We love Portland and bikes. So, we put our two loves together over 25 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.
The Program Mechanic plays a support role for our Programs Team, program participants, and customers by assessing, repairing, and refurbishing bicycles.
Programs requiring mechanical instruction and/or support include, summer Bike Camps, after-school Bike Clubs, high school STEM classes, free bike repair at our satellite shop, the Repair Hub in New Columbia, bike giveaways, community rides, community initiatives like ABC (Andando en Bicicletas Y Caminando) and other special events. When not supporting our Programs team, they will work at our full-service Bike Shop on 1700 NE Alberta Street.
The Program Mechanic will work to deliver on the demands presented by our Programs Team, community partners, and customers consistently and efficiently. This position will require technical proficiency in bicycle repair, familiarity with bicycle-based programming, the ability to multitask, and to act as an ambassador for the Community Cycling Center.
- Assist educational programs with mechanical instruction
- Maintain our fleet of bikes used for community rides
- Build bikes for our summer Bike Camps and Earn-A-Bike program
- Work directly with adults and children to provide mechanical and riding instruction • Collaborate with the Programs Team around community events to provide mechanical and riding instruction when appropriate
- Assist the bike shop in meeting their goals when not on programs assignment • Collaborate with the Development Team to pursue continued funding for our mission-centered programs and grant reporting efforts
- Assist with our other programs and enterprises and other tasks and projects as assigned • Other duties as assigned
QUALIFICATIONS & CHARACTERISTICS
- 1-2 years of experience in educational programming working directly with adults and children within economically oppressed, culturally diverse communities
- 2+ years as a professional bicycle mechanic
- Ability to meet quantitative production goals as outlined by Shop management • Proven commitment to advancing equity and creating and maintaining an inclusive environment that is welcoming for all
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Consistent attention to quality and detail
- Ability to work independently and with a team to problem solve and complete tasks • Ability to sit or stand and walk throughout the scheduled work shift*
- Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 lbs.*
- Valid Oregon Driver’s License or ability to obtain one*
- Pass a background check
*Reasonable accommodation can be made
- Ideal candidate has 3+ years of experience working in a high-volume bike shop • Proficiency in Spanish strongly desired (hourly premium for fluent Spanish speakers) • Familiarity with Lightspeed OS
- Professional or lived experience in communities of color and/or immigrant communities
Start date: January 2022
Reports to: Community Program Manager
Status: Hourly, full-time
Location: Portland, Oregon
Benefits: Health, dental, vision, life and more.
144 hrs. of paid time off to start.
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit a cover letter and resume by email with “Program Mechanic” as the subject line to [email protected]