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Cycle Friendly Award Officer Job

Cycle Friendly Award Officer Job: Description and Responsibilities

Reports to: Office Manager
Location of Role: Edinburgh
Salary: 24,000 pro rata
Contract: Part-time fixed-term (14 hours per week) until 31st March 2019 (with possibility for extension depending on funding)
Closing Date: Monday 6 August 2018

The Edinburgh Bike Station:
The Bike Station is Edinburgh and Perth’s leading bicycle recycling and cycling promotion charity. The aim of the organisation is to promote cycling as a healthy and sustainable means of transport and to protect and preserve the environment for the public benefit across Edinburgh, the Lothians, Perth and Kinross and beyond. It also aims to advance the education of the public in the safe use of bicycles and their repair.

The Bike Station’s key activities include: reconditioned bike sales, fix your own bike sessions, bike maintenance training, professional mechanic training in our Velotech training courses, on-road cycle training,workplace engagement with cycle promotion with Dr Bike as a mobile bike safety check, Dr Bike as a community outreach service, bike repairs, Build your own Bike courses with youth groups. Partnerships, and contract work, all operated as a social enterprise alongside a thriving volunteer base. The combination of these many avenues for individuals and families allow people find the right opportunity to get a reconditioned bike, gain the confidence to plan and make journeys and maintain their own bike at low cost.

As a Cycle Friendly Service Centre, the Edinburgh Bike Station is Cycling Scotland’s local delivery partner in Edinburgh and the Lothians.

Purpose of Role
The Cycle Friendly Employer Award is a national award scheme, administered by Cycling Scotland, open to all organisations in Scotland. The award supports businesses and organisations who wish to encourage cycling as a healthy, sustainable and accessible way to travel to work.

The role of the Cycle Friendly Officer is to identify and support organisations in Edinburgh and the Lothians through the award process. The Officer will also provide advice to organisations on the Cycle Friendly programmes in schools, campus and community settings to promote cycling and infrastructure best practice, as well as on available funding opportunities.
Specific Duties

The post is based in The Edinburgh Bike Station office with regular travel across Edinburgh and the Lothians. The key responsibilities include:

  1. Managing the delivery of the Cycle Friendly Award programme in Edinburgh and the Lothians.
  2. Identifying and contacting organisations that would like to engage with the Cycle Friendly programme, supporting them through the award process, and ensuring award criteria is met.
  3. Re-assessing previous award holders to ensure continued compliance with the Award.
  4. Ensuring the project delivers its stated targets.
  5. Providing advice to employers on funding opportunities, cycling best practice, etc.
  6. Completing monthly project reports to Cycling Scotland.
  7. Writing a quarterly e-newsletter to all Cycle Friendly Employers.
  8. Attendance at the annual Cycling Scotland Conference and networking meetings.
  9. Utilising social media to support the delivery of the programme.
  10. Providing PR support to organisations who have successfully achieved the award, e.g. by writing press releases.
  11. To operate within a set delivery budget that is prescribed and monitored by the Office Manager.
  12. Perform any other duties considered relevant to the post.
  13. To comply with all current legislation and Recycle to Cycle policies.

Person Specification:

  • A qualification and/or equivalent experience in managing and delivering projects.
  • Experience of delivering a cycling project is desirable.
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience of using social media to support project delivery.
  • Experience in working to targets and generating leads.
  • Ability to manage your time effectively and prioritise your own workload.

Closing Date: Monday 6 August 2018
Application form Cycle Friendly Award Officer by the date above.

Please return to:

Chris Growcott, Office Manager, The Bike Station, 250 Causewayside, Edinburgh EH9 1UU

email: info@thebikestation.org.uk

Volunteer post: Board Member (Treasurer)

We are currently looking for new Volunteer board members and in particular, someone to take on the Treasurer role.

Organisation profile:
We are a social enterprise and charitable company. Now the largest recycler of bikes in the UK with 25 employees and a turnover of £750,000 our aim is a future where everyone has the opportunity to cycling and its benefits, and access to the support, advice and skills they need to keep their bike safely on the road. We refurbish donated bikes, sell them at affordable prices and use the proceeds to overcome barriers to cycling in Scotland.

Treasurer Job description:
The overall role of the Treasurer is to maintain an overview of Bike Station’s affairs, ensure its financial viability, and ensure that proper financial records and procedures are maintained. They will assist other trustees to perform their financial duties by

  • interpreting and explaining accounting requirements
  • ensuring that the board receives reports containing the information needed in an ‘easy to understand’ format
  • helping trustees guide any other professional advisers they have appointed

The tasks of the Treasurer will include:

  • preparing and presenting financial reports to the board at regular meetings, including projected cash-flow
  • keeping the board aware of its financial responsibilities
  • ensuring that the Bike Station’s accounts are prepared in a suitable format
  • ensuring that the accounts and financial systems are audited as required by law
  • liaising with the auditors/independent examiners

The responsibilities of the Treasurer will include:

  • preparing and presenting budgets, accounts and financial statements in collaboration with staff
    • assuring that the financial resources of Bike Station meet its present and future needs
  • ensuring that the Bike Station has an appropriate reserves policy
  • the preparation and presentation of financial reports to the board, ensuring that appropriate accounting procedures and controls are in place
  • liaising with paid staff and volunteers about financial matters
  • advising on the financial implications of the Bike Station’s strategic plan
  • ensuring that the accounts are prepared in the form prescribed by regulations, included in the annual report and submitted to the relevant statutory bodies
  • ensuring that the accounts are audited in the manner prescribed by regulations, and any recommendations of the auditors implemented
  • keeping the board informed about its financial duties and responsibilities
  • contributing to the fundraising strategy of the Bike Station
  • making a formal presentation of the accounts at the Annual General Meeting and drawing attention to important points in a coherent and easily understandable way

Person specification for a Treasurer:

In addition to the qualities needed by all trustees, the Treasurer should have:

  • financial experience and business planning skills (Required)
  • some experience of organisational finance and fundraising (Required)
  • the skills to analyse proposals and examine their financial consequences
  • a preparedness to make unpopular recommendations to the board
  • a willingness to be available to give financial advice and answer enquiries from any staff or volunteers on an ad hoc basis

For more information contact Alan Brown (chair@thebikestation.org.uk)

Job: Chief Executive Officer, The Bike Station (Recycle to Cycle Ltd)

Post title: Chief Executive Officer

Please note new deadline for applications: Monday 9th July

Starting Salary: £40,000 pro rata

Status: Part-time: 3 days / 22 hours per week. Following a successful six month probationary period the post will become permanent.
Relationships & accountability: The CEO is accountable to the Chair and Board and will line manage The Bike Station senior management team, with responsibility for the overall leadership and management of the organisation.

Location: The post will divide time between The Bike Station Edinburgh on Causewayside and The Bike Station Perth. The exact split will be determined by operational needs, but a regular presence in both locations is expected. Travel to other locations in Scotland will sometimes be required.

Organisation profile:
We are a social enterprise and charitable company. Now the largest recycler of bikes in the UK with 25 employees and a turnover of £750,000 our aim is a future where everyone has the opportunity to cycling and its benefits, and access to the support, advice and skills they need to keep their bike safely on the road. We refurbish donated bikes, sell them at affordable prices and use the proceeds to overcome barriers to cycling in Scotland.

The post:
We are seeking someone confident, enthusiastic and able to achieve great things with limited resources to build upon past successes and identify and engage with new opportunities for growth. Our CEO will be a great communicator, well versed in financial planning and reporting and committed to our aims. Responsible for the overall leadership and management of the organisation, including its financial viability and sustainability, they will seek out, initiate and develop new opportunities and relationships for The Bike Station across Scotland.

Application is by CV and letter of interest, stating why you would like the role and outlining how you fit the person specification, to: chair@thebikestation.org.uk We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Deadline for applications: 12 noon Monday 9th July 2018

Interviews: will be held week beginning July 16th 2018

For an informal conversation about the role please contact Alan Brown at chair@thebikestation.org.uk

Personal Specification

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • Ensuring robust management of the senior team through outstanding leadership.
  • Working with the Board to implement the organisational strategy, policy and efficient procedures to ensure the organisation delivers its obligations to its volunteers and community.
  • Development and delivery of business plans and fundraising activity to ensure income is continually secured to deliver the organisation objectives.
  • Provision of a sound governance, risk management and financial management framework

The successful applicant will:

  • Identify ambitious growth plans for The Bike Station and clearly communicate how they will be achieved
  • Prepare and present budgets and forecasts and work with the Board to ensure a sustainable future for the organisation
  • Provide the Board with timely and accurate management information to enable it to make informed strategic decisions
  • Think strategically and plan workflow accordingly with limited resources
  • Find and secure new opportunities for funding and partnerships
  • Act as spokesperson for The Bike Station for the press and media and at events as necessary, alongside the project managers
  • Direct the effective marketing and sale of refurbished bicycles and accessories
  • Deliver robust and supportive management to build an effective and committed team of staff and volunteers
  • Set a positive, honest and enthusiastic tone and working environment
  • Uphold a commitment to high quality across all our products and services

The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate:

  • Experience of managing an organisation or department with similar turnover and of similar scale
  • Experience writing and developing business plans and budgets
  • Experience of managing funding applications to trusts and tendering for statutory funding
  • Strategic thinking and leadership skills
  • Creative problem-solving with the ability to work with sometimes constrained resources
  • A dynamic and positive attitude capable of motivating and persuading others
  • Creative problem-solving and the ability to work with sometimes constrained resources

The ability to demonstrate any of the following would be desirable but not essential:

  • Retail industry experience
  • Experience of successful high value fundraising
  • Knowledge of HR policies and procedures
  • Experience of driving organisational change
  • Experience of the bike trade

Additional information:

The post holder may from time-to-time be required to work outside the normal working hours – either as flexible hours or Time off in Lieu (TOIL).
The particular duties and responsibilities attached to this post may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the duties or the level of responsibility, with any changes being undertaken in agreement with the post holder.

The Bike Station, 250 Causewayside, Newington, Edinburgh EH9 1UU. Registered as Recycle-to-Cycle Ltd, a charitable company limited by guarantee. Registered in Edinburgh under company numbers SC237798 and SC237799. Scottish charity number SC033703.

Brake The Cycle

We were really happy to offer over refurbished kids bikes to the Brake the Cycle project today. The bikes had been donated to us by the public and then refurbished through our prisons projects before being handed over to the team at Brake the Cycle.

Brake the Cycle is an Edinburgh City Council lead recycling project which takes old and unwanted bikes and renovates them. The bikes are then given away for free to community groups, and youth groups, or to individual people and the project offers those a bike who, under their normal circumstance, may not be able to afford one.

If you would like to find out more, or even apply for a bike yourself or for someone you know, please follow the link below:

http://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/info/20135/cycling_projects/671/apply_for_a_bike_from_brake_the_cycle

From Monday 26th of February we will be opening earlier and closing later throughout the working week. This is so that you can fit all your cycling needs around your busy work lives.
Feel free to take advantage of our new opening hours by booking in repairs, coming in for advice, or taking your time over your new bike purchase.
New opening hours as of Monday the 19th of February:
 
MONDAY              Closed*
TUESDAY             8am – 7pm
WEDNESDAY      8am – 8pm
THURSDAY          8am – 7pm
FRIDAY                 8am – 7pm
SATURDAY          10am – 5pm
SUNDAY               Closed
 
*Repair drop off and donations only on a Monday.

Cycle Friendly Employer Plus Award for RBS Gogarburn

RBS cycle friendly employer award

The Edinburgh Bike Station is proud to have supported the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Gogarburn HQ, who have been presented with the first-ever Cycle Friendly Employer Plus Award in Scotland.

Keith Irving, CEO of Cycling Scotland, and Wendy Graham from the Edinburgh Bike Station presented the award to Ross McEwan, CEO of RBS and David Monaghan, chief cycle champion at RBS.

This award is in recognition of the sterling efforts of RBS Gogarburn to support and encourage more staff to cycle. Efforts have included the introduction of a business mileage rate, the introduction of a pool bike scheme for staff, an exemplary bicycle user groups, support from senior management, and excellent changing and parking facilities.

The award is delivered with funding from Transport Scotland and supported by Healthy Working Lives.

The Edinburgh Bike Station is an accredited Cycling Scotland service centre, delivering local support for employers registered for the award.

The Cycle Friendly Employer Award is open to all Scottish employers. Interested employers can register online by completing a short questionnaire at www.cycling.scot.  Alternatively any Edinburgh and Lothians workplaces can contact Wendy at the Bike Station on wendy[at]thebikestation.org.uk for further details. There is also more information here.

Dr Bike Event – Broughty Ferry

Sunday 19th November 2017 will be our final day at the Broughty Ferry Cycle Path. Please pop over to say your goodbyes to our mechanics who have worked hard oon everyone’s bikes over the last few months. See you on Sunday 19th November from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Hoping to be back helping the local biking community at Broughty Ferry in the near future. For more information call us on 01382 250 960 or check out our social media pages.

Thank you!

The Bike Station Perth

Dr Bike Event Broughty Ferry

New Maintenance Class Dates for 17/18

New Maintenance Class Dates for 2018

New dates for our popular Maintenance Classes are below. Remember to book asap as there are limited spaces on the courses and we tend to book up quickly.

Please book by calling 0131 668 1996 emailing info@thebikestation.org.uk

 

*Session 1* (£35) Dates:

 

Tuesday 3rd April 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Tuesday 1st May 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Tuesday  5th June 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Tuesday 3rd July 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Tuesday 14th August 7:30pm – 9:30pm

 

*Session 2* (£35) Dates:

 

Tuesday 10th April 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Tuesday 8th May 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Tuesday 12th June 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Tuesday 10th June 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Tuesday 21st August 7:30pm – 9:30pm

 

Note: Once a booking has been made and payment received, a cancellation policy of 7 days notice will apply. If a cancellation is made within 7 days of the class starting, we will only be able to make a refund if we are able to fill the place. We reserve the right to cancel a course if we do not receive a minimum number of bookings – you will receive a full refund in this instance.