Transportation Policy and Partnerships Manager

Santa Monica, California
Data – Policy and Partnerships
Full Time
Who is Bird
At Bird, we’re on a mission to make cities more livable by reducing traffic and carbon emissions with an affordable, convenient, and eco-friendly transportation option. We planted roots in Los Angeles, California. Now, our fleet of electric scooters is available to riders in cities around the world for short trips or the “last mile” of their journey. In our first year, Bird launched in over 100 cities and provided over 10 million rides. And we’re only just getting started.

As a Transportation Policy and Partnerships Manager, you will create opportunities for Bird to grow and succeed with cities by crafting policy in key areas and building partnerships with data vendors, mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) providers, and transit agencies. 

There are two core areas of responsibility for this role:

Policy: You will define and evangelize the policies that best align cities and private mobility companies interests and abilities. Core issues include: city data sharing, data privacy, MaaS, and transit agency partnerships. 

Partnerships: Build and maintain partnerships with city vendors, transit agencies, and MaaS providers. You will need to understand our business and technical capabilities, as well as the interests and capabilities of partners well enough to drive mutually beneficial partnerships that make a real impact.

Responsibilities

    • Manage relationships with external, non-city partners that are critical to the mission, such as non-profits, trade associations, influencers, and academics. 
    • Develop expertise in product facing policy issues, specifically data sharing with government, mobility-as-a-service (MaaS), and data privacy. 
    • Collaborate with industry trade associations, influencers, and cities tasked with defining product facing policy frameworks and technical specifications for MaaS or data sharing, aiming to ensure Bird’s perspectives are included in the conversations.
    • Drive the end-to-end strategic product partnership process. This includes developing the partner strategy, engaging external partners, developing a mutually beneficial commercial construct, contract negotiation, and implementation.
    • Set, track, and report on strategic partner performance metrics.
    • Manage our relationships with data aggregators and mobility-as-a-service vendors.

Requirements

    • Passionate about urban mobility and aligning public and private interests for outcomes that are in the public interest.
    • BA required, advanced degree in city planning, public policy, public administration, or transportation engineering preferred.
    • Experience working in transportation, public administration, public policy, and/or local government. 
    • Experience in developing strategic relationships with third parties. 
    • Ability to easily explain relatively nuanced, technical concepts and/or teaching external partners.
    • Familiarity with the technical requirements and specifications of MaaS and payment processors in the public and private sectors.
    • Experienced public speaker, comfortable with communicating your message and responding to tough questions with poise and grace.
    • Incredibly organized, communicative and team player - you drive everyone  around you to be on the same page. 
    • A self-driven executor, you establish and lead project and implementation timelines.
Culture at Bird
We're an ambitious, smart, and open-minded group. Our employees are passionate about our mission, and eager to complete their work at the highest level. The office itself is up tempo and supportive, because we care about each other. People first, people.

Perks up
We want people to succeed at Bird, so we give our teams plenty of time off to relax and recharge. We also offer a generous employer-paid healthcare coverage, on-demand doctor visits, childcare support, a pre-tax commuter account for mass transit or parking, a wellness stipend, and more.

Bird is the world
Bird stands for a culture of inclusion. We celebrate different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives —encouraging everyone to bring their authentic selves to work.  We have a diverse environment that empowers our team to feel comfortable when they voice their opinions. For these reasons and more Bird is a proud equal employment opportunity employer. We welcome everyone regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetics, and we are dedicated to providing an inclusive, open, and diverse work environment.

Sound like a place you’d like to work? Sweet. Let’s chat.