Advocate - 21st Century Transportation Program

  • Public Interest Research Group
  • Chicago, Boston, Denver or Washington, D.C.
  • Oct 13, 2016
Full time Advocacy Business Development Environmental Protection

Job Description

About the Job
U.S. PIRG is hiring an Advocate for our national 21st Century Transportation Program team. We’re looking for an experienced political advocate who will be responsible for media outreach, organizing, developing staff, influencing stakeholders, coalition-building and fundraising.

U.S. policies have long favored automobiles over other forms of travel. As a result, Americans are overly dependent on driving and pollute too much. Instead, we need to convince our leaders to stop building unnecessary highways and to provide better opportunities to travel by rail, bus, bicycle and walking.

Our Transportation Advocate will help lead our national transportation campaign to advocate against spending so many public dollars on unnecessary highway expansion and to advocate for better public transit, biking and walking infrastructure, and repairing the roads we already have. Americans want more transportation choices. Our challenge is to convince our public leaders to listen to the public and follow solutions that make sense for the long term. The special interests have their lobbyists. We're looking to hire people like you to become advocates for the public interest.

Responsibilities
Program development: Help develop programs and campaigns, including researching the issue, creating viable policy solutions, and proposing the right political strategy and messaging.
Advocacy: Make the best case for our policies directly to decision makers. Build relationships with players in regulatory agencies, the statehouse or in Congress.

Campaign strategy: Work with the Program Director to develop plans to win on our campaigns; assess opportunities for building political support through grassroots organizing, media coverage, endorsements and message development.

Coalition building: Meet with other groups who are concerned about this issue. Share strategies and allocate resources in order to maximize our influence.

Fundraising: Write grant proposals, build relationships with foundation staff, and meet with major donors. Work with our citizen outreach staff to build and develop our membership base.

Staff recruitment and development: Recruit new staff and volunteers. Oversee program staff to develop and implement work plans, provide training and leadership development opportunities.

Qualifications
Candidates must have at least 3 years of relevant professional experience. We're looking for people who are goal-driven and results-oriented, who have excellent verbal, writing and analytical skills, the ability to speak persuasively in a charged atmosphere, and enthusiasm for the work.

U.S. PIRG is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.
 
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Sector

Nonprofit- NGO

Salary

arget annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. U.S. PIRG offers a competitive benefits package.

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