Press Release: Grow Cycling Foundation
The bike industry is challenging to break into—right now most jobs are filled through connections and friends, so people who aren’t part of the right groups may never get a chance to pursue those opportunities. To have a seat at the table, underrepresented groups in mountain biking first need to know that seat even exists.
To democratize access to those opportunities the Grow Cycling Foundation is launching Grow Cycling Jobs
, one centralized place for bike industry jobs.
It’s entirely FREE to job seekers, and companies can put up Regular ($29) or Premium ($299) job postings. Both options last for three months with the Premium listings being highlighted on the board. This new platform allows companies to use HR and recruiting budgets to support Grow Cycling Foundation, and signal their support for Grow to job candidates.
100% of the money companies spend on job postings goes to Grow Cycling Foundation
So far you’ll find jobs from our friends and partners at Trek, Specialized, Santa Cruz, Yeti Cycles, Pinkbike, SRAM, Norco, Giant, People For Bikes, Abbey Bike Tools, Jenson USA, and more, but our goal is for the entire industry to take part in this platform.
It’s not a job board for BIPOC exclusively. The purpose is to make the industry less insular and expand the overall hiring base, which benefits people of all ethnicities, genders, and backgrounds as it helps remove the barriers to entry to the cycling industry. By advertising the many opportunities within cycling, we can help inspire and develop talent pools for the bike industry that may have previously been unaware of the many paths available to them.
You can post and apply to cycling industry jobs here
FAQ with Eliot Jackson Industry Support for Grow Cycling Jobs
How does this help BIPOC? What's the point?
We think about things in terms of barriers. The first barrier to entry into the cycling world is knowing that opportunities exist and then having a chance to pursue them.
Application accessibility disproportionately affects BIPOC because there are less of them in the industry to receive those phone calls from a friend telling them to apply. By removing the barrier of application accessibility, we empower people of all genders, ethnicities and backgrounds to enter the industry.
I have worked for some of the biggest bike companies in the world such as Red Bull, Santa Cruz, Giant, FOX, and Backcountry in many different roles and not once have I applied to a job posting that was public. As such, the person outside of those phone calls or emails never had a chance to be where I am today, no matter how talented or prepared they may have been.
Another huge benefit for public availability is the ability to see the career paths available. If I love computer science and I want to be in the bike industry, but I don’t think there are computer science jobs in the industry, I may choose to pursue something else or work elsewhere. With Grow Cycling Jobs, I have the ability to discover that iOS Engineer job at SRAM while I am applying for the Trek Retail Manager position and have something new to aspire to.
We have a long term plan to continue to remove other barriers like training, qualification and community.
Is it only for BIPOC to get jobs?
No! There is no special treatment for any group of people. This is NOT about placement for a specific group and our participating employers have received this same message.
Does it cost anything? Who can post a job here?
It's free for job seekers. Posting a Regular Job is $29 dollars. We wanted to make it affordable for a bike shop to post a job, as right now other sites charge around $350. At less than $10 a month, we felt it was a much better alternative to Craigslist or bike shop websites.
Any cycling industry specific job is welcome.
Posting a Premium Job (highlighted yellow) is $299. We did this so larger companies are able to use their HR budget instead of their marketing budget to support Grow Cycling in addition to signaling their support for Grow to future candidates.
Where does the money go?
100% of the money from job postings goes to Grow Cycling Foundation initiatives.