As the Policy Associate Principal on Via’s Policy Team, you will research federal, state, local and other funding opportunities for innovative public transit. You will work with our Strategy, Partnerships, and Partner Success teams to identify grant and other funding opportunities to support and grow Via’s transportation partnerships. Working with senior members of the Policy Team, you will build relationships with major grant program managers at federal agencies, state DOTs, and regional offices to gain a deep understanding of transit grant programs, from grant timelines to applicant criteria. You will also track state legislative efforts, build relationships with a network of transit advocates and mobility experts, and support other efforts of the Policy team. You will have the opportunity to deep dive into multiple aspects of transportation policy and use your knowledge to help develop the market for innovative transportation technology. We’re looking for someone who is detail-oriented, can manage multiple projects at a time, and is passionate about transportation, sustainability, and equity.
What You'll Do:
- Work closely with Via’s Policy team to identify grant opportunities relevant to Via and Remix products and solutions:
- Research and catalog grant opportunities and translate them for internal audiences in order to clearly communicate the “what,” “how,” and “when” of each opportunity
- Work with Grants lead on Strategy team to help identify specific solutions and partners that are well suited for each opportunity
- Help the policy team develop constructive feedback for grantors
- Build Via’s institutional knowledge of public transit funding at federal, state, and local levels
- Create internal trainings and materials on public transit funding and lead training sessions with partnerships and partner success teams
- Ensure current partner funding is clearly cataloged and work with partner success to identify funding gaps
- Research local funding levers from general city budgets to ballot initiatives to transit improvement districts
- Support policy team on additional research efforts from international policy processes to local/state legislators and stakeholders
- Research state and federal bills for the policy team and analyze how the bills could impact Via’s business
- Draft policy memos, blog posts, and other documents to support Policy efforts
Who You Are:
- An exceptional communicator (both verbal and written) with an instinctive appreciation for tone and structure.
- Socially-minded, action-oriented, and passionate about urbanism; you understand the importance of public transit and are motivated to improve worldwide access to mobility.
- Meticulous and strategic; you can read through dense grant notices and distill the most important aspects and communicate these internally
- A record of academic achievement, preferably in the humanities, social sciences, or another field that required policy analysis (undergraduate degree required; advanced degree preferred).
- Passionate about Via’s mission and highly enthusiastic about the opportunity to drive significant growth by winning competitive grants.
- You are comfortable balancing multiple projects at one time.
- A minimum of three year of full-time work experience in a dynamic work environment; prior experience at a startup, transportation consulting firm, management consulting firm, or in the public sector is a plus.
What Catches Our Eye:
- You have conducted policy analysis or research for highly regulated markets such as transportation, energy, or water
- You have significant experience working across teams to drive medium term projects through to successful completion.
We’re Via, and we build technology that changes the way the world moves. We pioneered the TransitTech category to ensure that the future of transportation is shared, dynamic public mobility — the kind that reduces carbon emissions across congested cities, minimizes reliance on private cars, and provides everyone with accessible, efficient, and affordable ways of getting around.
With the addition of Remix into our portfolio, we created the first end-to-end TransitTech solution for cities and transit agencies, offering world-class software, service design, and operational expertise to fundamentally improve the way the world moves.
We’re committed to building and nurturing a team as diverse as the communities we serve. Bringing transportation equity to the world begins with championing equal opportunity in our own offices. All backgrounds, identities, and voices are welcomed and celebrated here.
Ready to join the ride?
Via is an equal opportunity employer.