Community Organizer

About the Boston Cyclists Union

The Boston Cyclists Union (BCU) is helping Bostonians lead healthier lives by promoting the everyday use of the bicycle for transportation. Among other things, we teach bike repair, educate new riders, and organize neighborhood residents who would like to voice support for friendlier street designs, bike paths, and public spaces.

Our fast-growing, 1,000+ member grassroots organization is one of the most active and effective advocacy groups in the city. The Boston Cyclists Union’s work is helping to increase ridership in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline. We work to connect our neighborhoods, parks, 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 feel safe and comfortable riding a bike.

About the Position

The Community Organizer will engage the public in the Boston Cyclists Union’s mission, campaigns, and story. They will work with all parts of the organization (staff, board, members, interns, and volunteers) to assist with the  development and implementation of the Boston Cyclists Union’s Bikeways for Everybody campaign, and ongoing reactive campaigns, and to win support for key bicycling infrastructure improvements.  

The Community Organizer will work with the Boston Cyclists Union Activist Group, community and neighborhood groups, businesses, and elected officials to gather neighborhood input, grow grassroots and grasstops support, build consensus around progressive bike infrastructure and policies in the Boston area, and achieve the goals which are most important to people who bike in the city.

The Community Organizer will also work with the Membership and Events Coordinator and the Executive Director to plan large- and small-scale events to grow membership and increase awareness, develop and write content for the Union Rider (monthly newsletter), and assist with website and social media posts and Action Alerts.

Responsibilities:

Help plan and execute BCU’s proactive Bikeways for Everybody campaign

  • Plan and execute reactive advocacy campaigns for better road designs and policies, as opportunities arise
  • Co-chair the Union’s Activist Group, and help develop neighborhood leaders to champion changes in the bike network through outreach, relationship building, and conducting organizing and activist trainings
  • Attend Bike-to-Market as an ambassador and to forge connections with residents who seek bike repair help and learn of changes they’d like to see on our streets
  • Work with staff, volunteers, and interns related to advocacy campaigns and associated programs, implementing campaigns and programs, and delegating to others as needed
  • Build relationships with Neighborhood, Civic and Business Associations, Community Development Corporations, and other bodies with the goal of gaining support for Bikeways for Everybody and other advocacy campaigns
  • Coordinate volunteers and advocates in executing campaign strategies, including (but not limited to) creating and distributing petitions, canvassing, and neighborhood-based meetings
  • Create Action Alerts to notify membership and community of important public meetings to attend and other advocacy actions to take to build campaign support
  • Create content for campaign materials and other collateral for BCU marketing
  • Meet with public officials, planners, engineers and other municipal staff
  • Represent the BCU on committees, task forces and other bodies
  • Speak at public meetings and other events on behalf of the BCU
  • Help produce talking points for media interviews and and public hearings
  • Help staff plan and execute fundraising events

Desired qualifications:

  • Deep commitment to the Boston Cyclists Union mission
  • Minimum 1-3 years experience in community or political organizing or a related field
  • Proven ability to build leadership into volunteer roles, creating a scalable network of volunteers.
  • Demonstrated track record of successful campaign planning and campaign wins
  • Experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color, in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of a decision-making process
  • An understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team
  • Knowledge and experience using Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media
  • Impactful public presentation
  • Strong interpersonal and relational skills, excellent communicator, and a commitment to working respectfully with individuals of different races, ethnic groups, socioeconomic backgrounds, and life experiences
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred, but not required
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel and Google docs
  • Extra points for working knowledge of Salesforce, Constant Contact, Vertical Response, WordPress, and/or Adobe Creative Suite
  • Bilingual abilities are a plus, but not required

Knowledge of bike advocacy is not required, but an interest in learning every aspect of it is.

Salary and benefits

This is a full-time, exempt position with an annual salary of $40-$45k/year based on experience. Benefits include a health care stipend, a bicycle commuter benefit, paid vacation plus all federal holidays, and a commitment to training and professional development opportunities.

How to Apply

Send a cover letter and resume to jobs@bostoncyclistsunion.org. Please include “Community Organizer, YOUR NAME” in the subject line of the email, and where you saw the job advertised. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Applications will be considered until the position is filled, with preference given to applications received by April 27th.

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

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