Currently hiring for:

Executive Director

The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) is seeking a dynamic, experienced full-time Executive Director to build on MassBike’s 41-year history  and develop the resources that enable the organization to  meet current and emerging opportunities and challenges. MassBike’s influence and programs as the statewide voice for bicyclists have grown significantly in recent years, and the organization plays a leading role in transportation and public health policy. The Executive Director will have the unique opportunity to provide a key voice in shaping the future of Bay State bicycling. He/she will report to the Board of Directors and directly supervise a team of energetic and committed staff members.

MassBike is the statewide bicycling advocacy group for Massachusetts. MassBike promotes a bicycle-friendly environment and encourages bicycling for fun, fitness, and transportation. MassBike’s programs focus on promoting bicyclist-friendly legislation; improving bicyclist access and safety on roads and public transportation; building local capacity to create more bikeable communities; educating bicyclists, motorists, police, and the public about bicycling; and encouraging people to ride bikes.

The new Executive Director will be leading MassBike an an exciting time for bicycle advocacy in Massachusetts as its stature as a bicycle-friendly state continues to grow. Throughout the state, the governor, mayors, town leaders, transportation departments, public health, conservation, recreation, environmental affairs and regional planners are all more closely aligned to support better bicycle policies. However, challenges remain and will need to be addressed before people of all ages and abilities throughout our state see bicycling as a safe, healthy options for exercise, commuting and fun. MassBike will need to continue its strong leadership role forging partnerings across the bicycle community to advocate for safer roads, more paths and other dedicated infrastructure, better enforcement, and new opportunities for residents of all ages to enjoy bicycling.

Key priorities for the Organization:

  • Position MassBike as the statewide voice and advocate on behalf of bicyclists and bike safety
  • Grow programs and events that successfully engage bicyclists of all ages and abilities (such as the very popular “Advocacy Bootcamp”), and attract new audiences to MassBike
  • Expand and diversify fundraising programs and grant seeking opportunities with the assistance of the Board
  • Recruit, train and engage volunteers to lead advocacy, event, fundraising and member engagement efforts
  • Manage and expand MassBike Chapter and affiliate network to assure statewide effectiveness

Summary of Responsibilities:

The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management and administration of the organization including, but not limited to, advocacy, fundraising, technical assistance programs, education programs, contracting, finance, human resources, member services, operations, and legislative, government and organizational relations. The Executive Director performs these duties either directly or by appropriate delegation to staff and volunteers.

Overall Management of the Organization

  • Provide clear, effective, and inspiring leadership for the staff and the bicycling public
  • Create and maintain a supportive, effective, and collegial work environment
  • Develop annual work plan and budget consistent with strategic plan, in consultation with staff and Board
  • Assure competent financial management with assistance of staff, Treasurer, and Finance Committee
  • Oversee human resources, including hiring and termination, benefits, and professional development
  • Effective financial and risk management, including cash flow, payroll, invoicing, payables, receivables, reporting, annual filings, insurance, and compliance with laws
  • Plan for necessary growth in staff compensation and staffing levels
  • Liaison to Board of Directors (coordination of Board member recruitment, meetings, agendas, minutes, bylaw updates, strategic plan updates, and board committees)
  • Oversee all physical and digital MassBike resources, including office space and equipment; member database; accounting and communications systems, and organization website

    Development
  • Lead the creation and execution of a comprehensive development program to steadily grow and diversify the financial resources of the organization
  • Must be prepared to explore and implement the following potential strategies:  growing individual membership; strengthening business membership; launching major donor program; continuing, changing, or expanding summer and winter appeals; making existing events more productive, creating new events; seeking foundation grants; establishing corporate sponsorship program; and executing a digital fundraising strategy
  • Oversee member services and management of member relationships, including recruitment and retention activities
  • Coordinate Board and staff activities to accomplish development goals, including close coordination with Board’s development committe

    Programs
  • Ensure continued success and growth of fee-for-services programs
  • Meet all contractual obligations of existing technical assistance contracts
  • Actively seek contract services opportunities consistent with MassBike’s mission
  • Continue and expand education program for workplaces, schools, police, and commercial drivers
  • Continue and expand valet bicycle parking program
  • Ensure that all services are performed to a high standard and all clients are referenceable

    Advocacy
  • Establish, maintain, and/or oversee relationships with state and federal legislators and legislative aides
  • Establish, maintain, and/or oversee relationships with state and local agency leaders and personnel
  • Build and maintain relationships with other advocacy groups at the local, regional, state, and national levels
  • Pursue legislation and policies at the local, regional, state, and federal levels that enhance bicyclist safety and increase the number of bicyclists
  • Engage in project-specific advocacy, including participation in task forces and public meetings and providing written comments
  • Ensure MassBike is represented on relevant advisory boards, task forces, and committees
  • Oversee Action Alerts to engage the bicycling public to support or oppose specific issues as needed
  • Oversee participation in outreach activities, including Bay State Bike Week, public events, transportation and health fairs, bike rides, etc.
  • Oversee timely and appropriate responses to member and public inquiries

    Communications and Marketing
  • Effectively utilize communications as a tool to support MassBike activities
  • Serve as principal media spokesperson for MassBike and for bicycling in Massachusetts, including building relationships with reporters, responding to requests for interviews or quotes, and pitching story ideas in support of MassBike priorities.
  • Oversee development of a comprehensive marketing and communications plan to proactively promote MassBike’s key objectives
  • Oversee and ensure quality of all organizational communications, including website, blog, email newsletter, social media, and press releases
  • Actively seek out opportunities for public speaking at events, meetings, and conferences

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s Degree required; advanced degree in urban planning, transportation, public administration, management, or law preferred
  2. At least seven years of nonprofit senior management experience
  3. Demonstrated success with fundraising, including membership, corporate sponsorship, major donors, and grants
  4. Proven leadership, organizational, planning, and supervision skills
  5. Interest and participation in bicycling
  6. Knowledge of bicycle planning and policy best practices at the local, state, and national levels preferred
  7. Experience and/or familiarity working with legislators and government officials preferred
  8. Excellent written and oral communications skills, including demonstrated experience in public speaking to a wide variety of audiences
  9. Excellent organizational and time management skills
  10. Flexibility for work on weekends and evenings
  11. Ability to effectively manage budgets, resources, and multiple complex projects
  12. Proven track record of developing and maintaining positive working relationships with staff, members, donors, clients, partners, etc
  13. Judgment to effectively prioritize work in a fast-paced environment
  14. Strong computer skills

Pay and Benefits:

Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits including paid vacation and holidays, health and dental insurance, and bikeshare membership.

To Apply:

Please submit the following to  EDsearch@MassBike.org by February 28, 2018:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter including a description of your top three priorities for MassBike, and your plan for achieving them. Keep it short (1-3 pages). We know you are working from limited information, but we want to see how you think!
  • Three relevant professional references

MassBike is always looking for people who are articulate and passionate about bikes. We are often in need of part-time paid staff in the following positions:  
  • Safe Routes to School Instructors 
  • Bike Rodeo Coordinators
  • MassBikeU Classroom Instructors 
  • Bike Valet 
  • Bike-ability Assessors 
Interested? Send an e-mail with your resume to Operations@MassBike.org

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