another phenomenal resource for jobs and opportunities. is Lynn Ross. Lynn runs Spirit of Change Consulting and is a veteran of HUD (under the Obama administration), the Urban Land Institute, APA and the Knight Foundation and she currently runs the @urbanistleadersofcolor Twitter handle, where she retweets opportunities, such as this newsletter and other activities of note from a list of other black and POC urbanists throughout the world. If you still read this and marvel at our existence, this will help you see that we’re pretty normal. Also, she just retweeted these job leads on her personal account. I think she’s just the messenger, but they seemed cool. She also tweeted a link to the Hindsight Conference, APA Metro New York’s 2nd Annual Equity Conference which is going on a week prior to the Untokening and she, like me shares great articles and resources around POC and places and spaces.

A couple more leads and then I’ll close the book for this week.

Lisa Nisenson, who you may know from Alta Planning, CNU and also as one of the co-creators of Cards Against Urbanity passed this opportunity along to go work for the city of West Hollywood as an Urban Design and Architecture Studio Manager. You could literally go to Hollywood, but still be a planner. Go figure.

Several folks in the Planning and the Black Community Facebook group have recommended applying for the Design Director position for the City of Detroit and I add myself to that list.

One of my fellow Congressional Black Caucus transportation panelists Nadia Andersonhas posted an opportunity to work partially with her team at Uber. More on that opportunity as a product marketing manager.

And finally, if you want to add jobs, the best way to do so is to email me at kristen@theblackurbanist.com, to tag me on your job posts on LinkedIn, share it in The Black Urbanist Facebook group, or tag me on any tweets or social media posts where you see this job. After a few weeks of doing this and realizing so many jobs close on Fridays, and that there are so many jobs that do come recommended, I’m considering changing how this list comes out. Right now, I’ll officially be doing one of these a week, but don’t be surprised if you start to see more Jobs, Opportunities and Funding Dispatches to the point where they come out every weekday but holidays. That probably won’t happen until I get more staff here at The Black Urbanist, but be ready.

Either way, the minute you see or post a job, send it over and I’ll get it out as soon as I can. Also, please let me know if any links don’t work and also if you’ve filled these jobs and they just happen to still be sitting on your website. The goal with this list is still that these are jobs you are either a point of contact for, either as a future colleague or hiring manager or can mentor applicants to producing a successful application. I may also pick out some of your social media accounts that are excellent resources for good leads and add anything of note that I think you (the potential applicant) should shoot for,  regardless of if there’s a lead from this list or in your own personal life.

Also, a reminder to review your announcements for areas of potential inequity and to publish at least a salary range. It’s not enough to include an EEOC pledge or invite for certain groups to hire, especially if things like work environment, licenses, and other things don’t actually affect your day to day work product.

I believe that while being a prepared or preferred candidate may not be a job guarantee, it will start the process of building a bigger group of mentors and friends for all of us throughout the industry and in the communities, we both serve and live.

Plus, I’ve heard from multiple people that my post where I included some questions to ask and traps to avoid when considering this career field has helped them decide on planning school and also have a better balance of their career

I’ve noticed several of you unsubscribing, before you do, click on this link if you just want notifications once a week, with a link to content from the prior week. I’m still determining a hard date for that (truly weekly) recap.  And do nothing if you don’t mind seeing me in your inbox 3-5 times a week, as I increase the frequency that I share jobs and content from The Black Urbanist platform.

Tomorrow afternoon, I’ll be releasing two podcast episodes from Ashley Dash and Gisla Bush on moving around to make a career (and how that shapes our black urbanism) and on getting more people to become planners, especially black women, respectively. Be sure to bookmark the RSS feed,  the special podcast release email,  Radio Public or your other favorite podcast platform.

I’ll see you tomorrow with a podcast announcement unless you click the button, otherwise, I’ll see you next week with more jobs and links to those podcasts.

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Good morning folks! This is the fourth Jobs, Opportunities and Funding Weekly and it’s October 8, 2018. I’m feeling as golden as this room I snapped in Boston a couple of weeks ago. In fact, said room is the room where it happens. And because I don’t want to miss my shot or for you to do the same, here’s a list of jobs and opportunities for the upcoming week. (NOTE that there were three significant additions, hence why I’ve changed the date on this post and that there’s a new email that’s been sent out with a new date).

…But before we get started with new jobs, these jobs from previous weeks are still open.

Rockingham County, NC 
SieX 1 and 2
US PIRG
Bicycle Colorado
livingLAB Detroit
Marin County (CA) Bicycle Coalition
All those jobs in Boston!

Meanwhile, Jessica Roberts sends us these jobs

  • The City of Long Beach is hiring an Advance Planning Officer. Long Beach, CA. Source: LinkedIn. Salary listed.
  • SMART is hiring a TDM Technician with a strong focus on youth including SRTS activities. Apply here. Wilsonville, OR. Source: emailed to me. Salary listed.
  • Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition is hiring a Santa Clara County Advocate. San Jose, CA. Source: emailed to me. Salary listed.
  • DRCOG is hiring an Outreach Specialist and a Planner III. Denver, CO. Source: TRANSP-TDM list serve. Salary listed.
  • Foursquare is hiring a Hospitality and Commuter Outreach Coordinator for the goDCgo project. DC. Source: TRANSP-TDM list serve. Salary not listed.
  • VIA is hiring a Director of Innovative Services. San Antonio, TX. Source: TRANSP-TDM list serve. Salary not listed. (Note, friend of the platform Lanzell Harper also works for this agency).

And this coming Friday, October 12 at 12 noon PDT (but available on demand after), Jessica will be doing a webinar called Transportation Seminar: Transportation Behavior Change…Now With SCIENCE!. Click on the name of the webinar to register and learn more.

Barb Chamberlain, longtime friend of the platform and champion for equity has offered to connect folks with informational interviews for all jobs listed below with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and notes that any in Seattle will work down the hall from her in their offices in Pioneer Square and will work closely with public transportation and urban mobility/access issues.  Reach out here if you’re interested in having her recommendations before you apply for these positions.

Abigail Moriah of New Commons Development in Toronto passes on this opportunity from her colleagues at Options of Homes. If you are a Canadian national, have the ability to obtain a drivers license and have a good sense of what the salary range for this kind of position would be, this could be a perfect fit. Please direct all applications and inquiries to careers@optionsforhomes.ca Please reference
“Development Manager” in the subject line.

Not interested in leaving the States just yet, but going to a colder and more northern state?Henry Pan sent me a note after the original dispatch went out on Sunday night and wanted me to add this transit assistance program coordinator job in the Twin Cities, that closes tomorrow (October 9, 2018. Note also that he’s not with the agency or planning to become part of it soon). It’s a temporary position for one year and it does require a drivers license, something that seems a bit ironic and also a bit exclusionary, especially for a job in a major metro with carsharing and ridesharing options. Maybe in light of the nature of the position, you could negotiate a car share or rideshare allotment and offer to add it to your final report, noting all the areas that you absolutely had to take rideshare or carshare. I am pleased to see that this position has pledged to not let prior justice system interactions interfere with the potential to hire.

Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Loeb Fellowship applications for the class of 2019-2020 are open and will be until January 1.

And an additional RFP/RFQ  I saw after I hit send–The NAACP is starting the process for rebuilding its headquarters in the spirit of embracing climate and environmental justice. While their procurement timeline has started, you have time to put together a team and put in a proposal. Learn more and get started with the process.

One more addition since original publication of an academic nature– Dr. Mark Pendras of the University of Washington, Tacoma Urban Studies Department is seeking a colleague to teach community-based urban planning on the tenure-track. More information, including the application process, is here. Dr. Pendras is also the chair of the search committee and you can direct questions to him.

And finally, if you want to add jobs, the best way to do so is to email me at kristen@theblackurbanist.com, to tag me on your job posts on LinkedIN (I’m at Kristen Jeffers, share it in The Black Urbanist Facebook group, or tag me on any tweets or social media posts where you see this job. Priority for inclusion is the Thursday prior to the weekend before I send each email. While I’ll shoot to release the email on Fridays, sometimes it won’t be out until Sunday like this one.

Again, the goal with this list is that these are jobs you are either a point of contact for, either as a future colleague or hiring manager or can mentor applicants to producing a successful application. I may also pick out some of your social media accounts that are excellent resources for good leads and add anything of note that I think you should shoot for,  regardless of if there’s a lead from this list or in your own personal life.

I believe that while being a prepared or preferred candidate may not be a job guarantee, it will start the process of building a bigger group of mentors and friends for all of us throughout the industry and in the communities, we both serve and live.

Plus, I’ve heard from multiple people that my post where I included some questions to ask and traps to avoid when considering this career field has helped them decide on planning school and also have a better balance of their career.

Finally, I want to challenge those of you reading this who will write job ads or manage a hiring process in the future, to be clear about your salary and benefits. The current process I see for many jobs assumes that people know how much they are worth and it encourages far too much negotiation. Additionally, this gets into asking people to provide their salary history, which is illegal in New York City and several other states and cities. You may still have negotiators, but for those who are fine taking the first package they see, please consider offering as solid and helpful of a package you can. This also gives folks the opportunity on cover letters to note if they would be willing to take a pay cut, or even offer to write grants or do fundraising or find sponsors to make up salary gaps. Once this is saved for an offer letter, it takes that leverage away from your candidate to make a mutual decision to come work for your company for the salary and benefits you’ve provided.  While I will post your jobs anyway, I will not stop noting how unfair this is and how this is one small thing you can do, especially those of you who are looking for small things, to make the world better.

Other News From Me

Thanks to Planning Magazine, produced by the American Planning Association, for including The Black Urbanist Radio Show and my contributions to Third Wave Urbanism in their Planning Playlist this month both online and in print. And I’m literally editing two episodes now, that will release over the course of next week. Look for them in your RSS feed, in your podcast players, and on www.theblackurbanist.com/podcasts. Also, a special email with both episodes and summary will go out on their release date.

Don’t miss out on showing your support for black urbanists! Merch is available, along with a few other items I’ve designed via Print All Over Me. Especially for the winter holidays. I ordered my first set at the beginning of August and didn’t receive it until the end. I chose this vendor because it allows me to wholesale products and also I can get a slightly higher take of the proceeds. Plus, this all happens while paying fair wages to people who are creating the products. So I don’t mind the wait knowing that this vendor is doing what it can to provide quality service and a good working environment. Are you or someone you know a vendor, especially a vendor of color, of promotional products with quicker turnarounds, wholesale fulfillment capability, and a solid work environment? Please let me know and I would love to discuss with you how we can work together.

That’s all for now. Look out for the podcast episodes later this week and another job dispatch on or shortly after October 12, 2018.

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