CTS Job Openings

Part-time Program Coordinator

This 50% part-time position is a member of the Center’s Program Development and Delivery (PDD) Group, which is responsible for securing external funding by building and maintaining relationships with sponsors and stakeholders and by successfully delivering education, training, outreach and engagement contracts that serve our external stakeholders.

This position will initially support the Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths (TZD) program, which aims to reduce fatal and serious-injury traffic crashes on Minnesota roads. The TZD program contracts with CTS to provide outreach, administration, and planning and advisory committee support. The position will serve as project manager for the delivery of program activities, including planning and delivery of an annual statewide conference; planning and delivery of up to eight annual regional workshops held throughout the state; management and coordination of planning and advisory committee activities; building and fostering relationships with partnering organizations; assisting in the development and management of project scope, schedule, budgets, and deliverables; and designing and implementing systems and processes to enhance personal, team, Center, and University performance. This position manages multiple projects at any given time, interacts with a wide variety of stakeholders and funders, and performs a number of functions within the group.

The ideal candidate will have interest in traffic safety issues. This position requires the ability to travel within the Twin Cities metro area and greater Minnesota.

Essential Functions

  • Program and Project Management. Serve as project manager for the delivery of project and program activities, including managing the work of students, staff administrative assistants, and/or other partners. Assist the program director with developing and monitoring project scopes, schedules, deliverables, and budgets and with activity monitoring and evaluation. Work collaboratively with CTS communications staff to identify content and review materials for CTS publications, websites, social media, and other communications products based on project or program scope. Proactively identify and appropriately resolve and/or escalate issues that arise during the delivery of project and program tasks. Solve problems while considering various stakeholders’ and participant needs to offer solutions in a timely manner.
  • Planning and Advisory Committee Activities. Provide program management and coordination for externally funded programs that engage transportation stakeholders and utilize planning, advisory, and/or steering committees. Serve as a liaison and resource for program participants by developing and managing complex stakeholder relationships and by acquiring the appropriate level of technical knowledge. Interact with a wide array of external and internal stakeholders, funders, community organizations, and individuals to facilitate interaction on areas of common interest. Manage development and distribution of meeting materials, including agendas and notes. Coordinate follow up of action items as identified by stakeholder groups. Maintain committee rosters and facilitate committee communication and correspondence.
  • Outreach Services Activities. Perform project management and coordination for outreach activities such as events, workshops, and forums. Utilize a broad understanding of the transportation arena, both internal and external to the University, to help design and develop event content. Build and strengthen relationships with presenters and participants; serve as a program representative and strategic and technical knowledge resource/liaison from the University to the transportation community. Provide event delivery expertise by managing abstract submission and working with external stakeholders to identify topics and speakers; managing venue selection and negotiation; coordinating with event sponsors and exhibitors; providing on-site support and resolving issues; and evaluating and reporting on the event.


  • Required: BA/BS with at least two years of experience or a combination of related education and work experience to equal six years
  • Preferred: professional experience that is related to the Center’s research, education, and outreach activities, such as managing programs or projects, coordinating events and training activities, providing staff support to stakeholder groups or committees, facilitating meetings, developing and monitoring budgets, and working with multiple teams

Application Procedure

Apply online on the University of Minnesota website (job ID 319589). Application review begins September 11, 2017.