Public Involvement

Outreach Liaisons

Three woman look at a map of a project study area.We are seeking residents of the NJTPA region who have deep roots in and knowledge of different cultures and ethnicities to join a pilot program to help gather community input for various projects, studies and programs.

These Outreach Liaisons would help tailor our public outreach strategies to the specific needs of a project or study area’s ethnic or cultural groups. Liaisons may offer knowledge about cultural nuances, interface with community members on behalf of the agency, facilitate community meetings or events, and provide translation services, if needed. A woman holding a tablet asks a man survey questions.

We are launching this pilot Outreach Liaisons Program to engage residents more effectively in transportation planning, increase public understanding of our work, and ensure engagement is diverse and inclusive. Our 13-county region is one of most diverse areas in the country, with communities that represent many races, ethnicities, cultures, languages, identities, religions, and traditions.

This is a two-year pilot program, with the first year focused on recruiting and training a group of five Outreach Liaisons. Ideal candidates are community-focused and interested in engaging residents in important public conversations. We will select candidates based on their volunteering experience, commitment to their communities, and communication skills.  Participants will receive a stipend for their work.

Training will focus on helping build connections between the communities the liaisons represent and the NJTPA. Workshops will offer information on public engagement techniques, meeting facilitation, and an overview of our work . Following the workshops, liaisons will participate in hands-on training, shadowing professionals in real community outreach work. Once liaisons are trained, they will be available for hourly project work on a variety of projects or programs, working with our staff and consultant teams to identify the needs of the communities they represent.
 
Anyone interested in applying is encouraged to complete a short online form at the following link. The application deadline is November 30, 2021: Click Here to Submit an Application
 
Only applicants residing in one of the 13 counties in the NJTPA region (Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Monmouth, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Warren, and Union counties) will be considered for the program.