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Land Use and Transportation Manager

Land Use and Transportation Manager
Position Description

Union Park District Council is a nonprofit neighborhood association in Saint Paul that promotes resident involvement in community issues and ensures neighborhood voices are heard in government decision-making. Union Park represents community interests on a broad range of public policy and city governance issues. Our work spans a wide variety of areas that include land use and development, transportation, sustainability, community building, and improving the overall livability and vitality of the Union Park community.

We are seeking a part-time staff person to manage our activities related to Land Use, Development, and Transportation issues and projects. This will be a contract position of approximately 10-15 hours per week paying $18-$20 per hour through August, renewable thereafter depending on funding.

Position Responsibilities

  • Provide staff support to volunteer-led Committees and working groups, including the Transportation Committee, Committee on Land Use & Economic Development, Midway Center Redevelopment working group, and Cretin Avenue working group.
  • Communicate with City staff: track projects and proposals within the district, obtain information to inform Committees and the broader community, and share community recommendations with City decision makers.
  • Communicate with residents: answer email and phone inquiries about pending projects, update website and social media posts, identify issues to bring to Committees. 
  • Plan meeting strategy and logistics: prepare agendas and supporting documents for distribution, invite guests and support presentation of materials at meetings, prepare guidance documents for committee members, insure Chairs have a full understanding of the issues.
  • Attend meetings of the Board of Zoning Appeals, Zoning Committee, Planning Commission and City Council as appropriate; testify when necessary.
  • Support community outreach, event planning, and other activities related to land use and transportation issues led by the Community Organizer and Executive Director.

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstrated interest and experience in urban planning and transportation planning principles.
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in local government decision making processes.
  • Strong communication skills, orally and in writing.
  • Ability to handle controversial issues sensitively, diplomatically, and neutrally.
  • Strong collaborator able to answer questions and solve problems with limited direction.
  • Adept at computer technology; ability to learn website updating and social media posting.
  • College degree required; some graduate work preferred.
  • Available for one two-hour evening meeting per week, and occasional meetings at City Hall.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Julie Reiter at