GWL is seeking an Educational Program Coordinator to implement a variety of youth education programs. Reporting to the Program Director, this position manages 10-20 youth employees, works with the Mass Audubon Environmental Education Coordinator, AmeriCorps Service Learning Coordinator, and temporary summer staff to deliver top quality environmental and public health youth programming and to integrate youth into GWL’s community activities and events. GWL’s educational programming is aligned with the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks and is based within the Lawrence Public School system, both in-school and after-school hours, as well as community-based initiatives such as Green Team and Urban Adventures.
About GWL’s Youth Education Programs:
- Green Team is a year-long program which employs 10 – 20 Lawrence high school aged youth and incorporates environmental and public health education, leadership skills, and job training.
- Schoolyard Garden/Environmental Education Programs: cultivates healthy habits and promotes healthy eating, fitness, and environmental awareness for middle and elementary school youth both in the classroom and in after school programs.
- Urban Adventures Summer Camp, managed in partnership with Mass Audubon: a nature-based day camp in Lawrence combining environmental education, physical activity, and fun summer activities highlighting Lawrence’s natural environment.
- Youth Alumni Network: ensure connections with alumni of Green Team and Lawrence Outdoor Youth Corps, with a focus on mentoring opportunities with existing youth program participants, recruiting for Team Leader and Camp Counselor positions, and ensuring tracking of education and career outcomes.
- Other programs including vacation camps, service and community events, and partnerships including Lawrence Youth Council, Boston Youth Environmental Network, and GWUSA Youth Summit.
Other Responsibilities Include
- Participate in, and ensure youth integration in, GWL projects, community programs, and events including Earth Day, Spicket River Cleanup, Kite Festival and farmers markets.
- Collaborate with local colleagues and organizations to implement new and existing programs.
- Assume other responsibilities, as needed.
It is crucial that the candidate be a team player but also comfortable working independently and efficiently. GWL has a small staff and the large amount of projects and programs accomplished are through collective action and goal setting as well as independent accomplishments. It is important to focus on the “big picture” and how it can affect and promote environmental, economic, and social well-being for the community of Lawrence, the Merrimack Valley, and other Groundwork Trusts in the GWUSA network across the country. GWL works to create and use replicable models for community-based partnerships that solve complex environmental and social justice problems.
- Must share a passion for Groundwork’s values and vision;
- 3-5 years minimum experience in planning and delivering education programs and creating curriculum;
- Subject expertise in environmental/ecological studies, urban agriculture, public health, and/or related fields;
- Experience mentoring youth and with youth job training initiatives;
- Experience working with/within school districts a plus;
- Demonstrated outstanding organizational skills along with strong oral and written communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills;
- Basic computer skills: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
- Ability to balance competing priorities and deadlines and to handle multiple tasks;
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues;
- Be a self-starter and work well independently, as well as value collaboration;
- Must be experienced working in multi-cultural, inclusive settings;
- Ability to communicate in Spanish is a plus.
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