We are seeking a highly motivated people-person to be our hub for communications, outreach, and administrative tasks for the organization. The ideal candidate will have excellent written and verbal communications skills, will be comfortable working both independently and in collaboration with a wide range of people, will have interests that align with our commitment to environmental and social justice, and will share our enthusiasm for bikes!
Communications and Outreach
Develop and execute a communications plan in coordination with the Board.
Manage and create content for social media, e-newsletter, and website.
Produce special projects as needed, including annual report, marketing materials, and occasional grant applications and reports.
Write and utilize impact stories featuring bike donation recipients and partners.
Proactively engage partners and supporters to build and strengthen relationships.
Correspond with supporters, including bike donation drop off sites and donors, coordinating pick up of bike donations with colleagues and volunteers.
Work with and recruit volunteers to Communications Committee to disseminate volunteer and event information.
Spearhead efforts to increase volunteers and bicycle donations.
Seek out media and other opportunities to raise awareness of Working Bikes’ mission.
Keep organization stakeholders (staff, volunteers, and Board) abreast of donation needs and progress. Instill enthusiasm for local and international programs.
Oversee event logistics, including annual fundraiser, bike donation drives, tabling events, and international “shipping parties.”
Manage event communications, calendar, and staffing.
Staff occasional tabling events.
Give presentations to current and prospective supporters about Working Bikes’ mission.
Manage general organization email accounts, including volunteer and donor inquiries.
Work with Volunteer Coordinators to schedule and staff volunteer group visits.
Work with bookkeeper to appropriately acknowledge donors.
Use Salesforce to manage contacts, donations, events, bike pickups, and volunteers.
Bachelor’s degree required.
3+ years nonprofit, program management, volunteer management, and/or communications experience preferred.
Strong written and verbal communications skills.
Superb interpersonal skills. Able to closely collaborate with and engage a wide variety of people, including volunteers, Board members, colleagues, local and international partners, supporters, and program participants.
Creative, curious, and eager to learn.
Basic graphic design skills a plus.
Tech savvy. Skilled user of Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with MailChimp, Salesforce, and WordPress a plus.
Strong organizational and multitasking skills.
Self-motivated, comfortable with ambiguity, and flexible.
Desire to grow with organization and provide leadership, as well as possible supervision of staff.
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
Critical thinker. Consistently identifies, gathers, and applies relevant information to one’s work.
Enthusiasm for the mission and work of Working Bikes and passion for making the world a better place.
Spanish speaking a plus.
Working Bikes is an equal opportunity employer. Working Bikes does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume with the subject line “Community Engagement Manager” to email@example.com.
Additional Salary Information: Our benefits package is comprehensive, including paid vacation and health insurance.
About Working Bikes
Working Bikes is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that gives donated bicycles new life by redistributing them as tools of empowerment in local and global communities. Countless bicycles are discarded or sit unused in storage across the United States every year. But a bicycle is a vital tool when put to use. Bicycles can provide access to jobs, education, medical attention, and other resources—truly changing the life of an individual, their family, and their community. Since its founding in 1999, Working Bikes has recovered tens of thousands of discarded and donated bicycles from Chicago and the Midwest, and has redistributed more than 50,000 of them worldwide. Twenty years into its efforts, Working Bikes is more impactful than ever and excited to continue to grow its impact.
Global Impact: Working Bikes ships thousands of bicycles each year to our partners in countries throughout Latin America and Africa, including El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Nicaragua, Uganda, Lesotho, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and Ghana.
Local Impact: Working Bikes has two Chicago-focused programs. The Cycle of Power program provides bikes, locks, and helmets to adults in need of sustainable tran...sportation. The Cycle of Peace program serves youth by providing bikes to young people and organizations serving young people, and through our own youth outreach, volunteer opportunities, and apprenticeship programs. Organizations of all sizes partner with Working Bikes to offer their clients access to bicycles, including organizations addressing homeless transition, refugee resettlement, veteran support, community health, youth empowerment, and government institutions.