Cycles of Change
Bicycle Safety Educator
Safe Routes to School “Drive Your Bike”
Cycles of Change is currently hiring Educators for our Bike Safety Education Program.
Cycles of Change is a 13 year old, collectively run, non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of East Bay residents by providing a variety of bicycle education programs for youth and adults. Please visit: http://www.cyclesofchange.org to find out more about us.
About Safe Routes To Schools (SR2S)
SR2S is an international movement to create opportunities for children to walk, bicycle, and take alternative transit to and from schools, with a particular emphasis on low-income schools. SR2S is intended to reverse the alarming trend toward childhood obesity and inactivity and to reduce the production of greenhouse gas emissions that lead to climate change. Cycles of Change is assisting with the effort in the East Bay to adapt the SR2S program, to serve a more diverse urban population. “Drive Your Bike” safety classes and Bike Rodeos are two programs offered to schools and educational centers in West Contra Costa County, the City of Albany, and Alameda County. Visit www.transformca.org/sr2s to find out more about the existing Alameda County Safe Routes To Schools program.
About Cycles of Change’s Bike Safety and Encouragement Program:
The Safe Routes to School “Drive Your Bike” Program serves Elementary and Middle Schools in Berkeley, Oakland, San Lorenzo, Alameda, Albany, Livermore and Unincorporated areas of Alameda County by teaching a 6 hour Bike Safety Curriculum to classes of 20-50 students during and after school. The Drive your Bike program is a 6-day hands-on bike safety curriculum that takes students from the classroom, to learning skills on the blacktop, to riding on the street. Each model tailored specifically to the structure of the school whether it is an elementary school, middle school, or one day event with a range of student ages.
Visit www.cyclesofchange.org/programs/safe-routes-to-school/ for more information about the program.
Cycles Of Change seeks an energetic, friendly, creative, flexible, organized individual with good communication and group management skills to help facilitate out Bike Safety Education Program!
- Teach the curriculum in the classroom, on the blacktop, and on the road.
- Work with School Teachers on how to be a part the curriculum.
- Maintain students’ physical and emotional safety.
- Maintain security, organization, and functionality of bicycles and equipment at each site.
- Haul bicycle fleets and equipment from storage sites to schools sites.
- Ensure paperwork such as permissions slips and written student tests are distributed and collected.
- De-escalate emergencies and administer first aid if necessary.
- Problem solve ways to integrate the program in each unique school setting.
- Work cooperatively with Program Directors, School Teachers, and other Bike Safety Educators
Qualifications & Desired Qualities
We are looking for an individual with:
- Experience with East Bay youth and schools
- A solid understanding and practice of bicycle commuting, safety, and mechanics
- The ability to speak loudly for prolonged amounts of time indoors and outdoors
- Nonviolent communication, constructive criticism, and active listening skills
- Personal qualities such as a positive attitude, good intuition, self-management, dependability, patience, respect for peers and youth, and a passion for teaching.
- A history of good working relationships with diverse populations, communities, and organizations
- Experience working within a collective setting
Work Schedule & Compensation
The work schedule is variable. Middle Schools will be 7:30am-3:30pm, 4 days a week, for 3-5 week blocks. There can be long stretches without any work. Schools can cancel and reschedule. Be aware, this job does not provide a guaranteed regular work schedule/income. You do not have to be available for every shift in order to be eligible for this position, but priority will be given to those who are most available. This work would be ideal for someone who has other another job with a flexible schedule. Start Date: Beginning of November, 2013
Compensation: DOE. $18-21 / hour. + Paid travel time from Downtown Oakland Bart to School Site.
This job description is not meant to be all-inclusive. It is understood that the employee will also perform other reasonable related duties if requested. This position description is not a written or an implied contract. It will be reviewed periodically and may be revised if deemed necessary. Performance reviews will be conducted annually or biannually but do not necessarily constitute an increase in pay.
To Apply – Send Cover Letter & Resume to:
Cycles of Change: Safe Routes to School
Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:
Experience working with youth, specifically in low-income neighborhoods.
Experience working as part of a team.
Familiarity with the diverse communities of Alameda County.
Quality of cover letter, resume, answers to questions (see below) & in-person interview.
In your resume or cover letter please specify the number of hour per week AND the number of weeks per year worked at jobs relevant to the above fields
We check references, and all staff are fingerprinted and must have a TB test.
Attachments should be in Word or PDF format, titled as follows:
Cycles of Change is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
This position is open until filled. To see if the position is still available, please go to www.cyclesofchange.org and check if it is still listed in the “Jobs” section of our website.
Job Description Application Questions:
1. Can you carry on a 10 minute conversation with someone who speaks Spanish as their 1st language?
2. What experience do you have working with 8-18 year olds from diverse backgrounds, specifically in an outdoor setting.
3. How long have you been riding and what kind of riding do you do (commuting, recreational, touring, etc).
4. In detail please explain your experience as a bike mechanic. Do you have any limitations with regards to certain repairs?
5. Are there any repairs you would not feel capable of teaching to someone else?
6. What additional skills/assistance will you need in order to be successful in this position?
7. Describe your familiarity with the diverse communities of Alameda County.
8. What is your experience engaging with collectives and/or collectively run projects?