Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator
THE OPPORTUNITY: The City of Brownsville is a Bicycle Friendly Community that has been named the Bicycling Capital of the Rio Grande Valley (RGV). Key city-initiated bike and trail projects include the Historic Battlefield Trail and the Paseo de la Resaca Trail. The Region is in a transformative period driven by visionary projects such as the Caracara trails, a 428-mile trail network that will link the rich natural, cultural and historical resources of the City and the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV), creating a unified regional identity for outdoor tourism and improved health and wellness and healthy lifestyles that generate a new sense of community pride. Regional projects, coupled with public and private investments such as the expansion of the Brownsville-South Padre Island Airport Terminal, creation of a New Space City and Downtown Revitalization all enhance the City and region’s quality of life.
The ideal candidate for the Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator position aspires to be a model of innovation, inclusion and empowerment who enables bold people and ideas to thrive. Our next Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator will be a participatory leader: a results-oriented, relationship-building, self-aware team player who also possesses high integrity and politeness, and who fosters trust by building relationships with tolerance, patience, and support in order to provide the best value in service to the citizens of Brownsville and the Region.
Our Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator has a primary responsibility for the administration and implementation of the City of Brownsville’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan that enhances health and wellness in our community, in coordination with other regional mobility initiatives such as the Caracara Trails plan. Additionally, this position will serve as project manager for Bicycle and Pedestrian grants (Federal, State and local) and city funded projects and programs, including maintaining Bicycle Friendly Community and AARP Age Friendly City Designations.
- Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning
- Transportation Planning
- Walkability Index Assessment
- Health and Wellness advocate
- Project Management
- Change Management
- Public Speaking
- Critical Thinking
- Effective Communication
- Grant Management
- Technology Savvy
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS & JOB SPECIFICATIONS:
- Provides leadership and serves as the City’s lead contact for all bicycle and pedestrian current and long-range projects, plans and programs.
- Assesses bicycle and pedestrian needs by collecting and analyzing data and providing recommendations and outcome, including, but not limited to, improving the walkability index of the City in keeping with the City-wide Master Plan.
- Advocates for the continued development of the City’s bicycle, pedestrian and micro-mobility systems and safety, health and wellness, while facilitating public engagement in processes that inform a balanced multi-modal transportation system and plan.
- Coordinates, manages, and leads the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. Represents the City at committees and boards related to the development of the pedestrian and bicycle system.
- Responsible for maintaining the Bicycle Friendly Community and AARP Age Friendly City Designations.
- Responsible for active transportation planning efforts, including the development of Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS) program activities.
- Conducts planning efforts to complete pedestrian and bicycle networks and implement the City’s Sidewalk Comprehensive Plan, long-range plans and current and future connections to transit routes.
- Creates and implements pedestrian, bicycle and other micro-mobility educational programs.
- Identifies alternative funding mechanisms, including public-private partnership, that assist with proactively funding bicycle and pedestrian initiatives.
- Develops and tracks performance measures that monitor the implementation progress in creating a multi-modal transportation system.
- Manages and or supports the implementation of a local bicycle, scooter or any other micro-mobility sharing systems. This may include items such as permitting, updating City policy/ordinance, customer service interface, and establishing parking areas.
- Maintains cooperative working relationships with public agencies, and coordinate SRTS and bicycle and pedestrian safety program activities with those of other departments and outside agencies and organizations.
- Coordinates with City staff on grant applications and administration, including Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) nominations and provisions of assistance required for TxDOT implementation.
- Prepares reports and studies as requested for Department Administration, City Manager and City Commission.
- Performs related projects and/or tasks as necessary.
MINIMUM EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
- Requires Bachelor’s degree in planning, civil engineering, public administration, geography, or closely-related field.
- Master’s degree preferred.
- Requires a minimum of four (4) years of professional experience in planning, pedestrian and bicycle transportation planning and/or closely-related field at the Federal, State, Regional or Local levels. Experience with advisory boards and commissions.
- Requires a minimum of two (2) years of experience performing analysis and producing project maps using ESRI GIS software.
- League of American Bicyclist Cycling Instructor (LCI) certification at the time of hire, or ability to obtain within one year of hire.
Performs light work that involves walking or standing some of the time and involves exerting up to 35 pounds of force time to time, adeptness and speed in the use of fingers, hands or limbs on repetitive operation electronic office machines or tools within moderate tolerances or limits of accuracy.
The City of Brownsville is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ADA requires the City to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are invited to discuss accommodations.
The City of Brownsville participates in a generous retirement plan with retirement opportunities available at 5 or 20 years of continuous service. The City has an exceptional employee and family medical and dental insurance plan. Employees may also contribute to deferred compensation plans from Nationwide or VALIC or supplemental insurance plans from AFLAC and Colonial Life. Full time employees have the opportunity to accumulate 10 sick days and 10 annual days per year. Additionally, the City of Brownsville observes 12 holidays annually.
The City of Brownsville does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, and genetic information, and age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors.
Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time in order to develop our employees; This description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions, it does not prohibit or restrict the tasks that may be assigned; this job description is subject to change at any time.