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 customer service, logistics, and administrative 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 cycle travel.

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 Tours Operations Manager and the Tours Director, including but not limited to:

● Provide telephone, email, and internet sales and support for those interested in participating in Adventure Cycling tours including trip inquiries, registration, and payment transactions

● Assess, acquire, and manage the gear and vehicles required to operate 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

● Rotating with other Adventure Cycling Staff, provide tours of the Adventure Cycling facilities to visiting cyclists.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

● 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-tasked, 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 Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

· Solo or group multi-day cycle travel experiences

· Federal, state, or local permitting experience

· CPR/FA and LNT certifications

· Experience with Ride with GPS

Education and Experience

Customer service and administrative experience, with a focus on phone and written communications. Personal and/or group cycle touring experience preferred. Guiding experience encouraged. Prior experience in outdoor adventure travel and tourism is preferred.

Compensation and Workplace

Adventure Cycling is located in beautiful and bike-friendly Missoula, Montana. This position is located at our headquarters in Missoula, however temporary remote work may be required. For the right candidate, a remote work situation may be available. This position will be competitively compensated in the Northern Rockies region. Excellent benefits include 3 weeks paid time off, holidays, an additional fully paid one-week bike vacation (aka. “bike respite”), medical, dental and vision coverage, life insurance and retirement plan.

Salary range: $30-35,000

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 January 27, 2021.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Adventure Cycling Association is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, Indigenous people, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. All qualified applicants who share this vision and who have a desire to contribute to our mission are encouraged to apply.

Our Story

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.

The Adventure Cycling Route Network is the gold standard in cycling networks, incorporating 50,000 miles of meticulously documented bike routes to the most iconic and hidden destinations across the country. We led the effort to create the first official national cycling network: the U.S. Bicycle Route System. Once complete, it will be the largest official cycling route network on earth. And our preeminent bike tour magazine, Adventure Cyclist, supported by more than 50,000 members, is the leading resource for bike travel in America.

For more information, go to www.adventurecycling.org.

General Summary
Adventure Cycling Association seeks a Director of Advocacy to oversee and expand our work to improve bicycle travel conditions and remove barriers to bike travel across the U.S., with a focus on the Adventure Cycling Route Network and U.S. Bicycle Route System. This is an opportunity for a creative and well-organized person to provide visionary direction for our Advocacy programs while fostering a culture of collaboration and communication.

The candidate must provide leadership and direction to sustain and grow the impact of Adventure Cycling’s advocacy work nationally, building broad awareness of bike travel and cultivating strategic partnerships; especially those that create conditions for bike travel that are welcoming, inclusive and safe for people of diverse ages, backgrounds, identities, and races. An enthusiasm for cycling and bicycle travel is an asset.

Position Overview

The Director of Advocacy manages programs to improve bike travel conditions on the Adventure Cycling and U.S. Bike Route networks through infrastructure, policy, and legislative advocacy. Specifically, the Director will oversee the Safety Program, the U.S. Bicycle Route System (USBRS) and the Bicycle Tourism Program, working with the Advocacy team to coordinate campaigns and engage the bike travel community, manage partnerships and task forces, and foster relations with advocates, government agencies, elected officials, and communities. The Director of Advocacy will represent Adventure Cycling nationally and has a high level of visibility and relationship building.

The Director manages the department’s budget and works with the Advocacy team to set strategic goals, create work plans and execute strategies. The Director collaborates internally with other departments to integrate Advocacy into communications, fundraising, marketing, member engagement, and route development.  The Director of Advocacy works with the Executive Director and other leaders at Adventure Cycling to achieve the strategic directives of the organization and support a sustainable culture of philanthropy.

Duties and Responsibilities

Strategic Priorities

  • Support the development and adoption of a collaborative risk assessment mapping project with the Routes department. The Route Conditions Mapping Tool identifies high risk locations along our routes so we can more effectively work with transportation agencies to prioritize safety improvements.
  • Work with state departments of transportation to adopt Adventure Cycling’s rumble strip best practices in their policy, design standards and practices.
  • Support the continued expansion and promotion of the U.S. Bicycle Route System.

Leadership

  • Manage national-scale Safety, USBRS and Bike Tourism programs; track progress, contacts, and metrics
  • Cultivate partnerships and collaboration with transportation, tourism and other government officials
  • Participate in organizational strategic planning, team building and trainings
  • Oversee work plans and budgets and perform administrative duties
  • Supervise Advocacy Manager and the U.S. Bicycle Route System Coordinator
  • Identify opportunities for staff development and mentorship

Communication

  • Travel to and present at conferences and member gatherings on behalf of ACA
  • Represent the organization in coalitions with active transportation, safety, and outdoor recreation partners
  • Lobby and educate elected officials
  • Communicate to professional, technical, and member audiences
  • Act as a media point of contact for Advocacy programs

Other

  • Work with research institutions and support/submit proposals for research studies that support bike travel and tourism
  • Periodically manage contracted employees and/or projects contracted to outside companies
  • Assist the Development team with grants, donor cultivation and management, appeals and fundraising campaigns

Desired Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Program, budget, staff management experience
  • Ability to provide big picture creative vision while tracking details for implementation and impact
  • Experience building partnerships, coalitions, or similar outreach with diverse stakeholders and/or decision makers
  • Experience working with a diversity of people with a range of experiences and perspectives, from various backgrounds and geographic locations
  • Written and verbal communication skills with an emphasis in public speaking
  • Experience working with government agencies
  • Ability to understand technical research and reports; policy analysis experience
  • Availability for travel, typically in the Spring and Fall
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google programs

Preferred Experience

  • Lobbying experience
  • Fundraising experience
  • Digital and traditional media experience
  • Understanding of basic marketing principles

Education and Experience

Nonprofit and management experience in a work or volunteer setting required. Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from a four-year college or university or equivalent. Bicycling and bicycle touring experience preferred.

Compensation and Workplace

Adventure Cycling is located in beautiful and bike-friendly Missoula, Montana and we will consider a remote work location for the right candidate.  This position will be competitively compensated in the Northern Rockies region. Excellent benefits include 3 weeks paid time off, holidays, an additional fully paid one-week bike vacation (aka. “bike respite”), medical, dental and vision coverage, life insurance and retirement plan.

Salary range: $60-65,000

Application

Please submit a resume and cover letter using this form. This position is open until filled. We will begin reviewing resumes and requesting interviews on December 21, 2020.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Adventure Cycling Association is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, Indigenous people, immigrants, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. All qualified applicants who share this vision and who have a desire to contribute to our mission are encouraged to apply.

Our Story

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.

The Adventure Cycling Route Network is the gold standard in cycling networks, incorporating 50,000 miles of meticulously documented bike routes to the most iconic and hidden destinations across the country. We led the effort to create the first official national cycling network: the U.S. Bicycle Route System. Once complete, it will be the largest official cycling route network on earth. And our preeminent bike tour magazine, Adventure Cyclist, supported by more than 50,000 members, is the leading resource for bike travel in America.

For more information, go to 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 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.

  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. 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 $.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 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, Alex Strickland

magazine@adventurecycling.org

Adventure Cycling Association

150 E Pine St

Missoula, MT 59802



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

Adventure Cycling Association