Job Posting: Director of Pathways

News released on: 
Aug 3rd, 2017

Job Description


Bikes Not Bombs uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change.  We reclaim thousands of bicycles each year.  We create local and global programs that provide skill development, jobs, and sustainable transportation.  Our programs mobilize youth and adults to be leaders in community transformation.  Each year we collect roughly 5,000 used bicycles and tons of used parts from our supporters around Greater Boston and New England.  We ship most of these bikes overseas to economic development projects through our International Programs in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Bikes that don't get shipped often land in our Youth Programs where teens learn bicycle safety and mechanics skills in the process of earning bikes to keep for themselves. Our retail Bike Shop also reconditions and sells some of the donated bikes that we receive, employing many graduates of our programs. The Shop's profit from the bicycle sales, parts sales, and repairs goes towards funding our youth and international work.  BNB is 33-years old and has an annual budget of $1.5 million.


Position Summary

The Director of Pathways oversees the development and implementation of all BNB programs for youth (ages 12-24) and deepens our impact in local communities throughout the Greater Boston area.  This role is also responsible for oversight of all bike shop/social enterprise operations. The Director of Pathways will focus primarily on ensuring the successful delivery of high-quality programs; establishing positive community partnerships; increasing total program enrollment and retention; and expanding a youth leadership and workforce development pipeline across the organization and beyond. The Director of Pathways has three direct reports: the Youth Programs Manager, Youth Outreach Manager, and Bike Shop Manager; reports to the Executive Director, and is a member of the Staff Leadership Team.



Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Program Budgeting, Planning & Oversight (40%)

  • Develop annual budget; approve and track all expenses for bike shop and youth programs
  • Develop annual program goals, objectives and desired outcomes for  bike shop and youth programs
  • Oversee all local program outreach and enrollment
  • Grow Pathways program through partnerships with Boston Public Schools, and health and community centers
  • Develop programs and initiatives that include career exploration, vocational training and work-based learning experiences for Pathways employees
  • Connect youth employees to leadership and development opportunities outside of BNB

Leadership, Management, and Supervision (30%)

  • Serve as the CORI Administrator
  • Hire, train, and supervise three full-time program managers and a team of 20-40 youth employees
  • Plan and facilitate weekly supervisory 1-one-1 meetings with direct reports and weekly team meetings
  • Foster a growth mindset in BNB bike shop and youth programs

Monitoring and Evaluation (20%)

  • Oversee the management of program participant data
  • Oversee the implementation of qualitative and quantitative data collection to contribute to ongoing improvements in bike shop and youth programs
  • Produce regular reports to the Executive Director on program results and needs

Facilities & Equipment (10%)

  • Design and implement systems to maintain a clean, organize mechanics space and classroom
  • Oversee the use of the Mechanics Area and maintenance of tools and equipment
  • Manage a stock of tools and equipment; submit supply orders as necessary

Background and Qualifications

The ideal person for this role has a passion for working with youth, excellent management skills, and is able to recruit, supervise, and hold accountable a diverse and effective team.


Other Requirements:
  • 3-5 years experience working directly with 12-24 year olds; experience working with and supervising diverse groups of people  
  • Commitment to all aspects of BNB mission
  • Understanding of and commitment to positive youth development
  • Experience in business development
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, both written and verbal
  • Must love bikes; experience with bike mechanics and safe urban riding, a strong plus!
  • Experience in program management  
  • Ability to be both a creative, strategic visionary and a practical thinker
  • Deep knowledge of Boston neighborhoods, schools, and resources, including the dynamics of the neighborhoods surrounding BNB
  • Ability to work with staff, board, and volunteers with sense of humor and flexibility
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team in a fast-paced work environment

Application Process

Please provide a resume and cover letter that includes where you learned of the position and a description of how your qualifications match BNB’s needs. Applications should be emailed to and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please include “Director of Pathways” and your full name in the subject line. The compensation package for this position includes an annual salary of $45,000-50,000.  Additional benefits include - paid time off, health insurance, flexible work schedule, and discount at our bike shop.


Constituent leadership is central to the mission of BNB and is highlighted in BNB’s current Strategic Plan. As such, BNB is seeking to more fully represent our community and constituencies, particularly low-income communities and communities of color, so as to amplify that voice and provide an opportunity for our constituency to participate in the overall direction and leadership of the organization. As such, we actively encourage candidates from broadly diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Bikes Not Bombs is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.