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Walk Bike Nashville

Engagement Coordinator

Walk Bike Nashville

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Job Summary

Walk Bike Nashville is seeking an Engagement Coordinator to continue the organization’s neighborhood outreach and engagement initiatives, coordinate community education opportunities, and build intentional partnerships with groups that are addressing transportation, social, and environmental justice in Nashville. Working with a passionate and supportive team of staff members, the Engagement Coordinator will foster community-led initiatives for better transportation options, and help remove barriers to mobility while prioritizing the needs of Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), and low-income people who stand to gain the most from our efforts.

 

Walk Bike Nashville is a 501(c)3 with a mission to make the Nashville area more walkable, bikeable, and liveable. We believe that Nashville’s streets should be safe and accessible to all, and that all Nashvillians should be able to move through our city with dignity–with or without a car.

 

We are seeking an Engagement Coordinator to join our team and lead our neighborhood engagement and education efforts. Walk Bike believes that for transportation projects to be successful, extensive community engagement is essential to ensure that improvements are co-created by the existing communities that will be impacted most by the project. This position will focus on outreach and engagement in the organization’s focus neighborhoods to identify, develop, and support residents so they can advocate for better transportation options in their communities. The Engagement Coordinator will also work to build broader coalition throughout Metro Nashville by fostering relationships with other community groups that are working on issues related to transportation, social, and environmental justice.

This position will also play an important role in our organization’s continued effort to execute and build on our Strategic Plan and Anti-Racism Plan. We believe transportation investments should remove barriers to mobility and prioritize the needs of Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), and low-income people who stand to gain the most from our efforts. The work of this position will be focused on communities that have been most impacted by environmental injustices or lack of access to safe transportation options, while contributing to our broader advocacy efforts for better, safer streets for all.

Job Responsibilities

Initial projects for this role include:

  1. Murfreesboro Pike Corridor Outreach and Engagement: For the past year, Walk Bike has been gathering input on pedestrian safety from more than 150 low-income, Black and Latino residents along Murfreesboro Pike–a deadly corridor for pedestrians and an area with high rates of car-free households. Many of the communities along Murfreesboro have historically been left out of transportation planning conversations. This engagement work is focused on identifying, training, and supporting community leaders along Murfreesboro to become transportation advocates for their community. The Engagement Coordinator will support Napier residents who are already providing input on pedestrian safety projects, while beginning outreach efforts along other parts of the corridor. 
  2. Focus School Neighborhood Outreach and Engagement: The Engagement Coordinator will support the Schools Program staff through outreach and engagement in the neighborhoods around Walk Bike’s focus schools. This effort will serve as an extension of the Murfreesboro Pike work while also building participation in Safe Routes to School programs which seek to increase the number of students walking and biking to school.
  3. Community Education: This position will coordinate the scheduling of community classes, rides, and walks by working with trained instructors and community groups. These educational events provide opportunities for engagement while promoting bicycle and pedestrian safety. 
  4. Building Intentional Partnerships:  The Engagement Coordinator will attend community events, identify points of alignment, and foster relationships with people and groups that are working to address social justice, environmental justice, and transportation issues. We believe systemic racism is a known barrier to safe, equitable transportation, and this position will help us support organizations that are engaged in anti-racism work.
  5. Other programs and roles as assigned. Walk Bike Nashville is a small organization and all staff are expected to help with various elements of the organization’s work. 

Qualifications

The successful candidate will meet the following qualifications: 

Experience: Previous employment or volunteer experience in community organizing, community outreach, movement politics, or other grassroots-related work

Personal Attributes: 

  • Desire to engage communities and empower self-advocates in the transportation planning process to ensure all Nashvilians can move through our streets safely and with dignity
  • Outgoing personality–enjoys fostering genuine relationships and naturally builds trust within racially and economically diverse communities
  • Eager to join a growing and evolving organization with the opportunity to play an active role in its path forward
  • Interest in issues related to social justice and the systemic racism that is reflected in our public infrastructure
  • Self-motivator who thrives in a less structured and dynamic environment and easily adapts to change 
  • Clear communicator (both verbally and in writing) and can handle communication with the general public and those who may disagree with you
  • Excellent time management skills and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively

Preferred Attributes (not required)

  • Knowledge of or relationship with communities along Murfreesboro Pike and/or North Nashville
  • Knowledge of the biking, walking, and/or transit in Nashville
  • Fluent in Spanish, African American Vernacular English, Kurdish, Arabic, or other languages spoken in Nashville 
  • Experience with or knowledge of transportation planning

Additional Information

Benefits

  • Employment Classification: Full-time, exempt
  • Salary Range: $35,000-40,000
  • Continuing Education: We are committed to fostering the growth of all staff by funding consistent opportunities for professional development. 
  • Benefits: Walk Bike Nashville covers 75% of premiums for health and dental insurance for full-time staff and offers generous paid time off (all full-time staff start with 15 days paid leave per year, plus all state holidays and the week between Christmas and New Years)
  • Hours: Walk Bike Nashville operates with a flexible work environment, prioritizing work-life balance. 30-40 hours a week are expected from full-time staff. Some weekend, early morning and evening hours will be required for this position.
  • Location: Walk Bike Nashville staff enjoy the flexibility of being able to work from home and at our office space at 1 S 7th Street in East Nashville. 

How to Apply

Please send a resume, a cover letter, three references (at least two should be professional references), and anything else that illustrates your qualification for this position to jobs@walkbikenashville.org. We will not contact your references without your permission. 

 

In your cover letter please explain 

  • where you heard about the job posting
  • why you are interested in this position with Walk Bike Nashville
  • examples of your outreach and engagement experience
  • other relevant experience and qualifications 
  • what you think you can bring to the Walk Bike team

 

We will accept applications on a rolling basis, but will not consider applications received after June 21, 2022. 

 

Details

  • Date Posted: May 20, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Community Development
  • Start Date: 07/11/2022
  • Salary Range: 35,000-40,000
  • Working Hours: 30-40 hours a week; Some weekend, early morning and evening hours