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Jobs & Internships

To give you a little background

We live what we do. The Sports Backers staff is a passionate bunch, and we want our new team members to be passionate also. If you’re into the active lifestyle and want to help us spread the love of physical activity to the rest of Richmond, you’ve come to the right place. But just to warn you, we can’t take everyone… So dazzle us!

Jobs

 

Bike Walk RVA Community Engagement Coordinator

Do you love connecting people to biking and walking? Does bringing neighbors and residents into the fold of active transportation and recreation advocacy excite you? Does the striping of a new bike lane or paving of a new trail make your heart swell for expanded opportunities for safe and healthy streets for more people throughout the Richmond region? Do you love celebrating an advocacy win and want to roll up your sleeves to contribute to that success with Bike Walk RVA’s proven, adaptable, and community-focused formula? Do you like working a mix of outdoors and in the office, with variety throughout the year?

The Community Engagement Coordinator will spend the majority of their time expanding our network of grassroots advocates, empowering them to be leaders in the movement toward a walkable, bikeable Richmond region. The Coordinator will identify, recruit, and develop members of the community into effective advocates for biking and walking, and then work on a daily basis with these “Champions” to build support for bicycle and pedestrian friendly policies, plans, and projects.

II. Specific Responsibilities

• Manage communication – develop and execute an ongoing schedule of targeted emails, blog posts, action alerts, and social media engagement – to our database of over 40,000 biking and walking advocates across the Richmond region.
• Identify and recruit people from the community to work with Bike Walk RVA on advocacy campaigns.
• Support the Bike Walk RVA Academy, our annual multi-week advocacy training course.
• Administer RVA Bike Month, a nationally recognized month of biking events and programming each year.
• Oversee and provide support to the independent teams of advocates (“Bike Walk RVA Champions”) in localities across the region.
• Mobilize Bike Walk RVA Champions, community residents, local business owners, and more to turn out to and speak up at public events (open houses, public meetings, hearings, external community events, etc.).
• Assist Sports Backers event staff with major events as needed.

III. Minimum Qualifications

• Ability to identify, recruit, train, and organize residents of the community, including underserved populations, both in person and using online tools.
• High level of comfort with and desire to work directly and orally address members of the public and our teams of community advocates. In short, must be a ‘people person’.
• Strong written and social media communication skills.
• Ability to translate policies, plans, and design into language understandable by the general public.

IV. Preferred Qualifications

• Experience with the development and execution of advocacy campaigns.
• Experience or training to maximize multi-platform online engagement.
• Engagement and operational experience with annual and perennial community events.
• Familiarity with the localities of Richmond, Chesterfield, Henrico, and Hanover.

V. Employment Specifics

• Full-time salaried position with evening and weekend work sometimes required.
• Primarily an in-office position, and the ability to travel around the Richmond region is required.
• Reports to and is supervised by the Director of Bike Walk RVA.
• Compensation range: $40,000 – 55,000 annually, commensurate with qualifications and experience; benefits package including medical, dental, vacation, and moderate schedule flexibility around work events.

Sports Backers believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a nonprofit, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. It is the policy of Sports Backers, in accordance with all applicable laws, to provide all individuals with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, age, marital status, veteran or disability status, national original, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in all terms, conditions and privileges of employment. Candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or willing to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to starting the position.

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references, all in a single PDF document. Applications are due by August 15.

Kids Run RVA Head Coach

The Kids Run RVA program is seeking a Head Coach to support, encourage, and coordinate the meaningful work of our volunteer coaches. The Head Coach will assist Sports Backers staff in planning, implementing, and managing the Kids Run RVA program.

The Kids Run RVA Head Coach will help Sports Backers achieve the following objectives in the first year of this position:
  • Improved support of and communication with volunteer run club coaches
  • Improved visibility at existing run clubs through consistent site visits
  • Improved marketing of program through storytelling, blogs, and social media
The role will include duties such as, but not limited to:
  • Training, mentoring, and supporting volunteer run club coaches
  • Visiting existing run clubs and providing feedback to ensure quality youth programming
  • Planning and leading Kids Run RVA coaches workshops
  • Providing content for the coaches newsletter, blogs, and social media
  • Assisting with data collection and tracking of run club details
  • Maintaining regular “office hours” to strategize and troubleshoot with coaches

This role will require a time commitment of approximately 20 hours per month from September 2022 through November 2022, with the potential for the contract to be extended into 2023. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in coaching, those that have a working knowledge of Kids Run RVA, those that have experience working with youth, and those who hold current CPR/First Aid Certification.

Sports Backers believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a nonprofit, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. It is the policy of Sports Backers, in accordance with all applicable laws, to provide all individuals with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, age, marital status, veteran or disability status, national original, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in all terms, conditions and privileges of employment. Candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or willing to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to starting the position.

This is a contract position and reports to the Director of Youth Programs – Jacki Quinlan ([email protected]).  Candidates must submit a resume to be considered for this position. Cover letter optional. Resumes will be accepted through August 12th.

 

Middle School Run Club Coach

We are a contracted provider of youth run clubs with Next Up RVA, a fellow non-profit that provides Richmond Public School students with access to coordinated, high-quality learning experiences beyond the classroom.

This school year, Sports Backers will lead run clubs in five middle schools in the Richmond Public Schools district as a program provider with Next Up. Sports Backers is seeking an energetic, outgoing run club coach that can engage youth from underserved communities in age appropriate physical activity opportunities.

The Middle School Run Club Coach will be responsible for:
  • Reporting to Boushall Middle School on time, on all assigned program days.
  • Creating and leading engaging, age appropriate running and fitness activities for approximately 15 students during the 1-hour program block.
  • Preparing students to participate in a local 5k at the end of each session.
  • Supporting students and being present during the selected 5k at the end of each session.
  • Coordinating with Sports Backers and Next Up staff to make sure all program needs are met.
  • Implementing an incentive system for youth participation to encourage positive behavior, participation, and retention.
  • Ensuring Richmond Public Schools and Sports Backers COVID policies are abided by at all times.
  • Reporting hours to Michelle Mertens twice per month for payroll purposes.
  • Reporting any incidents to Next Up and Sports Backers staff in a timely manner.
The ideal candidate will possess the following skills:
  • Energetic, outgoing personality with excellent communication skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, ability to easily interact with youth and school leaders.
  • Excellent planning skills, with attention to detail, use of creativity, and ability to effectively execute plans
  • Ability to lead run club activities that are appropriate for all fitness levels, offering modifications as needed
  • Easily build rapport with youth participants and implement appropriate behavior management techniques when needed

This position will require approximately 1.5 hours of work every Monday and Wednesday, in the afternoon hours (approximately 3:30pm – 5pm), from October 3rd – December 14th. The program and position will likely continue throughout the school year, pending Next Up approval for future sessions. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in coaching, those that have experience working with youth, and those who hold current CPR/First Aid Certification.

Sports Backers believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a nonprofit, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. It is the policy of Sports Backers, in accordance with all applicable laws, to provide all individuals with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, age, marital status, veteran or disability status, national original, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in all terms, conditions and privileges of employment. Candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or willing to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to starting the position. A background check is required.

This is an hourly position and reports to the Director of Youth Programs – Jacki Quinlan ([email protected]).  Candidates must submit a resume to be considered for this position. Cover letter optional. Resumes will be accepted through August 19th.

 

Internships

There are currently no open internships.