Job Description

Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative (Earn-A-Bike Program)

Bicycle Mechanic Instructor (Part Time)

Reports to Earn-A-Bike Coordinator

The Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative seeks a part time Bicycle Mechanic Instructor to teach youth ages 12 to 18 how to repair and maintain bicycles.  The successful candidate should be experienced working with youth and with a skills set that includes: repair and bicycles maintenance, how to tune-up and troubleshoot problems with flat tires, spokes, gears, chains, brakes and handle bars.  The goal is to teach youth a useful skill, build and/or support self-esteem, highlight their accomplishment, increase knowledge about bike safety and greenways, and discover the hidden value in refurbishing used bikes. The successful candidate will also teach how to ride safely in an urban environment and will lead group rides.  Classes will be held after school and on the weekend starting in March and run through August.


  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience as a bicycle mechanic, preferably with cycle shop experience,
  • Experienced teaching bicycle maintenance to groups of youth ( 5 to 15 in class)
  • Experienced rider in an urban setting,
  • Knowledge of bicycle safety,
  • Willing to take ownership and be held accountable for the  class instruction,
  • Excellent communicator,
  • Have thorough organizational and time management skills,
  • Have an outgoing personality,
  • General knowledge of shop policies and procedures,
  • The ability to work as a member of a team and work well with students from a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds and experience levels, and
  • Demonstrated public speaking, teaching or coaching experience
  • Extensive knowledge of the bicycle industry and current bicycle products is a plus***


  • Instruction/following course outline
  • Upkeep and organization of the tools and pegboards
  • Performing safety checks on finished bicycles
  • Punctuality and reliability,
  • Being a team player,
  • Being enthusiastic about cycling,

How to Apply

To apply please e-mail a resume and paragraph explaining your bicycle mechanic background by February 28, 2014: and include Earn-A-Bike Instructor on the subject line. No phone calls, please.

Successful candidates must past background check.