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Houston Bike Share (HBS) is the nonprofit that administers the bike sharing program for the City of Houston as the operator of Houston BCycle. The City of Houston first issued a bike share RFP in 2011. Upon selecting BCycle as the initial vendor, Houston Bike Share was formed as a 501(c)(3) to operate, grow and maintain the Houston BCycle program. Since then, Houston Bike Share has been the exclusive operator of the city’s bike share system, growing the program from 3 stations and 18 bikes to 60 stations and 425 bikes across central Houston. Houston Bike Share’s mission is to provide equitable access to bike share that fosters recreation, mobility and personal wellness.

Houston Bike Share’s BCycle program was initially funded through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Showcase grant. The program was expanded with the support of a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas sponsorship and through the U.S. Department of Energy’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus dollars. The current program is partially funded through a U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal-Aid Highway Program grant, and with the support of CHI St. Luke’s Health and Bike Houston sponsorship.

HBS continues to work in partnership with the City – and closely with local management districts and community stakeholders – to grow the bike share network, increase ridership and improve infrastructure.

JOB OPENINGS

Development & Outreach Manager

Houston Bike Share is seeking a Development and Outreach Manager with 2-3 years of professional experience in fundraising and grant writing, with an interest in community outreach or public relations. The Development and Outreach Manager will report to the Executive Director and assist in driving the continued growth of bike sharing in Houston. This role will focus on fundraising, capital campaigns and grant writing. He/she will support the development and help execute a comprehensive plan including broad-based fundraising from individuals, corporations and foundations. He/she will help build strategic relationships with the community and conduct a variety of outreach efforts to further integrate bike share into Houston communities. He/she may also support marketing and communications initiatives.

Now is an especially pivotal time for Houston Bike Share, who is halfway through an expansion that is tripling the size of the Houston BCycle network and also launching an RFI to collect information from new bike share related entities as we work with the City of Houston to consider advancing bike share beyond the existing BCycle program.

Serious candidates should have a basic understanding of public and private fund development. Additionally, candidates should be passionate about cycling, and familiar with bike sharing and the Houston BCycle program.

Major Duties and Responsibilities
Fundraising and Development
1. With input from the Executive Director, develop and execute a cost-effective and broad-based fundraising program to secure general operating support and expansion funding from individuals, corporations, foundations and organizations.
2. Work with HBS Board and Staff to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward current and prospective donors and corporate sponsors.
3. Manage current grant funders, conduct prospect research and outreach to identify and engage with potential grant funders.
4. Draft and submit grant proposals for operational support and program expansion funding.

Community Outreach & Public Relations
1. Help build strategic relationships and partnerships to further integrate bike share into the fabric of Houston and reach new communities.
2. Create and implement cost-effective events and initiatives that promote Houston Bike Share and the Houston BCycle program.
3. Attend community meetings and events, and serve as spokesperson for Houston Bike Share, as requested by ED.

Strategic Planning
1. Assist Executive Director and Director of Operations with strategic planning for growth of bike sharing in Houston.
2. Assist with the planning and implementation of programing that will increase ridership, usage and visibility.

Job Requirements
-Bachelor’s degree
-Fundraising and grant writing experience required
-Strong writer
-Articulate and willing to serve as a public figure for the organization
-Highly organized and detail-oriented

Please send cover letters and resumes to Houston Bike Share’s Executive Director, Beth Martin at bmartin@houstonbikeshare.org.

Accountant/Office Manager

Job Summary: The Accountant/Office Manager for Houston Bike Share is a position that will be responsible for the accounting and various related areas including accounts payable, account reconciliations, preparation of weekly check runs, as well as administrative and general office duties. This position entails a wide area of responsibility, with primary focus in managing the finances of Houston Bike Share.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: This position is responsible for, but not limited to, the following:

Accounting Functions
Accounts Payable:
-Review of all invoices for appropriate documentation and approval prior to payment.
-Verify and process credit card bills.
-Match invoices to checks, obtain all signatures for checks, and distribute checks accordingly.
-Respond to all vendor inquiries.
-Reconcile vendor statements, research and correct discrepancies.
-Daily interface with others to reconcile receiving issues with vendor invoices.
-Process check requests.
-Manage weekly employee time sheets for approval by Executive Director.
-Special projects as needed – grant audits, etc.

Daily Accounting:
-Daily entry accounting utilizing QuickBooks.
-Invoice customers as stations are installed.
-Verify daily revenue from stations.
-Handle various account reconciliations – bank and credit card.
-Manage grant billing.
-Finalize month end closing and maintain accounting files.
-Miscellaneous ad-hoc projects.
-Assist with tax audit and annual return.

Administrative & General Office Duties
-Administrative support of operations and miscellaneous general office duties as requested by Executive Director.
-Support customer billing process for current and new stations.
-Manage recordkeeping of documents and contracts related to operations and grants.
-Maintains employee files and protects accounting operations by keeping information confidential.
-Projects a favorable image of Houston Bike Share and BCycle to promote its objectives and foster and enhance public recognition and acceptance of all of its areas of endeavor.
-Responsible for office supply and supply management.
-Backup and supplement customer service support.
-Sort and distribute incoming mail.
-Insurance claims and renewal.

Qualifications
-Possess the following key skills: analyzing information, data entry, attention to detail, confidentiality, thoroughness, and organization.
-Possess strong organizational and time management skills and ability to multi-task.
-Understanding of Generally accepted accounting principles.
-Nonprofit accounting experience or training is valued.
-Ability to work independently in a high-volume environment, with emphasis on accuracy and timeliness.
-Accounting Degree or equivalent work experience (2-5 years).
-Good communicator and ability to work with others in small office.
-Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook. Strong computer skills.
-Knowledge and experience in QuickBooks.

Physical Requirements
-Regular work schedule is Monday – Friday, 8AM – 5PM with ability to work varied hours/days as business dictates.
-While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for extensive time periods; while occasionally walking, kneeling, reaching, or standing.
-Ability to move or handle merchandise generally weighing up to 15 pounds.

Please send cover letters and resumes to Houston Bike Share’s Executive Director, Beth Martin at bmartin@houstonbikeshare.org.

Meet the Team

Houston Bike Share Staff

Beth Martin – Executive Director

Doogie Roux – Director of Operations

Henry Morris – Marketing & Communications Manager

Rhiannon Ferguson – Office Manager

Gilbert Cedillo – Customer Service

Dean Catania – Lead Field Tech

Thomas Epling – Lead Mechanic

Dave Guitierrez – Mechanic

Jeremiah Sanchez – Mechanic

Tony Banks – Field Tech

Amir Chowdury – Field Tech

Chris Rico – Field Tech

Board of Directors

Neil Bremner – President

Paul Sorelle – Secretary ​

Amir Befroui – Board Member

Chris Dray – Board Member

Maya Ford – Board Member

Clint Harbert – Board Member

James Koski – Board Member

James Llamas – Board Member

Michele Nezi Martin – Board Member

Michael Skelly – Board Member