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    Cyburbian jkellerfsu's avatar
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    Position Name advice

    In an attempt to recruit for an obscure position, I am looking for a better name for pedestrian and bicycle coordinator. The advertisement has really generated no interest in the past and I wonder if it could be the name? A "coordinator" to me seems simplistic but the job is more about the implementation of bike and ped plans and requires a lot of technical knowledge. Thoughts?

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    It might help us if you listed the normal add here.

    List the sallary in your description. You already know what range you are willing to pay. If you are offering near subsistence wages after an interview and asking for a masters degree, you probably are not getting a response due to inappropriate qualification to earning ratio. This recently happened in Harrisburg Pennsylvania.

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    You might want to include "planner" or "planning" somewhere in the title.
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    Have you contacted local universities with in regards to your position? My school will send out emails advertising positions from time to time. Seems like a good way to reach a captive audience.

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    How about transportation planner? Keep it simple.
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    Quote Originally posted by Duke Of Dystopia View post
    It might help us if you listed the normal add here.
    I'm with DOD here. Are they a coordinator, an implementor, or a planner? If they're a specialist, what are they specializing in? I tend to favor Hike & Bike over pedestrian and bicycle because that sounds, well...so pedestrian.
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    Dude, skateboarding is not a crime!

    if you put this question in FAC, all the non-transportation planner types are going to have a field day!

    as in:

    Birkenstock Planner
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    ...but seriously, the title you list in your post is the usual title I see - if it's a low-paying entry level position, that's fine - if it's more middle or upper management, then coordinator should get changed to planner

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    I always thought the word "Supreme" added some panache to a title. Like "Supreme Bike and Ped Planner". Who wouldn't want that job? It's like Supreme Allied Commander, but you don't have to kill anyone.

    Years ago I read that Gore-Tex allowed their employees to pick any title they wanted (except, I think, for President). Governments can have some flexibility in this regard as long as the job description allows it to be properly classified. Usually HR bureaucrats are too risk-averse to allow anything other than specialist or technician titles at the level I think you offering, but maybe they will allow you to shake things up a little in order to be able to fill the position. Words like "Chief" (as in "Chief Bike and Ped Planner") have resume value, and may attract applicants.

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    Oh yes, I suppose I left out a key component - it's a government job......I can't call it a transportation planner unless it fits our established position description (HR fanatics) ...... and it doesn't

    I agree, I think coordinator sounds entry level. The position was created and named before I got here and I need some ammo to change the lame name

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    Quote Originally posted by jkellerfsu View post
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    Quote Originally posted by jkellerfsu View post
    Oh yes, I suppose I left out a key component - it's a government job......I can't call it a transportation planner unless it fits our established position description (HR fanatics) ...... and it doesn't

    I agree, I think coordinator sounds entry level. The position was created and named before I got here and I need some ammo to change the lame name
    Seriously, have you posted the salary requirements and if it has benifits? It really might help.

    please list the job posting, we might be able to add something and give you ammo to fix the problem.
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    Bike Ped Coordinator has been a valid job title since at least 1980. I'm pretty sure that the state of Florida uses that for all [seven? ten?] of their slots doing that work.

    You're in Baltimore; where's the job? Did you send it to LAB to include in their listings?

    (I'd apply but I finished living on the east coast 20 years ago)

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