Job Description
Lead Coordinator, Youth Programs
Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation (BGC)

Organization
The Bloomfield-Garfield Corporation, founded in 1976, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all who live or work in the Garfield and surrounding neighborhoods. It pursues this mission by engaging members of the community in projects, programs, and activities that foster better physical, economic and social conditions within the BGC’s area of focus, and by enabling residents of all ages to realize their full educational and/or economic potential.

Youth Programs Overview

The College and Career Readiness Program provides education and development activities, real work experience, academic support, and post-secondary support to income-eligible high school seniors in various Pittsburgh Public Schools.

The Learn and Earn summer youth employment program runs for 6 weeks and serves area youths ages 14 to 21. Income-eligible youths are placed with area work sites that are capable of an interested in providing a meaningful work experience.

Job Summary

Reports to the Chief Operations Officer. The Lead Coordinator will help coordinate recruitment campaigns and guide potential participants (ages 14-21) in completing the application process for the appropriate youth programs. This person will also plan and implement other program-related events and activities aimed at assisting youth program participants in applying for programs, obtaining internships/work experience, completing their secondary education, entering post-secondary education, or training with the intent of moving on to a successful career. This person will serve as a team lead to the youth program coordinators, managing data, ensuring accuracy, and preparing reports.

Duties/Responsibilities:

  1. Serve as team leader to other coordinators.
  2. Collect timesheets, make sure all paperwork is collected and correct, verify that coordinator case notes are complete and in the correct format, and collect and track data for reporting purposes.
  3. Help coordinators remain up-to-date on current best practices related to various relevant topics (boosting student academic success, skills in working with low-income youths, overcoming barriers to college, etc)
  4. Coordinate a recruitment campaign to attract potential participants for the youth programs, to include registering applicants for the programs, and conducting visits to Pittsburgh-area high schools, various community events, and youth serving organizations to identify and gain the interest of potential participants.
  5. Assist families in submitting copies of all documents required to confirm the eligibility of any applicant to the programs.
  6. Assist the BGC in designing, implementing, and evaluating ongoing youth programming.
  7. Work with the Program Development & Compliance Manager and/or the Chief Operations Officer to prepare reports according to deadlines on the accomplishments/outcomes of the youth development programs as may be required by various funding sources and assist in the submittal of invoices for services rendered by the BGC to various contracting entities, or in obtaining reimbursement for funds expended.
  8. Maintain all program records to audit-ready standards as required either by the BGC’s own auditors or by those funders who may seek to audit the youth development programs.
  9. Engage in any other activities, or attend any meetings or planning sessions consistent with helping the BGC fulfill its contractual obligations with respect to the youth programs that are offered.
  10. Recruit students and build strong relationships with all participants and their families, teachers, counselors, etc.
  11. Ensure production and distribution of program information documents, including schedules of academic and recreational activities, to participants and their families.
  12. Work directly with the schools to process teacher referrals and collect data from the school on attendance, grades, standardized test scores, disciplinary actions, etc.
  13. Connect youth to appropriate academic services.
  14. Assist in the assignment of participants to work sites and monitor success at these work placements.
  15. Assist students with resume writing, interview skills, and career choices.
  16. Document all student/coordinator interactions using a case note format.
  17. Undertake any activities or tasks, as may be specified by the Executive Director or Chief Operations Officer, that relate but are not included in the above set of responsibilities, provided they are consistent with furthering the charitable purpose(s) of the organization.

Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree preferred, and/or extensive experience in relevant fields of youth education, counseling, tutoring, and/or social development.
  2. Some leadership experience within an organization or institution.
  3. Strong interpersonal skills, writing ability, and attention to detail.
  4. Self-starter who thrives in a team environment.
  5. Ability to meet deadlines.
  6. Passion for engaging young people coming from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  7. Creative, highly motivated, self-directed, and personable.
  8. Ability to evaluate and understand contracts and budgets.
  9. Ability to motivate others and find creative solutions to problems.
  10. Experience with data management and reporting.
  11. Experience in using Word, Excel, and other relevant software.
  12. Strong history of successfully working with youth ages 14-21 in an urban environment.

Requirements

  1. Valid driver’s license, access to a personal vehicle, and clean driving record to allow for travel to appointments or meetings outside of the immediate area in a timely manner.
  2. Ability to work a flexible schedule (including evenings and weekends when necessary)
  3. Ability to pass Act 33/34 and FBI background checks.

Compensation: $38,000 – $42,000/year (salaried)

Status: 40 hours/week

References should be furnished upon request. Please email cover letter and resume to amber@bloomfield-garfield.org.