ITS America Position Openings

ITS America is currenty seeking applicants for the following positions. Complete requirements and primary responsibilities for each position are listed below.

  • President and CEO
  • Marketing & Communications Manager
  • Government and External Affairs Manager
  • Internship  

President and CEO

ASSOCIATION BACKGROUND

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) is the nation's largest organization dedicated to advancing the research, development and deployment of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to improve the nation's surface transportation network. ITS America was formed to provide a unified voice with respect to the development and deployment of new technology from the perspective of all potentially affected parties, including industry, government, academia and other association partners. ITS America represents the experience, perspective, and interest of both the public and private sectors.

ITS America's members include federal, state, local government agencies; national and international companies involved in the development of intelligent transportation systems; universities and independent research organizations; certain national associations, and others. The Society has 27 state and multi-state chapters representing more than 40 states.

The Society's $5+ million dollar budget is supported primarily through dues, fees derived from meetings, including a triennial World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems, technical contracts with the U.S. Department of Transportation and others.

REPORTING RELATIONSHIP

ITS America Board of Directors

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES

The President and CEO provides leadership for ITS America. S/he directly oversees the management of a $5+ million budget and 30 staff in Washington, D.C. S/he serves as an ex officio member of the ITS America Board of Directors and on the ITS World Congress Board of Directors. S/he is responsible for translating the mission of the organization into specific goals and expectations relative to market development, research, education, and government affairs activities. S/he also serves as the lead spokesperson for ITS America before current and prospective members, government leaders, key business partners and stakeholders, media, other associations, and the general public.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

The President and CEO exercise's responsibility for the overall strategic direction, coordination, and execution of society programs. S/he may delegate portions of these responsibilities consistent with sound management principles and authorized policies and procedures, together with proportionate authority for their fulfillment; but may not delegate or relinquish accountability for the results. The specific responsibilities of the president are:

  • Serves as the liaison between the Board and ITS America staff.
  • Participate in policy formulation actions undertaken by the Board of Directors; Identifies strategic gaps and provides input; interprets major policies and objectives for officers and key executives; recommends courses of action; and establishes operating policies and standards within the general framework established by the Board.
  • Ensure that the ITS America Board of Directors and the Executive Committee are kept timely informed about the operations of ITS America.
  • Directs the enforcement of the Association Bylaws and the execution of all resolutions of the membership, the Board, and the Executive Committee.
  • Directs the development of the strategic plan, budgets, programs, and campaigns required to achieve the objectives of the Society.
  • Presents recommended annual operating work programs for approval by the Board of Directors.
  • Administers the financial affairs of the Society within applicable Board policies, budgets, and accounting controls to ensure the overall fiscal health of ITS America.
  • Builds effective relationships with individuals and organizations with shared interests. Identifies and engages partners, building alliances that advance ITS America's mission and efforts to promote, conduct research, and provide educational opportunities.
  • Serves as a spokesperson for ITS America and the industry before a wide variety of government leaders, the media and related organizations.
  • Develop, recruit and retain a high quality staff.
  • Work to optimize the effectiveness of the relationship with the U.S. Department of Transportation, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Energy and other appropriate agencies.
  • Provide a forum and environment for the public and private sectors to meet to examine, discuss and resolve complex ITS issues.
  • Work closely with the ITS America Leadership Circle as well as any other forums organized at the Society to benefit the organization and its members.
  • Provide leadership for ITS America's participation in international programs and activities.
  • Provide and active membership development and retention program.

EXTERNAL RELATIONSHIPS

The president maintains constant contact with the volunteer leadership of ITS America and:

  • Maintain contact with appropriate regulatory and legislative bodies, associations, public service representatives and organizations to achieve ITS America's objectives and to enhance the image of the Society.
  • Where appropriate and feasible, seek to jointly develop policies, advice, recommendations and programs on ITS matters in cooperation with interested and affected organizations such as the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the America Public Transportation Association (APTA), the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA), the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), SAE International, the Transportation Research Board (TRB), the Association of Global Automakers, and the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.
  • Represent ITS America in activities with its international partners, including ERTICO-ITS Europe and ITS Japan, and other national ITS organizations, to support a successful ITS World Congress and promote international cooperation on standards, research and deployment.

QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS

The next ITS America President and CEO will be a strategic and innovative leader with a minimum of 10 years' senior executive-level leadership and management experience with an organization of similar size, scale and complexity either in related sectors, a relevant association or government. The ideal candidate possesses the following experience and attributes:

  • World class leader with a demonstrated track record as a leader in an organization known for innovation; Growth and customer/member service.
  • Senior management experience including strategic planning, financial management, staff leadership, Board relations, market promotion and advocacy.
  • Capable of anticipating and proactively addressing significant industry challenges and opportunities.
  • Proven track record as a principal spokesperson and advocate before all forms of media and at the highest levels of government and business.
  • Must have the intellectual courage to define and defend new ideas in an evolving organization environment and learn about member's technologies and passionately advocate the Society's mission internally and externally.
  • A successful track record of establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with an active volunteer Board, external partners and stakeholders.
  • A highly recognizable, marquee executive who will bring high credibility to the organization.
  • A history of successful engagement, partnering and alliance building.
  • Experience attracting, developing, motivating and retaining a high performing, team- oriented staff.
  • Ability to manage staff remotely.
  • Experience leading the development and execution of strategies for identifying new value-added services and products and generating sustainable revenue streams.
  • Experience leading a federation of independent chapters is a plus. Effective at leading through persuasion.
  • Excellent interpersonal and team skills for building and fostering key internal and external relationships.
  • Outstanding communication skills, including speaking and presentation skills; an active listener.
  • Familiarity with sectors and issues related to the transportation and technology industry is a strong plus.
  • Has strong presence and judgment. Equally effective at all levels within and outside the organization. Has unquestionable ethics and integrity.
  • Committed to the association, its mission and members, and all the issues that affects their success.
  • Servant leader; diplomatic; politically savvy.
  • Willingness to undertake a robust domestic and international travel schedule.

LEADERSHIP CHARACTERISTICS

Keeps on Point: Can quickly separate the mission-critical from the nice to dos and the trivial; quickly senses what's the next most useful thing to work on; focuses on the critical few tasks that really add value and puts aside or delays the rest.

Gets Work Done Through Others: Manages people well; gets the most and best out of the people he/she has; sets and communicates guiding goals; measures accomplishments, holds people accountable, and gives useful feedback; delegates and develops; keeps people informed; provides coaching for today and for the future.

Organizationally Savvy: Maneuvers well to get things done; maze bright; knows where to go to get what he/she needs; politically aware and agile; knows the right thing to do; presents views and arguments well.

Communicates Effectively: Writes and presents effectively; adjusts to fit the audience and the message; strongly gets a message across.

Manages Up: is ambitious and is comfortable marketing himself/herself to higher management; knows how to relate effectively with top management.

Relating Skills: warm, friendly, and interpersonally agile; easy to approach and talk to; relates well to all kinds of people; makes a pleasant first impression and builds solid relationships.

Manages Diverse Relationships: Relates well to a wide variety of diverse styles, types, and classes; open to differences; effective up, down, sideways, inside, and outside; builds diverse networks; quick to find common ground; treats differences fairly and equitably; values diversity and treats all people with respect and dignity.

Education: An undergraduate degree is required. An advanced degree is highly desirable.

Compensation: A competitive compensation package will be provided to attract outstanding candidates.

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Marketing and Communications Manager

The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), the nation's largest nonprofit association representing the transportation technology industry, is seeking a Communications and Marketing Manager to support the organization's multiple events, legislative affairs, communications and media outreach activities.

ITS America's membership includes more than 450 public agencies, private sector companies, and research institutions as well as state chapter affiliates in 40 states dedicated to advancing the research, development and deployment of Intelligent Transportation Systems to improve mobility and build a safer, smarter, more efficient and sustainable surface transportation and infrastructure network. The Communications and Marketing Manager will be responsible for the following activities:

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Plan marketing and branding objectives and ensure brand messages are consistent;
  • Prepare marketing strategies and execute tactics for promotional campaigns, events, public policy priorities, and technical research reports alongside other association staff;
  • Develop concepts, graphics and layouts for print and digital advertisements, a variety of promotional collateral and event programs;
  • Create original written content and graphics for e-mail communications and the Web;
  • Assist with managing the Society's mass communications editorial calendar between departments;
  • Lead all areas of content generation and posting across all social media platforms;
  • Draft and edit key messages, website content, social media posts, advertising copy, talking points, letters, invitations, scripts, promotional collateral and event program copy that can be tailored to different audiences and marketing mediums;
  • Update content to ITS America's digital properties;
  • Conduct ad buys and trades in regional, trade, national and international ITS, transportation and tech trade publications and online sites;
  • Coordinate with event sponsors and exhibitors on amplifying product announcements and overall conference participation through blog posts, social media and other marketing channels as appropriate;
  • Assist with the planning and promotion of Smart Solution Spotlight awards and related activities;
  • Assist with content creation and optimizing readership based on analytics of ITS America's monthly member e-newsletter;
  • Engage other organizations within the high tech transportation community to amplify promotion;
  • Work regularly with outside contractors that support the Society with events, graphic design, printing, digital communications and media relations;
  • Participate in regular team conference calls and meetings;
  • Represent ITS America and provide on-site logistical support during events; and
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Candidate Requirements:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Accuracy and attention to detail;
  • A working knowledge of AP Style;
  • Prior experience in event marketing and project management;
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with others in a cross-functional team;
  • Must have knowledge and the ability to produce marketing materials using software such as Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop;
  • Must be Web-savvy and have experience operating content management systems for websites, blogs and social media;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines while remaining on budget;
  • Stay's up-to-date with the ITS industry by participating in educational opportunities and reading ITS-related publications and news;
  • The ideal candidate has a high level of energy, sense of urgency, is responsive to feedback and thorough with their work;
  • Must be available to work office hours of 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. or later when deadlines require;
  • Available to travel when necessary;
  • A Bachelor's degree with a focus on communications, graphic design, journalism, public relations, advertising or related field; and
  • Knowledge of transportation technology issues a plus.

The Communications and Marketing Manager will report to the Senior Vice President for Government and External Affairs, with day-to-day management provided by the Director of Communications. Salary is commensurate with experience. Please submit your resume, and at least two writing samples and two design-based portfolio pieces to ITS America's Director of Communications Ashley Simmons, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


 Government and External Affairs Manager

The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America), the nation's largest nonprofit association representing the transportation technology industry, is seeking a Government and External Affairs Manager to support the organization's legislative affairs, communications and media outreach activities. ITS America's membership includes more than 450 public agencies, private sector companies, and research institutions as well as state chapter affiliates in 40 states dedicated to advancing the research, development and deployment of Intelligent Transportation Systems to improve mobility and build a safer, smarter, more efficient and sustainable surface transportation network. The Government and External Affairs Manager will be responsible for the following activities:

  • Serve as a liaison for personal offices with the U.S. House of Representatives;
  • Schedule and manage logistics for monthly Congressional Roundtable events with Members of Congress;
  • Manage logistics and outreach for ITS America's annual Capitol Hill Transportation Technology Showcase & Reception and Legislative Fly-in;
  • Schedule, prepare materials for, and when needed represent ITS America at Congressional meetings and briefings;
  • Assist in maintaining relationships and managing logistics related to ITS America's Legislative Steering Committee;
  • Plan and manage media, Congressional and stakeholder outreach events;
  • Plan and manage Smart Solution Spotlight awards and related promotional activities;
  • Write and manage the distribution of ITS America's monthly member e-newsletter;
  • Draft press releases, media statements, and other communications as needed;
  • Perform legislative and regulatory research and writing;
  • Write, edit and update copy regularly on www.itsa.org;
  • Assist with government and media outreach for ITS America's quarterly Regional Symposium Series events;
  • Assist with government and media outreach for ITS America's Annual Meeting and the global ITS World Congress;
  • Serve as the point of contact for the ITS America SmartBrief—a daily email of the industry's top news articles--and respond to content questions as necessary from the external editor
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date Congressional, media and stakeholders contacts and distribution lists; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

The incumbent will report to the Senior Vice President for Government and External Affairs, with day-to-day management provided by the Vice President for Legislative Affairs and Director of Communications. Candidates should have at least 2-4 years of relevant legislative and/or government experience, extremely strong writing skills with a working knowledge of AP Style, the ability to manage multiple projects under tight deadlines, and attention to detail. Congressional affairs, media relations, and transportation and/or technology policy experience are all a strong plus. Salary is commensurate with experience. Please submit your resume and at least two writing samples to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Internship

The Intelligent Transportation Society of America is always seeking new and upcoming talent interested in learning more about the field of intelligent transportation systems and how it is imporiving our surface transportation network across all modes of travel. An ITS America internship is ideal for students interested in transportation and high-tech public policy, intelligent transportation systems technical research, and nonprofit organizations and associations. Internships are offered on a part-time and full-time basis. Most internships are non-paid, however ideal for students who want to work for school credit.

ITS America is a nonprofit organization established to foster the use of advanced technologies in surface transportation systems. We are the leading advocate for technologies that improve the safety, security and efficiency of the nation’s surface transportation system.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conduct research on legislative and government affairs as it relates to intelilgent transportation systems and solutions
  • Communicate with the  ITS America membership and assist the membership staff with outreach and promotional opportunities
  • Coordinate with the meetings and program departments to complete tasks related to regional, national, and international conferences the associations regularly produces
  • General administrative tasks and office duties including database management

Requirements:

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Detailed oriented and good problem-solving skills
  • Strong organization skills and ability to handle multiple tasks
  • Able to work well in a team environment
  • Basic knowledge of Windows Operating Systems, and familiarity with MSFT Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Professional appearance
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 

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To apply for an ITS America internship, please submit a cover letter and resume to the contact listed in the announcement as well as This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


The Intelligent Transportation Society of America is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. All applications are treated confidentially.

 

 
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