We’re Hiring: Youth & Family Coordinator

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) seeks a full-time Coordinator for our bicycle education and outreach programming dedicated to serving youth and families in the District of Columbia and the surrounding jurisdictions.

WABA’s education and outreach programs are highly regarded and successful, helping youth and families throughout the DC region to learn to ride bikes, to ride safely and comfortably on city streets, and to use bicycles to commute to and from work. Our youth education program provides bicycle and pedestrian education in DC public schools, public charter schools, and recreation centers, as well as private extracurricular bike education outside the school system.

Reporting to Program Director, this position will coordinate several of WABA’s existing programs, as well as working with development staff to design, fund, and implement new ideas. WABA is a small but growing office, and on occasion, all staff are asked to assist in general WABA duties and major events.

Responsibilities

The Youth & Family Coordinator will:

  • Plan, coordinate, and implement several key WABA programs in the District, as laid out in WABA’s existing contract with DDOT, including: in-school education, afterschool bike clubs, youth learn to ride classes, and parent/child classes. The Coordinator will be responsible for:
    • Delivering high-quality bicycling experiences to youth and families throughout the District.
    • Scheduling upwards of 20 events per year across these programs.
    • Marketing and promoting programs and conducting outreach activities.
    • Leading and teaching classes and rides.
    • Designing and modifying events, topics, ride routes, and curricula as needed.
    • Recruiting, training, and coordinating volunteers.
    • Collecting student, teacher and administration feedback and incorporating it into programming.
    • General administration, including blog posts, data entry, organization/inventory, clerical work, etc.
  • Maintain a small fleet of bikes, including: cleaning, replacing parts, and minor tune-ups.
  • Be responsible for the usage and service of the WABA van.
  • Manage all aspects of WABA’s Bike Camp! as Camp Director, including:
    • Creating a safe program with a thorough risk management plan.
    • Creation and implementation of a marketing and promotion plan.
    • Oversight of registration and operations of camp.
    • Designing curricula.
    • Hiring and training a team of Camp Counselors.
    • Engaging community partners.
    • Running the day-to-day operations of a 6-week day camp.
    • Evaluating performance and writing a final report.
  • Collaborate with the Programs team in resource sharing, skills development, and cross-program integration of ideas.
  • With the Programs team, commit to achieving the goals laid out in the 2015 WABA Strategic Plan.
  • With the Development team, work to identify new programmatic areas of need, design programs to meet those needs, and implement them.
  • With the Programs, Development, and Advocacy teams, determine if and how to export the programs in the DDOT contract to the surrounding jurisdictions.
  • Perform a variety of tasks related to the operations of WABA including office tasks, event assistance, and clerical work.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 1-3 years physical education/athletics/outdoor education with youth ages 5-18.
  • 1-3 years summer camp management/counselor experience.
  • 1-3 years supervisory experience.
  • Previous youth development training and experience strongly preferred.
  • Current League Cycling Instructor (LCI) certification or equivalent OR the willingness/ability to obtain certification within first 6-8 weeks of employment.
  • Current First Aid/CPR certification for children OR the willingness/ability to obtain certification within first 6-8 weeks of employment.
  • The ability to pass DC Public Schools’ volunteering requirements: negative tuberculosis test and criminal background check.
  • Excellent writing, presentation, and public speaking skills.
  • A flexible schedule, specifically a willingness to work evenings, early mornings, and weekends.
  • The ability to organize time wisely and multi-task in a relaxed, fun environment.
  • A current driver’s license, a clean driving record, and the ability to drive a large van in city traffic.
  • The ability to lift 45 lbs.
  • A strong commitment to WABA’s mission.
  • A solid understanding of the principles of bicycling safety and traffic law.
  • A commitment to being a safe and exemplary bicyclist.
  • Spanish proficiency or ASL proficiency a strong plus

Benefits include flex time, vacation, sick and personal leave, and WABA’s retirement and health insurance programs. Expected salary range: $35,000-$40,000. This position is full-time.

Contact

Send a cover letter and a resume to jobs@waba.org.  No phone calls please.

Applications will be accepted until February 12th. Expected start date is March 1st, 2016.

November 1st: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again!

With the Daylight Savings turning the clock back an hour this weekend, your trip home from work, or school will be a lot darker than normal on Monday. WABA has collected a few tips and tricks you can use to maximize visibility when out on the road!

Front White Light For Your Handlebars: These bicycle lights let oncoming road users aware of your presence and are required by law in DC, MD. and VA. Putting the lights in blinking/pulsating mode saves battery, and makes your bicycle distinguishable from other road users. 

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Front White Light For Your Helmet: This light shines where you are looking, which can be very helpful in areas without much street lighting and helps you spot potholes or debris in your way.
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Rear Red Light For Your Helmet: Many helmets have have vents or straps where a bicycle light can easily hook on to and is an easy way to increase your visibility.

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Rear Red Light For Your Bicycle: Although not required by law to have a rear light (rear reflector is the minimum), having a red blinking, or pulsating light will increase your visibility. Hand signals are also a great way to communicate with other road users what your intentions are!

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Reflective Clothing: For even more visibility, reflective clothing provides multiple options from jackets, pants, scarves, shoes with reflective strips attached to them that brightly light up when hit with lights from vehicles, or other light sources. Backpacks, ankle straps, and helmet stickers are also other useful accessories that can be incredibly reflective.

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If you would like to learn more about bicycling, visit our Education Calendar for a list of upcoming classes.

Happy riding!

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Wow it’s so much more fun to ride my bicycle after that!

‘Wow it’s so much more fun to ride my bicycle after that!’ is essentially the essence of WABA’s City Cycling classes!

Our City Cycling classes offer a relaxed, focused, and welcoming opportunity for beginner and experienced riders alike! After class we often hear students remarking how much better they feel riding their bike – how city streets, bike lanes, and trails aren’t such a big deal anymore and most of all, riding their bicycle is more fun than ever! And smiles, look at these smiles!

Each City Cycling class offers two tracks that students can self-select into when they arrive to class. The basics track focuses on techniques to make your ride go as smoothly as possible. The advance track focuses on techniques to avoid uncommon, but occasional, sticky situations.

At class you will have the opportunity to:

  • Feel more confident on a bicycle
  • Realize your bicycle dreams
  • Practice moves in a controlled space
  • Gain feedback from certified instructors (and give us feedback too!)
  • Make friends, go for a ride, and leave feeling like “Yeah, I can bike there now!”

“I entered this class thinking I would only learn a few things, but I ended up realizing that I had TONS of questions I wanted to ask them (and that they were happy to answer). I came away from the class feeling super knowledgeable and confident and eager to get riding!” – Feedback from a City Cycling Alumni

Come join us for one of our upcoming City Cycling classes!

Visit our website for more classes including our Adult Learn to Ride Classes!

Bike Camp 2015: A Hubcap Recap

What do you get when you mix 14 enthusiastic campers, a whole city to explore by bike, bicycles to repair, and two sunny weeks of summer?

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In July, WABA held its first Bike Camp this year for children age 8-12. During the inaugural two-week session campers explored D.C. by bike, repaired and re-built bikes, and made new friends they can go on bike rides with!

We visited museums and iconic Washington D.C. sights. We saw the different types of bicycle infrastructure around the city and learned how to hand-signal, bike as a group, and master skills like looking over our shoulder. We biked down to the Metropolitan Branch Trail and helped the Trail Rangers do trail work. In two weeks we biked over 50 miles!

We partnered with Gearin’ Up Bicycles to provide mechanics education for our campers. Each camper received a bike in non-working condition. Gearin’ Up’s Zack led the campers in sessions covering everything from changing a flat tire, to re-cabling brakes and derailleurs, to adjusting limit screws (and A LOT more)! They embraced the chain grease and became wrench experts. By the end of camp everyone finished their bikes and took a successful test ride!

We thoroughly enjoyed our first year of Bike Camp and are already looking forward to many more summers of WABA Bike Camp in the future!

We would like to extend a big thank you to all of our community partners we visited during Bike Camp and a special shout-out/thank you/you rock to all of our Bike Camp volunteers!

If you would to be put on the interest list for information on future sessions of WABA Bike Camp e-mail education@waba.org.

How do bikes, field trips, and ice cream sound?

Great?

Greeeeaaaaat!

We’re looking for a few super stellar, dynamic, fun-loving volunteers to assist with our action-packed, ice cream studded, adventure seeking BIKE CAMP!

Bike Camp runs from July 13 – 24 on weekdays. We ask that folks who are interested in volunteering commit to riding with us for at least two days, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.

We’d especially love for folks who have youth development, teaching, or outdoor education experience to join us.

Still interested?

Sign up to come to Bike Camp Volunteer Orientation on Tuesday, July 7, from 6 – 8 p.m.!

If you have any questions, please email us at education@waba.org.

DC’s newest and safest bicyclists are at Benning Park

In the fall, we started the Benning Park Bike Club — an innovative afterschool program for youth at Benning Park Recreation Center.

This spring, we were happy to bring Bike Club back to Benning Park. Over six weeks, we rode with a group of engaged youth, taught safe bicycling practices and bike fixing strategies, and explored the neighborhood on our own two wheels. We rode over 10 miles, and our adventures culminated with a scavenger hunt and an ice cream party.

Below, meet some of DC’s newest and safest bicyclists.

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Special thanks to Jessie Webb, whose facilitation made this program possible, and to the DC Department of Parks and Recreation.

Want a bike club at your school, recreation center or youth-serving organization? We’d love to be in touch — email us at education@waba.org.

Haulin’ Our Way to Crystal City on WABA’s First Arlington Community Ride

Our spring Community Ride series is in full swing, and last Wednesday we made our debut in Arlington with Haulin’—a community ride about moving and grooving with everything you need to carry on a bike.

We explored the Pentagon City and Crystal City neighborhoods, saw a wide variety of bike facilities including the Four Mile Run trail and the new protected bikeways on South Hayes Street.

At the end of the ride, we learned about the Fixit Station—a great new innovation put in place by the Crystal City BID. At the access point to the Mount Vernon Trail on Crystal Drive, you can pump up your tires, use tools for minor adjustments, fill your water bottle, and even buy spare parts from a bike vending machine!

After the ride was over, the whole group headed to the San Antonio Grill for delicious tacos.

Education Coordinator Daniel Hoagland introduces the group to bike sharing.

Education Coordinator Daniel Hoagland introduces the group to bike sharing.

Thank you to Bike Arlington, the Crystal City BID, and the San Antonio Grill for helping make our Haulin’ Ride a big success!

Join us for more Community Rides in May and June!