Job: Policy and Government Affairs Manager – Cascade Bicycle Club

Job Title
Policy and Government Affairs Manager

Cascade Bicycle Club

Job Description
In partnership with the Policy, Planning and Government Affairs team, the Policy and Government Affairs Manager informs, develops and implements Cascade’s policy and advocacy programs. The Policy and Government Affairs Manager is expected to influence major policy and infrastructure to further our goal of getting more people riding bikes, with specific focus on Seattle and the Puget Sound region. The Manager will advocate for and mobilize allies to support bicycle friendly policies, infrastructure and funding at the local and regional levels.


-Build a strong organizational advocacy program involving staff, volunteers and allies.
-Work with the Field Programs Manager to launch and run activism campaigns at the local, regional and state level.
-Provide professional and strategic policy analysis, organizing and advocacy for local, regional and statewide campaigns as appropriate.
-Build relationships with stakeholders including elected officials, candidates, community groups, business leaders and Cascade donors.
-Coordinate Cascade’s political endorsement process and PAC activities.
-Work directly with elected officials and government staff to develop policies and funding supportive of Cascade’s mission.
-Provide leadership, assistance and skills training to advocacy volunteers, coalitions and networks in designing and carrying out Cascade’s annual advocacy work plan and campaigns.
-Assist the Field Programs Manager with Cascade’s Advocacy Leadership Institute and Electoral Cycles programs.
-With the Department team, ensure Cascade representation on appropriate advisory boards, councils, committees, coalitions, task forces, etc.
-Collaborate on communications, messaging and media including acting as an organizational spokesperson as appropriate.

Skills and Experience

-Demonstrated ability to work effectively with and lobby elected officials, governmental agencies, corporations, community leaders, community organizations, etc.
-Experience and leadership in developing and executing grassroots advocacy and electoral campaigns.
-In-depth knowledge and insights regarding Seattle and Puget Sound regional politics.
-Extensive experience in transportation policy or related field.
-Demonstrated ability in strategic planning, political communications and working with coalitions.
-Experience with 501(c)(3) nonpartisan campaign strategies, tactics and legal restrictions.
-Experience working for PAC/501(c)(4)/501(c)(3) organizations.
-Ability and interest in working in a collaborative team environment.
-Excellent organizational skills including ability to manage multiple projects and prioritize.
-Proficient in online communications and new media tools.
-Ability to travel.

Employment Specifics

-Full-time salaried position with some evening and weekend work required
-Some travel around the Puget Sound region required
-Reports to and is supervised by the Director of Policy, Planning and Government Affairs
-Six-month probationary performance review by supervisor
-Annual performance reviews at hire date
-Monetary compensation commensurate with qualifications and experience; benefits package

About Cascade

Founded in 1970, Cascade Bicycle Club is a 15,000+ member nonprofit organization based in Seattle, Washington, dedicated to creating better communities through bicycling. Cascade envisions a community of people who bicycle, where bicycling is normal, safe and convenient for everyone. Cascade is a local, regional and statewide leader in advocating for bicycle policy and infrastructure, producing world-class cycling events, educating youth and adult cyclists, offering 1500 free daily rides annually and promoting bicycle commuting. Cascade is directed by an elected volunteer board and operates with 34 paid staff and thousands of volunteers. For more information, visit Cascade Bicycle Club is an equal opportunity employer.

How to Apply
Submit a cover letter, resume, three professional references and a relevant writing sample (no more than four pages long) all in a single PDF document to Please mention how you heard about the position.

Applications are due June 4, 2013.

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