Job: Director of Equity, Engagement and People – Community Cycling Center (FILLED)

Job Title

Director of Equity, Engagement and People

Company / Organization

Community Cycling Center

Job Description

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. The Community Cycling Center now has a budget just under $2,000,000 and a staff of 30.

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. Our focus is on working with populations that are marginalized by racism, sexism, and other forms oppression.

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. Our programs and shop services combined 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. For more information, please visit

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Director of Equity, Engagement & People will lead our efforts to recruit, hire, and support an excellent, diverse team, and will keep our Human Resources systems running smoothly and efficiently. This is a new position.

This position requires a hands-on approach to getting things done together with the ability to work well independently and collaborate with other members of the Cycling Center’s management team. The Director of Equity, Engagement & People is one of four “Director-Level” employees and part of the leadership team. We seek candidates with a high level of demonstrated expertise advancing diversity and equity, as well as strong skills in Human Resources management.

The hours for this job will be spread over four or five days per week, which can be all weekdays or can include one weekend day. The worksite will be split between our office (1805 NE 2nd Ave) and our bike shop (1700 NE Alberta), in order to have consistent contact with the teams in both locations.

Equity, Culture & Advancement (50%)
• Coordinate the recruitment, hiring & promotions process for all employees.
• Oversee the organization’s staff evaluation systems: Ensure that systems are useful, equitable, and followed/ tracked consistently through the organization.
• Work with others to implement training to enhance the skills of supervisors with regard to Community Cycling Center policies, procedures, programs, budgets, ethics, and cultivating an inclusive and welcoming work environment.
• Serve as a member of the staff Diversity, Equity & Inclusion team, and provide support to that team.
• Provide and utilize equity lens in policy and procedure development.
• Meet bi-weekly with other staff-level Directors.

Human Resources Management (40%)
• Coordinate the collection, processing, and tracking/filing of all employment-related paperwork.
• Ensure compliance with workers’ compensation, occupational safety and health, Bureau of Labor and Industries, Affordable Care Act, Portland Protected Sick-time Ordinance, Title VI of the Civil Rights Acts, Title I and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other rules protecting employees, volunteers and the general public.
• Serve as primary point of contact for employees regarding human resources concerns, payroll, benefits and leave policies.
• Administer new employee orientation and ongoing training on human resources policies and procedures as needed.
• Ensure that the personnel policies are thorough, up-to-date, shared with every employee, and observed.
• Work with managers to follow appropriate procedures in the event of disciplinary action or termination of any employees.

Misc. Administration & Collaboration (10%)
• Coordinate/facilitate monthly “interdepartmental meetings.”
• Collect bi-monthly reports from departmental leaders for board dashboard.
• Manage the organization’s office management, and systems maintenance (security, cleaning, supplies, etc.), with assistance from administrative staff.
• Cross-organizational support as needed

• A deep appreciation for the mission and values of the Community Cycling Center, as well as an understanding of the unique and complex community development and social justice issues facing Portland residents.
• At least five years of progressively responsible professional experience, including human resources management.
• Excellent people skills, including experience collaborating in a diverse and dynamic team.
• Ability to multi-task while also being willing to “roll up the sleeves” and get tasks done.
• Strong references.
• A demonstrated personal and professional commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
• Management experience in for-profit & nonprofit sectors with social venture businesses
• Fluency in English and one (or more) additional language(s) spoken in Portland’s marginalized communities, e.g. Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese.
• Lived experience as a member of a marginalized community and/or with mixed income housing, Title 1 schools, immigration, and/or communities of color.
• Formal training and credentials in human resources management.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume by email with “Director of Equity, Engagement & People” as the subject line to

As part of your cover letter, please answer this question: What strategies have you used to counteract the dominant culture to create workplaces that are genuinely diverse and welcoming?

This announcement was originally posted on August 20th. The position will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, beginning September 17th.

Questions about the position may be directed to

NOTE: This position does not include health coverage.

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