available positions:

Three positions are currently open: Field Organizer, Digital Organizer, and Part Time Canvasser



The Field Organizer will be responsible for a substantial amount of this work and will play a critically important role in building a movement of riders from all corners of the city that can win the improvements we need.

The Field Organizer will:

  • Recruit transit riders from across the city and engage them in our campaign;
  • Train riders to tell their stories, recruit others, work with elected officials and press, and use other tactics to build a broad public call for action to fix the subway;
  • Develop creative ideas to advance the campaign, bring people together and tell a story about the importance of the subway, particularly for working-class New Yorkers;
  • Manage relationships with contacts throughout the city and with people of all different backgrounds and walks of life;
  • Work collaboratively with the Riders Alliance staff as well as allied organizations to drive a shared strategy;
  • Manage time independently and spend substantial amount of time in the field;
  • Manage earned media events, press and elected official relationships to advance our work;


  • Strong understanding of community organizing, including managing campaigns, developing leadership, and recruiting members.
  • Ability to lead locally-relevant issue-based campaigns in low-income communities, communities of color, immigrant communities, and middle-class communities.
  • Excellent people skills: ability to quickly build relationships, to listen to and persuade people, and to engage people effectively around a common goal.
  • 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.
  • Ability to communicate in a language other than English is preferred;
  • A demonstrated commitment to the values we believe public transit embodies; inclusion, democracy, opportunity, and equity.

This is a full-time position guaranteed until March 2019, with the potential to become permanent. Salary is commensurate with experience.

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to Daniel Coates at with “Field Organizer” in the subject. The Riders Alliance is an equal opportunity employer, and we strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply for the position.



The Digital Organizer will be responsible for executing a digital strategy on multiple campaigns simultaneously while working in close collaboration with various staff members. The ideal candidate has experience building and expanding digital organizing programs, is passionate about organizing and engagement, and can relate to the many types of people who use public transit and are members of the Riders Alliance.

This is a temporary position, as the Digital Organizer’s work will coincide with RA launching a large scale, aggressive campaign in late-summer of 2018. The position is guaranteed through March 2019, with the potential to become a permanent role depending on the organizer’s success and continued funding.

The Digital Organizer will:

  • Generate and execute creative digital tactics that advance our campaigns and help us expand our network and build power. This includes testing new tools that can help our organization, such as Hustle or other digital organizing platforms;
  • Generate new content to post including memes, photos, videos, emails and other content to advance our campaigns, educate our followers, and engage new people;
  • Elevate our on-the-ground actions by adding a digital component;
  • Manage all social media platforms to ensure they are regularly updated and engage people on each of them. These currently include (but are not limited to) Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Train organizers and leaders in how to use digital tools to advance their work;
  • Build relationships with allied organizations in the transit, organizing and social justice spaces in New York;
  • Produce emails and web content and proofread all content for accuracy;
  • Engage with new contacts to move them from online to offline activities;
  • Work with our fundraising team to craft emails and other engagement strategies that support our work to raise resources.


  • A minimum of 3 years in online community organizing and campaigns;
  • Experience developing digital organizing campaign strategy as well as executing it;
  • Strong writing skills;
  • Experience creating videos, memes, and other content;
  • Ability to work independently to develop benchmarks and metrics;
  • Commitment to transit issues and grassroots organizing;
  • Experience with online fundraising a plus;
  • Ability to write a language other than English is not required but would be beneficial;

This is a full-time temporary position through March 2019 with the potential to extend and become permanent. Hours include some nights and weekends. Salary range is commensurate with experience, with a generous benefit package.

How to apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter to Daniel Coates at with “Digital Organizer” in the subject. The Riders Alliance is an equal opportunity employer, and we strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply for the position.



The Canvasser, working under the active supervision of the Deputy Director and the Canvass Director, is responsible for engaging with community members and cultivating relationships with potential volunteers through surveys, signed petitions, and events. The Canvasser collects survey data for various grassroots campaigns.

The Canvasser will:

  • Engage community members in transit campaigns in targeted communities in person and on the phone;
  • Build membership and grass-roots community participation for the organization;
  • Record contacts made, contact results, and information collected in an organized manner;
  • Ensure accuracy and usability of data and information collected.


  • Previous experience with canvassing, phone banking, or community organizing, or equivalent educational experience.
  • Preferred: ability to fluently speak language(s) other than English.
  • Preferred: familiarity with communities and community politics in New York City.

Pay is hourly and compensation for travel is included. Scheduling and hours are flexible.

How to apply:

Send your resume, a brief description of yourself and your previous experience, and your schedule availability to Kristin Wright, at Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. The Riders Alliance is an equal opportunity employer, and we strongly encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds to apply for the position.