Become the next Better Bike Share Grant Manager!

by Stefani Cox

BBSP Grant Manager

Note: This post has been updated as of 8/21/17 to reflect the second round of the job posting.

The City of Philadelphia is now hiring for a Better Bike Share Grant Manager to lead the work of the partnership! See the full description below:

Company Description

With a workforce of over 30,000 people, and opportunities in more than 1,000 different job categories, the City of Philadelphia is the sixth largest city in the United States and one of the largest employers in Southeastern Pennsylvania. As an employer, the City of Philadelphia operates through the guiding principles of service, integrity, respect, accountability, collaboration, diversity and inclusion. Through these principles, we strive to effectively deliver services, to resolve the challenges facing our city, and to make Philadelphia a place where all of our residents have the opportunity to reach their potential.


The Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (oTIS) is charged with driving change through our transportation and infrastructure systems. oTIS leads a portfolio of departments, including Streets Transportation, Streets Sanitation, and Philadelphia Water Department (PWD), to provide cost-effective quality services with a focus on the resident. oTIS is the lead agency for the planning, implementation and program management of the Indego Bike Share Program.

Along with management of Indego, oTIS leads the Better Bike Share Partnership (BBSP), a national initiative that seeks to challenge assumptions on race, income and equity in the realm of bike share. BBSP work is centered in Philadelphia where Indego bike share is serving as a living laboratory for best practices in creating an equitable and replicable model for bike share. Over the past three years, the Better Bike Share Partnership has brought the concepts of social and racial equity into the forefront of the discussion for bike sharing as an industry. The Better Bike Share Partnership includes; PeopleForBikes, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia (BCGP) and the Center for Social Inclusion (CSI).

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Job Description


The Better Bike Share Program Manager will be responsible for coordinating and leading the work of the Better Bike Share Partnership by supporting and managing tasks completed by the partners, including PeopleForBikes, NACTO, the BCGP and CSI. The Program Manager will work closely with the staff of oTIS and national partners to build on the successes of the Better Bike Share Partnership to date, and to identify and foster strategies that make bike sharing a relevant tool to improve the lives of people of color and low income populations in Philadelphia and across the country. As a spokesperson for social justice in the realm of transportation, the Program Manager must be passionate about equity and understand the potential that bike share offers to improve the lives of all community members.

SALARY – $58,000-65,000 depending on experience.


  • Manage and monitor work completed by a network of local and national partners to meet Better Bike Share Partnership goals, providing guidance and support as needed.
  • Actively engage and energize partner organizations.
  • Develop strategic vision for Better Bike Share Partnership that incorporates a long-term model of equitable bike share and creating strategies for ongoing collaboration and funding.
  • Manage deliverables and reporting for multiple grants that support Better Bike Share work
  • Manage relationships with various funders and communicate successes and challenges in a timely and responsible manner.
  • Produce and present program reports for a wide range of partners and stakeholders, including municipal agencies, community based organizations and funders.
  • Develop sustainable funding strategies for BBSP including researching and applying for additional grants and alternative funding streams.


Successful candidates will possess the following characteristics:
  • Action Oriented—comfortable with negotiating challenging situations and moving forward.
  • Motivating Others—can create a climate in which partners are driven to succeed.
  • Planning—can accurately scope out projects through their full extent, sets goals and evaluates progress against them.
  • Creativity—sees connections across areas of work among previously unrelated notions; can create synergy across project.
  • Strategic Agility—can anticipate future consequences and trends, position self and organization to be most effective.
  • Active Listening—has the ability to hear people out; understands importance of listening to and understanding wide range of opinions.


  • Understand best practices in project management, tracking performance towards goals.
  • Can create appropriate and effective budgets, track spending towards goals and deliverables.
  • Understands importance of clear, timely communication and can interact with a range of audiences in a tactful and persuasive manner.

Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to quickly take ownership of an established project while prioritizing & successfully advancing established goals.
  • Ability to effectively represent Better Bike Share Partnership and City of Philadelphia in a wide variety of settings, including local and national conferences, webinars, presentations etc.
  • Can set and meet deadlines for one’s own work and the work of others.
  • Can independently initiate, plan, and coordinate multiple projects ranging from the simple and routine to the complex.
  •  Strong writing and editing skills; ability to effectively communicate in a variety of formal settings both inside and outside the organization.
  • Public speaking and presentation ability or experience.


Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree Required.
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent work experience (4+ years) in grant or program management preferred.
  • Past management of foundation or government provided grants of $1,000,000 or more.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple partners in various remote locations.
  • Grant writing experience strongly preferred.

Additional Information

 Please include a resume and cover letter with your application.

Successful candidate must be a City of Philadelphia resident within six months of hire.

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670. For more information, go to: Human Relations Website:

>Apply to the Better Bike Share Grant Manager position here.

The Better Bike Share Partnership is a JPB Foundation-funded collaboration between the City of Philadelphia, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) and the PeopleForBikes Foundation to build equitable and replicable bike share systems. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or sign up for our weekly newsletter. Story tip? Write