Now hiring: Community Organizer (bilingual in English-Spanish)

The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition advocates for a city where bicycling is encouraged and everyone feels comfortable riding. The Coalition uses the joy and broad public benefits of bicycling to engage, empower, and mobilize grassroots and grasstops support for bicycle improvements. Our advocacy work includes the Bikeways for Everyone campaign for 30 new miles of protected bikeways by 2020. The Coalition encourages participation in decision-marking processes, uses events to reach out to potential supporters, and has an emphasis on increasing equity in Minneapolis bicycle infrastructure. The Coalition hosts a variety of events to engage people about biking and walking and to improve our community, most notably Open Streets Minneapolis and Minneapolis Bike Week. Open Streets Minneapolis is a family-friendly initiative that transforms major city corridors into safe, car-free places for one weekend day to give people an opportunity to enjoy the street on bicycle, foot, wheelchair, skateboard or roller skate. There have been 13 Open Streets Minneapolis events since 2011 and will be 8 events in 2015. We currently have more than 600 volunteers, including 75 regular core volunteers.

Position Summary

The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition seeks a part-time Community Organizer to support efforts on Bikeways for Everyone, Open Streets Minneapolis, and other areas. The Organizer must be fully bilingual in English and Spanish. The position is for an average of about 15 hours per week with potentially more work in the spring, summer, and fall. The Community Organizer will work under the supervision of the Executive Director collaborating closely with a great team that includes another Community Organizer, Event Coordinator, and Volunteer and Program Coordinator. 

Responsibilities of the Community Organizer include:

  • support outreach and community engagement on Open Streets Minneapolis events, including being the lead on Spanish-language outreach and engagement with stakeholders and partners;

  • support community outreach and education efforts around Bikeways for Everyone and related bicycle advocacy efforts, including being the lead on Spanish-language outreach that includes tabling events, engaging with community groups, door knocking, presentations at community meetings, and coordinating with partner organizations and volunteers;

  • help create Open Streets Minneapolis and Bikeways for Everyone materials in Spanish;

  • support other Coalition activities as directed;

  • provide a consistently positive passion for bicycling and the events work; and

  • perform administrative, clerical, and other duties as directed.

Experience and Qualifications

Minimum qualifications:

  • Fully bilingual in English and Spanish with strong written and verbal communications skills;

  • At least one year experience in organizing, community outreach, or related, working directly with Latino communities;

  • Ability to network, build trust, and build working relationships with diverse groups;

  • Great people skills and an ability to have fun with work;

  • Ability to work as part of a team and follow through with tasks;

  • Proficient computer skills including social networking sites and word processing; and

  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends;


Preferred qualifications:

  • Knowledge of Minneapolis and connections to Latino organizations and communities in Minneapolis;

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience;

  • Experience working with volunteers;

  • Strong interest in Open Streets and making Minneapolis more bicycle friendly for everyone; and

  • Skilled with Google Apps.


Work conditions

Work hours will include meetings and events outside of the office, primarily at locations in Minneapolis, and will include evenings and weekends. Position involves lifting equipment up to 35 pounds and requires the ability to operate a bicycle.


Salary and Benefits

The wage range is $15 - $20 per hour, depending on experience and skills.


How to Apply

E-mail cover letter and resume to [email protected]. No phone calls, please.


We are an equal opportunity employer; women, persons of color, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. You are strongly encouraged to submit your application by May 1, 2015.

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