Executive Director

Freewheelin Community Bikes | Indianapolis, Indiana


Freewheelin’ Community Bikes, a nonprofit organization, develops youth and leaders to transform the world one bike, one person, and one relationship at a time. Our organization is rooted in hope and connects youth with skills and opportunities to build brighter futures through a shared passion for bicycles. Part development and empowerment center, part bike shop, part community connector, and, based in the Mapleton Fall-Creek neighborhood, Freewheelin’ offers programs geared to Indianapolis area youth (age 10-18), through experiential learning, mentoring, community rides, and more. Our youth and their families come to us in various ways; however, many engage with our Earn-A-Bike program, where they learn basic bike mechanics and valuable life skills, patience, perseverance, problem-solving focus, and accountability. We believe in rewarding hard work. Each participant earns a bike of their own, including a lock, helmet, a light, and opportunities to advance their leadership potential, or gain employment training opportunities.


Our next executive director will continue to build upon the rich legacy of our beloved founder, Nancy Stimson as her investment in people and relationships are still remembered long after the time she shared with us. Together, we intend to continue impacting lives for generations, in Nancy’s memory, and in honor of the great leaders developed because of the vision she nurtured.

Job Summary

Working alongside, at the direction, and on behalf of the Board of Directors, our next executive director will be responsible for casting a strategic vision that moves us forward to advance the mission and live into our core beliefs. Our operation is dynamic, casual, inviting, and fun, which creates a need and value for approachable and collaborative leadership geared to inclusion, diversity, and celebrating the rich gifts, talents, and abilities of our staff, apprentices, volunteers, stakeholders, and partners. The executive director's work is broadly focused on developing direction, leading with integrity, creating innovative opportunities and solutions, while also serving as a manager who seeks to develop people and be developed by people. In this work, we see unique opportunities for our executive director to offer a transformational impact on individuals, neighboring communities, and the Greater Indianapolis area through partnerships, education, and being an advocate for young people.

Reports To

Board of Directors


Staff and Board Relations 

  • Recruit, lead, mentor, and develop staff and volunteers as organizational ambassadors by fostering a culture of transparency, trust, and collaboration driven by our core beliefs and that values, and respects, diversity, work-life balance, professional development and shared-purpose.
  • Work alongside the Board to develop authentic leadership through governance, connection, development, and an outlook of abundance in resources (monetary and non-monetary) to advance the mission, as well as keep the Board informed of significant and material developments and other information affecting the organization.
  • Communicate both high-level and operational issues that may require Board involvement, approval, advice, implementation.

Organizational Leadership and External Relations


  • Build and sustain relationships across city-county agencies, community, and partner organizations to advance the mission and position of Freewheelin’ so that the work continues to transform.
  • Drive the strategic planning process, identifying creative and innovative ways to position the organization as a vital and influential leader in youth development by building programs that fit the needs of the community.
  • Be a model of collaborative leadership by guiding the core staff/program area leaders in developing and achieving measurable goals and outcomes that align with the mission, vision, and core beliefs of the organization, and empowering staff to lead well.
  • Supervise, coach, and guide the core leadership team as partners who at times will not only learn from you, but will also teach and encourage you.
  • Develop and define an organizational communications plan that effectively tells our story of impact to increase awareness of our programs, services, and builds brand advocates to expand the reach of our voice.

Fundraising and Financial Management

  • Direct development of the annual budget, monitor financial status, report on progress, and take corrective action as necessary to ensure financial integrity and continued financial health.
  • Serve as the primary lead or build a collaborative model for organizational efforts to identify new sources of grant funding and oversee the development and submission of grant proposals.
  • Coach, guide, train, and develop designated staff member(s) to perform independently, collaboratively, and effectively in all aspects of fundraising and grant writing.

Experience, Gifts, Skills, Talents, and Abilities for Success

  • You are a big picture thinker, willing to think beyond the present, and possess an inspiring leadership style that energizes staff, volunteers, and stakeholders around the organization’s mission and vision.
  • You see the inherent value of each person and are committed to diversity, inclusion, cultural competency, equity, and justice. We welcome a leader who will live and work within our core beliefs, as well as hold us accountable for the same.
  • Your passion for people yields unlikely connections and relationships allowing you to support, lead, and at times follow intergenerational leaders at all levels of the organization. You see the brilliance of young leaders and encourage their ability to create, lead, and challenge us to be a better version of ourselves.
  • You approach the world with a sense of humor and grace to encourage others and solicit support in achieving the mission.
  • Your curiosity is boundless, and you are a constant learner who seeks new approaches to challenges and great opportunities through innovation and smart risks to get messy, as well as learn from mistakes as they may happen.
  • You have the energy to “run” (or “bike”) fast, as well as the ability to set a healthy pace for the pack to be successful through change and transformation while building relationships that are essential in achieving consensus among staff, the Board, and stakeholders.
  • You have a heart for fun and understand that we are a youth development center and bike shop and you are integral in creating a healthy and fun environment where our staff excels, our volunteers are appreciated, and our neighbors, as well as our youth feel welcome.
  • You are continually engaged in developing interpersonal skills, including respect and compassion for others, approachability, gravitas, and comfort in leading difficult conversations when necessary.
  • You are a strong relationship builder and communicator, including written and oral communication skills, with the ability to build a strong network of connections and partnerships.
  • You have strong knowledge and love of nonprofits and community-based organizations understanding that management, leadership, talent engagement and retention, as well as transparency and collaboration are essential in building a culture of trust.


  • Three to five years of senior or junior executive-level experience in a like-sized organization, or several years of deputy-level experience in a larger organization.
  • Business and financial acumen, with experience developing and managing budgets, as well as demonstrated success in maintaining fiscal stability.
  • Experience working for, with, or on a board of directors and supporting its involvement in the work of the organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage staff and volunteers, provide training, support, and development, give, and receive honest constructive feedback, manage conflict, engage, and empower.
  • Previous experience working in health, wellness, fitness, youth development, community engagement, and social justice with culturally diverse populations including LGBTQIA+ communities strongly preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills including public speaking skills.
  • Excellent fundraising and grant writing skills or interest in developing skills in this area.
  • A passion and love of bike riding, casually or competitively, preferred. However, we are here to help if you would like to learn.
  • Flexibility to work occasional evening and weekend hours required.
  • A team-oriented and collaborative focus to work with the Board in refining this role, while carrying out other duties as assigned while we build a bridge to the future.


Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience in the realm of a small non-profit organization.

How to Apply

Our Invitation, Commitment to Development, and Application Process

We are an organization that is focused on development and recognizes that every leader can be developed. If you feel your passions, interests, and skills align with our organization we invite you to apply. We welcome and encourage leaders from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We look forward to hearing from you and for the opportunity to develop each other.

The talent match process for this role is cared for by Leap + Pivot. If you would like to apply for this opportunity, please send the following to Anna Fox Burnette at anna@leapandpivot.com:

  1. A cover letter which speaks to our mission, the scope of the role, and your background
  2. A statement that you are able and willing to live, work, lead, and develop accountability for others from our Core Beliefs
  3. Resume including three (3) professional references

Applications are due no later than Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., however the position will remain open until filled. Please direct questions and submission to anna@leapandpivot.com.

Freewheelin Community Bikes

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