Job Opportunities


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.



Web Developer (FULL TIME)

Summary of Position:
We are looking for somebody who speaks fluent web code. When you hear “full stack”, you don’t think pancakes (mmm, pancakes), you think MySQL to CSS and everything in between.

Although you speak HTML, CSS and all the rest, you also are comfortable with fellow humans – you are personable, smart and can grok what people need, which is not always what they’re asking for.

Be the web person here at Transportation Alternatives, breathing digital life into our campaigns, programs, events and people. Forge new technical directions on cool projects that advance our mission. Get your elbows dirty in code and tools.

Responsibilities:
  • Grow and care for our websites, and build some snazzy new ones
  • Develop web tools and solutions to help our staff make change on the streets of NYC
  • Research new web technologies that will take us into the future
  • Help us advance and refine our web development process so that we’re more efficient
Qualifications:
You live and breathe HTML and CSS. You don’t fear PHP and don’t find jQuery querulous. You have a love/hate relationship with Drupal and maybe you’ve written a module or two. But though Drupal is your main squeeze, you can see other CMSs and frameworks. Maybe you’ve made out with WordPress, flirted with AngularJS or are making eyes at Node.js. And if you’ve been in a relationship with Convio, we’d love to talk to you. You never leave home without git, drush, Firebug, and Google Analytics in your bag. You understand the fundamentals of how the internet works (HTTP, DNS, web servers, etc). You can make websites work on all manner of devices and screens, and truly value testing processes and tools.

Values:
You are committed to NYC and to our mission. You are well spoken, but are a good listener. Writing in English inspires the same self-confidence as writing in HTML. You work equally well individually and in a team. Though you value focus, you recognize that reality means being flexible and handling multiple projects and tasks. Last but not least, you are nothing if not personable and approachable, and have a strong 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 “Web Developer” in the subject line

No phone calls, walk-ins, or recruiters, 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.