POSITION: Programs Manager             LOCATION: Tacoma, Washington    STARTING SALARY: $36,500
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Full-time. Northwest Youth Corps operates residential and non-residential field-based programs.  Effective support of these programs often requires, particularly in the height of field season, staff to work long days, maintain flexible schedules and dedication to a high professional standard. It is anticipated that the Coordinator will spend 50% of their time in the field during field season (roughly June 1st – September 1st).
Since 1984, Northwest Youth Corps (NYC) is a non-profit organization that provides unique work training experiences that empower youth and young adults to become successful, resilient members of their communities. To achieve this, NYC provides a variety of outdoors, conservation-specific programs throughout the Northwest that emphasize leadership, growth and personal success.  NYC partners with agencies like the U.S. Forest Service; National Park Service and Tacoma Metro Parks to provide strenuous field-based work projects. NYC’s programs serve over 800 youth and young adults annually, with programs operating in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and California.  Idaho Conservation Corps (ICC) is a program of Northwest Youth Corps.
Northwest Youth Corps runs a full suite of residential and non-residential programs for youth and young adults in in Washington State, including our paraprofessional conservation intern programs.  The Programs Manager is charged with helping organizing these programs in the “off-season” and supporting programs in the “field season”.  The position works collaboratively and is supported by a host of program staff in NYC’s Eugene, Oregon headquarters and with the WA-based Senior Director of Partnership and Innovation.
The Programs Manager is charged with:

  • In partnership with NYC’s Senior Director, Partnership and Innovation, engage with land management agency partners to develop and coordinate work projects to support NYC crews;
  • Recruit, hire and train seasonal field leaders;
  • Provide supervision and support to field staff, particularly NYC’s WA-based Woods Boss, to ensure NYC safety, education and workplace standards are upheld;
  • Assure that programs reflect NYC culture of risk management, inclusion, grit and fun;

In partnership with NYC’s Senior Director, Partnership and Innovation and NYC’s Development Director work to support fundraising efforts to increase our ability to serve additional participation and demographic groups
Program Managers often put in long days while supervising the successful completion of a wide variety of manual labor projects. They provide technical and logistical support; deliver tools; oversee project productivity, quality control, and safety; and assure that all required paperwork and reporting is completed and communicated to HQ in a timely, professional manner. This person will be based in Tacoma, Washington and during high field season (mostly summer) will spend multiple nights in the field as needed (typically 2-3 days and/or nights/week). The Program Manager also works closely with crew leaders and members to ensure members personal and professional growth and development. This requires strong communication and interpersonal skills, strong organization, and attention to detail. The right person for this position will be also solution focused, collaboratively oriented with have substantial personal initiative.

·         Field Staff Member Supervision – Establishes expectations and responsibilities for Crew Leaders around maintaining NYC camp, work, and cultural standards.   Helps to implement programming, maintain quality controls, resolve conflicts, and supervise participants. Establishes individual development plan with Crew Leaders to help them learn grow and habitualize success.
·         Work Project Supervision – Through direct action and delegation oversees the safe, timely completion of assigned work projects in a timely manner to NYC and sponsor standards.  Works closely with Crew leaders to train participants in safe work practices, proper tool use, work quality, skill development, and productivity.
·         Safety – assure that all staff and members are actively following NYC safety and risk management protocols; serve on the NYC Risk Management Team; respond to field emergencies as necessary.
·         Agency relations – steward existing partner relationships and build new relationships with stakeholder and stakeholder groups
·         Administrative/Record Keeping – Responsible for prioritizing accurate completion of all work and personnel related paperwork in a timely fashion.
·         Education – Works closely with Crew leaders to assure effective delivery of educational programming in a manner that meets NYC standards for content and delivery.
·         Training – Helps coordinate and facilitate effective training for field staff in partnership with other staff within the organization to NYC standards.

·         Education: Prefer post-secondary education or experience in outdoor recreation, environmental education, or youth development or education.

·         Experience: Applications will be reviewed considering all relevant experience relating to youth leadership, outdoor recreation, environmental education, or forestry backgrounds. Experience leading or supervising a group or team and experience managing outdoor projects is required. Experience working on manual labor projects, using hand tools, operating chainsaws, and driving passenger vans is desirable.

·         Certification: Current Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications are required; or applicants must be willing to obtain certification (NYC does offer a pre-season training opportunity). Applicants must be able to demonstrate an acceptable driving record during the last three years.

·         Physical Condition: Applicants must be in good physical condition and capable of working long hours on strenuous, labor intensive projects. Work projects often require heavy lifting, constant bending, digging, and long hikes to and from the worksite. Applicants must be able to backpack 7 miles and lift up to 50 lbs.
To Apply
Send a cover letter, resume and three letters of references to Matt Springer, Youth Program Director, Northwest Youth Corps, 2621 Augusta Street, Eugene, OR 97403 or you may e-mail [email protected] with Washington State Program Manager in the subject line and document attachments in either word or pdf format. Please do not call.  Initial review of applicants will begin 2/16/2018.  The position will remain open until filled.

Northwest Youth Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Our core purpose is to provide opportunities for youth and young adults to learn, grow, and experience success. We believe diversity is a key source of strength for our communities, and we strive to create a safe and empowering environment for participants from a wide range of backgrounds and abilities.  We are deeply invested in the success of youth and young adults of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, religions, sexual orientations, economic statuses, or other socio-cultural identifiers.

About Northwest Youth Corps

Northwest Youth Corps offers a challenging education and job-training experience that helps youth and young adults from diverse backgrounds develop the skills they need to lead full and productive lives.
Our core purpose is to provide opportunities for youth and young adults to learn, grow, and experience success.  Our programs focus on education, challenge, community, leadership and empowerment, giving youth critical life skills and confidence. NYC programs stress teamwork, inclusion, and leadership while promoting a solid work ethic and individual achievement. Youth leave NYC knowing that they can overcome obstacles, solve problems, make friends, and attain their objectives in life.
Northwest Youth Corps was created in 1984 to offer teenagers an education-based, work experience modeled after the historic Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930's. In 1984, support from Oregon's forest products industry and grants from four northwest foundations, allowed NYC to start its' first program and serve 52 teens.
Today, we serve over 1,000 people each year across a four state region.