Do you want to help make Minneapolis more bicycle friendly?

Do you want to help Minneapolis become more bicycle friendly?

The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition is seeking applicants for its Board of Directors (see below for more information on what it means to be a Board member). If you are interested, please send to [email protected] a resume and up to 1 page that addresses the following questions:

  • Why are you interested in serving on the Board?

  • What areas of expertise and what experience would you bring to the Board?

  • What contributions do you feel that you can make on the Board?

    • Please express which of the following Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition committees interest you the most: Open Streets, Bikeways for Everyone, Outreach/Events, Diversity Task Force, Communications, Minneapolis Bike Week, Fundraising, Executive Committee on the Board (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer),and Finance Committee on the Board.

Application Deadline: Friday, Oct 11

Process: A subset of the Board will review applications, interview candidates as needed, and make a recommendation to the full Board to consider at the November 12 Board meeting. All candidates will receive final word in mid- November.

What it means to be a Coalition Board member

The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition Board of Directors focuses on governance and oversight. The Board is comprised of people who are exciting about growing the organization. The Board is also responsible for hiring, managing, and evaluating the Executive Director. Board members are expected to do some non-Board-related volunteering with the Coalition. Directors are expected to help grow the capacity of the Coalition by supporting organizational development, volunteer engagement, and fundraising efforts. Board members make governance decisions and perform tasks in the best interest of the Coalition in fitting with the mission, vision, and core values. Directors perform at least the following tasks that are expected to take a minimum of 8 hours a month:

  • Regularly attend a Board meeting once every other month (likely to continue to be on the first Tuesday from 6-8pm) and review related materials;

  • Actively participate in at least one work group beyond the standard Board meetings;

  • Make a financial contribution that is personally significant and support Coalition fundraising in some way;

  • Work to help implement the Coalition’s strategic plan (we are working to update some aspects of the strategic plan now);

  • Support key Coalition initiatives as needed (those include our internal and external priorities); and

  • Offer personal outreach as appropriate to stakeholders and generally further the reputation of the organization.

The current Board has 19 members and we will consider adding up to 6 new members as members this year. Board members serve two-year terms, with an option for a one-year term upon request. Terms will begin at the January 7, 2013 Board meeting (note that this meeting is moved to the second Tuesday because of New Years; the regular meeting time is the first Tuesday of the month, meeting every other month).

Specific Skills and Qualities the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition is Seeking

The Coalition is looking for people who have a positive passion for bicycling in Minneapolis and are ready and willing to get to work. We try to maintain a diversity of skills, experiences, and perspectives. Some perspectives, skills, and connections we are especially looking for at this time include:

  • people of color;

  • residents from North Minneapolis;

  • experience with finance and accounting (does not have to be a CPA);

  • fundraising;

  • nonprofit governance;

  • legal skills;

  • connections to large Minneapolis companies;

  • connections to immigrant communities;

  • connections to low-income communities; and

  • interest in serving in a leadership role on the Board at some point in the future (President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer)

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]. Thank you for your interest!

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