Bicycle Friendly Communities Program Hiring
October 31, 2007
League Seeking BFC Program Specialists to Expand & Energize BFC Program
The League of American Bicyclists is seeking two Program Specialists to help expand, explain, and energize the Bicycle Friendly Communities program. Bikes Belong is a top sponsor of this program, which recognizes cities that support bicycling and works to replicate their successes.
An ideal candidate will be well versed in bicycle/transportation engineering, encouragement and education as well as being an outgoing, friendly people person. The jobs are based in the League’s office in Washington, D.C. The specialists will serve as the primary contact for communities in search of information on how to become more bicycle friendly, so a breadth of knowledge in ways that communities have transformed themselves is essential. These staff members will also be responsible for helping launch the new Bicycle Friendly States initiative, writing reports and giving presentations on the BFC program, and spearheading the development of new toolkits for communities.
Full Job Description
Title: Bicycle Friendly Community Program Specialist
Salary: Negotiable, dependent on qualifications and experience
Closing Date: November 24, 2007
Reports to: Director, Bicycle Friendly Community Program
Detailed Duties and Responsibilities
- Provides information/assistance related to creating more bicycle friendly communities via phone, e-mail, or written communication.
- Assists in the development of new outreach and promotion materials including online tools, written reports, and multimedia presentations.
- Develops toolkits for various user groups working to make their communities more bicycle friendly.
- Participates in the creation of the Bicycle Friendly States rating and awards program.
- Assists in the management the BFC store, including fulfillment of award signs.
- Assists in developing BFC educational and outreach events including two annual BFC institutes.
- Works with the BFC review team to review and provide feedback for BFC applications.
- Compiles reports on community satisfaction with program and works with a team to produce annual and multi-year BFC program reports.
- Performs other related duties as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The Knowledge of:
- Transportation engineering as it relates to the accommodation of bicyclists.
- Bicycling promotion efforts that have been effectively utilized to encourage cycling.
- Bicycling advocacy efforts, bicycling education, and the League’s Bicycle Friendly program specifically.
- Comprehensive planning procedures and best practices.
- Business and management principles involved in policy analysis, program evaluation, and customer service.
- Principles and methods for survey design, production of educational materials, and the measurement of project outcomes.
- Project management processes and techniques.
Skills and Abilities to:
- Communicate effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- Identify measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
- Establish priorities, work independently, and proceed with objectives without supervision.
- Research the latest in bicycling engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation/planning in order to provide the best possible information and tools for communities seeking to become more bicycle friendly.
- Gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions, and present findings and recommendations.
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferred. Course work in such subjects as city planning, geography, architecture, engineering, public administration, education, and other related subjects is desirable.
- Bicycling advocacy experience is desirable.
- Five years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
About the BFC Program & the League
The BFC program was initiated in 2003 and has received applications from more than 170 communities. Designations have been awarded to 63 cities and counties. Applicants complete a detailed on-line form with numerous questions in five key areas: engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, and evaluation/planning. Local cyclists, national experts, and League staff review the applications. To learn more, visit www.bicyclefriendlycommunity.org.
The League of American Bicyclists promotes bicycling for fun, fitness and transportation, and works through advocacy and education for a bicycle-friendly America. The League represents the interests of 57 million American cyclists, including its 300,000 members and affiliates. For more information or to support the League, visit www.bikeleague.org or www.bicyclefriendlycommunity.org.