Reports to the Director of Organizing
Transportation Alternatives (TA), New York City’s advocate for walking, bicycling, and public transportation, seeks a Bronx Organizer to lead our campaigns and work in the borough. The right candidate is a self-starter who can create and implement campaign strategy, build consensus within a group, and is interested in New York City, especially the Bronx, politics, grassroots organizing, and active transportation.
Reporting to the Director of Organizing, the Bronx Organizer will work closely with others in the organization to advance our work to reclaim street space from the automobile for pedestrians, cyclists, micro-mobility, and mass transit riders. You will manage a group of local activists which requires thinking about “big picture” strategy and managing the day-to-day needs of each campaign. The right candidate will approach the work in both a qualitative and quantitative way, elevating local volunteers and partners as needed while also identifying new opportunities through data metrics.
Areas of responsibility will include:
- Lead and manage three major campaigns and two grants, as well as new campaigns as opportunities arise, in collaboration with the Director of Organizing
- Create and implement campaign strategy, from top-level goals to day-to-day campaign management
- Organize and implement tactics per campaign strategy
- Track qualitative and quantitative goals for campaigns, as well as providing monthly reports
- Facilitate monthly Activist Committee meetings, and find and invite in new members
- Develop leadership among existing volunteer activists, including leadership structures within each of the three committee campaigns and one-on-one meetings with key activists
- Manage Activist Committee’s Google Group, Slack, and Facebook page
Community Support and Recruitment
- Conduct outreach to recruit volunteers for TA campaigns through attending and hosting public meetings, canvassing, phone/text banking, social media, and other methods
- Develop and maintain relationships with key political and opinion leaders, as well as allied organizations
- Represent TA in coalitions, meetings, and events
This position is located in New York City. TA’s office is a fast-paced and collaborative work environment (working remotely through at least mid-2021). Occasional evening and weekend engagements, and, given the 24-hour news cycle, late nights and early mornings will be part of this position.
Qualified candidates will bring with them:
- At least two years experience in organizing or campaigning, with a strong background in advocacy and/or grassroots organizing
- Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to meet goals and deadlines while working independently
- Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to build trust and maintain relationships with community partners and fellow staff members
- Strong communication skills, including writing and public speaking
- Ability to work in a fast-paced, frequently changing environment, including the ability to “manage up”
- Able to develop and execute campaign strategy and build consensus within different stakeholders
- Extensive knowledge of the Bronx and its neighborhoods
- Ability to manage dozens of activists involved across three campaigns
- Ability to manage, from start to finish, large scale events with up to hundreds of participants
Exceptional candidates will also bring with them:
- Familiarity and interest in TA’s work and advocacy areas
- Knowledge of Bronx political landscape
- Bilingual, with a strong preference for Spanish speakers
- Experience with using social media platforms for organizing, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram
- Familiarity with online platforms such as Phone2Action, Salesforce, and Canva, or similar
- Experience working G Suite tools
Please send a resume and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Bronx Organizer” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted through June 11, 2021.
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. BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ candidates strongly encouraged to apply.