We’re Hiring: Community Organizer

Open Position: Community Organizer     

Reports Directly to: Director of Programs

Status: Full Time

Summary: The Community Organizer will be responsible for supporting TLC/Smart Trips to build and maintain relationships with targeted neighborhoods and corridors in the metro region. The organizer position will coordinate and implement grassroots outreach activities.

Current programs include: St. Paul Women on Bikes, which works to make it safer and easier to ride a bike in St. Paul through advocacy, education, and fun; Smart Trips Neighborhoods, which aims to increase walking and biking rates in a targeted neighborhood – currently working in District 1 on the East Side of St. Paul; Riverview Corridor, which connects with local residents, community organizations, and business owners along West 7th Street and Highland, encouraging them to get involved and speak out about what they want to see as the planning process moves forward.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Cultivates relationships with individuals and allied organizations, with a focus on listening to community needs and creating a shared vision for how we can be allies in relation to increasing access to transit, bicycling, and walking with targeted locations.
  • Builds a base of residents to mobilize support in key areas through various activities designed to educate and inform about multimodal transportation (e.g. local events, letters to the editor, direct outreach, phone banking).
  • Works to identify and engage local champions (e.g. local elected officials, county engineers, local transit agencies, community leaders).
  • Plans and conducts events.
  • Assists in the planning and hosting of regular campaign meetings.
  • Assists the communications team with education and outreach via campaign website, social media, action alerts, and other communications to organizations, supporters, etc.
  • Activates and grows the member base.

Position Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated intercultural competency skills and experience in cross-cultural collaboration, including the ability to discuss individual and systemic inequity and its impact on this work.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, especially being a good listener
  • Energetic and self-motivated
  • Able to establish and meet project deadlines
  • Comfort with meeting new people and striking up conversations
  • Existing understanding of walking, biking, and transit as modes of transportation desired
  • 1+ years of community organizing or related experience
  • Language proficiency in Hmong, Spanish, Somali desired


This position is housed at the Transit for Livable Communities-St. Paul Smart Trips office at University and Raymond Avenues in Saint Paul, Minnesota. METRO Green Line trains and Metro Transit bus routes 16, 63, 67, and 87 conveniently serve our location. Bike parking is available. Seasonally, a Nice Ride bike-sharing station is less than one block away.

Working conditions

Work involves 85-90% indoor work in an office environment with seasonal outdoor activities. Work will include meetings outside the office, primarily at locations within the Twin Cities Metro. Position involves lifting, pushing, pulling, and loading equipment up to 50 pounds. Equipment used includes, but is not limited to, general office and presentation equipment including telephone, desktop computer, laptop computer, printer, copier, LCD projector and fax machine.

Salary Range

$32,000 – $39,000 or commensurate with experience


Salary for this full-time position is commensurate with experience and competitive with similar nonprofits. Benefits package includes: health and dental insurance, retirement plan, paid time off, short-term and long-term disability, life insurance, multimodal commuter benefits, and a flexible work environment.

How to apply

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to emma@smart-trips.org.

  • Application deadline: Friday, May 12, 2017.
  • Please include “Community Organizer search” in the subject line of your email application

St. Paul Smart Trips & Transit for Livable Communities is an equal opportunity employer.

Updated 05-04-17.