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Title: Apprenticeship Program Coordinator .75 FTE (30 hrs)
Program Description:. The Apprenticeship Program provides paid employment training to underserved youth ages 16-19 facing barriers to employment. Through this program, youth work together in a cohort of peers to acquire the skills, knowledge, and confidence to set goals and achieve their own success. This unique program fosters the ability to work as part of a team while developing positive relationships through a collective sense of pride. Beyond boatbuilding, apprentices engage in weekly workshops and training: from workplace etiquette, to financial literacy, to resume building and mock employment interviews. Youth who complete the program will have the skills and confidence they need to pursue their educational and vocational goals. The Apprenticeship Program is able to create positive impact and achieve excellent results in part due to the depth of the experience the youth gain, as each Apprentice spends more than 225 hours in the program. In 2017, the Apprenticeship Program served 47 youth who built 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 individual who is passionate about youth empowerment and hands-on learning. The apprenticeship program coordinator is a two part role comprised of developing and teaching youth empowerment programming and coordinating critical program logistics. The coordinator will co-lead two groups of nine youth at the Urban Boatbuilder’s workshop. This programing runs five days per week during the school year and 4 days per week in the summer (please see below for more details on timing). This position will work with both apprentice crews to engage youth in career readiness workshops and coaching them to think about and plan for their next steps in life. They will teach youth how to safely use tools, participate in boatbuilding projects, lead team building activities, facilitate career readiness workshops, and guide regular reflections. Candidates should be able to work with youth individually, and in small group settings to support the youths’ needs through mentorship, coaching, and career readiness training. The coordinator will also spend time with the youth on the shop floor building along side of them, modeling positive leadership, and developing safe and positive relationships with the youth.
The coordinator is responsible for supporting the other apprenticeship instructors. This person will work collaboratively with program staff to create a safe and productive learning environment for their youth and to develop and facilitate educational curricula that supports the youths’ goals while refining youths’ workplace and planning skills. They will aide in navigating and addressing negative youth behaviors and helping intervene during key moments to promote youth growth and healthy team dynamics. This team member also manages the apprenticeship work and enrichment schedule by seeking out and coordinating key field trips and trainings, on water days and canoe trips, and setting the youths’ shop schedule.
The coordinator for the Apprenticeship Boatbuilding Program is responsible for the logistical coordination that supports smooth and productive program that meets the youths’ needs and facilitates creativity and personal growth. This includes determining the program schedule, program event coordination, some volunteer management, youth hiring, grant reporting, curriculum development and implementation. The coordinator’s duties includes supporting on the floor staff through collaborative curriculum design and seeking out resources for the staff and youth.
Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate a commitment to engaging young people through project-based learning, and building positive relationships with youth and community members. Candidates should also 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 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 some HR paperwork, grant reporting, correspondence with youth’s support system, seeking out resources for youth, and managing program volunteers.
- Co-teach 3-4.5 hour program sessions.
- Collaboratively develop and implement program curriculum surrounding: Woodworking, Career Readiness, and Social and Emotional Learning.
- Coordinate workshops, special programming, on-water days, and offsite field trips for 16-22 apprentices.
- Facilitate some lessons, teambuilding activities, workshops, and student reflection during program hours
- Assess the needs of youth participants and seek resources to support youth’s 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
- Train in apprentices and youth instructors on shop protocol, workplace expectations, and safe and effective tool use.
- Compile program data and compose quarterly apprenticeship grant reports.
- Support the development of the apprenticeship program evaluation systems and tools.
- Ensure successful implementation of evaluation systems and use results to continuously improve program offerings and delivery.
- Coordinate and guide volunteer instructors.
- Maintain a safe, 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
- Capacity to uphold high standards set by the community, and ability to motivate a group of young people while fostering their potential
- Building experience, preferably boatbuilding and woodworking
- Excellent communication skills
- Must be able to lift and/or move up to 25 lbs
- Ability to pass a Minnesota Child Protection Background Check upon being offered the position
- Valid drivers license, safe driving history, and a reliable vehicle (mileage reimbursement will be provided for necessary travel)
- Wilderness experience, ideally with youth
- Social work experience
- Woodworking skills and building experience
- Wilderness based leadership and canoeing experience
- First Aid/ Wilderness First Aid/ Wilderness First Responder Certification
- Position starts no later than September 5
- Composition of hours will vary based on programming needs and the season:
Fall and Spring Schedule:
- M- F 2:30pm-6:30pm
- 12 hours teaching
- 8 hours days of administrative hours and onsite instructor support
- The remaining 10 hours a week are flexible administrative and project driven hours. These may vary based on youth and organizational needs
- Total: 30 hours per week
Summer Schedule(teaching schedule may vary):
- M 12:30-5:30
- T-TH 9:00am- 5:00pm
- 15- 20 hours teaching
- 10-15 hours administrative work
- Total: 30 hours per week
- $27,000 - $28,500/yr depending on experience
- Benefits including
- Health Savings Account Matching
- Simple IRA
- Disability Insurance
- Life Insurance
Application deadline is Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Please email your cover letter and resume to Collette King, Programs Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.