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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 a 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.



Queens Organizer (FULL TIME)

Transportation Alternatives is New York City's leading transportation advocacy organization, with a citywide network of 100,000 supporters committed to better bicycling, walking and public transit in the five boroughs. Our mission is to reclaim New York City's streets from the automobile, and to advocate for bicycling, walking and public transit as the best transportation alternatives.

Summary of Position:
We are seeking a self-motivated and energetic person to coordinate campaigns that will make Queens’ streets safer and more accessible for people to walk, ride bikes and take public transportation. Applicants should be familiar with current local politics, have experience in political and/or community organizing and have a strong affinity for the mission of Transportation Alternatives.

T.A.’s Queens Activist Committee (TAQAC) is a growing activist network that runs locally- based campaigns to win major changes to our city’s transportation network. TAQAC believes that a more equitable New York City must provide all residents with safe, accessible and environmentally sound modes of transport. As the lead facilitator of TAQAC, most of your time will be spent working with people and neighborhood leaders in Queens to organize support for measures that make local streets safer. This will not be a traditional 9-5 position. Some nights and weekend work will be required, as you will need to attend community board meetings, meet with local community members in the evening and conduct outreach events on the weekends.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Conducting outreach, developing campaign strategy, recruiting volunteers to transform community streets by attending and hosting public meetings; canvassing and conducting on-the-ground targeted recruitment
  • Organizing and facilitating monthly general-body committee meetings and community meetings
  • Developing and maintaining strong relationships with key political players, opinion leaders and allied organizations
  • Developing strong volunteer leaders through training and leadership-development exercises
  • Participating in coalitions with other organizations
  • Participating in regular team meetings at central office
Qualifications:
  • Minimum one year experience in union, community, political or issue-based organizing
  • Strong time-management skills, with the ability to meet goals and deadlines while working independently
  • 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 social justice
  • Commitment to organizing people to achieve change
  • 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, three weeks paid vacation, professional development opportunities, transit/bike commuter benefits and indoor bike parking. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and is commensurate with experience

To Apply:
Please send a cover letter and resume to: job_applications@transalt.org with “Queens Organizer” in the subject line

No phone calls or walk-ins, please. Hiring immediately. Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis.

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.