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Full-time

Development Director (FULL TIME)

Summary of Position:
Transportation Alternatives is a nationally renowned non-profit focused on transportation issues in New York City. T.A.’s work is supported by more than 12,000 dues-paying members and a network of 100,000 supporters. T.A. is committed to reclaiming New York City’s streets for people by ensuring that every New Yorker has safe space to walk and bike and access to public transportation. Every day, all over the city, we're working to make New York City’s neighborhoods safer and restore a vibrant culture of street life.

T.A. is a fast-growing and dynamic organization, with an annual budget of approximately $3.6 million raised from individual, foundation and corporate donors and from fundraising events. To help lead these efforts, T.A. is seeking and experienced fundraising professional to become its next Development Director.

The Development Director will lead and direct all of T.A.’s fundraising efforts, with direct responsibility for major gifts, foundation grants, and gala events, and oversight responsibility for corporate sponsorship, membership, and T.A.’s annual bike tours.

Working closely with the Executive Director and Board of Directors, s/he will:
  • Strengthen and grow T.A.’s engagement with major donors to raise significantly more revenue for T.A. (50% of time)
  • Manage T.A.’s annual summer gala (20% of time)
  • Be a strong manager who can mentor and motivate a staff of seven in T.A.’s Development Team, together with part-time and seasonal staff and consultants (15% of time)
  • Raise funds from foundations (10% of time)
  • Participate in organizational planning and management, as a member of the Senior Management team (5% of time)
The Development Director must be highly intelligent, a leader and a self-starter with a passion for T.A.’s core mission and a demonstrated record of success in fundraising. S/he must be a creative, strategic thinker who thrives in a busy, collaborative workplace and can lead group efforts with a minimum of ego. Exceptional communication skills are crucial.

The Development Director is expected to excel in the following areas:
  • Lead department of seven fundraising staff in executing an ambitious 2014-2015 fundraising plan
  • Strengthen and grow T.A.’s major gifts program, from research and identification of prospects, to cultivating and stewarding donors with timely acknowledgements, tailored communications, and cultivation events
  • Manage annual summer gala, working closely with event consultant, Executive Director, Board, host committee and other stakeholders to meet a 2015 revenue target of $350,000
  • Manage & strengthen relationships with foundation funders, including writing and editing proposals and reports for current and potential funders
  • Advise and collaborate with Board of Directors and Advisory Council to strategically direct their efforts towards cultivation and stewardship of major donors
  • Implement a planned giving program
Qualifications:
  • 5-7 years (or more) professional experience as a front-line fundraiser, with increasing levels of responsibility and success
  • Demonstrated success in major gifts, including personally stewarding and closing gifts of up to five figures
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills with a high comfort level with direct donor engagement
  • A hands-on, supportive and creative manager
  • Experience with membership and annual fund campaigns, online fundraising, event planning and corporate sponsorship
  • Experience using and managing fundraising databases (experience with Convio Luminate is a plus)
  • Experience with planned giving is a plus
Values:
  • Commitment to NYC
  • Comfort working independently in a fast-paced campaign environment
  • A sense of humor
Compensation:
We offer competitive salary and benefits including an employer contributed health/dental plan, a matching retirement plan, 3 weeks paid vacation, professional development opportunities, transit/bike commuter benefits and indoor bike parking. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience.

To Apply:
Please send cover letter and resume to:
job_applications@transalt.org
with “Development Director” in the subject line

No phone calls or walk-ins, please.

APPLICATIONS WITHOUT A COVER LETTER WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Transportation Alternatives is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, political orientation or any other characteristic protected by federal state or local law. We value having diverse staff in gender, ethnicity, background and modal preference.



Public Plaza Surveyor and Survey Coordinator (PART-TIME/TEMPORARY)


Transportation Alternatives is New York City’s leading transportation advocacy organization, with a citywide network of 100,000 active supporters committed to reclaiming New York City's streets for people. T.A. works to ensure that every New Yorker has safe space to walk and bike and access to public transportation. We are partnering with Gehl Studio (a Gehl Architects company) and the J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City, to study public spaces and social justice. This October we’ll conduct two-day surveys at six plazas in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan and need your help.

Public space is what connects the people and places in our cities and neighborhoods together. This study aims to explore how a high quality public realm that supports vibrant public life can also support a just city. This fall we will lead an ethnographic architectural analysis of six plazas using survey methods that bridge Gehl’s Public Space Public Life Survey and the JMBC’s Just City indicator metrics.

Summary of Position(s)

We are seeking energetic, detail-oriented, and personable individuals to conduct surveys and interviews at six Public Plazas in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. We are also seeking Coordinators to oversee the survey work. This is an exciting opportunity to gather information that will help us better understand who uses public spaces – streets and sidewalks included - and what they do on them. A greater understanding of people’s behavior, as well as new data, will help to influence people oriented planning and policy.

Responsibilities:

Surveyor
  • Conduct observational and intercept surveys with Plaza users.
  • Engage Plaza users and elicit responses to survey questions.
  • Write legibly and record observations of Plaza usage and responses of survey takers.
Survey Coordinator
  • Travel between designated sites and review recorded data for accuracy and legibility and answer questions.
  • Collect surveys and supplies at the end of each shift.
  • Document survey activities through photos.
  • Be on-call as needed to perform other duties related to survey taking.
Qualifications:
  • Detail oriented and extremely well organized
  • Enjoy interacting with people
  • Strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to commit to at least one shift on both days, preferably
  • Bi-lingual (Spanish) preferred.
  • Candidates must be comfortable working outside and standing for long periods of time.
Values:
  • Commitment to making NYC’s public spaces more equitable.
Compensation:
$12/hour (4 – 5 hour shifts) – Public Plaza Surveyor
$15/hour (4 – 5 hour shift) - Survey Coordinator

These positions are temporary and will occur over a two-day period, October 23rd or 24th and October 25, 2014.

To Apply:
Please send a resume along with a short description indicating why you would like this position, if you have experience surveying or doing something similar in the past, and what you hope to take away from the experience to:
job_applications@transalt.org with “Plaza Surveyor” or “Survey Coordinator” in the subject line

No phone calls or walk-ins, please.

Transportation Alternatives is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, political orientation or any other characteristic protected by federal state or local law. We value having diverse staff in gender, ethnicity, background and modal preference.

Gehl Studio provides globally recognized leadership in people first, human scale design. We combine urban strategy and policy expertise with innovative public space design and implementation. Our vision is to create cities that are lively, healthy, diverse, sustainable and safe – and thereby improve people’s quality of life. We address global trends with a people-focused approach, applying empirical analysis to strategic planning and human-centered design to empower citizens, decision makers, company leaders and organizations.

The J. Max Bond Center at the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York, believes that design can have a positive impact on urban reform in our nation’s cities. Founded in 2011, the Bond Center is dedicated to the advancement of design practice, education, research and advocacy in ways that build and sustain resilient and just communities, cities and regions.