Job Announcement: APF Seeks YEP Program Coordinator

YOUTH  EMPLOYMENT IN PARKS PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Position Vacancy Announcement

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Closing Date: 1/20/2016

The Anchorage Park Foundation (APF) is recruiting for a seasonal (February – October) full-time (40 hrs. per week, Monday-Friday) Youth Employment in Parks Program Coordinator. This position has the potential to become year round with flexibility during the winter months.  Youth Employment in Parks (YEP) is an award winning and nationally recognized youth employment program based in Anchorage, Alaska run by a partnership between APF and the Municipality of Anchorage. For information on the YEP program visit: http://AnchorageParkFoundation.org/programs/youth-employment-parks/

POSITION OVERVIEW:

The YEP Program Coordinator (PC) will be an integral member of the Youth Employment in Parks program with a variety of duties, including recruitment, training, project planning and implementation, administrative duties, budget management, and program development. This position will work closely with Municipality of Anchorage Parks and Recreation staff and build partnerships with external community organizations and agencies.  The PC will help recruit and manage a diverse staff, including crew leaders (19+), senior crew members, and teen crew members (ages 16-19). Must work towards YEP’s mission of positively engaging a new generation of diverse youth conservation leaders and the Anchorage community through meaningful job training, employment, and outdoor recreation opportunities.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:

Staff Development & Supervision:  Assist with the recruitment, hiring and supervision of YEP staff; develop and guide the staff training program, including orientation; develop and refine intended outcomes for youth regarding job and leadership skills, and measure/evaluate at the end of the season; coordinate recognition plans for staff, volunteers and partners; work closely with project partners and youth advisory team on hiring and recruitment plans; maintain crew work logs and plans, and implement employee discipline/reward system.  Participate in field work and help ensure program and project goals are met.

Project Planning: Participate in site assessments, scoping, and meetings with community stakeholders to develop 10 weeks of work projects. Define the roles of program staff and partners while working closely with project contractors. Assess and manage resources that will be necessary to fulfill the work deliverables.

Program Development & Outreach: The three pillars of the YEP Program are meaningful work and employment in parks, civic engagement, and outdoor/environmental education. The PC will conduct community outreach to attract a diverse crew of teens, and ensure the incorporation of outdoor/environmental education curriculum, trainings, civic engagement curriculum, and recreation opportunities into the YEP program.

Budget and Funding: Help manage budget and resources within the program; assess existing or potential partner funding potential; determine appropriate spending for individual projects; assist with grant applications.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  

  • Experience working with outdoor youth crews;
  • Experience performing administrative duties;
  • Desire to work with youth of all backgrounds;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with internal and external partners;
  • Strong initiative, hard work ethic, and desire to advance YEP program;
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills;
  • Possess workplace flexibility and be a strong team player;
  • Degree in natural resources, conservation leadership, environmental or outdoor education, or related fields preferred;
  • Proficiency with GPS, Microsoft Word, and Excel;
  • A valid driver’s license;

Major responsibilities of this position include:

  • Assist YEP program in all aspects- field work, training, planning, and administrative duties.
  • Work closely with Municipality YEP Program Manager, Anchorage Park Foundation staff, project contractors, field educator, and crew members.
  • Develop new projects with project partners, define scope of work and establish projected performance targets.
  • Support program in recruiting, interviewing, and hiring staff.
  • Track and maintain employee documentation.
  • Design training week for crew leaders and crew members.
  • Guide YEP field crew operations on a weekly basis, including leadership meetings and project preparation.
  • Conduct regular site evaluations to assess progress and fix problems, ensure project objectives and partner expectations are met, and standardize and improve quality of work across all projects, sites, and crews.
  • Compile statistical data from evaluations.
  • Provide in field support to crew supervisors, leaders, and members to improve crew safety, ensure crews produce high quality and consistent work, and provide opportunities for staff and member personal-development.
  • Complete end of season reports on trail and restoration project outcomes, member performance, and evaluations.
  • Create, maintain and update social media sites including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter and YEP related websites.
  • Contact potential candidates for mentor week and arrange schedule.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Location:  Anchorage, Alaska

Timeline: Minimum of 8 months.  February to October (potential to extend)

Compensation:  $18-$22 per hour DOE (40 hrs. per week, Monday-Friday)

To Apply: Send a cover letter and resume to Beth Nordlund at info@AnchorageParkFoundation.org. Call 907-274-1003 with any questions regarding the position.