We’re hiring: Program Manager

Job Title: Program Manager

Reports To: Director of Programs

Status: Full-time

St. Paul Smart Trips, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that improves access and mobility for those who travel in and around St. Paul. We envision a St. Paul where sustainable transportation is the safe and easy choice.

The Program Manager oversees one or more programs for the organization. The Manager provides day-today management to program-related employees, interns, and volunteers. The Manager assists the Director in organizational efforts to research and develop new program initiatives that align with the organization’s strategic plan and emerging needs and trends impacting transportation options in Minnesota. The Manager ensures that the program(s) for which they are responsible meet or exceed all program-related accountabilities.

Current programs include: St. Paul Women on Bikes, which works to make it safer and easier to ride a bike in St. Paul through advocacy, education, and fun; Smart Trips Neighborhoods, which aims to increase walking and biking rates in a targeted neighborhood – currently working in District 1 on the East Side of St. Paul; Riverview Corridor, which connects with local residents, community organizations, and business owners along West 7th Street and Highland, encouraging them to get involved and speak out about what they want to see as the planning process moves forward.

Essential Job Functions:

1. Program Management

  • Manage the activities and outcomes of the programs they are responsible for in accordance with the organizational strategic plan including data tracking and evaluation and the organization’s commitment to embedding inclusion and equity in all its activities
  • Works closely with the Program Director to manage the development and monitoring of annual work plans for program staff to ensure consistency with the strategic plan and funder accountabilities. • Manage assigned ongoing funder relationships.
  • Develop, cultivate and maintain strong connections with the constituents of their assigned programs, .
  • Lead special projects as identified by the Director of Programs, including attending city council meetings, bikeway open houses, and public hearings; writing letters of support, action alerts, and other advocacy-related communications; and meeting with elected officials and city/county staff about related topics

2. Staff Supervision

  • Leads, coaches and develops staff.
  • Provides direction and guidance to direct reports through an ongoing evaluation of the organization’s outcomes in the various program areas.

3. Budget Responsibilities

  • Adheres to departmental budget objectives and oversee contracts.

4. General

  • Maintains professional affiliations and enhances professional growth and development to keep current in the latest trends in transportation options related programming. As necessary, attends professional meetings and seminars at the local, regional, state, or national level to keep abreast of happenings and developments in related matters.
  • Carries out other duties and responsibilities as directed by the Director of Programs.


  • 3+ years of experience in coordinating programs.
  • Demonstrated intercultural competency skills and experience in cross-cultural collaboration, including the ability to discuss individual and systemic inequity and its impact on this work.
  • Existing understanding of walking, biking, and transit as modes of transportation desired.
  • Previous nonprofit experience in transportation-related area desired.

Working conditions:

Work involves 90-95% indoor work in an office environment with seasonal outdoor activities. Work will include meetings outside the office, primarily at locations within the Twin Cities Metro. Position involves lifting, pushing, pulling, and loading equipment up to 50 pounds. Equipment used includes, but is not limited to, general office and presentation equipment including telephone, desktop computer, laptop computer, printer, copier, and LCD projector.

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with experience and competitive with similar nonprofits. Benefits package includes: health insurance, retirement plan, paid time off and a flexible work environment.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to melissa@smart-trips.org.

  • All materials should be received by 5pm on Friday, December 23rd.
  • Please include “Program Manager search” in the subject line of your email application
  • No phone calls or walk-ins please.

St. Paul Smart Trips is an equal opportunity employer.

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