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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.

 

 

 

 

 


Individual Giving Manager

 

Reports to the Development Director

 

Transportation Alternatives, New York City's advocate for walking, bicycling and public transportation, seeks a Manager of Individual Giving to support the Development Director in all development functions for top donors and VIP individual relationships in the TransAlt community, as well as  to manage a robust Membership program. This role reports to and works closely with the Development Director, supervises the Development Associate, and receives some additional support from the Development Assistant.

Major responsibilities include:

  • Financials
    • Set annual Major Gift and Membership revenue goals and strategies with DD
    • Track expenses and ensure they remain within the prescribed budget
  • Major Gifts
    • Track, document, and report on all contributions under the Major Gifts program, which includes Benefit revenue and the year-end campaign
    • Manage donor portfolios of Executive Director, Development Director, and other staff and volunteer leadership
    • Prepare all materials for major donor meetings, including agendas, briefings, and presentations
    • Actively identify new prospective donors, prepare/refresh research profiles, and strategize with leadership on engagement methods
    • Manage Major Gifts communications calendar to create thoughtful and curated messaging on an appropriate schedule in coordination with TransAlt’s broader communications calendar
    • Serve as the point-person for peer-to-peer fundraising participants
    • Work with the Events team to produce cultivation and stewardship events for the Major Gifts program
    • Ensure Major Gifts donors receive appropriate care at all TransAlt events
  • Membership
    • Oversee the Membership renewal and acquisition program, with a focus on Bike Month and Year-End campaigns
    • Manage Membership Associate to ensure proper tracking of expense budget, income projections, and number of members for membership line and execution of membership growth and retention strategies
  • Data Integrity
    • Work closely with the CRM Manager to optimize Salesforce utilization for Major Gifts program management and in coordination with other Development programs
    • Ensure all Major Gifts activity is properly tracked in Salesforce
  • Internal Operations:
    • Work with Development Director to inform Board, senior staff, and other key stakeholders of Major Gifts program progress, including reports for Board and Committee meetings
    • Support Development Director on special projects, as needed, including management of the Development Committee

 

Skills/Qualifications desired:

  • 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 TransAlt’s mission to improve the livability of NYC through transportation infrastructure

Start Date: Immediate

 

To Apply:

Please submit resume, cover letter, and two writing samples (e.g., letter of inquiry and grant report)
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.

 

 


Partnerships and Events Coordinator

Reports to the Events Manager

Transportation Alternatives, New York City's advocate for walking, bicycling and public transportation, seeks a Partnerships and Events Coordinator to be a member of our development team, working closely with the Events 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 Partnership

  • 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 Manager, Development Director 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 TransAlt 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 TransAlt 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 TransAlt

Events

  • Provide events support as directed by Events 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

Other

  • Support Events 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:

  • 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 TransAlt’s mission to improve the livability of NYC through transportation infrastructure

 

To Apply:

Please submit resume, cover letter, and two writing samples (e.g., letter of inquiry and grant report)
job_applications[at]transalt[dot]org with “Partnerships and Events Coordinator” 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.

 

 

 


Research and Conference Manager

 

The Research and Conference Manager will produce research; undertake data analysis; create GIS maps that advance TransAlt's complete streets, safety, policy and legislative goals; as well as coordinate programming for our annual Vision Zero Cities Conference. This position includes compilation and organization of datasets, analyzing raw data, researching and documenting relevant statistics and policies, and producing maps that support advocacy campaigns. The Research and Conference Manager will help synthesize this information into accessible reports, memos, testimony and information for other TransAlt staff members, and will also take the lead in organizing programming for TransAlt's annual Vision Zero Cities Conference.

 

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Undertake research of key policy issues and advance TransAlt’s research agenda
  • Synthesize information for use in TransAlt’s reports and written materials
  • Organize and update TransAlt's databases and information storage
  • Produce maps in GIS that help support campaigns
  • Analyze data gathered firsthand from existing toolkits
  • Maintain online legislative agenda
  • Organize Vision Zero Cities Conference Programming
  • Coordinate quarterly speaker series
  • Provide testimony at City Council

 

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Undertake research of key policy issues and advance TransAlt’s research agenda
    • Coordinate with TransAlt staff to refine research questions in relation to campaigns and legislative priorities
      • This includes documenting best practices/case studies, crash statistics, existing policies and proposed legislation
    • Identify opportunities and make proposals for longer-term research projects
    • Respond to day-to-day ad hoc research requests
    • Search online and subscription services to find existing research
  • Synthesize information for use in TransAlt’s reports and written materials
    • Distill collected information into concise, accessible language
    • Write findings into memos for staff that can be used for press releases, testimony and reports
  • Organize and update TransAlt's databases and information storage
    • Develop standard documentation system for research
    • Store and update research and findings in TransAlt's research hub database
    • Maintain and keep updated online legislative agenda
    • Create and maintain easily accessible go-to fact page for TransAlt staff with most commonly needed and most profound facts
      • Work with TransAlt staff to make this page as useful as possible
    • Track and include citations of all research sources; encourage staff to utilize citations in standardized format
  • Produce maps in GIS that help support campaigns
    • Work with TransAlt staff to identify long-term mapping needs
    • Adhere to visual standard of map creation, focusing on quality, accuracy and cohesion with TransAlt brand
    • Organize TransAlt's storage of GIS files so it is easily utilized by those making maps and those seeking to find maps for campaign work
    • Identify new longer-term mapping projects that would benefit TransAlt's policy agenda and campaigns
  • Analyze data gathered firsthand from existing toolkits
    • Work with Borough Organizers to facilitate use of toolkits (speeding, traffic monitoring, etc.)
    • Analyze collected data; synthesize findings for campaign work, reports, memos and the press
  • Organize Vision Zero Cities Conference Programming
    • Work with Senior Team to conceive of overarching themes and specific panel themes for TransAlt's yearly Vision Zero Cities Conference
    • Book and coordinate with speakers to fill the panels

 

Job Requirements

  • Strong research, Excel, and GIS skills
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze data and crunch numbers
  • Knowledge of statistics
  • Ability to synthesize information into accessible written documents, memos and research papers
  • Strong organizational capabilities to maintain databases
  • Ability to work in fast-paced environments, on deadline

 

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in urban studies, environmental studies, political affairs, transportation planning, public policy, public health or a related field
  • Masters in Urban Planning, Public Health and/or Policy preferred, or 2-4 years of experience in research, GIS and/or statistical analysis

 

To Apply:

Please submit resume and cover letter to:
job_applications[at]transalt[dot]org with “Research and Conference Manager” 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.

 

 


 

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.