The Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition (RIBike) is a volunteer, non-profit organization formed in 2010 by the merger of the Greenways Alliance of Rhode Island and the Providence Bicycle Coalition. Our goal is to promote and enable bicycling as a healthy, enjoyable, efficient and environmentally friendly mode of transportation in and around the State of Rhode Island. We raise awareness of bicyclists and bicycling issues and act as a voice for bicyclists to elected officials and decision makers in the Providence metropolitan area and in Rhode Island more generally.
While RIBike has advocated for safer streets for both bicycles and pedestrians, including adequate bicycle infrastructure, we have been limited by our volunteer programming. To develop a stronger, more visible program and more effectively represent the biking and transportation community, RIBike is currently seeking a temporary advocacy and development coordinator to strengthen its organizational and financial capacity.
Under the direction of the RIBike board, the advocacy coordinator will maintain and manage the RIBike website and social media outlets including Facebook and Twitter; maintain the membership database and respond to requests for information; and represent RIBike at relevant legislative and agency meetings. In addition, the coordinator will be responsible for developing a strategy for increasing RIBike’s operational funding, including identifying grant opportunities, increasing RIBike membership, and securing other sources of programming support. If these efforts are successful, the board intends to make the advocacy position permanent. At an anticipated time commitment of 25-30 hours per week, funding is currently available through the end of July or mid-August.
• Organize, strengthen, and provide support for member engagement, including assistance with database management, communicating with members and the board about important events and issues, and encouraging attendance at monthly RIBike and other transportation meetings
• Manage communications (including emails, blog posts, and social media), especially responding to requests for information
• Research, collect data, and develop local bicycle-related statistics/metrics
• Reach out to local businesses, neighborhood groups, and civic organizations to identify opportunities for shared goals and activities
• Develop strategy for RIBike sustainable funding, including applying for grants and/or service relationships that could strengthen RIBike’s effectiveness as a bicycle advocate in the community
Required skills or abilities:
• Strong written and oral communication skills in professional/public settings
• Passion for making Providence a better city for biking and living
• Experience in or willingness to learn community outreach
• Ability to get around the city to attend meetings and do outreach
• Ability to organize and work on tasks independently
• Database and web management
• Urban planning/design or transportation planning background
• Meticulous organization and good follow up skills
• Comfortable speaking to large groups of people
• Proficient in Microsoft Office and Microsoft Outlook
Salary and Benefits
• Hourly rate $15, expected time commitment of 25-30 hours per week
• Opportunity to create one’s own job
• Support for full-time position if funding becomes available
How to Apply
Write a compelling cover letter and resume, and submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org by May 15, 2015. RIBike is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or political orientation.