Bike East Bay is Hiring a Community Organizer

Author: Bike East Bay

Date: April 4, 2016

— This position has been filled — 

Job Description

Bike East Bay is looking for a talented individual to join our team. If you love working with a diverse and engaged group of volunteers, this is your chance to train and organize grassroots bike advocacy leaders in communities across the East Bay.

Title: Community Organizer

Reports to: Advocacy Manager

Organization Overview

Bike East Bay (formerly the East Bay Bicycle Coalition) was established in 1972 to promote the interests of bicyclists in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Our 4,000 member organization is bolstered by numerous work of local advocacy partners and leaders. In addition to advocating for better bicycling conditions, Bike East Bay also coordinates Bike to Work Day promotion in the East Bay and has a successful bicycle safety education program offering free classes. This is an exciting time for bicycling and Bike East Bay is poised for growth.

There are 33 cities in Alameda and Contra Costa County, each with numerous projects in the works. Bike East Bay currently works with twelve volunteer-led bicycle advocacy groups at the city level, all at different stages of growth and activity. We seek to better track and influence these projects as well as strengthen the bicycle community. The leaders of these groups are often referred to as “Local Leaders”.

Job Components

Bike East Bay, the bicycle advocacy organization serving Alameda and Contra Costa counties, seeks a full-time Community Organizer to support local volunteer leaders and groups working to make bicycling safe, fun and enjoyable in the 33 cities where we are active. We seek someone with proven experience organizing residents and neighborhood leaders to bring about change. This work will include developing training sessions for volunteer activists, identifying and developing neighborhood leaders, and organizing a platform to help share best practices among all local leaders. The ideal candidate will bring strong grassroots organizing skills, volunteer management abilities, and a love for interacting with diverse and engaged volunteers working to improve their communities.

The Community Organizer will report to the Advocacy Manager and be part of the advocacy team. Bike East Bay works on a collaborative, team-based goal-setting and accountability structure.

Responsibilities may include, but will not be limited to:

  • Organizing on-street and other forms of grassroots campaigns and outreach;
  • Developing, leading and supporting member and volunteer-powered campaigns;
  • Working with city agencies and elected officials to advance campaigns;
  • Creating new relationships and deepening existing relationships with community partners;
  • Representing the organization at public meetings;
  • Facilitating and leading volunteer meetings, trainings and other activities;
  • Maintaining strong records of work activities;
  • Engaging and communicating with members and volunteers about our work at all steps in the campaign process; and
  • Hiring and managing diverse interns.

Desired qualifications include:

  • Strong commitment to Bike East Bay’s mission;
  • One to two years of proven experience as a local organizer;
  • Written and/or conversational fluency in Spanish;
  • Strong interpersonal and relational skills, including an ability to listen and empathize with neighborhood residents and local stakeholders;
  • Experience working with communities of color and/or low‐income communities and commitment to community empowerment;
  • An ability to take initiative and lead advocacy efforts within the organization;
  • A demonstrated track record of successful project planning, project management, base-building and/or strategy implementation;
  • An ability to work individually and as part of a team;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a wide variety of audiences;
  • Basic knowledge of the types of bicycle facilities found in cities of the East Bay and in other bike-friendly cities around the country;
  • Strong community connections in Contra Costa County;
  • Experience with online advocacy organizing tools;
  • Previous grassroots work experience; and
  • Familiarity with the geography (actual and political) of the East Bay.

Compensation & Benefits:

The salary range for this full-time exempt position is $40,000 to $42,000 annually. Bike East Bay provides an excellent benefits package including 100% employer paid employee health, dental, match to retirement contributions, paid time off and holidays.  Hours may be flexible. Position will entail work on weeknights and weekends in order to attend community meetings and events.

Application Process:

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume via email to [email protected]. Please include “Community Organizer” and your name in the subject line. No phone calls please. Applications accepted until position filled.

Bike East Bay is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex, or age.

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