State + Local Policy Analyst
PeopleForBikes (PFB) works to unite millions of Americans, thousands of businesses and hundreds of communities to make every bike ride safer, more accessible and more fun. Our mission is to put more people on bikes more often and make every bike ride better for everyone. Nationwide, PeopleForBikes represents 290 supplier members, more than 1,100 Ride Spot retailer members and 1.4 million individual supporters. The U.S. bicycle industry contributes $88 billion annually to the U.S. economy and supports more than 780,000 jobs. PeopleForBikes is made up of a Coalition that is the U.S. bicycle industry’s trade association and a Foundation that supports and promotes bicycling’s benefits and backs crucial bike infrastructure projects and programs.
PeopleForBikes is hiring a state + local policy analyst for our Business Network team. This employee will advocate for policies to improve and protect bicycle infrastructure and increase bicycling participation at the state and local levels. This person will help formulate bicycle industry-related policy and regulations that proactively position the bike industry and get ahead of potential threats. This employee will help implement organizational policy initiatives, track legislative activity in all 50 states, analyze laws and regulations, report to stakeholders and advocate for positions supported by the bike industry. The subject matter may include policy work related to transportation, infrastructure, traffic laws, trade, tax, natural resources, environmental issues, public lands and consumer product regulation. This position will report to the deputy director of state + local policy and assist in all administrative functions of the Business Network including scheduling meetings, writing notes and setting project reminders.
- Maintain PeopleForBikes’ state legislative tracking system to monitor industry-related policies and regulations in all 50 state legislatures.
- Research, track and gather data on state and local legislation and regulations nationally and report on key findings.
- Establish relationships with key stakeholders such as advocacy partners, state and local decision makers and industry members.
- With the Business Network team and industry stakeholders, help to formulate policy positions, implement advocacy plans and assist on all state and local initiatives and campaigns.
- Facilitate policy webinars with key stakeholders and supporters.
- Initiate outreach to assess and learn more about important industry issues.
- Serve as administrative support for PeopleForBikes’ subcommittees and working groups. Help the groups run smoothly by managing meeting schedules, writing notes and conducting follow-up surveys.
- Coordinate and prepare materials and logistics for weekly Business Network team calls.
- Serve as the point of contact for the Business Network team for scheduling meetings and notetaking.
- Implement public-facing campaigns such as action alerts and social media in concert with the PeopleForBikes’ marketing team.
- Write and edit white papers, handouts, board reports and general summary documents on key findings.
- Develop project-related blog posts, fact sheets, social media and web content.
- Manage and organize documents of the Business Network team.
- Bachelor’s degree in policy, environmental studies, political science or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
- At least 3 years of relevant experience in nonprofits, trade associations, advocacy, lobbying or related policy work.
- Strong policy analysis and research skills.
- Strong customer service ethic and willingness to go above and beyond to assist PFB’s members and stakeholder groups.
- Self-motivation, enthusiasm and willingness to learn.
- Ability to write clearly and concisely, including condensing public policy language into terms that non-experts can easily understand.
- Ability to consider program and policy opportunities and threats through a diversity, equity and inclusion lens.
- Strong time management skills with the ability to direct multiple projects and meet competing deadlines.
- Must be able to quickly master new subjects and be the expert for constituents as unexpected policy challenges arise.
- Ability to collaborate and work efficiently with PFB’s Business Network and Marketing teams.
- Strong work ethic, self-directed, able to work independently to accomplish assigned tasks and meet critical deadlines.
- Willingness to perform moderate travel to attend meetings, conferences, training and site visits.
- A commitment to safe, healthy, reliable and affordable access to bicycling for all members of a community.
- PeopleForBikes will consider alternative ways that an applicant may have gained the required qualifications, outside of traditional pathways.
- Graduate degree preferred in policy, environmental studies, political science or a related field, or equivalent combination of education and work experience.
- Track record of member engagement and collaboration (association, membership group, public sector organization).
- Experience writing marketing, social media and/or public relations copy.
- Persuasive speaker who is comfortable explaining the power of the bicycle.
- Experience building and maintaining relationships with a diverse network of individuals and organizations.
- Experience using Microsoft, Google and Adobe programs.
Compensation and Benefits
This “at-will” position offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience with a range of $48,000 – $70,000. PeopleForBikes offers an excellent and comprehensive benefits package. This includes paid health insurance for employees, a generous paid-time-off (PTO) policy including 22 days plus federal holidays, paid parental leave, a flexible work schedule including work from home options and optional participation in a deferred compensation retirement plan, with immediate vesting of a competitive employer match. In addition, we provide long-term disability insurance, a regional public transportation pass and a cell phone plan, along with other benefits.
At PeopleForBikes, our agreed upon set of team norms is what drives us to do our best every day we show up to work. We continually strive to build and strengthen our team, we work together effectively to serve our mission and we have fun. Beyond that, we’re casual, we work flexibly with some remote work allowed and we love dogs. You don’t have to be an amazing bike rider to work here — what matters to us is a desire to work alongside passionate people improving the world through bikes.
- Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter in a single PDF file via email with “State + Local Policy Analyst ” in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The cover letter should be no longer than one page and briefly explain the candidate’s applicable experience including experience working with people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
- Due to volume, we will not respond to telephone or in-person inquiries.
- Incomplete applications will not be considered.
- The position is available immediately and will remain open until the position is filled.
- Interested applicants are encouraged to visit PeopleForBikes.org for general information and organizational background.
Our work to create safer, more comfortable and accessible places to ride for everyone starts with us. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to hiring a diverse workforce and will consider alternative ways in which an applicant may have gained the required qualifications outside of traditional pathways.
We are working to ensure our staff reflects the backgrounds, experiences and perspectives of the communities we serve. Employing a diverse staff enables us to better serve diverse communities and build an empowering, collaborative and innovative work culture. We strive to create an inclusive work environment where employees from all backgrounds and communities feel welcomed, valued, respected and received.
Externally, our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Subcommittee is working to make the bike industry more inclusive and welcoming by cultivating authentic relationships with historically marginalized communities, developing and sharing DEI resources and working to combat racism, homophobia and misogyny within our own companies. Recognizing that change starts internally, we’re improving our talent management lifecycle. Below are some examples of our current initiatives. This list is not comprehensive nor complete, and our work to create a truly diverse and inclusive workplace is an ongoing process:
- Researching and implementing a fair and equitable hiring process that includes posting salary ranges as a best practice.
- Standardizing our onboarding process with a dedicated team, including a peer buddy, to ensure all new hires have the necessary tools, information and relationships to get started.
- Every staff member receives a professional review twice a year to celebrate strengths and find opportunities for growth. These reviews provide an opportunity for employees to discuss their future and identify any development tools needed for individual career success.
- When an employee leaves PeopleForBikes, we conduct an exit interview to see what we could have done better.
- Soliciting feedback at regular intervals throughout an employee’s lifecycle to identify ongoing opportunities for improvement, ultimately making us a better organization.
We believe that no matter who you are, where you’re from or why you ride, everyone can find joy on a bicycle. When you work at PeopleForBikes, you help us do the same.
Job posted: 2021-07-12