Are you a railfan? Passionate about providing freedom of mobility to the masses? Think you’d enjoy organizing to protect Washington’s transit investments from Tim Eyman’s next destructive initiative? The Northwest Progressive Institute (NPI) — a political strategy center that works to raise everyone’s quality of life — is looking for a Transit Advocate based in the Seattle area.

You will be part of a dynamic, passionate team committed to revolutionizing grassroots politics and advancing progressive causes through insightful research and imaginative advocacy.

Learn more about what NPI does and who we are.

We are a fast-moving, nimble, and driven team of people who believe strongly in effective activism. You will be volunteering for a nonprofit where your contributions will have a real impact.

This is an unpaid, part-time, remote position with flexible hours.

Role and responsibilities

You’ll be responsible for spearheading NPI’s efforts to organize against Tim Eyman’s latest destructive initiative, I-976, which would wipe out billions in funding for Amtrak Cascades, Sound Transit Link light rail, and King County Metro, along with many other local transit agencies and cities across Washington State. You’ll also work with fellow NPI staff, other progressive activists, and state legislators to protect transit funding during the upcoming 2019 legislative session.

Examples of tasks you’ll be asked to be responsible for include:

  • visiting Sound Transit construction sites to take photos and record video for NPI;
  • communicating with legislators about the need to protect transit funding;
  • organizing transit protection coalition strategy meetings;
  • researching fiscal impacts of Eyman’s I-976 would have at the state, regional, and local levels;
  • meeting local officials to brief them on the ramifications of I-976;
  • preparing blog posts, media advisories, and press releases for NPI’s Permanent Defense project;
  • recruiting transit activists to help with campaign activities;
  • reaching out to business, labor, civic, Democratic, and environmental organizations to ask that they take a position formally opposing I-976;

You are an ideal candidate for this position if you have a flexible schedule and care deeply about preventing cuts to bus service in communities all over Washington, keeping Sound Transit’s Link light expansion on track, and ensuring that intercity Amtrak Cascades service doesn’t get shredded.

Requirements and qualifications

You must be able to:

  • Self-manage and work autonomously
  • Be comfortable using WordPress
  • Keep an open mind and be receptive to editorial changes suggested by your fellow staff
  • Check in regularly and report on the status of your tasks
  • Express yourself effectively through email and mobile messaging
  • Carry out verbal and written instructions in English
  • Pay attention to detail and quickly internalize feedback
  • Interact professionally and respectfully with NPI’s staff and board

Time Commitment and Start Date

This position requires a commitment of at least eight to ten hours per month for a minimum of twelve months. You will be working remotely and managing your own schedule. You will be expected to attend monthly team meetings, which will be scheduled with your input. We ask that you be ready to begin your training and orientation no later than November 15th, 2018.

No compensation

This is an unpaid, volunteer position. There will be no financial compensation.


As part of the NPI staff, you will be eligible for several cool benefits, including:

  • Complimentary Champion Membership: You will receive all the benefits of an NPI membership at the highest level, including our Framing Sense handbook, wall calendar, Washington Progressive Blogroll t-shirt, and coffee table photobook.
  • Training: Haven’t been to Camp Wellstone yet? We will assist you in the preparation of your application and pay your registration fee if you are accepted to the next Camp Wellstone in the Seattle, Spokane, or Portland areas. Whether you are interested in running for office, finding paid work managing a campaign, or simply becoming a more effective activist, you will love Camp Wellstone — the premier training for progressive candidates and activists.
  • Travel: Each summer, NPI sends members of its staff to Netroots Nation, America’s largest annual gathering of progressives. If you would like to travel with the team to Netroots Nation and you are selected to represent the organization, NPI will cover the cost of your airfare, lodging, and participation in the conference. And, following the general election in November, you’ll have the opportunity to get away for the weekend with the rest of the NPI staff in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Lodging and meals for the retreat will be provided at no cost to you.
  • Low-cost wireless service: If you’d like to save money on your wireless bill every month while enjoying the best possible coverage and reliability available from a U.S. wireless carrier, you can join the NPI wireless plan on a month-to-month basis, and pay only a minimal monthly line fee each billing cycle (if you bring your own device). We can also provide you with a rugged, secure BlackBerry smartphone to use if you would like.

Note that all staff members receive an NPI email address and access to a multitude of useful tools maintained by NPI to carry out their responsibilities.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please complete the form below. You will be asked to enclose your resume. NPI is an equal opportunity organization. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, citizenship, or disability.

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