Now Hiring: Community Organizer

About the position

The Community Organizer will focus on building our member base in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan and engage residents in shaping a vision for safe and equitable transportation access through and to these neighborhoods. The Community Organizer will also create and coordinate events especially in those neighborhoods to connect with residents and increase bike access, such as bike rides, bike repair, bike talks and partner with local community organizations to be part of their events. The community organizer will also be the lead staff supporting our seasonal free bike repair program, Bike to Market. Depending on COVID-19, the organizer will also have to be creative with virtual events, meetings and outreach. (Note: you do not need to already have bike repair or bike ride leading skills).

The Community Organizer will report to the Director of Organizing. The Organizer will work closely with the Director of Organizing on campaign strategy and execution, leadership development, and coordination of campaigns across the organization. The Community Organizer will also work with our other community organizer and full staff.

Responsibilities

-Increase the BCU member base in target neighborhoods and across the city through outreach, engagement and relationship building, virtually and in person
-Train and support residents in outreach, community organizing skills, storytelling, mobility justice and safe streets infrastructure
-Attend community events and BCU Bike-to-Market in the spring/summer in target neighborhoods to make connections, gather input on projects, and educate residents about street safety + projects
-Maintain existing and build new relationships with Neighborhood, Civic and Business Associations, Community Development Corporations, grassroots organizing groups, local businesses and other group/institutions/community leaders
-Supervise stipended outreach team members to do outreach for local street campaigns
-Coordinate volunteers to collect bike stories, flyer for events, lead bike rides and more
-Manage existing programming and create new programming that gets more people of all ages and abilities on bikes including community bike rides, bike repair in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan
-Track volunteer and member participation in our Every Action database
-Help plan and execute fundraising events and other all-member events

Desired qualifications:

-Commitment to the Boston Cyclists Union mission, vision and values
-Proven ability to conduct outreach and engage people in taking action to create change
-Resident of Dorchester, Roxbury, or Mattapan and/or deep connections to residents and groups in those neighborhoods
-Experience planning events including volunteer management
-Commitment to building diverse and inclusive spaces
-Ability to problem solve and take initiative
-Willingness and ability to work evenings and weekends, especially in the summer
-Desire to work as part of a team, including group reflection, receiving and giving feedback and honoring the strengths/passions of all team members
-Excellent verbal and written communicator with people from diverse backgrounds
-Comfort with and ability to use online platforms and technology such as google docs and google sheets, Zoom, and Facebook/Instagram/Twitter
-Bilingual abilities in Spanish, Vietnamese, Haitian Kreyol or Cape Verdean Kriolu are a plus, but not required

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is $48,000 to $55,000 commensurate with experience. This is a full-time, exempt position. Benefits include health and dental insurance, retirement plan with employer match, three weeks of paid vacation in the first year along with paid federal holidays and paid vacation between Christmas and New Years, 5 paid personal days/year, 12 paid sick days, reimbursement for cell phone use, and a commitment to training and professional development opportunities. During COVID staff are working from home with an allowance; post COVID there is flexibility for a mix of working in the office and from home if desired.

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@bostoncyclistsunion.org. Please include "Community Organizer, YOUR NAME" in the subject line of the email. In your email, please mention where you saw the job advertised. Women, LGBTQI and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

The Boston Cyclists Union is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender identification, disability status, sexual orientation or political orientation.

About the BCU

The BCU’s mission is to transform the streets of Greater Boston into equitable and inviting people-centered spaces affording access and connection for every body. We accomplish this through organizing, advocacy, public actions, and holding city and state agencies accountable to build out the network of safe, protected bike infrastructure. In addition, we provide and teach free bike repair at farmers markets, and hold events to support and grow the bike community.

Our 1,000+ member grassroots organization is one of the most active and effective transportation advocacy groups in Metro Boston. The Boston Cyclists Union works to increase ridership in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline. We aim to connect our homes, parks, schools, paths and business districts with a network of low-stress bike routes, including quiet neighborhood streets and protected bike lanes, so that people of all ages and abilities can feel safe and comfortable riding a bike. We see our organizing as connected to other issues of environmental justice, mobility justice, and housing justice. Recognizing that systemic racism and inequities have impacted how our cities are built and how projects continue to be prioritized, we advocate for an equitable distribution of resources and safe cycling infrastructure throughout Boston.