Executive Director

Summary:
The Bike Union is looking for an Executive Director to serve as a committed, passionate leader who can help take our young and dynamic organization to the next level. The ideal person is a tenacious advocate, an effective leader, a clear communicator, a proven fundraiser, and a creative problem solver with a passion for our mission.
Deadline: open until filled
Reports to: Board of Directors

About the Boston Cyclists Union
Founded in 2010, the Boston Cyclists Union has been working to transform streets and neighborhoods throughout the Boston metro area into more livable and safe places by promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation. Through our advocacy campaigns, programs, and collaboration with municipalities and other advocacy and community groups, the Boston Cyclists Union is creating a healthier city with improved quality of life.

Our work has led to meaningful transformation of bicycle facilities in the Boston area during the past five years, and the outlook appears bright for continued improvement and the buildout of more comfortable riding conditions along desired urban routes.

Our work has contributed to:

  • Passage of a truck sideguards ordinance in Boston in 2014
  • Grounding of the Casey overpass in Forest Hills
  • A plan for protected bike lanes on Beacon Street in Somerville
  • Protected bike lane plan approved with protected intersections on Commonwealth Ave.
  • Protected bike lane plan for Gateway East (Route 9) in Brookline Village
  • Bike to Market bike repair education program (over 5,000 bikes repaired!)

Make sure to read more about our current strategic priorities plan, which guides our work.

Position
We’re looking for someone with the capacity to be an executive leader — someone with a vision of where we need to go, the ability to build a plan for how to get there, and the inspiration to build a team and focus it on realizing our mission.

Key Responsibilities:

Advocacy

  • Work with staff, board members, community partners and an active membership to implement our Bikeways for Everybody campaign and other campaigns and programs to achieve the 5-year strategic vision for the organization, which includes 25 additional miles of protected bikeways built in our area and another 50 miles approved.

Fundraising

  • Provide strategy and oversight to achieve balanced and sustainable revenue growth for the organization.
  • Provide stewardship of existing donors.
  • Cultivate new donors with focus on major-donor and corporate-donor/sponsor development.

Strategic Planning

  • Perform an assessment of our progress on the strategic plan and set long-term priorities for our infrastructure and policy initiatives.
  • Serve as the face of the organization for advocacy, coalition-building, and communications related activities.

Management

  • Guide the board and key committees in policy formulation and interpretation.
  • Cultivate and empower leaders across the organization.
  • Mobilize staff and volunteers for action.
  • Assure that the nonprofit meets all legal requirements, including any federal, state or local tax and/or document filing issues.
  • Track the effectiveness of programs and make recommendations for change where needed.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent experience) plus 5 years working experience that includes nonprofit (or equivalency).
  • A strong history of creative and effective fundraising experience.
  • Significant experience and success doing relevant advocacy work, including community-based campaigns, in the areas of transportation, urban planning and/or land use. We will consider candidates who have successfully advocated on other issues if the individual has a strong personal connection to our organizational mission and the goals of our strategic plan.
  • Excellent communicator and steward of relationships.
  • Clear passion for bicycle transportation and interest in creating a more bike-friendly city.
  • Keen political strategist.
  • Experience as team leader and manager.
  • Understanding of the dynamics of membership organizations.
  • Data-driven approach to decision making.

To apply:
Send your resume, cover letter, and a writing sample to the Board Search Committee at jobs@bostoncyclistsunion.org with “EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR” and your name in the subject line.

The Boston Cyclists Union is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage candidates who represent and can work with people of many different backgrounds.