(WILLIMANTIC) Youth Program Coordinator, GROW Windham (PT)

Posted 04/04/18
Part-Time Youth Program Coordinator
GROW Windham, Willimantic, CT

GROW Windham, a program of the Windham Regional Community Council, Inc., seeks a warm and passionate youth and community/food system advocate to coordinate the
Windham Youth CORE (“Cultivating Opportunity, Resources, and Education”), GROW Windham’s high-school youth program.
The coordinator will work alongside youth leaders, with the support of the GROW Windham CT Food Justice Project VISTA Service Member, under the supervision of the Director of GROW Windham, and in close collaboration with local schools and other community partners.

About the Windham Youth CORE: The Windham Youth CORE (WYC) is a year-round, youth-led program that supports high-school youth to cultivate leadership, workforce, problem-solving and advocacy skills as they develop community enterprises that improve local food-security and promote social justice.
WYC enterprises include:
• maintaining the WYC “Thread City Family Garden”;
• selling produce at the Willimantic Farmers’ Market;
• making and selling WYC Sofrito and “Frog Fire/Fuego de Rana” hot sauce;
• community engagement campaigns;
• teaching gardening and nutrition to K-5 youth; and
• participating in a regional network of youth advocates.

The WYC Coordinator supports youth leaders to develop these enterprises, and to facilitate conversations that connect them to broader themes of social justice and community development.

Job Responsibilities.
The Youth Program Coordinator will be responsible for the planning, implementation, and administration of all Youth CORE activities. This includes:
• Facilitating WYC youth leaders and mentors to plan and implement WYC gatherings, including workdays, community outreach activities, and monthly “hangouts” for both the Academic Year and Summer Programs;
• Coordinating WYC “Community Enterprises”, including facilitating communication between youth and mentors; integrating enterprises into WYC workdays; supporting enterprise groups to set and reach goals, delegate responsibilities, and maintain records; and maintaining community partnerships to ensure their success.
• Development and documentation of workshops and activities for the WYC Community Leadership Curriculum;
• Recruiting Youth CORE members for the Academic Year and Summer Programs;
• Building and maintaining partnerships with community partners, the Windham Community Food Network, and local schools and universities to support the program;
• Facilitating youth to participate in regional networks of food justice and youth leadership programs, as well as regional food justice and youth development conferences;
• Program administration and record-keeping, including youth participant payroll, curriculum documentation, and program evaluation.


Ideal Qualifications. The ideal candidate has or is committed to cultivating the following:
Skills and Knowledge.
• Experience working with youth in formal and/or informal educational settings
• Experience building relationships in diverse communities
• Exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written
• Experience or eagerness to learn about growing, preparing, and promoting healthy food
• Experience or eagerness to learn about social justice advocacy work/community organizing
• Experience or eagerness to learn about planning and managing projects
• Experience recruiting and managing groups, including promoting cooperation, team-building, and shared leadership
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office, Google Drive Applications, and social media
• Highly-desired experience includes:
• Bilingual (Spanish and English) and
• Knowledge of and connections to the Windham community

• Self-starter: able to work independently with minimal supervision
• Rich interpersonal skills, particularly the ability to engage and empathize with youth
• Creative, flexible, and patient
• Curiosity and openness to new challenges and experiences
• Excellent organizational skills, including an ability to multi-task and work well under pressure
• Effective problem-solver
• Demonstrated cultural competency, and dedication to promoting equity, inclusivity and diversity
• Passion for youth, food justice and community development.

Other Requirements.
• Physical ability to walk, lift, bend and carry up to 50 pounds
• Flexible schedule: ability to work weekends and evenings throughout the year
• Driver’s license and personal transportation are helpful but not essential.

Hours: Average of 17 hours/week. Hours vary depending on the season, ranging from up to 40 hours per week during the summer program (July-August), 12-18 hours per week in June and September, and 10-15 hours per week during the academic year (October-May). Employment term is June 2018 – May
2019, with option to renew, pending anticipated funding.

Salary: $17-$20/hour, DOE. The position is contractual and does not provide benefits.

Special Requirements: Must be 21 or older (no maximum age), and eligible to work in the U.S.

Education Level: High School Diploma or GED
Deadline to apply: We will begin interviewing applicants on a rolling basis. The position will remain open until filled.

Anticipated start date: May 19, 2018.

TO APPLY: Send cover letter and resume by email to GROW Windham Director Sally Milius:

GROW Windham/WRCC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.