Riders Alliance Seeks Community Organizer (NYC)

The Community Organizer is in charge of engaging transit riders in the fight for better public transit, and for recruiting and supporting transit riders to become activists and leaders who can help improve transit for millions New Yorkers. The Community Organizer reports to the Campaign Manager and is responsible for:

  • Recruiting transit riders to become activists through public events and meetings, one-on-one conversations and follow-up;
  • Working with community members and leaders to determine goals and strategy, then following through to execute effectively on plans;
  • Building membership and grass-roots community leadership for the organization;
  • Training grassroots activists to be effective, knowledgeable advocates for their own needs;
  • Working with media outlets and reporters in order to earn coverage of campaign events;
  • Building and maintaining relationships with elected officials, city and state agency staff, and other constituencies to win improvements in service; and
  • Supervising interns and volunteers as required.

Required Qualifications:

  • Strong understanding of community organizing, including managing campaigns, developing leadership, and recruiting members.
  • Excellent people skills: ability to quickly build relationships, to listen to and persuade people, and to engage people effectively around a common goal.
  • Ability to lead locally-relevant issue-based campaigns in low-income communities, communities of color, immigrant communities, and middle-class communities.
  • Strong communication skills, including public speaking and writing.
  • One year of experience in a community organizing or a political/governmental role, or equivalent educational experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
  • Self-motivated individual able to work independently under strategic supervision from the Deputy Director and Campaign Manager.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to fluently speak language(s) other than English.
  • Familiarity with NYC communities and community politics.

Job features:

  • Full-time position. The position will require some evening meetings.
  • Competitive salary, commensurate with experience.
  • Full benefits: excellent health, dental, 401(k) match, paid time off.

How to apply:

  • Send resume and cover letter detailing your experience in local politics and community campaigns to Campaign Manager Rebecca Bailin at rebecca@ridersny.org.
  • Applications are considered on a rolling basis; early applications are encouraged.

The Riders Alliance is an equal opportunity employer, and we strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply for the position.