CTS Job Openings

Program Coordinator

This position is responsible for planning and delivering training, stakeholder engagement, and student development activities to a variety of transportation stakeholder groups; building and fostering relationships with partnering organizations; serving as a liaison and representative for CTS in activities that enhance program visibility and strengthen relationships with the community; assisting in the development and management of project scope, schedule, budgets, and deliverables; and designing and implementing systems and processes to enhance personal, team, Center, and University performance. This position manages multiple projects at any given time, interacts with a wide variety of stakeholders and funders, and performs a number of functions within the group.

The successful candidate will work on a portfolio of projects from the functional areas noted below. Responsibilities for each project, regardless of functional area, include:

  • Proactively identify and appropriately resolve and/or escalate issues that arise during the delivery of project and program tasks. Solve problems while considering various stakeholders’ and participant needs to offer solutions in a timely manner.
  • Serve as project manager for the delivery of project and program activities, including managing the work of students, staff administrative assistants, and/or other partners.
  • Assist the program director with developing and monitoring project scopes, schedules, deliverables, and budgets and with activity monitoring and evaluation.
  • Work collaboratively with communications team to identify content and review materials for CTS publications, websites, social media, and other communications products based on project or program scope.


Outreach Services Activities

Perform project management and coordination for outreach activities such as events, focus groups, workshops, and forums for both ongoing CTS programs and one-time projects. Utilize a broad understanding of the transportation arena, both internal and external to the University, to help design and develop event content. Build and strengthen relationships with presenters and participants; serve as a program representative and strategic and technical knowledge resource/liaison from the University to the transportation community. Provide event delivery expertise by managing abstract submission and working with external stakeholders to identify topics and speakers; overseeing venue selection and negotiation; coordinating with event sponsors and exhibitors; providing on-site support and resolving issues; and evaluating and reporting on the event.

Planning and Advisory Committee Activities

Provide program management and coordination for externally funded programs that engage transportation stakeholders and utilize planning, advisory, and/or steering committees. Serve as a liaison and resource for program participants by developing and managing complex stakeholder relationships and by acquiring the appropriate level of technical knowledge. Interact with a wide array of external and internal stakeholders, funders, community organizations, and individuals to facilitate interaction on areas of common interest. Manage development and distribution of meeting materials, including agendas and notes. Coordinate follow up of action items as identified by stakeholder groups. Maintain committee rosters and facilitate committee communication and correspondence.

Student Engagement

Perform project management and coordination for delivery of the Center’s education activities for K-12 and University students. Plan and deliver CTS activities that encourage students to pursue transportation careers and support student engagement. Identify available resources and determine age-appropriate content and activities. Develop relationships with potential K-12 outreach venue staff and facilitate discussions on potential collaborative efforts.

Customized Training Activities

Perform project management and coordination for the delivery of the Center’s externally funded training programs. Acquire the appropriate level of knowledge and a broad understanding of the transportation arena for the specific topic to assess training and technical assistance needs and recommend program activities. Coordinate efforts of technical experts and University staff to develop and deliver training and other technical assistance products (workshops, webinars, handbooks, videos and online resources).

Work Location

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and the Center for Transportation Studies endorses a “work with flexibility” approach that offers a welcoming and flexible work environment. Work location options include working fully remote, partially remote, or entirely in the office and are based on the work of the position. This position has been designated as eligible for a work Profile 4 (work fully remotely with the exception of required attendance for on-site events); the successful candidate will have the option to be office-based or hybrid if fully remote is not preferred.

Because the University of Minnesota is a land-grant institution that serves the state, the University, in most cases, expects employees to live in Minnesota. A University-configured laptop and software will be provided, but the successful candidate will need to provide their own reliable high-speed internet connection for a fully remote or partially remote work schedule. CTS management retains the right to modify flexible work arrangement agreements on a temporary or permanent basis for any reason at any time.

This position requires the ability to travel within the Twin Cities metro area and greater Minnesota with occasional attendance at in-person events and other convenings. Details regarding work schedule, work location, and other arrangements will be made upon offer of employment and a work schedule will be agreed upon by the employee and their supervisor.


Required Qualifications

  • BA/BS with at least two years of experience or a combination of related education and work experience to equal six years.
  • Professional experience that is related to the Center’s research, education, and outreach activities, such as: coordinating events and training activities, providing staff support to stakeholder groups or committees, facilitating meetings, developing and monitoring budgets, and working with multiple teams.

Preferred Qualifications

The successful candidate should possess the following competencies:

  • Achieving and Getting Results: customer-focused; utilizes effective oral and written communication skills; demonstrates ability to deal with unanticipated problems and opportunities; curious, dependable, detail-oriented, and quality conscious
  • Building and Maintaining Relationships: able to work with multiple bosses in a complex, high-energy environment; appreciates and respects different points of view
  • Managing Self: functions effectively within ever-changing environments; effectively manages time, resources, organizational tools and systems, and stress level; demonstrates resilience, persistence, and adaptability
  • Leading: proactively takes initiative to identify and appropriately resolve and/or escalate issues or problems; appropriately utilizes, influences, and manages resources to accomplish work

How to Apply

Apply on the U of M jobs web page (job ID 346841):

Please submit a cover letter and resume as part of your application.

The posting will remain open until the position is filled; applicant review begins May 25, 2022.

Summer Camp Worker

This summer, CTS will be hosting two summer camps in 2022. The National Transportation Summer Institute will host 30 students entering grades 7-9 on campus for a two-week camp introducing them to topics and careers in the transportation industry. Students will engage in academic curriculum, work on a group project, and go on several field trips throughout the Twin Cities. The CAV Career Pathways Camp will host 20 students entering grades 10-12 on campus for a one-week camp introducing them to careers in the field of connected and automated vehicles.

We are looking for one additional person to join our team. The selected candidate will join CTS staff in the delivery of the two camps.


  •  Reports to camp director and camp coordinator
  •  Responsible to camp director for producing program deliverables


Camp Preparation

  •  Assisting with printing and packing of camp materials.

Camp Delivery and Assistance

  • Assisting in the delivery of camp activities.
  • Supervising students throughout camp.
  • Identifying and responding to camper behavior issues; reporting any behavior issues to the camp coordinator or director.
  • Assisting in maintaining accurate program records including things such as daily attendance, checking students into and out of camp, and student evaluations.
  • Assisting in set-up and clean-up of events, lunches, and other camp-related activities, including transporting supplies.
  • Knowing, enforcing, and following all safety and emergency guidelines associated with the camp.

Work Hours & Compensation

  • Up to full time @ 40 hours/week.
  • Be available weekdays Wednesday, July 6 through Friday, August 12. The selected candidate will need to be on-site from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on work days.
  • Compensation: $18.00/hour.



  • High school diploma/GED
  • Some experience working with youth, preferably in a leadership or educational setting
  • Energetic and outgoing demeanor when hosting events
  • Excellent communication skills, both spoken and written
  • Ability to prioritize and complete work assignments from multiple staff
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, good organization and prioritization
  • A desire to work in a fast-paced and multi-tasking environment
  • A desire to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Ability to problem-solve, take initiative and to be proactive
  • Excellent customer service skills; a professional demeanor and appearance
  • Ability to pass a background check (required by University policy for youth programs)


  • Experience with middle or high school aged students, particularly in a summer camp setting
  • Enrolled as an undergraduate at the University of Minnesota

How to Apply

Apply on the U of M jobs web page (job ID 347982):

Please submit a cover letter and resume as part of your application. The posting will remain open until the position is filled.