Active Transportation Alliance seeks an influential and innovative Executive Director to elevate the organization’s vision and enhance its efforts to expand the impact of the mission. The Executive Director will oversee daily operations and will lead a highly valued team. They will manage with a collaborative style while attracting, nurturing and retaining high-performing talent. The role requires a dynamic relationship-builder who can cultivate and grow critical partnerships for organizational growth, accompanied by leadership and communications skills that can inspire, support and accelerate change across Chicagoland. The Executive Director will work with an ever-expanding and diverse constituency of community partners, donors, volunteers, and city and state officials, and will champion the principles and practice of racial, social and economic equity both internally and externally.
A passion for the transformational nature of walking, bicycling and transit on community livability and sustainability. Incorporation of walking, bicycling and/or transit into daily life.
Demonstrated leadership successes in advocacy, policy and coalition building, particularly among diverse and transportation-disadvantaged populations.
Firm understanding of basic nonprofit structures, operations, and finance.
Prior and proven experience in developing and nurturing successful teams and managing group dynamics. Significant experience hiring, mentoring and managing professional staff.
Leadership experience leading internal and external change related to equity and inclusion.
Familiarity with the operations and development of an effective nonprofit Board of Directors.
Proven track record of successful fundraising for public interest or advocacy work from a diverse range of sources.
Demonstrated program management experience.
Experience with fundraising events is highly desired.
Strong analytic and strategic-thinking skills, with demonstrated ability to create, implement and monitor complex plans, and then translate those plans into goals and concrete strategies.
Superior skills in written communications, public speaking and media relations.
Career track record that shows stability with an organization and capacity to develop and nurture relationships culminating in overall success.
Local and/or state government relations experience preferred.
Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in a related field preferred.
About Active Transportation Alliance
Active Transportation Alliance (Active Trans) is one of the
largest, most effective advocacy organizations promoting
walking, bicycling, and public transportation in the U.S.
Founded in 1985, it carries out an ambitious advocacy
mission with the goal of creating healthy, sustainable, and
equitable communities. The organization is rooted in the
core beliefs that basic mobility is a civil and human right;
that car-centric transportation systems are fundamentally
unsafe, unhealthy, unclean and unjust; and that walkable,
bikeable and transit-friendly communities contribute to
excellent quality of life for all.
More than 20,000 members and supporters, partner
organizations, staff, board members, and volunteers unite
to advance Active Trans’ mission. Together they are
building a future where all people in the City of Chicago
and its surrounding suburbs have access to a safe, seamless,
convenient and connected transportation environment
that is abundant with walking, biking and transit options.
This work is accomplished through a combination of
traditional organizing, coalition building, government
relations, legislative strategy, technical assistance and training,
world-class events and insightful communications.