Job Title: Program Manager, Field Program
and Grantee Relationships
Job Level: Manager
Reports to: Director of Advocacy and
Salary Range: $84,000 to $126,000
Job Location: New York City, Los Angeles,
Chicago, Bay Area, Philadelphia, Greater Washington DC, or
For candidates located in or around New York City, office
attendance will be expected 2 days per week while the other 3 days
per week remote work will be permitted; more time in the office
will be required in the first few months of employment
For candidates located in cities other than New York City,
travel to our New York City office will be expected one time per
About the organization:
TransitCenter is a private foundation that conducts research and
advocacy and works nationally to improve public transit in ways
that make U.S. cities more just and environmentally sustainable. To
do this, we are committed to reforming how and by whom decisions
about transit are made, bringing new perspectives, especially those
of transit riders, into planning and policy work. We believe that
supporting community-based activists and harnessing our own voice
are critical to advancing the type of transit advocacy urgently
needed in American cities.
More about TransitCenter’s work and staff can be found on our
In order to live our organization values (listed below),
specifically to have an equitable and inclusive workplace and
because we believe in the power of complementary strength, people
of color, people with low incomes, women, LGBTQ people, and people
with disabilities are highly encouraged to apply.
About the position:
Position Description: Program Managers
are the primary connectors between TransitCenter and the universe
of transit advocates and organizers across the country. They
hold routine conversations and meetings with grantees and other
field partners to discuss strategies and tactics, work plans,
alliances, organizational sustainability, and funding
strategies. They recruit and invite organizations into group
organizing projects, and they make funding recommendations to
senior leadership. They assess alignment between individual
organizations and TransitCenter playing a key role in defining the
nature of the relationship between field organizations and
TransitCenter. Program managers are involved in strategy
development and program implementation of both TransitCenter and
that of our grantees and field partners.
Advocacy and organizing is a small and highly collaborative team
undertaking the work described above and below in the list of “Key
duties and Responsibilities.” Division of labor in the team is
fluid and distributed through a combination of geographical and
issue considerations, personal areas of interest and expertise,
fair work load balance, and more.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Help identify, recruit, and get to know potential TransitCenter
grantees and other field partners.
- Develop trusting relationships with TransitCenter grantees and
other field partners or strategic allies.
- Develop shared strategies among field partners through group
learning and decision-making spaces. Motivate and take
responsibility for moving forward coordinated activities among
TransitCenter grantees and other field partners including:
- common policy demands of local, state and federal transit
- common message and narrative pertaining to the central role
mass transit can play in creating more racial equity and
- base building and leadership development techniques designed to
give riders stronger roles in local organizing and advocacy
- Facilitate technical assistance to grantees and other field
partners including campaign planning, message and narrative
development, policy analysis, targeted research and brokering of
relationships with agency personnel and other
- Look for and promote alignment between TransitCenter goals and
the current workload and strategic plans of grantees and field
partners. Consistently participate in routine staff meetings,
retreats, ad hoc work groups etc. Represent TransitCenter within
the organization, to external partners and grantees, funders,
allied organizations, in assigned groups and committees, and at all
times to the general public.
- Perform necessary and routine administrative duties such as
maintaining and sharing contact information for advocates and
allies, helping chart and measure activities of grantees and field
partners, reviewing grantee questionnaires, helping draft grant
agreements, preparing grant evaluations, conducting routine expense
reporting, agenda preparation and note taking.
Desired experience, skills, and knowledge:
While we are seeking candidates who have many of these
skills, we understand that candidates may not have all of the
skills listed below.
Experience with race, class and gender analysis and with
promoting race, class and gender justice in programing decisions
around messaging and roles.
- Minimum of four years’ experience in advocacy and organizing
and in implementing local, state or national policy initiatives on
economic &/or environmental justice matters, ideally including
some familiarity with mass transit.
- Minimum four years’ experience in coalition work, ideally
assisting with coalition management and facilitation.
- Trained in basic principles of power analysis, campaign
strategy, base building and development of grassroots constituency,
media tactics, and direct action.
- Relationship building skills, facilitation skills, conflict
resolution skills, ability to deliver difficult messages, active
- Experience in campaign planning, message and narrative
development, policy analysis, targeted research, and brokering of
- Ability to discern alignment between TransitCenter’s and
partner organizations values and positions.
- Ability to make persuasive arguments to strengthen common
purpose; define and deliver assistance that supports common purpose
or recommend redefinition of relationships.
- Ability to engage in constructive dialogue around
- Ability to work constructively in a team.
- Past experience representing an organization with external
- Availability to travel up to four times per year (in addition
to traveling to our NYC offices four times per year, if located in
another part of the country). Availability to occasionally work
- Ability to meet mutually agreed upon deadlines.
TransitCenter’s staff and field partners believes that
- Should be informed by research;
- Should advance big picture ambitious reforms but also secure
timely pragmatic wins;
- Requires the direct involvement of riders in decision making
and public roles and the development of allies in multiple
sectors: labor; business; independent living, social,
environmental, and economic justice; identity; and faith.
- Involves constructive engagement with transit agencies and
- Requires attention to racial equity and targeted
- Requires work at the intersection of clean energy and climate
sustainability, public health, housing affordability and economic
- Requires broad dissemination of narrative & message about
the essential role of public transit
- Should increase ridership, advance equity and accessibility,
ensure the health, wellbeing and effective deployment of the
transit workforce and advance financial resilience of public
TransitCenter’s values are:
- Strategic: TransitCenter aims to shape transit policy and
practice to make cities more just and environmentally sustainable.
Our decisions are guided by strategic thinking about how to advance
- Public-spirited: Our work is grounded in the interests of
transit riders and the broader public.
- Equitable: To rectify longstanding injustices and achieve
greater social equity, TransitCenter strives to improve transit in
ways that prioritize the mobility needs of people of color, people
with low incomes, and people with disabilities.
- Rigorous: We hold ourselves to high standards. Our research is
methodical and applicable in the real world. Our engagement with
transit professionals consistently improves the state of agency
practice. Our advocacy produces tangible policy reforms that make a
difference in people’s lives.
- Inclusive and egalitarian: We foster an inclusive, egalitarian
workplace where anyone can advance, everyone can contribute to
major initiatives, and no one is above gruntwork.
- Collaborative: Both internally and in our relationships with
outside partners, we encourage collaboration, honest communication,
and the open exchange of ideas. We believe in teamwork and the
power of complementary strengths.
- Respectful: We conduct ourselves with respect for the transit
riders affected by our work, and for the transportation
professionals and advocates we interact with.
- Nimble: We are flexible. We seize opportunities that
strategically align with our goals, adjust in response to new
information, and change course if it better serves our
- Stewardship: Our staff are stewards of TransitCenter and
shepherd our resources and reputation with care.
In order to live the values listed above, specifically to have
an equitable and inclusive workplace and because we believe in the
power of complementary strength, people of color, people with low
incomes, women, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities are
highly encouraged to apply.
The full benefits package will be described as part of the
interview process but some of our benefits include:
- 401(k) with 5% matching contribution
- Medical, dental, vision insurance
- Short-term and long-term disability insurance
- 11 company holidays, 22 days of vacation, 10 sick days per
year, and 12 weeks of paid parental leave for new parents
How to Apply:
Interested applicants can apply by clicking on the following
URL and answering the questions and submitting the requested
- If you would like to request an accommodation during the
interview process, please email the Director of Operations at
- Proof of covid vaccination is required for
Proof of US work authorization and the successful completion of
a background check are required for employment.
- TransitCenter is an equal opportunity employer and does 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.
- Employment is on an “at-will” basis, meaning both the employer
and the employee can terminate the relationship at any
- TransitCenter, a private philanthropic foundation, is
incorporated in the State of New York, with its sole office located
in the City of New York, and is bound by the employment statutes
and regulations of those jurisdictions.