WABA members are building a sustainable transportation system.

First, the tough reality: there’s no denying that the effects of human-made climate change are here. We’re already seeing big effects like extreme weather conditions here in the DC region.

Now for the good news: we know what we need to do to make transportation in the DC area more sustainable. In our region, transportation is 21% of greenhouse gas emissions…most of which is from passenger vehicles. We need to work together to get more people where they need to go by foot, by bike, and by transit.

Our region needs big plans for how to meet this big threat to our region. WABA is ready with big dreams of a transportation system where cruising down a protected bike lane, catching a bus or train, and enjoying a walk to work, school or the store is easier than ever.

Thanks to the support of 7,500 WABA members making this region a great place to ride, more people than ever are already biking for transportation. But that’s only an option when people feel safe on the roads.

To get even more people riding in 2023, WABA is organizing for more trails and protected bike lanes, empowering people of all experience levels to ride bikes with confidence, and advocating for safe streets that center people, not cars.

I hope we’ll see you in the bike lanes, on the trails, and riding Metro in the coming year as we work together to make this region a place where walking, biking, and transit are the best ways to get around!

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Call For Moderators for our Women & Bicycles Facebook Group

Two women with folding bikes laugh together in front of a red brick wall.

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association’s (WABA)Women & Bicycles Program is looking for volunteer moderators for the Women & Bicycles Facebook group. The 9,000+ member group is a virtual space for women/trans/femme/non-binary folks to ask questions and seek support about biking in the region. The group was created in 2013 and has continued to grow in size with ~3 member requests per day and ~9 posts per day. Since its inception, the group has been run by WABA staff and supported by volunteer moderators. 

Moderators will be responsible for spurring conversation, moderating posts, and ensuring member adherence to the group guidelines. In addition to the support from other volunteer moderators, moderators will receive support from the WABA Outreach staff. Particularly challenging moderation will be reserved for WABA Outreach staff. Moderators are required to have some amount of capacity/time for online engagement and must serve a 6-month term commitment. 

RESPONSIBILITIES – 

The Women & Bicycles Facebook Moderators, with support from the WABA Outreach staff, will moderate the group with a thoughtful lens focused on supporting and growing the women/trans/femme/nonbinary bicycling communities in the Washington, DC region.

The ~five moderators (total) will collectively:

  • Spur and contribute to group engagement in the online space.
  • Approve and admin of group membership requests on a daily basis. This includes direct messaging reminders to people who haven’t answered all of the required questions.
  • Moderate posts and conversations in accordance with group guidelines. This includes notifying members who break group guidelines (commonly, compliance with housing availability, for sale posts, and job descriptions). 
  • Notify the WABA Outreach staff in a timely manner (within 24 hours after seeing said engagement) when an engagement needs further staff attention.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience with Facebook and its capabilities.
  • Some amount of capacity/time for internet engagement a few times a week. We would like to have daily coverage. The specific time is not as important as general coverage of moderation duties Monday through Sunday. 
  • Must be able to take on a 6-month term commitment (with the possibility of extension).
  • Some or lots of experience riding a bike for a variety of reasons including that we are looking for a moderator or two to join the moderation team who does not have much bicycling experience. We acknowledge that this is a great knowledge base for engaging with folks with similar experience levels.
  • Knowledge of intersectionality as a concept and framework for moderation.
  • Ability to read written conversations of a diverse community and be able to moderate with an understanding of how the context of power, privileges, and lived experience might be occurring in conversations. This is a shared responsibility and all moderators are expected to call out harmful behavior.  *Caveat: really challenging moderation will still be staff only*
  • Experience with having conversations about race, gender, and mobility justice.
  • A strong commitment to WABA’s mission, vision, and diversity, inclusion, and equity goals.
  • A commitment to respect, include, and be kind to all

Useful experience and skills:

If you have this experience or these skills, let us know.

  • Experience with social media management.
  • Experience with online platform or group moderation.
  • Prior membership in the Women & Bicycles Facebook group.
  • Limited experience with riding a bike is a valuable knowledge base that we look for especially when connecting with those with similar experiences.
  • Varied experience with biking whether for transportation, recreation, employment, or otherwise.
  • Knowledge of some history and/or present realities of biking in the Washington, DC metropolitan region will be helpful for providing context to discussions about the built environment. 

SUPPORT 

  • There will be a mandatory virtual orientation for moderators in which the WABA Outreach staff will facilitate introductions, walk moderators through administrative duties, and discuss the level of thoughtfulness we expect when moderating.
  • The group guidelines provide moderators and members with a baseline of precedent for group operations.
  • The WABA Outreach staff will be available to help answer questions and provide comments when asked and ensure moderator tasks are intentional with respect to equity and inclusion amongst the group. 
  • The WABA Outreach staff will handle responding to particularly heated or otherwise complex posts in the Women & Bicycles Facebook group.
  • Other moderators will be available to answer questions, provide comments, and carry out assigned moderator responsibilities.
  • The WABA Outreach staff will provide a schedule to act as a reminder and accountability tool so that moderators can share equal responsibility of approval and admin of group membership requests.

BENEFITS 

  • At the end of the first month (of the 6-month commitment), moderators will receive a one-year WABA classic membership that they can use for themselves or gift to someone. Moderators will receive the same benefit after any additional 6-month commitments.

ABOUT 

WABA empowers people to ride bikes, build connections, and transform places. We envision a just and sustainable transportation system where walking, biking, and transit are the best ways to get around.

HOW TO APPLY 

Fill out this application and we will be in touch within two weeks of the application closing at midnight on December 21. We anticipate virtual orientation happening the week of January 2. 

If you have any questions or need additional support applying, please feel free to email Patricia at womenandbicycles@waba.org

We’re hiring: Outreach Director

Do you enjoy connecting people and communities to bicycling and the outdoors? Can you cultivate a thriving, efficient team? Do you love setting a persuasive and driving vision?

We’re hiring an Outreach Director to lead our outreach and education programs, strategy, and staff.

About the Team

WABA’s programs focus on building networks and engaging people with WABA’s vision of a region with a just and sustainable transportation system where walking, biking, and transit are the best ways to get around. Our approach acknowledges that identity, neighborhoods, lived experience and other factors shape everyone’s experience with public space and bicycling, and therefore outreach must be specific, responsive to needs, and culturally competent.

Our programs include our education programming for adults, youth and families, two of WABA’s and the District of Columbia’s flagship programs– the DC Trail Rangers and the DC Bike Ambassadors– and our regional outreach program with a focus on WABA’s priority constituencies. We have 12 dedicated, full-time staff members, in addition to supportive volunteers and a cohort of instructors.

Job Responsibilities 

The Outreach Director oversees WABA’s outreach and education programs, strategy, and staff. The Director provides organizational and strategic leadership, helping to build broad public support for bicycling and to bring about positive changes for our region.

  • Lead the creation, implementation, and refinement of an outreach strategy that is creative, innovative, and inclusive, and in line with WABA’s strategic plan and focused on our priority constituencies, 
  • Ensure close collaboration between WABA’s outreach and advocacy programs and campaigns. 
  • Oversee the technical and financial delivery of grants and contracts, including our DC Trail Ranger program and our bicycle education and outreach programs. 
  • Support the expansion of WABA’s networks and relationships with other non-profit organizations, businesses, elected public officials, governmental agencies and community leaders, especially in WABA’s priority constituencies.  
  • Supervise WABA’s Programs team with a lens towards managing for diversity, equity, and inclusion, helping to grow and expand staff’s professional skills and experience.
  • Direct program risk management reporting, evaluation and training to ensure safe programs and develop cohesive program standards and processes.
  • As a member of WABA’s senior management team, engage on strategic decision making, organizational management, collective problem solving, cross-team collaboration, risk and financial management, and priority-setting.
  • Develop and implement new programs and initiatives in line with the Strategic Plan and contribute to fundraising and development efforts to expand programming areas and constituencies, in partnership with the Development Team.
  • Represent WABA at public speaking engagements, conferences, and coalitions to advance our outreach partnerships and opportunities. 

Qualifications 

Core skills and experience (these are essential to performing the job):

  • At least seven years of experience, including:
    • At least five years of program management experience, including developing, managing and analyzing program and organizational budgets;
    • Creating and implementing high-level programmatic and strategic goals for a team;
    • At least three years of demonstrated team management and leadership experience.
  • A proven track record for being dependable, timely, and communicative, and working collaboratively within a team.
  • Excellent writing, presentation and public speaking skills, including excellent communication skills in informal settings and across lines of difference.
  • An understanding of how race, gender, and other factors shape conversations and experiences, and how climate and transportation justice are connected to a trails program. 
  • The ability to organize time wisely and balance many projects.
  • Creative problem-solving skills and capacity to innovate.
  • An authentic passion for WABA’s mission and vision and enthusiasm for our organizational values.
  • Be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or be eligible for an exemption as defined by the District of Columbia Mayor’s Order 2021-099, Section III

    Useful skills and experience (these are great to have, but not required):

    If you have this experience or these skills, let us know. You don’t need them to be considered for the position, but you should be eager to learn them:  

    • Experience engaging and navigating government agencies, including local municipal and county governments and the National Park Service. 
    • Experience with field-based operations programs. 
    • Working fluency in Spanish, ASL and/or Amharic.
    • Experience with the Objectives and Key Results (OKR) framework. 
    • Experience with Google Suite (Gmail, Chat, Drive, Sheets, Docs) and Salesforce.
    • The ability to ride a bike, with a willingness to ride in mixed city traffic and off-street trails, and a commitment to being a safe and exemplary bicyclist if and when you ride.
    • Experience in physical, athletics, or outdoor education, instruction, or teaching.
    • Current driver’s license, clean driving record, and the willingness to occasionally— and very safely— drive and parallel park a 19.5-foot cargo van. WABA will work to accommodate great candidates who cannot meet this requirement.

    Working at WABA

    Location

    This position will be based in WABA’s Adams Morgan office. The Outreach Director role is classified as Hybrid Flex– working primarily remotely, but requiring routine in-person and in-office work. Specific in-person days are determined by the employee and their manager based on priorities and program needs. Employees may be required to work additional days in the office or in the field to support specific projects or activities.

    Support 

    There’s a lot of work to do! Here’s what’s available to help get it done:

    • A collaborative and dedicated professional team to support your onboarding, and mutual success and growth.
    • Decades of leadership in the promotion of bicycling and an established, successful program with over 10 years of experience across the region.
    • A network of 15,000 members and donors across the Washington, DC region.
    • Existing networks and relationships with non-profit organizations, businesses, elected public officials, governmental agencies and community leaders.

    The Outreach Director reports to the Deputy Director, and manages the Education and Outreach Manager, two Trail Ranger managers, and the Culture and Engagement Manager.

    Compensation & Benefits 

    This is a full time salaried exempt position with compensatory time in exchange for additional weekend and evening hours worked. The salary starts between $69,700 and $78,000. Other benefits include:

    • 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance premiums.
    • Vacation, sick and personal leave, including:
      • Accrue up to 120 hours of paid vacation starting in your first year, with additional hours after two, five, and ten years of service.
      • Accrue up to 160 hours annually of paid sick time starting in your first year.
      • WABA supports and promotes the health of its staff. You may use accrued sick time for unscheduled leave when not feeling well (mind or body), as well as for scheduled medical appointments.
      • Paid time off for holidays following the federal holiday calendar.
      • One-to-one compensatory time in exchange for any additional hours worked. 
    • Eight (8) weeks paid parental leave and up to eight (8) weeks of additional parental leave from the DC Paid Family Leave act (based on eligibility).
    • Immediate access to WABA’s 403(b) retirement program, with up to a 5% employer match after one-year of service.
    • Optional commuter transit benefit (pre tax deduction)
    • Optional voluntary benefits including life insurance, short-term disability, and long-term disability.
    • A fun and relaxed workplace environment.
    • Passionate, supportive colleagues who are dedicated to working together for our mission and seeing the impact of our work. 

    How to Apply

    Send a cover letter and resume to jobs@waba.org with “Outreach Director” in the subject line.

    No phone calls please.

    Position available immediately. Applications accepted until the position is filled. The interview process will be remote and require a device suitable for video conferencing. Expected start date is on or around February 15, 2023.

    WABA is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, arrest record or criminal convictions, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex, or age.

    About WABA

    WABA empowers people to ride bikes, build connections, and transform places. We envision a just and sustainable transportation system where walking, biking, and transit are the best ways to get around.

    To make our vision a reality, we ground our work in five key values:

    • Joy: We celebrate people and share the joy of bicycling.
    • Boldness: We think big and transform passion into action.
    • Integrity: We earn trust through consistency, honesty, and transparency.
    • Justice: We put justice at the heart of our work.
    • Stewardship: We care for people and the environment, conserve resources, and evolve thoughtfully.

    Big Dreams = Big Change You Can Ride Your Bike On

    What does your dream bikeable neighborhood look like? Protected bike lanes that take you wherever you need to go, so you don’t have to worry about navigating high-speed roads alongside heavy traffic? Trails that create a green haven in the middle of the city, turning an errand or commute into a chance to spend time outside? How about wide sidewalks to get you safely to school, the metro or bus stop, your favorite coffee shop, and your friends’ houses…?

    It sounds almost too good to be true, but with the support of members across DC, Maryland, and Virginia, it’s becoming reality. 

    This year marks 50 years of WABA, and the small group of neighbors who came together to demand better bicycling conditions for DC in 1972 has grown into a movement that is changing our entire region.  Block-by-block, mile-by-mile, and neighborhood-by-neighborhood, you and your neighbors give life to the vision of a region where walking, biking, and transit are the best way to get around.

    Being a WABA member means that you’re not riding alone, not fighting alone, and not dreaming alone. Here’s what you and your fellow WABA members made possible in the last year:

    • In DC, wheels hit pavement in new protected bike lanes on Kenyon and Warder Sts NW, Park Place NW, 9th and Florida Ave NW, New Jersey Ave NW and SW… the list goes on! And we might see even more connections before the year is done.
    • A new extension of the Metropolitan Branch Trail, which links Union Station through Brookland to Fort Totten. This bustling trail connects 1500 people a day from vibrant neighborhoods to transit, schools, parks, businesses, and downtown DC, all without cars.
    • Groundbreaking on construction to fill the gap in the Hyattsville Trolley Trail—a much needed connection in Prince George’s County that will keep people walking and biking safe from traffic on Rhode Island Avenue. 
    • A critical shift at the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration, which announced a plan for 2 miles of protected bike lanes on Old Georgetown Road in North Bethesda. This long-needed improvement to this deadly corridor has been too long in the making but, thanks to your advocacy, the administration is finally listening. 
    • DC Council support for the Safer Streets Amendment Act! When enacted, this will make the District the first city in the United States to both ban right-turn-on-red and legalize the bicycle safety stop, keeping people safe at intersections. 
    • Four miles of upper Beach Drive in Rock Creek Park are open for people, for good. Thanks to the work of thousands of volunteer advocates, this beloved outdoor space is preserved for people using trails and streets to play, explore, and travel from Maryland to downtown DC by foot or by bike. 

    Here’s an example: in 1972, WABA founder Cary Shaw built his own curb cut on Connecticut Avenue NW. Fifty years later, in 2022, WABA advocates like you won a commitment from the city to put protected bike lanes on that very same roadway. This will be a transformational change for one of the region’s busiest corridors, making it possible to travel safely from Woodley Park to Chevy Chase without a car. Talk about a dream come true!

    Thanks to 50 years of consistent advocacy from people like Cary Shaw all the way up to you and your neighbors, our region is on the edge of an enormous cultural shift in how people get around. DC is building bike lanes faster than ever before, with the city committing to 10 new miles of protected bike lanes every year. WABA won overwhelming support from leaders across the region to complete the 40 priority trails in the Capital Trails Network by 2025—a huge milestone to completing this 990-mile network of connected, world-class trails . And more people than ever are choosing to walk, bike, and scoot—seeing how green, active transportation options like walking, biking, and transit can be more fun, more sustainable, and more affordable…in other words, a win-win-win. 

    WABA members are part of a movement to reimagine what our region could look like—a movement for protected bike lanes, trails, safer streets, and a just and sustainable transportation system. Here are some of the dreams we’re making reality in 2023:

    • A protected bike lane on 9th St NW. Yes, that’s right— after nearly nine years of advocacy for this critical safety improvement, the city is breaking ground on a dedicated bike route from Florida Avenue NW to Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
    • Protected contraflow bike lanes in National Landing—part of the Crystal City Bike Network plan that WABA won in partnership with the People Before Cars Coalition.
    • A new walking and biking trail in Ward 8, connecting the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail in DC to the Oxon Hill Farm Trail in Prince George’s County, MD… and moving us 3.8 miles closer to a completed Capital Trails Network.
    • A truly great Long Bridge Trail that creates a dedicated connection from Arlington and the Mount Vernon Trail to DC for people walking and biking.
    • More projects like the Connecticut Avenue NW protected bike lane that reimagine what streets can look like—especially on high-traffic corridors like Old Georgetown Road in Montgomery County, where change is so overdue.

    Whether you were there when it all started in 1972 or took your first Learn to Ride class with WABA this past year, you are a critical part of this movement. With you and your fellow WABA supporters on our side, our dreams for a region where it’s easy and fun to get around by bike are bigger and better than ever. 

    Bike lanes? How about a network of protected bike lanes and low stress streets that takes you where you need to go—so you can bike jubilantly from door to door without fear?

    Trails? How about 990 miles of trails that connect our beautiful region, making it easy for active, green transportation to be part of everyday life?

    Safer streets? We need them, now— and we are demanding that elected officials make good on their promises to make streets safer for everyone. Because we have a right to a region where not even a single person is forced to confront the grief and trauma of losing a loved one to traffic violence. 

    The fight for a region where walking and biking are low-stress, easy, safe ways to get around isn’t one anyone can win on their own. That’s why we’re grateful to have you on our team, helping turn our shared vision into real change on our streets. Thank you for being part of this movement— now, onwards to 2023!

    We’re hiring: Development and Membership Manager

    Do you have a passion for connecting people with the issues that matter most to them? Are you a talented communicator and experienced fundraiser who loves talking to people and is eager to take on the challenge of meeting ambitious revenue goals—alongside an enthusiastic team?

    WABA is hiring a Development and Membership Manager to oversee our fundraising appeals and membership drives as part of a team working to raise a combined $1m of unrestricted revenue/year. 

    About the Team

    The Development and Membership Manager is a member of WABA’s Development and Communications Team. Our team’s job is to connect people to the work that’s most relevant to them, building our community of donors and advocates to strengthen and sustain WABA for the long-term.  That means:

    • Growing and sustaining our donor base of 7,000+ people giving between $1 and $100,000 annually, along with a growing portfolio of corporate support and major potential in the foundation space.
    • Working closely with staff across the organization to tell the story of their work in a way that moves donors to invest in our mission.
    • Ensuring that actionable, relevant content gets to members, supporters, the press, and the public.

    This position reports to the Development Director.

    Job Responsibilities 

    Fundraising

    • Implement two fundraising appeal campaigns per year, each with print and digital components, with a combined revenue goal of $250,000; 
    • Organize two membership drives a year, including one in partnership with Bike to Work Day, with a combined revenue goal of $80,000;
    • Collaborate closely with other staff in external-facing roles, especially WABA’s outreach and advocacy staff, to:
      • Craft thoughtful and compelling talking points about organizational mission and impact, and
      • Support staff in building confidence and comfort fundraising;

    Sustaining and Expanding Membership

    • Work with staff across the organization to grow WABA’s membership, working towards our goals of reaching 10,000 members by 2025  and expanding our membership base to reflect  the diversity of people who bike in our region; 
    • Design and implement occasional membership appreciation and engagement events, both in-person (when safe) and online, including organizing the Annual Member Meeting and keeping the online Membership Hub and Member Extras pages up to date;
    • Regularly update membership materials with relevant, engaging information;
    • Respond to member inquiries by phone or email kindly, accurately, and within one business day (often to connect them with another relevant WABA staff member);

    Team Responsibilities 

    • Be an enthusiastic team player on the Dev/Comms team, including working full-day shifts at 3 weekend Signature Events, and being available to lend a hand and few hours here and there to help teammates with event prep, thank you note writing, phone banking, and brainstorming.

    Qualifications 

    Core Skills

    We perceive these competencies as essential to the job:

    • 1-3 years of relevant professional experience in nonprofit development, including demonstrated success in—and passion for!— membership acquisition or fundraising
    • Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to adapt writing style for different audiences 
    • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects on overlapping timelines;
    • A commitment to inclusivity and support for anyone coming to WABA, regardless of their background or lived experience; 
    • Comfort with picking up the phone to call a donor to say thank you or make an ask.
    • An authentic passion for WABA’s mission,  enthusiasm for our vision, and ability to work in alignment with organizational values.

    Useful experience and skills:

    If you have this experience or these skills, let us know. You don’t need them to be considered for the position, but you should be eager to learn them:  

    • Proficiency with:
      • Google Suite (Gmail, Chat, Drive, Sheets, Docs)
      • Salesforce or another Customer Relationship Management software
      • WordPress
      • Mac OS platforms & software
    • Knowledge of transportation equity; and
    • A commitment to being a safe and exemplary bicyclist if and when you ride.

    Working at WABA

    Hybrid Remote/In-Office Position

    The candidate must be located in the Washington, DC area. 

    WABA is a hybrid workplace. While some of this job can be done remotely, the Development and Membership Manager is required to be in the office in NW DC for in-person development events and event prep, as well during busy periods around appeals and membership drives. 

    Support 

    There’s a lot of work to do! Here’s what’s available to help get it done:

    • A mutually supportive team to…
      • Support your onboarding to the organization
      • answer questions about our database and work processes so you can  learn to navigate these systems on your own, and 
      • provide introduction to and perspective on our donor base and membership program
    • Well-documented membership, donation, and Salesforce processes 
    • A staff and board committed to membership growth
    • A network of 15,000 members and donors across the Washington, DC region
    • A hybrid workplace with options for remote and in-person work to fit the needs of your job responsibilities and schedule

    Compensation & Benefits 

    This is a full time salaried exempt position, with compensatory time in exchange for additional weekend and evening hours worked. The expected salary range is $55,000 – $60,000. Other benefits include:

    • 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance premiums.
    • Generous vacation, sick and personal leave.
    • Up to 120 hours of paid vacation starting in your first year, with additional hours after two, five, and ten years of service.
    • Up to 160 hours annually of paid sick time starting in your first year.
    • Flexible use of sick leave. WABA supports and promotes the health of staff, who may use accrued sick time for unscheduled leave when not feeling well (mind or body), as well as for scheduled medical appointments.
    • Immediate access to WABA’s 403(b) retirement program, with up to a 5% employer match after one-year of service.
    • Optional commuter transit benefit (pre tax deduction).
    • Optional voluntary benefits including, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, other.
    • Paid holidays annually following the federal holiday calendar.
    • A fun and relaxed office environment.
    • Passionate, supportive colleagues who are dedicated to working together for our mission and seeing the impact of our work. 

    About WABA

    WABA empowers people to ride bikes, build connections, and transform places. We envision a just and sustainable transportation system where walking, biking, and transit are the best ways to get around.

    To make our vision a reality, we ground our work in five key values:

    • Joy: We celebrate people and share the joy of bicycling.
    • Boldness: We think big and transform passion into action.
    • Integrity: We earn trust through consistency, honesty, and transparency.
    • Justice: We put justice at the heart of our work.
    • Stewardship: We care for people and the environment, conserve resources, and evolve thoughtfully.

    How to Apply

    Send the following to jobs@waba.org with “Development and Membership Manager” in the subject line:

    • Resume
    • Cover letter
    • Two short writing samples (250-500 words each) composed for different audiences.

    No phone calls please.

    We anticipate interviews will begin in late November-early December, with a start date in early-mid January. The interview process will be remote and require a device suitable for video conferencing.

    WABA is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, arrest record or criminal convictions, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex, or age.

    WABA Members and Local Leaders Gather to Celebrate 50 Years of Better Biking

    For an evening this fall, the Anacostia River reflected WABA orange and blue into the sky as the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge lit up in celebration of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association’s 50th Anniversary.

    Courtesy of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), the lights were a tribute to the thousands of WABA members and volunteers who have worked since 1972 to make the Washington, DC region a great place to ride a bike. And the wide, welcoming multi-use paths on either side of the bridge, which opened in 2021, are a permanent celebration of what advocacy for better bicycling conditions can accomplish. 

    WABA Board President Joanne Neukirchen welcomed over 250 attendees to WABA’s 50th Anniversary Jubilee, held at District Winery in Washington DC on October 12, 2022.

    The Jubilee was put on in collaboration by the current staff and board and a group of long-time WABA supporters who have been with the organization for decades. Attendees included former board and staff from over the years, members and donors from across the region, and representatives from local agencies and community-based organizations who partner with WABA to make the region a place where walking, biking, and transit  are the best ways to get around. 

    WABA also welcomed a slate of speakers to the event: WABA founder Cary Shaw; Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh; DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and District Department of Transportation Director Everett Lott; and Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation Polly Trottenberg, who thanked WABA’s members for their dedicated advocacy and affirming the Biden Administration’s commitment to equity, safety, and sustainability in transportation.

    United States Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary Polly Trottenberg speaks in front of the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge at WABA’s 50th Anniversary Jubilee.

    “As a regular bike commuter myself, I experience the impact your advocacy has made almost every day,” Trottenberg told gathered WABA members. “Your work with stakeholders across the region resulted in tangible change that people experience every single day.”

    DC Mayor Muriel Bowser remarked on the partnership between WABA and the District government agencies that has had such positive impact on bicycling conditions and transportation in the city—including, as of this year, 100 miles of bike lane in Washington, DC.

    WABA welcomed DC Mayor Muriel Bowser to its 50th Anniversary Jubilee.

    The Mayor honored WABA with a certificate and letter of commemoration in honor of its 50th anniversary, presented by District Department of Transportation Director Everett Lott. 

    Director Lott presents WABA Board President Joanne Neukirchen with a letter of congratulations from Mayor Bowser.

    In addition to reaffirming its commitment to the fight for safer streets and better bicycling across the Washington, DC region, WABA took its 50th Anniversary as an opportunity to reflect on its history.  WABA Emeritus Council members and Event Host Committee Co-Chairs Peter Harnik and Linda Keenan shared a Sizzle Reel of WABA highlights from the past 50 years, featuring faces old and new from over the years

    The event concluded with birthday cake and a toast to the next 50 years—and beyond!— of WABA.

    With over 7500 members across the region, WABA’s supporters remain the heart of the organization. Over the last 50 years, WABA’s founding has fought, won, and inspired younger advocates to the cause.

    “As bicycling and safer streets advocates can attest: progress doesn’t happen overnight,” said WABA Board President Joanne Neukirchen in her remarks to close out the evening.  “It happens because people keep showing up, and keep fighting.  I know WABA is going to continue showing up for the fight. We have a strong staff. We have a bold strategic plan guiding us through 2025. And, we have you: our dedicated, generous supporters. We simply wouldn’t be where we are today without you.”

    We’re Hiring: Executive Director

    About the organization:

    The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) is a 501(c)(3), member-supported organization. We just celebrated the 50th anniversary of our founding, in 1972.

    WABA empowers people to ride bikes, build connections, and transform places. We  envision a just and sustainable transportation system where walking, biking, and transit are the best ways to get around. Transportation equity is central to our work. When we’re successful, our transportation system looks different — easier to use, accessible to everyone, more affordable, and climate-resilient — and more people join us for the ride.

    We educate and advocate in The District of Columbia, Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, Arlington County, Fairfax County and the city of Alexandria.

    About the opportunity:

    Our new executive director will join us at a moment of transformation, as the entire Washington region is on the cusp of a more sustainable future. Thanks in large part to WABA’s years of advocacy, governments are prioritizing biking and walking in a way we couldn’t have pictured 50 years ago – each year, miles of new infrastructure make riding safer. A prime example is upper Beach Drive, now closed to cars year-round.

    Even so, much work remains. The mobility that our transportation network provides and the safety and the health burdens it creates are unjustly distributed. While car convenience was prioritized across the board, cities and towns also used transportation planning as a tool to divide, exclude and displace communities of color. The legacy of underinvesting in basic services like sidewalks and transit, disconnecting street grids, and bulldozing neighborhoods to build highways will take far more work to repair. 

    To advance WABA’s mission, our new executive director will inspire, guide and collaborate with our staff, supporters and partners. Core responsibilities include:

    • Lead WABA in strategically executing our mission and living our values, working to advance transportation equity as outlined in our strategic plan. 
    • Maintain and grow WABA’s fiscal health and integrity, ensuring we have the financial resources to meet our ambitious vision.
    • Manage and oversee WABA’s staff and systems. 
    • Represent WABA externally. The Executive Director is a powerful spokesperson for WABA and is uniquely positioned to develop relationships on our behalf. 

    The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and works from our Washington, DC office. The salary range starts at $120,000.

    Candidate qualifications:

    The ideal candidate will bring:

    • Passion for WABA’s mission: Must be able to tap into a personal passion around biking’s essential role in our transportation system, be willing to travel around the area in harmony with WABA’s vision and be able to participate in WABA events. 
    • Fundraising: Must be able to cultivate relationships, paint an inspiring vision, apply emotional intelligence and confidently make big asks. We strongly prefer a history of fundraising results and experience developing fundraising strategy. 
    • Equity and justice: We require experience identifying and addressing barriers to equity. Candidates must be able to listen to and connect authentically with a wide range of people, and to reflect on and thoughtfully address misunderstandings or missteps.
    • Vision and leading through change: We require a history of bringing people together around a vision and through times of transition, at either a team or organization level. 
    • Management: At least five years of management experience; longer experience and a history of supervising senior employees across multiple functions are strongly preferred. We require a history of turning plans into impact, as well as literacy of financial statements, standard nonprofit financial practices and internal controls. 
    • Work context: We strongly prefer experience in the nonprofit sector. Significant volunteer service or relevant experience in government could qualify. Ability to navigate the Google Suite (chat, documents, shared calendars) and other digital tools is required.
    • Advocacy and building community partnerships: Experience as an advocate or building partnerships is welcome but not required, as are existing relationships and positive reputation in the DC area.
    • Transportation policy experience: Given staff’s deep knowledge, we do not require experience in transportation policy, though we welcome past work in this or related fields. We do require the ability to learn our issues quickly, conduct executive-level conversations with stakeholders and weigh in on high-level policy-related decisions.

    To apply:

    Please use this link to submit your resume and a cover letter that addresses how your experience and qualifications align with what we seek.  

    Jami Armstrong, Executive Search Consultant at Nonprofit HR, is the lead search consultant for this engagement.

    Request for Proposals – Promotional Photography

    Organizational Background:

    WABA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization in Washington, DC that empowers people to ride bikes, build connections, and transform places. We envision a just and sustainable transportation system where walking, biking, and transit are the best ways to get around. Since 1972, WABA has put justice at the forefront of engaging with local advocates and community members, empowering them to take action on the transportation issues pertinent to their communities. The results seek to broaden public support for bicycling and just transportation as a way to care for the people and the environment, to conserve resources and evolve thoughtfully.

    Project Overview:

    Until now, in our 50-year-history, we’ve relied primarily on volunteer photographers and our overburdened staff to maintain a photo library, which the organization uses for a plethora of purposes, including promotional emails and printed materials. 

    WABA is commissioning a photographer to recruit a diverse selection of Black and brown folks, and capture photos of them riding bikes–in order to refresh our library of promotional images. When WABA and its membership talk about a just transportation system, we are talking about transportation equity. In an equitable transportation system, your identity and experience—your race, gender, or ability; how much money you have, and where you live—don’t affect whether you can use safe, comfortable multimodal transportation options. The photos should reflect these varying experiences of moving through the Washington, DC region. The goal is for community members and WABA supporters to feel reflected in the promotional images used for external communication such as promo emails for events, advocacy actions, and printed materials.

    Qualifications:

    • Experience photographing people and movement (experience with portrait, sports, and street photography genres is especially welcome)
    • Proficiency with professional camera equipment including shooting in RAW and ability to provide a clean, colorful editing style in line with WABA’s current image library and brand.

    We are open to a variety of experience levels, backgrounds, and approaches, as long as you are able to provide the finished product that we are looking for.

    Scope:

    We are seeking approximately 50 photos to promote events, classes, trails, and general family biking. They should have a candid energy that communicates fun recreation and transportation. We would like to capture as many locations in the region as possible, but have a specific budget of $10,000. We would also like the photos to reflect the diversity of our membership and the region as a whole. For this project that involves photographing Black families and individuals enjoying regional trails and protected bike lanes.

    We envision two shoots, one on trails and one on a protected bike lane (PBL). The trail shoot would take place in the afternoon, on Marvin Gaye trail with a Black or interracial family on hybrid bikes. Bonus if other types of family-biking equipment is captured: electric cargo bikes, bike trailers, young children on balance bikes.

    The PBL shoot will take place in one of DC’s major bike lanes (not in NW). This would take place in the morning, in order to capture commuters making use of the PBLs.  

    In both shoots, we would like to showcase the widest possible age range and represent different types of bikes (we are happy to consult on this matter). We would like to leave the actual recruitment process up to the photographer and require the exclusive copyright of the finished photos. 

    Finally, we would prefer for this to be completed by the end of this calendar year (CY 2022). This is an ongoing project, so feel free to pitch on one or both shoots. Include a price per shoot so that we can budget more for next year. 
    Submit proposals to jonathan.kincade@waba.org by November 18, 2022. Feel free to reach out directly if you have any questions.