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Walk Bike Nashville

Policy and Government Relations Manager or Director

Walk Bike Nashville


Job Summary

Walk Bike Nashville is seeking a Policy and Government Relations Manager or Director to plan and implement the organization’s advocacy campaigns and lead our government relations to foster better transportation options for Nashvillians by removing barriers to mobility. Supervised by the Executive Director, this position works with a passionate and supportive team of staff members to drive the organization’s grasstops efforts to influence policies, practices, and infrastructure projects for better, safer streets for all.



Job Summary

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 a Policy and Government Relations Manager/Director to lead the organization’s advocacy campaigns, monitor legislative actions, and cultivate government relations This position is supervised by the Executive Director and works with a passionate and supportive team of staff members to drive the organization’s grasstops efforts to influence policies, practices, and infrastructure projects to remove barriers to mobility and foster better transportation options for Nashvillians.


Playing an important role in our organization’s continued efforts to execute and build on our Strategic Plan and Anti-Racism Plan, the Policy and Government Relations Manager/Director will ensure that our advocacy efforts prioritize the needs of Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC), and low-income people who stand to gain the most from our efforts.


Job Responsibilities

Initial projects for this role include:


  1. Advocacy Strategy: Setting the strategy for Walk Bike Nashville’s efforts to improve infrastructure and policy to make Nashville more walkable and bikeable
  2. Advocacy Projects & Campaigns: Planning and executing campaigns or projects to advance the organization’s advocacy goals. In 2022 the primary projects include increasing pedestrian safety on Dickerson Pike, increased efforts for better crosswalks around the city, and encouraging local and state entities to apply for upcoming federal funding opportunities
  3. Representing Walk Bike Nashville on city-wide committees: Represent Walk Bike Nashville on committees such as Vision Zero, Walk n Bike Plan, Connect Downtown, East Bank Study
  4. Grasstops Relationships: Build relationships with elected and unelected city staff to ensure Walk Bike Nashville has a seat at the table and knows how to influence policy and infrastructure
  5. Families for Safe Streets: Supporting and growing Families for Safe Streets–a group for those who have lost loved ones while walking or bicycling in Nashville, or have been injured in a crash while walking or biking; facilitating monthly meetings and helping members develop campaigns for safer streets
  6. Managing volunteers and interns: Engage volunteers in our advocacy efforts and manage interns for policy work and Families for Safe Streets
  7. 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. 




The successful candidate will meet the following qualifications: 

  • Experience: 3-5 years previous employment in similar field
  • Personal Attributes: 
    • Desire to promote safe streets for all and engage diverse communities in active transportation
    • Experience working with transportation policy, planning, and/or advocacy
    • Clear and effective communicator, both verbally and in writing, with experience developing compelling, public-facing content and strategic communication
    • Knowledgeable about sustainable transportation policy and infrastructure advocacy, and how transportation and mobility intersect with other issues
    • Familiar with Nashville’s political landscape and its communities and neighborhoods
    • Excellent time management skills and the ability to execute plans under tight deadlines
    • Experience organizing and empowering volunteer advocates
    • Ability to represent Walk Bike Nashville at public meetings and handle communication with diverse audiences, including those who may disagree with you
    • Self-motivator who is able and excited to work in less structured environment
    • Works independently and collaboratively
    • Has integrity, dedication, drive, diplomacy 
    • Financially responsible with the ability to draft and follow a budget


  • Preferred Experience and Attributes (not required)
    • Experience with Nashville politics
    • Knowledge of the biking and walking community in Nashville
    • Experience working with communities of color 
    • Experience working on transportation coalitions
    • Experience with design software (including InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop)
    • Experience with grant writing and development
    • Fluent in Spanish, Kurdish, Arabic, or other languages and dialects (such as African American Vernacular English) spoken in Nashville

Additional Information


Compensation, Hours, Benefits

  • Employment Classification: Full-time, exempt
  • Salary Range: $45,000 – $60,000
  • 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 accrue 15 days paid leave per year, plus all state holidays, the week of July 4th, 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 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, contact information for three references (at least two should be professional references), and anything else that illustrates your qualification for this position to 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 policy and government relations 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 August 1, 2022.



  • Date Posted: July 18, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Other
  • Start Date: 08/15/2022
  • Salary Range: 45000-60000
  • Working Hours: 30-40 hrs/wk; flexible schedule