Job Description

Tours Specialist

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 inside sales, customer service, and logistics

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

people. The position is based in Adventure Cycling's headquarters in bike-friendly and beautiful

Missoula, MT.

Duties and Responsibilities

As a staff member in the Tours Department, the Tours Specialist shall actively participate in the

daily operations of the department with other Tours Specialists, the Assistant Tours Director and

the Tours Director, including but not limited to:

● Provide telephone, email, and internet sales and support for persons interested in

participating in Adventure Cycling tours including trip inquiries, registration, and

payment transactions;

● Assess, acquire, and manage the gear and vehicles required to manage tours;

● Work with contracted tour leaders in the production and review of tour leader notes, tour

expenses, tour reservations and logistics, and necessary certifications;

● Develop a thorough knowledge of our travel offerings;

● Assess, acquire and manage all the necessary permits required for federal, state and local

jurisdictions for tours;

● Manage the creation and updating of informational packages, maps and related

documents for new and existing tours;

● Assist in the design and planning of new tours and the creation/update of Tour Planning

Documents on an annual basis;

● Assist with copywriting for tours marketing and social media programs;

● Provide other general operational and administrative support for the Tours Department

and its programs, as necessary;

● Some travel may be required on occasion to conferences or on tours; and

● Rotating with other Adventure Cycling Staff, provide tours of the Adventure Cycling

facilities to visiting cyclists.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

● Excellent team player, who enjoys working with others for great outcomes. Enthusiastic

about the outdoors and outdoor recreation, especially bicycling.

● Exceptional customer service skills and ability to work in a fast-paced, multi-tasked,

quick response environment.

● Outstanding written and oral communications skills as well as excellent organizational

skills.

● Proficiency in working with all Google Suite Applications (Docs, Sheets, Drive,

Calendar) and Microsoft Access, Excel, and Word including complex formulae, lookups,

calendars, groups. Understanding of applications for smart devices (phones and tablets).

● Detail orientated self-starter with proven decision making and problem solving ability;

leader who can collaborate with colleagues and partners.

Education and Experience

Preferably a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from a four-year college or university.

Preferably an experienced cyclist, ideally with personal experience in traveling by bicycle.

Outdoor, recreational, or tourism industry experience a plus.

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 oneweek

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

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 December 20,

2019.

About Adventure Cycling Association

Adventure Cycling's mission is to inspire and empower 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.

Job Description

Development Director

Adventure Cycling Association

Missoula, MT


Adventure Cycling Association seeks an energetic, well-organized, and goal-oriented person

to serve as our leader in fundraising and development. This is a unique opportunity to grow

the resource base for North America’s largest bicycling membership group, at a time when our

members and donors are becoming more supportive than ever of Adventure Cycling’s mission

and program work. We seek a team player who loves to raise (and help others raise) financial

resources for good causes – in our case, bicycling and bicycle travel. The position is based at

Adventure Cycling's headquarters in beautiful and bike-friendly Missoula, Montana.


General Summary

Plans, coordinates, and implements development and fundraising activities for Adventure

Cycling Association. Duties include managing major donor cultivation and solicitation, grant

research and writing, overseeing annual fund activities such as quarterly appeal letters, email

solicitations and monthly giving program, and promoting and managing planned gifts. The

director will work with a Development Committee, made up of members of the Adventure

Cycling Board of Directors and select volunteers. The director supervises two full-time staff

and occasionally an intern and/or work study student.


Duties and Responsibilities


Strategic and budgetary direction

● Establishes and refines the Development Department’s strategic direction and plans

and implements a development program to raise financial support for Adventure Cycling.

● Implements the resulting annual development plan with the Executive Director, the

Board of Directors, and the Development Committee.

● Works with the Executive Director and Chief Operations Officer on preparing and

adhering to the annual Development Department budget.


Donor management

● Develops strategies and techniques for continual expansion and cultivation of

prospective donors through giving programs with an emphasis on growth of donations.

● Directs research to identify donor prospects and to obtain information concerning

financial capacity, special interests, past history and relationship with Adventure Cycling.

● Assigns major gift prospects to appropriate individuals (staff leadership, Board

members, volunteers, Development Committee members or others as appropriate).

● Seeks out and facilitates major donor meeting opportunities with leadership staff,

Board members or volunteers.

● Establishes and oversees donor recognition programs, including thank you

calls and letters, the annual report, articles in Adventure Cyclist magazine.

● Makes direct asks to donors or donor prospects, where appropriate.

● Helps train and advise staff, Board members and other volunteers in fundraising

techniques such as gift solicitation and cultivation.


Grant research and solicitation

● With development and project staff, coordinates grant research, and submits

proposals for special funding from private and public funding entities.

● Tracks progress on project work related to grants and oversees and participates in

preparation of reports.

Planned Giving and Campaigns

● Solicits estate gifts and promotes Adventure Cycling’s Legacy Society, in order to grow

Adventure Cycling’s endowment.

● Plays a primary role in special fundraising campaigns to grow support for special

projects or possibly a capital campaign to support improvements in Adventure Cycling’s

physical plant and /or growth in the endowment.


Supervisory and internal responsibilities

● Supervises a team of two, the Development Manager and Development Coordinator,

per the employee policies and annual work plan of Adventure Cycling.

● As a staff director of Adventure Cycling, attends regular management team meetings

and all-staff meetings.

● Maintains a positive, energetic, and harmonious working relationship with Board

members, volunteers, department directors, and staff.

● Works with administrative personnel, especially on database and information

technology management, to develop and maintain systems that support the development

program.

● Collaborates with the Membership Department to insure that donation programs and

membership recruitment and renewal programs are well aligned.

● Establishes and maintains an internal reporting system on fund development progress.

● Works with appropriate staff to establish an ongoing effective communication and

marketing program for Adventure Cycling’s development program.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Outstanding interpersonal and management skills. Excellent team player; enjoys working with

others to achieve great outcomes. Relishes raising financial resources for good causes.

Strong communication skills, both verbal and written. Able to spin details into coherent

narratives. Outstanding ability to write clearly and concisely for various audiences -- from

members to philanthropists. Understands and knows how to work with databases and track

performance metrics. Well-organized and able to meet deadlines. Unquestionable

commitment to setting and meeting goals. Ideally enthusiastic about the outdoors, recreation,

and bicycling.


Education and Experience

Completion of a four year degree program from a college or university. Coursework in

fundraising and affiliation with professional fundraising associations are a big plus. Top

candidates will have at least 4-6 years of professional experience in 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, 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.


Application

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample directly to Submittable. The writing

sample will preferably be something related to fundraising activities, such as a short grant

proposal, a solicitation letter or appeal, or an annual report with a focus on donors.

Application deadline: The position is open until filled. We will begin reviewing resumes and

requesting interviews on January 10, 2020.


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 50,000 members. Our work includes producing the best bicycling

routes and maps in America, publishing Adventure Cyclist (one of the top cycling magazines

in North America), managing more than 100 bicycle tours and leadership trainings, and

achieving better bike travel conditions through advocacy at the federal, state and local

levels. For more information, visit www.adventurecycling.org.

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 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

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 2020 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

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.

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 touring tips and gear, places to ride, and adventure stories.

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. 

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. 
  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.
  10. Adventure Cycling reserves the right to promote posts on its social media channels. If you'd like to be tagged, please include your platform and handle.

Inbound Marketing Manager, Jessica Zephyrs
jzephyrs@adventurecycling.org
(406) 721-1776 

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

Do you have some bike travel experience but want to hone your leadership skills to embark on a future as a leader in bike travel? At Adventure Cycling, we are committed to inspiring, empowering, and connecting people to travel by bike. As part of our mission, 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 nine issues of Adventure Cyclist magazine, and a $10 Cyclosource gift certificate-- all just for applying!

The award covers:  

  • An Adventure Cycling Leadership Training Course, which includes meals and accommodations during the course
  • A $500 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 Cyclosource to update your gear
  • An Adventure Cycling self-contained tour of your choice up to $1,599 in value or $1,599 discount on a self-contained tour (some exclusions apply, transportation to and from the tour not included) within 18 months of taking the Leadership Training Course

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

Upon completion of the Leadership Training Course, you'll perform an outreach activity to promote bicycle travel to youth and/or young adults in underrepresented communities including but not limited to: women, LBGTQI people, people of color, indigenous people, refugees, and people with disabilities. Examples of an outreach activity include:

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

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. We are looking for creative and achievable projects that will inspire youth and/or young adults in underrepresented communities to travel by bike.

Winners will be required to write two 300-500-word field reports to be posted on Adventure Cycling's blog about their experience taking their educational course and the outcome of their outreach project. An Adventure Cycling staff member and a former winner of the award 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 2020.

The Greg Siple Award for Young Adult Bicycle Travel is open to U.S. residents only. Applicants must be 18–30 years old on March 1, 2020.

All applications must be received by midnight (MST) December 31, 2019. 

Finalists will be notified by February 7, 2020 and will be asked to submit a short video recording or do a live interview (no more than two minutes) in response to an interview question.

Winners will be notified by March 1, 2020.

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, empowering, and connecting people to travel by bike. As part of our mission, 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 nine issues of Adventure Cyclist magazine, 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 $500 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 XXXX 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 that promotes bicycle travel to youth and/or young adults in underrepresented communities including but not limited to: women, LBGTQI people, people of color, indigenous people, refugees, and people with disabilities. Examples of an outreach activity include:

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

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. We're looking for creative and achievable projects that will inspire youth and/or young adults to travel by bike in underrepresented communities.

Winners will be required to write two 300-500 word field reports to be posted on Adventure Cycling's blog about their experience taking their educational course and the outcome of their outreach project. An Adventure Cycling staff member and a former winner 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 2020.

The Greg Siple Award for Young Adult Bicycle Travel is open to U.S. residents only. Applicants must be 18–30 years old on March 1, 2020.

All applications must be received by midnight (MST) December 31, 2019.

Finalists will be notified by February 7 and will be asked to submit a short video recording or do a live interview (no more than two minutes) in response to one interview question.

Winners will be notified by March 1, 2020.

Adventure Cycling Association