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Executive Director

Full-time Bike Bakersfield (Bakersfield, California)

Job description:

The Executive Director is responsible for leadership and management of Bike Bakersfield, a nonprofit organization that exists to improve the bicycling environment and the quality of life in metropolitan Bakersfield and Kern County. The organization supports the grassroots advocacy of our members, supports planners with the development of bicycle transportation infrastructure, educates cyclists, motorists, and the general public on bicycling issues, and campaigns to develop and implement pro-active bicycle plans and policies. The chief executive reports to and works in partnership with a board of directors and is responsible for developing and managing the organization's budget, and supervises paid staff.


  • Passionate about bicycling
  • Demonstrated fundraising, grant writing and fiscal management skills
  • Project management skills including project design, timely execution and effective management.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, and equally effective listening skills.
  • Computer Skills: Familiarity with Filemaker (or similar database program), Quickbooks, Excel and Word.
  • A four (4) year college degree is preferred, however, 3-5 years relevant experience in administrative/management position, preferably for a grassroots, non-profit organization focused on environmental, health and/or transportation, issues will be considered for the ideal candidate.
  • Familiarity with environmental, health and transportation issues especially in Bakersfield and Kern County
  • Desire to be a part of evolving organization and to contribute to its growth and reputation
  • Flexibility and a good sense of humor
  • Owner and regular user of a bicycle


  1. Financial Management and Administration
    • Work with the Board of Directors to ensure sufficient financial resources by maintaining and expanding a wide variety of potential funding sources and linking existing and new programs to funding sources.
    • Work with the Treasurer to forecast the short and long term financial needs of Bike Bakersfield using methods including: predicting monthly cash flow, developing major project budgets, annual budgeting, and multi-year strategic planning.
    • Monitor the financial status of Bike Bakersfield with the treasurer
    • Produce clear and timely reports to the treasurer, members, and funders.
    • Keep and maintains records of organization to meet legal requirements.
    • Negotiate contracts.
    • Manage office, working environment.
    • Ensure compliance with non-profit laws.

  2. Staff Management
    Staff includes the direct employees of Bike Bakersfield and the contractors hired from time to time for specific projects.
    • Hire, supervise, evaluate, terminate.
    • Improve the effectiveness of existing staff by providing assistance and advice when necessary; and by matching responsibilities to skills.
    • Clearly communicate expectations.
    • Ensure sufficient resources for staff to do their jobs.
    • Ensure a respectful, fair, comfortable, safe working environment.
    • Assign workload as efficiently and fairly as possible.

  3. Strategic Leadership and Vision
    • Achieve strategic goals and objectives as identified by the board and active members in an annual strategic planning process.
    • Maintain grassroots roots with open, inclusive, active participation.
    • Use volunteer’s time and energy wisely.
    • Develop leadership among members by identifying diverse, motivated and active individuals and by giving those individuals technical and structural support.
    • Cultivate and maintain productive relationships with policy makers, the media and local businesses.
    • Make allies locally and regionally.
    • Officially represent Bike Bakersfield to the public and policy makers.

  4. Board Relations
    • Provide timely and accurate information for informed decision making.
    • Adhere to board policies.


The salary range is $40,000-$45,000 with benefits.

How to apply:

Send cover letter, resume, salary history, professional references and writing sample to: and

June 1, 2013