Northwest Youth Corps
POSITION: Programs Coordinator
LOCATION: Eugene, Oregon
STARTING SALARY: $35,568
Northwest Youth Corps runs a full suite of residential and non-residential field based programs for youth and young adults that run year round. The Programs Coordinator is charged with helping prepare programs for successful delivery and supporting implementation of multiple programs a year.
The Programs Coordinator (PC) position at NYC is designed as a career pathway model; meaning NYC will help PC’s develop their professional skills and competencies and while expanding their leadership capacity and ability to succeed in many roles in the outdoor industry. While NYC seeks to hire Program Coordinators that have experience in the corps or outdoor industry we want to develop and grow professional skills. Specific areas of professional development include: project management; human resources; hiring & supervision; risk management & incident response; USDA National Sawyer Certification; logistics and planning; inventory maintenance; partnership development; leadership; community building; curriculum development; and event coordination.
Position Details/Areas of Responsibility
• Engaging with agency partners to find and schedule work projects to be completed by NYC crews.
• Hiring and training seasonal field leaders who manage day-to-day crew operations.
• Providing technical and social/emotional support to field staff and crews prior to and during the implementation of programs.
• Ensuring that programs reflect NYC culture of thoughtful risk management, inclusion, challenge and fun.
• Overseeing the tracking of crew accomplishments, paperwork and reporting processes.
• Directly supervising Woods Boss’s and young adult staff ensuring:
oo NYC safety, education and workplace standards are upheld.
oo Learning, growth, and success within those leaders.
The Programs Coordinator must have superior work ethic, strong communication and interpersonal skills. The right person for this position will be hard working, eager to learn, solution oriented, and enjoy working with people from diverse backgrounds.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Agency Relations – steward existing partner relationships and build new relationships with stakeholders and stakeholder groups
• Program Coordination – Works with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to ensure programs have a coordinated slate of supplies, food, work, campsites, project partners, educational materials/experiences and recreational activities to sufficiently support NYC field crews.
• Safety – Ensure that all staff and members are actively following NYC safety and risk management protocols; serve on the NYC Risk Management Team; respond to field incidents and emergencies as necessary.
• Administrative/Record Keeping – Responsible for coordinating the accurate, timely and thorough completion of field paperwork.
• Field Staff Supervision – Establishes expectations and responsibilities for Young Adult Leaders and Woods Bosses around maintaining NYC camp, work, and cultural standards within programs. Establishes individual development plan with Leaders (Community and Young Adult Programs) and Woods Bosses.
• Operations – Helps coordinate resupply of supplies, tools and food for crews, as needed.
• Training – Helps coordinate and facilitate effective training for field staff in partnership with other staff to train field staff.
• Constant Improvement – Helps the organization analyze and adjust elements of our programs, training and administrative processes that can be improved and coordinate those improvements.
Position Qualifications & Certifications
• Education: Post-secondary education in a related field and/or experience in outdoor recreation, environmental sciences/ education, youth development or educational fields preferred.
o Substantial experience in conservation work and/or youth programming will be considered in lieu of post-secondary education.
• Experience: Experience leading or supervising a group/team and experience managing outdoor projects required. Relevant experience in youth leadership, outdoor recreation, environmental education, and/or natural resource management backgrounds preferred. Experience working on manual labor projects, using hand tools, operating chainsaws, and driving passenger vans is desirable.
• Certification: Current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications are required; or applicants must obtain certification prior to their employment. Three years of clean driving history is required.
• Physical Condition: Applicants must be in good physical condition; capable of working long hours on strenuous, labor intensive projects are preferred as training and work projects often require heavy lifting, constant bending, digging, and long hikes to and from the worksite.
• Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Support: All positions support the continued organization commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives, and seek to remove barriers to participation in NYC programs for underrepresented populations.
• Work Environment: Physical demands—the physical demands of the job, including bending, sitting, lifting and driving.
• This position will primarily work outside in all types of weather conditions and environments including but not limited to high elevations, remote areas, cold, rain, snow, heat, humidity, wind, etc. The noise level in the environment is quiet to loud. PPE is provided and use is required. The employee must – frequently lift and/or move up to 75 pounds (with or without reasonable accommodation). While performing the duties of this job, with or without reasonable accommodation, the employee is required to stand; walk; use hands to handle, feel or operate objects, tools or vehicle; reach with hands and arms; sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk, hear; and smell repeatedly.
**This Position Description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may added, removed or changed as the position develops or to meet programmatic needs**
To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume to Jessica Johnson, Human Resources Officer via email, with “Programs Coordinator” in the subject line and document attachments in word or PDF format. Please do not call or drop in. Additional program information can be found at www.northwestyouthcorps.org
BENEFITS OVERVIEW: Personal Leave, Paid Holidays, Medical and Dental Coverage, Disability/Life Insurance, 401k investment plan, Professional Development, and other perks!
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Year-round and full-time. Program Coordinators are both an office position and also a field position that supports crews, this requires a PC to spend up to 25% of their time in the field helping implement programs. PCs may operate under a non-traditional work week schedule depending on crew schedules and season.
Since 1984, Northwest Youth Corps (NYC), a non-profit organization, has given tens of thousands of youth and young adults opportunities to learn, grow, and experience success. Through partnerships with conservation agencies, youth and young adults gain the personal and professional skills needed to carry out a variety of stewardship projects, from which they can earn a paycheck, high school credit, and/or an AmeriCorps educational award. More importantly, these young people gain skills needed to become economically and socially self-sufficient, benefit their communities as citizen stewards, and recognize that they can make a positive difference. NYC also operates an accredited charter school, internship program, and the Idaho Conservation Corps (ICC).
NYC engages youth and young adults from all walks of life and provides a multifaceted experience that helps propel them into future opportunities and careers. Hard and soft skills are taught and reinforced through formal practical trainings. NYC strives to provide program participants the skills and competencies needed to succeed in a wide variety of professional environments and life circumstances.
Northwest Youth Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Our core purpose is to provide opportunities for youth and young adults to learn, grow, and experience success. We believe diversity is a key source of strength for our communities, and we strive to create a safe and empowering environment for participants from a wide range of backgrounds and abilities. We are deeply invested in the success of youth and young adults of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, religions, sexual orientations, economic status, or other socio-cultural identifiers.
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