WalkDenver is hiring!

by Jill Locantore on June 22, 2016

Gosia Daniela and Renae at 2015 NE WalkFestApply to join the WalkDenver team and help make Denver a great city for all people!


WalkDenver is hiring a full-time Program Coordinator to support the development and implementation of two programs: a new WalkDenver Citizens’ Academy and Safe Routes to School. The Program Coordinator will also assist with other WalkDenver programs as needed. See below for a full job description.

To apply, send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Jill Locantore at jill.locantore@walkdenver.org by Friday, July 22.

Job Title

Program Coordinator (Full Time)


Reports to the Executive Director


The Program Coordinator is a full-time, grant-funded position that will support the development and implementation of two programs: a new WalkDenver Citizens’ Academy and Safe Routes to School. The Program Coordinator will also assist with other WalkDenver programs as needed.

The WalkDenver Citizens Academy will will engage Denver residents who want to be advocates for a cultural shift toward healthy, active, “car-lite” lifestyles and a new way of thinking about transportation and mobility. The seven-month Academy will arm participants with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to embrace this shift — including municipal policies and practices that promote active transportation — and to become champions for change at the individual, neighborhood, and citywide levels. Specific duties of the Program Coordinator include the following:

  • Solicit diverse and quality applicants for the Academy
  • Assist in the development of Academy curriculum and graduation requirements
  • Finalize guest speakers and meeting locations for Academy sessions
  • Coordinate with elected officials to participate in sessions as needed
  • Prepare materials needed for Academy sessions
  • Send reminder e-mails and materials to Academy participants prior to each session
  • Maintain regular communication with Academy participants and provide assistance as needed to ensure successful outcomes
  • Manage the Academy website and social media, including developing and posting content on a regular basis
  • Assist with evaluation of the Academy process and outcomes
  • Coordinate with consultants and community partners
  • Prepare and submit regular reports to granting agencies
  • Assist with other WalkDenver programs as needed
  • Must work some evenings and weekends.

Denver’s Safe Routes to School program aims to increase the number of children walking and biking to school by:

  1. Increasing the number of schools with travel plans. These travel plans will explicitly identify active transportation as an option and address creating a safe environment for all students, especially those who walk and bike.
  2. Increasing encouragement support to schools and families. In tandem with technical support to create the travel plans, technical support will be given to schools, PTOs, and wellness committees regarding how to organize and sustain an active transportation culture

Specific duties of the Program Coordinator include the following:

  • Collaborate with staff at the Denver Department of Environmental Health to develop Travel Plans at selected schools.
  • Develop a methodology to engage with school community and DPS to analyze current travel patterns and traffic challenges.
  • Draft Travel Plans for each school. The Plans will go beyond managing safety concerns related to drop-off and pick-up of students whose parents drive them to school, to also actively encourage and support walking and biking to school.  This may include physical changes to school grounds and surrounding properties, operational changes, and programming.
  • Provide assistance to selected schools in implementing proposed Travel Plans.  This may include working with the school and parents to launch a walking school bus, implementing a crossing guard program, organizing remote drop off, or providing pedestrian safety training for students.  


  • Background in community organizing, urban planning, public affairs, or related field
  • Interest in active transportation issues (walking, biking, transit)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated success engaging community members with diverse backgrounds
  • Well organized with a high level of attention to detail
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Apps (e.g, Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Forms, etc.)
  • Familiarity with social media
  • Fluent in Spanish and English (desired)
  • Knowledge of Denver neighborhoods and local organizations relevant to WalkDenver’s mission (desired)
  • Experience managing grant-funded projects (desired)
  • Flexibility, positive attitude, ability to remain professional in stressful situations
  • Willing to work some evenings and weekends
  • Has to pass a background check

Salary and Benefits

Compensation is commensurate with experience.  WalkDenver offers a competitive benefits package which includes a healthcare plan, dental, vision and 401K plan.

WalkDenver is dedicated to equal employment opportunities in any term, condition, or privilege of employment. WalkDenver prohibits unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, creed, religion, sex, age 40 and over, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, gender expression or any other characteristic protected by state or local law.


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