Job Opportunities

The Bike Union is hiring for:

Community Organizer

Full Time Position

Mission of the Community Organizer

The Mission of the Community Organizer is to continually build the Bike Union’s volunteer and member resources in service of the organizational mission: to promote the bike. This requires not only acquiring and training volunteers but also meeting their diverse needs and coordinating them in complex tasks having to do with bike advocacy and programming. The right hire has a proven track record of recognizing and nurturing leadership, and building large and scaleable volunteer structures.

Knowledge of bike advocacy and programming is not required but an interest in learning every aspect of it is. The Community Organizer will be involved directly in our advocacy and programming work and may be called upon to speak to large crowds, represent the organization in the media, or execute programs.

As a small organization, specialization is not entirely an option. We are looking for someone who is an intrepid and intelligent problem solver with a strong moral compass——and at the same time, the kind of person everyone loves to be around.

Bike Union volunteers come through the pipeline from Bike Union events, membership and programs. The Community Organizer will also play a major role in these other aspects of the organization:

  • Helping to plan and execute major fundraising events, including the Spring Kickoff, the Backyard Bash, Biketoberfest and others, working with the Executive Director, the Development Committee, and volunteers.
  • Tracking and maintaining membership, including recruiting volunteers to help with appeals, data processing, and training on Salesforce and other tools.
  • Working with the Summer Programs Coordinator to ensure strong volunteer retention and culture in Bike to Market and other summer programs.

Some qualities we’re looking for

  • Enthusiasm. Exhibits passion and excitement over work. Has a can-do attitude.
  • Fantastic communication skills. Speaks and writes clearly and articulately without being overly verbose or talkative. Maintains this standard in all forms of communications, including emails, texts, messages, and phone conversations.
  • Creativity/innovation. Adds to ideas and generates new ways to solve problems and overcome challenges.
  • Magnetism. People want to be around you.
  • Seeker of A talent. Constantly sources, selects and recruits the best volunteers for each task—regardless if they are already “in the Union” or in known circles. Knows what skills we need and relentlessly goes out and finds the best people (not just the people we know) to volunteer for the job.
  • Persuasion. Able to convince others to pursue a course of action.
  • Culturally literate. Able to work happily and confidently in all neighborhoods and communities of Greater Boston.
  • Work Ethic. Possesses a strong willingness to work hard and sometimes long hours to get the job done. Has a track record of working hard.
  • Listening Skills. Lets others speak, understands the needs and desires of volunteers and helps them achieve their goals.
  • Openness to criticism and ideas. Often solicits feedback and reacts calmly to criticism or negative feedback.
  • Teamwork. Reaches out to peers and cooperates with supervisors to establish an overall collaborative working relationship.
  • Organization and Planning. Plans, organizes, schedules and budgets in an efficient productive manner. Focuses on key priorities.
  • Attention to Detail. Does not let tasks or important details slip through the cracks or derail a project.
  • Organizer of people, leadership coach. Builds leadership and coaches people in their volunteer roles to improve performance, move them to roles with more responsibility, and create a scaleable army of volunteers.
  • Honesty and Integrity. Does not cut corners ethically. Earns trust and maintains confidences. Does what is right, not just what is politically expedient. Speaks plainly and truthfully.
  • Assertiveness. Recognizes when to take a stand and moves quickly without being overly abrasive.
  • Follow through on commitments. Lives up to verbal and written agreements, regardless of personal cost.
  • Intelligence. Learns Quickly. Demonstrates ability ot quickly and proficiently understand and absorb new information.
  • Analytical skills. Able to structure and process qualitative or quantitative data and draw insightful conclusions from it. Exhibits a probing mind and achieves penetration insights.
  • Persistence and problem solving. Demonstrates tenacity and willingness to go the distance to get something done.
  • Proactive. Acts in the interest of the organization without being told what to do. Brings new ideas.

To Apply:

Send a pdf of your resumé and a cover letter to by November 15, 2014.