SUMMARY:

The Montgomery County Conservation Corps (MCCC), managed by the Latin American Youth Center in Maryland, serves youth ages 17-24 by providing GED instruction, site based work opportunities, Job Readiness Training and life skills workshops, and wrap around supportive services. Through this holistic experience, Corps members gain an introduction to the industries surrounding the field of conservation and support from a welcoming community of peers and staff.
The Full Circle Brotherhood (FCB), led by the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) in collaboration with the YMCA and Gandhi Brigade, is looking for a dynamic Program Coordinator to implement and develop its innovative group mentoring program. This program trains formerly out of school male youth, who are currently enrolled or have formerly completed the Montgomery County Conservation Corps (MCCC), to mentor middle school males. The program emphasizes the social and emotional development, school success and healthy behaviors of both mentors and mentees.
The Program Coordinator position will have the autonomy to build on existing curriculum and put his/her own ideas and methods into practice. The Program Coordinator will manage the FCB budget, ensure logistics and maintain and develop necessary partnerships for enrichment activities. The Program Coordinator will select, supervise and train paid older youth, the mentors, using positive youth development methods to optimize youth input and accountability. The Coordinator will work alongside a part time site leader from the YMCA and be supervised by the Program Manager of the MCCC.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Recruit and interview potential Mentor candidates;
• Design training and professional development workshops for Mentors in collaboration with partners: YMCA and Gandhi Brigade;
• Plan a team building, overnight retreat for a group of ten mentors;
• Work with Mentors and staff to design FCB program structure, content and activities;
• Supervise Mentor participation and provide feedback based on engagement and performance;
• Assist in coordinating logistics including transportation, food procurement and distribution, distribution of stipends, and communication with project partners;
• Serve as the on the ground liaison with partners;
• Work with MCCC Program Manager and Learning and Evaluation staff to design data tracking tool;
• Document, in client’s file and ETO, all contacts with youth, family members, LAYC staff, and representatives from other agencies involved in the provision of client services;
• Report incidents according to LAYC, YMCA, and Gandhi Brigade policies;
• Contribute to the elaboration and update of program syllabi/curriculum on topics such as academic enhancement, motivation, anger management, acculturation, problem solving, community building, male responsibility, advocacy, conflict resolution, and conservation;
• Attend monthly programmatic meeting with Program Manager to address programmatic and administrative issues;
• Prepare monthly statistical and narrative reports as assigned for grant purposes, which are given to the Program Manager;
• Conduct job performance assessments with youth development workers;
• Report on time, unless a legitimate excuse is provided;
• Improve professional skills by attending workshops, seminars, and training sessions as allowed by the time and funding constraints;
• Perform other duties as assigned;
• Adhere to all LAYC personnel policies.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

• Minimum of two-years working with high need adolescents and families, preferably in an afterschool, community-based and multicultural setting;
• Minimum of a Bachelor’s in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or related field or additional experience managing a similar program;
• Experience in developing and implementing programs;
• Knowledge of conflict resolution, positive youth development philosophy;
• Experience supervising, guiding and coaching young people;
• Ability to evaluate youth’s emotional, behavioral and social needs;
• Excellent communication and organizational skills;
• Ability to relate to culturally diverse population;
• Computer proficiency relating to Microsoft Office and experience with data management systems;
• Complete criminal, TB and child abuse and neglect clearances;
• Obtain CPR and First Aid certifications;
• Complete random drug tests on a yearly basis;
• Valid Driver’s license;
• Fluency in English and bilingual English/Spanish preferred;

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:

• Master’s degree in Bachelor’s in Social Work, Counseling, Psychology or related field
• Experience evaluating youth development programs, knowledge of training methodologies,
• Knowledge of services and resources in the areas of mental health;
• Knowledge of crisis intervention strategies;
• Ability to conduct individual, family and group counseling sessions;

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

This is largely a sedentary position that requires the ability to speak, hear, see, and lift small objects up to 25 lbs. May require the ability to travel locally and/or regionally.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the individual(s) assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and skills required. Management reserves the right to modify, add, or remove duties and to assign other duties as necessary. In addition, reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Please send cover letter and resume to Adam Angel at adam@layc-dc.org