Please submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, November 17, with “Programs Coordinator Application” in the subject line.
Groundwork Buffalo (GWB) is seeking to hire a part-time Youth Programs and Outreach Coordinator to join our team. GWB is a small and growing non-profit organization, and looking for a candidate that can work independently and adaptively in a startup environment and contribute to the organization’s strategic direction. The Coordinator’s primary role is to oversee our Green Team Youth Program as well as support community outreach for other GWB initiatives. The Coordinator reports to the Executive Director.
About Groundwork Buffalo
Groundwork Buffalo’s mission is to build sustainable urban environments in Greater Buffalo by engaging and empowering families and communities, including youth, in regenerating and connecting with natural infrastructure and the built environment. As the local affiliate of the Groundwork USA Network, we have the support of the National Parks Service and the Environmental Protection Agency. We leverage the resources, methods and demonstrated successes of a national network of Groundwork Trusts working to improve their environment, economy and quality of life through local action. For more information on our work, please visit www.gwbuffalo.org.
The GWB Green Team Youth Program trains high school and college students to be stewards of urban and natural environments through education, paid job training and connection to the outdoors. Within Buffalo, youth are part of a process to transform vacant lots into parks, green space, green infrastructure, playgrounds, sites for food production, community gardening, artistic expression or cultural preservation. Through work at conservation sites around the region and service learning in national parks, the Green Team program creates a pathway to environmental careers, and fosters a fundamental relationship to the environment by providing inner-city youth with their first exposure to and immersion in nature. The program provides Buffalo youth the opportunity to apply environmental concepts to real and visible neighborhood projects – cultivating citizenship, environmental leadership and an understanding of the relationship between the city and nature.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Engage Buffalo youth through hands-on learning activities / curriculum that creates a platform for a positive relationship with the environment and nature
- Develop and oversee 6-week summer program schedule of projects and activities
- Create and manage series of monthly workshops / activities during the school year
- Train and oversee Youth Team Leaders
- Conduct outreach at Buffalo Public Schools and community centers to promote program and recruit youth
- Lead hiring of a diverse team of students from Buffalo, especially those from targeted STEM and community schools
- Work with existing program partners and create new partnerships as needed
- Be an ambassador for GWB’s work in the city and region
- Prior experience leading, teaching or mentoring youth
- Program and budget management experience
- Strong communication skills and ability to work with diverse audience of community and organizational partners
- Ability to lead by doing, and oversee physical outdoor work in all weather conditions with a positive outlook
- Ability to creatively connect issues of city infrastructure with broader environmental health, sustainability and climate issues
- Comfort working with students of diverse racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds
- Experience with landscaping, gardening, farming, hiking and / or camping
- Demonstrated knowledge and interest in Buffalo neighborhoods and community development
- Background in environmental science, ecology and/or urban planning preferred
- Proficient in Microsoft Office, social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram), and integrate digital and mobile applications into work and learning activities
Compensation and Benefits
- This is a part-time position starting at $20 / hour, with 20 hours per week on average: 10-15 hours / week expected during the school year, but increasing to 30+ hours / week during 6 weeks of summer program implementation
- This is a flexible position providing the ability to work from home during the school year
- Laptop provided to support flexible work style