U.S. PIRG 21st Century Transportation Advocate

About the Job

U.S. PIRG is hiring a Transportation Advocate for our national 21st Century Transportation program. We’re looking for an experienced political advocate who will be responsible for media outreach, organizing, developing staff, influencing stakeholders, building coalitions and fundraising.

Our national policies have long favored automobiles over other forms of travel. As a result, Americans are overly dependent on driving—contributing to pollution, congestion, poor mental and physical health, and crushing financial burdens for American households. Instead, we need to convince our leaders to stop building unnecessary highways and to provide better opportunities to travel by rail, bus, bicycle and foot.

We’re hiring a Transportation Advocate to help lead our national campaign to advocate against spending so many public dollars on unnecessary highway expansion and to advocate for better public transit, biking and walking infrastructure, and repairing the roads we already have. Americans want more transportation choices. Our challenge is to convince our public leaders to listen to the public and adopt solutions that make sense for the long term. The special interests have their lobbyists. We’re looking to hire people like you to become advocates for the public interest.

Key Responsibilities

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, in statehouses, or in Congress.

Campaign Strategy: Work with the Program 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.

Media Outreach: Serve as the spokesperson for our campaigns through media events, press releases and opinion writing. Keep abreast of important transportation issues, raise the profile of transportation issues in the media.

Staff Recruitment and Development: Recruit new staff and volunteers. Oversee program staff to develop and implement work plans and provide training and leadership development opportunities.


Candidates must have at least three years of relevant professional experience. We’re looking for people who are goal-driven and results-oriented, who have excellent verbal, written and analytical skills, the ability to speak persuasively in a charged atmosphere, and enthusiasm for the work.

Direct your application to Kyle Larson, Hiring Director for The Public Interest Network.

Pay & Benefits

Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees of the candidate. U.S. PIRG offers a competitive benefits package.


Washington, D.C.

Things to know when you apply

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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, disability, pregnancy or veteran status.


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