Active Transportation Alliance seeks Executive Director

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The country's largest advocate for biking, walking and transit invites applications from leaders with energy, sophistication, and creativity to become its next Executive Director.

The Active Transportation Alliance, board of directors, 35 staff, 5,000 members and 1,000 volunteers have fought since 1985 for attitude shifts, policy changes, and improvements to the built environment across the 300 diverse municipalities throughout Chicagoland.

Its goals to improve the safety and convenience of walking, biking and transit are bold: reduce the number of crashes by 50 percent and increase levels of active transportation so half of all trips are made by bike, on foot or transit. Active Trans works at the top and at the bottom: it holds contracts with municipalities, including the City of Chicago, and works locally with elected officials and stakeholders in the environment, public health, transportation and community wellness spheres.

Active Trans has grown to be a local and national visionary of 21st century transportation policy, programs and ideas, building coalitions with advocates for wellness, economic viability and environmental stewardship.

The ideal candidate's experience must include working for social change; organizational management; an intimacy with transportation issues and policy; financial literacy; a history of relationship-building with a broad range of partners and agencies; political savvy; a fundraising track record that demonstrates both breadth and creativity; and media and communication skills appropriate for settings and audiences that range from a bike club meeting to a national keynote address.

The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the organization’s operations, finances, strategic planning, fundraising efforts, public relations and contractual and governmental relationships. The Executive Director meets regularly with key government officials and partners, Active Trans program and administrative managers, serves as the organization’s chief spokesperson, and promotes diversity through leadership.

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