Position: Course Instructor/Bike Mechanic
Employer: London Bike Kitchen
Salary: Freelance min £10/ph
Aloha. We are a not-for-profit DIY space in Hackney that helps people learn how to fix their own bike with courses and drop-in sessions from our experienced team of instructors.
We believe bicycles are fantastic tools for education, enablement, and engagement so we run an expanding range of innovative projects across the community, focusing especially on those who do not traditionally feel encouraged to spend time in a traditional workshop environment.
Our drop-in workshop/classroom opened five years ago and now we are expanding into a retail workshop on the same street. The new space will offer repairs/servicing Tuesday through Friday in the workshop out back, a retail space in the front focusing on commuting/cycle touring, and will house our flagship courses, BYOB (build your own bike) and Wheel Building over the weekends.
All this extra work needs more hands on deck and we are looking for two experienced bike-folk to join the team of mechanics and instructors already aboard. We have all become good friends since Jenni (the director) first opened the doors so expect socialising after-hours, organised rides, and unusual events to be regular fixtures.
Part time. Two or more positions for multiple regular shifts available from August
Candidates will ideally be able to take on two or more shifts per week with those shifts consisting of a morning/afternoon shift and/or an afternoon/evening shift. Your day could consist of teaching a class in the morning then doing repairs in the afternoon for example, or opening the workshop in the morning and then help running a drop in session afternoon. Applicants offering a regular weekend day highly preferred. Extra shifts and further freelance opportunities for off site teaching, Dr Bike, or attending events also available.
We are looking for experienced tutors, cycle trainers, and bike mechanics with a couple of years in the trenches under their belt, Cytech or City and Guilds Level 2 qualification desired but not required. Must have ultra mega excellent communication skills, and a calm ordered approach to diagnosing mechanical problems and presenting possible solutions. We require hands-off teaching and patience - LOTS of patience. Confidence a boon but no bluffing please. Those able to design and market new courses will be viewed positively. Applications from female or minority candidates are encouraged.
Instructors answer to both Tim Jarrett, Operations Director, and Jenni Gwiazdowski, Director in Chief.
N.B.: You may need to complete an afternoon trial drop-in shift, should your application proceed past interview. Should you be successful there will be a trial period of 2 months before your application is reviewed again.
All employees are paid £10p/h and this is expected to rise in 2018.
Please forward a brief covering email together with your CV and any references to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Course instructor/Bike mechanic”. Deadline: Tuesday 22 August 5pm. Thank you for reading this far, and good luck.