Ends on January 1, 2019

  

Job Description

Membership Director

Adventure Cycling Association seeks a dynamic, well-organized leader to direct and grow our membership and to help further our mission of inspiring, empowering and connecting people to travel by bicycle.

Members are the lifeblood of Adventure Cycling and have been critical to the success of the organization over the last 42 years. We are looking for someone who is passionate about cycling and bike travel, thrives on interacting with people, will work effectively as part of a team, and has significant experience with membership, development and marketing. Our ideal candidate is a detail-oriented person who achieves operational excellence while providing exceptional customer service. They will lead the membership team and collaborate with other departments to service the current 53,000 members and grow support for the organization to 100,000 members within the next five years. The position is based in Adventure Cycling's headquarters in beautiful and bike-friendly Missoula, MT.  

General Summary

The Membership Director plans, coordinates, and oversees all membership acquisition and retention activities for Adventure Cycling Association. Duties include overseeing all aspects of new member acquisition, membership cultivation, membership renewal, developing and tracking member mailings, servicing member benefits, customer service and budget forecasting. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Develop and maintain membership retention (renewal) programs

-create and execute renewal mailing schedule

-write and review electronic and print member communications

-run a variety of membership win-back programs throughout the year

-develop and implement cultivation plan to retain members at a higher rate

Create and implement yearly marketing plan with metrics to grow membership

-work with the Marketing and Communications staff to create and maintain programs to increase the number of inquiry leads and new members each year

-implement programs for new member acquisition including; free membership offers, direct mail program to outside groups, in-house inquiry mailings and direct-join new members

-track returns of mailings, both print and electronic, and analyze results to adjust future promotions

-develop and write promotional materials on the benefits of membership

Create and manage the Membership Department budget. The Director develops, tracks and manages the department's $1.6 million revenue budget. S/he reviews monthly financial statements, manages expenses, forecasts and reports on progress throughout the year.

Other duties include:


  • Oversee publication circulation for both print and digital magazine.
  • Work closely with database manager to ensure appropriate and accurate member data are collected, stored and reported.
  • Develop and maintain a complete understanding of the membership database and information collected. Be able to create and pull accurate reports independently.
  • Work in conjunction with the Development Department to coordinate donation and membership requests. 
  • Oversee staff, including Membership Manager, Cultivation Coordinator, and  manager of the bicycle club, bike Shop and corporate membership programs.
  • Maintain a high quality of benefits for the members of the organization.

 Serve as part of overall management team. The Director plays a leading role in Adventure Cycling's management team, which works with the Executive Director to achieve Adventure Cycling's mission.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 


  • Well-organized, detailed, and deadline-oriented
  • Previous marketing and membership relationship experience required
  • Background in fundraising and the nonprofit sector preferred
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Strong customer-service orientation
  • Experience working with large member or customer database
  • Strong budgetary skills and business acumen
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel and Access, Google tools, survey programs and other analytic tools. 
  • Skill and ability to analyze data and track program success
  • Strong management skills and ability to work as a team player
  • Understanding of the nonprofit sector and mission-driven organizations
  • Enthusiasm for, and experience with, cycling and bicycle travel 

Education and Experience

Completion of a four year degree program from a college or university. Top candidates will have at least six to ten years of professional experience in membership management, development or related fields. Management and supervisory experience are important assets. Special note will be made of candidates' experience working with mission-driven non-profit organizations.  Of course, attention will be paid to candidates' bicycling experience and ability to bring humor and good spirits to the job and workplace.

Compensation and Workplace

The position will be competitively compensated in the Northern Rockies region.  Excellent benefits include paid time off for holidays, PTO, an additional fully-paid one-week bike vacation, full medical and dental coverage, life insurance, and retirement plan. We have a wonderful office in downtown Missoula, with a friendly and committed staff.  Adventure Cycling Association is an equal opportunity employer.

Application

Application deadline: Please submit a resume and cover letter through Submittable. The position is open until filled.  We will begin reviewing resumes and requesting interviews January 1st, 2019.

About Adventure Cycling Association

Adventure Cycling's mission is to inspire, empower and connect people to travel by bicycle. Adventure Cycling was founded in 1974 and is the largest bicycling membership organization in North America, with over 53,000 members. Our work includes producing the best bicycling routes and maps in America, publishing Adventure Cyclist (one of the top bicycling magazines anywhere), managing more than 100 bicycle tours including leadership trainings, and creating better bike travel conditions through advocacy at the federal, state and local levels.  For more information, go to www.adventurecycling.org.

Thank you for your interest in Adventure Cyclist magazine. We're changing our submissions policy in 2018 to accept queries and manuscripts on a rolling basis year-round. However, since our very small staff is primarily focused on producing each Adventure Cyclist, we'll be reviewing them on a roughly quarterly basis. This is a time-consuming process among our many other duties, so please be patient and bear with us. 

Please make sure to thoroughly read our submissions information. Note: We only accept submissions through this Submittable portal.

Time Frame: If a story idea is accepted, the typical period of time until publication is approximately 12-18 months from the time of acceptance.

GUIDELINES FOR CONTRIBUTORS
Adventure Cyclist is a bicycle-travel magazine published nine times yearly by Adventure Cycling Association, a nonprofit service organization for bicyclists. Adventure Cyclist is dedicated to publishing stories about bicycle travel and other recreational cycling subjects.

Adventure Cyclist generally uses two types of stories from free-lancers:
  1. Feature-length stories. These should be about specific areas and must be accompanied by high-quality photos, both in terms of content, composition, and size.
  2. The Final Mile. These are essays less about locale than about a singular experience while on a bicycle trip. These run at 1,200-1,500 words and don't require accompanying photos.

What we pay is negotiable, but generally ranges from $.25 to $.50 per word, depending on various factors. We buy first rights and will consider simultaneous submissions as long as we are informed of the other publications considering your manuscript. Your manuscript should be typed with single returns between paragraphs — no indentations — and single-spaced.

Photos: Feature submissions should be accompanied by electronic images (300 dpi is standard) or color transparencies. Special focus and humor pieces do not require photos, but if you have something good, by all means, send it. And remember, we are always looking for stunning verticals to go on the cover. (See more about photos here). When you send us photos through Submittable, you are only allowed to upload 3 files, however, if you create a .zip file from your collection, this will only count as one single file. If you don't know how to create a .zip file, use the links below or simply Google it:

4 Ways to Zip a File on a Mac - wikiHow

4 Ways to Compress Large Files - wikiHow

How to Proceed

Since Adventure Cyclist is the only U.S. magazine that regularly publishes bicycle-travel stories, we receive a tremendous amount of interest from many writers and photographers interested in this type of bicycling. Because of this amount of interest, we prefer to receive an inquiry about any story idea before we make any decisions to take the next step. If we like your idea, we can then move forward and make arrangements for the submission of materials.

If you decide to submit materials without an inquiry or an arrangement with the editorial team, the Adventure Cyclist staff does not guarantee that you will receive a response concerning your story nor will we guarantee the return of unsolicited materials.

For further and more detailed information, visit adventurecycling.org/submit

Editor-in-Chief, Alex Strickland
magazine@adventurecycling.org
Adventure Cycling Association
150 E Pine St
Missoula, MT 59802

Adventure Cyclist magazine invites you to enter your most stunning photos — highlighting the beauty, adventure, and inspiration of bicycle travel — in our 10th Annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest.

We're looking for beautiful photography representing the diversity and spirit of bike touring. Your original images in digital format, capturing all aspects of bike travel, are eligible for the competition.

We are especially interested in images that showcase the wide range of bike-touring experiences: Groups of cyclists, road and dirt riding, rural and urban settings, scenery, people, and emotions. For some examples of exceptional submissions, check out the Adventure Cyclist feature (PDF format) on previous winners.

The winning images will be printed in the May 2019 issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine — reaching over 50,000 people worldwide. The image will also be featured on adventurecycling.org, which is visited by more than a million people annually. The first place winner in each category will receive a one-year membership to Adventure Cycling and a $200 gift certificate to the Cyclosource store. Each year we also feature photo contest photos in our annual Adventure Cycling calendar

This category is for stakeholders involved in the U.S. Bicycle Route System to use for uploading large files such as maps and other resources. 

Interested in Becoming a Adventure Cycling Guest Blogger? Here's What You Need to Know...

Thank you for your interest in the Adventure Cycling blog. We will review submissions as quickly as possible and keep you updated on our review status. This is a time-consuming process among our many other duties, so please be patient and bear with us. 

We only accept submissions through our Submittable portal.

GUIDELINES FOR CONTRIBUTORS

The Adventure Cycling blog covers bicycle-travel news, touring tips and gear, bicycle routes, organizational news, membership highlights, guided tours, and more.

The Adventure Cycling blog generally uses five types of posts from guest bloggers:

  1. Inspiring posts: An inspiring story about someone achieving something. The main message here is “if he can do it, so can I.” Click here for an example.
  2. How-to/tutorial posts: This is one of the most popular post types and one that arguably brings the most value to our community. The most important thing to focus on while writing it is to give some specific information on how to do/perform/attain/reach whatever is promised in the title of the post. Videos and images work very well as additional resources for how-to posts. Click here for an example.
  3. Stories: There’s nothing like a good story of a bicycle trip or bike overnight. Click here for an example.
  4. Standard list posts: A list post is another popular post type. The basic idea is that you take a topic or a problem and you try to come up with a number of separate solutions to it. List posts are so popular because they are extremely easy to follow. Each point is usually not related to the other ones, which means that even a distracted mind can get a lot of value from the whole post. Click here for an example.
  5. Photo essay: A set or series of photographs that are intended to tell a story. Please include captions with all photographs. 

No length requirements: Posts should simply be high quality and comprehensive. Supporting photos MUST be provided.

Not-So-Fine Print:

  1. We prefer a well-written and high-quality original article (we all know how Google hates duplicate content).
  2. We prefer an article that reflects the writing style/tone of the Adventure Cycling blogs.
  3. Include a short author bio including a maximum of 1 anchor text link to your own website. Remember, Google frowns upon guest blogging as a link building technique.
  4. To adhere to Google's guidelines for guest blogging, articles that are clearly intended as a link building scheme will be rejected. So please be thoughtful about any links you include in the articles you submit for consideration.
  5. Include proper attribution of photos, data, quotations, and other third-party content referenced in the article.
  6. Submissions must meet the Adventure Cycling blogging team's quality standards in order to get published.
  7. Please avoid being self-promotional in the body of your article. Save that for your author bio.
  8. The Adventure Cycling blogging team reserves the right to edit and adapt your guest blog content as we see fit, and update it in the future for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
  9. Adventure Cycling reserves the right to include calls-to-action to Adventure Cycling content, including but not limited to email newsletters, ebooks, and other downloadable content.

Communications Director, Lisa McKinney
lmckinney@adventurecycling.org
406-532-2759

Adventure Cycling Association
150 E Pine St
Missoula, MT, 59802
406-721-1776

Requests are reviewed on a daily basis (excluding weekends and public holidays) and may be modified to fit Adventure Cycling's preferred tone of voice. You will be notified by a member of Communications as to the outcome of your request. Requests must be made at least two weeks prior to requested date to assist with scheduling. Requests made with less than four business days’ notice cannot be guaranteed. The Communications Department reserves the right to reschedule or restrict posts, particularly around key annual promotions, to ensure that posts most relevant to the audience are given priority whilst keeping within acceptable daily post limits and in accordance with our content marketing strategy. 

Please consider becoming a Corporate Member of Adventure Cycling Association today. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities with Adventure Cycling Association, contact Brian Bonham, membership & marketing coordinator, at bbonham@adventurecycling.org, toll-free at 800-755-2453, or directly at 406-532-2768.



Requests are reviewed on each Thursday and we request a two-week lead time when possible to assist with scheduling. You will be notified by a member of Communications as to the outcome of your request. Be genuine. Be nice. Know your audience. 

Requests made with less than four business days’ notice cannot be guaranteed. The Communications Department reserves the right to reschedule or restrict posts, particularly around key times (e.g. membership drives, USBRS campaign, holiday campaigns), to ensure that posts most relevant to the audience are given priority whilst keeping within acceptable daily post limits and in accordance with our content marketing strategy. 


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Do you have some bike travel experience but want to hone your the leadership skills to embark on a future as a leader in bike travel? At Adventure  Cycling, we're committed to inspiring and empowering people to travel by  bike which is why we're offering two people, ages 18 - 30, the opportunity to take an Adventure Cycling Leadership Training course and go on a self-contained tour of your choice (some exclusions apply and based on availability). 


All applicants will receive a one-year membership to  Adventure Cycling Association, which includes 9 issues of Adventure  Cyclist, and a $10 Cyclosourcegift certificate-- all just for applying!


The award covers:  

  • An Adventure Cycling Leadership Training Course, which includes meals and accommodations during the course.
  • A $400 travel stipend to get you to and from the Leadership Training course.
  •  A voucher from BikeFlights.com to get your bike to and from the course (only valid for travel within the U. S.).
  • A $100 gift certificate to Adventure Cycling's Cyclosource catalog to update your gear.
  • An Adventure Cycling self-contained tour of your choice (some exclusions apply, transportation to and from the tour not included) within 18 months of taking the Leadership Training Course.

In short, you'll receive the skills and experience necessary to embark on a lifetime of bicycle-travel leadership. 


Upon completion of the Leadership Training Course, you will perform an outreach activity to promote bicycle travel. Examples of an outreach activity include:

  • Lead a bike tour (an overnight or longer) open to your community.
  • Lead a workshop or information session about bicycle travel.
  • Create an advocacy project that promotes bicycle travel in your area.
  • Inspire others to travel by bike through art, theater, writing, photography, or video and share it with your community (in person or online).
  • Create a bicycle route or bike travel resource that will inspire and help your peers.

You are encouraged to partner with a cycling or outdoor recreation organization that has the resources and audience to get you started. Be creative. Use social media to reach more people. Be specific. Adventure Cycling is looking for creative and achievable projects that will inspire other young adults to travel by bicycle.

Winners will be required to write two 300-500 word field reports to be posted on Adventure Cycling's blog: one about their experience taking their educational course and one about the outcome of their outreach project. An Adventure Cycling staff member will stay in touch with the recipients and provide resources to help along the way. Winners will also be asked to post about their course and project on social media with #jumpstartbiketravel and #adventurecycling throughout 2019.

The Greg Siple Award for Young Adult Bicycle Travel is open to U.S. citizens only. Applicants must be 18 – 30 years old on March 1, 2019.

All applications must be received by midnight (MST) December 31, 2018.

Finalists will be notified by February 8, 2019 and will be asked to submit a short video recording or do a live interview (no more than 2 minutes) in response to an interview question.


Winners will be notified by March 1, 2019.

Do you have dreams of traveling on a self-supported bicycle tour but don't have the experience to set off down the road? At Adventure Cycling, we're committed to inspiring and empowering people to travel by bike which is why we're offering two people, ages 18 - 30, the opportunity to attend an Adventure Cycling Intro to Road Touring course.

All applicants will receive a one-year membership to Adventure Cycling  Association, which includes 9 issues of Adventure Cyclist, and a $10 Cyclosource gift certificate-- all just for applying!

The award covers:

  • An Adventure Cycling Intro to Road Touring course, which includes meals and accommodations during the course.
  • A $400 travel stipend to get you to and from the Intro to Road Touring course.
  •  A voucher from BikeFlights.com to get your bike to and from the course (only valid for travel within the U. S.).
  • A new REI touring bicycle equipped with bike travel gear, such as Arkel panniers, and Big Agnes camping gear.

In short, you'll receive everything necessary to embark on a lifetime of bicycle-travel.  


Upon completion of the Intro to Road Touring course, you will perform  an outreach activity to promote bicycle travel. Examples of an outreach activity include:

  • Lead a bike tour (an overnight or longer) open to your community.
  • Lead a workshop or information session about bicycle travel.
  • Create an advocacy project that promotes bicycle travel in your area.
  • Inspire others to travel by bike through art, theater, writing, photography, or video, and share it with your community (in person or online).
  • Create a bicycle route or bike travel resource that will inspire and help your peers.


You are encouraged to partner with a cycling or outdoor recreation organization that has the resources and audience to get you started. Be creative. Use social media to reach more people. Be specific. Adventure Cycling is looking for creative and achievable projects that will inspire other young adults to travel by bicycle.

Winners will be required to write two 300-500 word field reports to be posted on Adventure Cycling's blog: one about their experience taking their educational course and one about the outcome of their outreach project. An Adventure Cycling staff member will stay in touch with the recipients and provide resources to help along the way. Winners will also be asked to post about their course and project on social media with #jumpstartbiketravel and #adventurecycling in 2019.


The Greg Siple Award for Young Adult Bicycle Travel is open to U.S. citizens only. Applicants must be 18 – 30 years old on March 1, 2019.


All applications must be received by midnight (MST) December 31, 2018.

Finalists will be notified by February 8 and will be asked to submit a short video recording or do a live interview (no more than 2 minutes) in response to one interview question.

Winners will be notified by March 1, 2019.

Have you had a great experience along a U.S. Bicycle Route? We want to hear about it! Whether you're riding a route, helping to designate a route, or managing a business along a route, your stories will help us illustrate the impacts of the U.S. Bicycle Route System and continue to grow and expand the network.

Please share any and all pertinent details through this form, and be sure to tell us which route you're describing and what location. If you have photos you would like to share with us, you'll find a handy tool below to upload those image files. 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the USBRS team at: usbrsinfo@adventurecycling.org. Thanks!

This category is for files sent by Adventure Cyclist magazine advertisers only. It is not for story inquiries, submissions, or images. Thanks.

Adventure Cycling Association