Closed: Safe Routes to School Director (Interim through January 2016)

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Since 2001, Feet First has been working across the state to ensure all communities in Washington are walkable. We help people take steps that create better places to live, learn, work, shop and playa world that cares about health, community, and the environment.


About you and this position:

You should be passionate about the rights for people of all ages and abilities to safely and easily walk. You should be passionate about advocating for more places for people to walk. You should be passionate about promoting walking. In particular, you should be interested in increasing the number of students walking and biking to school. We are looking for a dynamic person to join our team in the Nord Building, an open office environment. This is an interim position with the opportunity to be continued beyond January.


Feet First Safe Routes to School Program Director 

Reports to the Executive Director and provides the direction and leadership to partner agencies to provide direct Safe Routes to School service for three elementary schools and one middle school. Provides pedestrian safety training across the state; facilitates a SRTS Advisory Network; identifies grant opportunities and advances policy and programs to expand Safe Routes to School across Washington.


The job includes event management, coordination, information management, communications and outreach, grant reporting, and budget management.


Direct Program Service

  • Direct encouragement and education events to increase walking to school.
  • Build relationships with local, regional and state school administrators, teachers, and community organizers (elementary, middle and high schools).
  • Build relationships with community organizations serving school communities.
  • Reconcile budget monthly in cooperation with the Project Specialist.
  • Create reports for funding agencies.
  • Present to local and state PTAs at least once a year.
  • Coordinate presentation of staff member’s presentation at school events, school staff meetings.
  • Follow up with ongoing consultation and community organizing.
  • Coordinate curriculum with teachers.
  • Teach curriculum to teachers.
  • Work with staff member to identify and understand school culture and incorporate program into existing school framework.


Indirect Program Service

  • Convene State Center Coalition with members of partnering agencies.
  • Develop curriculum for Safe Routes to School programs.
  • Provide outreach and team building with outside agencies such as State and local Public Health agencies, law enforcement, state, and local department of transportation.
  • Coordinate the media including press releases, blog posts and website for large-scale events.
  • Research, prepare, plan and evaluate large events e.g. Safe Routes to School trainings, Walktober planning meeting and statewide and national conferences.
  • Coordinate purchase and development of incentive material.
  • Assist with the strategizing of systematizing SRTS program state-wide.
  • Assist with lobbying State PTSA to have a Safe Routes to School coordinator position.
  • Work with Feet First Policy Committee to support legislative agenda as it relates to Safe Routes to School.
  • Serve as a knowledgeable resource for grass-roots service providers.



  • Serve as a phone, email and in-person resource
  • Negotiate and manage contracts and contractors
  • Support grant applications
  • Write reports


Education and Experience

  • BA/BS in education, urban planning, business administration, public administration, marketing, public health or related field.
  • Minimum three years experience in school based programs.
  • Demonstrated success in working as a member of a team and developing
    effective working relationships with staff, volunteers, and donors
  • Excellent written/oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated track record with respect to detail orientation and
  • Experience managing individuals/coordinating agencies.
  • Preferred experience working in a non-profit.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to present, inform, and motivate individuals and groups about
    Feet First’s mission and work
  • Creative and big picture thinker
  • Self-directed, able to turn vision into reality
  • Capable of community building and creating bridges of understanding
  • Strong knowledge of principles, ethics and practices of successful community organizing
  • Excellent management skills
  • Ability to lead long and short-term projects simultaneously, meeting all related deadlines.
  • Ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate, and manage own work; ability to work
    unsupervised and make decisions and solve problems independently,
    effectively and creatively
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Excellent verbal communication, interpersonal and relationship-building skills to effectively work with a variety of people and personalities; ability to communicate clearly in person and in writing
  • Recognize and incorporate social justice component of school-based programming
  • Excellent people skills and comfortable engaging with K-12 graders
  • Comfortable speaking in front of different types/sizes of groups
  • Ability to motivate and have a sense of humor
  • Physical ability to lead walking events
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite
  • High degree of comfort and understanding of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Meetup, Youtube)


35 hours per week, $22.25 per hour and includes benefits


Details for applying

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume.


By email: in the subject line put SRTS DIRECTOR POSITION


By mail:

Feet First
Attn: SRTS DIRECTOR Position

314 First Avenue South
Seattle WA 98144



Thursday, July 23, 2015 by 5pm


No phone calls, please.


More information about Feet First is located on our website

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put on neighborhood walks and provide walking resources

raise awareness throughout Washington about the benefits of walkable communities and rights of the pedestrians

host events and programs focused on improving walkability