The Cascade Bicycle Club seeks a bold, creative and visionary leader to serve as its new Executive Director. The new Executive Director will lead this dynamic, well-established and respected organization by demonstrating his/her passion for growing and expanding the inﬂuence and impact of the Club in pursuing its mission to Create a Better Community through Bicycling.
Find a detailed description of Cascade and the position, here.
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume as soon as possible. Full consideration is assured if letters and resumes are received no later than Noon Paciﬁc Time, June 27, 2013. To apply, please click here.
For further information please contact: Dave Osmer, Hagel & Company, Phone: 425-643-4223, or email: email@example.com. DO NOT submit your application to this email address.
Policy and Government Affairs Manager
In partnership with the Policy, Planning and Government Affairs team, the Policy and Government Affairs Manager informs, develops and implements Cascade’s policy and advocacy programs. The Policy and Government Affairs Manager is expected to influence major policy and infrastructure to further our goal of getting more people riding bikes, with specific focus on Seattle and the Puget Sound region. The Manager will advocate for and mobilize allies to support bicycle friendly policies, infrastructure and funding at the local and regional levels.
- Build a strong organizational advocacy program involving staff, volunteers and allies.
- Work with the Field Programs Manager to launch and run activism campaigns at the local, regional and state level.
- Provide professional and strategic policy analysis, organizing and advocacy for local, regional and statewide campaigns as appropriate.
- Build relationships with stakeholders including elected officials, candidates, community groups, business leaders and Cascade donors.
- Coordinate Cascade’s political endorsement process and PAC activities.
- Work directly with elected officials and government staff to develop policies and funding supportive of Cascade’s mission.
- Provide leadership, assistance and skills training to advocacy volunteers, coalitions and networks in designing and carrying out Cascade’s annual advocacy work plan and campaigns.
- Assist the Field Programs Manager with Cascade’s Advocacy Leadership Institute and Electoral Cycles programs.
- With the Department team, ensure Cascade representation on appropriate advisory boards, councils, committees, coalitions, task forces, etc.
- Collaborate on communications, messaging and media including acting as an organizational spokesperson as appropriate.
Skills and Experience
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with and lobby elected officials, governmental agencies, corporations, community leaders, community organizations, etc.
- Experience and leadership in developing and executing grassroots advocacy and electoral campaigns.
- In-depth knowledge and insights regarding Seattle and Puget Sound regional politics.
- Extensive experience in transportation policy or related field.
- Demonstrated ability in strategic planning, political communications and working with coalitions.
- Experience with 501(c)(3) nonpartisan campaign strategies, tactics and legal restrictions.
- Experience working for PAC/501(c)(4)/501(c)(3) organizations.
- Ability and interest in working in a collaborative team environment.
- Excellent organizational skills including ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize.
- Proficient in online communications and new media tools.
- Ability to travel.
- Full-time salaried position with some evening and weekend work required
- Some travel around the Puget Sound region required
- Reports to and is supervised by the Director of Policy, Planning and Government Affairs
- Six-month probationary performance review by supervisor
- Annual performance reviews at hire date
- Monetary compensation commensurate with qualifications and experience; benefits package
Submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references and a relevant writing sample (no more than four pages long) all in a single PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mention how you heard about the position.
Applications are due June 4, 2013.
Founded in 1970, Cascade Bicycle Club is a 15,000+ member nonprofit organization based in Seattle, Washington, dedicated to creating better communities through bicycling. Cascade envisions a community of people who bicycle, where bicycling is normal, safe and convenient for everyone. Cascade is a local, regional and statewide leader in advocating for bicycle policy and infrastructure, producing world-class cycling events, educating youth and adult cyclists, offering 1500 free daily rides annually and promoting bicycle commuting. Cascade is directed by an elected volunteer board and operates with 34 paid staff and thousands of volunteers. For more information, visit www.cascade.org. Cascade Bicycle Club is an equal opportunity employer.
In partnership with Cascade’s volunteer rides committee, the rides director oversees, manages and promotes Cascade Bicycle Club’s rides program, including daily rides, tours, training series, and other rides. This position provides leadership and management to the rides program to meet its expansion and diversification objectives and to support the strategic objectives of the club. The rides director co-chairs Cascade’s rides committee which is responsible for the strategic direction and annual work plans of the rides program and provides direction and support to a volunteer group of over 200 dedicated ride leaders. The rides director is a member of Cascade’s leadership team and reports to the executive director.
Outreach & Programming
- Identify and develop new fun and exciting ride opportunities for cyclists of all types.
- Lead Cascade through a strategic analysis of partnership opportunities with other clubs, related businesses, and rides to encourage growth of cycling in the area.
- Develop and maintain relationships with organizations, community groups, businesses, and others to promote, expand, diversify, and support the rides program.
- In cooperation with others on the Cascade team, oversee the development and execution of a marketing plan to expand the number and diversity of riders participating in Cascade events and rides
- Identify opportunities to collaborate with other Cascade programs such as events, education, and advocacy to advance the mission of the club.
- Help build, implement, and manage an effective system for the recruitment and involvement of volunteers as ride leaders.
- In conjunction with the tours committee, plan and manage Cascade’s tours program.
- Actively engage in daily rides including participating in and leading rides to ensure a close connection with both the ride leader and rider community. Ride participation and ride leader activity are part of the rides director’s formal duties.
- Supervise the club’s rides program coordinator, contractors, and consultants to ensure rides, tours, and training are effectively executed.
- Develop annual rides program plans and budgets in conjunction with the rides committee.
- Partner with club staff to establish systems that support the smooth operation and tracking of the rides program including technology, communications, administration, etc.
- Partner with the rides committee to provide advice and strategic direction including evaluating program effectiveness, ensuring continuous improvement, and monitoring member satisfaction.
- Ensure a robust calendar of daily rides that appeal to a wide range of riders and that expand the geographical reach of the club.
Skills and Experience Required
- Proven management experience with strategic long-term planning skills to chart a path and lead an organization through transition and growth
- Skilled cyclist with the ability and desire to participate in and lead daily rides at a variety of paces, difficulties, and distances.
- Experience working with and inspiring volunteers desired.
- Proven project management and marketing experience desired.
- Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently as well as in teams.
- Ability to meet deadlines, be attentive to detail, and to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, public communication, collaborative style, and can-do attitude required
- Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree desired.
- A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience required.
- Cascade is transitioning to a new executive director; the interim executive director will hire and supervise the rides director during the transition.
- Full-time, exempt position with some evening and weekend work required.
- Six-month probationary performance review by supervisor with annual performance reviews at hire date.
- Monetary compensation commensurate with qualifications and experience; benefits package.
Submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references and a relevant writing sample (no more than four pages long) to email@example.com. Please mention how you heard about the position.
Applications are due June 11, 2013.
The Cascade Bicycle Club is a 15,000+ member nonprofit organization, dedicated to creating better communities through bicycling, based in Seattle, Washington. Cascade offers riding opportunities for all, advocates for bicycle policy and infrastructure, educates a diverse group of people who ride bikes, and produces world-class cycling events. Cascade produces 13 major bicycle events and offers 1,600 daily recreational rides annually. Cascade is directed by an elected volunteer board and operates with 34 paid staff and thousands of volunteers.
Cascade Bicycle Club is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, persons of color, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Employment at Cascade is of an at-will nature.
Terms begin Fall 2013
Cascade will be hiring four AmeriCorps Members (interns) to start October 1, 2013, joining the Education or Policy Planning and Government Affairs Departments (see full descriptions at bottom):
1) Major Taylor Outreach Assistant: Build bicycling in disadvantaged communities with the Major Taylor Project (high school youth-development clubs). Duties include teaching, riding, club programming, leadership development and management.
2) Community/Ambassador Program Assistant: Promote bicycling with the fun “Bike Ambassador” program. Help create bike safety programs for all ages, manage helmet sales and Bike to Work/School Programs, and tell stories about your work in writing or video.
3) Youth Program Assistant: Manage fun bicycle programs in elementary schools and volunteer maintenance workparties for school bikes. Teach school programs, summer bike camps and school assemblies.
4) Commute Program Assistant: Expand Cascade’s policy/planning and commute programs promoting healthy transportation. Assist with bike-friendly business certification, bike month and implementing policies and plans in region.
Members help manage and run youth, adult, and community programs. Kids' programs, such as camps, Major Taylor Clubs for disadvantaged youth, school-based programs, and events focus on skill-building, safety, education and fun. Adult programs include commuting, business consulting and policy work, skills classes, helmet sales, Bike to Work Month and Ambassadors (who provide bicycle information to community members). The AmeriCorps member(s) will provide opportunities for community members to build their love of bicycling, for businesses to provide better facilities and infrastructure for commuters, and for all to develop healthy habits. All members help Cascade build capacity and recruit volunteers.
Positions run from 10/1/2013 to 8/15/2014. Members receive stipend, health benefits, and education award through the state AmeriCorps program. These AmeriCorps positions are restricted to ages 18-25 (must be not over age 25 by start date of Oct. 1).
Interviews will take place in the week of July 22.
Please apply by July 8 through http://www.americorps.gov. Under “Join AmeriCorps” click to open "advanced search"; when searching on programs, click on "AmeriCorps State/National", and search under "Washington" and "Cascade Bicycle Club". Please also send separate resume and cover letter (saved as one file) detailing why you are interested in our positions and what your experience is to firstname.lastname@example.org. One application to AmeriCorps (plus one resume/cover letter) will apply to all four positions, although applicants should state which position they are most interested in.
Cascade Bicycle Club is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes job applications from qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.
FULL POSITION DETAILS
Youth Program Assistant:
This member will work with kids in fun bicycle-safety education programs to promote physical activity, health and nutrition. Duties include managing our expanding elementary school program (Basics of Bicycling), teaching summer camps, presenting safety talks, mentoring bicycle clubs, and organizing Bike to School Month. Basics of Bicycling serves more than 14,000 kids per year, providing lessons for lifelong skills in healthy physical activity, and 1,000 children learn to ride bicycles for the first time. 3,000 students participate in active summer camps and events addressing healthy living. Member will help teachers with Basics curriculum and classroom activities as needed, manage Basics program materials, and assist in bicycle deliveries. Member will recruit and oversee bicycle maintenance volunteers, volunteer work parties and inventory for school-program fleet of 300 bicycles. This member will organize and run Bike Skillz and Thrillz bicycle safety events and teach summer camps. In addition, member will organize Bike to School Month participation for elementary schools. Member will recruit volunteers, complete required training in first aid/CPR and attend the three-day SERVES conference in Yakima.
Community Programs Assistant:
This member will manage community and Bicycle Ambassador programs for all ages by promoting physical activity and healthy living through bicycling. Programs reach about several thousand people per year. Duties include managing Ambassador program and volunteers, staffing Ambassador community events, promoting healthy living, fitting helmets, and offering information about our classes. Member will also manage in-office helmet sales, bicycle helmet volunteers, trainings, and donations. This position also promotes healthy habits by managing Bike to School Month program for high school and middle school students. Member will gather stories from targeted community events and tell those stories back in creative ways (photography, video and writing). Member will recruit volunteers, complete required training in first aid/CPR and attend three-day SERVES conference in Yakima.
Major Taylor Outreach Program Assistant:
Member will help promote bicycling in low-income and minority communities by managing the exciting Major Taylor Project, which offers bicycle clubs for disadvantaged high school students. This youth development program, serving 120 students per year, includes lessons and practice for students in healthy living, nutrition and physical activity. Duties for the Major Taylor Project include teaching; developing curriculum, assisting with hiring, training, and scheduling instructors and volunteers; and organizing club activities. Member will develop community presentations, write education articles and generate educational materials. Member will recruit volunteers, complete required training in first aid/CPR and attend three-day SERVES conference in Yakima.
Commute Program Assistant:
Member will expand the reach and effectiveness of Cascade Bicycle Club’s planning work with local businesses and jurisdictions. The member will support two related key programs within Cascade’s Policy Planning and Government Affairs Department. In support of the Healthy Futures Outcomes, the AmeriCorps member will focus their efforts on under-served, economically disadvantaged, or at-risk communities. The member will support BizCycle, Cascade’s bike-friendly business program. The member will help deploy Cascade’s Best Practices Guide for bicycle friendly businesses, and administer Cascade’s bike friendly business certification system, interacting with business leaders to help make businesses and employees healthier. Similarly, the member will support the jurisdictional equivalent, Cascade’s Bicycle Policy and Planning Toolkit. The member will work with local jurisdictions to research and implement policies and plans that will increase bicycling and improve health in communities, help develop a regional scorecard to assess progress, and assist in coordinating the Washington State Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project. Both programs will require researching best practices, recruiting volunteers, building relationships, representing the organization and program areas in public outreach, developing excellent online and email communications. The member will recruit volunteers, complete a required three-day training in First-Aid/CPR and attend the three-day SERVES conference in Yakima.