Executive Director

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $55,000.00
Maximum: $65,000.00



Start Date:


Application Deadline:



712 University Avenue West
St. Paul
United States


The Organization

Cycles for Change (C4C) is a nonprofit organization operating community bike shops in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN. C4C’s mission is to build a diverse and self-empowered community of bicyclists with a vision of creating safe(r) spaces for underrepresented and marginalized people on bikes and to build strong, local communities through biking. To achieve its mission, Cycles for Change offers donation-based programs including community and Femme/Trans/Women (FTW) Open Shops for repairing and maintaining your own bike, a Youth Apprenticeship program, adult Learn to Ride bicycle classes, Slow Roll St. Paul rides, community volunteer opportunities, and two full service retail shops.

The Opportunity

The Executive Director provides successful stewardship of the organization according to the strategic direction developed by the Board of Directors and staff. As the visible face of an organization that champions principles of social justice and capacity-building within Twin Cities’ bicycling communities, the Executive Director is responsible for communicating C4C’s vision and mission to both funders and local communities. The Executive Director is responsible for fundraising to support an organization with an $800,000+ operating budget. Through leadership and mentorship of staff, the Executive Director solicits ideas and collaborates on building a sustainable and innovative organization that furthers the work of Cycles for Change.

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is a full-time, exempt position.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Mission and Vision

  • Effectively communicate the mission and vision of the organization to people outside of the organization
  • Build unity around and commitment to the mission and vision of the organization among staff members and volunteers
  • Ensure all operations and programming are consistent with the organization’s mission, vision, values, and policies
  • Center the organization’s work on social, racial, and gender justice. Lead with commitment to an inclusive, non-oppressive workplace.

Fundraising and Financial Management

  • Strategically develop fundraising activities, including prospecting, grant writing, grant tracking/management/reporting, contract management, funder relations, and engaging the Board in fundraising
  • Direct and coordinate financial reporting
  • In collaboration with staff representatives, prepare annual budgets for board approval, including those for funding or implementation of programs
  • Oversee budgetary control systems, record-keeping systems, or other administrative control processes

Leadership, Management, and Operations

  • Serve as the main contact for the Board of Directors. Provide support to the board by keeping them regularly informed, preparing board meeting materials and assisting designated board members with governance responsibilities of the organization.
  • Lead the evaluation of C4C programming in meeting goals and objectives that are consistent with the organization’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Supervise day to day organizational operations, in collaboration with program managers and the staff leadership team.
  • Work with staff to set individual and programmatic work plans that incorporate evaluation feedback, are consistent with C4C’s mission and values, and support staff in implementing programs.
  • Establish departmental responsibilities and coordinate functions among departments and sites in collaboration with leadership team.
  • Identify long-range objectives and oversee the development and implementation of strategies and actions to achieve them
  • Review and approve quarterly/annual programmatic plans
  • Negotiate or approve contracts or agreements with suppliers, distributors, federal or state agencies, or other organizational entities
  • Manage the lease, landlord relationships and safe functioning of physical spaces
  • Ensure organizational compliance with all governmental rules, regulations, and policies

Human Resources Management

  • Provide guidance and direction to supervisees, including setting performance standards and evaluating their performance
  • Appoint department heads or managers and assign or delegate additional human resources responsibilities to them, including the hiring, onboarding, and dismissal of staff members
  • Provide secondary level of oversight in the hiring, promotion, and dismissal of staff members
  • Maintain competitive compensation and benefit packages for staff as finances allow


  • Serve as the chief spokesperson for C4C; effectively and persuasively communicate the mission and vision of the organization to funders, donors, program participants, community members, strategic partners, government agencies, and the general public.


  • Act as a facilitator of information flow for board members and staff in order to create an organizational culture marked by engagement, teamwork, collaboration, and transparency
  • Encourage and promote mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among Leadership Team, Retail Team and Program Team.
  • Motivate, develop, and support the success of all program staff
  • Take an active interest in cultivating the leadership ability of Youth Apprentices within the organization and in the larger bicycling community

Experience and Qualifications

Leadership Characteristics

Ethics and Integrity

  • Maintain the highest levels of integrity in personal and professional conduct


  • Work within a collaborative leadership model and collectively with others to ensure the organization’s success
  • Passion for and experience with centering the voices and leadership of youth, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, trans-people, non-binary people, and other traditionally marginalized groups.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including comfort with group facilitation, conflict resolution, and direct and empathetic communication.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Knowledge of leadership and management principles of a nonprofit organization
  • Nonprofit financial management skills
  • Nonprofit human resources management knowledge and skills
  • Strong communications skills
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Proponent of mobility justice
  • Experience working with youth development preferred
  • Retail management is a plus


  • Five or more years of progressive leadership and management experience in a nonprofit or similar community-based organization


  • Experience with G-suite, Microsoft Office, financial management and budgeting software, OR experience with similar programs and ability to learn new software
  • Internet-based research and social media communications

Working Conditions

  • Work in an open office environment, but also have the ability to work in a non-standard setting such as a retail and service bicycle shop.
  • May need to work evening and weekends to accommodate activities such as Board meetings, representing the organization at events, and with other organizational activities that fall outside of a standard work week.


Competitive benefits package, including health insurance, paid sick leave, paid holidays, and flexible paid time off.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply



Send resume and cover letter to hiring@cyclesforchange.org.

Notice: We will begin reviewing applications on April 20, 2018.