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Rail Passenger Association - Regional Organizer

Location: Colorado + California

This is an entry level position intended for candidates at the start of their political organizing career. Candidate will work at the grassroots level to engage existing advocates, build out membership, and develop relationships with legislative and local transportation officials.

Supports RPA advocacy goals by applying information on rail passenger policy and sharing our expertise with local elected officials and staff from the passenger’s point of view. Becomes a local extension of the D.C.-based Vice President for Policy and Government Affairs—works under the direction of that position.

RPA Regional/Citizen Advocate Job Duties:

  • Works closely and collaboratively with relevant RPA state reps, RPA policy staff, state nonprofits, legislative officials, local government and railroad managers as needed to promote the passenger agenda.
  • Develops deep subject-matter expertisethrough research and the development of personal contacts on rail policy and current affairs, to become the “go-to” resource for local officials on rail issues.
  • Develops deep subject-matter expertisethrough research and the development of personal contacts on local political developments and personalities, key legislative actors, committees and government/agency/regulator interactions.
  • Uses research and local contactsto recruit, motivate and activate rank-and-file RPA members in the organizer’s area, and take responsibility for organizing teams of volunteers for ad hoc projects or sustained legislative and citizen-lobbying action.
  • Execute campaign planswith clear goals, strategies and bench marks, while identifying, training, new member political leaders and activists
  • Maintains strong relationswith the general public, other grassroots orgs, the press, local and regional officials and relevant RPA state reps and headquarters staff; adopts a proactive approach to initiating and maintaining contacts with these groups.
  • Promotes rail and intermodalismthrough creation of venues for conversation, articles, blogging, appearances at political functions, occasional travel and station visits.
  • Accomplishes organization goalsby accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests; exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.

Skills/Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree;
  • Writing, editing, speaking persuasively;
  • Pleasant, positive public manner;
  • Strong independent research skills;
  • Strong personal planning and time management skills
  • The ability to work with people from other cultures and backgrounds
  • Comfortable with social media tools (Facebook, Twitter, etc.);
  • Microsoft Office Suite;
  • Comfort with online mass-communications programs (MailChimp, Engage, ConstantContact, etc.) a bonus, but not required;
  • Legislative or campaign experience a bonus, but not required.

Compensation

  • Entry level salary: $30-34,000 per year, based on local cost of living evaluations
  • Competitive benefits package

Submit your resume and a cover letter to sjeansgail@narprail.org, subject line "Field Organizer." Open until filled.

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