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Closed for Thanksgiving…and then OPEN

Just wanted to let everyone know that The Bike Kitchen is closed October 8,9 & 10 for Thanksgiving, but will be open regular hours next week starting Tuesday. We are super excited to be open again after our hiatus and we can’t wait to see you (and your bikes) in the shop next week! The shop is now located at 1896 East Mall, in front of Brock Hall and IKB.

Thanks for your patience, understanding, and support.

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We’re hiring a new Programs Manager!

[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)bikecoop.ca.

Overview:

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

Financial

  • 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

 

Qualifications

  • 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

Assets

  • 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)bikecoop.ca, to the attention of Connor Morgan-Lang, President, AMS Bike Co-op.

 

 


We’re hiring a Shop Manager!

The Bike Kitchen is a non-profit, full service, community bike shop located on the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver (Point Grey) campus.  We are a social enterprise established to support the AMS Bike Co-op (bikecoop.ca), and we function largely as a service-driven and educational shop.  A team of three to seven mechanics averages 15 work tickets a day, mostly small jobs, and also assists customers and co-op members in repairing their own bikes. Our clientele is predominantly UBC students, staff and faculty and we mostly service commuter bikes. Together with the AMS Bike Co-op, our mission is to support and expand the cycling mode share in the UBC area.  We fill many different roles in the campus community and act as the hub of cycling activity in the area, with around 50 customers per day.  During the day we offer repair services as well as repair instruction, and in the evenings we offer a range of educational programming on bike mechanics and.  We specialize in refurbishing and selling used bicycles, and offer new and used parts/accessories for sale.  More information about our organization can be found at  http://bikecoop.ca/about and http://thebikekitchen.com/    

 

The Bike Kitchen is seeking to fill the position of General Manager, the most senior role in the shop.  The successful applicant will be in charge of managing daily operations, overseeing the team of mechanics and educators, liaising with external and parent organizations (AMS/UBC), as well as providing business direction including seeing the shop through an upcoming period of change and growth. The Manager reports to the Bike Co-op Board of Directors, who provide broad oversight and support. The Manager of the Bike Kitchen works in collaboration with the Programs Manager of the Bike Co-op, who manages the educational and outreach programming as well as overseeing 4+ programs and communications staff.   The Bike Kitchen Manager must keep the organization’s mission in mind and ensure that the Bike Kitchen continues to act as an inclusive, positive space.  The Manager is also expected to be a proficient mechanic and repair bikes regularly.  The Manager coordinates a team of 4-7 skilled mechanic staff members and is supported by staff who contribute to shop operations. Typical staff turnover is around 2.5 years. The Manager position is 40hrs/week and a 2-3 year commitment is preferable.

 

The Manager is responsible for:

– Managing daily shop operations including sales and repairs

– Managing and supporting staff: hiring, training, scheduling, professional development etc

– Improving and maintaining the Bike Kitchen as an anti-oppressive and inclusive space

– Consulting and updating the business/financial plan

– Managing organization of finances including cashout, weekly deposits, and payroll

– Repairing bikes for customers and service writing

– Acting as primary contact for  shop communications

– Working with the Programs Manager and the Board of Directors on programs and long-term goals

 

The ideal candidate will have:

– Experience or training in small business or non-profit management

– An analysis of oppression and privilege, and experience working within an anti-oppressive framework

– Relevant/diverse work experience within the bike industry

– Proficient bike mechanic skills

– Experience managing staff or comparable experience in a leadership role

– Excellent organizational skills

– Strong professional communication and interpersonal skills, including conflict resolution

– Excellent customer service skills

 

We will like you even more if you can demonstrate:

– Expert level bike mechanic skills

– Teaching experience

– Experience in community/non-profit bike shops

– Experience in inventory management and ordering

– Knowledge of UBC departments and campus

 

Salary: $38,000 – $42,000 per year, plus bonus, commensurate on experience.

Hours: 40 per week. Saturday and evening work possible but not required.

Relocation: a successful candidate from outside the Greater Vancouver area will have moving expenses subsidized.

 

Please email your resume and cover letter to applications@thebikekitchen.com  by June 10th. We’ll be doing interviews on a rolling basis. Tentative start date is between July 11th and  August 1st, but can be earlier. Please include any time frame considerations on your application. The summer is intended to be a transition and training period between the current manager and the successful applicant.

 

Priority will be given to:

Candidates with identities that are traditionally under-represented in the bike industry; we invite you to apply if you experience oppression based on gender identity, race, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, disability, colonization, religion, etc

– Candidates who are already legally permitted to work in Canada

 

Only short listed candidates will be contacted, within three weeks of your application submission.

 

 


We are hiring summer work learns!

The Bike Co-op is hiring for the summer! We are looking for a Programs Assistant, and an Assistant Volunteer Coordinator to help us run and expand our programming. Both are Work Learn positions, which means that you must be eligible for the program to apply. Have a look at the job summaries below, and if you’re interested apply through through the UBC Jobs Board. 


 

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator
Hours per week: 20
Wage: $16.26
Deadline to apply: March 25, 2016
Anticipated start date: May 1, 2016

The Assistant Volunteer Coordinator’s main tasks will be:
– Attending volunteer nights, particularly Purple and Yellow Volunteer nights every Tuesday from 6-9pm
– Providing support to volunteers during volunteer nights and at outreach events (greeting volunteers, providing brief orientations to new volunteers and assisting other volunteers when necessary)
– Assisting the PM with volunteer coordination and recruitment
– Helping the Education and Outreach Coordinator with Cycling Resource Centres (community cycling resource stations at community events, where free cycling information and by-donation tune-ups are provided)
– Facilitating volunteer orientations
– Entering data and compiling statistics on volunteer retention and member engagement
– Collecting data on the Purple and Yellow Volunteer nights, to identify the volume of bicycles repaired and currently in circulation
– Monitoring volunteer programs and seeking areas for improvement
– Attending the Bike Co-op’s Programs Committee meetings on alternating Tuesdays from 5-6:30pm
– Assisting with the administration of bike lockers and cages

Qualifications
– Experience with customer service and/or public relations
– Knowledge/interest in cycling culture and advocacy
– Basic bike mechanical skills
– Experience with data entry and spreadsheets
– Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
– Understanding of and commitment to anti-oppressive values and inclusivity of all genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities and backgrounds
– Excellent organizational and time management skills
– Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
– Strong teamwork skills

Programs Assistant
Hours per week: 20
Wage: $16.26
Deadline to apply: March 25, 2016
Anticipated start date: May 1, 2016

The Programs Assistant will work closely with Bici Libre as well as on the following services provided by the Bike Co-op:

1. Bike lockers and cages: a service provided in partnership with UBC Campus and Community Planning, providing safe bike parking facilities on campus. The Programs Assistant will:
– Respond to customer requests by phone and email, providing customer service to new and existing program users
– Receive requests for locker spaces, assign customers to locker locations and arrange for key pickup and payment
– Maintain a wait list for full areas and notify customers when space is available
– Maintain organization of the key management system
– Compile statistics to improve the service and better assess user needs

2. Intro to Mechanics: a weekly, affordable workshop on introductory-level bike mechanics for all members of the community. The Programs Intern will:
– Register customers for workshops and maintain the wait list
– Enter data from completed workshop feedback forms
– Check-in registrants, assist the workshop leader and ensure paperwork and feedback forms are filled out and collected at the end of the workshop

The Programs Assistant will also provide administrative assistance for other Bike Co-op programs as directed by the Programs Manager, including preparing and collecting surveys, entering data for program and member feedback and assisting with the organization of documentation and resources. In addition, the Programs Intern will collaborate with the Education and Outreach Coordinator by writing short articles and blog posts on urban planning and cycling infrastructure and policy. They will also work closely with the Assistant Volunteer Coordinator by attending certain outreach events and assisting with volunteer coordination.

Qualifications
This position is suitable for an undergraduate level student. The applicant should also possess the following qualifications:
– Excellent organizational and time management skills
– Strong teamwork skills
– Knowledge/interest in cycling culture and cycling advocacy
– Knowledge of Spanish (preferably fluent)
– Valid drivers license
– Ability to communicate in a professional manner through writing and speaking
– Experience with data entry and spreadsheets
– Experience with customer service and/or public relations
– Basic computer skills (word processing, emails)
– Understanding of and commitment to anti-oppressive values and inclusivity of all genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities and backgroundsAssets:
– Experience working in non-profit organizations
– Experience with collective decision-making practices
– Intermediate to advanced bike mechanical skills

 

 

 

 


We’re Hiring an Education & Outreach Coordinator!

Our current Communications and Outreach Coordinator is leaving to cycle in faraway lands, and therefore we’re hiring a new permanent staff member! Check out the job posting below and tell all of your cycling obsessed friends.

Education & Outreach Coordinator

Hours per week: 20-30
Wage: $16-$19 hourly, commensurate with experience
Application deadline: Monday, January 25th at 10am

The AMS Bike Co-op provides UBC students and the wider community with an accessible environment where they can learn about bicycle maintenance and cycling as a safe and sustainable means of transportation. We engage in education, outreach, and advocacy through our programs and our community bike shop, the Bike Kitchen. For more details on our programs and services, please visit bikecoop.ca.

We’re looking for a motivated Education and Outreach Coordinator to help manage some of our key programs and services. The position will entail:

  • Coordinating outreach events
    • Managing staff and volunteers
    • Scheduling events and liaising with groups to expand outreach programs
    • Ensuring resources are well-stocked for outreach events
  • Program coordination
    • Coordinating the Build Your Own Bike & Intro to Mechanics programs
    • Overseeing bike lockers and bike cages
  • Communications
    • Updating social media accounts with all the best bike news
    • Helping out with our blog, website updates and newsletter
  • Program development and improvement
    • Identifying areas of improvement in our current programming
    • Developing new programs to reach more wonderful bike-loving humans
    • Seeking additional sources of funding to continue to grow as an organization
  • Other tasks as assigned

So, what kind of qualifications would the ideal human have?

  • You really love bikes. A lot. And you love sharing your love of bikes with strangers. A lot.

You also have:

  • 1-2 years experience coordinating programs, preferably in a not-for-profit organization
  • Experience writing grants and funding proposals
  • Experience coordinating volunteers and/or training staff members
  • Understanding of and commitment to anti-oppressive values and inclusivity of all genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities and backgrounds
  • Knowledge of basic bike mechanics and enthusiasm for getting your hands greasy
  • Knowledge of cycling culture and advocacy
  • Knowledge of the UBC campus and experience with UBC student life (you’ve at least been to Wreck Beach)  
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Self-motivated & flexible

We’ll like you even better if you have:

  • A bike with a cute name
  • Experience and proficiency with the Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator)
  • Experience and proficiency with using social media tools (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)
  • Experience with collective decision-making practices
  • Experience using WordPress and newsletter mailout services
  • Experience using CiviCRM or other similar constituent management software
  • Working knowledge of another language, particularly Mandarin, Cantonese, Punjabi, hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and/ or Spanish
  • Excellent sense of humour and taste in music

Priority will be given to candidates with identities that are traditionally under-represented in the bike industry; we invite you to apply if you experience oppression based on gender identity, race, ethnic identity, sexual orientation, disability, colonization, religion and/or socioeconomic background.

Unfortunately, we are only able to consider applicants that are eligible to work in Canada or on UBC campus.

Note: Some evening and weekend work required. Must be available to attend weekly Board Meetings on Tuesdays from 5-6:30 pm.

 

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to the attention of Aida Mas, Programs Manager. Applications can be submitted by email to programs@bikecoop.ca, or in person at the Bike Kitchen (6138 Student Union Boulevard, Vancouver BC) Monday to Thursday between 10 am and 6 pm.

 


Wednesdays are Volunteer Day!

Introducing your new favourite day of the week…

volunteer day banner

Wednesdays at your local community bike shop are about to get a lot more exciting. Starting January 6th 2016, Wednesdays are volunteer days at the Bike Kitchen. That means that every Wednesday from 11-5 volunteers are invited to drop in and lend a hand.

What exactly does this mean? We’ll still be running P&Y night as well as Recycle Night and Women & Queer at their usual times, but the activities we usually do at Volunteer Bike Building will now take place during the day. Having an entire day for volunteers allows for more people to have access to the shop. This way more people get to strip bikes, organize and/or clean parts, and build bikes for Bici Libre and Pedals for the People.

Volunteer duties will include:

  • Stripping Bikes – removing all parts and accessories off of frame
  • Dividing parts – identifying reusable vs. damaged components
  • Dividing parts and pieces into proper recycling bins
  • Sorting bins of parts to get rid of damaged components
  • Cleaning and servicing high quality parts for resale/reuse
  • Prepping bikes for rebuilding

Volunteers who are already familiar with these tasks can put their knowledge to use by helping us build and refurbish bikes for those that need them, but wouldn’t otherwise have access. For those looking to expand their knowledge we’ll be holding midday workshops from 1-2 pm. Topics range from frame manufacturing to a history of bottom brackets and everything in between. We’re really excited about it and we can’t wait to see you there!

Since work stands will be reserved for volunteers, DIY repair time will be limited to “quick fixes” such as flat repairs. The shop will still be open to drop off your bike to be fixed by our mechanics, and purchase accessories.

More specific information about Wednesday volunteer duties and workshops can be found here.

 


Bike Trains: Join our commuter parties

The word is in: cycling on University Blvd on dark, rainy nights, with the B-line roaring by is terrifying. In order to make bike commuting more enjoyable, we’ve decided to do it together!

On Thursdays while classes are in session, we’ll meet at the Bike Kitchen at 5 pm with wheels rolling by 5:05 and ride 8th/10th ave eastward. The ride leaders will be going as far as Main.

Let us know you’ll be coming on facebook, or just show up!

Bike Trains twitter

 


Introducing: Project 529 Garage Bike Registration

shield_applicationBike theft. Every cyclist’s nightmare and yet an all too common one, particularly here on UBC campus. While there’s no substitute for a quality lock and proper locking technique, the Vancouver Police have been exploring new options to prevent bike theft and, just as importantly, ensure recovered bikes are returned to their rightful owners.

Enter 529 Garage, a smartphone app which acts as a community-based bike registration and recovery service. Users register their bike on the app and a tamper-proof sticker is installed to the top of the seat tube, which contains a code corresponding to the register.

When a bike is stolen, users can report it on the app and other users in the area will immediately be notified to keep a look-out for the bike. The app will also post to social media and can automatically generate a poster for your missing bike, printable from your phone. Often stolen bikes, even if they are found, are never returned to their original owners due to the inability to verify ownership. Having your bike registered with a picture, serial number, and detailed information can vastly improve your chances of having the bike returned if it is recovered.

The Bike Kitchen and Co-op has teamed up with the Vancouver Police to become a registration station for the app. Simply pop by the Bike Kitchen during our open hours to purchase the tamper-proof 529 Garage registration sticker, and we will help you install it and guide you through registering your bike (or bikes!) The cost is $13 or $30 for 4.

 


Fall General Meeting Recap

As you all know, hopefully because you were there, our Fall General Meeting took place on Tuesday, November 10th. There were good times and pizza as per usual, but more importantly there was an election. Five new board members were elected bringing the total number of people who sit on our board of directors to 11! We’re happy to welcome Faosto, Eva, Emilie, Jaione, Khiran to the board! We’re all excited to see change that comes with new members.

Speaking of important members of the AMS Bike Co-op, we were elated to give our former Programs Manager Christine Park the title of Honorary Member of the Bike Co-op. You can find her name sharpied in up on our oh-so-official driftwood plaque in the Bike Kitchen.

We were sad to see one of our longest standing members, Jean-Francois, resign from his position as Director of Secrets, or secretary. JF has been an active member of the Co-op since 2008 and is an Honorary Member. This election also saw the resignations of board members Laith Furatian and Ciarán Galts. Although they’ve all given up their official titles, we hope they will stay involved, and expect to see their friendly faces around the Kitchen and Co-op!

Presentations were given by our programmes director Aida Mas, communications coordinator Kristina Knappett, president Will Bailey, treasurer Eva Jordison, and the manager of the Bike Kitchen Emily Hein before we hoped on our bicycles to the Presidential Palace for the after-party. Who said general meetings can’t be fun too!?

Our next General Meeting will take place in March. Be sure to attend to find out what we’ve been up to, join the board, and hang out at the awesome after-party! In the mean time, note that Co-op members are welcome to attend our board meetings which take place every three weeks. Email programs(at)bikecoop.ca if you would like to attend!

 

 

 


Bubble Tea Bike Crawl

bubble tea ride
On Saturday, November 14 we’ll be sampling some of Vancouver’s favourite bubble tea joints.

At 11 am we’ll meet at Chatime at Granville and Broadway. We’ll cycle and sample 5 diffferent bubble tea cafes, over 16 km.

Check out the route here: https://goo.gl/maps/noLGoehL2yk
The end of the ride is near Richmond-Brighouse, so folks can head back home on the Canada Line if they choose!

RSVP on Facebook.

 


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