The incumbent, under the direction of the City Administrator and Deputy City Administrator, is responsible for developing and managing a strategic plan to build awareness of a comprehensive, city-wide pedestrian and cycling program while increasing community engagement. The implementation strategies will focus on outdoor programming as well as increased intermodal connectivity. This position will focus on 1) equitable access to outdoor recreation by fostering opportunities through community participation at all experience levels; and 2) provide high-quality marketing and communication of strategies to support outdoor experience opportunities leveraging the Arkansas River, existing Western Region trails and other complementary resources.
Note: All City of Fort Smith positions require the employee to provide good customer service to both internal and external customers, maintain positive and effective working relationships with other City employees, and have regular and reliable attendance that is non-disruptive. Must show cooperation and respect to fellow employees and supervisors at all times. All other duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor and/or department director.
- Develop, maintain and execute a pedestrian and cycling master plan including but not limited to collaborative efforts in creating safe routes to access schools, work, shopping, parks/recreation, healthcare facilities and incorporation of the trail systems.
- Bring awareness to the health and wellness benefits of active mobility and outdoor recreation activities.
- Promote intermodal connectivity – especially for first and last mile connections of trails as well as safe walkable access routes throughout the community.
- Create a broad portfolio of outdoor experience programs in the region including: camping (resident, day and weekend), aquatics (canoe, kayak, and sailing), backpacking, challenge and adventure courses, and fitness (cycling, jogging, hiking, climbing etc.).
- Create and implement pedestrian and cycling related events throughout the City including but not limited to the Riverfront Skate & Bike Park, Chaffee Crossing, community trails and wetland acreage to create income-producing programs.
- Develop and maintain city-wide bicycle, pedestrian, and mobility education, and resources through use of social media and public presentations to inform and educate the public on the environmental, cultural, economic and health and wellness benefits of walking and bicycling for transportation.
- Ensure equitable access to not only outdoor recreation, but also to other mobility options.
- Promote equity to transportation, healthcare, schools, and jobs.
- Work with PR & Communications Manager and City of Fort Smith ITS to maintain a robust website and a strong social media presence supporting the City’s pedestrian and cycling initiatives.
- Include Complete Streets concepts in health and wellness initiatives.
- Develop contacts, resources, to facilitate and support collective efforts within cycling, mountain biking, walking/running, and hiking groups and other related groups within the local community.
- Attend meetings of the City of Fort Smith Parks & Recreation, Friends of Recreational Trails (FORT), River Valley and Frontier chapters of Ozark Off Road Cyclists, Mayor’s Committee on Health & Wellness, and other meetings as deemed appropriate.
- Research appropriate funding opportunities, identify and work with community partners to obtain grant funding supporting achievement of the goals set by the City Administrator, Deputy City Administrator, and the Mayor’s Committee on Health and Wellness.
- Work with the City Administrator, Deputy City Administrator, and the Mayor’s Committee of Health and Wellness to develop maintain and establish standard reporting for goals and metrics.
- Advocate with and strengthen collaboration among the City of Fort Smith, City of Fort Smith Transit Department, Arkansas Colleges of Health Education, ARDoT, Frontier Metropolitan Planning Organization, Western Arkansas Planning and Development District, National Park Service (Fort Smith National Historical Site) and others within the Western Region.
- Develop and enhance relationships with Chaffee Redevelopment Authority and other Western Region partners including but not limited to Van Buren, Alma, Greenwood, and Eastern Oklahoma.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Bachelor’s degree in planning, environmental science, health & wellness, sustainability, public health, or equivalent experience and education
- Knowledge of the State of Arkansas Vehicle Code rules of the road to ensure bicycle and pedestrian program compliance
- Ability to operate a bicycle safely under a variety of environmental conditions and operational situations
- Valid Driver’s License
- League of American Bicyclist League Cycling Instructor Certification (LCI)
- National Association of Transportation Officials Certified Trainer program
- Knowledge of objectives and principles of transportation planning, funding, and design with an emphasis on bicycle and pedestrian transportation
- Experience using and basic knowledge of ARCview GIS mapping software
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- The incumbent should possess proficiency and technical aptitude with the ability to use Microsoft products, including PowerPoint, Word, and Excel.
- Experience and skill in public speaking and presentations.
- Excellent computer skills and knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet programs.
- Good verbal and written communication skills as well as good organizational skills.
- Problem solving, data and analytical ability.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Capable of clearly communicating requirements, policies, procedures, and objectives.
- Requires intense concentration, strong attention to detail, and the ability to make quick decisions based upon established procedures.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Semi-repetitive type of work which requires periods of concentration for varied time cycles as prescribed by the task(s).While performing the duties of this job, the employee must occasionally stand, walk, talk and hear.Frequently sit, use hands to handle objects, and reach with hands and arms.The incumbent must also stoop, kneel and crouch. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, color and distance vision.
The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 25 pounds.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Up to 10% travel may be required for this position.
Normal working conditions as found within an office setting most of the time.Occasionally subjected to somewhat disagreeable working conditions such as intermittent standing, walking, riding a bike, and working outside.