Close Date: Sep 8, 2010
Salary: $30.00 - $40.00 Hourly
Working for Local Government Services and assigned to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, in Oakland, California, the incumbent will be a seasoned writer for a project-based staff position. The individual will help develop materials for and assist with activities related to two initiatives. Both initiatives aim to reduce the Bay Area’s greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks:
Climate Initiatives Public Outreach Program.
Public involvement efforts associated with the development of a region-wide Sustainable Communities Strategy.
The person in this project-based position will assist in the general activities of MTC’s climate and public participation programs, including writing assignments, and coordination and implementation of outreach and marketing tasks. Specific tasks may include, but are not limited to:
- Writing and editing print and web pieces on various topics, including MTC’s climate programs, land use and housing. Translating complicated transportation, land use and housing policies into easy-to-understand text for use in articles, promotional materials (e.g., brochures, marketing materials, etc.). Writing press releases and op ed pieces. Researching issues. Conceiving and writing appropriate materials for meetings with different audiences. Overseeing production of meeting materials. Writing memorandums. Writing talking points and speeches.
- Assisting with the design of public meetings and press events; coordinating as needed, with elected officials; providing meeting day-of logistical support; taking minutes.
- Day-to-day management of MTC web sties, updating copy and keeping abreast of appropriate content for the sites.
- Coordinating marketing-related activities, including implementation of marketing plan activities, review of marketing messages and creative, coordination of contractor activities, marketing research and evaluation tasks, and other tasks as needed.
- Perform other general public outreach duties for the Legislation and Public Affairs Section as assigned.
MTC serves a population of almost 7 million residents and is comprised of three agencies in one:
MTC — Created by the Legislature in 1971, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission is the transportation planning, coordinating, and financing agency for the 9-county San Francisco Bay Area. MTC distributes over $1 billion per year in local, state, and federal funds to transportation projects and services. MTC operates the 511 traveler information service, the TransLink® transit smart card program as well as other regional customer service programs.
BATA — Created by the Legislature in 1998 to administer the base toll on the bridges, BATA is now responsible for the entire $4 toll, including overseeing the Toll Bridge Seismic Retrofit Program and operating the fastrak electronic toll collection system
SAFE — Created by the Legislature in 1988, SAFE oversees the region’s network of call boxes and the Freeway Service Patrol. Partners with Caltrans and the CHP on Freeway Incident Management. The SAFE program includes operation of over 2,111 call boxes and 83 roving tow trucks on the Bay Area’s highways with a total budget in excess of $15 million.
Bordering San Francisco Bay and serving the 9-county Bay Area, MTC is located in Oakland in Alameda County, which is graced with natural beauty, a variety of activities and is made up of cities and towns. Alameda County includes a large unincorporated area, with mountains and beaches falling under its jurisdiction. MTC’s offices are located within a 15-minute BART ride from downtown San Francisco.
The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (Master’s degree preferred), in an appropriate discipline such as: journalism, English, communications, marketing, political science, public policy, public administration or a related discipline.
Completion of a minimum of two years’ demonstrated, verifiable professional work experience in an appropriate field related to the position, including: writing and editing in the journalistic style; designing and implementing public outreach and/or marketing programs for a governmental or other entity. Additional professional work experience is preferred
Knowledge of: journalistic writing; writing for the web; use of social media and e-mail to maintain contact with constituent groups; meeting design, collaborative decision making, event planning and public involvement; marketing; public information activities. Knowledge of California’s climate laws and climate policies preferred. Familiarity with the nine-county Bay Area and its institutions a plus.
Ability to: Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to translate bureaucratic documents into plain language for public understanding. Write and edit detailed documents. Review and analyze public comments. Author and present reports. Be a self-starter; plan and manage work within time and budget limitations. Work effectively with others and as part of a team. Work with public officials; represent the agency in a professional setting.
Employment, Benefits and Compensation
The chosen candidate has employment through Local Government Services (LGS), Joint Powers Agency. The salary for the Climate Initiative Public Information Officer is $30.00 to $40,00 per hour (depending upon additional qualifications, salary may be higher). Local Government Services offers an attractive benefits package including:
Insurance – Employer-paid premiums for medical, dental, vision, as well as life insurance at one times annual salary.
Retirement Plan – PERS with a 2% @55 plan and employer-paid member contributions.
Leaves – Vacation, sick leave, and administrative leave:
Vacation of 12 days/year.
Holidays of 10 days/year.
Sick leave of 12 days/year accrued.
Administrative leave of up to 1 day/year.
Other negotiable benefits include:
A transportation allowance.
For information about MTC, see its website at
This position is a full-time limited duration assignment through June 30, 2011. Extension beyond this date is subject to budget approval.
Writing samples as well as a writing and/or editing test will be required throughout the interviewing process.