20×20 CAMPAIGN DC ORGANIZER

Can you turn enthusiasm into action? Do you love connecting people to their power in DC? Do you have experience in distributed organizing?

WABA is looking for a 20×20 Campaign Organizer. This is a one-year position to accelerate and win our campaign for 20 miles of new protected bike lanes in the District of Columbia by the end of 2020. 

The Team

The WABA Advocacy team currently has five staff: the Advocacy Director, one trails-focused staffer, and three organizers. 

Together with a network of volunteers and allies, we fight for (and win!) better places to bike: connected, protected, and equitably distributed bike lanes and off-street trails. 

The Position

WABA’s 20×20 Campaign is a city-wide effort to increase the pace of protected bike lane implementation and compel the District to build 20 new miles of protected bike lanes by the end of 2020. 

The 20×20 Campaign Organizer identifies and organizes grassroots support, and empowers community advocates to be effective leaders in this campaign. In this position, you will:

  • Organize passionate, dense pockets of support for more protected bike lanes and safer streets in Washington DC.
  • Organize four or more ward-focused advocate groups to plan and lead discrete campaigns for protected bike lanes in each ward. These groups meet at least monthly to plan effective, fun, and inclusive campaigns.
  • Grow grassroots leadership through one on one mentorship, group trainings, effective follow up, and escalation.
  • Welcome, support and empower community members to be effective advocates.
  • Assist advocates in the development of strategic campaigns and effective tactics.
  • Draft compelling action alerts, blog posts, and campaign materials.
  • Coordinate action alerts, blog posts and other campaign communications sourced from advocates.
  • Attend frequent evening and weekend community meetings, planning sessions, or campaign actions.
  • Assist the Advocacy team in planning, staffing events, drafting comment letters, and other duties as needed.
  • WABA is a small office and everyone ends up helping out with things like event staffing, stuffing envelopes, loading our youth bike fleet into the van, and tidying up. 

Qualifications

Core skills:

You’ll need to be able to: 

  • Listen, learn, and build trusting relationships
  • Manage distributed organizing campaigns
  • Train volunteers in campaigning
  • Manage projects from start to finish
  • Communicate with diverse audiences with an inclusive spirit
  • Write clearly and persuasively

Useful experience and skills:

If you have this experience or these skills, let us know. You don’t need them to be considered for the position, but you should be eager to learn them:    

  • Experience engaging and navigating government agencies 
  • An understanding of current best practices for low-stress bike infrastructure
  • An understanding of the intersections between transportation, justice, equity and sustainability
  • Experience with political or policy organizing
  • Professional experience facilitating meetings

Support

There’s a lot of work to do! Here’s some of what’s available to help get it done:

  • A network of thousands of engaged advocates
  • WABA’s Advocacy Team is hardworking and supportive, and has spent six months building up this campaign.  
  • WABA’s Comms Team is here to help you get the right messages to the right people
  • WABA’s Programs team is already on the ground all across the District.
  • Wins you can ride your bike on. 

Benefits

  • Full-time employment.
  • Expected salary range is $44,000 to $46,000
  • 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance.
  • Generous vacation, sick and personal leave.
  • Committed colleagues and a fun working environment.
  • 403(b) retirement program with 5% employer match after one-year of 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 more than 5,000 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 compelling cover letter and resume to jobs@waba.org with “20×20 Campaign Organizer” in the subject line.

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.

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