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Brooklyn Community Organizer (Full Time Position)

Transportation Alternatives is New York City's leading transportation advocacy organization, with a citywide network of 100,000 supporters committed to better bicycling, walking and public transit in the five boroughs. Our mission is to reclaim New York City's streets from the automobile, and to advocate for bicycling, walking and public transit as the best transportation alternatives.

Summary of Position

We are seeking a self-motivated and energetic person to support the Brooklyn Transportation Alternatives Activist Committee and coordinate campaigns that will make Brooklyn’s streets safer and more accessible for people to walk, ride bikes and take public transportation. Applicants should be familiar with current local politics, have experience in political and/or community organizing and have a strong affinity for the mission of Transportation Alternatives.

T.A.’s Brooklyn Activist Committee (TABK) is a growing activist network that runs locally-based street safety campaigns  to win major changes to our city’s transportation network. With the City’s recent and historic commitment to achieve Vision Zero – the policy goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries by 2024 – there has never been a more important time for citizen action for safe streets in Brooklyn.

The TA Brooklyn Activist Committee believes that a more equitable New York City must provide all residents with safe, accessible and environmentally sound modes of transport. As the lead facilitator of TABK, most of the Brooklyn Community Organizer’s time will be spent working with community members and neighborhood leaders to organize support for measures to make local streets safer. The Brooklyn Community Organizer and the Brooklyn Committee works closely with elected officials, community boards, city agencies and civic organizations to help realize community demand for safe and equitable streets.

Community organizing at T.A. is inherently collaborative work. On any given week the Brooklyn Community Organizer will be working closely with the other borough organizers and the policy and research team at T.A. to ensure that Brooklyn campaigns are as engaging and impactful as residents hope they will be. Because the Brooklyn Organizer will need to attend community board meetings, meet with local community members in the evening and conduct outreach events on the weekends, this will not be a traditional 9-5 position. Some night and weekend work will be required. As a result, flex time is built into the weekly schedule

Responsibilities

  • Conducting outreach, developing campaign strategy, recruiting volunteers to transform community streets by attending and hosting public meetings, canvassing and conducting on-the-ground targeted recruitment
  • Organizing and facilitating monthly general-body committee meetings and community meetings
  • Developing and maintaining strong relationships with key political players, opinion leaders and allied organizations
  • Developing strong volunteer leaders through training and leadership-development exercises
  • Participating in coalitions with other organizations
  • Participating in regular team meetings at central office

Qualifications:

  • A minimum of one year of experience in union, community, political or issue-based organizing
  • Strong time-management skills, with the ability to meet goals and deadlines while working independently
  • Strong work ethic and ability to multi-task
  • Detail-oriented and well-organized approach to tasks
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to build trust and maintain relationships with dozens of community partners
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to use social media and other web-based outreach tools effectively
  • Knowledge of Brooklyn neighborhoods, strongly preferred
  • Bilingual English-Spanish, strongly preferred

Values:

  • Commitment to building a more equitable NYC
  • Commitment to social justice
  • Commitment to organizing people to achieve change
  • 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 [at] transalt [dot] org with “Brooklyn Community Organizer” in the subject line

No phone calls or walk-ins, please. Applications without a coverletter 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.


New York City Bike Ambassador (PART TIME / SEASONAL)

Summary of Position:
Transportation Alternatives (T.A.) seeks passionate, outgoing, team-oriented community organizers to join the organization as hourly canvassers for our New York City Bike Ambassador program.

The New York City Bike Ambassadors work on the ground to organize and engage New Yorkers around safer streets. We are seeking knowledgeable and dedicated organizers who are familiar with New York City, and are passionate about working with others to improve the city’s streets in all five boroughs. The Ambassadors will report to T.A.’s Field Organizing Coordinator and will work with T.A. staff and local activists to plan, prepare for and attend outreach events around New York City. At the beginning of the program, Ambassadors will undergo training about Transportation Alternatives’ advocacy campaigns and New York City government and policy as a means to prepare for work in the field.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Plan, prepare for and conduct bike safety outreach around borough-specific campaigns
  • Work with Field Organizing Coordinator to meet shift goals for petitioning, canvassing, and coalition growth
  • Engage cyclists citywide in support of T.A.’s mission
  • Be an outgoing and articulate model for safe and responsible bike riding in New York City
  • Build relationships with community-based organizations to foster support for bicycling, bike lanes and increased bicycle ridership on a neighborhood level
  • Manage and distribute bike safety equipment and canvassing materials

Qualifications:

  • Fervent desire to make bicycling and walking safer in New York City
  • Ability to work in a team environment to meet deadlines and accomplish common goals
  • A genuine love of their borough and New York City
  • Experience in community organizing and strong public speaking skills a plus
  • Fluent Spanish and/or Chinese speaking and writing skills are desired
  • Position requires a flexible schedule, including early mornings, nights and weekends
  • Work takes place mostly outdoors, candidates must be comfortable working outside
  • Comfortable engaging diverse community members face-to-face

Values:

  • Commitment to New York City
  • Commitment to organizing people to achieve change
  • Comfortable working independently in a fast-paced campaign environment
  • Sense of humor

Compensation:

  • $14/hr with bonus pay

To Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume to: job_applications@transalt.org with "Bike Ambassador" in the subject line

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.

No phone calls or walk-ins, please.

 


Bike Valet (PART-TIME SEASONAL)

Transportation Alternatives is a nationally renowned non-profit focused on transportation issues in New York City.  Transportation Alternatives boosts a citywide network of tens of thousands of supporters 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.’s Bike Valet works like a coat check…for your bike!  Each year we set up bike racks at dozens of locations and park thousands of bikes at many of NYC’s premier events, including sites such as Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park, street fairs, and private parties.  Bike Valet services are offered free to patrons and allow event goers to enjoy their time without worrying about the safety and security of their bikes.

Summary of Position

We are seeking energetic, responsible, and personable individuals to work as part of our Bike Valet team.  You will work directly with the Bike Valet Team Leader and the Business Engagement Coordinator to run one of the most exciting programs in NYC and help make some of the city’s most beloved events even better by providing Bike Valet services to patrons. 

Responsibilities

  • Work at Bike Valet stations around the city, parking and returning bikes
  • Interface with patrons and event planners
  • Promote T.A. and our mission to event goers
  • Pick up supplies at the T.A. office as needed
  • May be asked to oversee volunteers

Qualifications:

  • Must be a people person
  • Punctuality a must
  • Enjoy working in a fast paced environment

Values:

  • Commitment to making NYC and better place to bike, walk and use public transit
  • A sense of humor

Compensation:

$12/hr -  Hours per week will vary over the Bike Valet season and most will be during evenings and weekends.

To Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to :

Bike Valet Search

job_applications@transalt.org

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.