Executive Director

Location: Burlington, VT

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Senior Executive

About Local Motion:  Local Motion is a statewide non-profit organization based in Burlington whose mission is to bring walking and biking within reach for all Vermonters.  Founded in 1999 to reconnect the Island Line Rail Trail from Burlington to the Lake Champlain Islands, the organization’s mission has expanded to help communities across Vermont become great places to walk and bike.

We work at the local and state level to advocate for better roads and trails for biking and walking, we teach bike skills training programs for children and adults, we work with VTrans, DMV, and law enforcement to improve safety on the road for everyone, and we offer a suite of services for businesses, municipalities and individuals so that every Vermonter has the opportunity to say yes to biking and walking.

Together our year-round staff of twelve, our team of seasonal employees, an incredible group of 200 volunteers, and more than 1,500 members are building a culture of bicycling and walking throughout Vermont. Learn more about us and read our stragic plan at localmotion.org/strategic_plan.



  • Cultivate and maintain collaborative relationships with external stakeholders throughout Vermont, including the business community, local and state government, foundations and other non-profit / community groups
  • Serve as the key advocate and leading spokesperson for the bike and pedestrian community in Vermont
  • Lead the implementation of Board-approved strategic plan in a way that keeps the organization focused on goals that are realistic and achievable
  • Set the tone for Local Motion’s public-facing messaging and direct staff who will produce web content, blogs, and other materials
  • Work closely with and report to the Board of Directors on finance, strategy, leadership, and development
  • Engage and involve culturally diverse communities in Local Motion activities and leadership
  • Identify, propose and implement strategic opportunities for the sustainable growth of the organization


  • Foster a supportive, creative and exciting internal work environment that gives staff members opportunities to grow in their jobs
  • Manage, directly and through staff, all Local Motion programs to enhance their effectiveness, financial position, and visibility
  • Direct Local Motion’s fundraising initiatives and campaigns
  • Manage the organization’s finances to strengthen and sustain the organization’s financial position
  • Expand the organization’s revenue sources to increase diversity and stability
  • Ensure the organization adheres to all ethical and legal standards, including employment laws and grant obligations

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Significant experience in the public, non-profit or relevant private sector, including 3+ years at the senior management level
  • Commitment to the cause of biking and walking
  • Social entrepreneur with the passion and skills to advance social change through organization and advocacy
  • Experienced public advocate with demonstrated ability to negotiate and advance policy initiatives
  • Strong budget 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
  • Ability to engage a wide variety of individuals and organizations at the local, state and national levels
  • Proven ability to set priorities and manage multiple objectives simultaneously

Local Motion is an equal opportunity employer.


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