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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mission:  To reclaim New York City's streets from the automobile and advocate for better bicycling, walking, and public transit for all New Yorkers.

We are building a movement to make our streets safer, greener, and more equitable for all New Yorkers with an emphasis on biking, walking, public transit, and emerging forms of micro mobility.
Streets and sidewalks comprise 80 percent of our public space in New York City – but right now, car and truck traffic dominate, polluting congesting, and endangering the lives of New Yorkers.
Transportation Alternatives believes that this public space belongs to the people of New York City, and we are working with New Yorkers in every borough to reclaim our streets.

THE OPPORTUNITY

Transportation Alternatives (TransAlt) is an innovative, fast-growing, highly respected transformational organization and movement at the forefront of an exciting moment of transition and dynamic growth in the transportation landscape.  As a long-time cycling organization, TransAlt activists are leading the fight to improve infrastructure for bicycling, walking, and better traffic enforcement by unleashing the voices and power of New Yorkers to take full ownership for the safety of their neighborhoods and streets.  TransAlt is committed to achieve Vision Zero – the elimination of traffic deaths and serious injuries on New York City streets.

With an unwavering determination, the Executive Director must share a firm conviction and a sense of urgency in transforming public space to make streets safe and accessible.  Moved to combat the socio-economic and racial injustice prevalent in the allocation of resources for neighborhoods, the Executive Director will have the executive presence and level of influence to represent effectively the clarion voice for equity for all New Yorkers.  He/she will advocate for the organization's focus areas with a diverse constituency of community partners, donors, and city and state officials.

To build upon TransAlt's 45-year record of achievements, the Executive Director must have a commitment to the organization with the vision, energy, spirit, and sense of perseverance of an activist.  The entrepreneurial and creative Executive Director will manage and inspire staff to achieve strategic outcomes and must be a dynamic fundraiser who can cultivate and build critical relationships for organizational growth.  In addition to fundraising, the Executive Director will set overall direction and vision and work with the organizations's leadership team to execute goals and objectives, including in the areas of outreach, strategic planning, programming. communication, advocacy efforts, and coalition building.

THE ORGANIZATION

Following protests by a core group of cyclists who waged the Action Against Automobiles Campaign, Transportation Alternatives was founded in 1973 as a New York City-based nonprofit membership organization.  With over 100,000 supporters and committed activists in all five boroughs, TransAlt has become a model for other "safe streets" organizations in the United States.

TransAlt has successfully led the reclamation of miles of New York City streets, with the construction of over 1,000 miles of bike lanes and over 70 public plazas on New York City's streets.  As a pioneer, TransAlt successfully fought for the first public bike-share system, the first protected bike lanes, the first automated speed and red-light enforcement camera systems, and the first Vision Zero initiative in the country.  TransAlt publications have played a significant role in influencing policies for street safety.

TransAlt has a staff of 30 and an annual operating budget of $4.2 million.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND EXPERIENCE

  • Leadership and Strategy – Build upon 45-year history providing inspirational leadership to a motivated and committed team with a common vision and purpose.  Establish effective decision-making processes to achieve its  long- and short-term goals.  Provide evaluation of staff, offering opportunities for professional development.  Promote a culture committed to equity.  Report to the Board of Directors, direct the Senior Leadership Team and lead the Advisory Council and Families for Safe Streets – TransAlt's major advocacy committee.  Ensure diverse representation in all of these groups.  Serve as a thought leader in the field.

  • Government Experience – Be politically savvy with local legislative and government experience and a firm understanding of the levers of power and how to navigate the legislative process, including the ability to listen effectively with the temperament to work with those who oppose TransAlt's mission.

  • Board Partnership – Cultivate a strong and transparent working partnership with the Board of Directors about the measurement of financial, fundraising, programmatic, and performance goals.  Encourage their best ideas and efforts in support of activities and fundraising initiatives.  Help build a diverse and inclusive Board.  In coordination with the Board and Senior Team, develop, refine, and implement the strategic plan.

  • Resource Development – Serve as a gifted and talented fundraiser and spokesperson who enjoys and relishes the opportunity to increase, diversify, and secure resources from private and public funders and special events, as well as through the development of revenue-generating vehicles.  Support and oversee the necessary research, sourcing, messaging, cultivation, closing, and stewardship to maximize the organization's financial health.

  • Management and Operations – Have experience with organizational management with progressively responsible senior roles in an organization focused on transportation reform, urban design, public safety, or other relevant fields.  Balance long-term strategic vision with daily operational issues.  Manage with a collaborative style and attract and nurture high-performing talent.  Enhance administrative and management systems, internal policies, and procedures.  Oversee daily operations, including human resources, financial management, and information technology, and the implementation of policies and procedures.  Ensure sound financial controls are in place and funds are spent effectively.

  • Communication – Serve as an articulate and persuasive spokesperson to diverse audiences in the external community and media, spreading best practices, influencing public policy, and raising funds.  Demonstrate superb written skills.  Oversee, identify, and develop a strategic plan with the Communications Director to communicate goals, strategies, and successes.  Adeptly use technology to market the organization with consistent brand identity in all marketing efforts.  Capitalize on public-relations opportunities.

  • Movement Building – With powerful community-organizing sills, strengthen the movement, inspire spirit and democratic engagement of a broad array of stakeholders to transform public space.  Have success as a coalition builder, persuasive negotiator, and consensus builder, unifying internal and external stakeholders with an appreciation for bottom-up democracy.

  • Growth, Quality Improvement, and Evaluation – Serve as a steward of responsible growth in scaling the organization.  Achieve maximum growth in the programs' focus areas.  Evaluate and enhance the organizational structure, staff, and functions to ensure that programs and operations are effective.

  • Education – Master's degree in relevant field or JD preferred.

Transportation Alternatives seeks a diverse pool of candidates.  Salary will be negotiable commensurate with experience. Applications, including cover letters and resumes, and nominations should be sent to the attention of

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 


Events Manager

Summary of Position:
Transportation Alternatives, New York City's advocate for walking, bicycling and public transportation, seeks an Events Manager to plan, market, and produce a robust and diverse calendar of events that includes the Bike Month Commuter Challenge and Party, Vision Zero Cities Conference, and bike tours, as well as our annual Gala fundraiser. This role reports to the Development Director (DD) and works closely with nearly everyone on staff here.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement event production timelines with well-defined deadlines and staffing plans for all major TransAlt events
  • Work closely with DD to set event revenue goals and expense budgets
  • Track and analyze event performance (expenses, revenue, participation numbers, feedback)
  • Communicate event status effectively and consistently to all internal and external stakeholders to keep event production on schedule, from initial planning through to post-event debriefs
  • Serve as primary liaison for all event vendors, negotiate contracts, and ensure timely payments
  • Coordinate participation of City agencies for TransAlt events, including permitting needs
  • Ensure that all events comply with insurance, health, and safety obligations and laws
  • Participate in regularly scheduled meetings to promote seamless coordination of program content and event logistics
  • Provide guidance and support on advocacy events, as needed
  • Manage part-time event assistants (volunteer program, inventory), bike valet coordinator, and other events-related contractors, as needed
  • Support Partnerships team and Marketing Coordinator in fulfilling event-related corporate sponsorship deliverables, including marketing (social media) deliverables
  • Work with the Communications team and Marketing Coordinator to ensure all production, coordination and implementation of materials for events and are carried out via print, web, and social media outlets

 

Other Responsibilities Include:

  • Propose new ideas to improve services and processes for events
  • Develop and produce new events in support of TransAlt’s mission as they arise

 

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Minimum 3 years of special events experience, preferably in non-profit sector (e.g., fundraising benefits, conference, cultivation events)
  • Entrepreneurial disposition: collaborative, good sense of humor, and strong work ethic
  • Self-directed; able to work independently on multiple projects and to set and adhere to deadlines
  • Superior ability to keep multiple projects in play and moving forward simultaneously
  • Excellent listening and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in Salesforce or comparable database, Microsoft Office suite, and Google products
  • High degree of professionalism, tact, sensitivity, and level of confidentiality
  • Interest in TransAlt’s mission to improve the livability of NYC through transportation infrastructure

 

Start Date:

  • Immediate

 

To Apply:

Please send cover letter, resume, and portfolio link to
job_applications[at]transalt[dot]org with “Events Manager” 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.

 


High School Summer Internship - TransAlt Ambassador (Part-Time/Seasonal)

Job Summary

Transportation Alternatives is a non-profit organization whose mission is to reclaim New York City streets from the automobile and advocate for better bicycling, walking and public transit for all New Yorkers.

We are in search of passionate senior high school students who are outgoing, team-oriented, community organizers to join the organization as hourly canvassers for our seasonal TransAlt Ambassador program.

TransAlt 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 the Field Team Coordinator and will work with 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. Once a week ambassadors have training at the headquarters office located in Manhattan.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Conduct street safety outreach around borough-specific campaigns
  • Work with the Field Team Coordinator to meet shift goals for petitioning, canvassing and coalition growth
  • Engage communities citywide: speaking with people at tabling events, working in the street petitioning for different campaigns (we do not ask for money or fundraise on the street, however we sell memberships at four main events during the year), collecting signatures or petitions, going to rallies, possibly door-to-door canvassing in support of Transportation Alternatives' 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 safe street design and transportation equity on a local level
  • Manage and distribute canvassing, promotional and TransAlt membership 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
  • Strong public speaking skills a plus - an outgoing personality is also a plus
  • Different languages are welcome
  • Position requires a flexible schedule, including early morning and weekends
  • Work takes place mostly outdoors, candidates must be comfortable working outside
  • Comfortable engaging diverse community members face-to-face

 

Values:

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

 

Compensation:

  • $15/hour
  • Part Time (15-25 hrs/wk)

 

How to apply:

Please send both

  • Your resume
  • a short response (250 words max.) to the following prompt:
    • Describe a time when you convinced someone of something they were initially unsure of. What did you learn from the outcome?

to job_applications@transalt.org with "TransAlt Ambassador Intern" 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, 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.