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The Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington educates tomorrow’s innovators, conducts cutting-edge research in core and emerging areas of the field, and leads a broad range of multi-disciplinary initiatives that demonstrate the transformative power of computing. Consistently ranked among the top computer science programs in the nation, the Allen School is widely recognized for the excellence and impact of our research and teaching across the region and around the globe. As a leader in efforts to broaden participation in computing, we are committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in our program and in our field. Members of the Allen School actively work to cultivate a welcoming community in which students, faculty and staff with diverse backgrounds, identities and experiences can thrive. The Allen School occupies two spectacular buildings — the Paul G. Allen Center and the adjacent Bill & Melinda Gates Center — located at the heart of the UW campus in Seattle.
The Taskar Center for Accessible Technology (TCAT), housed by the Allen School, develops, translates and deploys open source universally accessible technologies, with a focus on benefiting populations with motor limitations or speech impairment. TCAT’s academic mission is to engage undergraduate design and engineering students in participatory design and inclusive design practices. The vision of TCAT is to engage UW students, faculty, and community in the creation of a sustainable social enterprise for the development, deployment and support of accessible technologies. TCAT leverages novel tools, sensors, chips, interfaces, robots, actuators and open-source software that are inexpensive and readily available to facilitate rapid development and deployment of customized solutions to accessibility problems. TCAT focuses on pedestrian access and access to transportation, universal access to collaborative work/play environments, and community engagement in the creation of access solutions.
The Taskar Center for Accessible Technology (TCAT) has an outstanding opportunity for a Community Engagement & Partnership Manager. This is a part-time temporary position.
Our Community & Partnerships Manager will be knowledgeable about transit agencies, and will be curious about transportation data for reducing inequity and travel disadvantage. In collaboration with our team based in Seattle, you will find commonalities in the needs of data producers and data consumers in broad geographic regions and will engage with three different data standards: the General Transit Feed Specification-flex extension (GTFS-flex), General Transit Feed Specification-pathways extension and the OpenSidewalks Standard. You will support our local members and expand the network of the organization. You will work remotely most of the time, but as pandemic restrictions lift, you will join the team in person on the Seattle campus, and may travel to conferences and workshops, as well. In this temporary, part-time position, you will develop strategies and lay the groundwork for future project milestones, beginning as soon as possible and continuing for around five to six months. You will work up 19 hours per week, and report to the TCAT Director.
What You Will Do
•Create and implement a development strategy to increase community stakeholder participation. •Develop blog entries, team communications, marketing and training materials for member engagement. •Create and maintain relationships with community stakeholders, decision-makers and influencers in transit agencies, Departments of Transportation and local advocacy organizations. •Participate and sometimes lead weekly workgroup discussions, trainings, conferences and community groups, to represent our vision and work. •Build and maintain our membership program, in coordination with the rest of the Community and Partnerships team, to grow our membership base and ensure member satisfaction. •Identify and design opportunities to strategically partner with governments, foundations, and non-profits with shared interests. •Monitor blogs and communities, develop proposals for strategic collaboration opportunities. •Collaborate with the project directors
Who You Are
•A transit geek. An urbanist nerd. You like transit systems, active transportation and you value equity. •A strong accessibility advocate. An urbanist that recognizes current systems and structures produce inequities. You see yourself as an accessibility change maker. •A relationship person. You like meeting new people, you are good at establishing contacts, and you help others network. •Environmentally conscious. You see yourself working on solutions that help people get rid of their car in their daily life. •Versatile in your work patterns. You can focus on one project when you need to. You can task-switch and handle interruptions. You can manage multiple projects at the same time. •Personable. You can cooperate with our team as well as data stakeholders outside our team. You like interpersonal interactions, and you easily understand others’ needs. •Adaptable. You enjoy unfamiliar problems. It makes you happy to learn new skills. •Experienced/Educated. You possess a Bachelor’s Degree in a related field plus at least 1 year of related experience, or have an equivalent combination of education and experience.
It Would Be Great If
•You have any background in accessibility and disability •You have work experience in the mobility sector. •You have studied in the urban/transportation planning field. •You are already familiar with transit data standards and/or GitHub. •You like working in a Linux and Google suite environment.
What You Can Expect
•You will work with an open-minded and inclusive team that values diversity. •You will be paid competitively based on your qualifications.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
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