Executive Director

Location: Burlington, VT

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Senior Executive

About Local Motion: Local Motion is a Greater Burlington VT non-profit promoting people-powered transportation and recreation for healthy and sustainable Vermont communities.   Founded in 1999, our member-supported organization continues to flourish as we expand our popular initiatives such as Bicycle Recycle Vermont, our complete streets & trails advocacy, Bike Ferry service, our Trailside Center, the Safe Streets Collaborative and our outreach activities.  Building an active culture of bicycling, walking, running and cross-country skiing in Northwestern Vermont is the unifying passion of our 12 year-round and many seasonal employees, our 12-member Board, our 1,000 area members and 400 annual volunteers.  We are the largest bike/pedestrian advocacy and education organization in the country for a region of this size, have a great deal of visibility, and are highly regarded in the community.  We are looking for a leader who will secure our past gains and help us capitalize on future opportunities.  To learn more about us, see our website at http://www.localmotion.org and our strategic plan at http://bit.ly/1bDAG5W.

About Our Region: Burlington is Vermont’s largest city and its business center. Our area is frequently recognized as one of the most livable, healthy, and vibrant places in the country, and is home to the University of Vermont and several other institutions of higher learning.  Local Motion’s programs reach throughout Chittenden County (pop. 158,000) and connect Vermont across Lake Champlain to New York and Quebec.

Position Classification:

  • Reports to:  Local Motion Board of Directors
  • Directly Supervises:  Director of Operations, Director of Advocacy & Education, Bike Ferry Manager
  • Classification/Hours:  Permanent, Full time
  • Salary:  Based on experience and qualifications
  • Benefits:  Medical, vacation, retirement, flex / comp time, and other benefits
  • Timeline:  Review of applications begins by 10/15/2013 with decision expected in December



  • Maintain collaborative relationships with external stakeholders including the business community, local and state government, foundations and other non-profit / community groups in the state
  • Foster a supportive, creative and exciting internal work environment that gives staff members opportunities to grow in their jobs
  • Serve as a leading, articulate spokesperson for the bike/pedestrian/trails/active lifestyle community
  • Craft Local Motion’s public-facing messaging, including web content, blogs, and grant applications
  • Engage and involve culturally diverse communities in Local Motion activities and leadership
  • Identify, propose and implement strategic opportunities for the organization


  • Manage, directly and through staff, all Local Motion programs to enhance their effectiveness, financial position, and visibility
  • Supervise all staff
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors on Finance, Strategy, Leadership, and Development
  • Lead the implementation of Board-approved strategic plan in a way that keeps the organization focused on goals that are realistic and achievable


  • Manage the organization’s finances to strengthen and sustain the organization’s financial position
  • Expand the organization’s revenue sources to increase reliability and diversity
  • Lead Local Motion’s fundraising initiatives and campaigns

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Ten years experience in the public, non-profit or relevant private sector, including 3+ years at the senior management level
  • Social entrepreneur with the passion and skills to advance social change
  • Commitment to the cause of people-powered transportation
  • Advocate with demonstrated ability to organize, form and advance policy initiatives
  • Strong budget development and financial management skills
  • Proven experience and success in fundraising
  • Strong leadership skills and the ability to inspire and motivate staff, volunteers, donors and partners
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills, and demonstrated success in social media campaigns
  • Has shown ability to engage a wide variety of individuals and organizations at the local, state and national levels
  • Proven ability to manage multiple significant priorities

The Local Motion staff is a tight-knit and fast-paced team. We value everyone’s opinion and this is reflected in our decision-making processes. We are active transportation and recreation enthusiasts, and we are exploring creative ways to welcome and include culturally diverse communities in our outreach strategies.  Our ideal candidate is someone who shares these values and who’s ready to join an evolving and highly collaborative group.

Local Motion is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

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