Executive Director search

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December 4, 2020

The Original Scraper Bike Team is searching for a special individual to lead the organization’s efforts to build community and lift up the youth of East Oakland. We are currently accepting applications for a part-time or full-time Executive Director, to begin work in January 2020.


Founded in 2005, the Original Scraper Bike Team uses the bicycle as a tool to foster personal and community development by capturing creativity and providing mobility for at-risk youth living in East and West Oakland. The Scraper Bike Team gives kids a safe outlet and the support they need to make better choices and develop the skills and relationships they will need to achieve success in life.

In 2016 the Scraper Bike Team opened their first neighborhood bike repair facility. Called “The Shed”, it operates out of a modified cargo container at the MLK Jr Library on International Blvd at 69th Ave, where youth learn to repair and decorate bikes the Scraper way, and participate in group rides and community events.

Now, the Scraper Bike Team is seeking a new Executive Director who can bring the organization to the next level. As part of the City of Oakland’s five year “Better Neighborhoods, Same Neighbors” grant, we will be developing a Scraper Bike after-school program, where youth at five East Oakland elementary schools will have the opportunity to practice art, learn bike riding and maintenance skills, and participate in mentorship programs. The new Executive Director will be instrumental in building the organization’s capacity to deliver a top-notch, community-rooted enrichment program.

With significant growth potential, Scraper Bike Team recently incorporated as its own non-profit and is seeking its first Executive Director.  Scraper Bike’s founder, Tyrone “Baybe Champ” Stevenson Jr., will stay on to help lead programs, marketing and supporting fundraising.

Scraper Bike has two committed grants. The first, through Lyft and TransForm, lasts through 2021. The second, a 5-year grant in partnership with the City of Oakland and several East Oakland non-profits, is just about to begin. These grants will form an important foundation including the construction of a new building to house The Shed’s activities. But there is much to do to build up the organization’s programs, raise stable and diverse revenues and create a strong organizational structure. There is great potential for beneficial impact on the youth and the community of East Oakland as the organization grows.

Position can be Part- or Full-Time 

Ultimately, as the organization grows, the Executive Director position will be full-time. At this time, the new Executive Director will have a choice of working anywhere from 20 to 40 hours per week. A foundation of 20 hours per week will be needed for core organizational work. Additional hours would be for implementing programs, such as serving as a youth mentor or providing enrichment activities at schools.

Pay will be based on a full-time (40 hours per week) rate of $80,000/year, and prorated for part-time schedules.

This is an exempt position and includes vacation, holiday and sick pay. At this point health benefits are not included and it is expected the ED will purchase it on their own.

Skills and Abilities

  • Passion for youth mentoring, racial and social justice and enabling positive change in urban communities. 
  • Strong management skills with least two years experience managing staff or equivalent experience (for example running a large project). Demonstrated ability to develop priorities, timelines, and work plans for multiple projects. Ability to help manage staff, volunteers and allies from a wide variety of groups. 
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Experience working on contracts or grants, including experience interacting with clients and drafting grant reports.
  • Knowledge of word processing (MS Word or Google Docs) and spreadsheet software (Excel or Google Sheets).
  • Cultural competence — somebody who appreciates the culture of East Oakland which gave rise to the Scraper Bike Team.
  • Ideally interested in using bicycles as a path for youth and community transformation.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Executive Director responsibilities are as follows:

  • Responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the organization’s programs and operations.
  • Work with the Board of Directors to develop and implement a strategic plan that charts the course for the organization.
  • Create and implement a fundraising strategy to increase and diversify funding sources.
  • Establish relationships with potential funders, donors, and government agencies and create regular channels of communication to update them.  
  • Seek and submit grant applications for organizational programs and file grant reports in a timely way.
  • Hire additional staff as funding grows and provide leadership, support, ongoing training and management of staff. 
  • Retain a diverse and effective workforce.
  • Approve purchases and work with the accountant to maintain the budget.
  • Develop and implement policies, procedures, and operational structures to sustain the overall organization.
  • Serve as primary liaison to the Board of Directors including working with the chair to develop meeting agendas and materials.
  • As described above, depending on the amount of time worked the Executive Director may also provide direct program work. 

To Apply

Provide a resume and a cover letter detailing your interest in the position and your relevant experience. Please e-mail the documents as a single PDF to EDsearch@scraperbiketeam-dev.wordpress.inl.org.

We are interested in moving this process along quickly and will be conducting interviews on a rolling basis, so please apply soon if you are interested. The Board of Directors will begin reviewing applications on December 18.

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