Job: Events Coordinator

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) seeks a full-time Events Coordinator to plan, implement, promote, and manage current WABA special events, as well as provide support for new events and programs.

The Events Coordinator will allow us to expand our events team, enabling WABA to continue planning and implementing successful community and fundraising events, while also giving us the capacity to hold new events in 2016 and future years that raise additional support.

About WABA

Washington Area Bicyclist Association 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.

Job Description

The Events Coordinator position will work closely with the Events Manager to achieve the following objectives: 1) Expand WABA’s definition of events through meaningful partnerships, corporate sponsorships, and new large-scale fundraising events and rides; 2) Successfully lead WABA’s existing events in order to create a safe and welcoming space for WABA Members and supporters to be part of a community that celebrates and promotes bicycling; 3) Engage with and help expand other WABA programs, ensuring that events promote membership, grow volunteers, and advance our advocacy, education, and outreach initiatives.

The Events Coordinator position is best for someone who is highly organized, likes to be in charge of their own projects, can manage many logistics at once, is skilled at delegating specific tasks to people, enjoys creating memorable experiences for others, connects the importance of events and community-building to carrying out our mission, can creatively solve problems, and knows how to breathe deeply when managing stressful situations.

Responsibilities:

The Events Coordinator will:

  1. Deliver high-quality events to members and supporters,
  2. Plan and implement all logistics for major WABA special events, which will include but is not limited to: WABA’s Bicyclists’ Choice Awards and Annual Meeting, Vasa Ride, 50 States Ride, Cider Ride, and our Member Holiday Party. The Coordinator will:
    1. Manage all event logistics, including: securing venues and permits, recruiting and training volunteers, assigning staff roles, managing registration and promotion plans, answering member questions, testing ride routes, ensuring events stay within budget, and managing set up and break down,
    2. Perform general administration tasks, including: updating content on website using WordPress, writing blog posts, data entry, tracking supplies inventory, and answering event emails and phone calls.
  3. Be an active and contributing member of the Events/Development/Membership Team,
  4. Coordinate partnerships and event opportunities with affiliate organizations,
  5. Coordinate WABA’s bike racks and supply racks for bike parking for WABA events and occasional partner events,
  6. Assist Events Manager and Deputy Director in soliciting event sponsors,
  7. Provide general support for WABA’s outreach, advocacy, and education initiatives as needed.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have:

  1. One to two years of special events and event planning experience, including experience planning events and/or carrying out programs for non-profits, sports teams, membership organizations, or outdoor recreation groups or clubs,
  2. A commitment to and the ability to stay on task, pay close attention to detail, remain organized, and ensure event deliverables are executed on time,
  3. Excellent communications skills via email, phone, and in-person, as well as good public speaking skills,
  4. A flexible schedule, specifically the ability to work nights and weekends leading up to and during WABA events, as well as the ability to begin event set up early in the morning and/or finish event break down late at night, as well as the ability to travel throughout the DC region,
  5. A current driver’s license, clean driving record, and the ability to drive and parallel park a work van and a 17-foot moving truck,
  6. The ability to lift 40-50 pounds, and the ability to load/unload event supplies in and out of a cargo van or moving truck for special events,
  7. Marketing, promotional, and social media skills, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram,
  8. The ability to work independently often, as well as the ability to learn from and work closely with others,
  9. An excitement for and interest in bicycling,
  10. A strong commitment to WABA’s mission of advocating for better bicycling across the region,
  11. An understanding and commitment to safe bicycling, and the ability to follow bicycle traffic laws,
  12. The ability to ride a bicycle comfortably and confidently in urban/suburban situations, and the ability to follow a cue sheet.

Employment details

This position is full-time. Expected salary range is $30,000-$33,000. The ideal start date is April 4th or April 11th. The position is based in the WABA Office in Adams Morgan, Washington, DC. Benefits include employer covered health/dental insurance, flexible work schedule, vacation, sick and personal leave, committed colleagues, fun working environment, 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, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex, or age.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume in one PDF to jobs@waba.org with “Events Coordinator” in the subject line. Application materials can be addressed to WABA Events Manager. No phone calls please.

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, March 4th. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

We’re Hiring! Be Our Communications Coordinator

2012 Video Ride

You could, among other things, tweet about happenings like this.

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) seeks a Communications Coordinator to tell the story of our advocacy, outreach, education, and events programming. Much of the work of building a better region for bicycling occurs in meeting rooms and classrooms, on the bike lanes and trails, and in the office—reading laws, regulations, and plans. 

The job of the Communications Coordinator is to share that work with WABA members and supporters, key decision-makers and elected officials, potential funders of future programming, and the general public.

You must love biking, share WABA’s vision for better biking in the region, and enjoy a fast-paced environment in which strong  and strategic communication content is key to organizational success and is a daily (sometimes hourly) need.

See the job description below the jump, and apply for the job here. Continue reading

Be a Trail Ranger!

Between Stanton Road and Pomeroy Road

WABA is hiring three interns to work on D.C.’s trails for the summer through our trail ranger program. Yes, the job requires time spent on the embattled Metropolitan Branch Trail, but it’s not limited to that. Other trails in the city—Suitland Parkway, Anacostia Riverwalk, and Marvin Gaye—require the attention of trail rangers for outreach, communication, and data collection.

We’ve partnered with the Student Conservation Association to hire trail ranger interns. If you’re not part of SCA but interested in working the trail ranger program, the group will work with us to get your application through. We’re seeking a diverse, talented pool of applicants from which to select rangers.

Read the posting below and go through SCA to apply.

For more information about the trail ranger program, contact Garrett Hennigan at garrett.hennigan@waba.org.

The Trail Ranger will:

  • Ride a bicycle daily on the District of Columbia’s trails pulling a lightweight trailer with supplies including first aid kits, maps and bike patch kits.
  • Report large trail maintenance issues to DC311 app
  • Report safety issues to MPD.
  • Check in daily with manager to receive schedule and assignments and weekly meetings with Urban Forestry Administration staff.
  • Help coordinate and staff volunteer trail clean up days with the assistance of manager.
  • Hand out supplies and information to assist trail users (maps, patch kits, etc.)
  • Assist in minor trail cleanup activities, such as sweeping broken glass or posting notices of hazardous trail conditions.
  • Create and establish a reliable feedback mechanism for trail users to submit concerns and issues.

Ideal candidate traits:•    The ability to ride a bike daily throughout the city pulling a lightweight bike trailer.•    A solid understanding of the principles of bicycling safety and traffic law.•    A commitment to being a safe and exemplary bicyclist.•    A flexible schedule, specifically a willingness to work evenings and weekends.•    The ability to organize time wisely and multi-task in a relaxed, fun environment.

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