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Month: August 2013 (page 2 of 2)

Program Manager – Boston Bikes (Boston, MA)

Boston Bikes is part of Mayor Menino’s vision for a vibrant and healthy city that benefits all its citizens. It seeks to make Boston a world-class bicycling city by creating safe and inviting conditions for all residents and visitors. Boston Bikes focuses on improvements in all five universal bike planning areas: Engineering, Enforcement, Education, Encouragement, and Evaluation.

Since 2007, Boston Bikes has installed 60 miles of bike lane, added 1,500 bike racks, brought the first pro bike race to Boston in nearly 20 years, produced the first bike map of Boston and launched a successful community bike program that has received national recognition. Most recently, Boston launched the New Balance Hubway bike share system, one of the first in the United States.

Boston Bikes is seeking an experienced results-oriented Program Manager with a strong record of management, organization and influencing. This well-rounded individual will have a proven record of success in executing initiatives in a fast-paced environment. The position reports directly to the Director of Boston Bikes.

Key Responsibilities:

- The Boston Bikes Program Manager will assist in all Boston Bikes projects. The Program Manager will have primary responsibility for some or all of the following: 1) overseeing bike safety and enforcement initiatives; 2) managing and growing subsidized Hubway memberships; 3) overseeing distribution and sales of low-cost helmets; 4) leading new and ongoing initiatives, particularly community and women’s initiatives; 5)supervising all aspects of bike rack installations; 6) coordinating key events including Bike Week, Bike Fridays and new events; 7) organizing annual counts; 8) creating annual report and 9) managing select long term reconstruction and development projects as they relate to cycling.

- Additional projects may include: Bike Friendly Businesses, Community Bike Programs, media and outreach, and more. It is anticipated that the Program Manager is a full member of the team, contributing to a wide variety of existing and new projects.

Create and execute plan to sell subsidized memberships to Hubway for low-income residents.
- Create partnerships with community partners to host membership drives.
- Develop and distribute literature to community groups and public media outlets to expand the reach of programming to new areas.
- Process and service membership inquiries.

Execute and manage a plan to maximize access to and usage of low-cost helmets by bike share members, bike share day users and general residents. Oversee specific helmet programs.
- Maintain vendor relationship to purchase low-cost helmets in bulk.
- Maintain and grow partnerships with local merchants, national chains, non-profits, bike shops, and sponsors to sell helmets at/or near cost.
- Manage system to fulfill helmet orders by partners.
- Work with bike share vendor to ensure fulfillment of helmet orders by bike share subscribers.
- Facilitate transition to helmet vending machine.

Supervise bike rack installations.
- Respond to and organize rack requests.
- Conduct field work to site locations, and document installations.
- Oversee permitting of all requests.
- Manage special requests for artistic and/or on street racks.
- Oversee database of all bike racks.

Assist and/or assume responsibility for other Boston Bikes projects including any or all of the following:
Community and Women’s Programs – Research best practices and implement full program to increase diversity within cycling community.
Planning Projects – Oversee long term projects as they relate to cycling to ensure developers and agencies appropriately include bicycle facilities.
Events – Oversee bike industry sponsorship and participate in planning of event day logistics. Coordinate purchase/delivery of supplies/merchandise, manage inventory. Oversee development of collateral materials. Conduct outreach to participants, volunteers, sponsors (phone, email, mailings, events). Create new events as needed.
Annual Counts – Oversee all aspects of annual counts including site determination, volunteer organization, training, and analysis.
Annual Report – Collect data for annual report. Write and design final report.
- Participate in any other Boston Bikes projects as needed.

Perform related work as required.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

- At least three (3) years of fulltime, or equivalent part-time, experience working with community-based organizations.
- BA degree preferred and can be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience.
- Strong project, planning and time management skills, including prioritization and multi-tasking in a fast-paced organization.
- Strong analytical and problem solving capabilities.
- Strong communication, interpersonal and presentation skills.
- Proven work ethic and resilience in response to adversity and challenge.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently while also retaining a collaborative team ethic among other Boston Bikes staff.
- Willingness to bike to/from meetings preferred
- Proficient in technology such as Microsoft Office, database management, and website development.
- Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.

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Lead Gardens Educator – Groundwork Somerville (Somerville, MA)

Groundwork Somerville is hiring a part-time (approximately 20 hours a week) Lead Gardens Educator for our Healthy Education programs in Somerville, MA, to start mid-August in preparation for the 2013-2014 school year. This is an hourly position with the potential to transition to a full-time, salaried Gardens Coordinator position, pending funding. We’re seeking applicants with 2-4 years of program coordination experience, experience teaching students in elementary and middle school, and strong vegetable gardening or farming experience. The primary roles of the Lead Gardens Educator are to manage and run Groundwork Somerville’s garden- and nature-based after school programming in the nine schoolyard gardens located across Somerville, to update existing club lesson plans and develop new ones, and to recruit, train, and coordinate volunteer club assistants to help lead those clubs.


  • Garden-based After-School Clubs (50%)
  • School Garden Development and Care (30%)
  • Program Sustainability, Evaluation, and Assessment (10%)
  • Administrative and Management (5%)
  • Meeting Attendance (5%)


  • Must be able to work at school sites in Somerville on weekdays between 2:15-5:45 from October through mid-December, and a few weekday morning hours based on staff schedule timing and planning time (can be flexible). Applicants should preferably be available to start work in mid-August to early September for orientation, training, planning, outreach, and recruiting volunteers.
  • 2-4 years experience in teaching, running after-school programs, and delivering curricula; must have experience working with and managing behaviors of elementary students (K-5) in large groups
  • 1-2 years of experience growing organic veggies and herbs, maintaining gardens, and/or farming
  • Must be able to pass a CORI background check; first aid/CPR training a plus, but not required
  • Experience recruiting, training, supervising, scheduling, and coordinating volunteers and interns
  • Must have demonstrated outstanding skills in organization, oral and written communication, leadership, and balancing multiple priorities and deadlines simultaneously
  • Must have basic computer skills (Microsoft Office); social media and graphic design skills a plus
  • Be a self-starter and work well independently, yet able to work collaboratively with colleagues
  • Familiarity with Somerville and comfort riding a bicycle in urban environment (in all weather) a plus
  • Subject expertise in environmental/ecological studies, urban agriculture, teaching, and/or related fields
  • Must be experienced working in multi-cultural, inclusive settings; fluency in Spanish, Portuguese, and/or Haitian Creole is a strong plus
  • Must share a passion for Groundwork’s values and vision, and for environmental/social justice issues; must be excited about teaching kids, getting your hands dirty, and working outside!

To apply:

  • Send a cover letter and resume addressed to Marga Hutcheson, at jobs@groundworksomerville.org by August 5, 2013. This position will start on or around August 15, 2013. PDF files are preferred. Please do not send hard-copy applications.

To learn more details about this exciting position, please click here.

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