Archive for September, 2016

Everything You Need To Know About The Move

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

The Bike Kitchen is moving. We’re still here for all your bike-related needs, but instead of going down some stairs in the Old SUB and into a concrete bunker-type space you’ll be going up a few stairs into an ATCO trailer next to Brock Hall. We aren’t moving very far distance-wise, but if you’ve been in the Kitchen and know how many bikey things we have you’ll understand that this is a big move. We’ll need the help of our community in a variety of ways to make this move a successful one. 


Here’s the nitty gritty (because you know we’re all about the grit).

When is this going down?

The move will take place from September 21-25 and as we’ll be in the new space for approximately 18 months.

I love the Kitchen! how can I help?

Firstly, we love you too! Secondly, you can help us with the actual move. The bulk of the heavy lifting will take place September 24 and 25 between 10AM and 6PM and you are welcome to come (bring your friends). You’ll be rewarded with snacks, high fives, and our everlasting appreciation. 

I can’t help with moving for a very valid reason, what else can I do?

You can help by visiting us in our new space and utilizing our services!  You can also tell your friends so that everyone knows we’ve moved.

I love the bunker! Why are you moving?

We’re moving because the Old SUB is being renovated and there’s no space for us in the Nest. We’ll be moving back into the old Pit space once the renovations are complete. Expect a similar post in 18 months about The Move 2.0.

Ok I get it you’re moving, but where exactly is the ~new space~ I’ve heard so much about?  

Officially, our new address is 1896 East Mall. This means we are kitty corner to our old space. We are in front of IKB and we are on the south-east side of Brock Hall.



We’re hiring a new Programs Manager!

Monday, September 19th, 2016

[Update: This position has been filled.]

The Bike Co-op is hiring a new Programs Manager to oversee most things, particularly our community outreach, volunteer and educational programs. The ideal candidate would be a supportive leader with a love for bikes and grease and a social justice and sustainability keener. If that sounds like you, please send your application by email to programs(at)


Hours per week: 35

Compensation: $33,000 – 38,000 annually + benefits

Application deadline: October 5, 2016

Anticipated start date: between October 25 – November 4, 2016

The Programs Manager of the AMS Bike Co-op directs programs and outreach to engage the community in cycling education and reduce barriers to cycling on and off campus. Located at the University of British Columbia, the AMS Bike Co-op is governed by a student Board of Directors, who oversee and guide the vision and mission of the Bike Co-op. The Programs Manager oversees operations and works closely with the Bike Kitchen Manager and Co-op staff to provide accessible cycling programs and services to the community.

The Programs Manager holds a leadership role in supporting the long-term development and growth of the Bike Co-op, and is responsible for creating a positive, inclusive and supportive work environment. Working with a team of 3-5 staff members, the Programs Manager strives to build strong community-based programming, provide learning and personal growth opportunities for students and community members, and promote cycling as a safe and sustainable means of transportation.


Position Duties

The typical office hours for the Programs Manager are Monday-Friday, 10am – 6pm. Some evening and weekend work may be required. The successful candidate must be available on Tuesdays from 5pm – 6:30pm for regular meetings.

Program Management

  • Provides general oversight to all Bike Co-op programs and services to ensure they are running effectively and to their fullest potential
  • Identifies opportunities to expand programming to better meet the community’s needs
  • Ensures that program coordinators receive the necessary support to effectively carry out and make improvements to existing programs
  • Coordinates registration for Bike Co-op workshops
  • Manages maintenance for bike lockers and bike cages

Staff Support and HR Management

  • Oversees and supports the work of 3-5 staff members
  • Manages all human resources procedures for the Bike Co-op, including hiring, training, payroll and conducting performance reviews.
  • Supports the Bike Kitchen Manager in hiring, training, and cross-organizational programming
  • Chairs bi-weekly staff meetings


  • Drafts the annual budget with the support of the Treasurer
  • Maintains internal bookkeeping system, keeping detailed records of all expenses and incomes
  • Leads grant application processes for core funders and seeks new sources of funding for organizational development and program improvements
  • Coordinates any necessary reporting for successfully obtained grants

Strategic and Operational Planning

  • Oversees the implementation of the strategic plan and advises program coordinators and the Board of Directors on feasibility of projects and initiatives
  • Coordinates annual reviews of the strategic plan
  • Coordinates the Annual Report
  • Attends Advocacy Committee meetings and provides ongoing support to the committee

Information Gathering & Research

  • Supports students and volunteers in their research on cycling related issues
  • Coordinates academic collaborations with various departments and community partners
  • Maintains the Bike Co-op’s database, ensuring it is up-to-date and arranging for service when needed
  • Maintains all records in CiviCRM and trains new staff/volunteers to use the system

External Relations

  • Acts as primary contact for external organizations, including cycling advocacy groups, other community bike shops, UBC departments and the AMS
  • Acts as a resource to connect Board Members to community partners, facilitating collaboration and supporting and assisting with projects as needed
  • Liaises with relevant groups to increase awareness of the Bike Kitchen and Bike Co-op and manages collaboration

Discretionary duties and other duties as assigned



  • 2-3 years management and/or leadership experience
  • Experience managing and supporting staff, including hiring, training, scheduling and supervising
  • Experience with community program development, administration and facilitation
  • Understanding of and commitment to anti-oppressive values and social justice
  • Experience with budgeting and financial oversight
  • Experience with grant writing, with proven experience at successfully obtaining funding and following through on documentation and reporting deliverables
  • Passionate about cycling and improving access to transportation
  • Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to understand and appreciate different perspectives
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal)
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Basic bike repair skills and a passion for getting your hands dirty


  • Experience working with post-secondary students
  • Experience working with non-profit organizations
  • Experience with basic bookkeeping
  • Experience with web editing and design
  • Experience with Adobe Design Suite
  • Experience using CiviCRM or similar database program
  • Knowledge of Mandarin, Cantonese, hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ or Spanish
  • An excellent sense of humour and taste in music

To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter and résumé by email to programs(at), to the attention of Connor Morgan-Lang, President, AMS Bike Co-op.