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Title: Apprenticeship Coordinator .75 FTE (30 hrs)
Program Description: The Apprenticeship Program is a paid work-readiness program serving underserved youth ages 16-19 facing barriers to employment. Over the course of 11-16 weeks, youth apprentices build boats and engage in weekly workshops and daily reflections all while developing SEL, STEM, and technical woodworking skills. The weekly workshops cover topics from workplace etiquette to financial literacy, as well as resume building and mock employment interviews. In 2017, the Apprenticeship Program served 47 youth who built 12 boats, 47 paddles/toolboxes, completed 20 workshops/field trips, took 3 multi-day wilderness trips, including a 5-day excursion in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Position Description: Urban Boatbuilders is seeking an energetic individual passionate about youth empowerment and hands-on learning to facilitate youth empowerment programming and coordinate critical program logistics. The Apprenticeship Coordinator will lead a crew consisting of nine youth 2 days a week, co-facilitate large group workshops 1 day a week, and be present at the shop to support the other crew the remaining 2 days of the work week.
The Apprenticeship Coordinator will teach youth how to safely use tools, lead boat building projects, lead team building activities, facilitate career readiness workshops, guide regular reflections, and mentor youth. Candidates should be comfortable working with youth individually and in small group settings. Applicants should be interested and willing to design metaphorical learning curricula through the use of wooden boats. The ideal candidate models positive leadership, and is experienced in developing safe and positive learning communities for youth.
The coordinator will work collaboratively with program staff to create a safe and productive learning environment. They will also develop and facilitate educational curriculum that supports youths’ goals while refining youths’ workplace and planning skills. This person will aid in navigating and addressing negative youth behaviors and helping intervene during key moments to promote youth growth and healthy team dynamics.
This team member is responsible for half of the program’s logistical coordination in order to facilitate youth centered programming that meets youths’ needs, and fosters creativity and personal growth. One day each week, the coordinator will co-teach with their counterpart. See the description below for a more complete list.
Ideal applicants have a history of engaging young people through project-based learning and building positive relationships with youth and community members. Candidates should have excellent organizational skills, enjoy working with a team, and be adept at managing a multi-faceted program. We seek candidates that love hands-on learning and encourage youth to try new things and learn through experience.
Manage and support logistics of the apprenticeship program for 16-22 students ages 16 - 19. Logistics include but are not limited to: supply coordination, youth hiring and recruiting, program scheduling, youth timesheets and HR paperwork, grant reporting, correspondence with youth’s support system, seeking out resources for youth, and managing program volunteers.
Teach 3-4.5 hour long program sessions.
Collaboratively develop and implement program curriculum surrounding: Woodworking, Career Readiness, Social and Emotional Learning, and Environmental Stewardship.
Coordinate workshops, special programming, on-water days, and off-site field trips for 16-22 apprentices.
Facilitate lessons, team building activities, workshops, and reflection sessions.
Assess the needs of youth participants and seek resources to support success.
Provide mentorship for youth to achieve their individual, interpersonal, and group goals, and give youth regular feedback.
Conduct outreach to local schools, social workers, corrections facilities, and other partners to recruit new youth participants.
Support co-instructors through program coordination and co-facilitation.
Compile program data and compose quarterly apprenticeship grant reports.
Support development of apprenticeship program evaluation systems and tools.
Ensure successful implementation of evaluation systems and use results to continuously improve program offerings and delivery.
Maintain a safe, and respectful environment.
Assist with the management and construction of boats.
Work alongside Volunteer Shop Manager and other volunteers to coordinate new construction projects and identify shop needs.
Other duties as assigned.
Experience in the field of youth development, preferably project-based learning
Excellent organizational skills, dependability, and capacity to manage time
Excellent collaboration skills and enthusiasm for team teaching
Ability to motivate a group of young people while fostering their potential
Excellent communication skills
Must be able to lift and/or move up to 25 lbs
Must pass a Minnesota Child Protection Background Check once offered position
Valid driver's license, safe driving history, and a reliable vehicle (mileage reimbursement will be provided for necessary travel)
Wilderness based leadership experience, ideally with youth
Social work experience
Building experience, preferably boatbuilding and woodworking
First Aid/ Wilderness First Aid/ Wilderness First Responder Certification
Position starts no later than June 17th, 2019
Composition of hours will vary based on programming needs and the season:
Fall and Spring Schedule
M- F 2:30pm-6:30pm
Summer Schedule(teaching schedule may vary)
M 12:30-5:30pm and
T-TH 9:00am- 5:00pm
$27,000 - $28,500/yr depending on experience
Competitive benefits package, including health insurance, HSA, Simple-IRA, Paid holidays and vacation.
Application deadline is Thursday, May 23rd, 2019. Please email your cover letter and resume to Dennis Walsh, Programs Director, at email@example.com.
Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:
We believe that diverse perspectives and backgrounds create a rich work environment that enhances our ability to pursue our mission and support youth. We are committed to building an organization that fosters inclusivity and equity among members of the community. Our organization actively seeks a diverse pool of candidates for all positions.
About Urban Boatbuilders:
Urban Boatbuilders is a youth development organization and our mission is “to empower youth to build the skills they need to succeed in school, work, and life through the building and use of wooden boats.” We serve hundreds of youth each year. Through our Partnership Program and Apprenticeship Program, youth develop technical woodworking skills, social and emotional learning skills and a connection to their local waterways.