The Reno Bike Project is looking for an instructor for the Major Taylor Program’s summer session. The Major Taylor Program is a youth cycling program that teaches teenagers how to ride bicycles and the benefits of bicycling.
The Major Taylor Program instructor is responsible for not only instructing the students in a classroom setting, but also leading them on rides. Listed below is the job description for the instructor.
Major Taylor Program Instructor
What is the Major Taylor Program (MTP)?
The Major Taylor Program is an after-school bicycle riding program brought to the Truckee Meadows by the Reno Bike Project (RBP). The program is named after the first African American World Champion in cycling, Marshall “Major” Taylor. The ride program uses bicycling as a tool to teach youth about physical fitness, nutrition, bike maintenance, setting and meeting goals, cycling safety, and the environmental benefits of bikes.
What does the Major Taylor Program Do?
The MTP gives underserved and disadvantaged teens in the Reno-Sparks area a chance to experience cycling both on the road and mountain. Members of the program learn safe cycling techniques, riding in traffic, bike maintenance, and nutrition. After a short classroom segment, the students are taken on a ride designed to help improve their general fitness, while experiencing new parts of the Truckee Meadows. All equipment, including bikes and helmets are provided by the Reno Bike Project.
Major Taylor Project Instructor Job Description:
The sessions, both in class and on the bike, are taught by an instructor with volunteer assistants. The instructor is responsible for:
- Instruct each class for both classroom lessons and leading the ride portion of the classes
- Act as the program’s head mechanic
- Collaborate with the AmeriCorps VISTA on curriculum development and planning
- Assign tasks to volunteers present for each class
- Engage students in the program and bicycling
Major Taylor Program Instructor Qualifications:
- Possess a strong knowledge of bike mechanics and bike parts
- Advanced understanding of current Nevada road and cycling laws
- Experience in high school or higher education instruction
- A Bachelor degree preferred in education, public health, health and fitness, exercise physiology, or a related field.
- Knowledgeable on Truckee Meadows trails, bike routes, and safe roads
- Comfortable around a diverse teenage population
- Understand PowerPoint and Microsoft programs for class instruction
- Upbeat and enthusiastic personality
- Ability to attend all classes on time
- The candidate either needs to possess CPR and First Aid certification or be willing to attend certification classes (will be paid for by RBP).
***Instructors will be required pass a background check prior to class instruction to ensure the safety of the students. Failure to do so will disqualify the candidate from this job.***
- Sessions runs through August 19- October 3
- The MTP instructor must commit to weekday time slots
- 2-4 hours
- 2 pm-3:30 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and 9 am-Noon Friday
- Weekly lesson planning meetings with the AmeriCorps VISTA for the MTP program
- 7 week session
The instructor will be compensated at $15/hour, unless otherwise determined by the Executive Director. This is a temporary, part-time position, with possibility for renewal for each session.
If interested, please send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org