Shared-Use Mobility Center

Program Associate

Employment type
8 days ago
Remote / Los Angeles

Position Details: Full-time salaried positions with benefits
Three positions available, based in Los Angeles or Chicago
Salary range depending on qualifications: $50,000 - $60,000
Currently remote; hybrid remote/in-office model to come

General Overview:
The Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC) is a non-profit public interest organization promoting multimodal transportation systems that work for all. Through pilot projects, research, capacity-building, and advocacy, SUMC helps communities realize a vision of an equitable and sustainable mobility future. SUMC is expanding its LA and Chicago offices to serve a growing set of programs that support practitioners and stakeholders in pursuing transportation equity and innovation. These capacity-building programs disseminate knowledge and resources throughout a rapidly growing mobility ecosystem of public agencies, community-based organizations, Native American tribes, and private sector mobility providers. Foremost among these programs are the Accelerating Innovative Mobility National Network (AIM-NNet) and the California Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program (CMO):

  • AIM-NNet is a partnership with the Federal Transit Administration to support transit agencies, cities, and regions across the nation in adopting innovative, multimodal mobility solutions, encompassing mobility on-demand, automation, new payment and data approaches, and improvements to transit access and information.
  • CMO is a partnership with the California Air Resources Board to support zero-emission shared mobility pilots in the State’s disadvantaged communities. SUMC works in partnership with CALSTART as the CMO Program Administrator, delivering approximately $35M in funding and capacity-building resources to disadvantaged and low-income communities across California in pursuit of mobility equity goals.


Position Overview:
The Program Associate will work closely with SUMC’s Chicago and California teams to support the organization’s growing technical assistance and capacity-building work. The position presents a rare opportunity to work across the public and private sectors to shape the future of mobility around climate and social equity goals. SUMC staff are responsible for a wide range of duties in a thoughtful, creative, fast-paced atmosphere. Depending on needs at the time, the Program Associate will be responsible for delivering technical assistance, writing and developing tools and resources, facilitating training and peer exchange, and managing administrative tasks. Subject matter is wide-ranging and may include transportation planning, community engagement, procurement, public-private partnerships, accessibility, data management, and innovative technology, such as trip-planning software, multimodal payment, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The Program Associate will have routine contact with transportation leaders and other practitioners doing some of the most innovative work at the intersection of mobility, equity, and climate.

Program Associate Duties May Include:

  • Coordinate and support trainings, workshops, and webinars, including sessions in SUMC’s annual National Shared Mobility Summit
  • Contribute to technical assistance delivered to program participants
  • Organize meetings and other peer exchange opportunities in information-sharing networks
  • Track participation in SUMC programs through surveys and data management
  • Contribute to engaging and educational resources such as guidebooks, fact sheets, case studies, videos, and podcasts
  • Conduct research, conduct interviews, and collect other information about mobility projects for inclusion in the Mobility-on-Demand Learning Center
  • Contribute to development and utilization of tools such as surveys, interactive maps, decision-support tools, and reporting dashboards
  • Contribute to program planning and organizational strategy in collaboration with partners and colleagues
  • Facilitate and document relationships between SUMC and potential partners
  • Contribute to other communications efforts such as blog posts, newsletters, and social media feeds


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field such as planning, public policy, or business administration AND at least two years experience in related work such as transportation planning or mobility industry operations, service development, or policy/public affairs
  • OR
  • Master’s degree in a relevant field such as planning, public policy, or business administration AND at least one year experience in related work
    • Experience analyzing and communicating transportation best practices
    • Strong attention to detail and independent time management skills
    • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
    • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with team members, including colleagues in remote locations


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience planning/operating public transit or mobility services such as carsharing, micromobility, ridehailing, or on-demand transit, especially in low-income communities and communities of color
  • Experience working in or with local or regional transportation agencies
  • Familiarity with public-sector administrative processes, constraints and requirements, and funding streams
  • Ability to engage individuals representing a variety of cultures and personal/professional backgrounds with ease, adapting to the context both in-person and remotely
  • Familiarity or experience with racial and social justice work and strategies
  • Experience with technical analysis or policy/program evaluation applicable to the transportation sector
  • Spanish-language competency


Compensation and Benefits:
SUMC offers a salary and benefits package competitive with similar non-profit organizations in California and Illinois. Starting salary will be between $50,000 and $60,000. Benefits include a healthy offering of paid time off; employer-provided medical, dental, vision, and life insurance policies with employer contributions; 401k retirement plan; and transit benefits.

To apply

Applications received through September 22nd, 2021 will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Please email a cover letter, resume/CV, and writing sample to [email protected] indicating the position you’re applying for in the subject line. No phone calls please.