Do you have skills that can help the Bike Union succeed in making Boston the best bike city in the country? Are you ready to dig in and build a small grassroots organization into a powerhouse with an organized network of bike leaders that take advantage of every possible opportunity in the urban core of Metro Boston?
The Boston Cyclists Union is looking for several new board members who represent a wide diversity of Boston, Cambridge, Somerville and Brookline residents. The Union strives for board diversity in socio-economic background, in race, in gender, in the skills that people bring, and in geography. If you are passionate about better biking and ready to put in the work, this is your opportunity to have a major impact on the future of biking in Boston.
To apply, simply send your resume and a strong cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: BOARD NOMINATION, and the current board will analyze the Union’s needs and the skills brought by the nominees to come up with a recommended board slate to be announced at the next Annual Party (Meeting) in September. Terms are for one year for new candidates, and two years for previous board members.
Guiding a non-profit through long and short term planning is no simple task, it takes commitment and dedication from all kinds of people to do it right. Here are just a few of the skills that would help the Union grow:
- Bikes! (mechanics, safety, planning)
- Communications & Marketing (including public speaking & graphic design)
- Community Organizing
- Data analysis & Research
- Education, Youth & Adult
- Event planning
- Fundraising & Development
- Finance (Accounting, budgeting, etc)
- Nonprofit management
- Information Technology (Web design, Salesforce, and other solutions)
- Language Skills (Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Cape Verdean Kriolu, Haitian Kreyol, and other languages common in Boston)
- Law (both non-profit and bike law)
- Strategic Planning
- Transportation Planning & Engineering
- Volunteer Management
2014 will be another amazing year for the Union, and this winter the board will again dig in to strategic planning to help improve upon existing programs and organizing for change.
Board members meet once a month and are also expected to participate in or lead at least one board committee, as well as get directly engaged in some aspect of the Union’s programs and/or work. All board members participate in making and achieving their own fundraising goals.
The more you are engaged with the Union, the better you can help guide it from where it is to an even brighter future.
Our Mission: The Boston Cyclists Union is helping Bostonians lead healthier lives by promoting the bicycle for transportation. Among other things, we repair bikes, educate new riders, and organize neighborhood residents who would like to voice support for friendlier street designs, bike paths, and public spaces.
The Boston Cyclists Union strives to represent the communities of Boston in all their diversity. Women, people of color, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and people from all Boston neighborhoods are encouraged to apply.
Nomination deadline is Mon., Aug. 19