Youth Program Coordinator
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.
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.
- 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.