The Roadway Safety Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational and charitable organization chartered in 1995 by the American Highway Users Alliance.
The Foundation’s predecessor organization, the Automotive Safety Foundation, dates back to 1937 when it was created by automobile and allied industries to coordinate highway safety activities and place the industry effort on a permanent basis. Later in 1966 The Highway Safety Act of 1966 established the National Highway Program Safety Standards, laying the groundwork for federal-state-private sector partnership in traffic accident reduction.
Since then, RSF has worked with private- and public-sector safety partners to reduce the fatalities attributed to roadway conditions which currently number over 35,000.
Our mission is to reduce the frequency and severity of motor vehicle crashes, injuries, and fatalities through improvements to roadway systems and their environment. To achieve this, RSF seeks to:
- Ensure roadway funds are invested in cost-effective safety programs.
- Facilitate public- and private-sector cooperation in roadway safety initiatives.
- Publicize the role of roadway safety programs in reducing injuries and fatalities and raise the awareness of roadway safety needs and priorities.
The physical characteristics of America’s roadways can be improved through design and engineering, operating conditions, removal of roadside hazards, and the effective use of safety features. RSF works by building awareness through media campaigns and outreach activities, developing educational materials, and forming roadway safety partnerships between the private and public sectors.
Join Our Team
Outreach and Communications Coordinator – Roadway Safety Foundation
The Roadway Safety Foundation (RSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable/educational organization that educates the public, community leaders, the media, and state/local/tribal government officials about emerging road and roadside engineering improvements that reduce the severity of road crashes.
RSF is seeking an entry- or mid-level outreach and communications coordinator for full-time employment. This is a dynamic position with growth opportunities at the organization, and offers a generous benefits package. The successful applicant will report to the Managing Director.
Primary responsibilities will include:
- Supporting the Managing and Executive Directors in executing six tasks of a multiyear cooperative agreement with the Federal Highway Administration, including:
- Updating RSF’s Clearinghouse for Older Road User Safety
- Revamping the Roadway Safety Guide electronic publication
- Developing collateral materials to promote infrastructure solutions for safety
- Regularly contributing to RSF’s social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, with frequent communications across all channels for each of our products (e.g., ChORUS, usRAP, Roadway Safety Awards, etc.)
- Drafting communications to members and safety partners, including assisting the Managing Director with regular distribution of RSF’s e-newsletter (the e-Reporter), blog posts, written correspondence (e.g., thank-you letters for donations), and other partnership-building efforts
- Occasional support of the activities of our parent organization, the American Highway Users Alliance
- Other duties as required
Interested applicants must have the following minimum qualifications:
- Demonstrated interest in road safety advocacy, injury prevention, public health, civil engineering, or other relevant areas;
- Excellent written, verbal, and social media/electronic communication skills;
- Proficiency in MS Office programs – Word, Excel, Powerpoint & Outlook;
- Proficiency with social media campaigns;
- Bachelor’s degree is required, master’s degree in public health or engineering is preferred and will be considered when negotiating salary.
This position may involve light out-of-town travel. The ideal candidate will be comfortable working collaboratively but also independently (there are fewer than 10 employees here). Salary is commensurate with experience.
Complete applications should include a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample (e.g., a 300-word blog post on a topic of your choice), references, and salary requirements. Please submit the package to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line “RSF Job Opening.” Only qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls please.
Applications due June 10, 2019
Leadership & Staff
An Advisory Committee of public- and private-partners meets throughout the year to guide and oversee programs that support RSF’s mission and goals.
Advisory Committee Leadership
Anthony R. (Tony) Giancola, P.E., Secretary (retired)
Anthony R. (Tony) Giancola, P.E., former Executive Director of the National Association of County Engineers (NACE), was unanimously elected as the new Secretary of the Roadway Safety Foundation Advisory Committee in February 2008. Tony has been an active member of the RSF Advisory Committee since its inception in 1995. He has also served as a judge of the joint RSF/Federal Highway Administration National Roadway Safety Awards Program every year since its inception.
Member Organizations of Advisory Committee
- AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
- American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators
- American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
- American Traffic Safety Services Association
- Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance
- National Association of County Engineers
- National Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) Association
- National Transportation Safety Board
- Salt Institute
- Transportation Research Board
- U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Office of Safety
- Volvo Cars of North America, LLC
(Representation on the committee is available only to contributing members. Not a member? Learn more about membership.)
Gregory M. Cohen, P.E., Executive Director
As President and CEO of the American Highway Users Alliance, the organization that chartered the Roadway Safety Foundation, Greg Cohen also serves as the Foundation’s Executive Director. Prior to joining The Highway Users in July 2002, Greg served as a professional staff member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on the Highways and Transit Subcommittee where he was responsible for oversight of the Federal Highway Administration’s implementation of the1998 highway bill, TEA 21. As a licensed Professional Engineer, Greg’s primary role on the Committee was to provide policy assistance in areas of highway planning, engineering, and construction. Cohen worked on legislation to eliminate highway funding cuts and streamline environmental reviews and coordinated oversight hearings that laid the policy groundwork for the 2005 highway bill, “SAFETEA-LU”. Before joining the Committee, he served as a Highway Engineer with the Maryland State Highway Administration where he managed capital project planning studies for major highway and multimodal projects. Greg has a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering and Master of Engineering in Transportation Engineering and Planning from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Phone: 202.857.1228; email@example.com
Bruce Hamilton, MPH, Director of Safety and Research Programs
As RSF’s Director of Safety and Research Programs since October 2014, Bruce Hamilton is responsible for developing and managing programs that promote safer road design and educating road users. Hamilton shares best practices with transportation officials and community leaders to aid in reducing traffic fatalities through infrastructure enhancements. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Tufts University and a Master of Public Health degree from the George Washington University's Milken Institute. Hamilton previously worked at the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the U.S. State Department's Foreign Service Institute, and as a Program Assistant here at RSF, during which time he authored the current version of the Roadway Safety Guide.
Phone: 202.857.1228; firstname.lastname@example.org
RSF’s programs are funded by grants, sponsorships, membership contributions, and donations from others who share the Foundation’s life saving mission.