Employment

SPC’s Current Job Openings

Director of Strategic Initiatives and Policy | Regional Environmental Programs Manager | Director of Public Relations and Communication Initiatives

Director of Strategic Initiatives and Policy

General Purpose

The Director of Strategic Initiatives and Policy will be responsible for overseeing a collaborative process to develop projects and programs for a wide range of high priority regional infrastructure and community/economic development initiatives and needs. The Director will build on existing and create new collaborative relationships with the region’s technology and research community, elected officials and public sector partners, established planning partners and others to incorporate innovation into the region’s existing projects to maximize the region’s limited funding resources, as well as developing new projects and initiatives that take advantage of the region’s world-class technology community.

The Director will lead a multidisciplinary group charged in developing funding applications to state, federal and local competitive programs. Additionally, the group will research, recommend and implement innovative funding strategies and mechanisms in order to assist in the advancement of regional priorities. Building partnerships with a variety of entities, both public and private, and communicating the needs of the region will be a critical component of these innovative finance mechanisms.

Essential Functions

  • Assist other directors and executive staff in implementing SPC’s Strategic Plan
  • Oversee the development of critical regional initiatives surrounding active transportation, freight movement, energy and the environment as well as sustainability and resiliency.
  • Collaborate with partners and internal staff to develop innovative projects, programs and initiatives to advance the regional Vision and the Goals set forth in SmartMoves for a Changing Region.
  • Work with partners to create and maintain a portfolio of projects and initiatives that can be advanced for discretionary funding opportunities as they arise.
  • Assist in implementation of Smart Moves Connections Regional Transit Vision Plan
  • Recommend innovative funding scenarios for projects of regional significance.
  • Research and track funding opportunities from the state and federal governments and others that include transportation and infrastructure, community and economic development, energy, environmental and others, as regional priorities dictate.
  • Establish and lead communications with state and federal elected leadership pertaining to the region’s highest priority projects and programs.
  • Coordinate Programs Division projects, programs, priorities, and messaging with the Public Relations Director and the communications team.
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with regional philanthropic interests to discuss priorities and to match potential grant opportunities to individual interests.
  • Collaborate with the regional chambers of commerce, the business community and others to help tie regional transportation priorities to economic development initiatives.
  • Oversee pertinent legislation, regulations, guidance, laws and public policy and recommend changes to promote and support interests of the region.
  • Collaborate with SPC executive leadership along with state and regional partners to establish SPC as a national leader in transportation planning, economic and workforce development, strategic regional growth, innovation and implementation.
  • Work with SPC Finance and Sponsored Programs teams to develop and maintain capacity to manage potential external funding to ensure fiscal and programmatic compliance.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director for Programs

Education/Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in regional planning, transportation planning, community and economic development communications, civil engineering or related field from an accredited college r an equivalency of education and experience.
  • Ten (10) years of experience in professional transportation planning, economic development, community planning and development, public administration preferred.
  • Two (2) years of personnel management preferred.
  • Two (2) years’ experience of working with elected and appointed officials at state and federal levels as well as the media.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and private funding and grant programs.
  • General computer skills including Microsoft Office, with the ability to learn new software applications.

Why SPC?

SPC is proud to offer staff and their loved ones an impressive benefits experience, providing focused support on their physical, emotional, and financial well being. Benefits include:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision and FSA
  • 403B options and company sponsored pension plan
  • Vacation time, sick time and personal leave
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Flexible hybrid work schedule
  • Tuition assistance

To Apply:

  • Email letter of interest and resume to: hr@spcregion.org
  • EEO/AA/M/F/Vet/Disability Employer
  • SPC provides competitive compensation, including an excellent benefits package, flex time, mileage reimbursement, holiday/vacation pay and more.

Regional Environmental Programs Manager

General Purpose:

SPC is seeking a collaborative self-starter with broad experience in environmental, sustainability, and resiliency planning to serve the 10-county southwestern Pennsylvania region as the Environmental Programs Manager.

The Environmental Programs Manager, as part of the Strategic Initiatives and Policy Department, will lead a diverse portfolio of initiatives and be responsible for managing SPC’s existing environmental programs, including the Water Resources Center, as well as developing future programs centered around sustainability, resiliency, land conservation and preservation and other regional environmental topics.

The Water Resource Center (WRC) is dedicated to promoting regional collaboration on water topics; facilitating coordination and education; and providing technical assistance, trainings, and development opportunities to its member governments. The WRC provides support to federal, state, regional, and local organizations, counties, cities, and municipalities on various water resource management and conservation initiatives.

The Environmental Programs Manager will work across the agency and with federal, state and local partners to advance the SPC’s sustainability, climate resiliency, and related environmental goals for the southwestern Pennsylvania region.

Essential Functions:

  • Oversee the development of critical regional initiatives and programs surrounding the environment as well as sustainability and resiliency.
  • Collaborate with partners and internal staff to develop innovative and strategic projects, programs, and initiatives to advance the regional Vision and the Goals set forth in SmartMoves for a Changing Region.
  • Manage and oversee the Water Resources Center and the Water Resources Coordinator position to deliver technical assistance, educational resources, information, and water issue coordination to member governments and partners across the region.
  • Establish new programs and associated initiatives centered on climate resiliency and sustainability, including projects related to energy efficiency, decarbonization and electrification of the transportation system, energy systems, and the development of a multifaceted regional resilience plan.
  • Identify funding to expand the reach of community, environmental, and resiliency programs and collaborate with internal staff and partners in pursuing funding for high-priority regional projects and programs.
  • Keep abreast of relevant local, state, and federal legislation, regulations, guidance, ordinances, laws, and public policy and recommend changes to promote and support interests of the region.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Policy

Education / Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelors or Master’s Degree in Planning or equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the knowledge and skills to perform and meet the essential functions and responsibilities of the position.
  • Five years of experience in an environmental planning position and a minimum of 2 years of personnel management preferred. Possess specific knowledge/experience with the various aspects of environmental planning, water resource management, sustainability, climate resiliency, etc.
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience of working with elected and appointed officials at all levels as well as the media.
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and private grant programs, opportunities, and funding compliances.
  • General knowledge of federal metropolitan transportation planning regulations and requirements is valued
  • Experience in a consensus-building environment with a track record of achieving results
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Creative Suite; working knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (ArcGIS).

Why SPC?

SPC is proud to offer staff and their loved ones an impressive benefits experience, providing focused support on their physical, emotional, and financial well being. Benefits include:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision and FSA
  • 403B options and company sponsored pension plan
  • Vacation time, sick time and personal leave
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Flexible hybrid work schedule
  • Tuition assistance

To Apply:

  • Email letter of interest and resume to: hr@spcregion.org
  • EEO/AA/M/F/Vet/Disability Employer
  • SPC provides competitive compensation, including an excellent benefits package, flex time, mileage reimbursement, holiday/vacation pay and more.

Director of Public Relations and Communication Initiatives

General Purpose:

The Director of Public Relations and Communication Initiatives will be responsible for maximizing the SPC brand presence at the regional, state and federal level. They will cultivate and maintain relationships with the media, federal, state, and local political figures, constituents and stakeholders. They will design and implement a communications and public relations strategic plan that reinforces SPC role in the development and sustainability of the Southwestern Pennsylvania region.

Essential Functions:

  • Responding to requests for information release or press conference from the media or designating a spokesperson or source of information.
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with consumer, community, employee, public interest groups as well as political constituents and delegations.
  • Writing press releases and other media communications to promote clients.
  • Planning or directing the development of programs to create and maintain favorable public and stakeholder views of the organization’s work agenda and accomplishments.
  • Coaching SPC team representatives in effective communication with the public and employees.
  • Studying the organization’s objectives, promotional policies, and needs to build public relations strategies that influence public opinion and promote products, ideas, and services.
  • Preparing and editing organizational publications, including employee newsletters or stakeholders’ reports, for internal and external audiences.
  • Oversight of SPC Web content.
  • Conferring with managers to identify trends and group interests and providing advice on business decisions.
  • Working with the Executive Director and other SPC leadership, conducting outreach to key political national and regional leadership and constituents.
  • Supervising Communications team
  • All other duties as assigned by Executive Director and Deputy Executive Directors.

Education / Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor degree in Public Relations, Journalism, Marketing or closely related field required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Five years’ (5) experience in a Public Relations based role.
  • Five years’ (5) experience managing or supervising a team.
  • Three years’ (3) experience handling press conferences.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and enhancing existing relationships with regional political leaders to establish and maintain SPC’s role in regional growth and stability.

Knowledge, Skills and abilities:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Knowledge of consumer marketing techniques and strategies.
  • Ability to work strategically as well as prepare detailed communication implementation plans.
  • Ability to run PR campaigns that deliver measurable results and meet objectives.
  • Deadline-oriented, inquisitive, with great follow-up and reporting skills.
  • Creativity in securing coverage and creating “buzz” with traditional outlets.
  • Understanding of social media and other creative outreach channels.
  • Project and budget management skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure with strict time limit.
  • Quick and enthusiastic learner.

Why SPC?

SPC is proud to offer staff and their loved ones an impressive benefits experience, providing focused support on their physical, emotional, and financial well being. Benefits include:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision and FSA
  • 403B options and company sponsored pension plan
  • Vacation time, sick time and personal leave
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Flexible hybrid work schedule
  • Tuition assistance

To Apply:

  • Email letter of interest and resume to: hr@spcregion.org
  • EEO/AA/M/F/Vet/Disability Employer
  • SPC provides competitive compensation, including an excellent benefits package, flex time, mileage reimbursement, holiday/vacation pay and more.