Start Date: June 3, 2019
Reports to: Camp Manager
Status: Seasonal, Non-exempt
Location: Portland, OR
Compensation: $15.00 per hour
Benefits: Labor credit, used parts allowance, discounts on new items
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.
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. This is the motivation behind everything we do.
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.
About Bike Camp
The Bike Camp program is a week-long day camp for kids age 6-16 years old to develop their cycling skills in a fun, safe, and supportive environment. Groups of 12 campers, led by two instructors, ride bikes around the city while visiting parks and destinations of interest. Campers experience riding on the road, navigating with maps, and basic bicycle maintenance. In addition, campers develop self-confidence, independence, and the social and communication skills to work well in a team environment. Specialty camps include food cart camps, mechanics camp, and girls camps.
In addition to being an instructor during camp hours, the Offsite Lead will be the point person for ensuring camp runs smoothly offsite. In addition to weekly check-ins and meetings with other offsite instructors, the Offsite Lead will attend weekly meetings with the Camp Manager to report on the performance of the offsite team and communicate support needs. Offsite Leads will gain experience support and supervise other instructors throughout the summer while being mentored and trained by their supervisors. We will be hiring 2 Offsite Lead Instructors.
SE Portland Camps (Sellwood Cycle Repair & OMSI)
The lead for our SE sites will spend 8 out of the 11 weeks offsite supporting our camps out of Sellwood Cycle Repair and OMSI. The week off for this instructor is limited to the weeks of July 1st, August 12th, and August 19th. They will be scheduled at our Alberta site for the remaining 2 weeks.
Community Bike Camps (various locations)
The lead for our Community Bike Camps will work with our community partners to deliver camps funded through grants. They will work closely with the Camp Manager to support and evaluate each session of camp for grant and overall program development purposes. One of the communities where this program will take place is in the New Columbia neighborhood in North Portland. The week off for this instructor is limited to the week of July 1st.
- Observe and assess camper behavior, enforce appropriate safe riding protocol and emergency procedures and apply appropriate management techniques
- Along with a co-instructor, plan lessons, games, activities, destinations, and routes to meet the needs and desires of the group
- Fulfill goals of the program to provide a consistent positive experience to all campers regardless of race, class, gender identity, or background
- Attend and contribute to weekly check-in and staff meetings
- Communicate with families and supervisors on day to day camp occurrences
- Support one youth volunteer to assist with camp
- Represent the Community Cycling Center when interacting with parents or community members
Team Lead Tasks
- Point person for issues on site that require additional follow-up outside of the camp day
- Routine individual and small group check-ins with instructors
- Advise and support staff with troubleshooting group management and logistical challenges
- Act as the main point of contact with our offsite partners and offsite camp families during summer season
- Provide routine feedback to other instructors to support their development
- Report on performance of offsite team, outcomes of offsite camps, and communicate support needs to Camp Manager
- Lead/delegate responsibilities for daily camp set up and wrap up
- Attend weekly meeting with Camp Manager
Qualifications & Characteristics
- 1-2 years’ experience in summer camp management, education, youth work, and/or childcare
- Group management and facilitation experience
- Effective communication with co-instructor, campers, families, partners, and supervisors
- A bicycle in good working order (mechanical check will be required prior to start of camp)
- Ability to ride a bicycle 10 miles per day*
- Ability to lift up to 25 pounds*
- Criminal background check will be required once hired
- Valid CPR/First Aid certification required prior to the first day of training
*Reasonable accommodation will be made for instructors with a disability
- Spanish proficiency
- Experience leading a team and/or supervising others
- Educational experience with youth in Title 1 schools, mixed income housing, communities of color and/or immigrant communities
- Experience leading group bike rides with either adults or youths
- Basic knowledge of bicycles and their components
- Camp season – 40 hours per week from June – August
- Pre-season and Post-season work available for Offsite Lead Instructor working with Community Bike Camp program
- Working hours during camp are 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday
- Bike Camp instructor training June 3 – 7
- In-service training on July 12
- No camp on July 4 & 5
How to Apply
Please submit cover letter, resume, and three references by email with “Offsite Lead Instructor” as the subject line to email@example.com.
One-page cover letter should include:
- Why would you like to be an Offsite Lead instructor?
- Your experience working with youth and your approach to creating an inclusive and safe
- Please specify which role interest you, SE Portland Camps or Community Bike Camps.
This announcement was originally posted on February 25th, 2019.
This position will be open until filled. We plan on scheduling interviews beginning March 11th.