Policy and Government Affairs Manager
In partnership with the Policy, Planning and Government Affairs team, the Policy and Government Affairs Manager informs, develops and implements Cascade’s policy and advocacy programs. The Policy and Government Affairs Manager is expected to influence major policy and infrastructure to further our goal of getting more people riding bikes, with specific focus on Seattle and the Puget Sound region. The Manager will advocate for and mobilize allies to support bicycle friendly policies, infrastructure and funding at the local and regional levels.
- Build a strong organizational advocacy program involving staff, volunteers and allies.
- Work with the Field Programs Manager to launch and run activism campaigns at the local, regional and state level.
- Provide professional and strategic policy analysis, organizing and advocacy for local, regional and statewide campaigns as appropriate.
- Build relationships with stakeholders including elected officials, candidates, community groups, business leaders and Cascade donors.
- Coordinate Cascade’s political endorsement process and PAC activities.
- Work directly with elected officials and government staff to develop policies and funding supportive of Cascade’s mission.
- Provide leadership, assistance and skills training to advocacy volunteers, coalitions and networks in designing and carrying out Cascade’s annual advocacy work plan and campaigns.
- Assist the Field Programs Manager with Cascade’s Advocacy Leadership Institute and Electoral Cycles programs.
- With the Department team, ensure Cascade representation on appropriate advisory boards, councils, committees, coalitions, task forces, etc.
- Collaborate on communications, messaging and media including acting as an organizational spokesperson as appropriate.
Skills and Experience
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with and lobby elected officials, governmental agencies, corporations, community leaders, community organizations, etc.
- Experience and leadership in developing and executing grassroots advocacy and electoral campaigns.
- In-depth knowledge and insights regarding Seattle and Puget Sound regional politics.
- Extensive experience in transportation policy or related field.
- Demonstrated ability in strategic planning, political communications and working with coalitions.
- Experience with 501(c)(3) nonpartisan campaign strategies, tactics and legal restrictions.
- Experience working for PAC/501(c)(4)/501(c)(3) organizations.
- Ability and interest in working in a collaborative team environment.
- Excellent organizational skills including ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize.
- Proficient in online communications and new media tools.
- Ability to travel.
- Full-time salaried position with some evening and weekend work required
- Some travel around the Puget Sound region required
- Reports to and is supervised by the Director of Policy, Planning and Government Affairs
- Six-month probationary performance review by supervisor
- Annual performance reviews at hire date
- Monetary compensation commensurate with qualifications and experience; benefits package
Submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references and a relevant writing sample (no more than four pages long) all in a single PDF document to email@example.com. Please mention how you heard about the position.
Applications are due June 4, 2013.
Founded in 1970, Cascade Bicycle Club is a 15,000+ member nonprofit organization based in Seattle, Washington, dedicated to creating better communities through bicycling. Cascade envisions a community of people who bicycle, where bicycling is normal, safe and convenient for everyone. Cascade is a local, regional and statewide leader in advocating for bicycle policy and infrastructure, producing world-class cycling events, educating youth and adult cyclists, offering 1500 free daily rides annually and promoting bicycle commuting. Cascade is directed by an elected volunteer board and operates with 34 paid staff and thousands of volunteers. For more information, visit www.cascade.org. Cascade Bicycle Club is an equal opportunity employer.
In partnership with Cascade’s volunteer rides committee, the rides director oversees, manages and promotes Cascade Bicycle Club’s rides program, including daily rides, tours, training series, and other rides. This position provides leadership and management to the rides program to meet its expansion and diversification objectives and to support the strategic objectives of the club. The rides director co-chairs Cascade’s rides committee which is responsible for the strategic direction and annual work plans of the rides program and provides direction and support to a volunteer group of over 200 dedicated ride leaders. The rides director is a member of Cascade’s leadership team and reports to the executive director.
Outreach & Programming
- Identify and develop new fun and exciting ride opportunities for cyclists of all types.
- Lead Cascade through a strategic analysis of partnership opportunities with other clubs, related businesses, and rides to encourage growth of cycling in the area.
- Develop and maintain relationships with organizations, community groups, businesses, and others to promote, expand, diversify, and support the rides program.
- In cooperation with others on the Cascade team, oversee the development and execution of a marketing plan to expand the number and diversity of riders participating in Cascade events and rides
- Identify opportunities to collaborate with other Cascade programs such as events, education, and advocacy to advance the mission of the club.
- Help build, implement, and manage an effective system for the recruitment and involvement of volunteers as ride leaders.
- In conjunction with the tours committee, plan and manage Cascade’s tours program.
- Actively engage in daily rides including participating in and leading rides to ensure a close connection with both the ride leader and rider community. Ride participation and ride leader activity are part of the rides director’s formal duties.
- Supervise the club’s rides program coordinator, contractors, and consultants to ensure rides, tours, and training are effectively executed.
- Develop annual rides program plans and budgets in conjunction with the rides committee.
- Partner with club staff to establish systems that support the smooth operation and tracking of the rides program including technology, communications, administration, etc.
- Partner with the rides committee to provide advice and strategic direction including evaluating program effectiveness, ensuring continuous improvement, and monitoring member satisfaction.
- Ensure a robust calendar of daily rides that appeal to a wide range of riders and that expand the geographical reach of the club.
Skills and Experience Required
- Proven management experience with strategic long-term planning skills to chart a path and lead an organization through transition and growth
- Skilled cyclist with the ability and desire to participate in and lead daily rides at a variety of paces, difficulties, and distances.
- Experience working with and inspiring volunteers desired.
- Proven project management and marketing experience desired.
- Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently as well as in teams.
- Ability to meet deadlines, be attentive to detail, and to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, public communication, collaborative style, and can-do attitude required
- Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree desired.
- A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience required.
- Cascade is transitioning to a new executive director; the interim executive director will hire and supervise the rides director during the transition.
- Full-time, exempt position with some evening and weekend work required.
- Six-month probationary performance review by supervisor with annual performance reviews at hire date.
- Monetary compensation commensurate with qualifications and experience; benefits package.
Submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references and a relevant writing sample (no more than four pages long) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mention how you heard about the position.
Applications are due June 11, 2013.
The Cascade Bicycle Club is a 15,000+ member nonprofit organization, dedicated to creating better communities through bicycling, based in Seattle, Washington. Cascade offers riding opportunities for all, advocates for bicycle policy and infrastructure, educates a diverse group of people who ride bikes, and produces world-class cycling events. Cascade produces 13 major bicycle events and offers 1,600 daily recreational rides annually. Cascade is directed by an elected volunteer board and operates with 34 paid staff and thousands of volunteers.
Cascade Bicycle Club is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, persons of color, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Employment at Cascade is of an at-will nature.