Executive Director

  • The Valtas Group
  • Seattle, WA
Full Time Executive Nonprofit Strategy Transportation Community Services

Job Description

Comprehensive Position Profile

Cascade Bicycle Club (Cascade) is the nation’s largest statewide bicycle nonprofit with more than 10,000-members, 50 years of history, serving bike riders of all ages and abilities throughout Washington state. Cascade teaches the joys of bicycling, advocates for safe places to ride, and produces community rides and events. Cascade’s signature programs include the Seattle-to-Portland Ride, advocacy for connected trail networks and on-street bike networks in Seattle and across the Puget Sound region, the Advocacy Leadership Institute, Free Group Rides, Adult Maintenance, and Riding Classes, Let’s Go, and the Major Taylor Project. 

Washington Bikes (WA Bikes) - a 501(c)4 - grows bicycling across the state of Washington every day. WA Bikes advocates for bicyclists’ rights, endorse political candidates, and holds officials accountable at every level of government, working with them to shape the policies that will make bicycling a safe, accessible form of transportation, travel, and recreation. WA Bikes’ efforts increase funding to build and maintain bicycle facilities, provide tools for local advocates to improve their communities, and promote the health, safety, and economic benefits of bicycling. WA Bikes’ work and that of many partner organizations mean more people biking all across Washington, the #1 Bicycle Friendly State in America since 2008 according to the League of American Bicyclists.

For a detailed description of the organizations and their programs, please visit cascade.org and wabikes.org

Reporting to a fourteen (14) member Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) holds overall responsibility for Cascade and WA Bikes operations and organizational performance. In collaboration with staff, more specific areas of accountability include fundraising and financial performance and viability; budgeting and financial management; external relations; strategic planning; organizational development; board relations and governance; human resources; and staff leadership, management, and development.

Cascade/WA Bikes is forecasting $2.5M in revenue for 2021, and there are twenty-three (23) FT, ten+ (10+) PT and seasonal staff positions, plus contractors. In addition, Cascade/WA Bikes enjoy the ongoing support and commitment from over 900 volunteers. The ED position presently has seven (7) direct reports: Events and Rides Community Director, Education Director, Policy Director, Director of Development & Partnerships, Communications and Marketing Director, Finance Director, and Technology Manager.


Candidates will be evaluated on the full range of their lived and learned experience, professional background, volunteer experience, and direct and transferable skills. Cascade/WA Bikes is seeking candidates with a compelling combination of demonstrated experience and skills in some, or all, of the following areas:

  • Experience serving as a CEO, Executive Director or senior staff member of an organization, division, or department (not necessarily in a traditional public policy, advocacy, or nonprofit organization).
  • Exposure to fundraising, social sector or nonprofit services, public policy advocacy work, and legislative relations – which may come from the board, volunteer, or staff service – is a plus.
  • High emotional and social intelligence. Able to build and cultivate internal and external relations to increase organizational capacity, capabilities, reach, and positive impact.

Ability to:

  • Model and champion a culture grounded in trust, joy, transparency, and accountability devoted to the practices that further diversity, racial equity, and inclusion.
  • Effectively recruit, manage, motivate, and mentor high-caliber staff.
  • Build and sustain trusting and collaborative relationships with key individuals, constituencies, partner organizations, diverse communities, and cultures.
  • Oversee the effective and efficient management of the organizations’ financial resources, ensuring their fiscal stability and long-term sustainability.
  • Develop, track, and manage a nonprofit budget that includes restricted giving or grants and the flexibility to plan for and effectively address unanticipated changes in the funding environment.
  • Develop and maintain a working knowledge of how the social determinants of health, particularly in mobility, transportation, physical activity, and the environment, affect communities of color in the region to inform the organizations’ strategic goals and plans.
  • Inspire collaboration and teamwork and motivate a team.
  • Exercise independent initiative and judgment.
  • Hold and articulate a bold vision for our community and create paths to realize it.
  • Understand the difference between a c3 and a c4 organization and how to operate both in a fully compliant manner.
  • Communicate effectively with all key stakeholders, building understanding and support.
  • Be the face of Cascade/WA Bikes. Engage a variety of audiences as a persuasive, passionate, and effective public speaker.

To be considered:

This role will remain open until filled. Candidate materials are reviewed on an ongoing basis and initial interviews will begin by early late April. Priority deadline: May 21, 2021.

To be considered, please submit a resume and cover letter (in a single Word or PDF document) addressed to the Search Committee here: https://valtasgroup.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk0uxlh/

Cascade Bicycle Club and WA Bikes are on a journey to becoming anti-racist organizations. We strongly encourage applications from people who have historically been underrepresented in the bicycle industry, advocacy, and nonprofit work. Cascade and WA Bikes are an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to diversity, racial equity, and inclusion. The organizations do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, pregnancy, disability, work-related injury, covered veteran status, political ideology, genetic information, marital status, record of arrest or conviction, or any other factor that the law protects from employment discrimination. We strive to have a diverse board, staff, and volunteer base that is reflective of the communities we serve. This position is subject to reference checks and the completion of a background check. Cascade will consider qualified applicants for employment pursuant to the Seattle Fair Chance Employment Ordinance and Washington State Fair Chance Act.


Business Unit Management, President, Project Management, Strategic Planning


$110,000 - $130,000 DOE