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Director of Advocacy

Department: Advocacy 

Reports to: Deputy Director

 

Job Overview:

The Director of Advocacy will lead the development, execution, and measurement of Transportation Alternatives’ (TA) grassroots organizing and political campaign work in New York City. As a key member of the organization’s senior team, you will oversee a staff of seven organizers and thousands of activists across all five boroughs in support of better walking, biking, and public transit. The right candidate wants to help shape the future of NYC, provide safe, equitable and dignified transportation alternatives for all New Yorkers, and is a passionate and relentless advocate for positive change.    

This position includes: building and managing short and long-term political campaigns; expanding TA’s activist base and presence across NYC; managing teams of staff and volunteers; coordinating across TA departments, especially communications and development; building a fun, engaging, and outcome-oriented work environment; and serving as a key TA spokesperson in the media, with electeds, and in the community.

 

Specific Responsibilities of the Job:

Leadership, Advocacy and Strategic Planning

  • Implement the strategic plan while ensuring that the budget, staff and priorities are in alignment with TA's mission and strategic plan.
  • Set annual advocacy goals and work plans aimed to achieve strategic goals.
  • Ensure annual advocacy goals are translated into shared, cross-department annual work plans.
  • Manage progress toward annual goals and respond to dynamic political environment.
  • Ensure the continued development and management of a professional and efficient advocacy organization; establish effective decision-making processes that enable TA to achieve its long and short-term goals and objectives. Make sure the structures are in place to maximize impact.
  • Build strong, productive and transparent relationships and cooperative arrangements with key outside organizations that are critical to the achievement of TA's mission.
  • Work with board, advisory council and senior staff to ensure that TA acts with purpose, vitality and relevancy.
  • Lead TA's three-level activist training series twice every year.

Management and Operations

  • Provide leadership and direction to staff, achieving camaraderie and strong sense of purpose among staff and activist committees.
  • Build a team and activists base that is representative of New York City
  • Create and manage a leadership pipeline of high-performing and talented individuals for further cultivation.
  • Help manage TA's day-to-day work as related to advocacy and program goal execution and inter-departmental coordination.
  • Help create a culture of tech, web, and design innovation to support strategic organizational goals and vision.

Communications

  • Represent TA in public forums and through public communications. Serve as a persuasive and effective spokesperson for TA and its mission, goals and successes to the external community.
  • Work with the Communications Director to ensure effective messaging and press and public relations, ensuring that press releases, social media and other products are effective and consistent with the organization's mission and strategic plan.
  • Work with the Communications Director to effectively field press inquiries on a daily and weekly basis and coordinate with direct reports accordingly.
  • Serve as spokesperson for Transportation Alternatives with the press, at hearings, at meetings or at press conferences and/or rallies.

 

Job Requirements:

  • Commitment to TA's mission
  • 5-10 years of experience in community or union organizing, movement politics, or other related mission-oriented, grassroots powered political work
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships and work with a range of individuals and organizations in support of a mutually shared goal
  • Excellent writing skills, including strong proofreading and editing skills, with popular audiences in mind; experience writing compelling email actions preferred
  • Experience developing and executing social media engagement strategies across various platforms and experience using various social media aggregator and reporting tools
  • Experience with CRM, SMS online advocacy tools and bulk email and texting systems
  • Ability to own and manage projects from start to finish with input from across the organization
  • Interest and skill in finding creative ways to leverage new and existing technology
  • Preferred -- Working fluency in a second language (Spanish or Chinese)

 

To Apply:

Please submit resume and cover letter to job_applications[at]transalt[dot]org with “Director of Advocacy” 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, gender identity, 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.

 

 


Director of Research

Department: Advocacy

Job Overview:

The Director of Research will produce research; undertake data analysis; create GIS maps; and coordinate programming for our annual Vision Zero Cities Conference. This position includes compilation and organization of datasets, analyzing raw data, researching and documenting relevant statistics and policies, and producing reports that support advocacy campaigns. The Director of Research will help synthesize this information into accessible reports, memos, testimony and information, and will also take the lead in organizing programming for TA's annual Vision Zero Cities Conference.

 

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Undertake research of key policy issues and advance TA’s research agenda
  • Synthesize information for use in TA’s reports and written materials
  • Organize and update TA’s databases and information storage
  • Produce materials that help support campaigns
  • Maintain online legislative agenda
  • Organize Vision Zero Cities Conference programming
  • Coordinate TA speaker series

 

Specific Responsibilities of the Job:

  • Undertake research of key policy issues and advance TA’s research agenda
    • Coordinate with TA’s staff to refine research questions in relation to campaigns and legislative priorities
      • This includes documenting best practices/case studies, crash statistics, existing policies and proposed legislation
    • Identify opportunities and make proposals for longer-term research projects
    • Respond to day-to-day research requests
    • Search online and subscription services to find existing research
  • Synthesize information for use in TA's reports and written language
    • Distill collected information into concise, accessible language
    • Write findings into memos for staff that can be used for press releases, testimony and reports
  • Organize and update TA's databases and information storage
    • Develop standard documentation system for research
    • Store and update research and findings in TA's research hub database
    • Maintain and keep updated online legislative agenda
    • Create and maintain easily accessible go-to fact page for TA staff with most commonly needed and most profound facts
    • Track and include citations of all research sources; encourage staff to utilize citations in standardized format
  • Produce maps in GIS that help support campaigns
    • Work with TA staff to identify long-term mapping needs
    • Adhere to visual standard of map creation, focusing on quality, accuracy and cohesion with TA brand
    • Organize TA's storage of GIS files so it is easily utilized by those making maps and those seeking to find maps for campaign work
    • Identify new longer-term mapping projects that would benefit TA's policy agenda and campaigns
  • Analyze data gathered firsthand from existing toolkits
    • Work with Borough Organizers to facilitate use of toolkits (speeding, traffic monitoring, etc.)
    • Analyze collected data; synthesize findings for campaign work, reports, memos and the press
  • Organize Vision Zero Cities Conference Programming
    • Work with Senior Team to conceive of overarching themes and specific panel themes for TA's yearly Vision Zero Cities Conference
    • Book and coordinate speakers to fill the panels

 

Job Requirements:

  • Strong research and writing skills
  • Ability to synthesize information into accessible written documents, memos and research papers 
  • Ability to develop and own research projects, and to oversee contractors and research partners
  • Strong organizational capabilities and an ability to maintain databases
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environments and on deadline

 

To Apply:

Please submit resume and cover letter to job_applications[at]transalt[dot]org with “Director of Research” 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, gender identity, 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.

 

 


Field Coordinator and Organizing Assistant

The Field Coordinator and Organizing Assistant will report to the Director of Advocacy and will work with Advocacy staff to ensure successful public outreach for the organization.

 

In the spring and summer, the Field Coordinator and Organizing Assistant will organize and oversee effective and varied field outreach to meet Transportation Alternatives' (T.A.'s) annual goals.  The Field Coordinator and Organizing Assistant will hire and train part-time staff, create schedules for outreach, and will set the tone for how our organization interacts with New Yorkers on the streets.

 

In the fall and winter, the Field Coordinator and Organizing Assistant will work with the Director of Advocacy and Senior Organizer to implement campaign plans around New York City.

 

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Hire and manage seasonal field staff
  • Oversee field outreach as it applies to T.A.'s strategic plan
  • During off-season, work with the Director of Advocacy and Senior Organizer to win campaigns around NYC
  • Keep outreach materials orderly
  • Oversee phone banking shifts
  • Perform constituent services for T.A. network

 

Specific Responsibilities of the Job:

 

Manage spring and summer field staff

  • Hire and train field staff, including interfacing with the Summer Youth Employment Program coordinators and participants
  • Train them in how to be effective in the field, including but not limited to the following skills:

          ◦Petitioning

          ◦Business Outreach

          ◦Signing up memberships

          ◦Phone Banking

  • Create weekly schedules for strategic outreach
  • Track staff hours and submit timesheets
  • Hold weekly field staff meetings for ongoing trainings and check-ins
  • Delegate responsibility for planning and implementation of field work as needed

Oversee field outreach as it applies to T.A.'s strategic plan

  • Coordinate with borough leaders to meet the goals of each campaign
  • Track and quantify field work, including budget and goals
  • Integrate interactive and engaging field work as part of campaign strategy
  • Promote work through social media

Assist Director of Advocacy and Senior Organizer during the fall and winter

  • Work with Director of Advocacy and Senior Organizer to implement campaign strategy across the five boroughs

 

Job Requirements:

  • Broad knowledge and experience in New York City active streets issues and public policy
  • 2-3 years experience in political organizing, community building, education, or field outreach
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage staff in a dynamic, varied and fast-paced environment
  • Strong public speaking and interpersonal skills
  • Bilingual a plus
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Applications, creative use of social media outlets, CRM proficiency a plus

 

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's level degree preferred, but not required
  • 2 years experience managing the work of others
  • 2 years experience in community organizing, education, public policy

 

Physical Requirements:

Employee must be able to travel to all five boroughs of New York City.  Must be able to lift and transport material up to 40 lbs.  Position requires working outdoors in hot and cold weather.

 

To Apply:

Please submit resume and cover letter to job_applications[at]transalt[dot]org with “Field Coordinator and Organizing Assistant” 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, gender identity, 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.

 

 

 


Grants Coordinator

Reports to the Development Director

Transportation Alternatives, New York City's advocate for walking, bicycling and public transportation, seeks a Grants Coordinator to oversee two key Development functions: foundation and government grant management and writing. This role reports to the Development Director.

 

Major Responsibilities include:

  • Ownership of the Grants pipeline with a deadline-driven calendar to meet/exceed the revenue goal
  • Track and document activity through the prospect/funder cycle on the appropriate schedule (research, letters of inquiry, proposals/applications, grant reports and other compliance, acknowledgments, and renewal proposals)
  • Craft compelling cases for funding both from within and beyond our current funder community in all written correspondence and outreach, including TA’s annual report and the communications calendar for all grant funders
  • Track Grants revenue progress, report on projections, reconcile with Finance and in Salesforce
  • Track Grants-related project budgets and work with relevant staffers to ensure they remain within the prescribed budget
  • Collaborate with program staff to inform proposals, budgets, and reports and to identify compelling programs for grant support
  • Strategize, manage and execute development of, and updates to, event-specific websites
  • Work with Development Director to inform Board, senior staff, and other key stakeholders of grants progress, including reports for Board and Committee meetings
  • Support Development Director on special projects, as needed

 

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university
  • 2-4 years of non-profit grant-writing experience, preferably private foundations and not government funding
  • Excellent writing, editing, proofreading, and grammar knowledge and skills
  • Excellent listening and verbal communication skills
  • Self-directed; able to work independently on multiple projects and to set and adhere to deadlines
  • Proficiency in Salesforce or comparable database, Microsoft Office suite, and Google products
  • Entrepreneurial disposition: collaborative, good sense of humor, and strong work ethic
  • High degree of professionalism, tact, sensitivity, and level of confidentiality
  • Interest in TA’s mission to improve the livability of NYC through transportation infrastructure

 

Start date: Immediate

 

To Apply:

Please submit resume, cover letter, and two successful writing samples (e.g., letter of inquiry, grant proposal, grant report) to: job_applications[at]transalt[dot]org with “Grants Coordinator” in the subject line.

No phone calls or walk-ins, please. Must be a resident and/or eligible to work in the U.S. 

APPLICATIONS WITHOUT A COVER LETTER WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

 

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, gender identity, 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.