Transportation Equity and Safe Routes to School Fellow (SMCOE & City of SSF) - AmeriCorps

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Redwood City, CA, United States

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14 days ago

Location: San Mateo County Office of Education and City of South San Francisco, San Mateo County, CA

Work Environment: Hybrid (4 days in person, 1 remote; split time 50-50 between City of SSF and SMCOE)

Term: September 2022 – July 2023; 1700 hours; 40 hours/week

Benefits: Healthcare coverage (w/dental & vision), Education Award, student loan deferment, child care allowance, CalFresh, professional development budget ($100), industry networking.

About San Mateo County Office of Education and City of South San Francisco

The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) is located in Redwood Shores and supports public schools throughout the county in a variety of initiatives that seek to provide equity and excellence in education for more than 90,000 students in San Mateo County. The fellow will be placed in the Safe and Supportive Schools department and will specifically work with the Safe Routes to School program.

The City of South San Francisco (SSF) City Manager’s Department: The City Manager is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the City of South San Francisco. The City Manager’s Office implements policy decisions of the City Council, provides leadership and strategic direction to the city’s leadership team and organization as well as ensuring that initiatives and programs align with the City’s mission and reflect the values of our community. The City Manager's Office provides overall guidance to all City operating departments and is responsible for the administration of City programs to ensure the delivery of high quality services in an efficient and cost-effective manner. This includes oversight of major City-initiated projects, outreach to and involvement with community members on issues of local concern, direction of the annual budget process and coordination of City Council agendas.

Position Overview & Description

With the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE), the Fellow will support several elementary schools and senior centers in close proximity to the schools in north San Mateo County based on a Safe Routes to School Equity Analysis. This intergenerational initiative seeks to equip students of selected schools and senior citizens in San Mateo County with the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the built environment as pedestrians or bicyclists, and make the connection between transportation choices, human impact on the environment, air quality, and individual and community health. SMCOE seeks a candidate who can develop and implement this project and related presentations and events.

With the City of South San Francisco, the Fellow will implement a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program throughout schools in SSF through the six E’s framework. This includes education, encouragement, engineering, enforcement, evaluation, and equity. This framework ensures traffic safety measures are in place to encourage more students and families to walk/roll/take transit to school. The Fellow will support SSF’s Every Kid Deserves a Bike (EKDAB) program, including but not limited to, educational outreach, encouragement events such as Bike Month, serve as a liaison between the City and SSF elementary schools and SSFUSD and other administrative duties as needed.


  • Coordinate and lead SRTS/EKDAB programming, events, and projects as assigned that result in increased participation in active transportation for north San Mateo county and SSF students and seniors
  • Document and track SRTS/EKDAB meetings, activities updates, and events
  • Develop materials, presentations and outreach/engagement materials
  • Identify potential funding or encouragement opportunities to make walking and bicycling to school safer, easier, and more equitable
  • Coordinate services and events at schools for walk/roll to school encouragement days

Desired Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • 4-year college degree or equivalent experience
  • Experience working with children and/or adolescents in an educational setting; Experience working in a community-based setting

Desired Skills, Interests, and Experiences:

  • Knowledge of community outreach
  • Ability to coordinate between events between vendors, schools, and community based organizations
  • Ability to work collaboratively across multiple sectors and community partners
  • Project management skills. Understands and can implement coordination steps for events, programs, and projects, and has a track record of following through
  • Passionate about pedestrian and bicycle related topics and issues
  • History of self-management, and has the willingness and ability to take initiative, but can also follow directions, and work effectively on a team
  • Learns quickly and is not afraid to ask questions
  • Demonstrated ability to work respectfully and effectively with others from highly differing racial, cultural, and economic backgrounds
  • Has strong communication skills both verbally (presentations, facilitation, and collaboration), and for formal and creative writing tasks such as reports, correspondence, and marketing and promotional materials
  • Can navigate social media platforms for professional application
  • Has some experience updating web sites
  • Enjoys and is effective at conducting research and synthesizing data
  • Is comfortable using Excel to perform basic-to-medium level calculations and analysis
  • Spanish language skills (desired but not required)

Other Requirements:

  • Ability to work full time Mon-Fri (likely 9:00-4:30 with some earlier mornings, evenings, and weekends) for the fellowship term
  • Must have reliable vehicle and proof of insurance for regular work-related travel throughout San Mateo County

Fellowship Experience at SMCOE & SSF

The fellow will have two site supervisors who will meet with them 1:1 on a weekly basis, as well as informal check-ins. Fellow will be exposed to local city government and local city council operations, and will learn how to work effectively in an executive management team in order to increase walking and biking across SSF.

The fellow will also work closely with a regional county office of education, and will have the opportunity to work closely with numerous community-based organizations (CBOs). SMCOE and City of SSF offer professional development training, a great work atmosphere, hands-on learning, and the opportunity to create long-term and sustainable change through collaboration between SMCOE, City of SSF, CBOs, and local businesses. The fellow will receive mentorship to assist them during the fellowship and for life post-fellowship. They will be given the opportunity to attend workshops and conferences as participants and presenters and be guided through this process. They will participate in school-outreach, event coordination and promotion of walking and biking in South San Francisco. This role offers the opportunity to capitalize on the numerous partnerships in place, and cultivate meaningful relationships that can go beyond the duration of the fellowship.

This is a great opportunity for a dynamic individual with strong communication, presentation and analytical skills who enjoys working with children and senior citizens. The fellow will be based in Redwood Shores at the San Mateo County Office of Education and City of South San Francisco.


Climate Corps AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps is a national service commitment that meets a community’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. Bay Area Community Resources and SEI partner to implement Climate Corps AmeriCorps, an award-winning fellowship program that provides professional development opportunities for emerging leaders through implementation of sustainability and resiliency projects with local governments, nonprofits, and educational institutions.

Upon completion of the term, CCAC Fellows receive a Segal Education Award of up to $6,495.00 in return for your service. You can use the award to repay qualified student loans and to pay current educational expenses at eligible institutions of higher education and training programs. Fellows who complete a 1700-hour term also receive a California For All Award of $3,505.00 in cash for educational expenses.

To see a full list of climate, energy, and sustainability positions posted by Climate Corps, please visit here. We are constantly adding positions, so make sure to frequently check this site to see if there are new opportunities available.

Basic Eligibility

AmeriCorps fellows must:

  • Be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents
  • Have a high school diploma/GED
  • Be 17 years old or older
  • Pass state criminal and FBI background checks, and a national check in the Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Registry
  • Test negatively for tuberculosis if working with minors
  • Be vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit to weekly testing
  • Live in the state of California

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Statement

Bay Area Community Resources, the administrator of Climate Corps AmeriCorps, is an equal opportunity employer. We cultivate an environment that encourages fairness, teamwork, and respect among all employees and National Service members. We are firmly committed to maintaining an atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally. Therefore, we enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion or religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, medical condition, disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Our management is dedicated to ensuring the fulfillment of this equal opportunity policy with respect to hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, recruitment advertising, pay, and other forms of compensation, training, and general treatment during employment.

Transportation Equity and Safe Routes to School Fellow (SMCOE & City of SSF) - AmeriCorps

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