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Campaigns & Organizing Assistant
Hourly Position, 35-40 hours/week
Transportation Alternatives is New York City's leading transportation advocacy organization, with a citywide network of 100,000 active supporters committed to reclaiming New York City's streets for people. T.A. works to ensure that every New Yorker has access to public transportation and safe space to walk and bike.
Summary of Position: Transportation Alternatives (T.A.) seeks an outgoing, team-oriented community organizer to join the organization as a Campaigns & Organizing Assistant. In this role you will work closely with the NYC Bicycle Ambassadors, the T.A. Borough Activists Committees and other T.A. staff to facilitate grassroots campaigns to transform New York City streets. Whether you are a seasoned community organizer looking for a change or you are at the beginning of your organizing career, this position will provide you with a rich community of activists and a framework to make an impact in New York City from day one.
T.A.s Campaigns & Organizing team is running dozens of grassroots campaigns to improve biking, walking and public transportation across the 5 boroughs of New York. The Assistant will split his/her time between the office and the field to organize and engage New Yorkers around safer streets. We are seeking a New Yorker who loves New York and is passionate about working with others to improve the city's streets in all five boroughs. In the office you will manage the administrative end of the contacts and data we accrue in the field, and in the field, you will work closely with T.A.'s Ambassadors and volunteer activist network to push safe streets campaigns to the next level. When you join T.A. you will undergo training about Transportation Alternatives' advocacy campaigns and New York City government and policy as a means to prepare for your job as a key part of the organizing team.
Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Canvassing in the field to grow support for T.A.'s grassroots campaigns to win complete streets
Expanding T.A.'s Bike Friendly Business program by canvassing businesses and articulating the goals and benefits of the campaign
Building relationships with community- based organizations to foster support for bicycling, walking and public transit
Attending community meetings and public forums to be a voice for T.A. and our goals for safe streets
Regular website updates to demonstrate campaign progress and success
Administrative support for operations in the field, including petition ingestion, volunteer participation tracking, prep for monthly borough committee meetings and campaign partner tracking
Overseeing site- specific field operations, and act as Lead among Bike Ambassador staff and volunteer activist in the field
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 and knowledge of New York City and its neighborhoods
Experience in community organizing and strong public speaking skills a plus
Fluent Spanish and/or Chinese speaking and writing skills are a plus
Position requires a flexible schedule, including early mornings, nights and weekends
Work takes place mostly outdoors, candidates must be comfortable working outside
Commitment to making New York City a better place to bike, walk and use public transit
Commitment to organizing people to achieve change
A good sense of humor
$15/hour, 35-40 hours/week. There will be a three and six month review and room for growth.
To Apply Please send cover letter and resume to: Campaigns & Organizing Assistant search firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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