Transportation Policy Analyst


Position: Transportation Policy Analyst

Access Living is a Chicago-based cross–disability organization governed and staffed by a majority of people with disabilities.  Our mission is to ignite disability power and pride, provide critical services, and break down systemic barriers to create a stronger, more inclusive society. 

Basic Function:

This position is responsible for supporting Access Living’s work on shifting transportation systems to support the community integration of people with a wide range of disabilities. The Transportation Policy Analyst will work closely with a range of government, advocacy, policy, and service organizations to further the accessibility of public and private transportation options for people with disabilities, including pedestrian walkway issues. The analyst will monitor legislative and regulatory transportation developments at the local, state and national levels, to inform and support Access Living’s advocacy, legal and direct service efforts. The analyst will also work to identify and address barriers with Chicago area grassroots transportation advocates and those with disabilities who use various forms of public transportation. The analyst will represent Access Living in regional equitable transit oriented development (eTOD) efforts. Ideally, the Analyst will advocate from the standpoint of lived disability experience as a public transportation user.

Specific Duties:

  • Engage and educate local accessible transportation users on local and national transit issues. Develop cohort of diverse local disability riders to help advocate for necessary changes, with a racial disparity lens.
  • Review, monitor and advocate on local, state and federal transportation strategic planning, policy, regulations, legislation and related court cases, from a disability accessibility lens and with an eye to equitable transit oriented development (eTOD). This will include, but not be limited to, public fixed route and paratransit options, trains, taxis, rideshare, and public walkway access. 
  • Represent Access Living on various state, regional and city advisory committees related to transportation planning and urban design.
  • Provide testimony and coordinate community public comment at budget hearings that impact funding for public transportation.
  • Draft policy reports and recommendations relating to transportation, including updates on relevant government budgets as needed, sometimes with quick turnaround. 
  • Collaborate and build coalitions with transportation related government agencies such as CTA, PACE and Metra, legislative committees/caucuses, policy institutes and with community-based groups focused on eTOD.
  • Provide internal and external workshops and seminars to the public on transportation policy, related court cases and legislation. 
  • Conduct public education efforts around transportation policy and legislation, including for Access Living grassroots consumers. 
  • Coordinate with health care organizing and policy staff around issues concerning accessible health care and transit.
  • Coordinate with housing organizing and civil rights staff around eTOD issues.
  • Act as a spokesperson for Access Living on transportation related issues as requested 
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Education and Training:

  • Must have excellent writing/research skills.
  • Ability to review data and legislation, understand public funding processes, and plainly translate key concepts for grassroots advocacy. 
  • Familiarity with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Air Carrier Access Act and other relevant disability rights laws. 
  • Familiarity with eTOD and Chicago area transportation systems, both public and private, including rideshare. 


  • Highly preferred: lived experience as a person with a disability riding public transportation.
  • Preferred: understanding of Independent Living Philosophy and experience in reviewing disability-focused transportation research, policy, legislation and regulations.  
  • Preferred: experience drafting and shepherding legislation and administrative rulemaking changes.
  • Experience with disability-related policy issues.  
  • Experience understanding policy from the lens of marginalized communities.
  • Experience engaging with local, state, and federal policymakers. 
  • Experience interpreting budget concepts and proposals related to transportation.  
  • Comfortable being a team player. 
  • Experience with supervising short-term interns. 
  • Comfort with public speaking to a variety of audiences, including the media

Physical Demands:

Ability to travel within the state of Illinois; Out of state travel may be needed upon occasion.

Equipment Operated:

Standard office equipment: printer, copier, computer, etc.

Working Environment:

Shared office space at Access Living’s headquarters. Please note: During Covid-19 Access Living staff is working from home.

No. of Employees Supervised:

None, though interns may sometimes be supervised.

Supervised By:

Director of Advocacy

Salary Range:

$49,000 – $55,000

How to Apply:

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to