Youth Program Coordinator

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Friends of the Children’s goal is to break the cycle of generational poverty for the highest priority youth in our community through a 12 ½ year program that emphasizes development of socioemotional assets and the skills to succeed in postsecondary and career. We are seeking a talented Program Coordinator to join our diverse team of dedicated and passionate professionals.

Position Overview:

The Program Coordinator plays a critical role in our mission and strategic goals, ensuring high quality group-based programming that complements the 1:1 mentoring relationships at the core of the Friends model. Our vision is to utilize group programming as a vehicle for:

  • Increasing youth voice and leadership in our organizational initiatives.
  • Providing community building opportunities to support positive identity formation and the development of social capital.
  • Enhancing postsecondary and job readiness through direct skill-building opportunities.

The Program Coordinator will be based in our Gresham facility, with a work schedule that includes some evening program events that occur on a weekly basis. Time may be flexed as needed to stay within a 40-hour work week, but you must be available for evening work on a regular basis.

This opportunity might be right for you if:

  • You are energized by providing logistical and administrative support for youth programming, and have an interest in developing your professional skills as a youth worker.
  • You are an organizational master.
  • You are passionate about youth empowerment and community building.
  • You are centered in racial equity.  

Friends of the Children offers our employees an excellent work environment that includes:

  • Respect for work-life balance, with some flexibility in managing your daily schedule around fixed programmatic events.
  • An emphasis on collaboration and shared leadership, where all staff are expected to participate in developing and furthering key organizational goals.
  • Generous benefits package.

Essential Functions:

  • Prepare for and coordinate the logistics of youth programming activities.
  • Assist in the implementation and supervision of group programming and events.
  • Support program partnerships via correspondence, tracking, agreements, and payments.
  • Manage school year and summer programming attendance and reporting.
  • Order meals and snacks for group programming events, camps, meetings, and trainings, and take the lead on set-up and clean up for events.
  • Manage summer food program participation, enrollment, and reporting.
  • Manage contract with TriMet and Ride Connect, including recording and budget tracking for bus passes and tickets; order and distribute bus passes for youth monthly.
  • Assist with preparation and follow up for programming meetings where appropriate; collaborate with the Program Administrative Assistant as needed to achieve goals.
  • Participate in planning and implementing larger-scale organizational events.
  • Be proactive and create, implement, and manage new systems, procedures, and programs to better meet the needs of the organization.
  • Manage group programming projects on SharePoint and provide SharePoint usage support for staff.
  • Support volunteer management for Rockwood facility volunteers.
  • Participate in the organization, clean up, and set up of programming areas.
  • Other projects as assigned.

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills; demonstrated organizational and time management, delegation and problem-solving skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office – Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Publisher; experience with Adobe Photoshop preferred.
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask and work independently with limited supervision.

 Education Required and/or Experience Preferred:

  • Minimum of high school diploma required; postsecondary training/certification/degree preferred.
  • Two to four years’ experience working with youth programs; experience working with adolescent youth, and working in out of school time settings preferred.
  • Experience and/or demonstrated ability to learn website maintenance and setup of audio/visual equipment for meetings and youth activities.
  • Training or experience in Youth Program Quality Assessment (YPQA) preferred.

Salary range: $31,200 - $34,000 plus benefits, dependent on experience and qualifications

We are committed to our community, to equal employment opportunity, and to diversity in our workplace.

Location: Portland, OR
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