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December 2013

Job Opening – Office Administrator

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Bicycle Coalition of Maine Office Administrator

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine seeks a part-time office administrator to join its team at its Portland headquarters. The Bicycle Coalition of Maine (BCM) is a statewide nonprofit organization that works to make Maine better for bicycling–through legislation, advocacy, education and encouragement.  Our programs include Community Spokes (community advocacy and outreach); Safe Routes to School; and, the Maine Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Education (BPSE) program.  We also run a number of events including the Great Maine Bike Swaps, the Maine Women’s Ride, the Lobster Ride & Roll and the BikeMaine (week-long) ride.

Office Administrator duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Administrative support to seven full-time and three part-time staff
  • Office management tasks, such as reception duties, answering the phone, processing mail, ordering supplies, overseeing office equipment, maintaining office organization
  • Assistance with coordinating the BCM’s five signature events: two Great Maine Bike Swaps (April), the Maine Women’s Ride (June), the Lobster Ride and Roll (July), and BikeMaine (September) as well as other smaller events throughout the year
  • Bookkeeping assistance to include printing checks, filing invoices and receipts, making bank deposits, and communicating with the BCM’s off-site accountant
  • Processing incoming membership renewals and new memberships, generating thank-you letters, and orchestrating monthly membership renewal mailings
  • Preparing and mailing educational materials to schools and BPSE instructors
  • Managing the Coalition merchandise: inventory of merchandise, processing and shipping orders, ordering additional merchandise 

The ideal candidate would be enthusiastic about making Maine better for bicycling and walking. Candidates should demonstrate exceptional communications skills, be organized and able to multi-task, be a motivated self-starter as well as a team player, and a have a strong desire to learn and grow in a professional environment.

Skills required:

  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Good written and oral communications skills
  • Strong customer/member service skills
  • Ability to multi-task and manage multiple priorities
  • Strong computer and internet literacy
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office applications
  • Ability to follow both written and oral instructions
  • GED required; associate’s degree/bachelor’s degree preferred
  • 1-2 years work experience in an office environment preferred

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine is an Equal Opportunity Employer, which includes providing equal opportunity for a broad spectrum of people, including minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities, including disabled veterans.

How to apply: Please send resume and cover letter to, attention: Nancy Grant, Executive Director. 

Application Deadline: December 30, 2013
Category: Administrative/Clerical
Job Type: Part-time (20 hours/week)
Target Start Date: January 21
Region: Southern Maine
Specific Location: 34 Preble Street, Portland, ME

First Friday Art Walk First of many Open Streets Events to Come (Media Advisory)

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First Friday Art Walk is Car Free – The first of many “Open Streets” events in the coming months

The Portland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine would like to remind residents and visitors that this week’s First Friday Art Walk on December 6th will be car-free. Congress Street will be closed to vehicular traffic between Brown Street and State Street from 6-8 pm and no parking will be permitted in that area from 4pm – 8pm. If you’re driving to this Friday’s event, please remember to park in nearby garages or on side streets. Or consider walking or biking to the event. This is the first Art Walk in Portland that will include a closure of Congress Street to cars, creating a safe and more inviting environment for people to walk, shop and socialize. Read More

The way life should be begins outdoors (PPH)

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This article originally appeared in the Portland Press Herald.

Deirdre Fleming: The way life should be begins outdoors

The way life should be. What exactly does it mean?

It’s a relevant question this time of year for me because every time I visit family outside the state, I’m reminded when driving by that sign near the New Hampshire border of what the way life should be means to me. Each time I pass it, I think how remarkably lucky I was to have landed in this place that became my home 18 years ago.

To me the way life should be is about living near wild areas or in wild areas that make neighbors of owls, foxes, moose, turtles and terns. The way life should be is about being able to get to those wild areas. And it refers to the outdoor cultures there. Because maybe we couldn’t have one without the other: the wild areas without people who care about them. Read More