Thursday, September 02, 2010

New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition Seeks Executive Director

The New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition is seeking an Executive Director to continue its rapid growth as a statewide advocacy voice in New Jersey. The successful candidate will be an innovative self-starter, eager to take on the challenge of leading and growing NJBWC into a strong and effective statewide advocacy presence.

The New Jersey Bicycle Coalition (NJBC) was formed in February, 2009, as a nonprofit, 501(c) 3 whose mission is to promote bicycling and walking as healthy, efficient and environmentally sustainable means of transportation and recreation. In 2010, NJBC became the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition (NJBWC) to encompass pedestrian advocacy in its mission.

The Coalition’s goal is to make New Jersey a better place to live through safer, more enjoyable ways to bicycle and walk. Affiliated with the League of American Bicyclists and the Alliance for Biking and Walking, NJBWC works to:

  • PROTECT the rights and safety of New Jersey bicyclists and walkers
  • PROMOTE bicycling and walking for fun, fitness and transportation
  • EDUCATE bicyclists, walkers and motorists about rights and responsibilities
  • CONNECT our communities with a smarter transportation system

In NJBWC’s first year, it organized New Jersey’s first Bicycle Summit, and began working with national, state, regional and local organizations and agencies to promote pro-bicyclist and pedestrian legislation and policies. We have recruited over 225 dues paying members and were awarded, in April 2010, a start-up matching grant from the Alliance for Biking and Walking in Washington, DC. In addition, REI Inc. awarded NJBWC a $5,000 grant in August 2010 to support its bicycle education efforts.

The successful candidate for our Executive Director position will be the first employee of the Coalition and will be responsible for the overall operation, initiatives, programs and relationships for the organization.

He or she should:

1. Have a sincere commitment to the mission of the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition and a willingness to take on the work necessary for the fulfillment of its goals.
2. Be passionate about the Coalition’s goals and be willing to work diligently to
achieve them.
3. Be prepared to raise significant funds for public interest or advocacy work from a diverse range of funding sources, including private foundations, corporations, government grants, individual contributions and events.
4. Demonstrate success developing and managing nonprofit organizations, including the ability to accomplish goals working within a limited budget.
5. Establish and maintain a cooperative working relationship with the Board of
Directors, members, volunteers and others.
6. Possess experience and expertise as an advocate, familiarity with building coalitions and partnerships while employing different advocacy approaches and techniques.
7. Demonstrate superior communications skills, both oral and written.
8. Demonstrate leadership skills necessary to recruit and organize members, volunteers and to develop future leaders. Experience managing, supervising and hiring professional staff and/or consultants.
9. Possess a bachelor’s degree, preferably in a related field. Other direct experience and qualifications may be considered in lieu of a college degree for an otherwise qualified candidate.

The responsibilities of the Executive Director position will be as follows:

1. Raise funds to enable NJBWC to carry out its mission. As a relatively young organization, NJBWC is highly dependent upon increasing sources of revenue from memberships, sponsorships, grants and other sources of funds. This will be an extremely important part of the Executive Director’s overall responsibilities and, to some extent; he or she will be raising his or her own salary.
2. Working closely with the NJBWC Board of Directors to develop and implement key goals and strategies
3. Membership Recruitment/Retention and Volunteer Development
4. Representing and promoting the interests of New Jersey bicyclists and
pedestrians on state and national legislative issues.
5. Development of the NJBWC budget, in concert with the organization’s Treasurer
and Board of Directors, and adherence to that budget.
6. Management of several related projects simultaneously, creating positive
outcomes for the organization (Program Management)
7. Building and maintaining partnerships with local organizations, elected officials,
NJDOT, state Transportation Management Associations and other agencies.
8. Inspire, manage and lead staff, volunteers, ensuring that the mission and goals
are met.
9. Serve as chief media spokesperson for NJBWC, communicating the organization’s goals and priorities to diverse audiences.

1. $45,000 - $55,000 p.a., commensurate with experience
2. Additional allocation for benefits

To Apply
Send a resume and cover letter to Please include the words “Executive Director Position” in the subject line. Electronic submissions only; no mailed or faxed submissions will be accepted. No phone calls, please.

The New Jersey Bicycle Coalition does not discriminate on the basis of race, color,
religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, disability,
sex, age or any other protected classification.

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