Bike Austin seeks an Organizing Director to lead our organization’s advocacy for bike lanes, sidewalks and safer streets and grow our organization. This position will work with a part-time community organizer to set goals and strategies for four grassroots organizing campaigns throughout Austin. As the lead on one to two of those campaigns, the Organizing Director will recruit and support teams of volunteers working to win protected bike lanes and other safety improvements for their neighborhood. They will also supervise Bike Austin’s Membership Coordinator. In addition to their organizing and supervisory duties, the Organizing Director will also assist the Executive Director with administrative tasks, including communications, fundraising and strategic planning.
The Organizing Director will serve as a representative of Bike Austin in public and to the media and thoroughly track our progress towards making Austin the best bicycling city in America. The position reports to Bike Austin’s Executive Director.
- Supervise Community Organizer and Membership Coordinator.
- Develops campaign strategy.
- Builds coalitions with neighborhood associations, non-profit organizations, businesses and other community leaders.
- Develops Bike Austin’s network of supporters, members and donors.
- Plans and executes campaign events.
- Practices principals of anti-racist, anti-oppression organization and outreach.
- Leads organization’s communications efforts, including our newsletter, fundraising appeals and reports.
- Assists with fundraising events, including holiday party, major donor outreach and individual appeals.
- Recruits, trains and mobilizes teams of volunteers.
- Leads numerous tactics as needed, including collecting petitions, holding press conferences, direct influence, etc.
- Assists in writing campaign and organization materials, including for social media and our website.
- Participates in all-hands-on-deck events, including our major rides and fundraisers.
- Utilizes the Voter Activation Network during campaigns.
- Assist Executive Director with Operations and Financial Management activities.
- Keeps website updated.
- Lead campaign work outside of traditional work hours, including weekends and evenings.
- Other duties as assigned.
Preferred Education and Experience
- Four years or more of successful work experience as a community organizer or activist.
- Experience supervising and motivating staff.
- Bachelor’s degree in sociology, government, environmental science or related field, or equivalent experience.
- Prior experience recruiting, training and motivating volunteers.
- Prior experience fundraising, including major donor outreach.
- Prior experience with operations and financial management.
- Prior experience working with the media and drafting communications.
- Prior experience developing campaign strategy.
Knowledge and Skills
- High level of individual initiative and creativity.
- Ability to work with limited supervision and successfully within a team.
- Ability to resolve practical problems independently.
- Excellent writing and editing skills.
- Strong analytical and organizational skills.
- Accuracy and attention to detail.
- Excellent time management skills.
- Ability to consistently meet daily, weekly and monthly deadlines.
- Working knowledge of and experience with the use of contact management systems.
- Computer skills in word processing, spreadsheets (excel) and websites.
- Ability to develop and execute successful campaigns.
- Ability to deal effectively and tactfully with a wide variety of individuals in person, on the telephone and in writing.
- Ability to effectively communicate with members, the public and staff.
- Self motivated in a non-traditional work environment.
- Background and interest in bicycling for recreation or for transportation
Hours & Compensation
Benefits available after 60 day probation period
This job operates in an office environment, but campaign work will frequently take applicant to neighborhoods, outdoor venues, etc.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move objects up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 25 pounds.
Bike Austin is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
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