Community Programs Coordinator

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St. Louis, MO
United States

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Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Coordinates all aspects of Outdoor Youth Corps program (youth summer work program focused on employing urban, underserved youth in environmental work experiences), including recruiting and selecting youth workers, supervising projects, curriculum development, collaborating with partners on work projects, arranging for transportation to and from work sites, and program evaluation.
  • Mentors youth in horticultural and environmental career opportunities.
  • Creates a positive, healthy, and safe learning environment for youth workers that are developmentally and culturally appropriate.
  • Coordinates community environmental stewardship events, including partner collaboration, planning, advertising, implementation, set-up, clean-up, evaluation.
  • Seeks to expand urban environmental stewardship and workforce development programs through new partnerships and building capacity for appreciation, stewardship, and utilization of local green spaces.  
  • Identifies initiates and deepens working relationships with various community stakeholders to create successful projects related to the Garden’s mission. Serves as primary liaison to these community partners, neighborhood residents, stakeholders, and program participants. 
  • Ensures financial and program goals are met in all assigned project activities including ordering supplies, recruiting audiences to participate, managing budgets, evaluating outcomes, and reporting and documenting all results.
  • Collaborates with Education Division colleagues, Garden staff, and area informal educators on best practices in teaching and learning, including ongoing professional development
  • Provides general support as needed for all Garden educational programming and represents the Garden at various community events.
  • Ensures that all applicable safety standards are followed (i.e., informs students/volunteers of safety guidelines and safe working practices and routinely monitors to enforce them. Adapts or modifies work methods to reduce hazards.  Reports all accidents, injuries, and near-miss accidents immediately.)
  • Demonstrates highest level of professional and ethical conduct; knowledge and understanding of organizational policies, procedures, and systems.
  • Behaves and communicates in a manner that promotes and fosters a culture of teamwork and cooperation, within our division and throughout the Garden, with co-workers, supervisors/managers, volunteers, visitors, and employees.
  • The duties and responsibilities listed are representative and not exhaustive of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required

Qualifications / Experience:

  • Minimum three (3) years working in a community or education setting with preference to those working directly with youth workforce development, urban environmental community stewardship, or related environmental field.
  • Minimum two (2) years working in a leadership role coordinating diverse groups of people and community partners.
  • Knowledge of environmental science and education required. Knowledge of youth development preferred. Knowledge of native plants and ecological restoration practices preferred.
  • Experience and success working in partnership with youth and community organizations with preference to those with experience working with youth ages 16-24.
  • Familiarity and experience working with urban neighborhoods around the St. Louis Region.
  • Excellent ability to communicate effectively at all levels; must have the ability to work well with a diverse group of community partners and program participants
  • Success at managing a wide array of tasks and projects
  • Scheduling flexibility is required to work evenings, weekends, or holidays.
  • Minimum of two to three years’ experience working with the target population required.
  • Ability to work with diverse students and high-need communities required.
  • Use of personal car may be required to purchase supplies and food; occasional travel to schools and community events within Missouri and Illinois surrounding areas. Travel required >15%.
  • Knowledge of and adherence to all health and safety guidelines.
  • The requirements and duties listed are representative and not exhaustive of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required.
  • Education:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Education, Science Education, Environmental Education, Ecology, Horticulture, Environmental Science, or related field.
  • An equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience may be considered.
  • Other Skills and Abilities:
  • Ability to use and maintain basic gardening tools (trowels, shovels, pruners, etc.)

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