Job Posting 71874

Youth Program Manager
Environmental Youth Alliance
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Vancouver
closes in 4 days (Wed, 23 Jun)
full time  •  $46,800 - $48,672 ($25-$26/hr)

Position Title: Youth Program Manager

Terms: 36 hrs/wk, full-time permanent

Start Date: Flexible - July or Aug 2021
Annual Salary: $46,800 - $48,672 ($25 - $26/hr)

Annual Benefits: 5 weeks vacation I $500 Health Spending Account I $150 and 3 paid days for professional development
Reports to: Executive Director


What we do: mission & mandate
EYA engages youth targeted by systemic barriers to become environmental stewards. We provide trauma-informed, land-based education and paid job training programs that braid Western and Indigenous perspectives on land stewardship. Our work is grounded in an acknowledgement of the intersection of social and environmental injustice. You'll be joining a collaborative team of caring, creative, fun, like-minded colleagues and an organization committed to decolonizing action. Find out more about our team and work: www.eya.ca

What you’ll do: situation & role overview
We’re looking for someone to lead our Roots & Shoots land-based employment training program for youth who identify as Indigenous, People of Colour, and/or living with a disability. The program engages small groups of five youth in hands-on training in employability skills and job skills in native plant horticulture, ecological restoration, environmental education, and Indigenous land stewardship - followed by work placements with a local environmental organization. The manager oversees the development and delivery of this program and supervises a small team of program coordinators. Activities take place at outdoor sites in East Vancouver.

Key responsibilities

  • Supervise a team of coordinators responsible for program facilitation and delivery
  • Ensure project deliverables are met; manage project budget and reporting 
  • Design curricula & lesson plans engaging youth to develop employability skills; apply a critical and decolonial lens to these teachings
  • Support coordinators to refine existing curricula on environmental job skills (native plant horticulture, ecological restoration, Indigenous land stewardship, environmental education) 
  • Co-facilitate 3 x 10-week training programs annually with coordinators (in-person & virtual)
  • Develop partnerships with work placement employers (local environmental non-profits)
  • Manage 12-week work placements; support youth and employers
  • Support youth to connect with community resources and find employment post-program
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with Indigenous Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and partner organizations
  • Lead the recruitment and registration of 5-6 youth participants per cohort
  • Coordinate program logistics (materials purchase, catering, scheduling guests, etc.)
  • Develop policies to guide program delivery through a trauma-informed & decolonial lens
  • Monitor and track progress of youth participants  
  • Oversee program administrative tasks (waivers, etc.)
  • Lead program evaluation: youth surveys, interviews, etc.

What you’ll bring: requirements

We're looking for an energetic and skilled facilitator with experience managing projects and supervising small teams. You have knowledge and/or interest in skills training for youth and land-based education. You’re familiar with lesson planning and curricula - and ideally with trauma-informed and decolonizing practices that allow you to apply a critical lens to employability training. You’re a good communicator, organized, collaborative, and excited about EYA’s mission.

  • 2 - 3 years experience managing projects; ideally some budget experience
  • Experience facilitating youth skills training and/or land-based education 
  • Experience supervising and supporting a small staff team or volunteers
  • Experience designing curriculum and lesson plans 
  • Strong knowledge of basic employability skills (communication, teamwork, work planning, project management, computer skills, etc.) through training or lived experience
  • Knowledge of trauma-informed practice and decolonizing practices an asset
  • Knowledge of Indigenous land stewardship, horticulture, or ecological restoration an asset
  • Knowledge of local native plants and ecology an asset  
  • Class 5 driver’s licence and ability to join MODO car co-op an asset 
  • Able to manage a large project and achieve deliverables  
  • Clear and open communication skills 
  • Able to work collaboratively with a small team  
  • Highly organized and a good problem solver
  • Committed to doing your best work
  • Flexible and willing to pitch in to make things happen
  • Able to do physical work in an outdoor setting in all weather conditions
  • Personal values fit with EYA mission and culture
  • Satisfactory criminal record check, including vulnerable sector check, required
  • Occupational First Aid Level 1 and FoodSafe Level 1, or willing to obtain

Covid-19: EYA has health & safety policies in place to keep our staff and participants safe. Until health orders change, you’ll be working at home with visits to programming sites as needed. 

EYA believes environmental stewardship must centre the voices of communities targeted by systemic marginalization. We prioritize applications from people who identify as Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, LGBTQ2S, living with a disability, and others with lived experience of oppression. We encourage you to self-identify in your application.

EYA operates on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) people.

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