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Program & Operations Manager - Job Announcement

Posted by Dan Favre on July 9, 2019 in Bicycle Safety

Bike Easy is seeking an experienced manager to join the team

Bike Easy seeks an experienced manager with a broad array of skills to handle day-to-day operations and lead education and community programming priorities of the small but mighty non-profit that is dedicated to making bicycling easy, safe, and fun for everyone in Greater New Orleans.

Bike Easy is on a serious roll right now – tripling in size over the last 4 years and continuing to grow, managing multiple strategic campaigns and educational efforts, maintaining a major presence in the community through events and outreach, and building strategic partnerships with organizations, businesses, and governments across the region. We need the right person to help truly institutionalize and grow this momentum!

This is a dynamic position in a fast-paced, exciting environment and responsibilities may include financial administration, program development and management, event organizing, general office management, detailed work planning and tracking for teams, human resources coordination, staff management, strategic communications, and meeting many other random organizational needs (as is customary in small non-profits).

The Program & Operations Manager will report directly to and work closely with the Executive Director, will coordinate to some degree with all staff and many contractors, and will directly manage 2-3 individual staff. While there is a clear organizational structure, Bike Easy has a non-hierarchical culture that is based on open communication, respect for all, mutual trust, and dedication to something bigger than ourselves.

Bike Easy is committed to justice, equity, and diversity in our work, and we believe having a staff with varied perspectives and historical experiences is key to the organization’s success.

Desired Qualifications

  • 3+ years of management experience including financial administration, staff oversight, human resources, and office management
  • Excellent verbal communication and writing skills
  • Ability to develop and manage large, complex, and detailed systems and processes
  • Event organizing experience
  • Attention to detail and ability to execute tedious tasks
  • Enthusiastic team-player who can also work independently
  • Deep motivation for improving our region through better mobility
  • Familiarity with accounting / bookkeeping best practices a major plus
  • Knowledge of mobility policy issues, advocacy strategies, and/or bicycle safety programming is a plus
  • Strategic communications experience is a plus
  • Ability to speak Spanish and/or Vietnamese is a plus

Responsibilities

A job description will be developed as part of the hiring process to best suit the chosen candidate’s skills, strengths, and desires, and it will include some combination of the following responsibilities:

Financial Administration

  • Manage Bike Easy accounting processes, including invoicing, cutting checks, coordinating with bookkeeper and producing reports
  • Conduct budgeting, financial reporting, and cash flow tracking
  • Ensure Bike Easy is meeting all legal requirements regarding non-profit finances (i.e. annual Form 990’s)
  • Oversee internal audits

Program Management

  • Directly manage key Bike Easy program staff through regular meetings, work tracking / coordination tools, and continuous expression of a motivating vision that drives productivity
  • Set the vision, long-term goals, and short-term execution for the Education and Community aspects of the Bike Easy Strategic Plan, and ensure integration with Advocacy and Capacity strategies
  • Manage all aspects of the Bike Easy Challenge.
  • Promote all Education and Community programming / messaging, tell stories about the work that builds awareness and support

Human Resources / Office Management

  • Build and/or implement necessary human resources processes (i.e. timesheets, annual evaluations)
  • Develop tools and systems to improve efficiency of various administrative functions of the administration of the organization, including but not limited to individual and team work tracking, financial tracking systems for use by program staff, data dashboards for reporting to Board of Directors and funders, and physical organization systems for materials/equipment
  • Manage procurement of necessary office supplies, maintenance of IT systems, and other necessary office functions
  • Engage and manage independent contractors

Communications

  • Support the development and implementation of a communications capacity-building initiative
  • Support creation and/or edit online and offline content, educational materials, and photography/videography
  • Support strategic management of social media, website, email communications

Other Duties, As Needed


Compensation

Salary in the low- to mid-$40’s, depending on experience and qualifications. Bike Easy offers access to group health insurance and an employer contribution towards health insurance, generous paid time off, and professional development opportunities. Most of all, Bike Easy is a fun place to work that gives you a real opportunity to make a positive impact in Greater New Orleans.

To Apply

Send a short cover letter, resume, and writing sample with “Program & Operations Manager Application” to Executive Director, Dan Favre, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Bike Easy is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage all persons to apply for this position regardless of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, sex, age, or political affiliation.

Better biking is coming to Algiers

Posted by Robert Henig Bell on July 8, 2019 in Advocacy

Bike Easy hosts a community bike tour of upcoming biking and mobility improvements for Algiers residents and businesses

Ahead of Independence Day, Bike Easy, the Department of Public Works, Councilmember Kristin Palmer, and Algiers Economic Development Foundation hosted a tour of biking and mobility improvements in Algiers. One thing we often hear at Bike Easy is how people associate biking with a sense of personal freedom, especially when they first learned to ride as a kid. That’s why we’re so excited about the changes coming to make our streets safe places to ride for the entire community. The changes previewed in Algiers, such as protected bike lanes connected to each other (and to levee trails), bike boulevards, and improved crossings at key intersections will dramatically expand access to safe biking for thousands of kids, families, and residents currently living with limited transportation options. Being able to easily bike to the ferry, to the grocery store, to the library and countless other destinations will mean improved safety, mobility, health outcomes, economic development, and a better quality of life for the entire community.

Local leadership will play a pivotal role in making sure our friends and neighbors get out there and experience these improvements themselves. Now’s the time to get involved. Be in touch if you’d like a bike tour of prospective biking and mobility improvements in your area. Consider having your organization join the New Orleans Complete Streets Coalition.

Email Bike Easy’s Campaign Manager, Robert Henig Bell to discuss a community ride or with questions about joining the coalition.

More information about better biking and mobility projects in the works:

Over the coming months, let’s work together to make mobility independence a reality in Algiers and throughout New Orleans.

Blue Bikes for All Grant Report

Posted by Heather Haylett on July 8, 2019 in Advocacy

PeopleForBikes Foundation / Better Bike Share Partnership Bike Easy / Blue Bikes for All - Final Challenge Grant Report

Bike Easy has been working to ensure Blue Bikes work as an equitable solution for all New Orleanians. Thanks to a grant and support through the Better Bike Share Partnership, we’ve been able to provide trials and education around bike shares through direct workplace outreach, community tabling, and other efforts like group bike rides. You can read about all the work we’ve put in to supporting the community through bike share in our Grant Report (PDF attached in the side column)

We’re excited to continue our efforts in Blue Bikes for All and ensure that the bike share system works for you.

Blue Bikes for All Grant Report

Early Bird Spoketacular Tickets

Posted by Heather Haylett on July 2, 2019 in Events

Early Bird ticket prices will be good through July 7th, and you don’t want to miss this SWEET deal.

On Friday, September 27th Seven Three Distilling Co. will be transformed into a candy land to celebrate the sweet successes for the Greater New Orleans bicycling community at the Spoketacular Sweet 16!

Get your tickets for Bike Easy’s premiere fundraising event at the lowest prices NOW! Early Bird ticket prices will be good through July 7th, and you don’t want to miss this SWEET deal.

Early Bird Spoketacular ticket pricing:

VIB (Very Important Bicyclists) Tickets $100, regularly $125
General Admission Tickets $40, regularly $55
We also have a late night ticket available for $35!

Buy Spoketacular tickets!

For VIB table sales or Sponsorship information reach out to Ashley at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or download a form here.

FOOD! DRINKS! AUCTION! ENTERTAINMENT!

At Bike Easy we imagine a future where people of all ages and abilities can bike, walk, and take transit safely, whoever they are and wherever they live. Your purchase of Spoketacular tickets raises funds for our work to make bicycling easy, safe, and fun for everyone in Greater New Orleans!

Eric Shoeless — Blue Bikes for All (Video)

Posted by Heather Haylett on June 28, 2019 in Advocacy

Watch as Eric tells us about his experience with Blue Bikes

In partnership with Blue Bikes, we have launched initiatives focused on promoting the benefits of Blue Bikes as an everyday transportation option for local residents. Our programs will focus on: staying safe while biking, how to use Blue Bikes, and affordability for low-income residents via a $20 yearly membership. Learn more about Blue Bikes for All here.

Strengthen our bike community

Posted by Heather Haylett on June 27, 2019 in Membership

“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much” – Helen Keller

Communities find strength in their collective power and we seek them out to surround ourselves with support and a sense of belonging.

At Bike Easy, we know Greater New Orleans has an energetic and passionate community of people who believe in the power of bicycling to help create a healthy, prosperous, resilient, and equitable future for all people of the region.
Will you strengthen the Greater New Orleans biking community and join Bike Easy as a Member?

Public support for better biking in Greater New Orleans is something to be proud of. Conditions for people on bikes have come a long way in recent years, and ridership has almost tripled since the early 2000’s. These improvements were made possible with the dedication of citizen advocates and Bike Easy Members. We’re looking forward to many more victories for mobility, and growing Bike Easy’s membership rolls gives us the financial power and community support we need to work towards them everyday.

Memberships can be renewed annually or you can set up an easy automatic monthly deduction as a sustaining member. Sustaining membership is the best way to provide reliable, on-going support for our education, advocacy, and community work!

As a Member of Bike Easy, you’ll find there are lots of ways to engage with the biking community whether that’s taking advantage of our Member Discount Program at bike-friendly businesses around town, attending community events like the Bicycle Second Line, or accessing discounted tickets to our annual Spoketacular fundraiser. We even host an end-of-year Members-only meeting (well, it’s really more of a party) to celebrate the year’s accomplishments!

Become a Bike Easy Member!

Together we can make bicycling easy, safe, and fun for everyone in Greater New Orleans.

Thanks again for supporting our work!

Serve at Bike Easy with AmeriCorps

Posted by Heather Haylett on June 26, 2019 in Advocacy

Serve at Bike Easy as the Tulane AmeriCorps VISTA, Tulane Center for Public Service — Membership and Volunteer Coordinator

Apply for the Tulane AmeriCorps VISTA position here.

About Bike Easy:
Bike Easy makes bicycling easy, safe, and fun for everyone in Greater New Orleans. We believe in the power of bicycling to help create a healthy, prosperous, resilient, and equitable future for all people of the region. We envision safe, convenient transportation options for everyone and the freedom to get around easily. We aim to share the joy of bicycling and make it an easy choice for everyone. We also know that streets safe for bicycling are safe for walking and vice versa. We imagine a future where people of all ages and abilities can bike, walk, and take transit safely, whoever they are and wherever they live.

Position Summary:
This position will build the capacity of Bike Easy by increasing the financial foundation and developing volunteer leaders. By managing the Bike Easy Membership program, the Membership and Volunteer Coordinator will ensure Bike Easy has the financial resources and demonstrated community support to effectively achieve our mission. This position will allow volunteers to take on more responsibility and larger roles to ensure continued support once the AmeriCorps VISTA position is no longer with Bike Easy. Much of the VISTA’s work will revolve around maintaining the constituent relationship management (CRM) and email database to track and organize information for members, volunteers, and supporters. The VISTA will also support Bike Easy communications including general email / newsletters, communications with volunteers and members, website content, and occasionally social media channels.

Responsibilities:

  • Increase the number of Bike Easy Members and volunteer leaders!
  • Develop concise and compelling messaging for a donor and activist audience
  • Manage the process for member, donor, and volunteer recruitment and acknowledgment while assuming lead role in the development of content (for example, writing and designing marketing materials, thank you letters, annual reports and other collateral)
  • Plan, promote, and execute membership events
  • Manage the Membership Discount Program and increase participation from local businesses
  • Maintain highly-organized database and other tracking / planning tools for membership and volunteer programs
  • Manage donation records, acknowledgment letters / receipts, and other administrative components of the Membership Program (and train volunteers to help)
  • Recruit interns and long-term volunteers to support other Bike Easy staff and programs
  • Conduct and/or support volunteer trainings and volunteer-lead events
  • Support components of the Bike Easy’s communications such as email, newsletter, and other messaging
  • Maintain membership and volunteer content on the Bike Easy website; Ensure site is always up-to-date and accurately reflects current messages.
  • Tackle special projects and initiatives as needed / assigned.

Desired Skills:

  • Motivation to make the world, starting right here in Greater New Orleans, a better place through improved mobility for all
  • Excellent writing, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Experience working with diverse people, organizations, and businesses
  • Outstanding organizational skills with a detail-oriented approach and strong troubleshooting, analytical and problem-solving abilities
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with a small team while independently managing day-to-day tasks and priorities
  • Self-motivated and ability to work flexible hours in a fast-paced environment
  • Database management experience a plus
  • Fundraising and/or volunteer management experience a plus
  • Desire and ability to work, grow and learn in a non-profit environment.

To apply:
The Membership and Volunteer Coordinator VISTA member is a collaborative position with Tulane University’s Center for Public Service (CPS) which was established to develop and forge long-term partnerships with the local community and oversee the public service graduation requirement for undergraduate students. VISTA members serve as liaisons between CPS and their nonprofit sites and attend a weekly professional development meeting on Fridays.

New VISTA members begin their year of service in August and applications will be accepted until all the positions are filled. Applicants can contact Michael Pizzolatto at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with any questions.

Apply for the Tulane AmeriCorps VISTA position here.
After submitting your application, send Michael Pizzolatto at CPS an email that your application has been submitted and you would like to be considered for the role at Bike Easy.

People Friendly Driving

Posted by Heather Haylett on June 22, 2019 in Bicycle Safety

A how-to guide for driving safely around people biking and walking.

Bike Easy’s guide for drivers includes safety tips and techniques to keep people biking and walking safe, covering what to expect from people biking and walking, how to navigate bicycle infrastructure on the roadways, and an overview of relevant roadway laws.

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View the People Friendly Driving brochure.

Announcing Spoketacular Sweet 16!

Posted by Heather Haylett on June 20, 2019 in Events

Bike Easy’s 16th Anniversary Fundraiser

Last year our first Spoketacular was such a success we decided to SWEETEN the event for Bike Easy’s 16th Anniversary Fundraiser! On Friday, September 27th Seven Three Distilling Co. will be transformed into a candy land to celebrate the sweet successes for the Greater New Orleans bicycling community at the Spoketacular Sweet 16, and we’ll be raising money to support many more victories to come.

The event will feature specialty drinks from Seven Three, food from great local restaurants, live music, a silent auction and more! Look for tickets on sale beginning July 1 and follow the event on Facebook for updates.

If you would like to join the Spoketacular Host Committee we will be having a kick-off event on Thursday, June 27th at Seven Three at 6:00 PM. There are roles for everyone, and if you can’t make the kick-off but would still like to be on the Host Committee, reach out to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

We also have sponsorship opportunities and VIB (Very Important Biker) tables available now. If you don’t see something that fits your sponsorship needs we are happy to tailor a package for you.

Become a Spoketacular Sponsor!

We can’t wait to celebrate all the sweet successes of Bike Easy over the last 16 years with you!

Bike Easy Online Map

Posted by Heather Haylett on June 19, 2019 in Bike-Friendly Businesses, Events

A tool to find Fixit Stations, Bike Shops, and more!

Have you ever needed to find the closest Fixit Station while out on a ride? Do you want to support local businesses who advocate for bike safety in Greater New Orleans? We put together the Bike Easy Map to provide all of this information in one convenient place! Keep reading past the map below for illustrated tutorials on finding and using the Bike Easy Online Map on your phone and computer.

Use this map to find:

  • Bike Easy Business Members
  • Bike shops
  • Fixit Stations
  • Bike rental locations
  • Bike Easy event locations

Also find the map here.

Using the Bike Easy Map

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Business Members with a yellow star offer a discount to Bike Easy Members. Click on the icon to discover what you can save!

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Finding the Bike Easy Map

To revisit the map, open Google Maps on your phone or desktop and select the menu icon attached to the search bar.

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Select ‘Your places’

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Select ‘Maps’

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Select ‘Bike Easy Map’

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Showing Bike Lanes On the Map

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