Via is re-engineering public transit, from a regulated system of rigid routes and schedules to a fully dynamic, on-demand network. Via’s mobile app connects multiple passengers who are headed the same way, allowing riders to seamlessly share a dynamically-routed vehicle. First launched in New York City in September 2013, the Via platform operates in New York City, Chicago, and Washington DC, and in London and Amsterdam through ViaVan, its joint venture with Mercedes-Benz Vans. Via also licenses its revolutionary on-demand transit technology to transportation players globally.
As Director of Local Policy & Government Affairs, you will work with the VP of Policy & Government Affairs to develop and execute an impactful and comprehensive government relations strategy at the state and local levels.
Responsibilities and Duties
Effectively represent Via and Via’s vision for the improvement of cities to elected officials and their staff, and the broader policy community
Manage consultant engagements on targeted projects
Work effectively within formal and informal industry coalitions, and otherwise develop industry contacts, to advance areas of common interest
Draft official written material: op-eds, blog posts, policy proposals, comments on regulations, formal correspondence, etc.
Represent the company at policy conferences and other forums
5-10 years' relevant experience
A strategic thinker and day-to-day executor who can juggle several issues at once; you’re able to effectively consider and solve both short and long-term problems
Execution-oriented; a self-starter who takes action and achieves tangible results
A natural at public affairs; an excellent communicator with demonstrated writing, editing, and speaking skills
You thrive in fast-paced environments and feel comfortable with a high level of responsibility
You have a strong ability to articulate strategic objectives and have a deep knowledge of government and politics;
In policy or geographic areas that are new to you, you can quickly get up to speed, identify the key issues, and quickly develop and execute a strategy;
Have extensive experience managing relationships with a broad spectrum of stakeholders
Have significant experience in government, policy, and political affairs
Via offers above market compensation packages and benefits, including equity, health insurance, and relocation assistance.