Policy Director

The Parking Reform Network is hiring a policy director! This position is full time, remote, funded for two years, and reports to the president of the organization. This is a unique opportunity to work full-time on parking reform. The policy director will map out advocacy opportunities across the country and guide PRN’s efforts to work with partners and accelerate reforms nationwide.

PRN offers an engaging and supportive work environment with competitive benefits. We look forward to welcoming a new policy director who shares our passion for parking reform and sustainable equitable urban development.

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About the Parking Reform Network

Founded in 2019, the Parking Reform Network (PRN) stands at the vanguard of the parking reform movement. Our advocacy is dedicated to transforming parking policies, focusing on reducing excessive parking supply and advocating for the sustainable management of existing parking infrastructure. Our mission intersects crucial societal issues such as climate change, housing affordability, equitable access to transportation, and urban traffic management.

As a rapidly expanding coalition, PRN unites over 500 members, encompassing academics, urban planners, pro-housing organizations, and grassroots advocates. Our efforts have contributed to a growing public awareness about the impact of parking policies, witnessing unprecedented progress in this field.

Our members’ achievements include influencing over 40 U.S. cities to abolish citywide parking mandates for all uses and playing a pivotal role in the introduction and passage of parking reform bills in several states. PRN’s work epitomizes the power of informed advocacy in shaping sustainable and prosperous communities for all.

Key Responsibilities of the Policy Director

  • Partnership Expansion: Execute a recruitment campaign to significantly increase PRN’s strategic partnership base. This also includes defining and establishing an effective onboarding process for new partners and hosting regular events such as monthly roundtables for existing members to discuss campaign strategies and reform developments.
  • Campaign Strategy and Management: Increase PRN’s involvement in local and statewide campaign activities. This includes planning, executing, and managing advocacy campaigns that align with PRN’s mission and goals. The director will also be responsible for mobilizing resources, coordinating efforts, and fundraising with partnering organizations.
  • Development of Strategic Resources: Create and establish best practices and strategy playbooks tailored to the specific needs and contexts of PRN’s members and partners. This involves understanding diverse regional, socioeconomic, and political environments and developing adaptable and effective strategies.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation: Develop a tracking system to monitor parking reform activities, potential, and progress across all 50 states, with a special focus on the 100 most populous cities. This system should provide actionable insights, fundraising, and lead generation to support PRN’s advocacy efforts.
  • Internship Program Supervision: Oversee and manage PRN’s internship program, ensuring that it aligns with the organization’s goals and provides valuable learning and growth opportunities for interns.

Qualifications for the Policy Director

  • Diverse Professional Background: Open to candidates from urban planning, transportation planning, organizing, or advocacy backgrounds. While not required to be a parking reform expert from day one, a foundational awareness and interest in parking reform are crucial for success in this role.
  • Strong Organizing and Communication Skills: Exceptional trust, relationship building, and communication abilities. This includes engaging effectively with a variety of stakeholders, from political staff and the press to advocates, coupled with clear, persuasive writing skills.
  • Collaborative Work Ethic: Ability to work closely and effectively within a small team environment, particularly in coordination with the executive team and direct collaboration with the president.
  • Humility and Eagerness to Learn: Exhibits humility in acknowledging knowledge gaps, with an eagerness to seek assistance and a commitment to ongoing learning and adaptation with diverse communities and cultures.
  • Leadership in Advocacy: Demonstrated experience in leading advocacy efforts, applying principles that empower and support others, and fostering a supportive and collaborative environment.
  • Technical Proficiency and Adaptability: Competence in using modern digital tools (Slack, Google Docs, Microsoft Office, Salesforce, etc) and software for organizational and communication purposes, with a willingness to quickly adapt to new technologies as needed.
  • Self-awareness and Boundary Setting: Strong self-awareness and ability to maintain healthy work-life boundaries, balancing intense work periods with necessary personal well-being. This will be supported by clear and consistent work planning and formal quarterly check-ins.
  • Flexibility and Resilience: Comfortable in a dynamic, evolving organization, adaptable to changing roles and responsibilities, and thriving in a growth-oriented environment.

Position Details and Application Process

Salary and Benefits

  • Salary Range: $60,000 – $75,000, dependent on experience and qualifications.
  • Benefits:
    • 401(k): We provide a 401(k) plan with employer contributions, facilitated through Guideline. 100% of employee contributions up to the first 3% of pay and 50% of employee contributions on the next 2% of pay.
    • Healthcare and Insurance: Enhanced Plan on Remote.com:
      • Basic Life and AD&D, Short & Long Term Disability – Employee: 100%
      • Medical – Employee: 100%/EE + Dependents: 80%,
      • Dental & Vision – Employee: 90%/EE + Dependents: 70%
    • Training and Mentorship:  An annual budget of at least $1,000 for professional development. Pairing with an Advisory Board mentor with up to 2 hours a month for mentorship meetings with one or more career advisors.

Work Environment

  • Remote Position: This role is fully remote, offering flexibility and the opportunity to work from anywhere in the United States. (Eligible candidates must be authorized to work in the US.)
  • Travel Requirements: Domestic travel (at least quarterly, multi-day) will be necessary for collaboration, advocacy efforts, and events.

Work Schedule

  • Hours: A salaried position with an average work week of 35 hours.
  • Vacation: We offer a vacation policy of 3 weeks (15 days) per year (and paid federal holidays) to support work-life balance.
  • Sick Leave: Separate and flexible time for illness and self-care provided. A minimum of five days, but will meet all local/statewide requirements based on where the employee is based.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

PRN is an equal-opportunity employer. We are committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace and adhere to fair hiring practices. We encourage applications from a wide range of candidates, including those with non-traditional and under-represented backgrounds. This is not an entry-level position, but we welcome applicants who have the requisite skills and passion for our mission. See https://parkingreform.org/diversity-equity-inclusion/ for our organizational statement of social justice and equity.

Application Process

  • Required Materials: Resume and a cover letter detailing interest and qualifications for the role.
  • Application Deadline: March 1st — Applications received after February 20 will be considered in a second round of reviews, if necessary.
  • We would like the selected candidate to begin work as soon as practical, but no later than June 1st, 2024.
  • Application Submission: Please send applications to [email protected].
    • An email with attachments only, or with your cover letter as the body of the message, is fine.
    • You will receive an auto-reply for your application. If you do not, please contact us.
  • Please direct any questions about this posting to [email protected].

Applicants with Disabilities

Reasonable accommodations will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so assigned.