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Major Taylor Project Ride Leader(s) — Part-time in Tacoma or Seattle
Cascade Bicycle Club, the nation's largest statewide bicycle nonprofit, is searching for Major Taylor Project Ride Leader(s) to lead weekly bike rides and programming with middle- and high school-aged youth in South King and Pierce Counties.
Ride Leaders may be assigned up to 19 hours per week (a mix of afternoon, evenings, and weekends). This opportunity for Spring Program (mid-March to mid-to-late June) typically lasts nine weeks working various locations. MTP Clubs are located in both Tacoma and Seattle. After proven performance, the ideal candidate will be excited and able to work outdoors during the Summer events, Fall programming, and Winter programming.
The Major Taylor Project, a program within Cascade Bicycle Club's education department, serves diverse, low-income communities. In after-school bicycling clubs MTP students explore their communities, build confidence and leadership skills, and discover their power to effect change. Ride Leaders will work directly with youth in schools that are racially and ethnically diverse and must be well equipped with social sensitivity skills and have experience navigating and leading conversations relating to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Ride Leaders will be responsible for creating a healthy, safe, and empowering environment for all participants in the program. Cascade Bicycle Club is seeking candidates that have experience working with youth and are excited to share the joy of bicycling!
What You'll Bring
Duties and Responsibilities
- Plan, coordinate, and implement weekly rides, field trips, events or other program activities and logistics.
- Teach bicycle skills and lead supplemental lessons/activities.
- Oversee safety and risk management, including covid-19 protocols.
- Conduct outreach and recruitment activities.
- Build a supportive MTP community through facilitation of team building activities and growth-mindset engagement.
- Record and maintain all relevant administrative data for site programming such as attendance records, volunteer records, completed rides, etc.
- Maintain a clean and organized workspace, fleet, and supportive equipment library.
- Experience working with youth, especially ages 11-18
- Posses youth development and enrichment skills with conflict mediation experience.
- Proven communication skills
- Ability to ride a bike proficiently for extended periods of time with others. Ideally, great cycling skills with a knowledge of bike mechanics.
- Group management and facilitation skills.
- Patience, punctuality, and accountability.
- Must be willing and able to work outdoors in varied conditions for hours at a time.
- Basic computer knowledge and skills for online youth engagement.
- Must pass a background check.
- Willingness to learn.
- Experience or desire to navigate and lead conversations relating to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
- Able to support racial, health, mobility, and/or environmental equity and justice programs and outcomes.
- CPR, First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification a plus.
- Ability to speak other languages in addition to English is a huge plus.
Who is Cascade Bicycle Club?
Cascade Bicycle Club, the nation's largest statewide bicycle nonprofit, is 10,000-members and 24-staff strong, and serves bike riders of all ages and abilities throughout the state of Washington. With a mission to improve lives through bicycling, we teach the joys of bicycling, advocate for safe places to ride, and produce community rides and events. Our signature programs include the Seattle to Portland ride, advocacy for connected trail networks and on-street bike networks in Seattle, and across the Puget Sound Region, Advocacy Leadership Institute, Free Group Rides, Adult Classes, and the Major Taylor Project.
What is the Major Taylor Project?
The Major Taylor Project (MTP) is a seasonal youth development program hosted within the Education Department at Cascade Bicycle Club. The Education Department and MTP focus on integrating bicycling, healthy living, bicycle safety, road safety awareness, and the importance of working toward individual goals. MTP is especially focused on introducing youth from diverse communities to recreational and transportation cycling, creating an inclusive culture of bicycling. MTP uses the bicycle to help students expand their worldview and encourages them to explore the agency they have to change themselves and their communities. Programming follows the academic year with Fall, Winter, and Spring activities.
This is a Part-time, Seasonal Non-Exempt position. This position is a 100% off-site role working at various locations in Seattle and/or Tacoma, and can include a mix of afternoon, evening, and weekend hours. Team members may be assigned to work a maximum of 19 hours per week with no minimum hours guaranteed. Time and location depend on the overall team schedule and can be flexible.
The rate for this position is $17/hour for first year hires, and $18/hour for returning staff members.
Seasonality of role:
- Programming aligns with the academic year
- Fall programming (Fall Club), September/October to Early December, typically 8 weeks off (limited to no work availability): mid-December to mid-January
- Potential Winter programming (Build-a-Bike), mid-January to mid-March, typically 7-8 weeks
- Spring programming (Spring Club), late March to mid to late June, typically 9 weeks
- Potential early summer event (ex: Seattle to Portland), July, typically two days plus travel
- OFF (limited to no work availability): mid-July to late August
Cascade benefits include:
- Free entry and guest pass on most Cascade rides.
- Talented, energetic, and passionate co-workers committed to the Cascade values of Equity, Environmental Sustainability, Community, Safety, and Collaboration.
Please submit your resume with three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org with 'MTP Ride Leader' in the subject line. In the email, please answer the following questions:
- What is your interest in Cascade Bicycle Club and the Major Taylor Project?
- What "superpower" do you possess that you feel would positively impact our Major Taylor Project?
- Are you interested in working in the greater Seattle, Tacoma area or both?
Cascade Bicycle Club is on a journey to becoming an anti-racist organization. We strongly encourage applications from people who have historically been underrepresented in the bicycle industry, advocacy, and nonprofit work which includes people of color, self-identified women, and non-binary folx.
Cascade Bicycle Club is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, pregnancy, disability, work-related injury, covered veteran status, political identity, genetic information, marital status, or any other factor that the law protects from employment discrimination.
This position is subject to reference checks and the completion of a background check. Cascade will consider qualified applicants for employment pursuant to the Seattle Fair Chance Employment Ordinance and Washington State Fair Chance Act.
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