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Job: Bike Camp Instructor – Community Cycling Center

Posted by on March 7th, 2018 at 9:19 am

Job Title *
Bike Camp Instructor

Company/Organization *
Community Cycling Center

Job Description *
Reports to: Camp Manager
Status: Seasonal, Non-exempt
Start Date: June 1st, 2018
Location: Portland, OR
Compensation: $13.50 starting, opportunity for raises for returning staff
Benefits: Labor Credit, Used Parts Allowance, Discounts on new items

Organizational Overview
We love Portland and bikes. So we put our two loves together over 20 years ago, creating a nonprofit organization on a mission to broaden access to bicycling and its benefits.

Our vision is to help build a vibrant community where people of all backgrounds use bicycles to stay healthy and connected. We believe that all Portlanders—regardless of income or background—should have the opportunity to experience the joy, freedom, and health benefits of bicycling. This is the motivation behind everything we do.

In addition to delivering dynamic programs that benefit underserved communities, we operate a full-service bike shop in NE Portland that is staffed by highly experienced mechanics from diverse cycling backgrounds. Combined, our programs and shop services help riders build their skills and confidence; empower young people to ride to school and adults to ride to work; offer educational opportunities for teens to earn school credit; and support everyone in riding for health and recreation. We also collaborate with numerous community partners to generate pathways to employment and engagement within the growing bicycle movement by training new educators, leaders, advocates and mechanics.

Our goal is to help create a healthy, sustainable Portland for all community members.

The Community Cycling Center is an equal opportunity employer and strongly values diversity, equity and inclusion. Individuals with diverse backgrounds, abilities and experiences are encouraged to apply.

About Bike Camp
The Bike Camp program, started in 2001, is a week-long day camp for kids age 6-14 years old to develop their cycling skills in a fun, safe, and supportive environment. Groups of 12 campers, led by two instructors, ride bikes around the city visiting parks and destinations of interest. Campers learn experientially about riding on the road, navigating using maps, and basic bicycle maintenance. In addition to these cycling related skills, campers develop self-confidence, enthusiasm about bikes, and the social and communication skills to work well in a team environment. Specialty camps include Food Cart Seekers, Mechanics Camp, and Girls Cruisers.

General Position Summary
Instructors work in pairs to lead a group of 12 students and are responsible for planning each day’s route, lessons, and activities. Instructors have the flexibility to tailor rides and activities according to their instructional style and the group’s needs and ability. The role involves effective communication with co-instructors, campers, parents, and supervisors. This includes group management, active listening, and conflict resolution with the campers. The ideal applicant will have enthusiasm and experience working with youth and an interest in riding bicycles (with a bicycle of their own). This is a full-time, seasonal position that will run from June 4th through August 31st. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on teaching experience in a collaborative, fun environment.

Hours

36-40 hours per week between June 4th – August 31st
Working hours during camp are 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday
Bike Camp instructor training is June 4th-8th (mandatory for new instructors)
Post-season wrap-up is August 31st
No camp on July 4th
Instructors will be scheduled for one week off during the summer
Locations

Instructors will be selected to work either from our Northeast location at our bike shop on Alberta St. or from our offsite locations (Sellwood Cycle Repair, OMSI, Cully, and East Portland). Instructors will work with either the Alberta shop camps or the offsite camps for the duration of the summer. Please indicate in your cover letter if you have a location preference.

Responsibilities
Maintain a physically and emotionally safe environment for all participants
Along with a co-instructor, plan lessons, games, activities, destinations, and routes to meet the needs and desires of the group
Fulfill goals of the program to provide a consistent positive experience inclusive of all campers across differences of race, class, gender identity, and background
Attend and contribute to weekly check-ins and staff meetings
Open communication with families and supervisors on day-to-day camp occurrences
Assist with daily camp set up and wrap-up
Support one youth volunteer to assist with camp
Represent the Community Cycling Center on and off site
Qualifications & Characteristics
Required

1-2 years’ experience in education, youth work, and/or childcare
Complete a week-long paid training course for all summer Bike Camp instructors June 4th-8th
Group management and facilitation experience
Effective communicator with co-instructor, campers, families, and supervisors
A bicycle in good working order (mechanical check will be required prior to start of camp)
Ability to ride a bicycle 10 miles per day*
Ability to lift up to 25 pounds*
Criminal background check will be required once hired
Valid CPR/First Aid certification required prior to the first day of training*Reasonable accommodation will be made for instructors with a disability
Preferred

Spanish proficiency
Educational experience with youth in Title 1 schools, mixed income housing, communities of color and/or immigrant communities
Experience leading group bike rides with either adults or youth
Basic knowledge of bicycles and their components
How to Apply
Please submit cover letter, resume, and three references by email with “Bike Camp Instructor” as the subject line to jobs@communitycyclingcenter.org.

One-page cover letter should include:

Why would you like to be a Bike Camp instructor?
Your experience working with youth and your approach to creating an inclusive and safe environment.
Location: do you prefer to work offsite at our camps in Southeast and/or East Portland or onsite at our camps at our Alberta St. Bike shop? If you have no preference, please specify.
This announcement was originally posted on March 6th, 2018.

These positions will be open until filled. We plan on scheduling interviews beginning March 26th

How to Apply *
Please submit cover letter, resume, and three references by email with “Bike Camp Instructor” as the subject line to jobs@communitycyclingcenter.org.

One-page cover letter should include:

Why would you like to be a Bike Camp instructor?
Your experience working with youth and your approach to creating an inclusive and safe environment.
Location: do you prefer to work offsite at our camps in Southeast and/or East Portland or onsite at our camps at our Alberta St. Bike shop? If you have no preference, please specify.

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