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Phoenix Bikes
July 8, 2024
July 19, 2024
909 S Dinwiddie St, Arlington, VA 22204, Arlington, Virginia
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Phoenix Bikes is seeking its next Executive Director who will lead our mission-based organization, build on our strong foundation of serving the community, enrich our youth education programs, and drive future growth and outreach opportunities. The Executive Director has overall responsibility for ensuring that programs—both the youth training programs and the community bike shop—are running successfully, executing successful fundraising, managing the financial health and the sustainability of the organization, developing staff, and managing operations. This full-time position manages an annual operating budget of about $700,000 and an outstanding team of five full-time staff and 7-12 part-time staff, supported by over 100 volunteers.


Job Responsibilities


Organizational Leadership

  • Collaborate with the Board to ensure that Phoenix Bikes has a strong strategic plan, and lead annual operational planning to ensure the team is aligned around and making progress toward the plan.
  • Facilitate a strong working relationship with the Board, supporting its fiduciary, governance, and fundraising roles as well as ongoing skills development.
  • Collaborate with the Board to identify, recruit, orient, and retain a diverse Board of Directors made up of outstanding leaders with complementary skill sets and expertise who are committed to the organization’s mission, vision, and values.  
  • Maintain official records and documents and ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations for record keeping.
  • Build and maintain organizational processes and practices that reflect nonprofit standards of excellence and lay a strong foundation for future growth. 

Fundraising and Strategic Partnerships

  • Cultivate exceptional, transparent, and trusting relationships with supporters, corporate partners, and other external stakeholders to ensure our programs are effective, well resourced, and meet the needs of our community.  
  • Provide leadership over all fundraising and events, working with the Development and Communications Manager to strategically set, meet, and increase annual fundraising goals.
  • Act as lead spokesperson for the organization to external audiences.

Team Leadership

  • Cultivate a positive organizational culture that is aligned to Phoenix Bikes’ core values of community, sustainability, learning, leadership, and a passion for bikes.
  • Build and develop a collaborative, high performing, fun staff team by coaching, leading team-building efforts, and ensuring staff have access to the resources and professional development opportunities they need to grow.
  • Lead recruitment and onboarding efforts to both encourage internal promotions and hire top-notch external talent. 
  • Ensure our compensation and benefits are competitive with peer organizations, are internally equitable, and encourage staff retention. Manage and seek to improve employee benefits. 

Financial and Operational Management 

  • Collaborate with the Board and leadership team to develop and manage an annual budget that aligns with organizational goals and priorities.
  • Oversee and manage the community bike shop and the youth education programs centered around bike repair and bike riding.
  • Work in collaboration with an external bookkeeper, CPA firm, and the Board of Directors to ensure proper accounting and financial controls and the submission of all required reporting, including our annual Form 990. 
  • Process bimonthly payroll and support the bookkeeper in monthly accounting work.
  • Manage insurance policies, facility needs, and any legal and risk management matters. 

Desired Skills and Experience

The ideal candidate for this role will have:

  • A deep appreciation for the mission and values of Phoenix Bikes and a passion for high-quality youth development and educational programming. 
  • Significant experience in nonprofit and/or small business management with experience developing and implementing strategic organizational impact and growth.
  • Experience in fundraising, particularly in identifying and cultivating relationships with major donors, foundations, and corporate partners.
  • Excellence in people management with the ability to coach, supervise, and develop diverse teams of individuals, including volunteers.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills and a demonstrated ability to work effectively across a diverse population to build strong internal and external working relationships. 
  • Strong project management, administrative, and organizational skills.
  • Experience in developing annual budgets, financial management, and accounting principles.
  • A willingness to work flexible hours. This position requires evening board and committee meetings and occasional weekend work for events, outreach, and special youth programming.
  • Proficiency with Google Workspace, Salesforce, and Lightspeed (or other POS systems) a plus.
  • A passion for cycling is a plus.
  • Knowledge of Arlington County and surrounding communities a plus.


Salary & Benefits

  • Salary of $75,000-$90,000 depending on experience;
  • Group health insurance;
  • Access to SIMPLE IRA retirement plan, including a 3% employer match;
  • Paid time off and federal holidays;
  • Access to wholesale pricing on bicycles and accessories.

Equal Employment Opportunity

We celebrate and embrace the diversity of everyone who walks through our doors and strive to be an inclusive place that cultivates compassion, expands perspectives, and grows the future stewards of our collective community. In our hiring and in our work, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical​​​ condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or ​expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.


As an organization working directly with youth, we require all staff to successfully pass a background check as a condition of their hire.


Who We Are

Phoenix Bikes is an Arlington, Virginia nonprofit that uniquely combines youth educational programs with a full-service bike shop. We pursue a dynamic mission: harnessing the power of bikes to help youth build passion, purpose, and a place in the community. Our incredible supporters—including individual donors, foundations and corporate sponsors, and bike shop customers—make it possible for us to offer our youth programs entirely free of cost and to offer repairs and sales at affordable prices, so that we can serve the underserved in our community. You can learn more about Phoenix Bikes and our work at www.phoenixbikes.org

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