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Director of Advocacy

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.

 

 


 

 
Transportation Alternatives, New York City's Advocate for walking, bicycling and public transportation, seeks an Events and Partnerships Coordinator to be a member of our development team, working closely with the Events and Partnerships Manager and Marketing Coordinator to execute the relevant work plans of a highly successful corporate partnerships program and to provide event support to ensure flawless event experiences for corporate partners and attendees.
 
Major Responsibilities
 
Corporate Partnerships
 
  • Oversee the Corporate Partnerships pipeline with a deadline-driven calendar of research, outreach, proposals/negotiations, logo recaps/reports and other deliverables, and acknowledgments
  • Monitor and achieve sponsorship goals for each event; create reports to detail progress
  • Track and document Partnerships to ensure deliverables are fulfilled, partnerships feel successful, and payment is received in a timely manner (MOUs, invoicing, assets)
  • Cultivate and steward Corporate Partnership relationships, bringing in Events and Partnership Manager, Director of Development and/or Executive Director as appropriate
  • Prepare and perfect annual Partnership Deck(s) in late summer/early fall to initiate conversations in the fall for the following fiscal year
  • Participate in the crafting of compelling marketing campaigns for sponsorable properties in an effort both to retain sponsors and attract new sponsors
  • Collaborate with TA staff to inform proposals and fulfill deliverables
  • Work closely with the CRM Coordinator to optimize Salesforce utilization for Partnership management in coordination with other Development programs
  • Track Partnership revenue progress and report on projections
  • Track Partnership-related expenses and ensure they remain within the prescribed budget
  • Identify compelling TA programs to propose to potential and current sponsors
  • Grow the Corporate Membership Program for those entities for whom event sponsorship is not the right opportunity, but wish to engage with TA

Events

  • Provide Events support as directed by the Events and Partnership Manager, including event production work such as venue research, site maps, volunteer management, etc.
  • Assist in event communications such as emails, phone calls, flyer distribution, and more
  • Provide day of on-site events support including setup and breakdown, must be available to work occasional nights and weekends
  • Aid in identifying additional fundraising opportunities and partnership benefits
  • Ensure Corporate Partners at events receive appropriate attention and all partnership deliverables are taken care of during the actual events
  • Assist with contracts for bike valet and scheduling staff
  • Coordinate volunteers for Tour de Staten Island and other events
  • Manage general events email and provide customer service to attendees and partners

Other

  • Manage TA gift shop, including the online interface and physical inventory
  • Recruit and manage marathon fundraising team
  • Support Events and Partnerships Manager on special projects, as needed

Performance indicators include sponsor satisfaction and retention, program and revenue growth, and overall program visibility.  Additional indicators are constituent and corporate engagement and satisfaction in events.

Skills/Qualifications Desired:

  • Two to three years of events support and sales or client relations, experience, preferably in non-profit sponsorship
  • 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 writing, editing, proofreading, and grammar knowledge and skills
  • Excellent listening and verbal communication skills
  • Above-average math and spreadsheet skills for tracking and reporting revenue
  • Proficiency in Salesforce or comparable database, Microsoft Office and Google suites
  • High degree of professionalism, tact, sensitivity, and level of confidentiality
  • Interest in TA's mission to improve the livability of NYC through transportation infrastructure

Please sent cover letter and resume or portfolio link to:

job_applications[at]transalt[dot]org with "Events and Partnerships Coordinator" 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.

 


Grants Coordinator

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.

 


Individual Giving Manager 

Transportation Alternatives, New York City's advocate for walking, bicycling and public transportation, seeks a Manager of Individual Giving to support all development functions for a new Major Gifts program and a robust Membership program. This role reports to and works closely with the Development Director and supervises the Development Operations Coordinator.

Specific Responsibilities of the Job:

  • Set and track annual Major Gifts and Membership program expense budgets, revenue goals, and implementation strategies with the Development Director
  • Create and maintain major donor portfolios of the Executive Director, Development Director, and other staff and volunteer leadership
    • Prepare all relevant meeting materials for donor meetings, including tailored agendas, briefings, and presentations
  • Manage a major donor pipeline and conduct donor prospecting and research on an on-going basis
  • Collaborate with the Events & Partnerships team to produce impactful cultivation and stewardship events for the Major Gifts program and ensure donors receive excellent care at all events
    • Play a prominent role in the planning and execution of the annual Benefit
  • Collaborate with the Communications team to build and execute a thoughtful communications calendar for the Major Gifts and Membership programs, all coordinated with TA's broader communications calendar
    • Play a prominent role in the planning and execution of all annual fundraising campaigns
  • Oversee day-to-day operations of the Membership program and maintain a high quality of customer care and service for all members
    • Handle membership recruitment, renewal, and retention in collaboration with the Development Operations Coordinator
    • Play a prominent role in the planning and execution of Bike Month in collaboration with the Events & Partnerships team
  • Collaborate with the Development Operations Coordinator and CRM Coordinator to manage and maintain all Major Gifts and Membership program activities in Salesforce
  • Work with the Development Director to keep the Board, senior staff, and other key stakeholders informed of Major Gifts and Membership program progress
  • Support the Development Director on special projects as needed, including the management of the Development Committee

 

Job Requirements:

  • 3-5 years of professional experience, with a strong preference for non-profit development or sales experience
  • Strong writing, editing/grammar, listening and verbal communication skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail, especially in list management and in writing
  • Above-average math and spreadsheet skills for tracking and reporting revenue
  • Ability to prioritize, organize, and execute multiple goals without compromising quality 
  • Proficiency in Salesforce or comparable database, Microsoft Office suite, and Google products
  • High degree of professionalism, tact, sensitivity, and level of confidentiality
  • Self-directed; able to work independently and to set and adhere to deadlines
  • Entrepreneurial disposition; collaborative, good sense of humor, and strong work ethic
  • Interest in TA's mission to improve the livability of NYC through transportation infrastructure

 

Start date: Immediate

To Apply:

Please submit resume and cover letter to: job_applications[at]transalt[dot]org with “Individual Giving Manager” in the subject line.

APPLICATIONS WITHOUT A COVER LETTER WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

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.

 


 

TA Ambassador (Part-Time/Seasonal)

Transportation Alternatives seeks passionate, outgoing, team-oriented community organizers to serve as hourly canvassers for our TA Ambassador program. This position is perfect for individuals pursuing a career in community organizing, political organizing, urban planning, or fields relating to transportation policy. 

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. Ambassadors work on the ground to organize and engage New Yorkers around safer streets. TA Ambassadors will report to the Field Team Coordinator and 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:

  • Engage communities citywide: speaking with people at tabling events, working in the street canvassing for different campaigns, collecting signatures, going to rallies, possibly door-to-door canvassing in support of Transportation Alternatives’ mission
  • Working mostly outdoors to engage diverse community members face-to-face. This position requires a flexible schedule, including the ability to work early mornings, evenings, and weekends
  • Plan, prepare for and conduct street-safety outreach around borough-specific campaigns
  • 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 TA membership materials
  • Work with Field Team Coordinator to meet shift goals for canvassing and coalition growth
  • Assist in special events and development projects as needed

 

Qualifications:

  • Fervent desire to make bicycling, walking, and public transit safer and more reliable in New York City
  • Ability to work in a team environment to meet deadlines and accomplish common goals
  • Strong public speaking skills
  • Experience in community organizing a plus
  • Multilingualism is a plus (Spanish or Mandarin preferred)
  • A genuine love of their borough and New York City

Successful candidates are those who are those with a commitment to social justice, organizing people to achieve change, and comfort working independently in a fast-paced campaign environment.

 

Compensation:

  • $18/hour
  • Part-Time (15-20 hrs/wk)

 

How to apply:

  • Please send your resume and a 250 word (max) response to this short answer question, “What skills would you bring to the position?” to job_applications[at]transalt[dot]org with “TA Ambassador” in the subject line.
  • Selected candidates will be contacted for interviews in late February and early March.

No phone calls or walk-ins, please.

Must be a resident and/or eligible to work in the U.S.

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.