Position overview:

Do you tweet, share, and post to social media in your sleep? Do you know what it takes to grow a diverse and inclusive online community? Adventure Cycling seeks an experienced, energetic, detail-oriented professional to lead the organization’s social media efforts and engage and expand our online community The successful candidate will be passionate about storytelling and have experience with social media to create measurable and data-driven owned, earned and shared strategies. This is a part-time position (20–25 hours a week) from January 15–September 30, 2022.

About Adventure Cycling:

As the largest nonprofit cycling organization in the country, Adventure Cycling has an impactful voice in policies and programs that advance the safety and accessibility of cycling. Adventure Cycling serves through its members and the bike travel community. Our cycling community encourages and supports countless cyclists each year as they explore the beauty and history of America while tending to their mental and physical well-being. For nearly half a century, Adventure Cycling has created life-changing experiences that deepen appreciation for our country’s diverse cultures, communities, landscapes, and people. Adventure Cycling headquarters are based in Missoula, MT, and we acknowledge and honor the Indigenous peoples who consider this land their home. The area’s natural abundance was stewarded by many peoples including the Blackfeet, Crow, Shoshone, Cheyenne, Kootenai, Pend d’Oreilles and Salish for millennia before colonization, and continues to be to this day.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

The Staff and Board of Directors of Adventure Cycling Association believes in the power of bicycle travel to open minds and change the way the world explores. We envision a future where this organization draws staff, tour leaders, members, board members, and riders from the whole of our society. For this to occur, bicycle travel has to be available for everyone.

We are committed to listening to BIPOC, LGBTQ, and other marginalized peoples and understanding the systems contributing to oppression while also working to provide more resources and support for these communities.

The Adventure Cycling Association acknowledges its place in this power dynamic. As an organization we have benefitted from white privilege omnipresent in the United States and must use our power to hire, support, empower, and create safe spaces for Black, Indigenous and People of Color, LGBTQIA+, and Femme/Trans/Women communities.

Key Responsibilities:

The Social Media Manager manages content on our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and LinkedIn) and creates a presence in channels that are deemed relevant to our audience (such as TikTok). Working with the Marketing Director and Digital Marketing Manager, the Social Media Manager will be responsible for growing and engaging an equitable online community The Social Media Manager will help create social media postings and video content.

We are seeking a collaborative who enjoys being creative, and understands how to both build and convert a digital audience. Equally important is ur organizational goal of becoming more just, equitable and inclusive.

  • Annual plan and social media calendar. Build the annual social strategy and calendar, laddering up to the overall marketing calendar, ensuring an integrated approach in support of Adventure Cycling’s communication and program priorities.
  • Content planning for all social platforms. Collaborate with the Digital Marketing Manager, Community Engagement Manager, and Editor in Chief to develop story-lanes, sources, and asset needs for annual content calendar (photography, graphics, copy, video, etc.). Identify trusted media outlets, industry leaders, and influencers to source thought leadership material.
  • Creating and/or curating content. Source and curate organic user-generated content via tags and hashtag mining. Write creative briefs to provide direction to internal and external partners for content creation (design, video production, video editing, etc.).
  • Publishing content for all social platforms. Publish all organic posts, social promotions (e.g., Giveaways, Challenges, Twitter chats, etc.), livestream events, etc. Familiarity with alt text, image descriptions, transcripts, and other tools to make our social media platforms more accessible.
  • Create and execute campaign plans for priority programs in partnership with marketing program lead for awareness and education, program launches and events, member drives, fundraising, etc.
  • Develop and cultivate influencers and social partnerships. Identify and select influencers, repost content, and engage with influencer posts. Partner with the programs team to develop strategy for ambassador and ride leader content cultivation, such as social media takeovers.
  • Establish community management policy for outreach and response. Define process for responding to credible brand mentions in a timely, authoritative way. Collaborate with advocacy, membership, development and outreach teams to implement best practices for leveraging social media communication with industry organizations, corporate sponsors, and philanthropic partners to further our mission and expand our community.
  • Guide best practices for social media, monitor trends, provide strategic recommendations, and track what’s working and what’s not.

Required Qualifications:

  • Proficient in social strategies and best practices to generate awareness, capture leads, foster engagement, and drive conversion.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication with individuals and teams. Able to collaborate with subject matter experts and translating that knowledge into social campaigns and engagement actions.
  • Proficient at writing engaging short form copy and editing long-form copy to convey a brand message, CTA, and drive an engagement action.
  • Track record of growing and engaging online communities by bringing stories to life across all social platforms. Proven ability to test and scale campaigns to optimize performance and engagement.
  • Passion for following pop-culture and current events. You can identify and jump on relevant real time opportunities, or know when to pause/shift efforts due to major events.
  • Data-driven decision making and excellent analytical skills. Able to extract and analyze campaign data to provide recommendations grounded in best practices, data, and actionable insights.
  • Experience with scheduling tools such as Hootsuite.
  • Highly organized with agile systems to schedule and adjust workflows to changing business needs.
  • Understanding and willingness to engage with issues of institutional and structural racism or bias and their impacts on our organization and community.
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion and to learn and respect differences of race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, ability, religion and socio-economic circumstances and class.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in an integrated team. Always brings a point-of-view while being open to learning and input.
  • Ability to find and develop partnerships with influencers and other content creators.
  • Experience in generating earned media through engaging social content or with partnerships.
  • Confidence presenting and providing recommendations to, along with managing expectations of, senior leadership and executive teams. Demonstrates influence to align cross-functional teams and leadership to your vision and plans.
  • A discerning eye and awareness of photo editing trends. Some design skills preferred, and ability to collaborate with the design team to ensure brand consistency across channels.
  • Experience working with people very different from yourself.

Compensation, Schedule and Benefits:

This is a part time, temporary position that will end at the end of our fiscal year on September 30, 2022. We are located at Adventure Cycling’s headquarters in beautiful and bike-friendly Missoula, Montana, and are also open to remote applicants who live in the Mountain West or Northwest Region (WA, OR, NV, UT, CO, ID, MT, WY). Benefits include paid time off, holidays, an additional paid bike vacation (a.k.a. “bike respite”), medical, dental, and vision coverage, life insurance, and retirement plan. We have a wonderful office in downtown Missoula, with plenty of bike racks! Adventure Cycling Association is an equal opportunity employer.

How to apply:

Please answer the following question in the last paragraph of your cover letter: “Describe why inclusive and accessible opportunities in the outdoors are important to you?”

Position overview:

Adventure Cycling Association seeks a well-organized, energetic, and detail-oriented individual to join its Routes team which produces maps, both printed and digital, for our Adventure Cycling Route Network. The candidate should have a desire to bridge ACA’s mapping assets to be relevant to a new, diverse community while staying true to our brand and history. The candidate should have a strong desire to build community around bicycle travel by publishing the best available route and service data to new audiences, using the platforms and services that our audiences can relate to and want to use.

About ACA:

As the largest nonprofit cycling organization in the country, Adventure Cycling has an impactful voice in policies and programs that advance the safety and accessibility of cycling. ACA serves through its members and the bike travel community. Our cycling community encourages and supports countless cyclists each year as they explore the beauty and history of America while tending to their mental and physical well-being. For nearly half a century, Adventure Cycling has created life-changing experiences that deepen appreciation for our country’s diverse cultures, communities, landscapes, and people. ACA headquarters are based in Missoula, MT, and we acknowledge and honor the Indigenous peoples who consider this land their home. The area’s natural abundance was stewarded by many peoples including the Blackfeet, Crow, Shoshone, Cheyenne, and Salish for millennia before colonization, and continues to be to this day.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

The Staff and Board of Directors of Adventure Cycling Association believes in the power of bicycle travel to open minds and change the way the world explores. We envision a future where this organization draws staff, tour leaders, members, board members, and riders from the whole of our society. For this to occur, bicycle travel has to be available for everyone.

We are committed to listening to BIPOC, LGBTQ, and other marginalized peoples and understanding the systems contributing to oppression while also working to provide more resources and support for these communities.

The Adventure Cycling Association acknowledges its place in this power dynamic. As an organization we have benefitted from white privilege omnipresent in the United States and must use our power to hire, support, empower, and create safe spaces for Black, Indigenous and People of Color, LGBTQIA+, and Femme/Trans/Women communities.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Maintain the department’s geospatial database, and develop new creative ways to use the database to connect with bicycling communities and partners.
  • Automate the process within our database to provide “real time” service updates to our Bicycle Route Navigator (BRN) app.
  • Complete the Cyclists Choice/Users Submission feature in our BRN app. This feature will allow cyclists to submit a recommendation for services such as specific restaurants, lodging options, grocery stores, etc., and also to share riding conditions information they encounter while on the road.
  • Rebuild the beta version of our Route Analysis Tool (RAT).
  • Teach Routes staff any necessary tasks needed for the functioning of the database and the BRN.
  • Develop and maintain a positive relationship with occasional contractors, both present and future.

Required Qualifications:

  • Strong knowledge of GIS data and geospatial databases.
  • Experience with Postgresql/PostGIS databases.
  • Basic knowledge of code source control (git).
  • Basic knowledge of unix-based operating systems and executing commands in a terminal.
  • Ability to communicate clearly with contractors to implement features and changes.
  • Basic knowledge of unix-based web server software (apache or nginx).
  • Familiarity with AWS (Management Console, Security Rules, EC2 instances and S3 buckets).
  • Basic knowledge of publishing an interactive map. Basic HTML, CSS, and ability to interact with 3rd party javascript libraries.
  • Familiarity with collaboration tools (like Trello, Jira).
  • Understanding and willingness to engage with issues of institutional and structural racism or bias and their impacts on our organization and community.
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion and to learn and respect differences of race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, ability, religion and socio-economic circumstances and class.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with people very different from yourself.
  • Familiarity with publishing geospatial data to an API via geojson.
  • Experience working on Mobile apps and apple/google app stores and developer accounts.
  • Familiarity with accessing and processing Openstreetmap data.
  • Familiarity with cartography.

Compensation, Schedule and Benefits:

This is a full time position (average 40 hrs/week). Schedule varies by supervisor, but is generally M-F, 8am-5pm MST. We are located at Adventure Cycling’s headquarters in beautiful and bike-friendly Missoula, Montana, and are also open to remote applicants who live in the Mountain West or Northwest Region (WA, OR, NV, UT, CO, ID, MT, WY). Benefits include paid time off, holidays, an additional fully paid one-week bike vacation (a.k.a. “bike respite”), medical, dental, and vision coverage, life insurance, and retirement plan. We have a wonderful office in downtown Missoula, with plenty of bike racks! Adventure Cycling Association is an equal opportunity employer. Salary: $50,000.

How to apply:

Please answer the following question in the last paragraph of your cover letter: “Describe why inclusive and accessible opportunities in the outdoors are important to you?”

Position overview:

The Director of Marketing & Communications will oversee the communication strategy for a variety of constituents, in support of Adventure Cycling’s mission and key priorities, and will guide the development of multi-channel communications in areas such as media outlets, website, email, social media, and donor communications.

About ACA:

Adventure Cycling serves through its members and the bike travel community. Our cycling community encourages and supports countless cyclists each year as they explore the beauty and history of America while tending to their mental and physical well-being. For nearly half a century, Adventure Cycling has created life-changing experiences that deepen appreciation for our country’s diverse cultures, communities, landscapes, and people. As the largest nonprofit cycling organization in the country, we have an impactful voice in policies and programs that advance the safety and accessibility of cycling. ACA headquarters are based in Missoula, MT, and we acknowledge and honor the Indigenous peoples who consider this land their home. The area’s natural abundance was stewarded by many peoples including the Blackfeet, Crow, Shoshone, Cheyenne, Kootenai, Pend d’Oreilles and Salish for millennia before colonization, and continues to be to this day.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

The Staff and Board of Directors of Adventure Cycling Association believes in the power of bicycle travel to open minds and change the way the world explores. We envision a future where this organization draws staff, tour leaders, members, board members, and riders from the whole of our society. For this to occur, bicycle travel has to be available for everyone.

We are committed to listening to BIPOC, LGBTQ, and other marginalized peoples and understanding the systems contributing to oppression while also working to provide more resources and support for these communities.

The Adventure Cycling Association acknowledges its place in this power dynamic. As an organization we have benefitted from white privilege omnipresent in the United States and must use our power to hire, support, empower, and create safe spaces for Black, Indigenous and People of Color, LGBTQIA+, and Femme/Trans/Women communities.

Key Responsibilities:

Adventure Cycling Association seeks an experienced, energetic, detail-oriented professional to direct the organization’s communications and digital strategy. The successful candidate will be a team builder and leader with successful experience in audience segmentation, acquisition, retention, and customer relationship marketing. The ability to take knowledge and transform it into exciting and useful messages, and disseminate it to the right audiences through the best communication channels is critical.

Adventure Cycling is currently integrating a new technology stack. A key part of this job will be helping Adventure Cycling establish audience segments and interest-based communication streams in support of our goals to expand, engage, and diversify our community.

Marketing & Communications

  • Annual plan and marketing calendar. Build and manage the holistic annual marketing calendar, defining priorities for all platforms, ensuring an integrated approach in support of Adventure Cycling’s communication and program priorities.
  • Implement the organization’s communication strategy. Oversee implementation of the acquisition and engagement communication strategies across all channels (paid, owned, earned, shared). Collaborate with leadership across the organization to utilize digital tools (web, social, email) to communicate our organizational priorities, including fundraising, online sales, new member acquisition, member communications and engagement, and advocacy. Integrate use of print mediums as part of campaign streams where appropriate.
  • Develop and optimize interest-based communications. Using our CRM, email and marketing automation tools, optimize and integrate campaigns for acquisition, fundraising, eCommerce, advocacy, community engagement and volunteer management platforms.
  • Manage agency relationships for paid advertising. Define scope of work for agency partners, negotiate contracts for services, and monitor performance against established goals.

Digital Strategy & User Experience

  • Develop and implement audience segmentation principles and hierarchies in partnership with Database Administrator and cross-functional teams.
  • Manage the website and oversee UX. Ensure that the website effectively supports the organization's communications strategy and utilizes best practices for an effective user experience. Guide design team to create new UI concepts and designs for online projects.
  • Collaborate with technology team to develop and maintain systems to support ongoing campaign operations such as developing and maintaining website features, database administration, and implementing tracking systems for analytics of web traffic, paid, owned, earned and shared marketing campaigns.
  • Partner with Sales (merchandising) team to deliver an effective online sales experience for our community.

Leadership & Admin

  • Lead the marketing team (5 Direct Reports). Guide and mentor team members in their work, professional development, and collaboration with the rest of the organization. Leverage use of external vendors and contractors as needed to supplement workflow of existing resources.
  • Create and manage the departmental budget. Lead annual planning and forecasting of impact and revenue goals for priority programs. Oversee monthly reviews of budget to actuals.
  • Construct a marketing dashboard providing KPI reporting across all platforms to key stakeholders. Oversee creation of weekly/monthly/annual KPI reports for channel and campaign performance and distribute to leadership for inclusion in the organizational dashboard. Provide ad-hoc reports and insights for planning and collaboration with other departments as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • 6-10 years previous work experience with developing and implementing strategies for acquisition, engagement, and retention campaigns utilizing multi-channel campaigns. Experience with CRM platforms, marketing automation tools, and social media channels.
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial.
  • Relationship builder with the flexibility and finesse to "manage by influence" Able to communicate effectively both verbally, through presentations, and in writing to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels.
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters.
  • Solid understanding of web design procedures. In depth knowledge of principles of SEO/SEM and website analytics. Basic understanding of HTML, CSS, JavaScript.
  • Keeps current on latest trends, technologies, and strategies in digital marketing to assess and implement best practices.
  • Data-driven decision making and excellent analytical skills. Able to extract and analyze campaign data to evaluate KPIs, provide recommendations grounded in campaign performance, best practices, data, and actionable insights.
  • Track record of building and leading high performing teams - able to attract, retain and inspire all levels of talent. Experience in management of remote staff and/or outside resources.
  • Understanding and willingness to engage with issues of institutional and structural racism or bias and their impacts on our organization and community.
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion and to learn and respect differences of race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, ability, religion and socio-economic circumstances and class.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with people very different from yourself.
  • Excellent at collaborating with subject matter experts and translating that knowledge into strategic campaigns, and explaining complicated topics in a fun, clear, concise and engaging manner.
  • A passion for learning and regularly looks externally for innovative solutions and new ideas.
  • Non-profit or agency experience in digital strategy and implementation of multichannel campaigns.
  • Experience building digital accessibility for people with disabilities.

Compensation, Schedule and Benefits:

This is a full time, exempt position (average 40 hrs/week). Schedule varies by supervisor, but is generally M-F, 8am-5pm MST. We are located at Adventure Cycling’s headquarters in beautiful and bike-friendly Missoula, Montana, and are also open to remote applicants who live in the Mountain West or Northwest Region (WA, OR, NV, UT, CO, ID, MT, WY). Benefits include paid time off, holidays, an additional fully paid one-week bike vacation (a.k.a. “bike respite”), medical, dental, and vision coverage, life insurance, and retirement plan. We have a wonderful office in downtown Missoula, with plenty of bike racks! Adventure Cycling Association is an equal opportunity employer. Salary $75,000.

How to apply:

Please answer the following question in the last paragraph of your cover letter: “Describe why inclusive and accessible opportunities in the outdoors are important to you?”

Position overview:

Adventure Cycling Association seeks a well-organized, energetic, detail-oriented and outgoing individual to join its Tours team which plans, sells and manages more than 100 different bicycle tours and instructional courses annually. This logistics focused position is a challenging and fulfilling opportunity to work for North America's largest cycling membership non-profit organization. We seek an individual who thrives on interacting with others to share the joy of travel by bike.

About ACA:

As the largest nonprofit cycling organization in the country, Adventure Cycling has an impactful voice in policies and programs that advance the safety and accessibility of cycling. ACA serves through its members and the bike travel community. Our cycling community encourages and supports countless cyclists each year as they explore the beauty and history of America while tending to their mental and physical well-being. For nearly half a century, Adventure Cycling has created life-changing experiences that deepen appreciation for our country’s diverse cultures, communities, landscapes, and people.. ACA headquarters are based in Missoula, MT, and we acknowledge and honor the Indigenous peoples who consider this land their home. The area’s natural abundance was stewarded by many peoples including the Blackfeet, Crow, Shoshone, Cheyenne, Kootenai, Pend d’Oreilles and Salish for millennia before colonization, and continues to be to this day.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

The Staff and Board of Directors of Adventure Cycling Association believes in the power of bicycle travel to open minds and change the way the world explores. We envision a future where this organization draws staff, tour leaders, members, board members, and riders from the whole of our society. For this to occur, bicycle travel has to be available for everyone.

We are committed to listening to BIPOC, LGBTQ, and other marginalized peoples and understanding the systems contributing to oppression while also working to provide more resources and support for these communities.

The Adventure Cycling Association acknowledges its place in this power dynamic. As an organization we have benefitted from white privilege omnipresent in the United States and must use our power to hire, support, empower, and create safe spaces for Black, Indigenous and People of Color, LGBTQIA+, and Femme/Trans/Women communities.

Key Responsibilities:

As a staff member in the Tours Department, the Tour Operations Specialist shall play a lead role in management and support of tour operations and leader relations. The Tour Operations Specialist reports to the Tours Operations Manager. General tasks and specific responsibilities are listed below:

General Responsibilities

  • Develop a thorough knowledge of our tour offerings
  • Work with the Tours Operations Manager to assess, acquire, and manage the gear and vehicles required to operate tours
  • Be the primary contact and support for tour leaders as they prepare for and manage tours for which they are hired to lead
  • Assist in the design and planning of new tours and the creation/updating of Tour Planning Documents on an annual basis
  • Be a rotating member of the on-call emergency phone team (up to 1 week/month)
  • Some travel may be required on occasion to conferences or tours

Tour Management

  • Fully manage a portfolio of Adventure Cycling Tours, typically between 40 and 60 departures a year, including:
  • Creating and editing route maps
  • Working with assigned tour leaders to make reservations for tour departures as needed
  • Maintaining consistent electronic documentation sharing with tour leaders, including leader notes, financial information, permits, and other tour-related information
  • Managing on-tour budgets and submitting expense reports
  • Reviewing and editing completed leader notes
  • Managing necessary detours for emergencies and route closures
  • Manage the creation and updating of informational packages, maps and related documents for new and existing tours
  • Complete post-tour evaluations, summarizing improvements needed for future departures

Permits

  • Manage Federal, State, and Local Permits associated with assigned tours portfolio:Work with agencies to submit necessary information to obtain a use permit
  • Develop and submit post use reports
  • Maintain positive relationships with permitting agencies
  • Perform permit analyses for new and existing tours

Other Responsibilities

  • Rotating with other Adventure Cycling Staff, provide tours of the Adventure Cycling facilities to visiting cyclists.
  • Assist in Risk Management oversight for the tours program
  • Work with the Tours Customer Experience team to provide resources and information so it can be effectively communicated to participants
  • Provide occasional direct customer service support either by phone or email

Required Qualifications:

  • Understanding and willingness to engage with issues of institutional and structural racism or bias and their impacts on our organization and community.
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion and to learn and respect differences of race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, ability, religion and socio-economic circumstances and class.
  • Excellent team player, who enjoys working with others
  • Enthusiastic about the outdoors and outdoor recreation, especially cycling
  • Exceptional customer service skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-faceted, quick response environment
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Proficiency in working with all Google Suite Applications (Docs, Sheets, Drive, Calendar, Sites) and Microsoft Access, Excel, and Word
  • Detail orientated self-starter with proven decision making and problem-solving ability; leader who can collaborate with colleagues and partners.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with people very different from yourself.
  • Solo or group multi-day cycle travel experiences
  • Guiding experience
  • Federal, state, or local permitting experience
  • CPR/FA and LNT certifications
  • Experience with Ride with GPS

Physical Requirements:

Elements of job duties may require occasional moving of up to 50 pounds and the ability to occasionally stoop, kneel or crouch; candidates not able to meet such demands can possibly work with staff or others to accommodate. Occasional operation of a motor vehicle, including a 15 passenger van and trailer may be required.

Compensation, Schedule and Benefits:

This is a full time, exempt position (average 40 hrs/week). Schedule varies by supervisor, but is generally M-F, 8am-5pm MST. We are located at Adventure Cycling’s headquarters in beautiful and bike-friendly Missoula, Montana. Benefits include paid time off, holidays, an additional fully paid one-week bike vacation (a.k.a. “bike respite”), medical, dental, and vision coverage, life insurance, and retirement plan. We have a wonderful office in downtown Missoula, with plenty of bike racks! Adventure Cycling Association is an equal opportunity employer. Salary: $38,000

How to apply:

We will begin reviewing resumes and requesting interviews on January 3, 2022.

Please answer the following question in the last paragraph of your cover letter: “Describe why inclusive and accessible opportunities in the outdoors are important to you?”

Position Director of Data and Technology
Start Date: January 31
Position Open Until Filled
Salary: $75,000

Position overview: Adventure Cycling Association seeks an experienced, energetic, detail-oriented professional to direct the organization’s data and technology strategy. The successful candidate will be a team builder and leader with successful experience in AMS/CRM systems, API management, data services, database and website administration, and content management systems.

Adventure Cycling is currently assessing its technology stack. A key part of this job will be guiding Adventure Cycling to a new generation of technology infrastructure.

About ACA:

Adventure Cycling serves through its members and the bike travel community. Our cycling community encourages and supports countless cyclists each year as they explore the beauty and history of America while tending to their mental and physical well-being. For nearly half a century, Adventure Cycling has created life-changing experiences that deepen appreciation for our country’s diverse cultures, communities, landscapes, and people. As the largest nonprofit cycling organization in the country, we have an impactful voice in policies and programs that advance the safety and accessibility of cycling. ACA headquarters are based in Missoula, MT, and we acknowledge and honor the Indigenous peoples who consider this land their home. The area’s natural abundance was stewarded by many peoples including the Blackfeet, Crow, Shoshone, Cheyenne, and Salish for millennia before colonization, and continues to be to this day.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion:

The Staff and Board of Directors of Adventure Cycling Association believes in the power of bicycle travel to open minds and change the way the world explores. We envision a future where this organization draws staff, tour leaders, members, board members, and riders from the whole of our society. For this to occur, bicycle travel has to be available for everyone. We are committed to listening to BIPOC, LGBTQ, and other marginalized peoples and understanding the systems contributing to oppression while also working to provide more resources and support for these communities.

The Adventure Cycling Association acknowledges its place in this power dynamic. As an organization we have benefitted from white privilege omnipresent in the United States and must use our power to hire, support, empower, and create safe spaces for Black, Indigenous and People of Color, LGBTQIA+, and Femme/Trans/Women communities.

Key Responsibilities:

The Director of Data and Technology has direct leadership over our Data Systems and IT Infrastructure with additional oversight of technology related process improvement projects throughout the organization. The Director of Data and Technology will be responsible for improving and managing the systems, business applications and tools for internal use and external communications. This is a highly influential and impactful role where collaboration is essential to success. Working with the leadership team, the Director of Data and Technology will develop a data and technical strategy that supports Adventure Cycling’s mission and key priorities. We are seeking a collaborative contributor with broad, hands-on technical, process improvement and project management skills to lead Adventure Cycling through our next stage of growth. Equally as important is experience inspiring and developing employees, and creating a great work environment where the best come to work and stay.

  • IT Strategy and Oversight of technical projects in alignment with organizational goals. Develop IT strategy and establish principles for when the organization should build vs. buy. Research, recommend, and implement new products and solutions.
  • Lead the IT team and oversee daily operations of the IT department: Provide direction, guidance and training for IT staff (3). Supervise internal team, as well as manage external vendors and contractors. Schedule, organize, and assign projects to members of the IT team.
  • Implement and optimize a new AMS platform to integrate email and marketing automation, fundraising, eCommerce, advocacy, member engagement and volunteer management to effectively engage and expand our community.
  • Oversight of APIs Integrate third party systems, such as geospatial mapping database, into our website and mobile app (Bicycle Route Navigator).
  • Identify and hire a MSP for helpdesk, network and infrastructure support and migration to the cloud.
  • Oversight of Mobile Application presence Works closely with the Routes Director and contracted Mobile App developer to ensure compliance with app stores and that technology choices are aligned with organizational goals.
  • Manage our website and data analytics Develop and maintain website features that effectively support the organization's communications strategy. Oversee implementation and operation of analytics for web and campaign performance.
  • Develop and chair a data governance group to steer the ongoing process of data governance, including approving new software and integrations, overseeing data hygiene, leading knowledge management and addressing data privacy issues.
  • Proactively evaluate and identify improvements to IT processes. Incorporates innovative solutions and best practices to create more efficient and effective support for the organization and to bring us into alignment with industry best practices.
  • Inform and provide consultation on UX, CX for digital journeys (website and app).
  • Prepare department and project budgets and present proposals for investment projects to leadership.

Required Qualifications:

  • Proven ability to assess business needs and translate into technology solutions and implementation plans.
  • Experience with change management, assessing existing processes and systems, identifying new solutions, communicating and implementing new processes or systems.
  • Data-driven decision making and excellent analytical skills. Provide recommendations grounded in best practices, data, and insights.
  • Broad technical expertise that will inspire and encourage creative, collaborative problem solving.
  • Proficient in AMS systems, CRM, database and data storage, and e-commerce systems.
  • Experience using HTML and Javascript.
  • Strong understanding of software design patterns and programming best practices.
  • Experience with Object-oriented programming and MVC frameworks.
  • Experience with Cloud computing systems such as AWS and EC2.
  • Strong interpersonal and presentation skills. Quickly builds rapport and credibility with all levels of the organization.
  • Understanding and willingness to engage with issues of institutional and structural racism or bias and their impacts on our organization and community.
  • Commitment to equity and inclusion and to learn and respect differences of race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, ability, religion and socio-economic circumstances and class.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in vendor evaluation and contract negotiation.
  • Proven results as business leader, providing value beyond traditional IT to cross-functional areas.
  • Seamlessly move between setting a strategy and executing/implementing tactical solutions.
  • Experience using APIs to integrate third party systems into the website.
  • Experience working with people very different from yourself.

Experience

  • Candidates should have a broad understanding of and experience with the technology needs of nonprofits, including fundraising, membership management, marketing and eCommerce.
  • 5+ years experience managing an IT or Digital and Data Strategy department. Experience with change management, assessing existing processes and systems, identifying new solutions, communicating and implementing new processes or systems.

Compensation, Schedule and Benefits:

This is a full time, exempt position (average 40 hrs/week). Schedule varies by supervisor, but is generally M-F, 8am-5pm MST. We are located at Adventure Cycling’s headquarters in beautiful and bike-friendly Missoula, Montana, and are also open to remote applicants who live in the Mountain West or Northwest Region (WA, OR, NV, UT, CO, ID, MT, WY). Benefits include paid time off, holidays, an additional fully paid one-week bike vacation (a.k.a. “bike respite”), medical, dental, and vision coverage, life insurance, and retirement plan. We have a wonderful office in downtown Missoula, with plenty of bike racks! Adventure Cycling Association is an equal opportunity employer. Salary $75,000.

How to apply:

Please send your resume and cover letter to www.submittable.com – Director of Data and Technology. Please answer the following question in the last paragraph of your cover letter: "Describe why inclusive and accessible opportunities in the outdoors are important to you?"

Interested in becoming an Adventure Cycling Tour Leader? Please fill out this questionnaire and upload your Cover Letter and Resume. Our 2022 Leader Selection is complete, but you can still submit information for consideration for our 2023 tours. We will review applications again beginning late summer 2022. You can find the full job description and more information on our website.

Thank you for your interest in Adventure Cyclist magazine. We 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 freelancers:


  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.


  1. 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. Note: we do not buy Final Mile essays based on queries, we want to see the full manuscript.



What we pay is negotiable, but generally ranges from $.30 to $.60 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 three 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



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, Carolyne Whelan

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 13th Annual Bicycle Travel Photo Contest.

We’re looking for beautiful, high-quality 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 touring, rural and urban settings, scenery, people, and emotions. For some examples of exceptional submissions, check out the 2020 Bicycle Travel Photo Contest winners.

The winning images will be printed in the May 2022 issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine — reaching over 52,000 people worldwide — and featured on adventurecycling.org, which is visited by more than a million people annually. Each year we also feature contest submissions in our Adventure Cycling calendar.

The contest opens July 1, 2021, and closes November 30, 2021, at 11:59pm Mountain Time. Photo entries will be judged based on creativity, quality, originality, responsiveness to the prompt, and overall impact. Photo submissions must have been shot by the photographer after January 1, 2019. You may submit up to 5 photographs per category for a contest total of 25 submissions. In order to be printed in Adventure Cyclist without being stretched or distorted, contestants must be willing to submit, upon request, photographs in .jpeg or .jpg format, at least 4,000 pixels wide, and no smaller than 8 MB. Mobile photographs are exempt from this size requirement, but must be submitted at their highest resolution upon request. 

Categories

The following contest categories are drawn from subjects of special interest to Adventure Cyclist magazine:

Adventure Cycling Route Network: Bicycle travel along the Adventure Cycling Route Network

Epic: Stunning vistas, wild beauty, and show-stopping terrain

People/Portraits: Beautiful, unique portraits and photos of groups or individuals portraying the grit, camaraderie, or emotions inherent in adventure

Around Camp: A glimpse into camp life during a bike tour including tents, camp kitchens, campfires, etc.

Mobile: Any photo taken with a mobile device (phone or tablet)

Prizes

Category Winners: The winner of each category will receive $300, a one-year membership with Adventure Cycling, and a free Adventure Cycling calendar.

Honorable Mention: One honorable mention will be chosen in each category and will receive a one-year membership with Adventure Cycling and a free Adventure Cycling calendar.

Thank you for submitting your photos and videos from the recent event you attended. 

By submitting your photos, you are giving Adventure Cycling Association permission to publish your photos. Please provide the highest quality photos possible and include a name for photo credits. 


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. 
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.

Thank you for your interest in Adventure Cyclist Online. We love to share bike travel. We accept pitches and stories on a rolling basis year-round, reviewing submissions quarterly and responding as quickly as we can. It's a time-consuming process, so please bear with us.

Guidelines for Contributors & Freelancers

  • Adventure Cyclist Online only publishes original content from real people doing bicycle travel.
  • Photos make all the difference, so please submit high-quality photography with your submission.

Adventure Cyclist Online generally publishes the following:

Inspiring, Historical, or Amusing Stories related to bicycle travel. Click here for an example.

How-To Articles on ways to plan, navigate, pack, prepare, and handle any obstacle of a bicycle trip. Click here for an example.

Trip Reports: There’s nothing like a good story of a bicycle trip or bike overnight of where you went, what was special about it, and how others can do it too. Click here for an example.

Photo Essays: 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.

Compensation

What we pay is negotiable, but generally ranges from $150-250 per article, with the lower end of the scale representing what we pay first-time writers and the higher end what we pay repeat writers. We buy first rights and will consider simultaneous submissions as long as we are informed of the other publications considering your submission. We do not pay for photography separately.

Not-So-Fine Print

  • We prefer a well-written and high-quality, original article.
  • We prefer an article that reflects the writing style and tone of Adventure Cyclist Online.
  • Include a short author bio including a maximum of 1 anchor text link to your own website.
  • Include proper attribution of photos, data, quotations, and other third-party content referenced in the article.
  • The Adventure Cyclist Online team reserves the right to copy-edit content as we see fit and update it in the future for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
  • Adventure Cycling reserves the right to include calls-to-action to Adventure Cycling content, including but not limited to newsletters, campaigns, and downloadable content.

Send Us Your Story or Inquiry

All inquiries, text documents, and images must be sent to us through Submittable. If you don't already have an account with Submittable, you will be prompted to start one. Accounts are free and will allow you to track your submission as it makes its way through our system.

For additional information or questions regarding a pitch, please email the online editor, Jessica, at jzephyrs@adventurecycling.org.

Adventure Cycling Association