Seeking Board Applicants


Do you want to help Minneapolis become more bicycle friendly?


The Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition is seeking applicants for its Board of Directors. See after the jump for more information.


If you are interested, please send to [email protected] a resume and 1-2 pages that answer at least 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?

Application Deadline: Tuesday, October 11, 2011

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 Board meeting. All candidates will receive final word in early November.


Thank you for your interest!


What it means to be a Coalition Board member


The Coalition has a “working board,” which means that Board members help drive much of the work of the organization. The current Board has 18 members, 4 of whom will be stepping down after the November meeting. The maximum size we consider for the Board is 21.


Board members make governance decisions and perform tasks in the best interest of the Coalition in fitting with the mission, vision, and core values. Board members 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;

  • Work to help update and implement the Coalition’s strategic plan, which will be updated with 2012 work focus areas with the help of new and existing Board members;

  • Support key Coalition initiatives as needed; and

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

  • Board members serve two-year terms, with an option for a one-year term upon request. Terms will begin at the January 4, 2012 Board meeting.


Some key 2012 Board decisions include deciding on 2012 priority work areas, budget, fundraising goals, and if or when to hire any paid staff to support the Coalition’s effort. This is an important year.


Specific Skills and Qualities the 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. Some skills or connections we are especially looking for at this time include:


  • fundraising and marketing;

  • organizing and volunteer management;

  • event planning;

  • finance and tax;

  • nonprofit governance and legal;

  • connections to bicycle businesses or bicycle-friendly businesses;

  • connections to large Minneapolis companies;

  • connections to immigrant communities;

  • connections to low-income communities;

  • connections to youth or college student communities; and

  • residents from North and Northeast Minneapolis.

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