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MTP Ride Leader(s)
What We Need
Reporting to the Education Director and working with the King County and Pierce County Major Taylor Project (MTP) Coordinators, the MTP Ride Leader(s) lead weekly bike rides and programming with middle and high school aged youth in South King and Pierce Counties. We are currently seeking part-time positions in Tacoma and Seattle.
The Major Taylor Project intentionally serves diverse, low-income communities to increase access to bicycling and thus community engagement. Ride Leaders work directly with youth in schools that are rich in racial and ethnic diversity. As such, MTP Ride Leaders must be well equipped with social sensitivity skills and have experience navigating and leading conversations relating to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Ride Leaders are responsible for creating a healthy, safe, and empowering environment for all participants in the program. Ride Leaders have experience working with, and are passionate about youth and are excited to share the joy of bicycling!
Who We Are
Together, Cascade and Washington Bikes envision a safe and healthy future where bicycles bring people together, eliminate inequity, and create thriving communities. Our organization values are equity, climate justice, community, safety, and collaboration.
Cascade Bicycle Club, the nation's largest statewide bicycle nonprofit, is 8,500-members, 51-years old, and 24-staff strong, and brings people together to experience the joy of bicycling through transportation, recreation, and friendship. We collaborate with members, volunteers, and community partners to inspire people to advocate for a safe, equitable, and sustainable Washington state. We build confidence, leadership, knowledge, and community by teaching bicycle skills to all ages.
Washington Bikes promotes the health, safety, environmental, and economic benefits of bicycling. We advocate for people who bike, endorse political candidates, and hold officials accountable. We collaborate with community members and public officials to shape policies and investments in active transportation that create equitable, sustainable, and thriving communities across Washington state.
Cascade Bicycle Club values:
- Equity - We lead with a racial equity lens to eliminate inequities in community health outcomes and in mobility and transportation access. Bicycles are a tool for liberation.
- Climate Justice & Clean Air - Bicycles are clean, healthy, and an affordable solution to help solve the climate crisis, clean our air, reduce transportation pollution, and create sustainable communities.
- Community - We create opportunities for people to come together by removing barriers and fostering a sense of belonging. Bicycles are an integral part of creating connected, equitable and thriving communities.
- Safety - Safety is a right; we champion spaces that foster physical and emotional wellbeing.
- Collaboration - We share power, resources, and knowledge as a means to enrich lives and form mutually beneficial partnerships. We celebrate the existing strengths of our partners and participants and seek to be an accessible asset for others.
For a detailed description of the organization and its programs, please visit http://www.cascade.org
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
- 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 7 to 12
- Ability to ride a bike proficiently for extended periods of time with others
- 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, including motor vehicle (driving) record
- Must have a valid driver's license
- Ability to act as the lead/head position in other similar educational programs
- Willingness to learn
- Great cycling skills and a knowledge of bike mechanics
- Conflict mediation experience, especially with youth
- Youth development and enrichment superstar
- Experience navigating and leading conversations relating to equity, diversity, and inclusion
- Experience supporting racial, health, mobility, and/or environmental equity and justice programs and outcomes
- CPR, First Aid or Wilderness First Responder certification a plus
- Experience acting as the lead/head position in other similar educational programs
- Ability to speak other languages in addition to English, a huge plus
This is a Seasonal Part-time, Non-Exempt position. This position is a 100% off-site role working at various locations in Seattle or Tacoma, and can include a mix of evening, and weekend hours. Team members may be assigned to work a maximum of 30 hrs/week with no minimum hours guaranteed. Time and location depend on the overall team schedule.
The rate for this position is $17/hr for first year hires, and $18/hr 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
- 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
- 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 offers a robust benefits package, which includes:
- Flexible schedule available
- Free entry and guest pass on Cascade rides
- Abundant discounts and offers with retailers and partner organizations
- Beautiful open office workspace with fresh airflow and bright natural lighting (currently closed due to the King County Phase protocol)
- Option to sit or stand with individual, adjustable motorized desks, pending a return to the office
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?
- Which county are you interested in working in?
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.
Cascade is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to diversity, racial equity, and inclusion. Cascade 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 ideology, genetic information, marital status, record of arrest or conviction, or any other factor that the law protects from employment discrimination. We strive to have a diverse board, staff, and volunteer base that is reflective of the communities we serve. 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.
For upcoming volunteer opportunities, visit cascade.org/volunteer.