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Western Washington University Commute Options Program Manager in Bellingham, Washington

Commute Options Program Manager

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Location: Bellingham, WA

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Position TitleCommute Options Program Manager

About the UniversityWestern Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2022 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

About the DepartmentTransportation Services supportsWestern's mission ( , which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

About the Position

The Commute Options Program Manager reports to the Transportation Services Manager. This position is responsible for managing all active transportation programs to, from, and across Western, including the bus pass, late-night shuttle, and bicycling programs. The Program Manager promotes Western’s transportation services to students, employees, and visitors through strategic use of communications and marketing. This position is integral in facilitating transportation services in support of Western’s Strategic Plan and Sustainability Action Plan, including planning, and implementing changes, and communicating effectively with all members of the community.


Commute Options and Transportation Demand

  • Manages commuting options and transportation demand on campus.

  • Manages the Active Transportation Fee program. Guides the Active Transportation Fee Committee by developing the agenda, preparing reports, and presenting information.

  • Develops, coordinates, and implements the bus pass program which allows students and employees to use their Western ID card to ride the regional transit networks.

  • Develops interdependent relationships and coordinates efforts with regional public bus agencies to support and optimize students, employees, and visitors use of transit while commuting to and from campus.

  • Responsible for the supervision and coordination of the student late night shuttle program; ensures vendor is meeting or exceeding their contract and Western’s standards.

  • Collects, compiles, and analyzes ridership data in support of the student late-night shuttle program.

  • Develops, coordinates, and implements program support for active modes of transportation such as walking and rolling (bicycles, skateboards, scooters, etc.) to include developing walking and rolling routes to, from and across campus, managing bike racks, the bike locker rental program, and coordinating bicycle education programming across campus.

  • Coordinates and manages the ride-share options on campus, including public vanpools, carpools, and private ride-share companies.

  • Ensures Western meets state mandated employee commute trip reduction program requirements.

  • Administers annual surveys, collects transportation data, prepares annual reports, and assists in the data collection and report writing of other reports as needed.

  • Establishes and implements the Associated Student Active Transportation Fee program voting.

  • Collects, compiles, and analyzes transportation data.

Communications and Marketing

  • Responsible for planning, developing, coordinating, implementing, monitoring, and measuring communications and marketing all university transportation services to the broader campus community.

  • Drafts, proposes, and implements communications campaigns, which include social and on-line media, print media, and other multi-media.

  • Evaluates the success of campaigns upon completion. Develops and coordinates events, outreach, and marketing programs with the regional public transit agencies.

  • Creates, develops, and coordinates promotional materials for transportation services.

  • Advocates for the use of walking, rolling, transit ridership, and other commuting methods as better alternatives to single occupancy vehicle commuting.

  • Collects, compiles, and analyzes commuting data to support transportation services events, outreach, communications, and marketing programs.

Customer Service and Other Duties

  • Engages students, employees, visitors, stakeholders, and other partners in customer service excellence and uses lean management tools to keep the voice of the student and multi-modal commuting methods present in staff-driven service improvement processes.

  • Provides service recovery for escalated issues or initial resolution for high-profile individuals.

  • Represents the program to business partners and other internal/external stakeholders.

  • Works with and supports the front line customer service staff and provides backup to other positions in the unit.

  • Supervises the Active Transportation Coordinator ensuring coordination between the Active Transportation Fee Committee and Transportation Services in meeting all aspects of their duties.

  • Other duties as assigned.

The State HR classification for this position is Program Manager A.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree.

  • Two (2) years of full-time customer service experience with problem solving, and communication of policies and procedures in an office environment.

  • Highly self-driven with the able to work independently and effectively with minimal supervision, while also being a member of a team committed to implementing effective transportation programs.

  • Experience developing and implementing communications and marketing campaigns.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement transportation programs that are equitable and inclusive for individuals from diverse populations.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate information effectively and efficiently to diverse stakeholders.

  • Experience with research, data collection, recordkeeping, preparing reports, and budget reconciliation.

  • Experience in program and/or curriculum development and delivery.

  • Experience with bicycle safety and education.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor or post graduate degree in Transportation Management, Sustainable Development, Urban Planning, Communications, Marketing, or any related field of study.

  • One (1) year of full-time experience working in active transportation, commute trip reduction, transportation demand management or related field.

  • Experience with managing websites.

  • Bicycle League of America bike educator certification, or similar certification.

  • Experience supervising staff.

Conditions of EmploymentAll employees must comply with our Immunization policies, includingCOVID vaccination ( by time of hire andProof of Rubeola Measles Immunity ( within 60-days of hire. Please reach out toHR@wwu.eduif you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.

Salary $4,541/month - $5,960/month depending on qualifications and experience

Benefits InformationBenefits Overview for Classified Positions (

Bargaining UnitThis position is part of bargaining unit D and is covered by the collective bargaining agreement with Public School Employees of WWU.

Application Instructions

Application materials should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Closing Date NotesPosition closes 04/04/2023 at 11:55 pm.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation ( . Inquiries may be directed to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 126 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services ( , 360.650.3303 or 711 (Washington Relay).

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services The report can be found at:Annual Security and Fire Safety Report ( .

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires which includes asexual misconduct background check ( .

Job no: 500650

Advertised: Mar 14 2023 08:00 Pacific Daylight Time

Applications close: Apr 04 2023 23:55 Pacific Daylight Time