Community Relations Manager – The Denver Post Ride The Rockies/Pedal The Plains

The Denver Post Ride The Rockies Bicycle Tour has attained world class status over the last 30 years as one of the country’s premier recreational bicycle tour events. Each year, via a lottery registration system, 2000+ cyclists pedal the 6-7 day, 400+ mile trek through some of Colorado’s most beautiful mountainous terrain and most hospitable communities.

Started in 2012 in partnership with the Governor’s Office, The Denver Post Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tour is a 3-day recreational bicycle ride through the eastern plains of Colorado and offers its participants the beauty of the Colorado plains; along with agricultural “education” stops and great community hospitality.

Both events are produced by The Denver Post Community Foundation which raises and distributes funds to nonprofits serving the area of arts, youth, education and human services.

The Denver Post Community Foundation is currently seeking an experienced candidate to serve as Community Relations Manager of The Denver Post Ride The Rockies and The Denver Post Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tours. This position reports directly to the Ride The Rockies / Pedal The Plains Tour Director and works with one other full-time staff member and one seasonal intern.

Responsibilities:
This position is responsible for overall host community management for Ride The Rockies and Pedal The Plains including but not limited to:

 Liaison between Ride The Rockies/Pedal The Plains and community partners
 Provide support to event grant recipients and manage grant committee and grant process
 Coordinate and manage all host community set-up logistics & meetings
 Manage collaborative partnership program
 Manage and recruit route vendors
 Sponsorship cultivation and retention
 Nightly check presentations to non-profit grant recipients during the tour
 Recruit and manage demo partners
 Execute production and vendor recruitment for start and finish town expos
 Coordinate Route Announcement Party & Silent Auctions

Qualifications:
 3+ years of successful event management experience
 Strong logistical and operational knowledge and experience planning multi day events/routes
 Excellent problem solving skills and experience
 Excellent organizational and multi-tasking skills and experience
 Strong attention to detail and accuracy
 Excellent internal and external communication and presentation skills
 Ability to work well with others in a respectful, positive team atmosphere
 Creative, positive thinker with strong knowledge of industry and ideas for growth
 Passion and knowledge of cycling industry
 Strong interest and commitment to serving the community
 Strong computer skills including WordPress, Google and MicroSoft Office
 Four year degree – Marketing, Communication, Event Management preferred

Compensation and Benefits:
Competitive salary plus full benefits and vacation. Must be willing to travel and work a flexible schedule to support event needs (particularly in the summer).

How to Apply:
Qualified applicants should submit cover letter, resume and up to three references by October 31, 2016.
Email to: rwheelock@denverpost.com. No calls please.

The Denver Post and Denver Post Community Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

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