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Queen City Bicycle Collective

Executive Director

Organization Description:  

Queen City Bicycle Collective (QC Bike), a Manchester, New Hampshire-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to get – and keep – the Manchester community riding bicycles safely and affordably, is hiring an Executive Director. Our vision is a Manchester full of bike riders who can depend on their bicycle for transportation, recreation, and exercise, because of the educational and affordable services we provide. These services include: Open Shop – (our core activity and initial purpose for forming the collective) where the public is welcomed into our workspace to repair their bicycles using our tools, parts, and technical expertise, in a supportive, Do-It-Together environment, or to purchase an affordable, refurbished bike; and Voucher Programs – through which QC Bike provides bike packages – free of charge – to qualified recipients, with the costs underwritten by our various partners. The largest and longest-running of these is Earn-a-Bike – our partnership with the Manchester Health Department to provide two Manchester schools with ~150 bike, helmet, lights & lock packages, each May.

As Manchester’s community bike shop, we receive hundreds of generously donated bikes from our community, each year; and we take care to ensure all donated bikes are repurposed or recycled responsibly. QC Bike staff are supported in this work by thousands of hours of volunteer labor from motivated community members, annually. Our work is truly a Collective effort.

In 2021,  we absorbed Bike Manchester,  and began our foray into bicycle advocacy, by: installing eight Fix-It stations – throughout Manchester – in partnership with Manchester Parks & Recreation, hosting weekly group rides, and convening an advocacy committee.  We also doubled our space by leasing the storefront next to our shop space. This new, community-oriented meeting space provides QC Bike the opportunity to perform meaningful work, beyond the work of our shop. 

Job Summary:  

As Executive Director of a relatively new organization (only incorporated in 2018), the successful applicant will help mold and lead a start-up nonprofit that enjoys strong community support, and consistent growth. The Executive Director will be part of the Collective’s Executive Team, including: the former volunteer Executive Director, the Director of Operations, and the officers of the Board of Directors. Together, this team is responsible for overseeing the planning, administration, and execution of programming undertaken to achieve QC Bike’s mission.

The Executive Director will guide and direct the continued implementation of the organization’s strategic plan, including: cultivating and obtaining grant and donor funding; developing and implementing a comprehensive communication plan; developing and managing collaborations with existing and potential partner organizations, and the wider Manchester community; in addition to providing ongoing support of non-mechanical, day-to-day operations. 

This full-time position is initially grant funded. A critical aspect of the successful applicant’s work will be to develop sustainable financial resources to support QC Bike into the future, as we continue to meet our community’s needs.

Job Responsibilities:  

  1. Develop and maintain proficiency in QC Bike’s mission, vision, and current operations, and comfortably serve as spokesperson, where & when appropriate, including providing non-mechanical support for one Open Shop shift/week.
  2. Strengthen recruitment, engagement, and coordination of volunteers, including the Board of Directors; increasing opportunities for volunteers; and implementing a comprehensive volunteer engagement strategy. 
  3. Develop and secure ongoing fundraising resources for cash and bicycles by researching and writing grants; major donor cultivation (corporate, private, public); and small donor solicitation. 
  4. Manage a comprehensive communications strategy that: includes QC Bike’s website & online presence, increases community awareness of organizational activities, and enhances donor giving capabilities.
  5. Maximize QC Bike’s community impact in the community by: organizing, scheduling, and promoting programs, group rides and events; coordinating staff efforts; and managing community partner relationships.
  6. Organizational/operational support including maintenance and analysis of data, record keeping and reporting, bookkeeping and space management. 
  7. Take paid time off, coordinated with other staff, to stay vibrant and rested. 
  8. Other duties that arise, and as determined by, the Executive Team.

Minimum Qualifications:  

Prior experience and/or genuine interest in: bicycles, hands-on mechanical work, community development, volunteer engagement, nonprofit management, fundraising, and/or bicycle advocacy. A Bachelor’s degree (in nonprofit management, or a related field) and at least three years of experience in management for nonprofits, or any combination of experience and education necessary to demonstrate relevant competencies. 

Compensation:  

$42,000 – $49,920 with a $300 per month Health Reimbursement Account. 

Very flexible work schedule and generous time off

To Apply:  

Send an expression of interest and resume to Abby Easterly, acting Executive Director, abby@qcbike.org

New events & opportunities with QC Bike

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Small Business Saturday

Come visit QC Bike Collective this weekend in honor of Small Business Saturday!

As Manchester’s community bike shop, we keep the community rolling in more ways than one. Many of the bikes we sell are for basic transportation, which are designed to be safe and affordable. But that’s not all we do — we also sell bicycles for folks who can afford to invest in high-end bikes for recreation and sport. Some of our top-of-the-line models include a gorgeous Indie Fab and an ultra-lightweight Orbea road bike. Come try them out yourself on Saturday the 27th from 12PM-4PM!

We also will have new merch for sale, including an exclusive QC Bike 2022 Calendar, short and long-sleeve t-shirts, and onesies available for pre-order!


Giving Tuesday (11/30)

Join us in celebrating Giving Tuesday, the global day of generosity, on November 30th!  From becoming a monthly sustaining donor to the gift of your time, all support is welcome and appreciated. Our doors will be open from 1PM to 8PM on Giving Tuesday, so come down and give what you can! Here are some ideas on what you can give to QC Bike:

  • Awareness of QC Bike’s mission, by sharing with your friends about why you believe in the collective. Check out our toolkit for some sample messages!
  • Your time, by signing up to volunteer with us at qcbike.org/volunteer.
  • Money, to help keep our costs accessible to people who rely on the services we provide.
  • Supplies such as:  Rags, toothbrushes, WD-40, vinegar, snacks/drinks/goodies Paper towels, printer paper, hand soap, toilet paper, sharpies, zip tiesAny bike tool or metric wrenches
  • A bike or gently used parts: We will give a new life to your old bikes/parts by putting them to good use! 

Wrench-a-Thon is BACK!

From 11AM-5PM on Sunday, December 5th, QC Bike will be hosting a day of service that has opportunities for every skill level!

Sign up for a shift to reserve a work stand, or just roll by to write a thank-you note and grab a slice of pizza.

From 3-5PM, families are welcome to join in on kid-friendly activities. Masks are encouraged.


New Fix-It Stations Installed Soon!

We’re excited to announce that there will soon be nine Dero Fix-It Stations installed around Manchester! 

The two new locations at West High School and on the Rockingham Trail will be installed soon. 

Check out the map on the left (or click here for a larger version) to see where the current stations are located, and stay tuned to our social media to see the updated map upon installation!

Community Events & Meetings

Community Meeting: December 6th, 2021 at 6PM. Meet to discuss improving Derryfield Park at Hillside Middle

Bike-Walk Alliance of New Hampshire, invites BWANH supporters old and new, plus all members of the general public (everyone!) to attend our annual meeting via Zoom on Monday Dec 13th at 6pm. Learn about roadways that are “dangerous by design” and how we can make roads safer for all users. The event is free, but you must register via EventBrite to receive the ZOOM dial in information. 

QC Bike represents cyclists at 2021 GACIT hearing

Last night, the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Intermodal Transportation (GACIT) held a hearing in Manchester for the Draft 2023-2032 Ten Year Plan. QC Bike Collective joined the Bike-Walk Alliance of New Hampshire and others to speak up for safer streets.

Tammy Zamoyski, Communications & Support Co-Manager spoke during the public comment period. She stated: “Transportation plays such a huge role in our daily lives. We all have places to go- work, school, medical appointments, shopping trips and social functions. However, not everyone has the same access to transportation. Many people in Manchester do not drive, whether for financial reasons, physical or mental limitations, environmental concerns or other reasons. As we look to attract a younger workforce and create livable communities for those wishing to age in place, we must design our streets to prioritize the safety of our most vulnerable road users. We need more funding for alternative forms of transportation, prioritizing low income areas where car ownership is disproportionately low.”

We encourage YOU to share your comments and let NHDOT know that bicycle and pedestrian safety is ESSENTIAL.

Send written comments to:
William E. Watson, P.E. Administrator
Bureau of Planning and Community Assistance
New Hampshire Department of Transportation
7 Hazen Drive P.O. Box 483 Concord, NH 03302-0483

or bill.watson@dot.nh.gov no later than Novemeber 8th, 2021

Please complete this survey to share your priorities over the next 10 years.

Bike Talk: Cycling in Solidarity: Inclusivity in the Bike Community

Find out how Queen City Bike Collective is breaking down barriers to make the world of cycling more available to everyone.

Cycling is for everyone, but it doesn’t always feel that way. Gatekeeping. Stigma. Transportation inequity. Queen City Bike Collective believes a more equitable future is possible for all cyclists. Find out how QC Bike is working to make this future a reality! In this Bike-Walk Talk, we will explore ways that organizations, businesses and individuals can break down barriers and make the world of cycling more inclusive in New Hampshire.

Presenter Marlee Townsend from the QC Bike Collective is a communications specialist with a background in human rights research and advocacy. She believes in community-centric solutions rooted in sustainability and justice. Co-presenter Tammy Zamoyski, also with QC Bikes, has a background in urban planning and has been an active transportation advocate over the past ten years. She is an avid bike commuter, mountain biker and roadie.

Watch it here:

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