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6 Apr 2022

Full-Time Executive Director

Bikes Together – Posted by bikestogether Denver, Colorado, United States

Job Description

Bikes Together is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes equitable access to bikes and bike education through a variety of recycling and education programs and a social enterprise retail shop. We’ve been operating in Denver, CO since 2008.

Bikes Together is excited to meet our next Executive Director! This person will be community-focused, operationally-oriented, and moved to make bicycle transportation, recreation and mechanics accessible to people who are usually excluded because of race, class, and/or gender. The Executive Director will oversee budgeting, fundraising, staff, strategy, and overall smooth operations of our unique nonprofit. This individual will be supported by an active board and long-standing staff in our collective efforts to grow capacity, build a leader-full organization, prioritize equity and transparency, and deepen our impact.

This is a FTE position (40 hours/week) and reports to the board of directors. 

Bikes Together is currently staffed by an Interim Director, full-time Retail Coordinator, part-time Service Coordinator, part-time Programs Manager, and full-time Retail Bike Mechanic. Current employees work as a team with an education focus and are excited to welcome our next collaborative leader. The current 9-person board of directors includes long-time volunteers, mechanics, instructors, and community advocates, and is majority trans/women/intersex/genderqueer (TWIG) and 25% members of color.

Executive Director Responsibilities 

Development and Fundraising (40%)

  • Ensure Bikes Together meets annual fundraising goals
  • Create and manage fundraising plan including:
    • Individual donor stewardship, solicitations, campaigns, and fundraising events 
    • Grant management, writing, prospecting, and reporting
  • Chair Development Committee

Staff Support and Human Resources (20%)

  • Build culture of trust, camaraderie and interdependence 
  • Supervise all managers and direct reports including regular communication, goal-setting and evaluation, and supporting personal and professional growth
  • Ensure staff coverage in the shop for planned and unplanned absences
  • Chair the Human Resources Committee
  • Oversee hiring/firing and onboarding/offboarding of all direct reports
  • Maintain consistent, transparent and equitable HR processes organization-wide
  • Conflict transformation

Finance & Budgeting (20%)

  • Create and oversee annual budget
  • Work closely with contract bookkeeper, Board Treasurer and (future) Finance Committee
  • Ensure nonprofit and tax compliance

Board Management and Strategic Planning (10%)

  • Guide overall strategic direction of Bikes Together in alignment with mission and values
  • Build and maintain healthy, transparent, and accountability-focused relationships with board of directors
  • Assist in recruitment and onboarding of new values-aligned board members
  • Fully participate in Board<>ED supervision relationship

External Communications and Relationships (10%)

  • Ensure that Bikes Together has a public image that is visible, accessible, responsive, and mission-aligned
  • Create and oversee external communications strategy including social media, e-newsletters, media requests, and general mail/email/phone communications

Required Qualifications

Our ideal candidate will hold all of these qualifications, but we recognize that all people have areas of growth. We encourage applicants who can speak to each of these qualifications by sharing experience, understanding, and/or desire to learn and grow.

  • Demonstrated leadership experience
    • 3+ years experience with staff supervision and team leadership
    • Experience creating and maintaining collaborative, inclusive and learning-focused work culture
    • Building and maintaining transparent internal structures for supervision, accountability, conflict transformation, sustainable growth, and evolution
  • 3+ years active nonprofit fundraising experience, including success cultivating and maintaining individual donor programs and success securing and maintaining foundation funding
  • Demonstrated understanding of anti-oppression and equity concepts, and a commitment to building a multiracial, feminist, accessible organization
  • Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making and reporting
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including grant writing and group facilitation
  • Strategic mindset with demonstrated experience developing and implementing long and short-range strategic plans
  • Excellent organizational and prioritization skills
  • Passion for and commitment to social justice AND bicycles!

Preferred Qualifications

  • Social Enterprise and/or Small Business management experience
  • Experience working with nonprofit boards 
  • Experience working with volunteers
  • Familiarity with and demonstrated support for Gender Equality Mechanics (GEM) or similar identity-based, equity-focused programs
  • Awareness of local community programs (public, private, and/or nonprofit) with aligned or related values and missions
  • Familiarity with “bike culture” and the current state of bike advocacy, access, recycling, education, transportation, and recreation.
  • Knowledge of Google Suite, Lightspeed POS system, Constant Contact marketing software, Better Impact volunteer management software
  • Bicycle mechanic or bike shop experience

Pay + Benefits

  • Salary: $70,000-$75,000
  • Paid sick and vacation time; accrual of 5.5 hours per two week pay period
  • Full employer paid health insurance coverage, less $25 per pay period
  • 80 hours paid, flexible holidays
  • Discounts and purchasing through bike shop vendors
  • $450 annual credit towards used parts 
  • Flexible work schedule after onboarding
  • Well-established, positive relationships with customers, neighbors, volunteers, and community-based groups also working towards health-, transportation-, and education-equity
  • Bicycle friends; chocolate

During the COVID-19 pandemic: This position requires some in-person, public-facing work AND the health and safety of staff and visitors is our top priority. Safety protocols are updated regularly in alignment with CDPHE and CDC recommendations, industry best-practices, and the comfort and needs of all staff. If you have further questions about this or other matters, please contact [email protected]

Bikes Together strives to create a welcoming and collaborative environment with a culture of respect. Black, Indigenous and People of Color, women and gender nonbinary people, raised poor and working-class people, multilingual people (any language), and LGBTQ people are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Application Instructions To apply, please briefly (2-3 paragraphs) answer the following questions:
  • Why do you want to be a leader at Bikes Together? 
  • What is one of your proudest moments in team leadership? 
Please send your answers and resume in pdf format to [email protected]. Deadline to apply is Tuesday, April 19th, 5pmMT. Our hiring committee looks forward to meeting you!

Job Categories: Sustainability. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

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