Senior Transportation Policy Specialist

Stanford University

Senior Transportation Policy Specialist

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The Senior Transportation Policy Specialist (STPS) analyzes state and location transportation policy and advises the department in interagency relations on policy issues. The STPS represents the department on interagency committees and serves as support staff when the Executive Director or other serves on those committees. The STPS also coordinates and maintains Stanford Policy related to transportation. The STPS partners with Land Building and Real Estate's Land Use & Environment Planning (LEUP) group and Stanford's Office of Government and Community Relations.

Successful performance of the work requires a broad professional background including specialized knowledge of transportation and public affairs, skills coordinating assigned work with that of other Parking & Transportation Services sub-units, university departments, public agencies, and other publics. This position participates in planning teams and coordinates work that can cross institutional, multi-agency, community and regional boundaries.

The success of the University's transportation program and transportation infrastructure development depends on collaboration with external agencies and the creation of a favorable policy environment. Those results enable institutional success.

The STPS reports directly to the Executive Director of Parking & Transportation services, and participates as a member of the Parking & transportation Services Team. Work is performed independently with limited oversight in execution of identified objectives and standards.

Note: Not all unique aspects of the job are covered by this job description

JOB PURPOSE: Direct complex programs or functions in consultation with senior leadership.

  • Lead strategic planning and analysis for complex functions or programs with significant business, regulatory and/or technical challenges requiring subject matter expertise. May provide development of program from initial concept to implementation.
  • Manage the administration and evaluation of functions or programs. Oversee the interpretation, implementation and compliance with policies and regulations. Recommend actions and/or resolve complex issues that often span organizational boundaries.
  • Represent the program or function at the university level and/or to external constituencies.
  • Develop and manage outreach strategy that includes relationship development, communications, and compliance.
  • Oversee or supervise staff in the development and implementation of functions or programs. Specific Responsibilities:
    • STPS supports the department's engagement on policy issues including policy monitoring, assessment, coordination and development which includes:
      • Monitor legislation and rulemaking, provide analysis and recommendations.
      • Monitor decision-making process and identify opportunities and strategy for engagement.
      • Ensure coordination of departmental efforts with the Stanford University Office of Governmental and Community Relations. Provide transportation-related policy analysis support to LUEP.
      • Support interagency processes in a lead role where committees/boards are comprised of staff and in a supporting role where committees/boards are comprised of elected officials or executive staff.
      • Establish and maintain relationships with key agency staff.
      • Establish and maintain institutional policy required to implement the transportation program or ensure compliance with other University policy or outside regulation.
      • Service as liaison between specified sub-units of Parking & Transportation Services and other University entities, City and State agencies and regulators, regional and other governmental agencies to maximize efficiencies and ensure compliance with applicable regulations and objectives.
    • Support strategic initiatives identified by the Executive Director, Senior Transportation Planner, or the management team.
    • Collaborate with others to evaluate grant opportunities and other funding options, producing proposals for alliances and/or partnerships to further the objectives of Parking & Transportation Service programs.
    • May provide leadership and coordination in the grant application process.
    • Prepare reports and official documents in support of Parking & Transportation Services objectives and priorities, ensuring inclusion of perspectives of internal and external constituencies and other affected parties.
    • Represent the Executive Director as needed with internal, external or organization constituencies.
    • Participate and serve as required on Stanford Committees and in LBRE initiatives and activities.
    * - Other duties may also be assigned MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Education & Experience:
    Bachelor's degree and eight years of relevant experience, or combination of education and relevant experience.

    Preferred Education, Skills & Experience:
    • 10 years of relevant experience.
    • Master's Degree in transportation planning, urban planning, public affairs or a related field.
    • Experience working in a university environment or with university clientele.
    • Experience working in government agencies administering transportation programs.
    • Understanding and experience working in the Bay Area governmental and/or political environment.
    • Comprehensive knowledge of the region's current affairs in terms of transportation.
    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to influence and motivate constituencies which could span multiple organizational boundaries.
  • Demonstrated excellent planning, organizational and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to make sound business decisions using good business judgment and innovative and creative problem-solving.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage financial, organizational and staff resources.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills with the ability to cultivate professional and business partnerships.
  • Relevant subject matter expertise. Certifications and Licenses: None
  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, sitting, grasp lightly/fine manipulation.
  • Occasionally use a telephone.
  • Rarely lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh 11-20 pounds. * - Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned. Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide

    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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    Location: Land, Buildings and Real Estate
    Schedule: Full-time
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    Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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