We’re Hiring: Outreach Coordinator

Biking is growing faster than ever in the Washington region and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is a dynamic, fun, and committed local organization propelling this change. Much of WABA’s work involves meeting new people, answering questions, and providing opportunities to show just how incredible biking can be.

WABA is looking for a full-time outreach coordinator to manage innovative, community-focused bicycle engagement programs in the DC region.

The outreach coordinator is responsible for managing WABA’s outreach  volunteer corps, including recruitment, training and communications, scheduling and staffing events, pop-up activities, rides, and more throughout the region, developing new strategies and approaches to bicycle outreach and encouragement, and online program support and marketing. This position will report to WABA’s Programs Director.

Responsibilities

The Outreach Coordinator will:

  1. Coordinate an engaging DC Bike Ambassador program, including but not limited to:
    1. Volunteer management
    2. Communications strategy, including email, social media, and blog posts
    3. Events, activities, and rides in all wards of DC
    4. Targeted outreach to communities underserved by WABA and bicycling, including but not limited to spanish-speakers, the deaf community, seniors, and residents of wards 4, 5, 7, and 8.
  2. Communicate an effective and encouraging message about bikes and bicycling to employers, employees, bicyclists, motorists, pedestrians and the press.
  3. Develop a robust restaurant and hotel outreach program that expands WABA’s reach to include bicyclists who have non-traditional commuting hours.
  4. Administer all aspects of WABA’s current and future outreach programs, including: budgeting, volunteer recruitment/coordination, data entry, organization/inventory, equipment maintenance, clerical work, grant reporting, etc.
  5. With the Programs Director, develop outreach strategies and goals for communities outside of the District.
  6. Assist WABA in a non-outreach program capacity as needed.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  1. A strong commitment to WABA’s mission and willingness to be a skillful and committed bicyclist with a solid understanding of the principles of bicycling safety and traffic law.
  2. At least two years of combined experience in: project management, events planning/management, marketing and/or volunteer coordination.
  3. Supervisory experience a plus.
  4. Excellent writing, presentation and public speaking skills.
  5. A flexible schedule and willingness to work up to 50% outside of traditional business hours (including mornings before 9am, evenings after 5pm, and weekends).
  6. Experience with Microsoft Office, social media platforms, WordPress, customer service relations database a plus.
  7. The ability to lift at least 50 lbs and to pull a bicycle trailer weighing 10 lbs. for 1-3 hours.
  8. The ability to organize time wisely and multi-task in a relaxed, fun environment.
  9. Conversational fluency in Spanish and/or ASL strongly preferred.
  10. League of American Bicyclist Instructor certification (LCI) a plus.

Benefits

  • Full-time employment.
  • Expected salary range is $38,000-$43,000.
  • Work at the WABA Office in Adams Morgan, Washington, DC.
  • 100% employer covered health, dental, and vision insurance.
  • Flexible work schedule, vacation, sick and personal leave,
  • Committed colleagues and a  fun working environment
  • Participate in a 403(b) retirement program after one-year’s service.
  • Optional voluntary accident and disability insurance programs

 

About the Washington Area Bicyclist Association

Making bicycling better through advocacy and education, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) promotes biking as a healthy, low-cost, and environmentally-friendly form of transportation and recreation. With 6,000 members region-wide, WABA serves bicyclists throughout the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area, including the District of Columbia and parts of Maryland and Virginia.

 

Contact

Send a cover letter with a resume to jobs@waba.org.  No phone calls please.

Position available immediately. Applications accepted until the position is filled.

WABA is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, arrest record or criminal convictions, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex, or age.

 

We’re Hiring: Part-time Arlington Ambassador Coordinator

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is looking for a part-time Coordinator for the Arlington PAL (Predictable, Alert, Lawful) Ambassador program, a community-oriented outreach and encouragement program to inspire more road-users to be predictable, alert, and lawful.

This is a short-term part-time position through June 30th, 2017 with the possibility of extension depending on the availability of funding.

The PAL Ambassadors are educators and enthusiasts who engage with motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians of Arlington County to change roadway behavior for the better.  Ambassadors help by attending volunteer nights and PAL block parties where we promote our messages, get creative, and get interactive at intersections.

The Coordinator position is responsible for most aspects of the program, including volunteer recruitment, event scheduling and staffing, and developing and executing new outreach ideas. The PAL Ambassador Coordinator will also maintain and expand the program’s bike message trailer program, involving rolling bike billboards with PAL messaging. The position will report to WABA’s Programs Director.

This position is part-time, up to 30 hours/week and compensation is $15 per hour.

Responsibilities

The Arlington PAL  Ambassador Coordinator will:

  • Be responsible for all aspects of the two monthly PAL events and appear in public as the face of area bicycling:
    • Pizza parties are volunteer engagement and recruitment events where people are introduced to PAL concepts and given a chance to brainstorm ideas for future activities.
    • Block parties are outreach events, geared towards either motorists, bicyclists, or pedestrians. Often, block parties will involve a unique message, tied to seasonal themes, other campaigns, or external events.
  • Use social media to communicate an effective and encouraging message about bikes and bicycling to volunteer PAL ambassadors, and bicyclists, motorists, and pedestrians, including:
    • Facebook,
    • Twitter,
    • Instagram,
    • Washington Area Bike Forum.
  • Run the PAL Ambassador trailer program, which involves pulling our advertising/public awareness bike trailer specific to bicyclist, motorist and pedestrian behaviors, as well as coordinating 2-4 trailer puller contractors.
  • Administration tasks, including: volunteer recruitment/coordination, data entry, equipment maintenance, clerical work, and grant reporting.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A strong commitment to WABA’s mission and be a skillful and committed bicyclist with a solid understanding of the principles of bicycling safety and traffic law.
  • Some experience in project management, events planning/management, marketing and/or volunteer coordination.
  • Great writing, presentation and public speaking skills.
  • A flexible schedule and willingness to work some evenings and weekends.
  • Experience with google suite programs (gmail, hangouts, drive, docs, sheets, forms, calendar).
  • The ability to pull a bicycle trailer weighing 10 lbs. for 1-4 hours per shift (up to  20 hours per week)
  • The ability to lift at least 40 lbs.
  • The ability to organize time wisely and multi-task in a relaxed, fun environment.
  • Supervisory experience a plus.

About the Washington Area Bicyclist Association

Making bicycling better through advocacy and education, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) promotes biking as a healthy, low-cost, and environmentally-friendly form of transportation and recreation. With 6,200 members region-wide, WABA serves bicyclists throughout the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area, including the District of Columbia and parts of Maryland and Virginia.

Contact

Send a cover letter and resume to jobs@waba.org by Friday, March 3rd. No phone calls please. Position available immediately.

WABA is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, arrest record or criminal convictions, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex, or age.

The Alexandria Bike Campus takes a big step forward

December is not the ideal time for manual labor. Nonetheless, more than a dozen volunteers and representatives from partner organizations braved the cold and the wind to help WABA take the first steps toward installing the Alexandria Bike Campus.

WABA and the National Park Service (NPS) agreed to the proposed facility in 2015, and we successfully raised funds last spring to make it a reality. Final design and compliance approval took a bit longer than expected, but just before Thanksgiving, we got the final go-ahead.

Unfortunately, because of the low temperatures, actually painting the Bike Campus onto the pavement wasn’t possible. Instead, we spent the morning on “demolition” to get the site ready for the spring. We removed 74 concrete parking stops, pulled nearly 150 pieces of rebar from the ground, swept up and bagged all the debris, and patched the holes to prevent surface damage over the winter.

Best of all, we had a blast! Please sign up here to stay up to date as the project moves forward.

You can see a selection of pictures from the day here:

DC Public Schools Rolling into Year Two of Biking Program

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Sterling Stone of Gearin’ Up Bicycles shows DCPS teachers how to check and maintain the kids’ bikes.

It’s not every day that you get to indirectly teach more than 4,000 public school students how to ride bikes safely, but last week, WABA’s youth education staff was lucky enough to do it for the second time. Youth & Family Education Coordinator Jeff Wetzel and Programs Director Daniel Hoagland were part of the team that trained and prepared more than 75 DCPS Physical Education teachers last week.

For the DC Public School system, the Biking in the Park program was something of a risk. But Director of Health and Physical Education Miriam Kenyon was unfazed. Here’s the recipe: Take six dozen teachers, every last second grader, 1,000 bright blue bikes, over 100 volunteers, and add wary administrators, warier parents, and the wildly unpredictable state of DC’s street and sidewalk infrastructure. Then shake it all together for a year, and see what happens.

The result? Kids rode bikes. A lot. Some learned how to ride for the first time in their lives. Others learned how to ride in a group, how to ride on sidewalks or streets, and how to look after one another on a bike ride. In short, the program was an overwhelming success. So when WABA was asked to help get the DCPS teachers ready for year two, we jumped at the chance.

We shared our best helmet-fitting and obstacle-course tips, and demonstrated how to arrange and manage a youth group ride. We helped them find the answers to each other’s questions, and we encouraged them to share the things they learned over the course of the first year.

The teachers–some of whom hadn’t been on a bike in decades prior to the program–were eager to get back to work. They told us about kids who said the bike riding lesson was their favorite school experience ever, and about parents who have dug their own bikes out of garages and basements after their kids came home full of enthusiasm for riding.

DC Public Schools’ Biking in the Park program is ongoing during the school year. Every second grader will get a chance to participate in five lessons that build skills and confidence before going on a half-day field trip by bike. Schools throughout the District are looking for volunteers to help ride with the kids all year long. If you’re interested, please contact Elizabeth Pandaya with DCPS.

A slower, smarter Maryland Ave NE is coming.

Maryland Ave NE Project Area

Maryland Ave NE Project Area

A community meeting last Wednesday to explore DDOT’s 30% design plans to address endemic speeding on Maryland Ave NE turned acrimonious.

The meeting on August 10th was meant to be a chance for residents and neighbors to get a detailed look at the design for the street and offer constructive feedback to improve the project as the design process moves forward. Instead, the packed library meeting rooms filled with heated concerns about parking. We’ve seen this movie before.

The redesign for Maryland Ave. NE is what’s known as a “road diet” due to the fact that it will reduce the number of travel lanes in each direction (from 2 to 1) and the way that it “slims down” the road at intersections to shorten the amount of time it takes for pedestrians to cross. It also includes unprotected bike lanes along the full length of the project.

In DDOT’s analysis, Maryland Ave. NE is a good candidate for a road diet because its traffic volume (9,000-11,000 vehicles per day) can be served by fewer travel lanes without reducing the Level of Service unacceptably. (Note: we’ve discussed this problematic engineering metric before.)

A small but vocal contingent of residents calling themselves Citizens For an Informed & Safer Maryland Avenue believes that the road diet plan has been undertaken without adequate analysis or community input. This despite the work mentioned above and a timeline that began in March of 2011, proceeded through more than a dozen public meetings, and involved hundreds of hours of community engagement—both for the project itself and in conjunction with 2013’s MoveDC plan.

Prior to Wednesday’s meeting, the citizens group circulated a flier urging Maryland Ave. NE residents to attend and raising the twin specters of reduced parking and increased congestion (full disclosure: I live on the 1000 block of Maryland Ave. NE). They also started an online petition and a survey to gauge neighborhood opinions on the road diet. Among their concerns is the “argument” that Maryland Ave. NE is unsafe to bike on and therefore doesn’t need bike lanes.

We here at WABA don’t think these plans are perfect: DDOT missed an good opportunity to install the first protected bike lanes on Capitol Hill (as pointed out over at Greater Greater Washington), but this process has gone on for far too long. Maryland Avenue NE in its current configuration enables rampant speeding and puts people who walk and bike along the corridor in unnecessary danger. DDOT and the community decided this needed to change five years ago. WABA supports the Maryland Ave NE plan as it is currently designed (pending the comments from the meeting) and encourages DDOT to finish the project in 2016.

 The DDOT employees responsible for this project are George Branyan and Ali Shakeri (george.branyan@dc.govali.shakeri@dc.gov). If you live, work, or bike around the project area, please send them an email to let them know you support this project and want to see it move forward.

Delays on the Red Line? We got you.

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SafeTrack is coming to Montgomery County and WABA and MCDOT want you to consider biking! Come ride with us and discover safe, fun routes for getting around the Red Line disruptions. You’ll learn the route to ride during the week as well as tips and tricks from our bike experts.

July
Sunday, July 31st – Ride from Glenmont to West Hyattsville!

August
Saturday, August 6th – Ride from Shady Grove to Twinbrook!

Both rides begin at 10:00 AM and are FREE for walk-up participants, or you can reserve a spot for $10 at the links above.

These rides are open to all ages, but riders under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Participants must provide their own bikes & helmets. Helmets are required.

We have lots more details on our Safetrack Resources page.

We’re hiring: Women & Bicycles Coordinator (part-time)

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The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is looking for a part-time coordinator for the Women & Bicycles program, an innovative grassroots approach inspiring more women to bike, teach, advocate, and lead the bike movement.

The heart of the program is peer-to-peer mentorship through volunteer Roll Models. Roll Models are women who already bike and commit to recruiting 5-10 biking protégés from their personal networks. The protégés are invited to a dinner party with their mentor and use conversation and our comprehensive biking guide to work through all their personal questions, concerns, and unknowns when it comes to biking. The position also consists of monthly event coordination, planning, admin and strategy, online forum moderation, and fundraising.

The Women & Bicycles Coordinator is responsible for all aspects of the Women & Bicycles program, including Roll Model recruitment, training and coordination, event coordination, online forum support, and developing strategies to grow the program in a way that is successful, sustainable, and equitable. The position will report to WABA’s Programs Director.

Responsibilities

The Women & Bicycles Coordinator will:

  1. Recruit, train, coordinate, and engage the Women & Bicycles Roll Models and track their mentorship efforts.
  2. Develop and implement Women & Bicycles events (with WABA’s program staff as needed), including: partner coordination, content development, scheduling, planning, promotion, volunteer coordination, event logistics, staffing events, and follow-up.
  3. Work to create new partner relationships with non-traditional bicycling groups to build the reach and resources of Women & Bicycles across diverse networks throughout the region.
  4. Facilitate and diversify the Women & Bicycle forum and its guidelines to maintain its culture of respect, information-sharing, and joy.
  5. Fundraise annually (with support from the WABA development staff), through events, online campaigns, etc. to sustain the program.
  6. Integrate Women & Bicycles with WABA’s broader work regionally and align programmatic goals/outcomes with WABA’s 2020 Strategic Plan.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  1. A strong commitment to WABA’s mission and be a skillful and committed bicyclist with a solid understanding of the principles of bicycling safety and traffic law.
  2. Experience in: project management, events planning/management, fundraising, marketing and/or volunteer coordination.
  3. Excellent writing, presentation and public speaking skills.
  4. A flexible schedule and willingness to work evenings and weekends as needed.
  5. Experience with Microsoft Office, Google Apps (Gmail, Calendar, Drive/Docs/Sheets, Forms), Facebook and Twitter.
  6. The ability to organize time wisely and multi-task in a relaxed, fun environment, and work independently.

This position is part-time, 20 hours/week and compensation is $15 per hour.

About the Washington Area Bicyclist Association

Making bicycling better through advocacy and education, WABA promotes biking as a healthy, low-cost, and environmentally-friendly form of transportation and recreation. With 6,500 members region-wide, WABA serves bicyclists throughout the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area, including the District of Columbia and parts of Maryland and Virginia.

Contact

Send one PDF with both your cover letter and resume to jobs@waba.org with “Women & Bicycles” in the subject line by Friday, July 22nd. No phone calls please. For inquiries please email jobs@waba.org. 

WABA 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.