Director of Government Affairs

05 Jan, 2019


Director of Government Affairs

International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)
Denver, CO

The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is seeking candidates for a full-time, exempt, salaried position as a Director of Government Affairs.

As the nation’s foremost advocate for mountain biking, the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s (IMBA) mission is to create, enhance and protect great places to ride mountain bikes.

As part of its focus on More Trails Close to Home, IMBA is seeking to hire a new senior-level Director of Government Affairs to put thousands of mountain bike voices to work to achieve measurable outcomes for the mountain biking community. Yes, we mean more sweet-sweet singletrack, more technical trail diversity, more beginner access, more support from local communities and more protection for the precious trails we already love to ride.

IMBA will achieve these outcomes across federal, state, and local levels through a focus on three policy areas: 1. Public Lands Access, 2. Trail Infrastructure Funding, and 3. The Next Generation of Riders. Key partners include Outdoor Alliance, People for Bikes and Outdoor Industry Association.

(Director will achieve the following.)

  • Design, oversee and implement IMBA’s public policy advocacy strategy at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • Achieve measurable policy outcomes impacting mountain bikers, including: increased trail mileage, miles of trails protected, dollars secured for trail access and conservation, increasing mountain biking’s contribution to the outdoor recreation economy, increasing mountain bike supporters.
  • Draft and lead the development of legislation to further the interests of mountain biking.
  • Develop proactive priority campaigns at the local level to elevate model outcomes nationally.
  • Integrate IMBA’s Government Affairs strategies across all internal departments.
  • Work collaboratively with IMBA’s marketing and communications department to develop and execute press releases, announcements, campaigns and media opportunities.
  • Recruit and build mountain bike champions across a bipartisan spectrum of decision makers.
  • Coordinate and/or collaborate with coalition efforts that intersect with mountain biking interests, e.g., Coalition for Recreational Trails, Coalition for Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Outdoor Alliance, the Outdoor Industry Association, People for Bikes, League of American Bicyclists, the National Interscholastic Cycling Association and other outdoor recreation interests.
  • Cultivate and nurture relationships, partnerships and collaborations with trail and public lands stakeholders, ensuring positive outcomes for mountain biking and the experiences of mountain bikers; as well as other respectful users of trails and public lands, e.g., sportsmen, hikers, equestrians, wilderness advocates, motorized trail users, wildlife advocates, etc.
  • Recruit and organize IMBA partners to advance policy strategies.
  • Develop, manage and fundraise for program budget in coordination with development team.

(To achieve the outcomes, we believe the Director must exhibit these competencies.)

  • Strategic Thinking/Visioning: Able to see and communicate the big picture in an inspiring way. Determines opportunities and threats through comprehensive analysis of current and future trends. Must be able to quickly assimilate information from various sources; develop sound strategic alternatives; and inform, involve and persuade other stakeholders to create consensus for action plans.
  • Communication: Organized thought processes. Speaks and writes clearly and articulately without being overly verbose or talkative. Maintains this standard in all forms of written communication including e-mail.
  • Teamwork: Reaches out to peers and partners and cooperates with IMBA’s board and senior leadership to establish an overall collaborative working relationship.
  • Analysis/Problem Solving: Thoroughly thinks out and evaluates alternatives, innovative problem resolutions and proactive approaches; and takes the initiative to resolve problems.
  • Efficiency: Able to produce significant output with minimal wasted effort.
  • Calm Under Pressure: Maintains stable performance when under heavy pressure or
  • Stress.
  • Professional Presentation Skills: Engages an audience, creates interest and excitement while taking complex issues and making them relevant to the target audience.
  • Specialized Knowledge: Specialized, up-to-date knowledge of land-use policies, environmental regulations, how mountain bikers and industry are organized, and trail development politics.
  • Organizational: The successful candidate will be passionate about outdoor recreation and mountain biking, with an energetic “can-do” personality, who is comfortable working both independently and as part of a team.


  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, environmental policy or related field or relevant work experience. Master’s degree or equivalent is preferred.
  • At least seven years of experience in a government affairs capacity for an elected official, government agency, private entity and/or nonprofit advocacy organization is required, including some experience in Washington DC.
  • Campaign (political or policy) experience required.
  • Candidates will have a minimum of five years’ experience supervising, mentoring, and evaluating direct staff reports.
  • Understanding of current natural resource management trends and politics, especially as they relate to mountain biking.
  • Knowledge of public lands policy and mountain bike access funding is required.
  • Proven track record of securing measurable policy results by working with diverse stakeholders.
  • Experience drafting and leading the development of legislation.
  • Preferred candidates have worked with key stakeholders on Capitol Hill and federal agencies, including work on or with key committees focused on natural resources and/or transportation issues.
  • Fundraising or philanthropic experience preferred.
  • Genuine passion for the mission and work of IMBA.


This position reports to IMBA’s CEO.

The Director of Government Affairs will have staff reporting to her/him and therefore will be expected to exhibit qualities common with being a supervisor, including, but not limited to: the ability to lead and develop consensus, clearly articulating department goals and delegating appropriately, timely reporting and approving of expenses, conducting frequent department meetings, and handling requests for time off from staff.

BENEFITS (subject to change) Health and Dental Insurance, Life Insurance, Long Term Disability, Vacation and Sick Leave, Paid Holidays, and pro-deals.

TRAVEL This position will include regular travel throughout the U.S. and Washington DC.

SALARY Commensurate with experience and qualifications.

APPLYING Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume together in the same file to (with job title in subject line) by End of Day, January 25th, 2019.

EEO STATEMENT IMBA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, IMBA complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

Job posted: 2019-01-05