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Director of Major Gifts and Membership 

(Full Time Position)

Summary of Position:

Transportation Alternatives is a nationally renowned non-profit focused on transportation issues in New York City. Transportation Alternatives boosts a citywide network of tens of thousands of supporters 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.

The Director of Major Gifts & Membership (DMGM) is responsible for the planning and implementation of all fundraising and marketing strategies involved in the individual donor program including major gifts, membership and other projects; overseeing the CRM team; overseeing the administration function of the department including processing gifts, correspondence and coding; serving on project teams for special events and marketing projects as needed; and planning, implementing and overseeing other special projects as they are established as priorities.  

Responsibilities

  • Create budgets, establish forecasts and prepare evaluations for individual donor programs that can be used in the departmental fundraising plan, in the organizational budget and for senior management discussions
  • Participate in the creation of the departmental fundraising plan and work with direct reports to create action plans that support the main plan
  • Planning and implementing in collaboration with the development director a major gifts program that includes special events and special stewardship
  • Work on special event project teams as appropriate, especially in terms of marketing efforts.

·         Bring forward ideas for new fundraising initiatives

  • Develop and organize new membership, individual giving and systems projects as they arise

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
  • 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
  • Specialized training in: Salesforce, Convio or similar donor databases, helpful but not required

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 “Director of Major Gifts” 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.


Families for Safe Streets Organizer

(FULL TIME/One-year contract with possibility for renewal)

Summary of Position:

Transportation Alternatives (TransAlt) is at the forefront of New York’s Vision Zero effort to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries in the city by 2024. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of injury-related death for New York City children under 14 and the second leading cause for senior citizens. More New Yorkers are killed by cars than murdered by guns. Without a radical transformation of street design, driving behavior and regulations, we are implicitly accepting a tremendous loss of life on NYC streets.

In 2014, Transportation Alternatives (TransAlt) partnered with families impacted by traffic violence to form Families for Safe Streets (FSS). This new TransAlt project gives New Yorkers who have lost loved ones or been injured in traffic crashes the opportunity to receive support services as well as to channel their grief into action. Guided by TransAlt, FSS members engage in advocacy and targeted awareness campaigns to press for changes to eliminate traffic fatalities and injuries on NYC streets. FSS builds on TransAlt’s longstanding commitment to amplify the voices of people affected by traffic violence as a tool for change.  

The FSS Organizer will play a critical role in supporting existing FSS members, growing the group by reaching other New Yorkers impacted by traffic violence, and coordinating new support service activities. We seek a motivated, energetic person with experience in community organizing who understands the power that building a membership like this can have on policy and culture change. Applicants should be familiar with current local and state politics, have experience in political and/or community organizing and have a strong affinity for the mission of Transportation Alternatives. This will not be a traditional 9-5 position. Some night and weekend work will be required, because the Organizer will need to attend community board meetings, meet with local community members in the evening and conduct outreach events on the weekends. The job also involves working with families in grief; while experience and/or training in this realm is helpful, it is not essential; support will be provided regardless of past experience.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Deputy Director, the Families for Safe Streets Steering Committee and the membership to set priorities and carry out priority Vision Zero campaigns
  • Organize and facilitate membership meetings
  • Initiate, coordinate, manage and supervise FSS membership peer support services and programs, including its Helpline, Peer Support Network, Peer-led Support Groups and Case Assistance project
  • Develop, support and engage the growing FSS membership and foster a community of support and social connection
  • Conduct outreach to New Yorkers recently impacted by traffic violence as well as hospitals, attorneys, police and others who could refer potential FSS members
  • Maintain and develop tools to effectively collect important information related to our membership base
  • Assist in recruitment and training of volunteers, interns and facilitators needed for support roles
  • Participate in coalitions with other organizations
  • Participate in regular team meetings at central office               

Qualifications:

  • Two years experience in union, community, political or issue-based organizing
  • Strong time-management skills, with the ability to meet goals and deadlines while working independently
  • Experience working with trauma and/or grief preferred, but not required
  • Self-starter who shows initiative and is eager to launch FSS’ support activities
  • Ability to engage individuals in the midst of trauma and grief
  • 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 Queens neighborhoods strongly preferred
  • Bilingual English-Spanish strongly preferred

Values:

  • Commitment to building a more equitable NYC
  • Commitment to traffic justice
  • Commitment to organizing people to achieve change
  • Strong communication skills that are grounded in empathy
  • 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, 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.

Note on One-Year Contract:

This position is a one-year contract with possibility of renewal/permanence. This is a new position, and we want to ensure we are bringing the right skill set to the organization to support FSS members. As part of the year contract, there will be a 3-month performance review and 9-month review and discussion about renewal.

To Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to job_applications@transalt.org with “Families for Safe Streets Organizer” in the subject line. APPLICATIONS WITHOUT A COVER LETTER WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. No phone calls or walk-ins, please. 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.


Digital Director

(Full Time Position)

Summary of Position:

Transportation Alternatives’ mission is to reclaim New York City's streets from the automobile and to promote bicycling, walking, public transit. Since our founding in 1973, TransAlt has paved the way for remarkable changes in New York City’s transportation infrastructure: the lowering of the citywide speed limit, the extraordinary growth of bicycling and launch of Citi Bike, street redesigns on Queens Boulevard and 1st and 2nd avenues, public plazas like Times Square and Select Bus Service. TransAlt has made these good ideas a reality through the combined efforts of our staff and network of more than 160,000 supporters, dues-paying members and a committee of activists working locally in every borough of New York City.

Right now, Transportation Alternatives (TransAlt) is at the forefront of New York’s Vision Zero effort to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries in the city by 2024. To make our Vision Zero advocacy more effective, we must expand our reach and expertise into the digital realm. To help us meet our goal to grow our supporter base to 3.5% of the NYC population, we are hiring an experienced Digital Director to lead the digital efforts behind our policy prowess and grassroots community organizing. The position will report to the Deputy Director and work closely with the Communications Director.

RESPONSIBILITIES

This position will oversee organization-wide digital communications and digital engagement. Responsibilities include:

Digital Strategy & Team Captain:

  • In collaboration with a cross-functional team, conceive of and manage digital campaigns to grow our base of reachable subscribers to 3.5% of NYC’s population
  • Ensure and facilitate close collaboration between members of the Policy, Development, Organizing, and Communications teams to design and execute digital strategy goals
  • Oversee and manage the digital communications calendar, including email production, social media and event marketing strategy
  • Create and manage reports for weekly communications meeting that facilitate strategic conversations between directors and senior management
  • Implement online organizing strategies to advance TransAlt’s advocacy goals, including online grassroots engagement, email, social networking, web, and mobile

Staff & Project Management:

  • Oversee and mentor 5 communications staff whose core functions include email strategy and production, social media, design, website updates, digital acquisition, and digital marketing
  • Ensure the high-quality execution of all digital assets across websites, email, social channels, SMS, and in branding and design work
  • Develop the annual budget and goals for online communications efforts including advertising and marketing campaigns, monitor costs and provide updates as requested

Marketing:

  • With guidance from the Communications Director, ensure message consistency and editorial standards across all TransAlt digital communications properties
  • Draft and oversee drafting of riveting email and social media copy that compels members, donors and our grassroots supporters to take action
  • Build strong marketing strategies for TransAlt’s annual bike tours and Vision Zero Conference

Web, Email, Acquisition, Technology:

  • Oversee creation of all the organization's digital communications materials including website, newsletters, email and social media
  • Maximize the use of TransAlt’s existing technology, as well as set and continually assess new products and tools that can help us meet our goals
  • Establish annual website and social media goals and provide reports for tracking, analysis and budgeting purposes
  • Create and execute priorities for testing to optimize website and email
  • Manage free (Google Grant) and paid digital advertising campaigns for the program and development departments
  • Manage website updates and strategy across multiple sites, including SEO
  • Monitor updates on features and releases in Luminate Online and develop recommendations for best use practices

QUALIFICATIONS

  • 5-8 years experience creating online content and marketing campaigns in a non-profit or political campaign setting
  • Minimum three years supervisory experience required
  • Knowledgeable about key digital advances and able to spot trends and analyze what would be beneficial to TransAlt.
  • Solid understanding of digital tools, processes and techniques for membership development, advocacy campaigns, list building and social media
  • Strong organizational skills and experience in managing complex projects
  • Exceptional ability to write creatively, copy-edit, and proofread in a rapid response environment.
  • Eagerness to explore new tactics and engage with partners and other leaders in the space.

Specific skills and technology qualifications:

  • Social media: Fluent in current and emerging social media; experience managing content and advertising
  • Email: Experience managing complex email schedules across messages and segments. Experience constructing mobile-first HTML emails and using Luminate Online software Experience reporting on email testing and analytics and developing data-driven strategy
  • SEM: Experience managing Google Adwords account
  • Web: Experience managing and updating content in Drupal. Experience with SEO, including identifying key search terms. Experience using Google Analytics, including an in-depth understanding of conversion tracking. Interest in forward-thinking website strategy and ability to manage messages and strategy across multiple web properties
  • Luminate Online / Convio: Familiarity with a full range of LO functionality, including email, eCRM, donation forms, action alerts/petitions, event registration, peer-to-peer, gift shop, etc.
  • Familiarity with Salesforce CRM (specifically Luminate CRM) a plus.

Values:

  • Commitment to building a more equitable NYC
  • Commitment to organizing people to achieve change
  • Obsessive attention to detail
  • Capacity to build consensus and work effectively within a cross-functional team
  • 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, 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 job_applications@transalt.org with “Digital Director” in the subject line.

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


Events Assistant

(Part Time)

Summary of Position:

Transportation Alternatives is a nationally recognized non-profit focused on transportation issues in New York City. TransAlt has over 150,000 supporters committed to reclaiming New York City’s streets for people by ensuring that every New Yorker has safe space to walk, bike and access 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.

The Events Assistant will work closely with the Director of Special Events and the Events Manager on the planning of TransAlt events, including but not limited to: Bicyclists Ball and Pedestrian Prom, Spin for Safe Streets, Vision Zero Cities 2016 Conference, the Bike the Boros tour series, Bike Month, and the Tour de Bronx. The Events team also provides logistical support for events managed by other departments within the organization.

In addition to assisting with the planning of TransAlt events, this position will be the lead of the events volunteer program.

Availability on event-day is mandatory, as well as the week prior to each event. Night and weekend availability will likely be necessary in the days leading up to some of our larger events.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

Volunteer Recruitment and Management

  • Work with the Events Manager and the Director of Special Events to create strategies to promote TransAlt’s volunteer opportunities to new and existing volunteer networks
  • Create and implement goals and plans for recruitment, engagement and re-engagement of volunteers

Volunteer Policies and Systems

  • Oversee the volunteer database
  • Lead training sessions
  • Manage recognition and appreciation
  • Create and maintain volunteer materials and communications

Event Preparation

  • Assist with various aspects of event preparation, such as: permitting, food procurement, location scouting, vendor research, transportation, etc.
  • Assist with developing written communication and materials
  • Facilitate outreach to potential event partners, including finish festival vendors, in-kind donors and food sponsors

Administration

  • Prepare thank you letters for event partners
  • Deliver weekly reports on volunteer status for each upcoming event
  • Attend mandatory departmental meetings, including the Monthly Development Team meeting and any event planning meetings

Event Day Assistance

  • Assist with on-site production and clean-up for events
  • Manage volunteers (check-in, work assignments, inquires, etc.)
  • Coordinate event personnel and TransAlt staff, as needed

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be a proactive problem solver
  • Have strong multitasking abilities
  • Possess dynamic communication skills
  • Maintain a high-level of poise and professionalism in all circumstances
  • Exhibit the ability to work and interact with a variety of personalities and leadership styles, and excel at building consensus in diverse groups

Requirements

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite
  • Experience working on a fundraising team and/or managing volunteers preferred
  • Knowledge of Salesforce, Blackbaud and/or Convio a plus
  • Must be able to lift 30 pounds

Compensation

$15/hour (25-30 hours/week, 4 days)

To Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to:

job_applications [at] transalt [dot] org with “Events Assistant” 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, 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.


Bike Valet

(Part time/Seasonal)

Summary of Position

Transportation Alternatives is a nationally renowned non-profit focused on transportation issues in New York City. Transportation Alternatives boosts a citywide network of tens of thousands of supporters 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.’s Bike Valet works like a coat check…for your bike!  Each year we set up bike racks at dozens of locations and park thousands of bikes at many of NYC’s premier events, including sites such as Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park, street fairs, and private parties.  Bike Valet services are offered free to patrons and allow event goers to enjoy their time without worrying about the safety and security of their bikes.We are seeking energetic, responsible, and personable individuals to work as part of our Bike Valet team. You will work directly with the Bike Valet Coordinator to run one of the most exciting programs in NYC and help make some of the city’s most beloved events even better by providing Bike Valet services to patrons. 

Responsibilities:

  • Work at Bike Valet stations around the city, parking and returning bikes
  • Interface with patrons and event planners
  • Promote TransAlt and our mission to event goers
  • Pick up supplies at the TransAlt office as needed
  • May be asked to oversee volunteers

Qualifications:

  • Must be a people person
  • Punctuality a must
  • Enjoy working in a fast paced environment

Values:

  • Commitment to making NYC and better place to bike, walk and use public transit
  • A sense of humor

Compensation:

$12/hr -  Hours per week will vary over the Bike Valet season and most will be during evenings and weekends.

To Apply:

Please send cover letter and resume to job_applications@transalt.org with "Bike Valet" as the email subject. 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, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, political orientation or any other characteristic protected by federal state or local law.