Program Assistant

About Urban Movement Labs

Urban Movement Labs (UML) is a mobility-innovation 501(c)3 organization that facilitates collaboration between public agencies, mobility technology companies, and community members to pilot mobility solutions. Our aim is to match solutions to daily transportation challenges, then test them in real urban conditions within L.A.’s city limits in a way that provides community members with a sense of ownership via pilot programs. UML aims to make Los Angeles the model city for safe, sustainable, equitable, and efficient movement of people and goods and replicate these learnings around the world. UML accomplishes this through lessons from pilot projects, supporting public agencies with research, and facilitating workshops with stakeholders across sectors.

About the Position 

Urban Movement Labs is seeking a motivated, inquisitive, and organized Program Assistant to support UML’s growing portfolio of mobility technology projects. A strong interest in and some understanding of transportation planning or policy, community engagement, emerging technologies, or start-up culture is a must. 

Under the direction of the Office of the Executive Director and Director of Programs , the Program Assistant will be responsible for supporting a number of current and new UML programs in the areas including, and not limited to: asset management, autonomy, curb management, electrification, first/last mile connectivity, intelligent infrastructure, mobility safety, urban air mobility, and urban freight. 

Responsibilities and duties to be led by the Program Assistant include, and are not limited to:

  • Conduct policy research to inform new policies and procedures in response to emerging mobility services and technologies; 
  • Support the development of pilot projects, and support ongoing monitoring and assessment of those projects with data collection and analysis;
  • Support the development of detailed plans for collaborative workshops to discuss mobility challenges and solutions with diverse stakeholders, including goals and deliverables;
  • Support community engagement efforts and the development of visual communications in partnership with UML’s Communications Associate;
  • Participate in meetings with transportation technology service providers to gauge partnership feasibility; and
  • Write and edit technical and public-facing reports, presentations, grant proposals, and outreach materials.

About you

  • You’re passionate about mobility, technology, and tackling the challenges faced by local communities.
  • You’re resourceful, curious, and excited to help shape a growing organization.
  • You’re community minded and think creatively about how to engage local stakeholders effectively, and how to support private companies in optimizing services to address existing challenges.
  • You’re interested in learning about how innovation and change can happen within the context of cities and public agencies. 
  • You’re communicative and are not shy about asking questions.
  • You can connect the dots between learnings from school and other experiences.

Qualifications and Requirements

Candidates must have the following:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in a pertinent field or a prospective master’s degree in a pertinent field, including and not limited to: urban planning, urban design, geography, civil/traffic/software engineering, business administration, or public policy; OR 1-2 years of pertinent experience in transportation or tech. 
  • Ability to read, write, speak and understand English with professional proficiency.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate skills in some of the following areas:

  • Excellent written skills that effectively communicate project narratives, data analysis, challenges, and solutions.
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office Suite and/or Google Workspace.
  • Experience using mapping platforms (ArcGIS, Qgis), and/or graphics tools (Adobe Creative Suite, Sketchup, Canva). 
  • Noted experience researching and synthesizing experience in transportation policies and/or technologies (can include academic, professional, and/or personal experience).
  • Ability to manage multiple deadlines and communicate effectively with colleagues. 
  • Proficiency in Spanish or other languages. 

Position Details


UML is located at 515 Flower Street in Downtown Los Angeles, and supports a hybrid work schedule. The expectations for this role is for 50% of work to be conducted in-person to foster collaboration.


40-hours per week beginning on a mutually agreed-upon start date.


$50,000 to $60,000 annually plus benefits commensurate on experience.

To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter articulating why you are interested in this position to Rolling applications accepted as of August 31, 2022 through October 31, 2022.