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Transit Rider Organizer

The Coalition for Economic Justice in Buffalo, NY is seeking a full-time Transit Riders Union Organizer

Background: The Coalition for Economic Justice’s (CEJ) mission is to unite our member labor, faith, and community organizations and activist with allies and resources to win campaigns that promote economic justice for all through building strong, diverse, sustainable communities. Buffalo Transit Riders United (BTRU), a CEJ campaign since the fall of 2016, is a collective of transit riders working for a more efficient and responsive transit system in the greater Buffalo area.



  • Campaign support: Under supervision of Executive Director, develop and implement campaign strategy and coordinate coalition campaign work; 

    • Work alongside the Crossroads Collective to implement environmental justice initiatives

    • Organize Transit Riders to ensure a strong NFTA for all where no one lives further than 2 minutes away from a transit stop. 

  • Internal organizing: Strengthen participation of member groups in coalition campaigns and activities;

  • Mobilization: Maintain and grow mobilization structure and coordinate coalition leaders, staff, and volunteers in mobilizing member groups and activist base for coalition actions and events. 

  • Coalition building: Work with Executive Director and coalition leadership to reach out to allies and recruit new organizations and individual activists to Coalition for Economic Justice through one-on-ones, presentations, tabling, and other outreach activities. 

    • Create labor community partnerships that can move a progressive climate agenda forward

  • Fundraising: Work with coalition leadership, staff and volunteers to develop and implement grassroots fundraising activities, including maintenance of fundraising lists, direct mail, and fundraising events. 

  • Support and Supervision for Interns: With Executive Director, support and supervise interns.



  • Organizing experience, including experience developing and implementing campaigns;

  • Strong commitment to and understanding of worker justice and the labor movement;

  • Ability to mobilize grassroots support and build diverse partnerships;

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;

  • Ability to maintain a database and use basic computer programs, including Microsoft Word and Excel, and willingness to learn other needed computer programs. 

  • Proficiency in Spanish a plus.

  • Current NFTA riders are highly encouraged to apply 

  • Experience with popular education and/or media work a plus.


Term of employment: We are seeking someone to start as soon as possible. Position will be permanent, pending a 90 day probation period.    

Hours: Monday through Friday, may include some weekends and evening hours

Currently work is conducted remotely 60% or more of our time. Will change as we continue to learn and adjust through the pandemic and regular assessments of our needs.
Direct Supervisor: Executive Director
Compensation:   $40,000 a year; fully paid health and dental benefits; mileage.


Please send a resume and cover letter to with Transit Organizer in the title. Accepting applications until February 28, 2022.


For more information, please contact Holly Nowak at 716-427-3625 or

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