BARC Program Coordinator

Metropolitan Transportation Commission
San Francisco, CA
United States
Experience Level: 
$85,587.01 - $108,545.01 Annually



The Bay Area Regional Collaborative (BARC) is a consortium of member agencies that come together to address crosscutting issues of regional significance, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life for all Bay Area residents. The BARC member agencies include the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC).  The BARC Governing Board also includes two non-voting members which are the Director of the California Department of Transportation District 4 Office (Caltrans) and the Executive Director of the California State Coastal Conservancy.
BARC provides a mechanism through which its member agencies can learn, explore, collaborate, incubate, coordinate, and communicate policies and best practices that agency leadership can decide to advance collectively and singularly.  BARC is made up of a Governing Board of member agency commission/board representatives, an Executive Directors Group, and other staff cross-agency work teams.  BARC's work is entrepreneurial, innovative and creative, focused on solving some of the biggest challenges faced in the Bay Area that the BARC member agencies have the ability to influence and move the needle on through their collaborative work together.  The current BARC work program is focused on advancing regional efforts related to climate mitigation and climate adaptation and achieving racial equity.
BARC operates under a set of principles that guide the work:

• BARC anticipates, identifies, and solves nascent and long-term crosscutting regional issues.

• BARC reaches across jurisdictional boundaries to maximize resources and develop effective public policy.

• BARC improves coordination and communication between the regional agencies and the Bay Area's cities, counties, transit agencies, and special districts creating greater efficiencies, delivering desired outcomes, and providing better service.

• Each member agency retains its autonomy and voluntarily makes and implements BARC agreements.

• BARC agrees to create alignment and efficiency, adding value to each agency's functions, for each policy issue that it tackles.

• The regional focus that BARC provides informs Board member decision-making in all positions of responsibility.

BARC includes a small staff team that leads the work. This includes the BARC Executive Director, a Clerk that supports Governing Board meetings, a part-time administrative assistant, and a Project Coordinator that helps advance the programmatic work of BARC.

The program coordinator needs to be comfortable working on a small team, in a fast-paced environment, involving many partners and moving parts, delivering high quality work.  Humor and openness to collaborative problem solving are welcome attributes.


The ideal candidate will have the following knowledge and skills:

• Knowledge of principles and techniques in public policy, transportation and mobility, community development,  environmental planning, economic development or related knowledge areas

• Working knowledge and skills related to analytic techniques and tools, survey and data methodologies, and research and writing

• Effective public engagement and participation skills

• A self-starter who is also self-directed

• Attention to detail and ensures accuracy in all work products

• Strong analytical, problem-solving, organizational and interpersonal skills

• Demonstrated ability to both understand complex policy issues and to integrate policy analysis into policy objectives and work plans

• Demonstrated ability to work directly with elected officials, executives, senior managers and policy staff

• Proficient in Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel

The ideal candidate must be able to:
• Work independently and move projects and deliverables from start to finish, without the need for significant oversight

• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing

• Represent BARC in a professional setting

• Work effectively with others and as part of a team in a collaborative work environment focused on problem solving and delivering positive outcomes

• Manage policy relationships between and among agencies that have different functions

• Conceptualize, organize, schedule and manage projects

• Take personal initiative and use sound judgment within established guidelines

• Anticipate and adjust for problems and roadblocks

• Organize and prioritize multiple tasks and respond with flexibility to changing demands

• Evaluate and recommend tools for using social media effectively to advance work plan

• Establish and maintain positive and respectful working relationships with those contacted during the course of work

• Assist with other initiatives as directed by the BARC Executive Director



An appropriate combination of education and experience that has provided the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way of obtaining the required qualifications is:

Education:  A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in an appropriate field related to the area of assignment, such as transportation planning, project management, public finance, transportation engineering, economics, business or public administration.  A Master's degree is preferred. (Applicants with a degree issued from an institution outside the United States must have their transcripts evaluated by an academic accrediting service and provide proof of equivalency attached to the application.)

Experience:  One year of experience in an appropriate field related to the area of assignment.  Preference will be given to those applicants with additional professional work experience and familiarity with local and regional policies and politics in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

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Published on:
February 14, 2019 - 4:58pm
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