Job posted on:
07 Nov 2014
Job starts on:
02 Feb 2015
2555 W. 34th Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80211
Desired Skills & Experience:
• Bachelor’s degree or commensurate experience
Key Characteristics and Qualifications
People who are successful at Earth Force have the following characteristics: They are fast, self-driven and not afraid to fail, and they are willing to push their comfort zones. They like a fast-paced environment. Where others see barriers, they see opportunities for Earth Force and the communities and partners with whom we work and are not afraid to move them forward. They have excellent oral and written communications skills, and are strong writers. They are quick learners, curious and resourceful, and are able and willing to quickly develop expertise in new areas. They are able to work both independently and as part of a team. They are driven to make the world a better place. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Experience working in virtual, fast-paced environments. National experience is preferred
• At least two years of experience in youth engagement, environmental education, or civic engagement
• STEM teaching experience, especially stream monitoring, water quality testing, green infrastructure, and/or environmental service-learning, with both adult and youth groups
• Demonstrated ability to successfully manage multiple projects and deadlines
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Commitment to continuing professional development in youth and community development, environmental education, and civic engagement
• A demonstrated commitment to high professional ethical standards and a diverse workplace
• Ability to work remotely (i.e., video chat, instant messaging, phone, email)
• Job requires approximately 30% travel
• Demonstrated commitment to social change, environmental improvement, and community-based work
• Equally comfortable working as part of a team or solo with minimal supervision
• Self-motivated, dynamic, and creative problem-solver
• Flexible, collaborative, and proactive
• Able to effectively connect and work with a wide range of people
General Job Description:
Earth Force, Inc. a national non-profit, is seeking a dynamic individual who is passionate about young people and community change to support our program work. Earth Force brings together school districts, community-based organizations, corporations, communities of faith, and institutions of higher education to form a common agenda around young people taking action through hands-on, inquiry-based science education.
Since 1994, Earth Force (www.earthforce.org) has been a leader in “engaging young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities now and in the future.” At Earth Force, we are passionate about young people taking leadership roles in solving environmental problems. At the core of all of our work is a commitment to engaging youth in taking civic action. Every year, our evaluation shows that our six-step process ignites the voices of young people and gives them the skills, knowledge, and confidence to take leadership roles in their community. Earth Force has 15 staff and operates with a $1.6 million budget.
We are at an exciting crossroads, completing a 5 year strategic plan that positions Earth Force to work in low-income communities across the country. By focusing on creating change at the community level, rather than focusing on individual educators and schools, Earth Force works to bring the best of community development and youth civic engagement together with what we know is effective environmental education—to build community-wide systems that engage young people. The result is a strong network of organizations that effectively engage youth in civic life, share youth voice goals, and deliver authentic programs that reach under-represented youth in communities that are the most impacted by environmental problems.
This person will be responsible for developing and supporting Youth Engagement Partnerships (YEPs), expanding existing relationships with schools and organizations, and initiating relationships which contribute positively to community-based collaborations. These collaborations will emphasize the importance of youth civic engagement in environmental issues and our collective impact toward positive youth outcomes.
Youth Engagement Partnership (YEP) Support (50%)
Build on our relationships within communities to support YEPs, by:
• Assisting in professional development, retaining and recruiting educators, and on-going technical assistance to partners, always in support of collaborative partnerships which build sustained community capacity for youth civic engagement.
• Facilitating communications and monitoring commitments among coalitions of organizations in Earth Force communities.
• Supporting growth and implementation of “Powered by Earth Force” programs such as KIC-NET (Keep It Clean - Neighborhood Environmental Trios), GreenSchoolsConnect, GM GREEN (Global Rivers Environmental Education Network), and Health Equity and Service-Learning Toolkit.
• Supporting several program components and special events through planning, facilitation, maintenance, and resource development.
• Participating in additional events and activities in Earth Force communities.
• Submitting regular updates and progress reports focused on key activities, highlights, and challenges.
General Program Support (40%)
Help implement “Powered by Earth Force” programs, KIC-NET in particular, by:
• Working both on-site and virtually with educators, their students, and professionals from partner agencies as they conduct investigations using the Earth Force Process and culminating in action projects.
• Conducting public education and outreach activities, including tabling at community events.
• Facilitating STEM teaching and learning activities, through the use, adaptation, preparation, and application of lesson plans and other educational materials, including water quality testing tools.
• Liaising with partners, Denver Public Works in particular, to coordinate program activities and nurture mutually beneficial relationships.
• Collecting, analyzing, and reporting program outputs and outcomes.
• Identifying and matching mentors and experts with student groups as part of their investigations and action projects.
• Planning a variety of events, such as field work, partner forums, and student summits.
• Communicating program activities, outputs, outcomes, and events to social and news media outlets.
• Developing outreach materials for events such as partner forums and students summits.
• Participate in programmatic and strategic planning.
Center for Uncommon Collaboratives (10%)
• Assist in developing and revising a toolkit for building and supporting uncommon collaboratives based on the Earth Force Process, including guidelines for facilitation, sample meeting agendas, and partnership agreements.
• Conduct research and analyze best practices and strategies for effective collaboration.
• Identify and document opportunities, resources, and activities that enhance collaborative action.
Salary & Benefits: Salary is competitive based on credentials and directly related experience, starting at $30,000. Benefits include health coverage with dental, vacation, holidays, short and long-term disability, and 401(k) retirement plan matching contribution.
Travel: Position requires 30 percent travel
Submittal Information: Please submit a current resume, including salary history, writing sample, and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Program Coordinator” in the subject line. We will contact all applicants by January 5.