Adventure Cycling Association seeks an enthusiastic, positive, engaging person to fill a full-time position of Major Gifts Officer.

The staff will join the Development team at Adventure Cycling, working to raise funds for the organization’s mission to inspire, empower, and connect people to travel by bicycle. The primary objective of the Major Gifts Officer is to cultivate relationships and communicate Adventure Cycling’s vision and value to major donor prospects, soliciting and stewarding financial gifts as appropriate. The candidate will ideally have some experience in fundraising, as well as an enthusiasm for cycling and bicycle travel. The position is based at Adventure Cycling’s headquarters in beautiful and bike-friendly Missoula, Montana, and remote work is available.

Reports to the Development Director and works closely with the Executive Director, Board of Directors, other staff, members, donors, and volunteers.

General Summary

The Major Gifts Officer will work to establish long-term, institutional relationships with major donors, and will work to support those relationships in other staff and high-level volunteers. The successful candidate will be expected to adhere to the highest ethical standards, understand the nuances of relationship-based solicitations, reflect an optimistic and positive attitude, and enjoy working independently and with little supervision while also engaging with an active and committed staff.

Duties and Responsibilities

Operational Responsibilities

  • Oversee portfolio of 200-300 current donors as prospects for renewal and upgrade of financial gifts.
  • Participate in each step of the donor cultivation cycle, including identification (of current donors, i.e. who is likely to become a major donor), qualification through research, cultivation through phone calls, zoom and in-person meetings and bike rides, solicitation with prompt follow up, stewardship, and recognition.
  • Initiate contacts with potential major gift donors.
  • Qualify contacts as prospects for cultivation.
  • Work in an internal team environment to develop individual donor strategies - providing the appropriate research materials beforehand - to renew and upgrade donor gifts.
  • Cultivate meaningful relationships with major gift prospects, managing all cultivation activity with the donor, including engagement opportunities and all volunteer efforts as well as identifying and training the most appropriate volunteer solicitors. Communicate Adventure Cycling programs in a compelling manner, highlighting each program’s impact. As necessary, schedule meetings with other staff.
  • Move potential donors in an appropriate and timely fashion toward solicitation and closure.
  • Coordinate and train volunteers to solicit major gifts in a conversational manner that honors the donor and brings the donor closer to Adventure Cycling.
  • When appropriate, solicit financial gifts from members, including planned gifts, with special attention to major gifts ($5,000 or more annually).
  • Maintain and monitor stewardship activity with donors.
  • Document interactions with prospects and volunteers in the CRM database.
  • Thoroughly understand and assist in the development of materials to communicate the organizational history, mission, vision, and programs.
  • Meet monthly activity goals, tracking successful contacts and meaningful interactions (moves) with prospects, at an aggressive pace that will be measured monthly.
  • Travel of approximately one week per month required.

Organizational Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Program Staff Teams to enhance relationships and create greater fundraising and outreach possibilities.
  • Assist in implementing a departmental portfolio review process and be a partner in maintaining an organized system for donor cultivation and stewardship throughout the Adventure Cycling community, as part of a Sustainable Culture of Philanthropy.
  • Work collaboratively and effectively in a team environment with the Executive Director, Development Director, other development staff, board members and other volunteers, setting others up for successful solicitations.
  • Monitor all prospect contacts to ensure positive and purposeful prospect and donor relations.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experience with donor/customer relationship management (CRM) database solutions
  • Experience with or knowledge of planned gift options
  • Strong communication (written and oral), and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated interest in the non-profit sector, including membership organizations
  • Well-organized, thorough, and able to meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated experience, success, and progressive responsibility in fundraising or equivalent relationship-based sales, with a minimum of three to five years experience. Preference will be given to candidates with major gift experience.
  • Ability to set goals strategically and oversee execution.
  • High level of discretion and ethical approach to fundraising.
  • Proven ability to interact and influence philanthropic leaders.
  • Experience motivating and managing high-profile volunteer leadership and senior
  • executives.
  • Ability to work cross-functionally with various internal and external constituents.
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks simultaneously with close attention to detail and prioritization to meet deadlines.
  • Proficiency in database management, Microsoft Office Suite, and other computer skills, as required.
  • Passion for Adventure Cycling’s mission to harness, leverage and strategically invest the collective power of donors, advocates and volunteers.
  • Must be able to cycle with donors.

Education and Experience

Nonprofit major gift fundraising experience required. Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from a four-year college or university or equivalent. Bicycling and bicycle touring experience preferred.

Compensation and Workplace

Anchored by the University of Montana and nestled in a gorgeous mountain valley along the Clark Fork River, Missoula has been featured on many “best places to live” lists and has a vibrant community life driven by creative people who love to eat, play, live, and work in one of the premier towns of the American West. Excellent 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 a friendly and committed staff. Option of being based at our Headquarters in Missoula, MT or working remotely.

Salary Range - $40,000 to $52,000 Depending on Experience

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. 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.

Adventure Cycling seeks a part-time, short term Production Assistant to help with the making of Adventure Cycling’s podcast Dynamo Jenny, Season 2. This is a great opportunity for an audio journalist with a passion for good storytelling to develop experience working with a team to make a full 6-episode audio series.

Dynamo Jenny focuses on the stories of underrepresented bicycle travelers and the current culture impacting who gets to ride a bike in the public sphere. The Production Assistant will be responsible for helping the team find and book the right experts and storytellers, preparing subjects for recording sessions, and performing some production and post-production work. This position will require someone with a sensitivity to DEI and the injustices that BIPOC and LGBTQI+ people face on a daily basis. This person will be comfortable with reaching out/cold calling, asking deep and open-ended questions, maintaining a flexible working schedule, and keeping deadlines.

If you are stoked to tell complex and important stories about the people who ride bikes, we want to talk to you.

Remote candidates welcome.

Time Commitment

The Production Assistant will ideally devote approximately 15 hours per week to the podcast, for a duration of 3-4 months.

Responsibilities

  • Research each episode’s topic and find experts and storytellers to interview
  • Book and schedule guest interviews
  • Prep interviewees and write question flow drafts for recording sessions
  • Assist in writing narration and scripting each episode
  • Follow up with guests as needed, including pre-publication marketing communications
  • Edit transcriptions for each episode
  • Coordinate and write content for show notes
  • Fact-checking as needed
  • Audio editing as needed

Skills, Attributes, and Experience

  • Background in journalism, audio storytelling, or related field
  • Passionate about long-form storytelling and its subjects
  • Ability to listen, empathize, and connect with people of different backgrounds
  • High sense of personal responsibility, self-management, and integrity
  • Ability to proactively identify and diagnose episodic/topical needs and deliver relevant solutions
  • Strong interviewing and written communication skills
  • A sense of humor and love of riding bikes is a plus

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.

Application

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and a sample of your previous work with a description of what parts you played in the production.

Application deadline: Open until filled.

Compensation: $550 per episode for a season of 6 episodes. Since all episodes are published at the same time, half of the total will be paid halfway through the production process.

Our Story

Our bicycle travel 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.

Interested in becoming an Adventure Cycling Tour Leader? Please fill out this questionnaire and upload your Cover Letter and Resume. Priority Deadline for applications is September 30, 2021 for consideration for the 2022 season. 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.

  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



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.

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