Job Announcement: Campaign Organizer - New Orleans

Friday, Nov 18, 2016

Background

Bike Easy is dedicated to making bicycling in the Greater New Orleans area easy, safe, and fun for everyone. Better bicycling can improve our community through positive impacts on economic development, public health, environmental health, and social equity. Bike Easy is especially interested in creating more opportunities for physical activity as a way to improve health outcomes for children, particularly in low-income communities and communities of color that have long experienced health disparities.

Complete Streets is a policy approach that ensures streets are designed and operated to accommodate all people, no matter who they are, where they live, or how they travel. Complete streets are safe and accessible for people walking, biking, driving, and taking transit and for people of all ages and abilities. Bike Easy is working to build public support and momentum for robust Complete Streets Programs that focus on health equity in our region. More people, many of whom currently lack mobility options, will be able to choose walking and biking for transportation and recreation and health equity will improve.

In New Orleans, we’ll be building strong public support for full implementation of the Complete Streets program that was originally passed by City Council in 2011 and has helped make our City so bike-friendly. With the recent FEMA settlement, there will be huge investments coming over the next few years for street improvements, and maintaining a focus on safe streets for everyone will be crucial. This is a huge opportunity to improve the health, economy, environment, and equity of our city.

Bike Easy is committed to justice, equity, and diversity in our work. People from the region’s communities of color and low-income communities have long been left out of transportation decision-making and are experiencing health disparities, and we strongly encourage people from those communities to apply.

Campaign Organizer Job Responsibilities

Coalition-Building

  • Develop and manage a Complete Streets coalition comprised of active and dedicated organizations, specifically including organizations lead by and/or representing people of color and low-income communities
  • Outreach to organizations, businesses, and other entities to build support for Complete Streets
  • Engage with various existing coalitions to actively understand and support the full range of community issues

Volunteer Management

  • Recruit and develop volunteer leaders – lots of petitioning and phonebanking!
  • Coordinate trainings on Complete Streets and various grassroots, advocacy, and media tactics
  • Mobilize volunteers to engage various communities at events and public meetings

Grassroots Outreach

  • Conduct educational outreach through tabling and petitioning, especially in communities most impacted by health disparities
  • Make presentations about Bike Easy, Complete Streets, and mobility to groups in various settings – from church and civic organizations to businesses and government officials

Media & Communications

  • Organize press conferences and media events, and be a spokesperson on behalf Bike Easy in the media
  • Develop hardcopy outreach materials, web content, email and social media content, and other communications pieces
  • Train volunteers and others in media, outreach, and communications regarding Complete Streets and the campaign

Membership Development

  • Support Bike Easy membership development efforts and participate in fundraising

Administration

  • Maintain timesheets, expense records, and other administrative pieces according to Bike Easy protocol
  • Participate in all staff activities and team-building

Other Tasks As Needed

  • As a small non-profit, Bike Easy staff often end up supporting and doing work far outside their basic job description

Desired Qualifications

  • Deep commitment to and enthusiasm for equity, health, mobility, and bicycling
  • Background in effectively working with communities of color and low-income communities
  • At least 1 – 2 years of experience with political or issue campaigning
  • Strong connections to the New Orleans community
  • Experience working in coalition and/or with large teams
  • Volunteer training and management experience
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Policy expertise and knowledge of the government landscape is a plus
  • Background in complete streets policy, transportation planning, and/or street design is a plus

Compensation and Benefits

This position is a one-year, grant-funded position with possibility for extension. Salary range is from mid-30’s to 40k annually, depending on experience, and includes paid vacation, sick time, and holidays. While we are currently watching the insurance marketplace dynamics and may change our approach, our small staff currently prefers to choose and pay for health care independently. There will be professional development opportunities, and you’ll gain great experience working with our accomplished board, staff, and volunteers.

Application Process

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to Executive Director, Dan Favre, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with “Application for Campaign Organizer – New Orleans” in the subject line. We are looking for someone to start immediately and will be interviewing qualified candidates as their applications are received. Applications will be accepted until 5pm on Friday, December 9.

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.

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