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The Ray is a 501(c)(3) Georgia nonprofit organization and a highway testbed, located on Interstate 85 between LaGrange and the Georgia-Alabama state line. The organization began with an 18-mile stretch of interstate named in memory of Ray C. Anderson (1934-2011), a Georgia native recognized as a leader in green business when he challenged his company, Interface Inc., to pursue a zero waste, zero carbon footprint. The Ray Highway continues that legacy by paving the way for a zero carbon, zero waste, zero death transportation system to build a safer and more prosperous future for all. 

Our mission is to reimagine how we connect our communities, our lives and the world in a way that’s safer, more responsive to the climate, more regenerative to the environment, and more capable of generating economic opportunity, through innovative ideas and technologies that will transform transportation infrastructure.

Our team is now accepting applications for the following position(s): Director of Communications, Administrative Specialist, and GIS Manager

See full job descriptions below:

Director of Communications

About this Position

  • Title: Director of Communications
  • Reports To: Deputy Director
  • Position Type: Salaried, full-time position
  • Location: This position is located in Atlanta, GA
  • Schedule: Monday – FridaySkills and Qualifications

Through close coordination with the Executive Director, the Director of Communications is responsible for strategically guiding and growing the public outreach of the organization in all forms, including press materials, website content, social media, speech writing, and member communications. The goal of this position is to increase the influence of The Ray nationally and internationally.

Specific activities of this position include a significant and regular pipeline of writing and content creation, maintaining and protecting the brand, the narrative(s) and the voice of The Ray across traditional and new media outlets, pitching to the media and managing press requests, and the utilization of virtual reality, video, photographic and graphic assets.

The position is expected to manage a team of content creators and specialists, and is responsible for the following:

  1. Develop and execute annual strategic communications plans
  • Key elements and strategies detailed in each annual plan will include the following priorities: public speaking, “earned” national and international media, “paid” media, website, The Ray in “virtual reality,” social media and other new media outlets, and campaigns and/or communications directed at individuals who elect to receive information from The Ray
  • Ultimately responsible for copy editing all published materials of The Ray, including website content, slide decks, press advisories and releases, social media posts, fact sheets, brochures, responses to The Ray response platforms (“Ask The Ray” and “Suggest a Tech”) that are published, and contributed content such as opinion editorials and columns
  1. Media relations
  • Develop press materials, execute media pitches and manage press inquiries and requests
  • Conceptualize and execute press and/or public outreach events, both in-person and virtual
  • Maintain a digital and hard copy promotion packet
  • Manage and grow communication and relations with the media
  • Track the result of media activities
  1. New media
  • Lead The Ray’s Communication team to produce and accomplish the following:
  1. maintain all social media channels to be current and engaging, and to highlight the work of The Ray and its partners
  2. develop social media influencers as ambassadors of The Ray to increase the organization’s own followers, reach and engagement
  3. deploy strategic “paid” media, including pay-for augmentation of social media activity, to increase the organization’s own followers, reach and engagement
  4. build capacity of the organization’s website, internet and digital activity to attract and promote appropriate user-generated content

4.Cultivating public support

  • Conceptualize and generate strategic external communications and content to engage existing grassroots constituency, increase public involvement in the organization, and cultivate new supporters – including webinars, monthly eblasts, volunteer newsletters, and the blog associated with “Suggest A Tech” at www.TheRay.org
  • Develop and deploy strategic “paid” media, such as billboard advertising
  • Coordinate the purchase and distribution of The Ray merchandise and other promotional materials – balancing the ideas, desires and needs of the board and staff team – and maintain appropriate quantities
  • Assist with conceptualizing and coordinating certain fundraising campaigns, including end-of-year fundraising (Giving Tuesday), seasonal or monthly crowdfunding campaigns, donor solicitation and cultivation, funding requests for specific demonstrations and/or projects, and, potentially, future structure for “membership” as it relates to communications strategies
  • Leverage CRM for grassroots engagement and action, external communications, occasionally for fundraising support
  1. Website
  • Organize and attend regularly scheduled meetings with contract web developer for The Ray website maintenance and project updates
  • Lead The Ray’s Communication team to produce and accomplish the following:
  1. build capacity of the organization’s website, internet and digital activity to attract and promote appropriate user-generated content
  2. maintain all pages of the website to be as current as practicable, in a cost-effective manner

 

6. Public speaking and representation of the organization

  • Leverage the “Speakers Bureau” at The Ray to generate public speaking opportunities for all staff and board members of the organization
  • Personally represent the organization at conferences and meetings, including the delivery of prepared remarks
  • Manage public speaking requests throughout the year, from year to year, to balance the expenditure of time, travel and financial resources with the opportunity to build the profile and public awareness of the organization
  • Maintain the organization’s strategic conference calendar to be as current and relevant as practicable
  • Create a shared system for tracking current year speaking opportunities and commitments, and recording speaking activity from previous years
  • Assist with leading tours of The Ray Highway
  1. Administrative
  • Ultimately responsible for managing Communications and Social Media Calendars, and website and social media analytics spreadsheets, although the regular maintaining of such records may be delegated to other team members
  • Lead and manage response for the “contactus@theray.org” email account
  • Develop and publish an annual progress report for the organization
  1. Team Operations
  • Recruit and manage interns for the communications team, across functions
  • Participate in regular staff meetings to report on status of communications projects
  • Present communications reports at meetings of The Ray board and/or meetings of the Advisory Board of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation, as requested
  • Coordinate the activities of the communications team via regular virtual and/or in-person meetings, and via project management software such as Google docs, Google Drive, Asana, etc.
  • Provide updates to the Deputy Director and Executive Director, as warranted and as requested 

9. Other

  • Other duties as needed or assigned

 

Skills:

  • Undergraduate degree in a related field
  • At least 5 years of experience in a communications or marketing role
  • Experience and proven ability to lead teams and manage staff
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills
  • Excellent public speaker with the ability to adapt presentation style and content based on audience needs
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Outstanding organizational and time management skills

Personal Traits: 

  • Passion for spreading innovation
  • Passion for sustainability and the stewardship of resources
  • Dedication to The Ray’s net-zero transportation vision and mission: zero death, zero carbon, zero waste
  • Ability to strictly maintain discretion and confidentiality
  • Integrity, honesty and attention to detail
  • Outgoing and professional conduct

How to Apply:

Please submit your resume, cover letter, portfolio, and salary requirements to Laura Rogers at laura@theray.org, with the subject line “Director of Communications Application.”

 

Administrative Specialist

About this Position

  • Title: Administrative Specialist
  • Reports To: Executive Director
    • Also provides support to the Deputy Director & Director of Regional Programs
  • Position Type: Salaried, full-time position
  • Location: This position is located in Atlanta, GA
  • Schedule: Monday – Friday

The Ray is looking for a highly organized and detail oriented Administrative Specialist to keep our office running smoothly and efficiently. The ability to multitask, manage complex schedules, and meet changing deadlines is essential to the position. The Administrative Specialist will perform a variety of administrative and clerical tasks, including:

  • Manage The Ray’s general administrative activities
  • Manage the organization leadership’s calendars, coordinate and schedule meetings
  • Manage, coordinate and arrange travel and travel-related activities, including transportation and overnight accommodations, and meals
  • Maintain and manage accurate contact records using the organization’s EveryAction relationship management software
  • Screen and direct phone calls and distribute correspondence
  • Plan, organize and schedule tours of The Ray Highway
  • Support information requests related to The Ray fundraising and grant-making activities
  • Oversee and order office supplies, including promotional materials
  • Perform administrative and office support, such as typing, dictation, spreadsheet creation, and maintenance of filing system

Team Operations

  • Manage The Ray’s Alumni group, including virtual activity on LinkedIn and occasional in-person events
  • Coordinate job applications and interviews for the organization, including: the posting of position descriptions online; point of contact for receiving applications and scheduling interviews; drafting decision letters
  • Coordinate internship applications and interviews for the organization, including: the posting of position descriptions online; point of contact for receiving applications and scheduling interviews; drafting decision letters
  • Support onboarding of interns and new employees
  • Organize and run regular intern meetings, with support from certain program staff
  • Coordinate timesheets, invoices, and requests for reimbursement submittal and approval for all employees, including interns and contractors
  • Participate in regular staff meetings, remotely or in person, and report on project status
  • Provide updates to the Deputy Director and Executive Director, as warranted and as requested
  • Track and manage participation in team projects via management software such as Google docs, Google drive, Asana, etc.

Other

  • Other duties as needed or assigned

Skills:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and other office productivity tools, with the aptitude to learn new software and systems
  • 3 or more years of experience in an administrative role
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills
  • Outstanding organizational and time management skills
  • Meticulous attention to detail

Personal Traits:

  • Commitment and passion for environmental stewardship and sustainability
  • Dedication to The Ray’s net-zero transportation vision and mission: zero death, zero carbon, zero waste
  • Self-motivated, flexible team player with a positive attitude and ability to work independently
  • Person of integrity
  • Ability to strictly maintain discretion and confidentiality

How to Apply:

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Laura Rogers at laura@theray.org, with the subject line “Administrative Specialist Application.”

 

GIS Manager

About this Position

  • Title: GIS Manager
  • Reports To: Director of Regional Programs
  • Position Type: Salaried, full-time position
  • Location: This position is located in Atlanta, GA
  • Schedule: Monday – Friday

The Ray is pursuing partnership opportunities with transportation agencies across the U.S. to scale the innovative technologies and methodologies successfully demonstrated on The Ray. To support this scaling effort, The Ray has developed and continues to develop GIS-based resources and tools to provide specific and actionable data that our partner organizations can use to design and build sustainable transportation projects.

The GIS Manager will be responsible for the following:

  • Develop and manage GIS maps and applications
  • Perform data capture and analysis
  • Efficiently manage geospatial databases and aerial photography
  • Accurately maintain GIS database information by interpreting data from a variety of sources and creating, verifying, and updating information in the GIS database through the use of GIS software and tools
  • Acquire, download, correct, integrate, and analyze data provided by The Ray’s partners into existing GIS datasets
  • Troubleshoot and find innovative solutions to be able to perform analysis when datasets are incomplete or missing
  • Develop presentations, Story Maps, and other media to communicate results
  • Attend partnership meetings with transportation agencies as requested

Team Operations

  • Support and guide The Ray team members on Esri’s suite of tools, e.g., Survey123, Hub, Storymap, etc.
  • Recruit and manage interns for the GIS team
  • Coordinate the activities of the GIS team, including full-time staff, interns and volunteers, via regular virtual and/or in-person meetings, and via project management software such as Google docs, Google drive, Asana, etc.
  • Participate in regular staff meetings, to report on project status
  • Participate in meetings of The Ray board and/or meetings of the Advisory Board of the Ray C. Anderson Foundation as requested
  • Create new documents, processes, and procedures to organize team tasks and initiatives
  • Support information requests related to The Ray fundraising and grant-making activities
  • Maintain and manage accurate contact records using the organization’s EveryAction relationship management software
  • Provide updates to the Deputy Director and Executive Director, as warranted and as requested

Other

  • Other duties as needed or assigned

Skills:

  • Undergraduate degree in a related field
  • 5 years of experience conducting analyses using ArcGIS
  • Strong written and oral communications skills
  • Analytic skills and experience
  • Proficient in ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online web maps and apps
  • Detail-oriented and experienced in quantitative data analysis
  • Experience and proven ability to lead teams and manage staff

Personal Traits:

  • Commitment and passion for environmental stewardship and sustainability
  • Dedication to The Ray’s net-zero transportation vision and mission: zero death, zero carbon, zero waste
  • Person of integrity
  • Ability to strictly maintain discretion and confidentiality
  • Self-motivated, flexible team player with a positive attitude and ability to work independently

How to Apply:

Please submit your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to Laura Rogers at laura@theray.org, with the subject line “GIS Manager Application.”