BTA launches search for new leader

Posted by on August 23rd, 2007 at 7:24 pm

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(Photo: Jonathan Maus)

As expected, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) has launched their search for a new Executive Director.

The search comes after former director Evan Manvel left the organization back in July.

Policy Director Scott Bricker was named the organization’s interim director and has manned that post for the past month. Bricker plans to apply for the executive director position and said he thinks, “It would be a dream job”.

In an interview in early August, Bricker told me he understands the importance of a national search, “I’ve encouraged the board to not just go through the motions in their search. They should spend resources to do it right… otherwise, just let me do the work.”

Bricker has reason to be confident. He has the longest tenure (nine years) of any current BTA staffer and he helped build the organization’s Safe Routes to School and lobbying programs. He has also forged relationships with many of the key local, regional, and national stakeholders.

Given Portland (and Oregon’s) national reputation, I expect a high volume of response to this search. I hope they find the most qualified person available. The leader of the BTA can play a pivotal role in making Portland (and Oregon) a better place to bike.

Here’s a snippet from the job description:

Candidates must have a proven track record of success working with elected officials, government agencies, businesses, community groups, residents and grassroots organizations.

Minimum qualifications: five years experience in non-profit, issue or advocacy work; successful fundraiser; ability to manage staff and work as team player.

Salary range: $65,000-$75,000 with health and retirement benefits.

Deadline: September 20, 2007

See the full job description and spread the word!

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Good luck Scott! I\’m totally rooting for you.


They should hire me, I will lead them.


…remember Scott\’s posting in response to the questioning of the \”raise your hand to cross the street campaign.\”