Education and Engagement Programs Manager - Madison

Wisconsin Bike Fed

The Wisconsin Bike Fed is one of the largest statewide bicycle advocacy organizations in the country.  The Bike Fed's mission is to cultivate, motivate, and unite a strong community of citizens as well as business and political leaders to move bicycling forward in Wisconsin - through education, legislation, and involvement.

Position Details

Education and Engagement Programs Manager - Madison
Southwest Wisconsin
Madison, WI

The Bike Fed is seeking an Education and Engagement Programs Manager to work in the Madison area. The Program Manager reports to the Assistant Director. Ideal candidate exercises sound judgment and thrives in diverse work environments. They are also highly organized, outgoing, and comfortable working in a fast-paced environment. The Bike Fed is one of the largest statewide bicycle advocacy organizations in the country. This is a great opportunity for a highly motivated, professional and creative individual to help grow the bicycle advocacy movement. This position is funded by a state grant for 2 years starting July 2021.

Position Breakdown:

80% of position: managing Safe Routes to School (SRTS) in Madison. This program aims to increase active transportation to Capital Area Regional Planning Commision boundaries schools. Specifically, advancing opportunities for students and families to walk and bike to school, improve health and safety, decrease tardiness and promote a culture of wellness.

20% of position: additional education and encouragement programs, Bike Fed outreach, events, and program support in the Madison area.

This position works from home and out in the community, with potential occasional travel to Bike Fed headquarters in Milwaukee. In-person training and events will be primarily outdoors and follow local and CDC guidelines for safety.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Coordinate Capital Area Regional Planning area-wide SRTS programming, resources, and communication. Carry out and manage the program and provide resources for students, schools, parents/guardians, and broader community; help to implement any existing SRTS plans with the region’s school districts and Model Schools in Madison. Manage communication strategies including Facebook and other social media, list serve, and newsletter updates. Coordinate and collaborate with the Dane County SRTS Project Steering Committee. Serve on district committees and coalitions that will further SRTS Program goals and program sustainability. 
  2. Facilitate evaluation of SRTS projects including collection, review, and dissemination of data to partners. Support schools in conducting annual student travel tallies. Administer teacher feedback surveys/forms for the bicycle unit. Coordinate SRTS Project Report. 
  3. Identify recommended walk/bike routes for participating schools. Conduct walk/bike audits or training on audits at schools. Use “Participatory Photo-Mapping” with 3rd-5th graders to identify hazards to walking and biking, and to elicit community feedback in the planning process. 
  4. Integrate walk/bike education in school curriculum and promote outreach activities. Review existing resources in school district programs. Coordinate bike safety training for school staff and community members. Promote and coordinate educational events at identified schools Manage assistant “Bike Education Coordinators” and outreach ambassadors to provide education to PE teachers on the bicycle education unit. Coordinate WOW (Walk or Wheel) Challenge. 
  5. Work in partnership with municipal planning to facilitate government improvements for the promotion of safe walking and biking around school buildings and neighborhood routes. Develop School Traffic Safety Plans for schools ready for this step. 
  6. Manage all aspects of the grant, including budget, reporting, and evaluation in partnership with the Assistant Director. Summarize program successes and communicate with partners. 
  7. Coordinate events, trainings, and engagement opportunities: How to use Bike Repair stands, bike safety lessons, etc.  Empower local residents to be ambassadors for the stations.

Preferred qualifications: Bilingual in Spanish/English, 2 years SRTS or community program experience, Basic bike maintenance knowledge, value diversity and inclusion. MUST pass a background check.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday with some sporadic weekends and evenings. Occasionally will require travel within the state.

Physical Requirements: Sitting for prolonged periods, typing on a computer keyboard, lifting objects of 35 pounds or less, ability to ride a bicycle

Equipment Used: Computer, audio-visual systems, printer/copier, hand tools for basic bike maintenance

Salary: $40,000 - $45,000, commensurate with experience. Low employee co-pays for health & dental insurance, up to 3% of annual wages matched in a SIMPLE IRA account, and generous paid time off.

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