Families for Safe Streets Organizer

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Better walking, biking, and public transit for all New Yorkers

Reports to: Director, Families for Safe Streets
Salary: $60,000

Families for Safe Streets (FSS) and Transportation Alternatives (TA) are at the forefront of New York’s effort to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries on our streets. We are seeking a team member to coordinate FSS advocacy campaigns and support and grow the FSS community of New Yorkers impacted by traffic violence.

The ideal candidate is a motivated, empathetic individual experienced in community organizing who understands the power that building a membership like this can have – not only on supporting those who have been directly impacted by crashes but also on policy and culture change.

About Families for Safe Streets

FSS confronts the epidemic of traffic violence by advocating for life-saving changes and providing support to those who have been impacted by crashes. Composed of individuals who have been injured by or lost loved ones to traffic violence, FSS was founded in 2014 in New York City and is growing within NYS and as a national movement with chapters across the country.

Safe Streets Advocacy

FSS members leverage their unique and powerful voices with policymakers to demand an end to fatalities and injuries on their city streets. Opinion polling and social science research has repeatedly shown that survivors of violence are particularly effective advocates for policy change, and FSS members are no exception.

Support Services

The physical, emotional, and spiritual trauma of traffic violence is unfathomable and FSS believes no one should go through it alone. Mutual support is at FSS’ core. FSS support services apply a trauma-informed approach in responding to and reaching out to crash victims and their family members. Emotional and technical support is offered through community events, peer mentoring, referrals, and other support service and advocacy opportunities.

 

Responsibilities

  • Identify and advance annual policy priorities in close collaboration with TA’s Senior Director for Advocacy and Organizing, FSS staff, and FSS members
  • Organize and participate in advocacy trainings for FSS members, lobby weeks, rallies, vigils, annual Vision Zero Cities conference, annual World Day of Remembrance commemoration, and other advocacy-related events
  • Attend community meetings and public forums on behalf of FSS and our goals for safe streets
  • Participate in coalitions with organizations working at the intersections of transportation, public health, environmental justice, crime victim, and other social issue spaces
  • Work with the FSS Social Worker to support and engage the growing FSS membership and foster a community of support and social connection
  • Work with the FSS Social Worker to prepare and support members who testify at hearings, speak at rallies, are interviewed by press, and participate in FSS advocacy
  • Maintain advocacy campaign progress tracking and online campaign presence
  • Collaborate with TA Communications staff to create press statements from FSS members, develop and maintain the FSS website, social media platforms, and digital, print, and other external-facing assets
  • Coordinate with Transportation Alternatives’ Borough Organizers to engage and support FSS members in local campaigns

Qualified candidates will bring with them

  • 2+ years of experience in union, community, political, or issue-based organizing
  • Ability to sensitively engage with individuals experiencing trauma and grief
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to build trust and maintain relationships with dozens of stakeholders ranging from FSS members to community partners
  • Strong communication skills, including writing and public speaking, that are grounded in empathy
  • Strong work ethic and time-management skills; ability to meet goals and deadlines
  • Supervisory experience; ability to guide and nurture staff and volunteers
  • Detail-oriented and extremely well-organized
  • Ability to work some nights and weekends
  • Commitment to the mission of TA and FSS

 

Exceptional candidates will also bring with them

  • Masters Degree in Social Work or similar field
  • Background in trauma-informed care
  • Bilingual, with a strong preference for Spanish or Chinese speakers
  • Experience with using social media platforms for organizing, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

To apply

Please send a resume and a cover letter to job_applications@transalt.org with “FSS Organizer” in the subject line.

This position is included in the bargaining unit of TA employees represented by the Technical, Office and Professional Union, T.O.P. Local 2110 UAW.

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 are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply for this job email your details to job_applications@transalt.org