Job: Rides Director – Cascade Bicycle Club

Job Title
Rides Director

Cascade Bicycle Club

Job Description
In partnership with Cascade’s volunteer rides committee, the rides director oversees, manages and promotes Cascade Bicycle Club’s rides program, including daily rides, tours, training series, and other rides. This position provides leadership and management to the rides program to meet its expansion and diversification objectives and to support the strategic objectives of the club. The rides director co-chairs Cascade’s rides committee which is responsible for the strategic direction and annual work plans of the rides program and provides direction and support to a volunteer group of over 200 dedicated ride leaders. The rides director is a member of Cascade’s leadership team and reports to the executive director.

Key Responsibilities

Outreach & Programming

Identify and develop new fun and exciting ride opportunities for cyclists of all types.
Lead Cascade through a strategic analysis of partnership opportunities with other clubs, related businesses, and rides to encourage growth of cycling in the area.
Develop and maintain relationships with organizations, community groups, businesses, and others to promote, expand, diversify, and support the rides program.
In cooperation with others on the Cascade team, oversee the development and execution of a marketing plan to expand the number and diversity of riders participating in Cascade events and rides
Identify opportunities to collaborate with other Cascade programs such as events, education, and advocacy to advance the mission of the club.
Help build, implement, and manage an effective system for the recruitment and involvement of volunteers as ride leaders.
In conjunction with the tours committee, plan and manage Cascade’s tours program.
Actively engage in daily rides including participating in and leading rides to ensure a close connection with both the ride leader and rider community. Ride participation and ride leader activity are part of the rides director’s formal duties.


Supervise the club’s rides program coordinator, contractors, and consultants to ensure rides, tours, and training are effectively executed.
Develop annual rides program plans and budgets in conjunction with the rides committee.
Partner with club staff to establish systems that support the smooth operation and tracking of the rides program including technology, communications, administration, etc.
Partner with the rides committee to provide advice and strategic direction including evaluating program effectiveness, ensuring continuous improvement, and monitoring member satisfaction.
Ensure a robust calendar of daily rides that appeal to a wide range of riders and that expand the geographical reach of the club.

Skills and Experience Required

Proven management experience with strategic long-term planning skills to chart a path and lead an organization through transition and growth
Skilled cyclist with the ability and desire to participate in and lead daily rides at a variety of paces, difficulties, and distances.
Experience working with and inspiring volunteers desired.
Proven project management and marketing experience desired.
Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently as well as in teams.
Ability to meet deadlines, be attentive to detail, and to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
Excellent interpersonal skills, public communication, collaborative style, and can-do attitude required
Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree desired.
A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience required.

Employment Specifics

Cascade is transitioning to a new executive director; the interim executive director will hire and supervise the rides director during the transition.
Full-time, exempt position with some evening and weekend work required.
Six-month probationary performance review by supervisor with annual performance reviews at hire date.
Monetary compensation commensurate with qualifications and experience; benefits package.

About Cascade

The Cascade Bicycle Club is a 15,000+ member nonprofit organization, dedicated to creating better communities through bicycling, based in Seattle, Washington. Cascade offers riding opportunities for all, advocates for bicycle policy and infrastructure, educates a diverse group of people who ride bikes, and produces world-class cycling events. Cascade produces 13 major bicycle events and offers 1,600 daily recreational rides annually. Cascade is directed by an elected volunteer board and operates with 34 paid staff and thousands of volunteers.

Cascade Bicycle Club is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, persons of color, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Employment at Cascade is of an at-will nature.

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

Applications are due June 11, 2013.

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