Program Manager – Bike to Work Program

Job Description:

Bike to Work (BTW) program is aimed at increasing commuter cycling in Metro Vancouver, through high profile events like Bike to Work Weeks in June and November that celebrate and encourage cycling.

Bike to Work Week is based around workplace teams whose members log their bike commutes on the VACC’s innovative Bike to Work website, recording distance covered and greenhouse gas saved, amongst other statistics.

Commuter cycling skills courses and workshops are offered at participating teams’ workplaces.

These events also feature numerous Commuter Stations set up during morning and afternoon commuting hours at key locations throughout the cycling route network for all passing cyclists.  They offer coffee and snacks to commuters, provide cycling maps and information, and have mechanics from local bike shops on hand to tune up commuters’ bikes.

Although focused on two weeks in June and November, planning for the Bike to Work Weeks begins months before each event and follow-up continues for some time after the event.  Additional BTW initiatives will also be developed within this program.

Under the direction of the Director of Programs, the Program Manager will be responsible for event planning and coordination of the Bike to Work program. Duties may also include management of our Business for Bikes initiative.

 

Responsibilities:

· Raising awareness of cycling as a viable commuter mode of transportation

· Increasing program offerings and event participation rates

· Development/management/implementation of program logistics and schedule

· Liaison with bookkeeper and director on program budget management

· Program promotions

· Development of program-specific marketing material in liaison with Director of  Programs

· Recruitment of program sub-contractors for program deliverables

· Supervision of program sub-contractors

· Program website content development and maintenance

· Program development, including solicitation of stakeholder feedback for program improvement

· Monthly reporting to Director of Programs

· Funding development

 

Qualifications:

· Event planning and managerial experience required

· Experience working with non-profit organizations/board of directors preferred

· Self-starter, able to take initiative and deliver on time

· Able to work independently and collaborate with others

· Able to delegate

· Proven verbal and written communication skills, with ability to write clearly and persuasively

· Computer skills: word-processing, spreadsheets, PDF, email

· Flexibility, interpersonal skills, and enthusiasm are key to success in this position

· Valid driver’s license preferred

· Familiarity with VACC and its programs preferred

· Love of cycling for transportation preferred

 

Terms:

Hours will vary according to program needs, up to 20 hours a week from March to the end of June.

Hourly rate: $23 – 25/hr, commensurate with skills and experience. Start date: March 2011 Length of contract: 4 months, with the possibility of contract extension(s) for qualified candidates and as VACC needs develop. VACC will provide a work mail/email address, and scheduled access to shared office space. Contractor must have access to their own computer and cell phone for work purposes.

 

How to apply:

Please forward one document that includes a cover letter and resume and a relevant professional

writing sample to Erin O’Melinn, VACC at erin@vacc.bc.ca in PDF or Word format, with file name format  VACC_BTWMgr_firstname_lastname.pdf or .doc.

Applications due by 9AM, Monday March 7, 2011.

Interviews will take place on March 9-11th, between 9am and 7pm. Please indicate in your application your interview time preferences, if selected.

 

About The Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition:

The Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition is a non-profit society that works toward improving conditions for cycling in the Lower Mainland. The VACC believes that increased bicycle use has the potential to significantly reduce traffic congestion, improve health conditions that result from inactive living, and enhance our urban environment. The VACC works to change the circumstances that currently discourage bicycle use; that is, to provide and improve cycling facilities, to educate cyclists in commuter cycling skills, and to encourage visibility and celebration of cycling as a legitimate and embraced mode of transportation. You will find the VACC out in your community on your commute to work during Bike to Work Week in the spring and fall, or at community centres hosting Streetwise Cycling workshops, and at other events around the Lower Mainland. The VACC offers cycling education for all age groups, in the community and in the schools. If you take your bike on the SkyTrain, you can thank the VACC for their advocacy, which helped to make this a reality. Please visit http://www.vacc.bc.ca for more information about our organization and activities.

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