Job: Executive Director – Community Arts and Recreation Alliance (Portland Townsend, WA)

Job Title

Executive Director

Company / Organization

Community Arts and Recreation Alliance

Job Description

Executive Director, Community Arts and Recreation Alliance, Port Townsend, WA

The Community Arts and Recreation Alliance (CARA) is a Port Townsend, WA based non-profit. Our mission is to promote bicycle use for a healthier and more sustainable community. We are collectively engaged in transforming the local and regional culture so that bicycles are embraced as the preferred form of transportation. We promote a cycling culture by recycling used bikes and making refurbished bikes affordable, putting as many people on bikes as possible, educating those who want to learn about cycling and bike maintenance, and empowering people of all ages to ride more often, safer and further. We are currently seeking a 20-30 hours per week Executive Director.

CARA overseas two dba’s: The Jefferson County ReCyclery ( and the Port Townsend Cycle School ( We are transitioning from a local non-profit whose employees have been governed directly by the Board to a regional organization focused on growing a culture of cycling in Port Townsend and beyond. Our customers/clients range from casual cyclists who need parts, service and knowledge, to mechanics wishing to gain professional level wrenching skills. We serve the local community with multiple programs, including a middle school bicycle education program, a shop apprenticeship and earn-a-bike program, member’s shop day and a kid’s bike program, among others. Regionally, we sponsor an annual 60K ride, the Tour de Forts. In 2018, we started the Port Townsend Cycle School and successfully offered two professional level mechanics courses, Wheel Building 1 and Bike Mechanics 1, drawing students from around Puget Sound. The Port Townsend Cycle School is the first cycling school in the State of Washington with courses designed for training a broad range of students from hobbyists and those seeking self reliance in their use of bicycles to those who seeking professional expertise. We have four permanent employees and we are in the initial stages of a capital facilities project.

Our ideal Executive Director applicant will have successful experience with marketing, branding and fundraising. In addition, a broad set of administration skills, ranging from financial planning, human resource management, and program development will be important. The successful applicant will also demonstrate excellent communication skills both within and beyond the organization.

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For more information about us, check out our two websites (above). Or contact David Thielk, CARA President at, or by phone at 360-602-1270.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please send a letter of interest and attached resume to Dave Thielk, President, CARA, at .