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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.

 

 

 

 


Bike Valet (Part-Time/Seasonal)

Transportation Alternatives is a nationally renowned non-profit focused on transportation issues in New York City. TransAlt 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.

TransAlt’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.

Summary of Position:

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 Event 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

Qualifications:

  • Must be a people person
  • Punctuality is a must
  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment
  • Must be comfortable working outdoors and in various weather conditions

Values:

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

Compensation:

  • $15 per hour.  Hours per week will vary over the Bike Valet season and most will be during evenings and weekends.

To Apply:

Please send cover letter, resume, and portfolio link to
job_applications[at]transalt[dot]org with “Bike Valet Search” in the subject line.

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.

 

 

 

 


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[at]transalt[dot]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.

 

 

 

 


 

TransAlt Ambassador (April-October)

 

Summary of Position:

Transportation Alternatives seeks passionate, outgoing, team-oriented community organizers to join the organization as hourly canvassers for our TransAlt Ambassador program.

The 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 Organizing 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.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Plan, prepare for and conduct street-safety outreach around borough-specific campaigns
  • Work with Field Organizing Coordinator to meet shift goals for petitioning, canvassing, and coalition growth
  • Engage communities citywide 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
  • Experience in community organizing and strong public speaking skills a plus
  • Fluent Spanish and/or Chinese speaking and writing skills are desired
  • Position requires a flexible schedule, including early mornings, nights 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:

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

 

How to apply:

  • Please send your resume and 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[at]transalt[dot]org with "TransAlt Ambassador" 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.

No phone calls or walk-ins, please.