The City of Atlanta's first Chief Bicycle Officer, Becky Katz, is a force to be reckoned with. She rolls over and around obstacles in her way like water carving a path over rock, leaving its mark on hard surfaces over time. During her two and half year tenure, Becky etched new paths, created much-needed programs, updated policies, and established good institutional habits.
That's right, we used the past tense. After working with the city and a foundation to create and fund the position, we've had the pleasure of working with Becky in her role at the city, where she has accomplished a great deal in a short time!
Let's see - in the realm of bike share alone there's a successful rollout that emphasized equity, our Bike Share Champions program, the Bike Share Inclusion manager position, and $3M for bike share in TSPLOST (coming soon, we hope). Not to mention the bike infrastructure the city and partners built during her tenure, including the award-winning Path Parkway and many projects in the implementation phase. Who knows how many streets would have been repaved without bike lanes if not for Becky's tireless and enthusiastic commitment? Not to mention the bike corral and bike rack program, the mural bike rack program, and the city's first annual Bike Report, with a forward from the Mayor, and much, much more.
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Becky made tremendous inroads and progress. Now the time has come to wish her well as she embarks on a new path with an urban fellowship overseas.
The search is on for the next Chief Bicycle Officer to carry on the work. You can help by sharing the job description with your most dedicated, talented, and determined friends.
A background in transportation planning or engineering is ideal, but someone who is a quick study and has some technical training or affinity in their background could be a fit as well. The harder-to-find skillset Becky brought to the position -- deep community engagement experience, an understanding of how city government works, and the ability to bring in partners and find a way forward when none is clear -- these skills are essential to the continued success of this position.
The Chief Bicycle Officer (CBO) position in the Department of City Planning, Office of Mobility Planning, will guide and advise on fulfilling Atlanta’s City Design and Atlanta’s Transportation Plans bicycle mobility overarching goals.
The person selected will develop and lead planning and policy initiatives and capital projects and other bike-related programs, and will collaborate on a wide array of other bicycle-related initiatives lead by internal and external partners.
The successful candidate should be a fully seasoned professional. The roles will include extensive public outreach, public involvement coordination, project development and scoping, grant writing, transportation engineering review and planning for city bicycle projects, supervising the development of project construction plans and engineering documents, moving projects through the bidding process, overseeing the City’s bicycle-sharing program and policies, and developing and reviewing City policies and best practices.
This position is at the level of an Assistant Director.
Position Expires: 4/26/18
Salary Range: $58,800 - $98,000
Minimum Qualifications – Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in engineering, planning, public policy, or related field.
Preferred Education & Experience
- Five or more years of professional experience related to transportation planning and/or transportation engineering. Some experience with bicycle transportation planning or engineering with a strong history of collaborating with diverse communities.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
- Strong collaborative and coordination skills with diverse communities and stakeholders that hold diverse views on Atlanta’s transportation system.
- The ability to advise and guide decisions surrounding complicated and layered challenges involving policies, design and implementation of bike-related initiatives.
- Mid- to senior-level professional with public and/or private sector project management experience.
- American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Professional Engineer (PE) and/or Professional Transportation Planner (PTP) certification/licensure.
To apply, visit http://bit.ly/2018CBO.
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