Youth Volunteer Corps Program Director Summer 2019
Want to expand your reach and make a positive difference in the lives of youth in your community?
Looking for flexibility, autonomy, and creativity in a summer gig?
Want to be an integral part of an international youth service movement?
Youth Volunteer Corps is part of a network of programs in the U.S. and Canada that offers youth ages 11-18 the opportunity to gain skills and improve their world through volunteering. YVC mobilizes diverse teams of youth volunteers from across their communities to complete meaningful service-learning projects to address a variety of important needs. Since 1987, the YVC network has engaged over 300,000 youth volunteers in over 5 million hours of service to their communities – and we want more!
Position Summary: YVC seeks a youth development professional to serve as the Program Director of YVC during summer 2019. YVC is currently seeking Program Directors for the following locations:
- Columbia, MO
- Jefferson City, MO
- Joplin, MO
- Kirksville, MO
- Topeka, KS
- Wichita, KS
The Program Director will work collaboratively with the YVC Headquarters (YVCHQ) team to plan, recruit for, and supervise youth volunteers at meaningful service-learning projects. The Program Director reports to YVCHQ’s Director of Program Impact.
YVC is headquartered in Kansas City, MO. The YVCHQ team will provide training for all duties and responsibilities along with resources to support these activities such as service-learning curriculum, data collection software, icebreaker collections, project ideas, marketing materials, direct support, and more!
This is a flexible role based on the availability and preference of the selected candidate.
Open and clear communication with the YVCHQ is expected.
Depending on your desire, the following five responsibilities may be carried out 1) completely by you, 2) partially by you and partially the team at YVCHQ, or 3) completely by the YVCHQ team.
- Plan at least four weeks of meaningful service projects (approximately Monday-Thursday, with hours varying based on agency needs) engaging nonprofit agencies each week such as food banks, homeless shelters, community kitchens, etc. during summer.
- Design projects to include icebreakers, service-learning and reflection. Training and resources will be provided.
- Recruit at least 10 youth ages 11-18 to participate in each week of summer programming or for each episodic project.
- Collaborate with schools, youth, and agencies to plan service-learning projects in accordance with YVC program standards.
- Conduct outreach to local nonprofits, civic clubs, city councils, and other community supporters to engage interest in YVC.
- Supervise projects ensuring a safe, educational, fun, and rewarding volunteer experience while acting as a role model for youth. Adhere to YVC’s Youth Protection Policy.
- Meet with YVC agency partners to finalize service-learning projects, serve as a liaison between agencies and youth, and best facilitate the YVC program model onsite.
- Communicate clearly and effectively with parents/guardians before, during, and after projects about program activities, youth behavior, and schedule changes.
- Collect complete and accurate data of project activities and youth volunteer involvement in a timely manner.
- Help plan and attend a volunteer recognition event at the end of the summer for youth volunteers, parents, agencies, and other community supporters.
- Attend at least two training days (dates flexible depending on schedule).
- Participate in a weekly virtual staff meeting with YVCHQ other YVC program directors to regularly communicate questions, concerns, and accomplishments.
- Attend an end-of-summer meeting with YVCHQ in Kansas City to provide feedback.
- Be a U.S. citizen or a U.S. permanent resident
- Pass all background checks and adhere to YVC’s Youth Protection Policy
- Be available for required schedule commitments:
- Provide timely and comprehensive communication with YVCHQ
- Attend at least 2 training days with YVCHQ in Kansas City prior to program launch
- Supervise at least 4 weeks of summer projects
- Attend weekly virtual staff meeting with YVCHQ
- Attend an end-of-summer meeting with YVCHQ in Kansas City
- Have basic computer knowledge and data management skills
- Own a reliable vehicle and valid driver’s license
- Have experience volunteering and/or working with youth ages 11 to 18
The ideal Program Director has:
- The ability to communicate with both youth and adults from any background, with an emphasis on relationship building and creating an inclusive environment
- A strong personal ethic of service and familiarity with the community’s unmet needs and the community agencies working to address them
- A knowledge of service-learning, project-based learning, or the ability to create a learning opportunity in any environment
- A sense of urgency driving organization and reliability with resiliency to ambiguity
- An outgoing, independent attitude with a passion and priority for helping youth succeed
This is a contract position. Compensation is untaxed and determined by completed projects:
- $400/Project Week (unless project is cancelled)
- Expected summer hours are approximately 7-8 hours each day, Monday through Thursday, with a required staff meeting each Friday and additional data collection and entry requirements expected.
- Project may be cancelled due to low youth registration, agency needs, extreme weather, or other unexpected factors. YVCHQ will make every effort to maintain or reschedule projects.
- YVCHQ will provide a project report to submit following each project. Compensation will be paid monthly, following receipt of project reports.
- Project supplies are generally provided by YVC’s partner agencies. Cost of supplies will be reimbursed on a case-by-case basis, with pre-approval of purchases required.
Please send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 2, 2019. Please highlight experience working with youth, your spring and summer 2019 availability, and why this position is one you desire.
Deadline: January 2, 2019