Mobility Justice Manager

  • Full Time
  • Chicago

Website Equiticity

Equiticity seeks to hire an individual to serve as lead staff to manage Equiticity’s day-to-day activities and implement programs, including project management, volunteer activation, communications, impact reporting, expenditure tracking and grants management.

Equiticity seeks to transform the way Black and Brown communities view and engage with their communities. Equiticity’s vision is a midsize-to-large U.S. city where racial equity is fully integrated at the policy and legislative levels into every function, department, resource, and budget associated with city operations, services, and programs.

Position Description

The Mobility Justice Manager will be responsible for leading two major initiatives:

  • Advancing “The Go Hub: A Mobility Community Center” in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the Westside of Chicago. The Go Hub is a space where neighborhood residents can create community around mobility justice, connecting, in a culturally and contextually relevant way, to both the “hardware” and “software” designed to increase mobility in predominantly Black and Brown neighborhoods. The Go Hub hardware includes transportation infrastructure, shared vehicles, micromobiity devices, placemaking, Tactical Urbanism, and other emerging mobility technologies. The Go Hub software includes community mobility rituals, such as weekly community bicycle rides and neighborhood walking and scooter tours. Access is intended to be racially equitable, fair, and just, as well as affordable, convenient, and safe. The goal of the Associate is to position Equiticity to execute The Go Hub. As a result of the Associate’s planning work, partnership development, community engagement, program implementation, and the related tactical neighborhood work in North Lawndale, they will be laying the groundwork to initiate both software and hardware elements of The Go Hub that can be accomplished in the short term, with limited resources.

  • Supporting Equiticity’s participation in the Transportation Equity Network (TEN), a coalition of community groups, advocates, civic organizations, and other partners that seek to advance mobility justice in the Chicago region. TEN is supported by both philanthropic grants and contracts with public agencies that are striving to better include equity within their work. Equiticity serves as a co-chair of TEN and is highly engaged in each of its activities.

In addition, the Manager will be asked to support Equiticity’s work in other ways based on opportunities and challenges as they occur, as directed by its Board of Directors.

The Manager will report to Equiticity’s leadership and Board of Directors. Fiscal sponsorship of this position is provided by the Black United Fund of Illinois (BUFI), and the Manager will formally be an employee of BUFI. This is a full-time position, and the Manager will receive benefits through BUFI.

The Manager will also interact closely with the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), who serves as the facilitator and lead fundraiser for TEN. The Manager should expect to work with CNT’s Director of Transportation Equity (Heidy Persaud) on a day-to-day basis and frequently interact with CNT’s Vice President of Government Affairs (Jacky Grimshaw) as well.

The Manager is expected to be receive a salary of approximately $65,000 annually, although this estimate is flexible based on experience.

Responsibilities

For the Go Hub, the Manager will be expected to implement initial programming, including:

  • Enroll 100 community members in The Go Hub inaugural cohort.

  • Seek formal support for The Go Hub from the City of Chicago, other government entities, local businesses, and other organizations.

  • Host frequent Community Mobility Rituals (CMRs) to engage people directly in a series of walking and bicycling tours in Chicago’s neighborhoods and parks. Organize at least weekly neighborhood walking tours and monthly community bike rides.

  • Create an Asset Based Community Development map of North Lawndale, through a comprehensive community partnership model.

  • Contribute to neighborhood and market racial equity analyses.

  • Find a partner to help implement a workforce development and training programs, including bicycle mechanics, e-bike and scooter systems repair, bicycle manufacturing, community ride marshalling, and urban delivery.

  • Execute other program development, asset-based community development and engagement, including active programming, such as youth bike teams, adult bicycle clubs, and a variety of mobility-related classes.

  • Overall, create community power building necessary to develop a neighborhood-based, mobility justice advocacy coalition.

For TEN, the Manager will be expected to:

  • Assist other co-chairs of TEN to organize group meetings and support the operations of the full TEN group.

  • Participate in contracts between TEN and public agencies, representing the racial equity priorities of Equiticity.

  • In external communications, speak on behalf of TEN, demonstrate the value of the TEN approach, and assist in pursuing new funding for TEN.

  • Coordinate closely with CNT on each of these activities.

To more broadly support Equiticity, the Manager will be expected to:

  • Implement an advocacy campaign to finalize Equiticity’s Racial Equity Statement of Principle, with broad engagement from individuals and organizations.

  • Respond to opportunities to advance Equiticity’s mission as identified by the Equiticity Board of Directors or the Associate themselves.

Qualifications

The Manager is expected to have the following qualifications and skills:

  • Commitment to mobility justice and racial equity, and past experience working on these and similar topics.

  • Ability and willingness to proactively and independently advance the goals of Equiticity as described above.

  • Familiarity with and ideally existing connections in the North Lawndale community, and the Chicago region more broadly.

  • Demonstration of the above through a combination of professional, educational, or volunteer experience.

  • Strong skills in communication, community engagement, and community organizing.

  • No specific educational requirements or years of experience are required for this position. Candidates with a bachelor’s degree are preferred, but lived experience that qualifies the candidate for this position will be considered as well.

  • prior experience required

How to Apply

The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) will be assisting Equiticity with this hire. Please email cover letter and resume, specifying your interest in the Mobility Justice Manager position, by July 2nd to:

Bridget Torres, VP of Talent and Culture
Center for Neighborhood Technology
17 N State, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60602
bridget@cnt.org

To apply for this job please visit www.equiticity.org.