[Cccnfbw] {Disarmed} C-TRAN meeting

doug trimble doug.trimble at hotmail.com
Thu Aug 20 03:32:19 UTC 2015

On Tuesday Betty and myself met with Jeff Ham CEO of C-TRAN and their HR. Director.  We discussed recent job descriptions C-TRAN has posted for various non-driving positions.  Under the section Physical Conditions it says:
must have vision to read the computer and other materials.
This language may not be a violation of the ADA.  it is in poor taste.  We know that blind people use computers everyday.   
The EEOC is having a training in Seattle next month to discuss job descriptions, ADA & job applications.  C-TRAN committed to sending their HR staff to this.  Betty and myself will meet with them after the training.  
On another note we discussed C-TRAN's website since some folks have had trouble with this.  Mr. Ham would like more input from us on this matter.
Here is the latest job description on C-TRAN's website.
See you at the picnic,
15:30: Communication & Public Affairs Manager
Type of PositionFull TimePay RangeHiring Range: $6,143/mo-$7,433/moPosting Date7/1/2015Application DeadlineOpen Until Filled  Job DescriptionSUMMARY

The Communication & Public Affairs Manager will guide all aspects of C-TRAN’s external communications, marketing and public involvement. 


Reporting directly to the Director of Planning, Development & Public Affairs, this position will be responsible for establishing and implementing C-TRAN’s communications strategy using a variety of methods and media. The Communication & Public Affairs Manager will regularly develop and communicate key messages related to a broad set of topics. One of the position’s key roles will be to collaboratively develop a Communication & Public Involvement Plan to help reshape and refine how C-TRAN can most effectively reach the public, including identifying the appropriate use of emerging communications platforms and social media. The position will also work closely with the media on a variety of C-TRAN related issues. 

Work is performed independently and under the limited direction of the Director of Planning, Development & Public Affairs. Considerable judgment is expected to be exercised in the execution of duties. Errors or failures to perform duties may have significant adverse impacts on the agency’s financial standing and public image.


The following summarizes the essential or key responsibilities/attributes of the position the incumbent will be required to perform with or without reasonable accommodation:

Plan, manage, and execute marketing, advertising, communications, and public involvement. 

Supervise assigned staff to include: prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring employees follow policies and procedures; and, making hiring, termination, and disciplinary decisions and recommendations.

Develop C-TRAN’s Communication & Public Involvement Plan and related policies and strategies which will include external public affairs and media coverage.

Serve as a key media contact and assist in the coordination of PIO functions across other departments to ensure a consistent C-TRAN message.

Serve as a key advisor to all department directors and C-TRAN’s Executive Director/CEO on the planning, development, implementation and management of Communications, Marketing, and Public Affairs.

Design, Develop and organize communication of C-TRAN’s vision, values, central themes and messages to external audiences.

Develop and recommend new communications methods and enhancements to better achieve C-TRAN goals including marketing C-TRAN services to citizens, community groups and other external organizations.

Manage relevant consultant contracts including, but not limited to annual community and rider surveys.

Establish effective relationships with other departments as well as with community associations, the business community, civic organizations, regional partners, the media, and various interested groups and individuals.

Work and act as a team player in all interactions with other C-TRAN employees.

Write speeches, talking points and outlines for key C-TRAN officials. 

Manage the dissemination of prompt, accurate public information during service disruption/inclement weather/emergency/disaster situations, which on occasion will require early morning, late night and/or weekend work. 


Other duties performed as assigned.


Knowledge of
Current social, political and economic trends and the challenges facing public agencies with an emphasis on transit
Principles and practices of journalism, public relations, media relations and public involvement
Principles and practices of strategic communication, including leveraging multiple platforms to deliver messages
Marketing, graphic designs, print production, and web publishing principles and practices

Writing and editing a variety of materials such as news releases and business communications
Preparing publications and reports
Applying creative thinking
Handling multiple tasks simultaneously

Ability to
Communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing with tact and sensitivity
Work independently and in collaboration throughout agency
Prioritize and manage multiple tasks and projects under strict timelines
Exercise sound judgment within the framework of policies, protocols, and service standards
To build consensus, communicate with a variety of diverse groups and individuals, and provide education and information that is convincing and defensible whenever communicating with the public
Demonstrate leadership qualities and experience that can positively impact C-TRAN’s voice and presence in the community
Work across multiple technology based platforms, operating systems and mediums, including manage web development and publication production processes


Bachelor’s degree in communications, public relations or related field with a high level knowledge of media relations required.  
Requires minimum of five years of experience in professional or managerial level media relations, public relations, government relations and community relations, including spokesperson responsibilities for a complex public or private organization. Three years of supervisory experience and or demonstrated experience leading a team of professionals is desired.

Any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.


1.	Office environment
2.	Constant interruptions

1.	Hearing and speaking to exchange information
2.	Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard
3.	Vision to view computer monitor and read various materials
4.	Sitting for extended periods of time
5.	Bending at waist, kneeling or crouching
6.	Lifting, carrying, pulling objects up to 20 lbs


Regular, dependable attendance is required.

Must possess a valid driver’s license from the state of residence and maintain a good driving record.

Must be able to comply with C-TRAN’s nonsmoking policy and function in a nonsmoking work environment.

Must maintain a physical condition, which, either with or without accommodation, allows completion of all essential duties.

If selected for the position, documentation that you are a United States citizen or an alien lawfully authorized to work in the United States will be required to establish your identity and work authorization in accordance with the employer’s obligation under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

If selected for this position, employment will be conditional pending completion of a criminal background investigation.
The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive list of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload.

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