Position Available: YouthGROW Coordinator
Start Date: January/February, 2017
Application Deadline: January 8, 2017 Hours: 40+ hours/week, some nights and weekends required.
Compensation: Salary range, $30k-$40k, DOE, and a benefits package commensurate with work in a small nonprofit, including health & dental insurance, 12 paid holidays, 2 weeks’ vacation, 3 personal days, and 12 sick days. Supervision: The YouthGROW Coordinator reports to the REC’s Director of Programs
DESCRIPTION The Regional Environmental Council, Inc. (REC), a grassroots, nonprofit, environmental and food justice organization with a 45-year history working for environmental sustainability and social justice in Central Massachusetts is seeking a full time (40+ hr/week) Coordinator to manage the operational and strategic aspects of the REC’s YouthGROW Program. Established in 2003, YouthGROW (Youth Growing Organics in Worcester,) is a year-round summer and afterschool urban agriculture-focused youth development and employment program for low- income teens. YouthGROW employs 32-40 low-income high school-age teens (ages 14-18) who gain leadership and jobs skills as they maintain two urban organic farms. YouthGROW participants complete a curriculum focused on Professional Development, Leadership Skills, Urban Agriculture, and Social Justice (PLUS,) through participation in a 6-week summer intensive and monthly workshops, internships, and community service. YouthGROW fosters youth leadership in Worcester’s most food insecure communities, uses youth employment to build educational models that improve the local food system, and advocates for creative youth employment and youth development opportunities in Worcester’s lowest income neighborhoods. The program uses a consensus-based youth leadership model that builds youth leadership and participation into program development and decision-making. The Coordinator is responsible for planning and managing all aspects of the program, including but not limited to: curriculum development, youth training, staff and youth hiring, management & supervision, problem-solving, and case management. The Coordinator will serve as direct supervisor for program staff and volunteers, including: one half time urban farms manager, one full time AmeriCorps service member, 4-8 interns, 3-4 part-time seasonal youth workers, and 32- 40 youth (including 3-4 “Junior Staff” and 6-7 “Youth Leaders”). The Coordinator is also responsible, in collaboration with the Director of Programs and the Executive Director, for managing relationships with partner agencies, funders, youth development agencies, social service agencies, and other community partners and stakeholders, and is responsible for tracking and timely reporting of all program outcome data for program evaluation purposes. This position includes some evening, early morning, and weekend commitments and occasional overnight trips. We are seeking candidates with a strong understanding of and commitment to the social justice mission of the program and the agency, cultural competency to meet the needs of our diverse youth participants, and organizational skills needed to achieve the goals of the program in an effective and professional manner. Prior experience with positive youth development and mentorship, college access programming, farming/gardening, and/or healthy food access/food justice advocacy is desirable.
RESPONSIBILITIES Key responsibilities include: supervision of youth and adult staff, curriculum development and implementation, youth mentorship, case management and referral, and workforce and urban agriculture training for youth. YOUTH DEVELOPMENT Refine, develop, and offer asset driven youth development programming for 32-40 teens with a focus on workforce development, youth development, and food justice Develop, provide, and promote high quality curriculum and program structure for 6 week summer intensive and year-round afterschool program Recruit, train, supervise, and provide individual case management and mentorship for 32-40 teen participants from age 14 through high school graduation Create and implement creative and responsive training materials for youth and adult staff to increase program efficacy and cultivate youth leadership Develop and implement cultural competency and racial justice/equity training materials for seasonal staff and interns Work closely with youth leaders and adult staff to advance social entrepreneurship aspects of the program against revenue goals (sales of farm produce and value-added products, e.g., hot sauce) Organize and coordinate monthly retreats, community service opportunities and internships for youth participants Track quality and frequency of youth participation and manage all program outcome data tracking and evaluation requirements HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT Manage hiring processes, training, and paperwork for youth summer employment Hire and supervise seasonal staff, interns, and youth Supervise Urban Farms Manager and AmeriCorps Mass Promise Fellow Manage 2 summer program sites, including logistics (food, transportation, materials scheduling, etc.) FUNDRAISING Direct fundraising for special youth projects and trips and support grant writing for program specific funding opportunities in collaboration with Management & Development staff LEADERSHIP Represent YouthGROW program in local and statewide coalitions and cultivate new partnerships with youth-serving organizations Represent YouthGROW in youth job advocacy/education groups and engage youth in promoting progressive public policies around this issue Attend and supervise overnight youth retreats and conferences Other duties as assigned
QUALIFICATIONS The position requires the following skills and experience: Minimum two years professional experience working with high school aged youth Supervision/management experience required Self-motivated, detail oriented, highly organized and reliable Ability to manage multiple tasks with competing deadlines Must have a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record and regular access to a reliable vehicle Farming/urban gardening experience desirable Volunteer management experience desirable Familiarity/experience with the Worcester community, particularly the Bell Hill and Main South neighborhoods desirable Comfort with online collaboration tools, e.g., shared calendars, email, shared folders/files (Dropbox, Google Drive, Google Apps) Excellent people and communication skills, both written and verbal Previous experience working with people with diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds Spanish language ability a plus Interest in and commitment to social justice/food justice/environmental justice Availability to work occasional evenings, early mornings and weekends
The Regional Environmental Council of Central Massachusetts (REC) is a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to achieving universal healthy food access and social and environmental justice in the city of Worcester and beyond. REC is an equal opportunity employer committed to an inclusive workplace. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org (write “YouthGROW Coordinator” in subject line). Selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. No phone calls please.