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Seeking Community Engagement Coordinator

LOCATION:  Columbia, SC

The Palmetto Cycling Coalition (PCC) is looking for a highly motivated, talented individual to assist in communications and state campaigns, coordinate and grow the Coalition’s donor/member program and databases, and develop and grow our bike safety education and local advocacy programs. The position will be full time at 40 hours/week. People of color encouraged to apply.

PCC is a small, statewide non-profit organization, operating in existence for over 20 years. We are the primary organization in South Carolina advocating for biking and walking at the state level. Our mission is to make South Carolina bicycle and pedestrian friendly, by improving safety through better access and education, to promote healthy lifestyles and livable and economically viable communities. We are a lean and highly motivated organization. Our main programs currently are our state Multimodal Policy campaign, a legislative agenda on Vulnerable Roadway Users (H.3615), and our Safe Streets Save Lives bike safety education campaign. Our organization also has extensive experience growing grassroots leaders in local bike/walk movements, and we anticipate returning to this work soon.

General position responsibilities currently include donor & member database management, donor and public communications, and campaign support. As the position evolves, additional responsibilities will include educational program development, teaching, and program evaluation. The position reports to the Executive Director and will occasionally work closely with board members when managing the donor database and working with them on occasional donor renewal campaigns.

Specific job responsibilities:

  1. Campaign support: (~30%) In support of the grant funded state Multimodal state policy campaign and SC Livable Communities Alliance (PCC is lead facilitator of the partnership and Steering Committee leading the campaign), assist the ED in conducting some grassroots outreach around the state, setting up and facilitating small and large meetings in state legislative districts, key to the campaign. This local outreach will focus on local stories, including those directly related to equity, that bridge relevance to our state policy. This will also be done with direct assistance from our campaign and equity consultant.
  2. Donor/member management: (~25%) Manage an integrated network of member data, including data entry and donation processing; manage the membership database and renewal system (eTapestry, Blackbaud), ensuring its accuracy; manage new and existing emails (Constant Contact); create monthly membership reports, and occasionally assist in the growth of new members in coordination with efforts of the Executive Director (ED) and the Board of Directors;
  3. Education program: (~25%) Teach occasional bike safety education courses to adults and families around the state, in a new and evolving program, at various outlets including but not limited to some YMCA’s, National Safety Council training of trainers for Defensive Driving Courses on bike law, and others as they develop. Assist the ED in further developing the program, and over time, take the lead broadly, to include but not limited to these: curricula modifications, seeking and finding additional outlets and opportunities, and program evaluation. (This education program has potential to grow a contact list for future bike/ped local advocacy groups, focusing on anything locally relevant, including advocacy, campaigns, candidate forums, Safe Routes to School, etc.)
  4. Communications: (~10%) Occasionally edit or write e-newsletter copy and populate social media accounts with relevant and timely campaign content, in coordination with the Executive Director, with help from some volunteers.
  5. Other duties (~10%) as they arise.

Required qualifications

  • Organized and attentive to detail
  • Mature & highly dependable
  • Motivated, self-starter
  • A collaborative orientation, and a creative problem solver
  • Able to work independently and as a team
  • Very tech savvy with a desire to learn database software
  • Exceptional written and verbal communications ability, including skills on the phone talking with strangers, presenting Powerpoints to audiences, and writing or editing copy
  • Ability to engage authentically with diverse audiences, with respect to race and income
  • Basic knowledge and experience of bicycle or pedestrian safety or health issues
  • Passion for the politics of public space
  • Some experience with advocacy of any kind
  • Ability to attend some early morning and night meetings, on weekdays and weekends.
  • Ability to travel.

Desired qualifications

  • Experience with database software, such as Constant Contact, eTapestry or similar membership/account software
  • In depth knowledge of bicycling, walking, and road safety issues
  • Experience in education or presenting to diverse audiences
  • Demonstrated experience in and knowledge of community organization and outreach, bike/ped/trail advocacy and programming, transportation policy and bike/ped infrastructure projects, bicycle and pedestrian safety education, bike/ped law, and public health efforts to promote physical activity.

Salary & Benefits
Commensurate with experience. Health and other benefits available. Salaried, exempt position. Training provided in workshops and conferences, including bike safety education certification, bike/ped advocacy skills development, and other trainings upon request, multiple times each year.

To Apply
Please email (to jobs@pccsc.net) a letter of interest and your resume to Amy Johnson Ely, PCC Executive Director, including the email subject line: Community Engagement Coordinator.

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