BikeWalkKC is looking for a talented and passionate individual to join our team to build capacity for better mobility in under-resourced areas of Greater Kansas City. If you are passionate about walking and biking, urban design, and community organizing, this is your chance to train and organize grassroots, street-wise advocacy leaders in communities across the region.
A key priority for this position is mobility justice and equity–we are looking for someone to help connect and build influence for individuals and communities often neglected by transportation planners and decision-makers. This role will be BikeWalkKC’s first community organizer – we anticipate a lot of on-the-job learning.
Title: Community Organizer
Position: Full-time, non-exempt
Posted: January 13th, 2022
Target Start Date: March 1, 2022
Reports To: Policy Director
Schedule: 40 hours. Often M-F 9-5 plus some work on weeknights and weekends in order to attend community meetings and events.
Mission: BikeWalkKC’s mission is to redefine our streets as places for people to build a culture of active living.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
You will work with BikeWalk’s Policy Director, and all parts of the organization, including staff and members, to help us develop and win support for key policies, plans, and infrastructure improvements. This job will entail working closely with community groups, neighborhoods, community leaders to develop grassroots support for safer streets. You should be comfortable with street-level organizing.
One of the first big projects for this position is supporting “Getting Around Kansas City” – a two year research project with the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and Children’s Mercy to evaluate the health impacts of RideKC’s Zero Fare Transit program in Kansas City, MO’s LifeX Zip codes, the parts of the city where life expectancies are up to 15 years shorter than the rest of the city. You will help recruit program participants, cultivate relationships to keep them engaged during the project and beyond, and support a series of focus groups and walk audits to ensure participant voices are heard to inform future policy and advocacy campaigns.
Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
- Creating new relationships and deepening existing relationships with community partners, especially in Black- and Brown-led communities;
- Grassroots outreach that may include on-street organizing, action alerts, presentations, talking points, etc;
- Co-developing, training, empowering and supporting neighborhood leaders, members and bike/ped advisory groups in campaigns and elevating their voices to decision-makers;
- Assisting the Policy Director in developing campaign strategy and outreach for advocacy campaigns;
- Regular communications both in person and in writing, which will include engaging and communicating with BWKC members, and the media when necessary, about our work at all steps in the campaign process;
- Representing the organization at public meetings; and
- All BWKC team members are expected to help with general duties related to the smooth running of our team, including special events.
While this position is part of the Policy Team, it will also provide organizing and outreach support to other teams and programs:
- Education and Safe Routes to School – working with parents and others in the communities around the schools were our programs operate;
- Community Planning – assisting with community outreach on urban planning projects; and
- RideKC Bike – working with community partners participating in our Bike Share For All equity program.
We are open to a variety of educational, professional, and lived experiences. Be sure to use your cover letter to explain how you qualify.
- A deep commitment to BikeWalkKC’s mission;
- Personal and/or professional experience in communities dealing with systemic disinvestment and racism; a demonstrated high level of cultural competency;
- Looks for intersectionality in divergent goals and priorities;
- A demonstrated track record of successful project planning, project management, base-building, strategy implementation, and ultimately moving people to action;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a wide variety of audiences; and
- Basics in Microsoft Office and/or Google Workspace, and experience with online organizing
Compensation and Benefits
The salary range for this position is $34,000 to $37,000. Benefits include health insurance reimbursement, employer match for retirement contributions, paid time off, company holidays, professional development, bike share membership, and phone reimbursement. Hours may be flexible. This position will require work on weeknights and weekends to attend community meetings and events.
Working Environment and Pandemic Situation
BikeWalkKC has an open-format office in Midtown KCMO, which is well-served by public transit and bike share. Most employees with office-based roles are working in a hybrid remote/in-person arrangement during the Covid-19 pandemic. BikeWalkKC is a team of passionate and hard-working advocates, educators, planners, and social entrepreneurs making Kansas City a better place to live, work, and play through professional advocacy and education. Our culture is collaborative and supportive, encouraging risk-taking, excellence, and constant learning. You will work hard, have fun, and make an impact on the community.
All employees are fully vaccinated, and you will be required to be at least partially vaccinated by the time you start working. Exceptions for health or religious reasons are considered on a case-by-case basis.
How to Apply
Write a compelling cover letter and submit it along with your resume to email@example.com with “Community Organizer – Your Name” in the subject line. If possible, submit one PDF file with both documents. Be sure to mention where you heard about this opening.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, but applications received by February 4th will be prioritized. An ideal start date would be March 1, but we can be flexible for the right person.
Employment offer contingent on background check
BikeWalkKC does not ask job applicants about past criminal convictions. However, the selected applicant must agree to a criminal background check upon offer of employment. Any results relevant to this position will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Commitment to Equity, Inclusion and Diversity
BikeWalkKC is committed to supporting diversity and equal opportunity in its services, administration, and employment, as well as research and activities. We recognize this is especially important for a majority-white organization often working in communities of color. We strive to foster a working environment that values contributions from team members regardless of race, color, creed, gender, religion, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental disabilities, physical disabilities, or veteran status. We work with a wide range of external partners and stakeholders, and we seek candidates who are committed to their own cultural competency.
The mission of BikeWalkKC is to redefine our streets as places for people to build a culture of active living. We believe that walking and biking are simple solutions to complex problems of environment, health, transportation, disparity, opportunity, economy and more. We work to fulfill this mission through our efforts in public policy, education, community planning, and operating the area bike share program.