Transportation Advocate, MASSPIRG

About the Job

MASSPIRG is hiring a Transportation Advocate for our statewide 21st Century Transportation Program. We’re looking for an experienced campaigner who will be responsible for media outreach, organizing, fundraising, influencing stakeholders, coalition-building, and recruiting/overseeing interns.

In the 20th century, driving a car became a rite of passage. Owning a car became a symbol of American freedom and mobility. And so we invested in a network of interstate highways that facilitated auto travel and connected the nation.

Now we're in the next century, with new challenges and new transportation needs. We still love our cars, but they remind us of our dependence on foreign oil. The Boston area has the 7th worst traffic in the country, and 8th worst air pollution---which is a result, largely, of tailpipes. There are regions around the state with paltry transit options, and our Commonwealth has not maintained our public transportation infrastructure or provided adequate transit, biking and walking choices. We need to convince our leaders to invest in 21st Century transportation, with rail, subway, bus, bike and pedestrian options, to grow our economy, preserve our environment, provide access to all communities, and help ourt quality of life.

Our Transportation Advocate will lead this effort, with ambitious campaigns and participation in coalitions as well as development of MASSPIRG policy and resources.


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, municipalities, or the statehouse.

Campaign strategy: Work with the Executive 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.

Intern recruitment and development: Recruit new staff and volunteers. Oversee interns to develop and implement work plans, provide training and leadership development opportunities. Visit area campuses to recruit new fulltime staff.


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.

Compensation & Benefits

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


Boston, MA

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