Fellowship Openings

Building a Transportation System for the Future

Project: Building a Transportation System for the Future

Agency: Saint Paul Public Works

Location: Saint Paul, MN

Project Context

Transportation represents one of the greatest urban planning challenges of the last half-century. High costs of living in coastal metropolises are driving population growth across the mid-west, placing new demands on the region’s cities. The city of Saint Paul has seen an influx of new residents since 2010 and the population is projected to grow by an additional eight percent by 2030. This demographic growth is  accompanied by game-changing innovations in transportation and mobility. Across the country, ride-sharing, automated or “self-driving” cars, and other technologies are transforming how people and goods travel and, in turn, how cities are developing, designing and building modern transportation systems.

There is growing recognition among policy makers of the ways in which mobility affects quality of life and economic growth in urban areas. In the last year alone, the U.S. Department of Transportation has put nearly $350 million in public and private funds to work for “smart” city and advanced transportation technologies. Around the world, policy makers are grappling with how to regulate fast-growing ride and car-sharing networks. Electric cars are surging in popularity, a trend that, if it continues, could stimulate broad public investment in vehicle charging infrastructure. Saint Paul Public Works (SPPW) seeks to be at the forefront of planning for these and other changes.

To support this work, SPPW will partner with FUSE Corps to host an executive-level fellow for one year who will develop a plan for an integrated transportation system that leverages emerging technology and mobility solutions. A core component of the fellowship will be to develop curriculum that educates SPPW staff, elected officials and regional stakeholders about the rapidly evolving transportation landscape. At the end of the fellowship, the city of Saint Paul should have a transportation plan that strategically deploys technology to enhance mobility and opportunity for residents, increase the safety of roadways, ease the flow of commercial goods, and reduce the environmental impact of municipal transport systems.

Project Summary & Potential Deliverables

The following provides a general overview of the proposed fellowship project. This project summary and the potential deliverables that follow will be collaboratively revisited by the host agency, the fellow, and FUSE staff during the first few months of the fellowship, after which a revised scope of work will be developed and agreed upon by the FUSE Fellow and the host agency.

Starting in September 2018, it is proposed the FUSE Fellow will develop a comprehensive strategy to modernize and improve mobility in the city of Saint Paul. The fellow will begin by engaging closely with SPPW staff, elected officials, community members, and private sector actors to understand the challenges faced by local residents and businesses. The fellow will conduct secondary research to understand the landscape of new mobility technologies and assess how they might be deployed for the benefit of the community. Once appropriate solutions have been identified, the fellow will determine how technology can be integrated and managed within departmental structures, including what, if any, policy or regulatory changes are necessary. The fellow will also recommend a set of 3-5 pilot projects that test the proposed approaches. By the conclusion of the fellowship, the city of Saint Paul should have a blueprint for an integrated, advanced transportation system and a detailed implementation plan that has already begun to be set in motion.

A parallel focus of the fellowship will be to catalyze the necessary culture shifts within SPPW and among regional stakeholders to enable the adoption of new transportation paradigms. This should include development of an educational curriculum that explains the emergence of new transportation technologies and their potential applications; their promise for urban transport; and their adoption and impact in other cities.

It is anticipated that the nearby city of Minneapolis will engage a FUSE Fellow to undertake a similar project there. The fellow will be expected to work closely with this person to ensure that strategies for the two cities are mutually reinforcing and that any technologies deployed are streamlined to the maximum degree possible.

  • Map the new mobility landscape: Conduct independent research into new and emerging models and technologies, regulatory frameworks and infrastructure requirements. Benchmark approaches employed in other cities in the U.S. and around the world, including any learning that emerged from these efforts.
  • Develop curriculum for new mobility: Develop an educational outreach program that expands understanding and acceptance of new transportation technologies among colleagues, elected officials and regional stakeholders.
  • Forge relationships with the private sector: Engage the private sector to build momentum and support for pilot projects. Explore opportunities for joint-funding arrangements and/or public-private partnerships.
  • Develop a comprehensive strategic plan and support implementation: Produce a detailed strategy document that includes the rationale for investment in emerging transportation technologies, recommended approaches, available external funding sources, and a set of 3-5 proposed pilot projects with timeframes, budgets, and metrics. Ensure that structures, processes and relationships are in place to quickly and effectively implement the strategies articulated in the plan. 

Key Stakeholders

  • Kathy Lantry, Public Works Director, Saint Paul Public Works
  • Paul Kurtz, City Engineer, Saint Paul Public Works 

Qualifications

  • At least 15 years of professional experience in a relevant field, particularly with a strong background in operations, business analysis, management consulting and systems building. Specific background in transportation or technology is a plus, but not required.
  • Superior critical thinking and analytical skills.
  • Ability to synthesize complex information into clear and concise recommendations.
  • Ability to relate to a wide variety of diverse audiences with strong emotional intelligence and empathy.
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement skills and the ability to use facilitative leadership techniques to coordinate stakeholder activities.
  • Self-motivated, goal-oriented, entrepreneurial leader who can also be an independent worker.
  • Persistent in obtaining information and creatively resourceful in identifying solutions to complex problems.
  • Ability to create direction and movement within potentially ambiguous
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with an ease in public presentations.
  • Understands the need for solutions to support all people in a community regardless of race, religion, gender, immigration status, or ethnicity.

 To Apply 

Click the link below to upload a resume and complete the online application questions in lieu of a cover letter. The application process will allow you to indicate interest in more than one fellowship opportunity. You only need to submit one application. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as selections will be made on a rolling basis and specific opportunities may close quickly.

A FUSE Fellowship is a 12-month engagement requiring fellows be primarily committed to their partnership with the government agency throughout the year to ensure the success of their project. Fellows are retained as independent contractors of FUSE Corps and are paid an annual stipend of $90,000 through monthly installments. This commitment begins on September 24, 2018 and ends September 20th, 2019.

The FUSE Fellowship is an equal opportunity program with a core value of incorporating diverse perspectives. We strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

 

 

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