Employment Opportunity

Wheels of Courage Mentor

Wheels of Courage Community Leadership Program

Term Position: Starting as soon as possible, until March 31, 2022, with possibility for renewal.

$17-19/hr

Full time (35-40 hrs/week)

Health benefits available after probation period.

The WRENCH is a registered charity that creates stronger, healthier communities by removing barriers to building, repairing and maintaining bicycles – with a focus on educating youth. We envision a world where everyone is empowered to experience their community by bicycle.

The WRENCH is seeking a Mentor for our Wheels of Courage (WoC) program. Wheels of Courage is a free, 9 month volunteer program at the WRENCH for young people (ages 15-30) who love bikes and want to use them as a tool for personal growth and social change. WoC participants gain exclusive access to a diverse array of skill-building workshops as well as support and funding to develop their own Community Projects.

Working under the direction of the WoC Program Coordinator, Mentors are part of a team who support skill building and focus participants’ interest in bicycles towards meaningful, hands-on service opportunities for the broader community.

Mentors will assist participants in identifying issues of concern in their communities and then taking action through self directed Community Projects.

Responsibilities

  • Creating customized mentorship plans with individual WoC participants
  • Providing support as needed for WoC participants to achieve their goals with the program. Occasionally this may involve systems navigation.
  • Directing and coordinating participants learning activities, both online and in person; and connecting participants with professional skill building activities
  • Training participants in bicycle mechanics
  • Supporting participants to identify community needs and priorities
  • Supporting participants as they develop and implement their community projects
  • Liaising with schools and service organizations to identify and create meaningful volunteer opportunities for participants
  • Facilitating communications between participants, the WRENCH, and partnering organizations
  • Record keeping including gathering metrics and feedback, and documenting activities

Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Familiarity with the community bike shop model.
  • Relevant Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Two years of related experience working with youth.
  • Experience in asset based community development and grassroots directed programming.
  • Experience with trauma informed practice.
  • Experience counteracting intersectional oppression to improve community programs.
  • Knowledge of community based youth serving organizations in Winnipeg for the purposes of partnership and broadening support for participants.

Preferred Skills

  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
  • A strong interest in other people and diverse perspectives. Experience working with a variety of organizations and groups.
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Ability to quickly establish rapport with individuals from a broad range of disciplines and backgrounds.
  • Ability to self-direct, adapt to a changing environment, prioritize and meet deadlines while concurrently managing multiple projects.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement, anticipate/assess situations, and take proactive steps to create positive outcomes.
  • Ability to ride a bicycle as traffic on major roadways.
  • Intermediate bicycle mechanical skills or willingness to learn.

Application deadline: September 15, 2021, 430pm. Please note- only qualified candidates will be invited to interview. Applicants are encouraged to get their documents in quickly- interviews with qualified candidates may begin prior to the application deadline.

Please submit resume and cover letter by email to:

Kate Sjoberg, Executive Director, The WRENCH at programs@thewrench.ca