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 Job Description

Tours Director

Adventure Cycling Association seeks a dynamic, well-organized and ready-to-go leader to direct our Tours Department and to help further our mission of inspiring, empowering and connecting people to travel by bicycle. This is a unique, challenging and fulfilling opportunity to guide one of the largest and most visible bicycle tour operations for North America's largest cycling membership non-profit organization. (Our tours program currently supports more than 100 tours and instructional courses serving 1,700 participants.) We seek someone who is passionate about cycling, thrives on interacting with people, will work effectively as part of a team, and has significant experience with bicycle travel. Our ideal candidate is a detail-oriented person who prides herself/himself on operational excellence while providing exceptional customer support. The position is based in Adventure Cycling's headquarters in beautiful and bike-friendly Missoula, MT.  

Duties and Responsibilities

Supervise staff and select, work with, and evaluate Adventure Cycling contractors.  The Tours Director (“Director”) supervises four staff members who make our tours happen in an effective and efficient way.  Each tour staff member manages a portfolio of tours and specializes in other key functions, such as logistics, advertising, vehicle maintenance and permitting. In addition, with the Assistant Tours Director, the Director selects, contracts, supervises and evaluates trip leaders and service providers (such as caterers) for tours. Throughout the year, the Director plays the primary role in providing phone and other communication support to trip leaders in the field.

Develop tours schedule. The Director leads the process -- with Adventure Cycling staff,  trip leaders and volunteers -- to develop the annual tour schedule. The Director works with the specially appointed Tours Advisory Group to review and finalize draft tour slates and works with contractors, tour leaders and staff to develop and research future tours.

Develop and manage Tours Department budget. The Director works with the Chief Operations Officer, the Executive Director and the Assistant Tours Director to develop, track and manage the department's multi-million dollar budget.  

Manage governmental tour permitting. The Director and department staff work with the US Department of Transportation, National Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management and other federal and state permitting authorities to obtain the necessary approvals to operate tours on public lands and roadways. Maintaining goodwill, ensuring prompt follow through and managing relationships with these authorities is vital to the success of the tours program.

Market Adventure Cycling's tours. The Director works with our communications and marketing staff to promote our tours and education programs via the Internet, publications, advertising and public outreach. The Director's primary role is to help generate content and marketing themes for online and print catalogues, in addition to advertisements in Adventure Cycling's magazine and through online networks.

Manage communications with all constituents. The Director works with staff on all messaging to tour participants, tour leaders, service providers, and governmental permitting agencies.  Of critical importance is providing accurate, helpful and timely information to ride participants.

Ensure outstanding customer service. The Director works with his/her staff to develop and maintain policies, guidelines, and practices for providing excellent customer service.

Manage volunteer workforce. The Director and department staff manage volunteers who work on tours research, leader notes, course materials, and other aspects of our tours program.

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 

  • Outstanding organizational, supervisory and interpersonal skills;
  • Exceptional customer service skills and ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-tasked, quick response environment;
  • Outstanding written and oral communications skills;
  • Strong budgetary skills and business acumen;
  • Extensive experience working with Microsoft Excel, Word, Access and all Google Applications (Docs, Sheets, Tasks, Calendar) including complex formulae, lookups, calendars, groups;
  • Self-starter with proven decision making and problem solving ability; 
  • Excellent collaborative, team and management building skills;
  • Solid negotiation capabilities;
  • Ability and willingness to travel;
  • Willingness to work on weekends and after regular business hours; and
  • Good sense of humor and zest for outdoor adventure.
  • There is one other quality we are looking for and that is creativity -- in designing routes and trips, but also in managing people and the department.

Education and Experience

Preferably minimum of Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from a four-year college or university.  Must be an experienced and passionate cyclist.  Must have substantial experience in bicycle travel.  Will have managed a bike tour program (or an equivalent adventure travel or outdoors program) and served as a trip leader.  It is essential that candidates have participated in bicycle tours and have a real understanding of what makes for a successful bike travel experience. Prior experience directing or managing a business or non-profit enterprise.  

Compensation and Workplace

The position will be competitively compensated in the Northern Rockies region.  Excellent benefits include paid time off for holidays, vacation and sick leave, 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.


Please submit a resume and cover letter through submittables. Application deadline:  The position is open until filled.  We will begin reviewing resumes and requesting interviews on August 24, 2018.

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.

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
Adventure Cycling Association
150 E Pine St
Missoula, MT 59802

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.


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

Adventure Cycling Association
150 E Pine St
Missoula, MT, 59802

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. 

Crowd-sourced bike travel! BikeOvernights.org serves the bike travel community by sharing your short overnight bicycle adventures of one to two nights. Inspire others to travel by bike. Here's how to get started:

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Now share your own adventure here! Tell us the story and share your photos.

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

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!

Adventure Cycling Association invites you to submit photos and videos of bicycling in parks and public lands during Bike Your Park Day on September 29, 2018.

How to Upload

Upload your photo(s) and/or video(s) in addition to your favorite memories via this Submittable portal in high-resolution (typically 300dpi) along with caption information for each photo file.

By submitting your photo(s) and/or video(s) you are giving Adventure Cycling Association permission to use the content in social media, marketing, promotions and fundraising appeals in print or online formats. The photographer and/or videographer will be credited.

Please contact eva@adventurecycling.org if you have any questions.

Adventure Cycling Association