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Chief Operating Officer (FULL TIME)

Summary of Position:
Transportation Alternatives, a New York City based nonprofit with a $3.6MM operating budget, seeks a highly motivated and experienced professional to serve as our Chief Operating Officer (COO). The COO partners with the Executive Director and Deputy Director in determining policy, setting strategic goals and addressing the full range of issues that arise, from daily management to long-term planning. The COO directly supervises a Senior Director of Technology and Information, a Finance Manager and an Operations Manager. This position reports to the Executive Director.

Transportation Alternatives has been growing steadily. The Board and Executive Director are looking for a mission-focused, strategic and process-minded leader with previous experience scaling an organization.

The COO will be accountable for ensuring that the programmatic, technological, financial, and physical operations of the organization are mission-aligned and performing at the highest levels of excellence.

Responsibilities:
  • Serve as a liaison between the staff, the Executive Director and the Board of Directors
  • Work with the Board of Directors: effectively communicate and present at Board of Directors and committee meetings
  • Direct organizational strategy
  • Direct how the organization allocates its financial and human resources
  • Ensure strategic priorities are well-defined and translated into rigorous, executable and measureable plans
  • Set and enforce organizational policies
Qualifications:
  • Strong operational experience; 5+ years of professional experience in a senior management role
  • Significant experience leading and managing day-to-day operations in a complex setting
  • Significant experience in project management
  • Experience in financial planning and analysis with previous experience overseeing human resources and information technology
  • Strong communication capabilities, including listening, writing, speaking, and presenting
  • Master’s degree or equivalent professional experience preferred
  • Experience working in advocacy a plus
Values:
  • Commitment to New York City
  • Commitment to achieving Vision Zero -- the elimination of traffic deaths and serious injuries on New York City’s streets
  • Comfort working independently in a fast-paced campaign environment
  • Commitment to encouraging open and reasoned conversation
  • Sense of humor
Compensation:
We offer a competitive salary and benefits, including an employer-contributed health/dental plan, a matching retirement plan, three 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:
jobsearch_coo@transalt.org
with “Chief Operating Officer” 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.



Legislative/Policy Director (FULL TIME)

Summary of Position:
Transportation Alternatives seeks a highly motivated and accomplished public policy and transportation expert to contribute to our campaigns to win more bicyclist- and pedestrian-friendly policies and advance Vision Zero in New York City. Through legislation, legal action, lobbying and other words that start with the letter “L,” this staff member will work with our team to educate elected officials, government agency staff, business and civic leaders and the public about our policy goals and related work. The focus will primarily be directed at New York City, though it could include Albany and Washington D.C. as well.

This position will work with our entire staff to build relationships and advance program, policy and media solutions.

Responsibilities:
  • Develop, execute and win policy and legislative campaigns
  • Manage T.A.’s city and state legislative agendas and related organizational activities
  • Draft and distribute bill memos, advocacy materials, reports
  • Manage hearing preparation: draft testimony, coordinate witnesses, brief elected officials, advise media strategy
  • Build relationships with elected officials and staff
  • Develop and maintain expertise in the laws of the City and State of New York related to transportation, traffic safety and related topics
  • Monitor the legislative process in New York City and Albany
  • Identify and act on opportunities to advance and win policy reforms
  • Provide legal advice/analysis to staff. Draft contracts and provide other legal support
  • Serve as T.A.’s general legal counsel on advocacy, organizational and other matters
Qualifications:
  • Strong interest in Transportation Alternatives’ mission
  • Law degree is preferred, though not required
  • Extensive experience working with New York City and state elected officials, government agency staff and the business communities
  • Broad knowledge and experience in legislative process, contract law, IRS nonprofit rules
  • Familiarity with the legislative process, including legislative bill drafting
  • Must be able to write clearly and persuasively
  • Accomplished campaign manager with proven successes
  • Highly organized, self-motivated and able to work closely with others
  • Insatiable appetite to learn about transportation, road safety and public space
Values:
  • Commitment to making NYC a better place to bike, walk and use public transit
  • Comfort working independently in a fast-paced campaign environment
  • A good 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 “Legislative/Policy Director Search” 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.



Brooklyn Organizer (FULL TIME)

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 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.

Most of your time will be spent working with people and neighborhood leaders in Brooklyn to organize support for measures that make local streets safer for biking and walking. This will not be a traditional 9-5 position. Night and weekend work will be required, as you will need to attend community board meetings, meet with local community members in the evening and conduct outreach events on the weekends.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Conducting outreach, recruiting volunteers to transform community streets by attending and hosting public meetings; canvassing and conducting targeted online recruitment campaigns, among other initiatives
  • Developing relationships with key political players, opinion leaders and allied organizations
  • Developing strong volunteer leaders
  • Participating in coalitions with other organizations
Qualifications:
  • Union, community or political organizing experience
  • 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 extremely well-organized
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to build trust and maintain relationships with dozens of community partners
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Adept with social media and other web-based outreach tools
  • Knowledge of Brooklyn neighborhoods
  • Basic Adobe InDesign skills are a plus.
Values:
  • Commitment to NYC
  • 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 is commensurate with experience

To Apply:
Please send cover letter and resume to:

job_applications@transalt.org with “Brooklyn Organizer” in the subject line

No phone calls or walk-ins, please. APPLICATIONS WITHOUT A COVER LETTER WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Hiring immediately. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

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.


Bronx Organizer (FULL TIME)

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 coordinate campaigns that will make streets in the Bronx 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.

Most of your time will be spent working with people and neighborhood leaders in the Bronx to organize support for measures that make local streets safer for biking and walking. This will not be a traditional 9-5 position. Night and weekend work will be required, as you will need to attend community board meetings, meet with local community members in the evening and conduct outreach events on the weekends.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Conducting outreach, recruiting volunteers to transform community streets by attending and hosting public meetings; canvassing and conducting targeted online recruitment campaigns, among other initiatives
  • Developing relationships with key political players, opinion leaders and allied organizations
  • Developing strong volunteer leaders
  • Participating in coalitions with other organizations
Qualifications:
  • Union, community or political organizing experience
  • 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 extremely well-organized
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to build trust and maintain relationships with dozens of community partners
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Adept with social media and other web-based outreach tools
  • Knowledge of Bronx neighborhoods
  • Basic Adobe InDesign skills are a plus.
  • Fluency in Spanish is desired
Values:
  • Commitment to NYC
  • 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 is commensurate with experience.

To Apply:
Please send cover letter and resume to:

job_applications@transalt.org with “Bronx Organizer” in the subject line

No phone calls or walk-ins, please. APPLICATIONS WITHOUT A COVER LETTER WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Hiring immediately. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

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.


Data Services Associate (PART TIME)

Summary of Position:
The Data Services Associate is a key member of the Data Team at Transportation Alternatives and will report to the CRM Manager. The Data Team lives at the intersection of service, administration, strategy, and capacity building within the broader context of T.A.’s mission to make New York City streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians. This position is ideal for someone interested in the business behind organizing and fundraising.

Responsibilities:
  • Use of batch entry and mass import tools to translate gifts, memberships, petitions and other collection points of constituent information into usable data in the CRM
  • Update constituent information
  • Assist CRM Manager with monitoring health of CRM systems and ensuring excellent data hygiene
  • Assist CRM Manager with reporting needs, pulling lists, customer service, and problem-solving
Qualifications:
  • At least one year of data entry or database management experience is required
  • Solid skills in Excel (will be tested in interview)
  • Keen attention to detail and critical thinking skills
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Past experience in Salesforce, any Blackbaud product, or another CRM solution is required
  • Past experience in a nonprofit membership organization or a nonprofit advocacy organization is helpful
Values:
  • Commitment to NYC
  • Comfort working independently in a fast-paced campaign environment
  • A sense of humor
Compensation:
$14/hour (16-20 hrs per week)

To Apply:
Please send cover letter and resume to:
job_applications@transalt.org with “Data Services Associate” 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.


New York City Bike Ambassador (PART TIME)

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 central safe bicycling advocacy campaign, the 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 Manager 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 Ambassador Leads and Field Organizing Manager to meet shift goals for petitioning, canvassing, and coalition growth
  • Engage bike share users 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
Values:
  • Commitment to New York City
  • Commitment to organizing people to achieve change
  • Comfort working independently in a fast-paced campaign environment
  • Sense of humor
Compensation:
$15/hour

To Apply:
Please send cover letter and resume to:
job_applications@transalt.org with “Bike Ambassador” 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.