Job opportunity with the Bike Union: Mechanic/Bike Repair Program Coordinator

Mechanic/Bike Repair Program Coordinator

The Bike Union is looking for a passionate and personable bike mechanic to help run our new Bike Workshop and assist in managing our Bike to Market program!

With a current staff of two full-time employees and one part-time lead bike mechanic, you’ll be joining a small but effective team of passionate bike advocates who are dedicated to making biking in Boston a safe and comfortable mode of transportation for people of all ages and abilities!  You can read the job description below!

The Mechanic/Bike Repair Program Coordinator (“Coordinator”) manages and helps improve the Boston Cyclists Union’s bike repair programs including Bike to Market and the Dudley Bike Workshop.

They recruit and develop strong relationships with volunteers to carry out the Union’s bike repair programs, perform outreach to help more community members learn about our free bike repair, coordinate Bike to Market events, lead open shop hours in the Dudley Bike Workshop, teach bike repair classes, and perform administrative tasks related to programs including data entry of volunteers and visitors to Bike to Market.

As a new program of the Bike Union, the Coordinator will be responsible for growing the Dudley Bike Workshop into a learning and gathering place for the community.

Hours: This position is part time, and the Coordinator’s main responsibilities will vary by season. During the Spring and Summer, the Coordinator will primarily focus on planning and executing the Union’s bike repair programs. During the Fall and Winter the Coordinator will lead bike repair classes in the bike workshop, and assist the Executive Director and Community Organizer with tasks related to the administration of the organization.

During the summer the Coordinator will work a minimum of 25-30 hours per week. During the Fall, Winter and Spring the Coordinator will work a minimum of 10-15 hours per week (with room to grow the position and duties).  The Coordinator reports to the Executive Director.

About the Boston Cyclists Union

The Boston Cyclists Union is helping Bostonians lead healthier lives by promoting the everyday use of the bicycle for transportation. Among other things, we teach bike repair, educate new riders, and organize neighborhood residents who would like to voice support for friendlier street designs, bike paths, and public spaces.

Our fast growing 1,200+ member grassroots organization is becoming one of the most active and effective advocacy groups in the city. The Bike Union’s work is helping to increase ridership in Boston, Cambridge, Brookline, and Somerville. Our vision is to connect our neighborhoods, parks, paths and business districts with a network of low-stress bike routes including quiet neighborhood streets and protected bike lanes so that anyone, from an 8-year old child to an 80-year old will feel safe and comfortable riding a bike.

About Bike to Market

The Boston Cyclists Union started the Bike to Market program in 2010 to increase access to bike repair services in areas underserved by bike shops. The goal of the program is to teach people how to fix their own bikes, talk about the Bike Union’s advocacy projects and discuss how to enhance cycling in Boston.

The program takes place at Farmers Markets throughout the summer in neighborhoods across Boston. At Bike to Market, Union volunteers and staff teach bike repairs such as changing flat tires and adjusting derailleurs and brakes. The guidance and repair is free and parts are sold at an affordable cost.

About the Dudley Bike Workshop

Expanding on our successful Bike to Market program, in September 2015 the Bike Union began offering DIY bike repair education in our former office space at 375 Dudley Street.

In October of 2015 the Bike Union held its first multi-session Basic Bike Maintenance class with 6 participants. Over the course of 2016 we offered the class two more times, in addition to regularly scheduled open shop hours.

During this time the shop was gradually built-out and outfitted with tools and other supplies to allow us to expand our open shop hours and programs. The shop will finally be complete in June of 2017.

Responsibilities

  • Help manage and operate bike repair programs and events designed to further the Bike Union’s mission of promoting the bicycle as a means of transportation
  • Co-lead the Union’s Bike to Market events including:
    • Teach basic bike mechanics to visitors
    • Recruit and coordinate volunteers
    • Manage merchandise sales and part inventory
    • Set up and break down the Bike to Market kit (including event tent, bike stands, tool bins, etc.)
    • Track volunteer hours, number of bike repair students, bikes worked on and other metrics used to evaluate our programs
  • Manage and operate the Dudley Bike Workshop including the responsibilities listed above as well as
    • Open and close the workshop before and after regularly scheduled hours
    • Maintain part and merchandise inventory
    • Lead classes on Basic Bike Repair, Winterization, and other topics related to biking and bike maintenance
    • Perform outreach and programs to increase foot traffic to the bike workshop
  • Perform data entry and other tasks related to Bike to Market and the Dudley Bike Kitchen, including volunteer information input, stats on bike repairs, and updating website content pertinent to our repair programs.

Qualifications

  • Deep commitment to the Boston Cyclists Union mission.
  • 2-3 years experience as a professional bike mechanic, or basic repair skills knowledge with a willingness to be trained to higher proficiency.
  • Strong interpersonal and relational skills.
  • Ability to work individually and as part of a team.
  • Excellent communicator.
  • Knowledge and experience using Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media.
  • Knowledge and experience using Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Superior problem-solving skills.
  • Organized, and detail oriented.
  • Ability to track and execute tasks reliably.
  • Professional, positive, outgoing, friendly demeanor.
  • Bilingual abilities are a plus, but not required.

Wages

$15/ hour

How to Apply

Send a compelling cover letter and resume to jobs@bostoncyclistsunion.org. Please include “Bike Repair Program Coordinator, YOUR NAME” in the subject line of the email, and be sure to mention where you saw the job advertised. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We strongly encourage applicants to submit their application as soon as possible. People of color and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Boston Cyclists Union is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political orientation.

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