Volunteer & Job Opportunities



Why it’s great to work at Bike Works:

  • The Columbia City neighborhood is vibrant with great restaurants, coffee, a PCC and a seasonal Farmer’s Market
  • Gender neutral bathrooms
  • Casual office environment
  • Generous beneifts
  • A organization wide winter break in December
  • Fun, collaborative coworkers
  • Yearly professional development allowance
  • Discounts to keep your biking habit rolling (or to help inspire you to get into bicycling)
  • Bike Parking and lots of it!


Organizational Overview:

Bike Works, based in SE Seattle since 1996,  promotes the bicycle as a vehicle for change to empower youth and build resilient communities. Our programs and services invest in young people and encourage bicycling through a community of adult volunteers. Our programs include Earn-a-Bike and weekly riding programs for youth, Job Skills training, summer bike camps, a community bike shop, bike giveaway programs for low-income youth and adults as well adult classes and weekly volunteer opportunities. Our Bike Shop serves a large customer base with used bike sales, affordable repairs, and new and used parts and accessories. Each year over 1300 youth participate in our programs and gain the skills and resources they need to translate lessons about confidence and leadership into their own lives. We also take in over 7,500 bicycle donations annually and redistribute these bikes to youth and adults in Seattle and beyond through our programs and bike shop. We value and seek diverse team members who are passionate, innovative, collaborative, professional, fun, responsible and solutions-oriented.

Conditions of Employment

Bike Works is an equal opportunity employer committed to assembling a diverse and talented staff. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Bike Works does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or marital status. Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Open Positions:

Development Director

Full Time

Role Overview:
The Development Director, in partnership with the Executive Director and Board of Directors, is responsible for meeting or exceeding the organization’s annual fundraising goals. This position provides direction and establishes priorities for a variety of areas within development including the annual campaign, major gifts, foundation grants, corporate sponsorships, special events, and organizational marketing and communications. The Development Director is also key member of Bike Works Leadership Team providing direction around strategic development and organizational culture.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Manage fund development activities to seek and cultivate contributions from individuals
  • Lead submission of proposals for grants and corporate sponsorship
  • Manage fundraising events and activities, including Bikecitement!, our annual dinner and auction
  • Oversee Bike Works marketing and communications strategies, to ensure a visible and vibrant presence in the community
  • Provide direction and leadership to Development staff
  • Participate in strategic planning and organizational development

People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
Bike Works is an Equal Opportunity and queer-friendly employer.

Compensation: $55,000- $70,000 DOE
Plus full benefits including: employer sponsored health, dental, vision, and life insurance; generous vacation and sick time; short and long term disability; employer matching contributions to retirement account; employee assistance program, training and professional development opportunities.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Four or more years of relevant professional fundraising, development, and/or marketing management experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred- or commensurate experience.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and executing a comprehensive fund development plan aligned with the mission and values of the organization and current philanthropic trends.
  • Demonstrated success in cultivating, soliciting, and securing major gifts from individuals and foundations.
  • Strong supervisory and leadership abilities including motivating and inspiring others to action.
  • Demonstrated analytical and evaluative skills with the ability to effectively interpret and use data and information to support decision-making.
  • Experience developing long-term strategy, establishing goals, and setting priorities to achieve measurable results.
  • Demonstrated resourcefulness and creativity in proposing new ideas, soliciting feedback, and gaining investment from others.
  • Experience working with Executive leadership, including participation or facilitation of Board committees and meetings.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including experience building relationships with various stakeholders and collaborating in a diverse and dynamic team environment.
  • Experience developing and managing people and complex budgets.
  • Proficiency with technology including Microsoft Office applications, social media, and databases.
  • Excellent written and verbal professional communication abilities including ability to write compelling messages.
  • Hard-working, optimistic and enthusiastic demeanor that takes initiative
  • Ability to work well independently and execute projects with minimal supervision, as well as collaboratively.
  • Experience with, and understanding of, the diverse communities we serve
  • Commitment to environmental stewardship, social justice, and youth development.
  • Passion for the mission and goals of Bike Works

Job Location & Schedule:
Typical hours for this position are 10am to 6:30pm, Monday through Friday at the Bike Works office: 3715 S. Hudson St Seattle, WA 98118. Some evening and weekend hours as well as travel to and from meetings and community events will be required.

How to Apply
Email your resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to: jobs@bikeworks.org

Applications accepted until November 26, 2017 at 5pm.

Program Coordinator


Role Overview:

The Bike Works Program Coordinator works with the Programs Team to run our youth and adult programs. This role includes teaching bike repair classes, running bike rides and safety rodeos, and maintaining outreach and redistribution of bicycles to the community.  Each day will be a blend of these tasks within a team of four, requiring both collaboration and independence. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who loves to ride bikes and has youth and adult mentoring/teaching experience.

 Priority will be given to candidates who currently live in Seattle.

People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Bike Works is an Equal Opportunity and queer-friendly employer.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Works independently, or with the programs team, to run programs; including bike repair classes, bike riding clubs, bike giveaways, summer camps, BikeMobile services, and all community partnerships.
  • Maintains outreach efforts for programs by calling, emailing and visiting contacts on a quarterly basis.
  • Updates registrations, database, class documents and calendars as needed.
  • Coordinates bike storage and bike needs for various programs.
  • Maintains classroom environments; cleans and restocks spaces weekly.

Compensation: $32,500-$35,500 DOE

Plus full benefits including: employer sponsored health, dental, vision, and life insurance; 12 days of vacation to start (one day each additional year of work); paid organization-wide recess from 12/25 to 1/1 every year; reimbursement for mileage when using bike for work; 10 days sick leave, short and long term disability; employer matching contributions to retirement account; all products in our bike shop and catalog at cost (including new bikes and parts); $250 towards yearly training (outside of all training necessary for the job); casual dress code for work.

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Experienced bike rider; able to ride a bike long distances, bike touring experience preferred but not necessary.
  • Ability to teach in an engaging and yet, challenging manner; prior experience mentoring is necessary, prior experience teaching is preferred.
  • Basic knowledge of bike mechanics preferred; willingness to learn necessary.
  • Understanding of social justice and awareness of privilege is necessary.
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks is required for this position.
  • Capacity to work on a computer and complete paperwork and database work is required for this position.
  • Driver’s license; ability to pass a driving record check & drive large vehicles (vans, trucks) is required for this position.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends is required for this position (general schedule is 10am-6:30pm Tuesday through Saturday with some variation).

who we are:  

  • collaborative team players
  • passionate educators
  • bike riders, bike mechanics
  • social justice activists
  • energetic and hard workers who manage time and risk
  • self-starters with growth mindsets
  • personable and humorous

How to Apply:  

Email your resume and cover letter to: programs@bikeworks.org           


Applications accepted until Saturday, November 25th at 5 pm

We will make an offer by December 15th 

Job starts on January 2nd, 2018


Our volunteer community makes much of the work we do possible, helping out in every part of our organization. From individual efforts to large group projects, there is a volunteer opportunity for everybody.

Background checks will be completed before volunteer opportunities can begin. For more information, contact our Program Team volunteer@bikeworks.org

Ways to Volunteer:

  • Volunteer Repair Parties (VRP) are drop-in, weekly bike repair parties for adults (age 18 and up). You do not need to be a skilled bike mechanic to help out.
  • Host a Bike Drive
  • Events
  • Help in the Office
  • Rainier Valley Greenways volunteers

Thursday VRP

6:30pm to 9:30pm
This night session is open to adults of all skill, experience and confidence levels. We also offer orientations to new volunteers.
*See below for special event dates when VRP is canceled.*

Sunday VRP

10am to 1pm
This morning session is also open to adults of all skill, experience and confidence levels. In addition, we offer orientations to new volunteers.

Click here to download a volunteer application.