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Transportation Program Director

Posted on: April 18, 2017

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Job description

About the job

U.S. PIRG is hiring a Campaign Director to lead our national 21st Century Transportation Program. We’re looking for an experienced political advocate who will be responsible for organizing, media outreach, recruitment, developing staff, fundraising and coalition-building to drive the program.

U.S. policies have long favored automobiles over other forms of travel. As a result, Americans are overly dependent on driving, and our transportation system pollutes 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.
The 21st Century Transportation Campaign Director will lead our campaigns to advocate against spending so many public dollars on unnecessary highway expansion and to advocate for better public transit, biking and walking infrastructure, while repairing the roads we already have. Americans want better 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.

What the Program Director Does:

Program development: Help develop programs and campaigns, including researching the issue, creating viable policy solutions and proposing the right political strategy and messaging.

Advocacy: Build relationships with players in key regulatory agencies, the statehouse, in Congress or wherever important decisions are being made.

Campaign strategy: Develop plans to win on our campaigns; assess opportunities for building political support for our agenda through coalition-building, grassroots organizing, media coverage, endorsements and message development.

Media outreach: Serve as the spokesperson for our campaigns through tactics like media events, press releases and op-eds.

Fundraising: Write grant proposals, build relationships with foundation staff and meet with major donors, all to bring more resources to our campaigns. 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.


Candidates must have at least 8 years of relevant professional experience. Advanced degrees like a JD, or a master’s degree may count toward experience. Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to public or consumer issues and to citizen-based social change, as well as a track record of leadership. 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.

Compensation & Benefits

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. Eligible staff receive paid holidays, sick days, and vacation days; and the opportunity to enroll in our group health care, college loan assistance and 401(k) programs. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.


Chicago, Boston or Washington, D.C.

Please apply online at:
Direct your application to Kyle Larson, Hiring Director for The Public Interest Network.

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, gender identity, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status


Boston, MA
Washington, DC
Chicago, IL



Job category
Issue Organizing

Employment type
Full Time

5+ years


Start date
May 1, 2017

Apply by April 30, 2017