Program Development Manager

Position: Program Development Manager
Start Date: 11/13/2023
Salary: $45,000-$50,000
Reports to: Director of Innovation and Discovery

Position overview:

Adventure Cycling Association seeks a well-organized, program-focused, and network-savvy Program Development Manager within the Innovation and Discovery team of the organization, working to increase ridership within the bike travel community.

The ideal candidate will be a team player who is collaborative, can manage multiple projects simultaneously, and is in alignment with the vision for Adventure Cycling’s Innovation and Development goals to engage new riders.

About Adventure Cycling:

As the largest nonprofit cycling organization in the country, Adventure Cycling has an impactful voice in policies and programs that advance the safety and accessibility of cycling. Adventure Cycling serves through its members and the bike travel community. Our cycling community encourages and supports countless cyclists each year as they explore the beauty and history of America while tending to their mental and physical well-being. For nearly half a century, Adventure Cycling has created life-changing experiences that deepen appreciation for our country’s diverse cultures, communities, landscapes, and people. Adventure Cycling headquarters are based in Missoula, MT, and we acknowledge and honor the Indigenous peoples who consider this land their home. The area’s natural abundance was stewarded by many peoples including the Blackfeet, Crow, Shoshone, Cheyenne, Kootenai, Pend d’Oreilles and Salish for millennia before colonization, and continues to be to this day.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

The Staff and Board of Directors of Adventure Cycling Association believes in the power of bicycle travel to open minds and change the way the world explores. We envision a future where this organization draws staff, tour leaders, members, board members, and riders from the whole of our society. For this to occur, bicycle travel has to be available for everyone.

We are committed to listening to BIPOC, LGBTQ, and other marginalized peoples and understanding the systems contributing to oppression while also working to provide more resources and support for these communities.

The Adventure Cycling Association acknowledges its place in this power dynamic. As an organization we have benefitted from white privilege omnipresent in the United States and must use our power to hire, support, empower, and create safe spaces for Black, Indigenous and People of Color, LGBTQIA+, and Femme/Trans/Women communities.

Key Responsibilities:

Learning Operations and Community Engagement

  • Plan, execute, and review methods for engaging various populations of emerging riders.
  • Manage relationship and ongoing dialogue between Adventure Cycling and Emerging Rider Council.
  • Gather information from emerging riders on areas that act as barriers to becoming adventure cyclist, for example – but not limited to:
    • Required knowledge and skills
    • Equipment-based barriers
    • Systemic or cultural barriers to entry into bicycle travel
  • Coordinate with existing Adventure Cycling staff, supporters, and community to engage new networks of riders in this learning effort.
  • Coordinate with traveling/community engagement staff to execute additional learning where appropriate.

Data Management and Analysis:

  • Create a system for the innovation and discovery team, along with all other information gathering representatives to input and collate data that is shared, accessible, and useful.
  • Identify key areas of work and recurring themes from gathered information.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Innovation and Development, Program Leadership Team, partner organizations, and emerging rider advisory group to move from data analysis to concept development for new programming

Concept Development and Pilot Programming:

  • Utilizing data gathered and analyzed from various emerging rider groups, conceptualize, launch, and scale pilot programming to grow the number of emerging riders served by Adventure Cycling, by:
  • Completing pre- and post-program evaluations, and respond or adapt programming as necessary.
  • Identifying human and financial resource needs, time commitments, funding streams, and more to drive sustainable program development.
  • Execute programming determined as pilot programming by the Program Team of Adventure Cycling, including, but not limited to: workshops, community engagement events, ambassadors and scholarships, and mini-grants and stipends.

Network Growth and Fund Development:

  • As the key leader in Innovation and Discovery programming, the Program Development Manager will also play a key role in program and impact specific fundraising, including but not limited to:
    • Grant Prospecting, Engagement, and Application
    • Major Gifts Fundraising
    • Program reporting and impact compilation content for fundraising efforts

Required Qualifications:

  • Strong Program Management skills, organizational leadership, and the ability to shepherd programs from idea to execution and engage stakeholders across the organization and community.
  • Understanding and willingness to engage with issues of institutional and structural racism or bias and their impacts on our organization and community.
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion and to learn and respect differences of race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, ability, religion and socio-economic circumstances and class.
  • Highly self-motivated to drive programs from ideation through execution
  • Experience with non profit program development;
  • Attention to detail is paramount;
  • Well-organized, thorough, and able to meet deadlines;
  • Strong communication (written and oral), and interpersonal skills – with the ability to manage organizational and community partnerships;
  • Strong interest in non-profit sector, including membership organizations.
  • Passion for Bicycle travel, diversity in the outdoors and bringing the joy of bicycle travel to more people.
  • Ability to travel, up to 25%.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with people very different from yourself
  • Experience with bike travel, or other human-powered travel

Physical Requirements:

Elements of job duties may require occasional moving of up to 15 pounds and the ability to occasionally stoop, kneel or crouch; candidates not able to meet such demands can possibly work with staff or others to accommodate.

Compensation, Schedule and Benefits:

This is a full time, exempt position (average 40 hrs/week). Schedule varies by supervisor, but is generally M-F, 8am-5pm MST.

This position can be filled remotely. Preference for ability to attend in-person meetings in Fort Collins/Northern Colorado, and throughout the Colorado Front Range.

Benefits include paid time off, holidays, an additional fully paid one-week bike vacation (a.k.a. "bike respite"), medical, dental, and vision coverage, life insurance, and retirement plan. We have a wonderful office in downtown Missoula, with plenty of bike racks! Adventure Cycling Association is an equal opportunity employer.

Salary range: $45,000-$50,000

How to apply:

We are no longer accepting applications at this time.