We’re Hiring: Bookkeeper (part-time)

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) seeks an organized professional to manage the financial record keeping of our growing non-profit organization.

Position Overview

WABA is the region’s leading bicycle advocacy and education non-profit organization, working to make a healthier, more connected region. WABA is growing, and doubled in staff size and budget over the past ten years. The staff Bookkeeper primary responsibility is to manages the organization’s financial records. The ideal candidate will be a critical administrative team member to support and sustain WABA’s planned future growth.

The Bookkeeper will report to Executive Director, and work with the senior leadership team, new Operations Coordinator, and Board of Directors. This important member will manage accounts receivable and payable, account recognilcation, prepare bank deposits, and other bookkeeping tasks to maintain WABA’s healthy and clean financial position.

Position Responsibilities

  • Overall responsibility for data entry into electronic accounting system and integrity of accounting system data,
  • Processes invoices and prepares checks for signature,
  • Makes bank deposits,
  • Assist with payroll processing,
  • Maintains general ledger,
  • Prepares monthly and year-end financial reports,
  • Reconciles all bank accounts,
  • Mails vendor checks,
  • Manages Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable,
  • Reviews all incoming and outgoing invoices,
  • Manages the petty cash fund,
  • Processes all inter-account bank transfer.

Qualifications

  • The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience or competency in the following:
  • 2+ years of professional experience in non-profit or business accounting/bookkeeping,
  • Bachelors or Associate degree in accounting, business management or similar field,
  • Extensive experience with Quickbooks accounting software and intermediate Microsoft Excel skills,
  • Organization and professionalism,
  • Interpersonal communication skills,
  • Impeccable attention to detail,
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize, keeping multiple projects moving forward simultaneously.
  • Technological fluency. WABA uses Google Suite office tools (Gmail, Calendar Drive, etc.) and Microsoft Office.

About Us

WABA staff members are hard-working, dedicated people who enjoy a casual work environment and frequent opportunities to go on a bike ride. Working for WABA, you’ll join a team that is committed to improving the Washington region through biking advocacy, education and outreach. Colleagues are committed, passionate, inclusive and fun-loving.

Employment Benefits & Details

  • Part-time employment, 20-25 hours/week,
  • Pay of $20/hour,
  • A flexible schedule,
  • Paid sick time and 10 paid holidays
  • The position is based in the WABA office in Adams Morgan, Washington D.C. Occasional evening and weekend work is required, and met with reasonable flexibility during the week.
  • WABA is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all people, 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.

How to Apply:

Submit a cover letter and resume in one PDF to jobs@waba.org with “Bookkeeper” in the subject line. In your application materials, please help us understand how you would contribute to the diversity of WABA’s staff, and let us know where you learned about the position.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position has been filled.  Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please, no phone calls.

Wow.

This December, the WABA community stepped up like never before to build a more inclusive, better connected region. Thank you.

930 donors contributed $128,864 to build a more inclusive, better connected region. We are so grateful for their help making WABA stronger than ever. They surpassed even our stretch goal by almost $20,000. What an incredible, humbling thing to be part of and celebrate.

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If you are one of those generous donors, thank you. We are so excited for what’s ahead for WABA in 2018 and beyond. We will ensure careful, intentional stewardship of your investment, and hope you see great progress towards more connected and bikeable region that we are committed to building together.

Thank you for helping us start the new year energized, grateful, and ready for anything.

We’re Hiring: Operations Coordinator

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) seeks an organized professional to manage operations of our growing non-profit organization.

Position Overview

WABA is the region’s leading bicycle advocacy and education organization, working to make a healthier, more connected region. WABA is growing, and doubled in staff size and budget over the past ten years. The Operations Coordinator is a new position with lots of opportunity for growth alongside the organization. The ideal candidate will be a critical administrative team member to support and sustain WABA’s planned future growth.  

The Operations Coordinator will be a critical administrative team member and will work with the Executive Director, senior leadership team, and bookkeeper to manage daily office operations, improve office systems, support Human Resources activities, and assist with finance and compliance.

Operations Coordinator Job Activities:

  • Manage and coordinate daily office operations, including:
    • office and IT equipment care and upkeep;
    • facility maintenance, repairs, and improvements;
    • mail reception and shipments;
    • office supply inventory management; and
    • other related tasks to ensure a productive, high-functioning workplace.
  • Manage non-profit administrative tasks and assist with compliance;
  • Improve and innovate existing systems to streamline operations and/or develop new systems;
  • Support office bookkeeper with regular accounting procedures and tasks, such as monthly credit card reconciliation, expense allocations and documentation;
  • Support human resources by
    • Assisting with staff development activities to help keep employees engaged and learning;
    • Maintaining employee files and benefit administration;
    • Supporting payroll processing;
  • Support WABA’s three core teams (outreach and education, advocacy, and fund development) as needed during events and busy seasons;
  • Continually seek to improve and innovate operations that support WABA’s growth; and
  • Support the Executive Director with special projects and other duties as they arise.

Other duties as assigned.

  • As a new position, there will be continuous opportunity for the ideal candidate to take on additional responsibilities within the organization, including, but not limited to, fund development activities, a leadership role in WABA’s transition to new office space, events execution, or additional financial management and budgetary responsibilities.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will demonstrate experience or competency in the following:

  • 0-2+ years of professional experience in non-profit or business operations and administration,
  • Experience or knowledge of human resources and accounting concepts,
  • Keen organization skills,
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills,
  • Impeccable attention to detail,
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize, keeping multiple projects moving forward simultaneously.
  • Technological fluency. WABA uses Google Suite office tools (Gmail, Calendar Drive, etc.) and Microsoft Office.

About Us

WABA staff members are hard-working, dedicated people who enjoy a casual work environment and frequent opportunities to go on a bike ride. Working for WABA, you’ll join a team that is committed to improving the Washington region through biking advocacy, education and outreach. Colleagues are committed, passionate, inclusive and fun-loving.  

Employment Benefits & Details

  • Expected salary for qualified candidates is mid-30s.
  • Full-time employment.
  • 100% employer-paid health and dental insurance premiums,
  • A flexible schedule
  • Comprehensive vacation, sick, and personal leave
  • 5% match to WABA’s 403(b) retirement program after a year of employment.

The position is based in the WABA office in Adams Morgan, Washington D.C. Occasional evening and weekend work is required, and met with reasonable flexibility during the week.

WABA is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all people, 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.

How to Apply:

Submit a cover letter and resume in one PDF to jobs@waba.org with “Operations Coordinator” in the subject line. In your application materials, please help us understand how you would contribute to the diversity of WABA’s staff, and let us know where you learned about the position.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position has been filled.  Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please, no phone calls.

Let’s Talk about E-Bikes

 

Caption: So much better than driving to school!

You’ve probably noticed that there are more electric bikes (e-bikes) around than there used to be. Once the domain of DIY tinkerers, bikes with an electric motor to make pedaling easier are now available off the shelf. For folks who are accustomed to bicycling without the help of a battery, this trend can inspire skepticism and uncertainty. Today we’re going to talk about that.

Before we dive in, it’s helpful to clarify what we mean by e-bike. E-bikes basically fall into to two categories:

Pedal Assist bikes use a motor to add power while you’re pedaling. If you stop pedaling, the motor stops. A limiter built into the motor stops adding power when the bike reaches a specific speed, usually 20mph.

Throttle On Demand bikes use a hand operated throttle, rather than pedaling action, to determine whether or not the motor is adding power. It’s possible to use the motor on a throttle-on-demand bike to propel the bike without pedaling. As with pedal assist e-bikes, a limiter built into the motor stops adding power when the bike reaches a specific speed, usually 20mph. Generally a user needs to use a mix of pedaling and electric assist to achieve a reasonable range.

Several states and national advocacy organizations have worked with the bike manufacturing industry to develop the following classification system for e-bikes.

 Can be pedaled without motor assistanceCan propelled by motor without pedalingMaximum assisted speed
Class 1 - Pedal AssistYesNo20 mph
Class 2 - Throttle on DemandYesYes20 mph
Class 3YesSometimes28 mph
MopedNoYesOver 28 mph

In most circumstances, WABA supports treating speed limited Class 1 and Class 2 e-bikes as regular bikes. These low speed e-bikes make bicycling a viable transportation option for more people. They reduce barriers for folks who have longer distances to travel, heavier loads or passengers to carry, or other challenges that might otherwise preclude using a bicycle to make a trip. More people on bikes is an unequivocally good thing.

Some common questions:

Don’t e-bikes go too fast for trails?

Not really. Class 1 and 2 e-bikes are technologically limited to 20mph, and research shows that on trails, e-bike riders are generally a bit slower than unassisted bicyclists. People riding e-bikes are also subject to the same speed limits and trail safety rules as everyone else.

Biking too fast is a behavior problem, not an equipment problem. You don’t need an electric motor to be a 25mph jerk on a bike. We’ve all had the experience of being buzzed on a trail by someone riding far too fast.

By making it easier for more people to ride faster, e-bikes could democratize the capacity for bad behavior. This does not mean we should ban e-bikes any more than we should ban people with strong legs. It means we need to have systems in place to ensure that everyone is using our trails safely—infrastructure, rules, education, and social norms.

Aren’t e-bikes cheating?

E-bikes are only cheating if you’re competing.

Bike lanes and multi-use trails are not competitive spaces, they’re part of our region’s transportation and recreation network.

At WABA we’re pretty clear on this: the joy and convenience of bicycling should not be limited to the physically privileged. Everyone should be able to get where they’re going on a bike, period.

Why can’t e-bikes just ride on the street?

Since many of our region’s trails don’t have low-stress, on-street alternatives, forcing people on e-bikes to use “parallel routes” isn’t feasible or equitable. Riding a low-speed e-bike feels mostly just like riding an unassisted bike, except it’s a little easier to pedal. They’re not motorcycles, and they certainly aren’t any less stressful than an unassisted bike on busy, high-speed roads full of tired, distracted, or angry drivers.

Isn’t this a “slippery slope” toward letting electric motorcycles on trails?

No. There’s a clear framework for distinguishing between e-bikes, mopeds, and motorcycles. No one is arguing that a Tesla-Harley Davidson collaboration should be allowed on the Mount Vernon Trail.

The conversation about e-bikes highlights an important reality: Lots of different kinds of people bike for lots of different reasons.

For some folks, biking is a purely recreational. For others, it’s about fitness or competition. And for many, it’s transportation. The needs of bicyclists aren’t always going to align. This isn’t a problem—it’s a testament to the versatility of the bicycle.

More people are biking in our region than ever. That’s a good thing. But that means some of the places we bike are getting crowded, and it means that you’re more likely to be sharing space with folks who are riding for different reasons than you are.

This is where we point out, because it’s what we do, that our region needs lots more bike infrastructure. But new trails take years to plan and build. (We’re working on it!)

In the meantime, the best way to keep our trails as pleasant places is not by excluding different kinds of riders, it’s by practicing courtesy and common sense. Here are a few of our recommendations:

  1. Follow the rules of each trail, including speed limits. Call your passes and give plenty of space when passing. Remember, it’s your responsibility to negotiate space in a way that is comfortable and safe, both for you and for everyone else on the trail.
  2. Have reasonable expectations. We live in a major metropolitan region, and our trails are some of our greatest public spaces. Expect to share them with other people biking and walking. Expect to accommodate people who are moving at different speeds than you.
  3. Don’t judge other people’s reasons for riding. All bikes are cool bikes! It’s much more fun to celebrate the shared experience of bicycling than it is to be grumpy at people for riding differently.

Get in touch!

We know WABA members and supporters have strong opinions about e-bikes from many different perspectives and that’s okay. Please feel welcome to share your thoughts by dropping us a line at advocacy@waba.org.

Disclosure: The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is an independent membership 501(c)3 non-profit organization. WABA receives no direct funding from the electric bicycle manufacturing industry.

Work for WABA: Membership Coordinator Job Opening

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association seeks an enthusiastic, dynamic, detail-oriented membership coordinator to manage WABA’s growing membership program. We need a go-getter with strong and sincere people skills; someone with enthusiasm for WABA’s mission, and the qualifications necessary to identify, engage, and recruit potential individual members, business members, and donors. The Membership Coordinator serves as the liaison to our 6,000+ members.

The Membership Coordinator will report to the Director of Development and work directly with WABA staff to integrate membership throughout our programs. WABA is growing organization, and on occasion, all staff are asked to assist in general duties and at major events.

Our Mission
WABA works to create a healthy, more livable region by promoting bicycling for fun, fitness, and affordable transportation; advocating for better bicycling conditions and transportation choices for a healthier environment; and educating children, adults, and motorists about safe bicycling.

Responsibilities

  • Meet and exceed individual membership and business membership recruitment and retention goals.
  • Oversee member benefits/discount partnership program. Secure new member benefit partners and promoting existing partners.
  • Collaborate with WABA staff to effectively grow and promote membership through our outreach, events, education, and communications.
  • Coordinate membership appreciation events and represent WABA at our events, other community events, and through pop-up, on-street outreach to engage area bicyclists and actively sell memberships.
  • Manage the WABA merchandise, including maintaining inventory, fulfilling online orders and managing pop-up shops at events. Manage and maintain WABA’s membership database.
  • Coordinate with staff to recruit, train, organize, and oversee volunteers, manage the volunteer database, and coordinate volunteer activities to meet organizational goals.
  • Serve as staff liaison to the Board of Directors Membership Committee.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated success in a sales or fundraising position,
  • A high attention to organization, detail, and communication,
  • The ability to balance multiple tasks and priorities simultaneously and follow through on commitments,
  • A self-motivated approach, able to manage programs and campaigns independently,
  • Previous CRM database management experience, ideally using Salsalabs, SalesForce, or similar,
  • Experience with direct mail and email membership campaigns,
  • Strong computer literacy with specific experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, and google office suite,
  • An enthusiastic commitment to WABA’s mission.

Benefits

This position is full-time. Expected salary range is $36,000-$40,000. The position is based in the WABA Office in Adams Morgan, Washington, DC. Benefits include 100% employer covered health/dental/vision insurance, flexible work schedule, vacation, sick and personal leave, committed colleagues, fun working environment, optional voluntary accident/disability insurance and WABA’s 403(b) retirement program.

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.

How to Apply
Send a cover letter and resume to jobs@waba.org. Please include “Membership Coordinator” in the subject line. Please no phone calls.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis; the position will remain posted until filled. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by or before Friday, May 12th, 2017. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Be WABA’s Next Development Director

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) seeks an effective, organized, and driven Development Director to lead WABA’s development team. The Development Director will be the chief fundraiser and work in close partnership with the Executive Director and the Board of Directors

A vital member of the senior leadership team, the Development Director works collaboratively to support existing programs and campaigns, and develop new programs and revenue streams. The Development Director will procure funding for programs through membership and major donor programs, foundations, grants, corporate sponsorship and private contracts. They will supervise WABA’s events, membership, and development staff. This includes leading annual work planning, developing evaluation metrics, and overseeing budgets.

The Development Director will report to the Executive Director, and work directly with the Board of Directors and staff leadership to achieve WABA’s strategic goals. The ideal candidate will share WABA’s vision for better biking in the region, and enjoy working in a fast-paced and collaborative environment.

Job Responsibilities

  • Meet or exceed 2017 fundraising targets.
  • Manage and grow the portfolio of foundation grants, corporate funders, and individual donors.
  • Track and evaluate the efficacy of WABA’s fundraising.
  • Oversee management of donor database, including gift processing and donor recognition.
  • Lead, manage, grow and inspire the development, event & membership staff team.
  • Serve as staff liaison to the Board of Directors Development Committee.
  • Attend major events, rides, advocacy, and education programs as needed.

The ideal candidate:

  • Has experience managing an annual portfolio of $250,000 (or more) that includes grant writing, major donor cultivation, and corporate giving
  • Is a seasoned team leader, with experience supervising, mentoring, motivating and evaluating employees
  • Is a clear and persuasive writer
  • Is detail-oriented, highly organized, self-motivated and able to work closely with others
  • Has experience working in diverse communities and on diverse teams of staff and volunteers
  • Is proficient in CRM databases, Microsoft Office and Google suite for business
  • Has a Bachelor’s Degree or relevant experience.

Benefits include employer-covered health/dental insurance, a flexible work schedule, vacation, sick and personal leave, committed colleagues, fun working environment, and WABA’s 403(b) retirement program. The salary range for this position starts in the upper $50s and is negotiable commensurate with experience. This position is full-time.

Apply

Send a resume and compelling cover letter addressing your interest in the position, commitment to WABA’s mission, and relevant work experience to jobs@waba.org. Please include a persuasive writing sample with your application. Include “Development Director” in the subject line.

The position is available immediately. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Interested candidates are strongly encouraged to apply by April 7th, 2017

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.

No phone calls please.

This post revised on April 14th, 2017.

Welcome the 2017-2018 WABA Board of Directors

The 2017 Washington Area Bicyclist Association Board of Directors. From left: Jessica Hough, Paul d’Eustachio, Randall Myers, Scott Barash, Peter Gray, Mark Blacknell, Keya Chatterjee, Greg Billing, Jim Titus, Elizabeth Lyttleton, Matt Liddle and Joanne Neukirchen. Not Pictured: Martin Moulton and Laurance Alvarado

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association Board of Directors held the 2017 Annual Meeting on February 28th at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health in downtown DC. Members voted in a slate of six new and returning Board Directors to serve the organization for the 2017-2019 term. The following individuals were voted in by the membership as Directors:

Laurance Alvarado, returning
Scott Barash, returning
Mark Blacknell, returning
Keya Chatterjee, returning
Jessica Hough, new
Joanne Neukirchen, returning

WABA would like to welcome our newest Director Jessica Hough. Jessica is a long-time resident of Bethesda, MD and commutes to work in downtown DC several times a week.  During the day, Jessica is a tax attorney and leads her law firm’s DC tax practice. A full bio for Jessica and all Board Directors can be found on the WABA website here.

In accordance with the WABA Bylaws, the Board held its officers election on March 20, 2017. By a unanimous vote, the Board elected the following officers for the 2017-2018 term:

Paul d’Eustachio, President
Randall Myers, Treasurer
Martin Moulton, Vice President
Joanne Neukirchen, Secretary

Outgoing President Mark Blacknell served WABA for six years. His exceptional service, outstanding leadership and dedication to the WABA mission is sincerely appreciated.

The WABA Board of Director is comprised of 13 Directors who serve two-year terms with half of the board elected annually. Elections are held at the Annual Meeting, generally scheduled in late winter. The Board has six working committees that set strategy for the organization. Committee membership is open appointed non-board members. The six working committees and the chairs are:

Admin & Finance – Scott Barash, Chair
Development – Laurance Laurance, Chair
Membership – Joanne Neukirchen, Chair
Programs – Elizabeth Lyttleton, Chair
Advocacy – Peter Gray, Chair
Equity – Unfilled (New committee. Chair soon to be filled)

Non-board committee members provide valuable external insight to the organization. There are needs on the Development, Membership and Equity Committees If you are interested in serving WABA on a working committee as a community member, please contact Executive Director Greg Billing or Board President Paul d’Eustachio.