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31 Jan 2022

Full-Time Youth Programs Manager

Groundwork Hudson Valley, Inc. – Posted by gwhv Yonkers, New York, United States

Job Description

Groundwork Hudson Valley is a 501c3 non-profit organization committed to “changing places and changing lives” in the lower Hudson Valley. Our mission is to create sustainable environmental change in urban neighborhoods through community-based partnerships that promote equity, youth leadership, and economic opportunity. Program areas include climate resilience, sustainability education, and youth leadership development. Groundwork partners with neighborhood residents, private and non-profit partners, local businesses and government officials to identify environmental improvements that will advance equitable, healthy, vibrant communities and empower the next generation of community leaders.  Groundwork Hudson Valley’s nationally acclaimed youth program, the Green Team, encourages outdoor activity, environmental stewardship, youth leadership, and neighborhood restoration.

Job Summary

The Youth Programs Manager is a full-time position responsible for working with staff, partner organizations, and sub-contractors to coordinate all aspects of Groundwork’s youth programs. Our programs focus on developing leadership skills, fostering group dynamics, and nurturing a variety of environmental skillsets to cultivate the community leaders of tomorrow. The Youth Programs Manager will also be responsible for connecting youth and stewardship activities to other Groundwork programs, including Climate Resilience and Sustainability Education.  In this capacity, the Youth Programs Manager will work closely with all Groundwork staff. The Youth Programs Manager will also work closely with the Executive Director to grow our existing programs, including the development and oversight of a new alumni relations initiative, and a new workforce development project with young adults to address climate adaptation and mitigation.

Responsibilities include:

  • Day-to-day oversight of all Youth Program activities including, but not limited to:
    • Overseeing all youth program logistics;
    • Overseeing the recruitment, hiring, training, supervision and recognition of the 30+ high school-aged Green Team members;
    • Managing fieldwork and conservation projects, ensuring compliance with youth labor laws and safety regulations;
    • Budgeting and financial management;
    • Evaluation and reporting;
  • Managing the Youth Programs Associate and seasonal Youth Leaders;
  • Creating and maintaining positive relationships with donors and other partner organizations such as Groundwork USA, the National Park Service, Yonkers Public Schools, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and others;
  • Representing Groundwork Hudson Valley at key community events, leading activities to engage public audiences and empowering youth to take a leadership role in the organization of these activities;
  • Developing and overseeing the youth alumni network;
  • Developing and overseeing a workforce development project with young adults to address climate adaptation and mitigation;
  • Other responsibilities as required.

Required Qualifications

The Youth Program Manager will exhibit three key competencies:

  • Understanding of youth development best practices and experience working with youth from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Ability to manage multiple competing priorities, adjust and modify plans in response to organizational priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work well independently and accept supervision.

Additionally, they will have strong oral and written communications skills, be proficient in the basic use of the Microsoft Suite, have a valid driver’s license, and have a demonstrated passion for the guiding values and mission of Groundwork, including a commitment to environmental equity and justice. The Youth Programs Manager must have a bachelor’s degree and at least 3 years of relevant staff and program management experience in the field of positive youth development, preferably in an outdoor setting. This job requires some travel, especially during the spring and summer, and requires the ability to work Saturdays during the spring/early summer and fall, on occasional evenings, and overnights in summer for camping trips.

Preference will be given to those with:

  • Spanish language proficiency;
  • A clean driving record, with experience driving 12 to 15 passenger vans ;
  • First Aid/CPR certification;
  • Knowledge of Yonkers communities.


The salary range for this position is $60,000 to $65,000. Groundwork offers a generous benefits package for employees, including participation in our health insurance plan, 11 paid holidays per year, 15 paid vacation days per year, 7 paid sick days per year, and comp-time for hours worked outside of traditional business hours, and additional paid comp-time at the discretion of the Executive Director. We also offer a Simple IRA and access to TransitChek pretax transportation benefits.

How to Apply

Send a thoughtful cover letter and resume that speaks to how your experience and skill-set meet the qualifications for this position to [email protected], with subject header Youth Programs Manager. Groundwork Hudson Valley is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and does not discriminate in any employer/employee relations based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other basis protected by applicable discrimination laws. City of Yonkers residents are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Categories: Sustainability. Job Types: Full-Time.

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