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[Discuss] OT: Boston seeks: Broadband and Digital Equity Advocate
- Subject: [Discuss] OT: Boston seeks: Broadband and Digital Equity Advocate
- From: sronan at panix.com (Stephen Ronan)
- Date: Tue, 29 Sep 2015 10:42:37 -0400 (EDT)
Last week the Boston City Council voted to have a hearing re: the possibilities for free WiFi in Boston's Senior and Family Public Housing. I'm guessing independent of that, the City just posted the position below. As per: http://www.cityofboston.gov/images_documents/MM1_SalPlan_tcm3-2025.PDF I think the starting pay may be about $54K Job posting is at: https://recruit.cityofboston.gov:8443/psc/prdcg/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_JOB_DTL&Action=A&JobOpeningId=349135&SiteId=1&PostingSeq=1 or http://bit.ly/1OEbZ1b Job Description Job Title: Broadband and Digital Equity Advocate Broadband and Digital Equity Advocate Job ID: 349135 Location: ASD-Mgmt Information Systems Information Technology/Telecom This is a provisional appointment. The City of Boston's Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT) is hiring a Broadband and Digital Equity Advocate to lead policy and planning initiatives aimed at increasing broadband affordability and availability, and providing all Boston residents with the skills and resources they need to connect. Broadband is an essential infrastructure for the 21st century. But for too many of our residents and businesses, service is too slow, too expensive, or simply not available. Fast broadband is key to economic and educational opportunity, it connects our world-class universities and hospitals, and it is the engine that powers our digital economy. Brief Job Description (essential functions of the job): - Researches and makes recommendations for strategies to encourage broadband availability and affordability, such as: Regulatory changes; Development or tax incentives; Municipal / middle mile network building; Solicitation of private market entrants through RFP or RFI; Leveraging City-owned broadband resources (fiber, conduit, facilities, etc.) for commercial or public use. - Becomes fully familiar with the residential and business broadband market in Boston. - Develops a clear articulation of City's broadband and digital equity policy objectives, and providing regular internal and external communication about our work in this area. - Engages local stakeholders (government, business, public, institutional), both formally and informally to understand their needs and goals. - Provides project planning leadership on any strategies adopted by the City. - Works closely with other City agencies that have a role in broadband and digital equity, such as the Boston Public Schools, Economic Development, and Public Works Department. - Plans and participates in public events focused on broadband and digital equity. - Communicates with various local and national broadband policy organizations. - Tracks relevant state and federal legislation and rulemaking, and identify opportunities for advocacy by the City on behalf of our policy aims. - Performs related work as required. Minimum Entrance Requirements: - A minimum of two (2) years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in government, advocacy, or non-profit, preferably working on policy issues. A bachelor's degree in public policy, urban planning or related field strongly preferred and may be substituted for the required experience. A master's degree in public policy, urban planning, or related field is preferred. - Strong written and verbal communication skills required. - Presentation skills required. - Strong organizational and project management skills required. - Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment and with all levels of management. - Experience researching and analyzing complex, technical policy topics is strongly preferred. - Ability to complete projects efficiently and independently. - Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job. - Familiarity with broadband technologies and the evolving broadband policy landscape preferred. - Experience planning and participating in public engagement opportunities such as public forums and comment solicitations preferred. Boston Residency Required. Terms: Union/Salary Plan/Grade: SENA/MM1-6 Hours per week: 35 Please refer to the Salary Information section on the Boston Career Center site for more information on compensation. For each Salary Plan, salaries are listed by Grade and Step.