BikeHouston steered the Houston Bike Plan through creation and City Council approval process. We are now focused on the implementation of the plan over the next decade and beyond. The BikeHouston advocacy director will lead this initiative.
The Advocacy Director is responsible for identifying, monitoring and shaping policy initiatives within the city and county governments, management districts and super neighborhoods which relate to the BikeHouston mission – specifically implementing the Houston Bike Plan. S/he is responsible for developing and implementing a focused and effective government relations and community affairs agenda which will accelerate the pace of change in Houston. S/he maintains active partnerships with government agencies, community organizations, and community boards to build capacity and support for the programs and projects at BikeHouston. S/he helps communicate and advance the mission and goals to governmental programs through direct engagement with the Mayor’s office, City Council Members, COH Health Department, Parks & Recreation Department, the Planning Department, Public Works & Engineering Department, Houston Police Department, and District Attorney as well as related regional governmental and non-governmental organizations.
The position is also responsible for identifying and securing public funding and monitoring policy initiatives within the city, state and federal levels of government, with the support of the Director of Development.
- Serve as the point-person for BikeHouston’s relationships with city, county, state and federal agencies, and with elected and appointed officials and their staff.
- Collaborate with BikeHouston staff and volunteers to research, develop and continually refine BikeHouston’s public-funding and community-relations goals.
- Implement a focused and effective government-relations strategy for federal, state and local government agencies and elected and appointed officials, through such means as direct advocacy, preparation and distribution of advocacy materials, and arranging advocacy events.
- Implement a focused and effective community-relations strategy in coordination with Community & Events manager.
- Provide timely information to the Staff, Board and stakeholders with respect to important funding opportunities, laws, policies, and public-agency news.
- Assist ED and other staff in developing grant proposals, expense reports, and capital requests to obtain and report on public funding.
- Represent BikeHouston by speaking at community meetings and related events.
- Write testimony and represent BikeHouston at public hearings.
- Perform other related duties and special projects as directed.
- The position does require some work on weekends and during the evenings given the stakeholders we serve.
- Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred.
- 5 years related experience.
- Expert understanding of government decision-making and funding processes and/or urban planning and bikeway design.
- Exceptional interpersonal skills.
- Experience in government affairs and government decision-making processes.
- Lobbying experience strongly preferred.
- Ability to vigorously represent BikeHouston to elected and appointed officials, agencies, outside organizations, and members of the public.
- Excellent research, writing, and communication skills.
- Ability to work effectively with others across the organization; good team-playing skills, including diligence, creativity, and a healthy sense of humor.
- Well-organized and self-directed; experience juggling many projects at once with attention to detail.
- Successful experience in partnership and relationship and coalition building and development.
- Successful experience in developing, directing and managing multiple projects.
Salary and Benefits: Salary range $45 – $55 thousand based on experience. Generous vacation package, no health insurance currently.
How to Apply: Email cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Act quickly. The position will remain open until filled.