Northwest Youth Corps
Northwest Youth Corps
POSITION: Programs Manager
LOCATION: Northwest Youth Corps Headquarters, Eugene, Oregon
Will spend 10-15% of their time in the field, mainly in support of staff training events. which may include travelling within OR, WA, and ID.
Benefit Package includes: Personal Leave, Paid Holidays, Medical and Dental Coverage, Disability/Life Insurance, 401k investment plan, Professional Development, and other perks!
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 stipend, 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).
Northwest Youth Corps runs a full suite of residential and non-residential programs for youth and young adults in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. The Oregon State Program Manager will oversee crew operation in the state of Oregon. This position is based in Eugene with the flexibility of 25% remote work. The Programs Manager position is primarily an office-based position that directly supports field programs. The position may require significant local travel to meet with local partners and PMs also spend 10-15% of their time in the field, mainly in support of staff training events. The PM reports directly to NYC’s Conservation Corps Director; collaborates with many departments including: NYC’s Risk Management and Field Training department to establish and maintain appropriate risk thresholds for NYC programming and plan staff training and project support, Operations Department to maintain the state’s fleet, equipment and provisional needs, Finance department to conduct onboarding, timesheets, and other departmental finance needs. Promote continued organization support of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives. Seek to remove barriers to participation in NYC programs for underrepresented populations.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Oversight of Program Implementation
– – Oversight of successful program implementation are aligned and progressing, with specific attention to robust inter-departmental communications between program staff and NYC’s Operations, Community Engagement, Administration and Finance Departments.
– – Assure that programs reflect NYC culture of safety, inclusion, challenge and fun;
– – Work with federal, state, county, and nonprofit project partners to create new agreements, modifications, and budgetary planning. You will also be assisting in the tracking and management of these agreements.
– – Working with partners to develop and plan work projects for crews.
– – Work with regional staff to help develop and manage crew work schedules for the calendar year. This is a dynamic process as the weeks change to meet challenges and opportunities that may occur within the program year.
• Supervising Program Coordinators
– – Hiring and training regional staff
– – Supervision and support of regional staff that might include helping develop and deliver job training focused on topics like: (1) diversity, equity and inclusion, (2) leadership, (3) administration, (4) data-base management, project management, resolve field concerns etc.
– – Ensuring that Program Coordinators (PC’s) meet critical benchmarks in their work associated with: (1) project solicitation, (2) project coordination and quality assurance, and (3) administration and paperwork.
– – Helping PCs prioritize tasks, as appropriate, to ensure an efficient approach to a varied scope of work.
• Strategic Planning and Strategic Implementation
– – In conjunction with NYC’s Executive and Conservation Corps Director establish organization growth objectives within the state
– – In conjunction with the Conservation Corps Director, establish annual goals for the state.
– – Implement strategic growth plans in timely ways and at scale in ways that align with NYC staffing and budgets.
• Programs Administration
– – Ensuring quality data management
– – Help support Grants and Agreements manager on invoicing.
– – Overseeing obtainment of project and AmeriCorps reports from project partners at the completion of projects and/or agreements
– – Timely and accurate processing of all paperwork, including that coming from field-based crews.
– – Annual updates and improvement of applicable manuals, educational materials, policies and procedures and other resources in collaboration with NYC other programmatic staff
– – In collaboration with the development team, engage key stakeholders and potential donors in consistent strategic outreach efforts including messages, volunteer opportunities and events.
– – Actively seek new grant opportunities to help support project work or program development.
• Maintenance of Local and State-level Relationships
– – As the organization’s primary programmatic liaison in the state, the PM is charged with engagement in and leadership in relevant, key regional stakeholder groups and associations (trails groups, Rotary, etc.)
– – Track national and state policy on issues that could impact our work in the region, including participation and presentation at state/national conferences.
Position Qualifications & Certifications
• Education: Preferred applicants that have completed some form of post-secondary education and that have experience in outdoor recreation, environmental education, youth development and/or education.
• Experience: 3+ years of experience in the outdoor industry previous conservation corps work preferred. Applications will be reviewed considering all relevant experience relating to youth leadership, outdoor recreation, environmental education, or forestry backgrounds. Experience leading or supervising a group or team and experience managing outdoor projects is required.
• Certification: Current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications are required; or applicants must be willing to obtain certification. Applicants must be able to demonstrate an acceptable driving record during the last three years. Applicants that have significant experience with a chainsaw and that are interested in pursuing high-level USFS chainsaw certifications are preferred.
• Must possess a valid driver’s license and clean driving record.
Physical Demands/Work Environment
• Physical Condition: Applicants in good physical condition, capable of working long hours on strenuous, labor intensive projects are preferred as NYC’s work projects often require heavy lifting, constant bending, digging, and long hikes to and from the worksite.
• Work environment; temperature, noise level, inside or outside, or other factors that will affect the person's working conditions while performing the job.
• Physical demands—the physical demands of the job, including bending, sitting, lifting and driving.
• In the performance of the job duties, the employee will work in a variety of environments from an office setting to remote locations in the wilderness.
• 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 change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.**
Terms of Employment
This is a full time, year round exempt position. Typical hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00AM to 5:00 PM; with periodic long days and/or evening and weekend responsibilities seasonally.
Send a cover letter and resume to Jessica Johnson, Human Resources Officer via email within the subject “OR Programs Manager” 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
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 statuses, or other socio-cultural identifiers