The Community Program Animator is responsible for implementing the community outreach program at Charlie’s FreeWheels as well as leading programming in the shop during peak programming times. The Community Outreach program is a new program and will consist of leading community workshops with CFW’s community partners outside of the CFW Queen Street workshop. The outreach component of this position will take place in the Spring. In the Summer the Community Program Animator will be tasked with leading two Build-a-Bike classes in the CFW Queen Street workshop. Dependant on skill level and ability of the candidate, this position may also encompass demonstration and teaching of on-road safety and riding skills both within the programming space and outdoors.
Contract: April – September, 2017, with potential to extend
Hours: 15-20 hours per week, with potential to extend depending on growth of the CFW Community Outreach Program and skillset of the successful applicant
- Volunteer mechanics
- Community organizations
- Board, staff, volunteers & youth participants
- Partnering agencies
Duties & Responsibilities:
Program Delivery and Execution
- Ensure physical and emotional safety of all youth participants in programming
- Design, document and implement curriculum related to bicycle mechanics at community events and through community partnerships
- Lead the Spring Charlie’s FreeWheels Ride program
- Act as Lead Instructor for the Summer Evening Build-a-Bike program
- Coordinate and supervise volunteers during programing by generating tasks, supervising tracking outcomes and providing feedback on performance
- Develop bicycle programming in collaboration with community partners for workshops and outreach events.
- Coordinate outreach events and opportunities with community partners.
- Identify new partnership opportunities
Upkeep & Maintenance of Shop Operations
- Order and keep inventory on new parts ordered
- Keep an inventory of all parts and tools used for programming
- Communicate programming costs with the Interim Executive Director
- Sort, label and prepare bicycles for use in programming
- Maintain general order and functionality of programming space
Volunteer and Staff Management
- Supervise volunteers during programming
- Assist with training volunteer mechanics to uphold Charlie’s high standard of teaching in Build-A-Bike classes
- Provide mid-point feedback to visiting mechanics in class, and evaluate performance at end of program
- Assist the Interim Executive Director with monitoring program expenditures.
Other related duties
- Identify learning needs for program and service staff, and for the staff of the agency as a whole, and assist in providing needed training
- Specialized knowledge of bicycle mechanics
- Experience working with youth from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds
- Experience teaching youth. Experience teaching bicycle mechanics specifically is an asset but not necessary.
- Knowledge of community youth organizations operating in Toronto
- Strong understanding of bicycle road safety practices and guidelines is an asset
- High level of comfort riding a bicycle in Toronto, and leading a group.
- A patient, constructive and supportive attitude when working with youth
Weekend and evening work will be required for the role.
The Community Programs Animator will be required to move bicycles and heavy boxes containing tools and parts. This position will also require the successful applicant to transport workshop equipment such as bike stands and tools using a trailer or cargo bike to workshop sites in Toronto.
Please submit a cover letter and resume to:
with subject line “Community Program Animator Application” by March 24, 2017.