We’re hiring: Washington, DC Organizer

Can you turn enthusiasm into action? Do you love connecting people to their power? Do you have experience working with communities and coalitions to win legislative and budget victories? Do you care about making it safer and easier for everyone to get around?

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association is looking for a Washington, DC Organizer. This is a full-time permanent position to accelerate our efforts to make the District’s streets safer for all road users and to help build out our multi-use trail network.

Position Overview

The DC Organizer will organize community members and educate key decision-makers to advance DC’s Low Stress Network: a network of protected, low-stress bike lanes and multi-use trails for walking, biking, and rolling. This work will focus on supporting community-led campaigns and monitoring and providing input on the District’s highest priority projects.

The DC Organizer will join WABA’s supportive and collaborative Advocacy Team, and report directly to the Senior Organizing Manager. The WABA Advocacy team includes: the Advocacy Director, Senior Organizing Manager, Regional Organizers for DC, Maryland, and Virginia, a volunteer organizer, and teammates focused on regional Vision Zero Campaigns.

DC Organizer Job Responsibilities

Job responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Collaborate with and support advocates and other community coalitions in DC to call for bikeable, walkable streets and multi-use trails;
  • Monitor and take action to encourage safer and more equitable DC legislation, infrastructure, and funding proposals; 
  • Communicate with and educate relevant local and regional decision-makers to encourage the development of bikeable, walkable streets and trails;
  • Draft and coordinate compelling action alerts, blog posts, and campaign materials;
  • Cultivate new supporters in DC through grassroots outreach and coalition building; and
  • Communicate and build relationships with relevant local and regional press members to ensure coverage of bike and trail issues in news media.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Core Skills

  • 2-3 years of experience in advocacy, community organizing, and/or political campaigns
  • Virtual and in-person event planning experience
  • Ability to develop and managing projects from start to finish
  • Experience building and maintaining diverse coalitions or direct experience working with underserved communities
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity and social justice
  • Familiarity with the legislative process, particularly in DC
  • Strong communications skills, both written and verbal
  • Technological fluency: The organizer will create and maintain spreadsheets, run reports, and communicate with our members and the public via a myriad of online organizing tools, including WordPress and Salesforce. The Advocacy Team uses Google office tools (G-Suite) and Microsoft Office tools to collaborate on work.

Useful Skills and Experience

  • Familiarity with safe streets issues in Washington, DC strongly preferred
  • Experience engaging with and navigating DC government agencies
  • Creativity in organizing and engaging stakeholders
  • Ability to quickly digest and distill complicated information
  • Comfort speaking in front of large groups, leading meetings, and working with diverse stakeholders
  • Spanish language proficiency or fluency is a plus

Compensation and Benefits:

This is a full-time, salaried position (salary range: $56,000-$61,000). Benefits include employer covered health/dental insurance, generous flex and comp time policy, vacation, sick and personal leave, committed colleagues, and fun working environment.

The candidate must be located in the Washington, DC area — while WABA staff work a hybrid schedule, this position will require attending regular in-person events. Occasional evening and weekend work is required.

WABA requires all staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. DC grant funded staff must comply with Mayor’s Order 2021-147, section VI, part 2, or be eligible for an exemption as defined by the District of Columbia Mayor’s Order 2021-099, Section III.

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

To Apply:

Submit a cover letter and resume in one PDF to Kalli Krumpos at jobs@waba.org with “DC Organizer” in the subject line. In your application materials, please help us understand your suitability for the role, how you would contribute to the diversity of WABA’s staff, and let us know where you learned about the position.

Deadline for applications is 5pm on Sunday, October 15, 2023. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please, no phone calls.

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.

Visit our about us page to read about our values, theory of change, and more.