Join the team!
BikePGH is seeking someone with a passion for making Pittsburgh a better place for biking and walking. The Advocacy Manager will work closely with neighborhood groups as well as BikePGH’s vast network of volunteer advocates to build a culture of change to help win grassroots support for biking and walking improvements. The position will also work with staff to advance BikePGH’s infrastructure and policy campaigns. An ideal candidate will not only be passionate about safe streets, but have a demonstrated experience of inspiring others to get involved and advocate for better walking and biking.
BikePGH is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion not only in how we shape our strategic goals and organizational work but who we employ on our staff and the volunteers on our board of directors. In recruiting for our organization, we welcome the life experiences that are shaped in part by race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, education, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetics, disability, age, languages spoken, or veteran’s status.
Title: Advocacy Manager
Position: Full-time, Exempt
Target Start: February 2023
Reports to: Eric Boerer Advocacy Director
Mission: BikePGH is transforming our streets to make biking and walking commonplace for all Pittsburghers in order to improve our quality of life and reduce the harmful effects of car dependence in our communities.
Salary: $48,000 – $55,000 annually, depending on experience
- Medical, vision, and dental insurance through UPMC;
- 20 days of paid time off annually – combined sick and vacation time;
- 13 paid observed office holidays per calendar year;
- 401(k) benefits with a 3% employer match after six months;
- Employee paid supplemental short-term/long-term disability insurance through Aflac;
- $15/month cell phone reimbursement.
Organizational Culture & Working Conditions:
- Work is typically performed in an open office setting, but employees are able to work remotely as preferred;
- Our office is located in Lawrenceville and shared by a staff of 11; close to major bus lines with indoor and covered outdoor bike parking on-site;
- Professional but relaxed office atmosphere where employees are encouraged to be their authentic selves;
- No corporate dress code requirements;
- On average 40 hours per week;
- Working hours are often M-F 9-5 though working hours can be adjusted;
- Occasional weeknights and weekends are required;
- Travel within the community will be required when safe to do so;
- Ample opportunities for professional development and skill-building;
- Exchange time off for weekend hours or hours worked beyond 40 in a workweek is available to ensure a healthy work-life balance.
Essential Functions and Duties:
- Interfaces with volunteer bicycle and pedestrian committees:
- Advises, trains, empowers, and supports neighborhood leaders, BikePGH members, and bike/ped committees in campaigns and elevates their voices to decision-makers to help build a community and culture of advocacy.
- Creates new relationships and deepens existing relationships between BikePGH and our community partners and neighborhood advocates.
- Collaborates with Advocacy Director to develop lesson plans for training workshops relevant to local advocates and advocacy efforts.
- Uses the BikePGH Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit to help residents win neighborhood based campaigns.
- Engages with neighborhood advocates to keep them informed of relevant developments, opportunities, and BikePGH positions.
- Communicates regularly both in person and online with BikePGH members, bike/pedestrian committee members, and the media when necessary, about our work at all steps in the campaign process.
- Identifies and works in neighborhoods where BikePGH has less representation and/or fewer members while balancing time spent in other communities.
- Advocacy Campaigns:
- Strategizes with Advocacy Director and relevant staff on campaigns, outreach to build more and improved biking, walking, and traffic calming infrastructure and policy throughout the City of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County’s urban core.
- Creates and manages grassroots outreach that may include on-street organizing, digital action alerts, creation of compelling presentations, talking points, and visual tools (e.g. maps, graphs, etc.).
- Works with local stakeholders, elected officials, and their staff to advance campaigns.
- Represents the organization at public meetings and with public officials, planners, neighborhood groups, BikePGH members, etc.
- Creates relevant blog content, social media content, and related materials.
- Represents the organization to the media when appropriate.
- Maintains the advocacy section of the website.
- Performs other duties as required.
Experience & Qualifications:
- A deep commitment to BikePGH’s mission and equitable mobility.
- A strong record showing experience as an organizer or working on campaigns.
- A demonstrated track record of successful project planning, project management, base-building, strategy implementation, and ultimately moving people to action.
- Experience in developing or leading workshops preferred.
- Strong interpersonal and relational skills, especially active listening skills.
- Strong problem-solving and time management skills and resourcefulness.
- An ability to think strategically, take initiative and lead advocacy efforts within the organization.
- An ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a wide variety of audiences.
- Basics in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Google Drive equivalent.
- Associates or bachelors degree preferred.
- Be able to and comfortable with holding an extensive conversation with co-workers and the general public;
- Varied activities include sitting, reaching, bending, lifting up to 30lbs, pushing/pulling, walking, or assisted walking via wheelchair or mobility device.
How to Apply:
Write a compelling cover letter and resume. Briefly describe how you’ve worked for change within your community in the cover letter.
Be sure to mention where you saw the opening advertised.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through late March and considered until the position is filled. The ideal candidate would start employment no later than late February 2022.
By email: Please send application materials to email@example.com with Advocacy Manager” in the subject line.
By mail: Please enclose your resume and cover letter in a sealed envelope and mail to:
188 43rd Street, #1
Pittsburgh, PA 15201