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For nearly 30 years, we have been a nonprofit organization on a mission to broaden access to bicycling and its benefits. Our vision is to continue building a vibrant community where people of all backgrounds use bicycles to stay healthy and connected. We believe that all Portlanders should have the opportunity to experience the joy, freedom and health benefits of bicycling. In addition to delivering dynamic programs that benefit underserved communities, we operate a retail shop, offer classes to our community, and we operate a membership DIY workspace where members can work on their bikes.
Here at the CCC we value and support one another through the work we do and are committed to working collaboratively to meet our goals. We are proud that people of color, women, neuro-divergent, gender non-conforming and LGBTQIA+ folks choose to work at our organization. Having a diverse team is a priority for us, and we encourage people from varied and diverse backgrounds to join our lively, talented team.
The Programs Specialist delivers a variety of educational programming focused on bike safety and mechanics, Learn to Ride best practices, and neighborhood navigation. This role requires a strong skill set in group management, student-centered teaching, and trauma-informed care to support program participants in developing new skills, self-confidence, and independence. The majority of their time is spent facilitating after-school Bike Clubs and summer Bike Camps with 3rd - 8th grade youth from Title I school communities. Successful candidates will have enthusiasm and experience working with youth as well as an interest in active transportation and transportation justice. Some amount of the Programs Specialist's time may be dedicated to supporting the operation of other programs, supporting Shop-based classes for members, supporting Development Department efforts as needed.
Please note that the percentage indicators below represent an estimate of how much time each week will be spent fulfilling these functions. In terms of importance, all areas are valued equally.
Program Facilitation (75%)
- Provide instruction for a variety of Community Cycling Center programs, including after-school Bike Club, summer Bike Camp, Learn to Ride, STEM classes, Holiday Bike Drive, the Repair Hub, and other community events throughout the year
- Note: A majority of this instruction will be after-school Bike Clubs (2:30-5:30pm) and all-day summer Bike Camp with 3rd - 8th grade youth participants from Title I school communities
- Adhere to safe riding practices and emergency procedures when leading on-bike activities in accordance with established ride leader protocols
- Includes the occasional administration of basic first aid consistent with your level of training (CPR/First Aid training provided upon hire)
- Attend and contribute to weekly team meetings, as well as lesson planning and debriefs with co-instructors before and after each day of programming
- Assist in recording program outcomes and support periodic grant reporting efforts
- Provide a consistent, positive, accessible, and engaging experience to all participants inclusive of race, class, gender identity, and background
- Respond effectively and compassionately to youth needs and behaviors while navigating group dynamics
- Professionally represent the Community Cycling Center and communicate regularly with school staff, community partners, and participant families to effectively identify and meet participant needs and learning goals when interacting with program participants and families, partner staff, volunteers, and community members
Administration and Other (25%)
- Assist with supply setup, organization, and transportation, as well as inventory management
- Assist in the instruction of Shop-based classes for members
- Assist Development Team with administrative tasks related to fundraising during the winter months
- Support hiring processes for additional team members
- Other tasks and projects as assigned
QUALIFICATIONS & CHARACTERISTICS
- Prior personal, professional, or volunteer experience working with youth up to 16 years old from communities of color, immigrant communities, or mixed income housing
- Prior personal, professional, or volunteer experience in group facilitation, preferably in an educational setting (i.e. summer camp or after-school program instructor, lived experience as a parent or child with adult responsibilities, volunteering at a group home for youth, etc.)
- Confident navigating by bike and riding on the road with vehicles in an urban setting while following traffic laws and maintaining situational awareness
- Proven commitment to social justice and creating and maintaining an inclusive environment for all
- Ability to communicate effectively with coworkers, students, families, and supervisors
- Highly motivated and adaptable while engaging with youth and families during high stress situations
- Oriented towards teamwork and community building
- Commitment to decolonized, non-violent, trauma-informed, and compassionate responses in a safe, supported, inclusive learning-centered environment
- Passion for cycling and other forms of active transportation
- Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Office programs and Google Suite
- Ability to ride a bicycle 10 miles per day and lift up to 25 pounds
- Reasonable accommodation will be made for staff with a disability
- Valid CPR/First Aid certification required prior to facilitating in-person instruction
- Criminal background check required
- Proficiency in one or more languages spoken in Portland’s communities (e.g., Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali, Russian)
- Lived experience as a member of a marginalized community
- Existing relationships with North, Northeast, and/or East Portland Title I school communities
- Experience leading group bike rides with youth and/or adults
- Basic knowledge of bicycles and their components, including bike mechanics
- Valid Driver’s License
REPORTS TO: Education Manager
STATUS: Full-time*, Regular, Non-exempt *32 hours per week, up to 40 hrs/wk in the summer
UNION/ NON UNION: Union - ILWU Local 5
LOCATION: Portland, Oregon
BENEFITS: Medical, Dental, Vision, and 401k
Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single qualification. At Community Cycling Center, we value having a team with varied strengths, skill sets, and areas of expertise. We encourage you to apply even if your professional experience doesn’t match every qualification listed above. You may be exactly who we are looking for!
HOW TO APPLY
Send your resume, cover letter, and contact info for two references to [email protected] with the subject line “Programs Specialist”
We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment Visa at this time.
The Community Cycling Center is an equal opportunity employer. We will not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, veteran status, marital status, sensory disabilities, physical disabilities, mental disabilities and/or any other bases protected by state and federal law. We take proactive measures to ensure against discrimination in hiring, compensation, promotions, and termination of staff, selection of volunteers (including board members) and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, customers, clients, volunteers (including board members), subcontractors, vendors, and other members of our community.
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