Advocacy Campaign Organizer

Bike Durham

Job Description


Bike Durham seeks to hire an enthusiastic organizer to build a grassroots movement of residents and bus riders and transit employees to win changes resulting in a transportation system with zero deaths or serious injuries, zero carbon emissions, and zero racial disparity of access. In the first year, this position will be key to development of a People’s Vision for Durham’s Transportation Future.

Bike Durham is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to use events, advocacy and education, to empower all people to walk, bike and ride transit more often. Our vision is a Durham where everyone has access to safe, affordable and sustainable transportation regardless of who they are or where they live.

Bike Durham currently has three full-time and three part-time staff, and this position and our work culture requires close collaboration among all on the team. This position will report to the Executive Director. This is not an entry-level position; we strongly prefer applicants with experience in community or labor organizing.


Description of Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Build relationships with people who walk, bike, roll, ride transit (or want to), or work in transit to identify their interests, train them to tell their stories, and to identify and support leaders who will advocate for safer streets and better transit
  • Lead the development and implementation of campaigns to advance safe, affordable, and sustainable transportation that prioritize equitable outcomes
  • Work with the Executive Director to build and support a diverse alliance of neighborhoods, organizations, community advocates, and stakeholders to advocate for bicycling, pedestrian, and transit improvements
  • Work collaboratively with the volunteer Advocacy Committee and advocacy partners
  • Work collaboratively with the Director of Development & Communications to develop and implement a communications and funding strategy to support advocacy campaigns
  • Develop productive relationships with local, regional, state, and federal staff and elected officials who can be allies in achieving campaign goals
  • Work with other local, state, and federal advocacy organizations where there are aligned policy goals
  • Attend public meetings related to our advocacy campaigns, share progress, and provide direction as staff liaison to the Advocacy Committee
  • Assist with the development of policy recommendations on behalf of Bike Durham
  • Support Advocacy Committee chair through structuring work planning, plugging in volunteers, documenting Advocacy Committee decisions, and preparing for committee meetings
  • Engaging in ongoing professional development.


Qualified candidates will bring with them:

  • 2-3 years experience as a grassroots community organizer or labor organizer in a Black, Brown, or Indigenous community.
  • Experience in techniques for planning and executing advocacy campaigns, including experience in data-driven campaign strategies.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills; ability to meet goals and deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to build trust and maintain relationships with diverse individuals by race, gender, age, economic status and an array of key stakeholder groups.
  • Strong communication skills; ability to write and speak clearly and persuasively, including in public settings.
  • High degree of professionalism, sensitivity to political dynamics, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, frequently changing environment.
  • Passionate about public transit, labor, environmental justice, and equity.
  • Belief in the power of collective action to bring about systemic change.
  • Experience working in an environment where commitment to justice based on race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation and physical ability is an important institutional value.


Exceptional candidates will also bring with them:

  • Familiarity and interest in Bike Durham’s mission and advocacy areas.
  • Bi-lingual English/Spanish speaking proficiency.



Salary is $40,000 - $50,000 depending upon experience. This is a full-time position funded through March 2025, with the potential to become permanent. This is a hybrid work position with the flexibility to work remotely and access to the co-working community at ReCity in downtown Durham. We offer generous paid-time off and opportunities for ongoing professional development. At this time, we are not able to offer health or retirement benefits.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $45,000.00 - $50,000.00 per year


  • Flexible schedule


  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekends as needed


  • grassroots or labor organizing: 2 years (Required)

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Durham, NC 27701

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