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Reporting to the Major Taylor Project (MTP) Manager, Ride Leaders lead weekly after-school urban bicycling rides at various high schools and middle schools in South King County and Pierce County. We are currently seeking Instructors in Tacoma and Seattle.
The effort of MTP intentionally serves diverse, low-income communities to increase access to bicycling. Ride leaders work directly with students 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 ride club. Ride leaders have experience working with and are passionate about youth and are excited to share the joy of bicycling!
- Plan, coordinate, and lead weekly rides and Spring/Summer field trips.
- Ride planning includes route mapping, ride volunteer assignment, and teaching safe cycling habits/behavior.
- Conduct outreach for and lead spring ride club at assigned MTP location.
- Attend monthly MTP meetings.
- Keep record of attendance, destination, time, and mileage for each ride in tandem with other ride leaders.
- Administer Group Health Research pre-evaluation questionnaires for each new student and follow-up evaluations twice per season.
ANTICIPATED WORK SCHEDULE
This is a part-time, non-exempt position anticipated to work 12-15 hrs./week. MTP Ride Leaders are responsible for 2-3 clubs per week, at 4-5 hours each session. Time and location depend on the overall MTP team schedule, and we work for a balance that best fits the group.
In addition, due to the large-scale nature of events and their importance to the fiscal well being of the organization, staff members are required to work several events a year, a mix of mandatory all-hands events and choice events that may require some evening and weekend work. Availability is especially needed for event rides throughout the Fall, Spring, and Summer, approximately 3-4 times a season. Event ride schedule will be provided by the MTP Manager.
CONTEXT IN ORGANIZATION
The Major Taylor Project (MTP) is year-round, youth development program produced by 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.
We strive to facilitate opportunities for students to become participants in communities of learning that foster empowerment and joy, where the bicycle is a tool for transformation. We commit to a spirit of continuous improvement in both our teaching practice and program development. We believe in the fundamental concept of inclusion and commit to serving all students well by making decisions that prioritize equitable access and support community goals.
- Basic knowledge of bicycle safety
- Ability to ride a bicycle and lead a group safely
- Experience working with youth
- Social sensitivity skills and demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations
- Experience navigating and leading conversations relating to equity, diversity, and inclusion
- Punctuality and organizational skills
- Willingness to learn
- Great cycling skills and a knowledge of bike mechanics
- Experience mentoring colleagues and peers
- Direct communication and group facilitation capacity
- Ability to speak other languages, in addition to English, a huge plus
$15.00 per hour
BENEFITS for this Position
- Optional supplemental health, dental, vision, STD, critical care, and accident insurance coverage
- Matching contributions to a 401(k)
- Free entry and guest pass on some Cascade rides
- Talented and passionate co-workers committed to our values: Diversity, Respect, Excellence, Balance, and Fun
- Meaningful work making Washington state a better place for bicycling!
Submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references all in a single PDF document to MTP Field Coordinator, Leon Nettels at [email protected] with “Major Taylor Project Ride Leader/Instructor” in the subject line of the email. Please mention how you heard about this position.
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. Position is open until filled.
About Cascade Bicycle club:
Cascade Bicycle Club, the nation’s largest statewide bicycle 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is 17,000-members and 40-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 world-class rides and events. Our signature programs include the Seattle to Portland, Connect Puget Sound, Free Group Rides, Basics of Bicycling and the Major Taylor Project. Learn more at cascade.org.
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 ideology, genetic information, marital status, or any other factor that the law protects from employment discrimination. We strongly encourage applications from people who have historically been underrepresented in the bicycle industry, advocacy and nonprofit work. Employment at Cascade is of an at-will nature.