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Austin Civilian Conservation Service Corps 

Austin Civilian Conservation Corps Crew Leader

This position is currently closed. If you’d like to be considered for future openings, please fill out this form.

AUSTIN RESIDENTS ONLY, AGES 21-35
LOCATION

AYW Headquarters | Austin, TX

DEPARTMENT

Conservation Corps

POSITION REPORTS TO

Austin Civilian Conservation Corps Crew Leaders

CLASSIFICATION

Temporary, Trainee, Non-Exempt

POSITION PURPOSE

The Austin Civilian Conservation Corps (ACCC) Crew Leader will supervise crew members and participate in environmental conservation projects in parks, green spaces, and public lands locally and regionally.  The ACCC Crew Leader will maintain communication with project partners about project logistics, as well as participate in and provide leadership for community service projects and events.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and basic tasks.

Under the direct supervision from the Program Coordinator, the Austin Civilian Conservation Corps Crew Leader will perform the following functions:

  1. Participate in training and orientation sessions with the Human Resources Department and agency partners;
  2. Supervise and lead Crew Members in the field;
    • Support positive mental and emotional health of crew members;
    • Communicate in a timely and professional manner with members and project partners to maintain project quality, timeliness, and goals;
    • Provide guidance to crew members and participate in performance evaluations with the program coordinator;
    • Drive program vehicles;
    • Track tools using a program-specific database;
    • Track attendance of crew members by using a program-specific database.
  3. Construct and, or maintain trails and other park and, or recreation sites;
  4. Prevent soil erosion through the construction of a variety of barriers including retaining walls, log terraces, erosion control fabrics, check dams, and water bars;
  5. Restore habitat including:
    • Removing invasive and exotic plant species from parks and public lands;
    • Improving wildlife breeding areas;
    • Planting native plants;
    • Removing debris from former ranchlands and homeless encampments;
    • Participating in prescribed burns and wildfire mitigation with partner agencies.
  6. Function as part of a team and be a role model for other AmeriCorps members embracing and recognizing all members with a variety of experience levels, backgrounds, races, genders, political beliefs, and religions, etc.;
  7. Assist Program Coordinator with field metrics reporting;
    • Keep daily logs of work completed;
    • Assist with data entry;
    • Provide narratives from the field on project work and crew dynamics;
  8. Assist Program Coordinator with administrative duties;
    • Approving timesheets;
    • Supply feedback for member reviews;
    • Filing incident reports for disciplinary purposes.
  9. Wear required ACCC uniform, provided by the program;
  10. Lead community volunteers in select events;
  11. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS
Minimum Required

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATION: High School Diploma or GED;

EXPERIENCE: One (1) year of previous experience with environmental, landscaping, construction, or conservation practices in the field.


KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES

KNOWLEDGE: General conservation principles, basic administrative and clerical procedures and systems, Microsoft Office and Google applications;

SKILLS: Lead teams and develop leaders; good problem solving and logistical skills; conflict resolution skills; basic computer skills; operate passenger van, truck with trailer and other heavy equipment. Operate in diverse community settings; able to provide mentorship under stressful conditions;

ABILITIES: Attention to detail and accuracy; well-organized; cooperative, patient and willing to assist others; open and honest personality; flexible under pressure; good decision maker; able to build consensus; flexible problem-solving in the field; presents a positive role model for Corps members that supports respect for the learner, for diversity, and for the mission of AYW.


PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES

HEARING: Hear average or normal conversations and receive ordinary information;

TALKING: Speaking clearly so others can understand you and the information you are communicating; will be required to convey detailed or important instructions or ideas accurately; talking in front of groups and, or providing information to supervisors, co-workers, direct reports, and external partners via telephone, writing form, e-mail or in-person provide guidance and direction to direct reports with others, set and monitor performance standards;

VISION: The ability to see details at a distance and, or at close range, within a few feet of the observer; will be required to read papers, books and to operate audio-visual, office equipment and tools;

REPETITIVE MOTIONS: Walking; talking; frequent and regular movements of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers;

PHYSICAL STRENGTH: Exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, carry objects, or restrain individuals;

EXTENT FLEXIBILITY: Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs;

MANUAL DEXTERITY: Quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects such as hammers, picks, and chainsaws;

DYNAMIC/STATIC/TRUNK STRENGTH: The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue. Exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects; use of abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing; may also restrain potentially violent individuals;

VEHICLE AND EQUIPMENT INTERACTION: Navigating and, or driving a personal vehicle or 15-passenger company vans; using computer and computer applications to enter data or process information; Photocopiers and scanners.


WORKING CONDITIONS

INDOORS: Environmentally controlled conditions, working in an office or shared office setting, working with others in a group or team; contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise), No hazardous conditions. May be required to work in hot, wet, cold, or other significantly unpleasant conditions;

OUTDOORS: Independent, isolated settings, may be required to work in hot, wet, cold, or other significantly unpleasant conditions, including disaster areas;

ATTENDANCE: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM; with one-hour unpaid lunch break; and off-site Disaster and Conservation Hitches. Occasionally some weekends to meet deadlines/special projects;

TRAVEL: Partner cultivation and project planning purposes, AmeriCorps service sites, transporting corps members as needed, workshops, and training.


AYW is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and fostering an environment of respect and inclusiveness amongst all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply. EOE

Austin Civilian Conservation Corps Crew Member

This position is currently closed. If you’d like to be considered for future openings, please fill out this form.

AUSTIN RESIDENTS ONLY, AGES 18-35
LOCATION

AYW Headquarters | Austin, TX

DEPARTMENT

Conservation Corps

POSITION REPORTS TO

Austin Civilian Conservation Corps Crew Leaders

CLASSIFICATION

Temporary, Trainee, Non-Exempt

POSITION PURPOSE

Austin Civilian Conservation Corps (ACCC) Crew Members will participate in environmental conservation projects in parks, green spaces, and public lands locally and regionally.  Crew Members will participate in and lead community service projects.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and basic tasks.

Under the direct supervision from the Program Coordinator, the Austin Civilian Conservation Corps Crew Member will perform the following functions:

  1. Participate in training and orientation sessions with the Human Resources Department and agency partners;
  2. Construct and, or maintain trails and other park and, or recreation sites;
  3. Prevent soil erosion through the construction of a variety of barriers including retaining walls, log terraces, erosion control fabrics, check dams, and water bars;
  4. Restore habitat including:
    • Removing invasive and exotic plant species from parks and public lands;
    • Improving wildlife breeding areas;
    • Planting native plants;
    • Removing debris from former ranchlands and homeless encampments;
    • Participating in prescribed burns and wildfire mitigation with partner agencies.
  5. Function as part of a team and be a role model for other AmeriCorps members embracing and recognizing all members with a variety of experience levels, backgrounds, races, genders, political beliefs, and religions, etc.;
  6. Wear required ACCC uniform, provided by the program;
  7. Lead community volunteers in select events;
  8. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS
Minimum Required

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATION: High School Diploma or GED;

EXPERIENCE: No experience necessary.


KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES

KNOWLEDGE: General conservation principles and a basic work ethic;

SKILLS: Good problem solving and logistical skills; conflict resolution skills; basic computer skills. Operate in diverse community settings;

ABILITIES: Attention to detail and accuracy; well organized; cooperative, patient and willing to assist others; open and honest personality; flexible under pressure; good decision maker; able to build consensus; flexible problem-solving in the field; Maintain professional working relationships with peers, staff, and the public.


PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES

HEARING: Hear average or normal conversations and receive ordinary information;

TALKING: Speaking clearly so others can understand you and the information you are communicating; will be required to convey detailed or important instructions or ideas accurately; talking in front of groups and, or providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and external partners via telephone, writing form, e-mail or in-person provide guidance and direction to others;

VISION: The ability to see details at a distance and, or at close range, within a few feet of the observer; will be required to read papers, books and to operate audio-visual, office equipment and tools;

REPETITIVE MOTIONS: Walking; talking; frequent and regular movements of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers;

PHYSICAL STRENGTH: Exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, and carry objects;

EXTENT FLEXIBILITY: Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs;

MANUAL DEXTERITY: Quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects such as hammers, picks, and chainsaws;

DYNAMIC/STATIC/TRUNK STRENGTH: The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue. Exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects; use of abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing;

EQUIPMENT INTERACTION: Required PPE and program tools, including but not limited to brush cutters, hand saws, loppers, chainsaws, and herbicide applicators.


WORKING CONDITIONS

INDOORS: Environmentally controlled conditions, working with others in a group or team; contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise), No hazardous conditions. May be required to work in hot, wet, cold, or other significantly unpleasant conditions;

OUTDOORS: Mostly outdoors, independent, isolated settings, may be required to work in hot, wet, cold, or other significantly unpleasant conditions, including disaster areas;

ATTENDANCE: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM; with one-hour unpaid lunch break; Disaster and Conservation Hitches, and weekends to meet deadlines and, or special projects;

TRAVEL: Partner cultivation and project planning purposes, AmeriCorps service sites.


AYW is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and fostering an environment of respect and inclusiveness amongst all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply. EOE

American YouthWorks Job Opportunities 

JOB TITLE

FY21-01 Construction Trainer

JOB OPENINGS

One (1)

LOCATION

AYW Headquarters  | Austin, TX

DEPARTMENT

YouthBuild Austin

POSITION REPORTS TO

Construction Program Manager

POSITION SUPERVISES

YouthBuild and AmeriCorps Members

CLASSIFICATION

Regular, Full-time, Non-Exempt

POSITION PURPOSE

The Construction Trainer will be responsible for teaching safe tool use and the construction curriculum and providing hands-on residential construction training. They lead teams of young people age 17-27 years old to safely repair or build residential projects in the community while mentoring them to graduate and transition to construction-related education or employment.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and basic tasks.

Under guided supervision from the Construction Program Manager, the Construction Trainer will perform the following functions:

  1. Enforce OSHA regulations related to residential construction;
  2. Safely transport program participants using company owned vehicles;
  3. Provide project site instruction to students in construction techniques, site safety, and the home building/remodeling process;
  4. Assist w/ the teaching of NCCER Core Curriculum, OSHA 10, First Aid/CPR and job skills development for all participants and ensure prompt submission of required paperwork to the Construction Training Coordinator;
  5. Follow and help implement program Policies, Procedures, and Contracts with participants;
  6. Support program and organization goals by participating in AYW, YouthBuild and AmeriCorps events and staff training;
  7. Act as a professional liaison with external programs, departments, and employment partners;
  8. Be a positive role model/mentor and refer participants to case managers and MHNP interns for counseling as needed;
  9. Support program and organization goals by participating in AYW, YouthBuild, and AmeriCorps events and staff training;
  10. Turn in project logs, timesheets and process receipts weekly;
  11. Other duties assigned by supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS
Preferred

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATION: Associates Degree and OSHA 500/NCCER Instructor Certification;

EXPERIENCE: Five years’ (10,000 site hours) experience in hands-on residential wall and roof framing, and working as a general contractor. Two years of experience teaching, training and working with a young and diverse population experiencing barriers to education and employment with criminal records and a variety of lifestyles, behaviors, cultural and spiritual practices; and working with contracts, reporting measurements, compliance, member coordination and, or working as a YouthBuild/AmeriCorps model;

Minimum Required

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATION: High School Diploma or GED; OSHA 500/NCCER Instructor Certification (or willing to acquire within the first year of hire);

EXPERIENCE: Three years (6,000 site hours) experience in hands-on residential wall and roof framing. Experience as a general contractor. Two years of experience teaching, training and working with a young and diverse population experiencing barriers to education and employment with criminal records and a variety of lifestyles, behaviors, cultural and spiritual practices; and working with contracts, reporting measurements, compliance, member coordination and, or working as a YouthBuild/AmeriCorps model;

EQUIVALENT EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a field of study related to the specified work experience;

OR

High School diploma or GED and completion of a 2-year vocational program related to the specified work experience;

OR

High school diploma or GED and 4 years of work experience in the specified building trade and must be able and willing to attend 1 framing and 1 roofing class on own time, within 1 year of employment.


KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES

KNOWLEDGE: Building and Construction materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures. Tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance. Management and leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. Safety and security procedures, and strategies to promote effective security operations for the protection of staff, program participants; data, and property; Education and Training, principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instructing individuals and groups;

SKILLS: Active Listening as described, attention to what others are saying, understanding the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. Teaching and instructing others how to do something; Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures necessary for the situation when learning or teaching new things. Judgment and Decision making; Speaking and Writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience and talking to others to convey information effectively;  especially with our diverse student and parent population; Critical Thinking, using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems;

ABILITIES: Being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks; being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations with integrity, honesty, and knowledge of professional ethics. Pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude; Maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in challenging situations; Accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high-stress situations.


PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES

HEARING: Hear average or standard conversations and receive ordinary information;

TALKING: Speaking clearly so others can understand you and the information you are communicating; will be required to convey detailed or important instructions or ideas accurately; talking in front of groups and, or providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and external partners via telephone, writing form, e-mail or in-person provide guidance and direction to others, set and monitor performance standards;

VISION: See details at a distance and, or at close range, within a few feet of the observer; will be required to read papers, books and to operate audio-visual, office equipment and tools;

REPETITIVE MOTIONS: Walking; talking; frequent and regular movements of the wrists, hands, and fingers;

PHYSICAL STRENGTH: Exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects, sedentary work;

EXTENT FLEXIBILITY: Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and legs;

MANUAL DEXTERITY: Quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects such as hammers, picks, chainsaws;

DYNAMIC/STATIC/TRUNK STRENGTH: The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time; this involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue. Exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects; Use of abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing; May also restrain potentially violent individuals;

VEHICLE AND EQUIPMENT INTERACTION: Navigating and, or driving a personal vehicle or 12-passenger company vans; using a computer and computer applications to enter data or process information; Photocopiers and scanners.

VEHICLE AND EQUIPMENT INTERACTION: Navigating and, or driving personal vehicle or 12-passenger company vans; using computer and computer applications to enter data or process information; Photocopiers and scanners;


WORKING CONDITIONS

INDOORS: 10% of the time, environmentally controlled conditions, working in an office or shared office setting, working with others in a group or team; contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise), No hazardous conditions. May be required to work in hot, wet, cold, or other significantly unpleasant conditions;

OUTDOORS: 90% of the time, teaching and training youth basic construction knowledge, personal protective gear must be worn, exposed to some hazardous, dangerous and noisy conditions, exposed to all types of weather; may be required to work in hot, wet, cold, or other significantly unpleasant conditions;

ATTENDANCE: Monday – Friday, 7:45 am to 5 pm, 1-hour unpaid lunch break; Varies according to weekly scheduled activities but generally 40 hours per week unless overtime is pre-approved; Occasionally weekends to meet deadlines or special projects; participates in National Service Days activities, staff retreat, and other special events;

TRAVEL: Daily travel to and transporting participants to project sites in and around Texas; occasional travel to chaperone day/overnight field trips; training, workshops, annual staff retreat, and offsite meetings or conferences as requested or needed.


BENEFITS

American YouthWorks offers competitive benefits and leave package including but not limited to:

  • 11 personal days;
  • 8 sick days;
  • 19 break days, taken throughout the spring, summer, and winter;
  • 15 holidays, plus 2 floating holidays;
  • Employer contributions toward our medical and dental plan;
  • Employer-paid Life, AD&D, and Long Term Disability;
  • Pre-tax programs for child and health care;
  • Supplemental income and additional voluntary life options
  • 403(b) retirement with employer contribution;
  • Employment service awards every 5-years;

AYW is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and fostering an environment of respect and inclusiveness amongst all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply. EOE

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JOB TITLE

FY21-07 San Antonio Missions Crew Supervisor

JOB OPENINGS

One (1)

LOCATION

AYW Headquarters | Austin, TX

DEPARTMENT

Conservation Corps

POSITION REPORTS TO

Field Operations Manager

POSITION SUPERVISES

AmeriCorps Crew Leaders and Crew Members

CLASSIFICATION

Temporary, Full-time, Non-Exempt

POSITION PURPOSE

The Crew Supervisor will oversee, teach, and train AmeriCorps members in the daily management of field operations for conservation, historical preservation, and masonry. They are responsible for the safety of AmeriCorps members and the successful completion of project goals and objectives.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and basic tasks.

Under the direct supervision of the Field Operations Manager, the San Antonio Missions Crew Supervisor will perform the following functions:

  1. Oversee, teach, and train AmeriCorps members on the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park project work requests;
    • Conduct ongoing training for AmeriCorps members throughout their term, both on project sites and at the program’s HQ.  Lead and train AmeriCorps members in conservation, risk management, and safety standards on-site;
  2. Assist the implementation of Crew Leader and Crew Member orientations;
    • Cultivate a positive member experience through team-building and leadership development;
    • Support positive mental and emotional health of members;
    • Consistently implement and enforce policies and procedures, including established  disciplinary procedures which includes co-creating contracts for success with crew members as needed and holding members accountable for following them;
    • Assist in  required performance evaluations of AmeriCorps members;
  3. Transport members to enrollment and service activities as required by program guidelines;
  4. Promote a culture of inclusion, equity, and diversity throughout recruitment and member management practices;
  5. Manage projects according to partner expectations and AYW standards;
    • Coordinate project logistics and delegation of project tasks;
    • Communicate in a timely and professional manner with project partners to maintain project quality, timeliness, and goals;
    • Purchase supplies needed for project work and coordinate with AYW’s accounting team to properly document expenses according to required timelines;
  6. Learn and safely perform fundamental outdoor living/travel and work skills; remain adequately hydrated, fed, and properly dressed to remain generally healthy and safe, avoiding environmental injuries;
  7. Enforce crew worksite cleanliness and organization and facilitate “Leave No Trace” principles
  8. Maintain, chainsaws, tools, gear, and program vehicles and enforce maintenance protocols with members and leaders;
  9. Complete and maintain timely paperwork; including project logs, billing notes, purchase receipts, personnel issues, incident reporting, member performance reports, etc.;
  10. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS
Preferred

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATION: CPR / First Aid / WFR Certification; Herbicide Applicator; Wildland Fire Training; ICS Training 100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800; S212 or equivalent training;

Minimum Required

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATION: High school diploma or equivalent;

EXPERIENCE: Two years or more of previous related experience in trail building and conservation; prior experience leading a team or supervising; working with young adults and academically and socially at-risk opportunity youth, ages 18-26, with a variety of lifestyles, behaviors, cultural and spiritual practices. Familiarity working with contracts, reporting measurements, compliance, and member coordination;

EQUIVALENT EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE: Associate’s degree in the specified or field of study related to the specified work experience;

OR

High School diploma or GED and completion of a 2-year vocational program related to the specified work experience.

OR

High school diploma or GED and 2 – 5 years of work experience in the specified building trade.


KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES

KNOWLEDGE: Trail building and habitat restoration; mechanical and basic tool knowledge, including use of a chainsaw; CPR/First Aid; herbicide use; team-based coordination and project logistics;

SKILLS: Lead teams and develop leaders; good problem solving and logistical skills; conflict resolution skills; basic computer skills; operate passenger van, truck with trailer and other heavy equipment; chainsaw operation; GPS/GIS; carpentry; small engine maintenance; project management; project partner relations; operate in diverse community settings; able to provide mentorship under stressful conditions; conservation and trail building;  building and maintenance of park infrastructure; habitat restoration; invasive species removal; wildfire mitigation; disaster response; safe tool use;

ABILITIES: Attention to detail and accuracy; well-organized; cooperative, patient and willing to assist others; open and honest personality; flexible under pressure; good decision maker; able to build consensus; flexible problem-solving in the field; presents a positive role model for Corps members that supports respect for the learner, for diversity, and for the mission of AYW. Must be willing to follow and enforce all AYW policies, maintain professional boundaries, and appropriately represent Texas Conservation Corps and AYW.


PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES

HEARING: Hear average or normal conversations and receive ordinary information;

TALKING: Speaking clearly so others can understand you and the information you are communicating; will be required to convey detailed or important instructions or ideas accurately; talking in front of groups and, or providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and external partners via telephone, writing form, e-mail or in-person provide guidance and direction to others, and set and monitor performance standards;

VISION: The ability to see details at a distance and, or at close range, within a few feet of the observer; will be required to read papers, books and to operate audio-visual, office equipment and tools;

MANUAL DEXTERITY:Quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects such as hammers, picks, and chainsaws;

EXTENT FLEXIBILITY: Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs;

DYNAMIC/STATIC/TRUNK STRENGTH: The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue. Exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects; use of abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing; may also restrain potentially violent individuals;

REPETITIVE MOTIONS: Walking; talking; frequent and regular movements of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers;

PHYSICAL STRENGTH: Exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, carry objects, or restrain individuals;

VEHICLE AND EQUIPMENT INTERACTION: Navigating and, or driving a personal vehicle or 15-passenger company vans; using computer and computer applications to enter data or process information; Photocopiers and scanners.


WORKING CONDITIONS

INDOORS (Infrequent): Environmentally controlled conditions, working in an office or shared office setting, working with others in a group or team; contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise), No hazardous conditions. May be required to work in hot, wet, cold, or other significantly unpleasant conditions;

OUTDOORS (Frequent): Working with others in a group or team; contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise)Independent, isolated settings, may be required to work in hot, wet, cold, or other significantly unpleasant conditions, including disaster areas;

ATTENDANCE: Monday – Friday starting at 7:45 AM, flexible 50 hour week with a one-hour unpaid lunch break; orientation and training prior to crew member enrollment in Austin. Occasional staff meetings when required by supervisor; and some weekends to meet deadlines/special projects; and on-call emergencies;

TRAVEL: AmeriCorps service sites in San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Transport corps members as needed (company vehicle provided), training, off-site meetings or conferences as requested or needed; and facilitate subsistence shopping for crewmembers and leaders.


BENEFITS

American YouthWorks offers a competitive benefit and leave package including but not limited to:

11 personal days;

8 sick days;

19 break days, taken throughout the spring, summer, and winter;

15 holidays, plus 1 floating holiday;

Employer contributions toward our medical and dental plan;

Employer-paid Life, AD&D, and Long Term Disability;

Pre-tax programs for child and health care;

Supplemental income and additional voluntary life options;

403(b) retirement with employer contribution;

Employment service awards every five years;


AYW is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and fostering an environment of respect and inclusiveness amongst all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply. EOE

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JOB TITLE

FY21-09 Houston Program Assistant

JOB OPENINGS

One (1)

LOCATION

AYW Operating Site | Houston, TX

DEPARTMENT

Conservation Corps

POSITION REPORTS TO

Workforce Development Manager

POSITION SUPERVISES

AmeriCorps Crew Leaders and Members

CLASSIFICATION

Regular, Full-time, Non-Exempt

POSITION PURPOSE

The Program Assistant is responsible for following policies and guidelines that will maintain compliance with program administrative operations. The Program Assistant will provide member support, develop and manage effective administrative systems, and coordinate administrative and financial functions with HQ Austin staff, serving to further the goals and objectives of the Texas Conservation Corps.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and basic tasks.

Under guided supervision from the Workforce Development Manager and Conservation Corp Director, the Program Assistant will perform the following functions:

  1. Provide support to corps members and the public;
    • Answer corps member inquiries promptly;
    • Provide assistance with member benefits (ie. food stamps, bus passes, education awards, service verifications, insurance enrollment);
    • Answer phones and provide front desk assistance;
    • Track and disperse member stipends;
  2. Maintain compliance with AmeriCorps grants;
    • Accurately track member service hours;
    • Conduct and maintain National Service Criminal History Checks;
    • Maintain AmeriCorps member files and documents and perform periodic self-audits of files;
    • Use eGrants portal for enrolling and exiting member;
    • Assist with AmeriCorps quarterly reporting;
    • Interface with administrative staff of AmeriCorps granting agencies;
    • Track ongoing scheduled AmeriCorps activities and ensure required documentation is completed (ie. Member evaluations);
  3. Generate special reports, develop and implement new systems as required;
    • Routinely update participant and performance outcome databases;
    • Proactively seek out opportunities to improve systems;
  4. Support member development initiatives;
    • Participate in orientation, events, graduation, educational activities, etc.;
    • Provide training opportunities for Life After AmeriCorps skills;
  5. Assist Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator with Houston operating site’s recruitment efforts;
    • Contact and build relationships with local recruitment resources;
    • Promote culture of equity, inclusion and diversity in recruitment efforts;
    • Interview applicants and provide feedback;
    • Connect incoming corps members to community resources;
  6. Serve as primary contact with HQ Administrative staff and provide general office support;
    • Order office supplies;
    • Take notes at staff meetings;
    • Mail receipts and RFPs to HQ in Austin, TX;
    • Request marketing materials;
    • Generate payroll summaries semi-monthly;
    • Participate in monthly administrative calls;
    • Train and become a driver for the program;
  7. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS
Preferred

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATION: Associates Degree or Bachelor’s Degree;

Minimum Required

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATION: High School Diploma or GED;

EXPERIENCE: One year or more of previous related experience in administrative duties.


KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES

KNOWLEDGE: Intermediate administrative and clerical procedures and systems, Microsoft Office and Google applications, file and records management, designing and modifying forms, familiarity with AmeriCorps programs;

SKILLS: Effective in diverse community settings; able to provide mentorship under stressful conditions; good problem solving and logistical skills; work independently; excellent written and oral communication; flexible under pressure; conflict resolution skills; intermediate computer skills; operate passenger van or truck;

ABILITIES: Attentive to detail and accuracy; organized; effective time management; work well collaboratively; patient and willing to assist others; open and honest personality; flexibility under pressure; excellent interpersonal skills;


PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES

HEARING: Hear average or normal conversations and receive ordinary information;

TALKING: Speaking clearly so others can understand you and the information you are communicating; will be required to convey detailed or important instructions or ideas accurately; talking in front of groups and, or providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and external partners via telephone, writing form, e-mail or in-person provide guidance and direction to others, set and monitor performance standards;

VISION: The ability to see details at a distance and, or at close range, within a few feet of the observer; will be required to read papers, books and to operate audio-visual, office equipment and tools;

MANUAL DEXTERITY: Quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects such as hammers, picks, chainsaws;

EXTENT FLEXIBILITY: Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs;

DYNAMIC/STATIC/TRUNK STRENGTH: The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue. Exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects; use of abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing; may also restrain potentially violent individuals;

REPETITIVE MOTIONS: Walking; talking; frequent and regular movements of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers;

PHYSICAL STRENGTH: Exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, carry objects, or restrain individuals;

VEHICLE AND EQUIPMENT INTERACTION: Navigating and, or driving a personal vehicle or 15-passenger company vans; using a computer and computer applications to enter data or process information; Photocopiers and scanners.


WORKING CONDITIONS

INDOORS: Environmentally controlled conditions, working in an office or shared office setting, working with others in a group or team; contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise), No hazardous conditions. May be required to work in hot, wet, cold, or other significantly unpleasant conditions;

OUTDOORS: May be required to work in hot, wet, cold, or other significantly unpleasant conditions;

ATTENDANCE: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM; with a one-hour unpaid lunch break. Occasional weekends to meet deadlines/special projects;

TRAVEL: Conservation Corps operating sites in Austin and Baton Rouge; AmeriCorps service sites and transport corps members as needed. Travel up to one week for project planning purposes. Occasional professional conferences, workshops, training, and annual staff retreat.


BENEFITS

American YouthWorks offers competitive benefits and leave package including but not limited to:

  • 11 personal days;
  • 8 sick days;
  • 19 break days, taken throughout the spring, summer, and winter;
  • 15 holidays, plus 2 floating holidays;
  • Employer contributions toward our medical and dental plan;
  • Employer-paid Life, AD&D, and Long Term Disability;
  • Pre-tax programs for child and health care;
  • Supplemental income and additional voluntary life options
  • 403(b) retirement with employer contribution;
  • Employment service awards every 5-years;

AYW is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and fostering an environment of respect and inclusiveness amongst all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply. EOE

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FY21-11 Trails Across Texas Field Coordinator

JOB OPENINGS

One (1)

LOCATION

AYW Operating Site, Houston TX

DEPARTMENT

Conservation Corps

POSITION REPORTS TO

Conservation Corps Director

POSITION SUPERVISES

Houston Workforce Development Manager, Program Coordinators, Field Coordinators, and AmeriCorps Members

CLASSIFICATION

Regular, Full-time, Exempt

POSITION PURPOSE

The Houston Operating Site Director is responsible for and expected to develop and maintain program culture, and manage programmatic operation in alignment with the organization’s Strategic Plan. The Operating Site Director will also develop and maintain conservation and community partnerships, oversee AmeriCorps grant compliance and support administrative needs for field operations in order to implement high quality, safe, and effective operational programming.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and basic tasks.

Under the direct supervision of the Program Coordinator, the Trails Across Texas Field Coordinator will perform the following functions:

  1. Train AmeriCorps members to perform service activities by:
    • Helping design and implement Crew Leader and Crew Member orientations;
    • Facilitating carpentry, timber-framed bridge construction, and other work-related on-the-job training as needed and in collaboration with TPWD.
  2. Supervise AmeriCorps members service activities by:
    • Conducting mid-term and end-of-term performance evaluations of AmeriCorps members;
      • Setting project goals and ensuring project timelines are being met by members;
      • Maintaining progress on member individual development plans;
    • Ensuring members are reporting proper hours; review and sign member timesheets.
  3. Manage projects according to partner expectations and AYW standards by:
    • Communicating in a timely and professional manner with project partners to maintain project quality, timeliness, and goals;
    • Conducting frequent site visits to ensure successful project outcomes;
    • Purchasing supplies need for project work;
    • Completing purchase documentation and submitting receipts regularly;
    • Inputting project data into shared electronic files and databases on a weekly basis.
  4. Maintain up-to-date trail, chainsaw, and other relevant training by:
    • Obtaining a Texas herbicide applicators license within six months of hire date ;
    • Seeking out relevant ongoing education opportunities.
  5. Monitor Safety and Risk Management by:
    • Cultivating a positive member experience through team-building and leadership development;
    • Overseeing the physical and emotional safety of members at all times;
    • Ensuring program safety standards are being met and include daily use of member personal protection equipment;
    • Transporting AmeriCorps members when needed in accordance with AYW’s fleet policies;
    • Conducting pre-project hazard analysis (PHA) and participate in weekly Incident report reviews.
  6. Participate in shared field staff team duties by:
    • Assisting in facility clean-up, chainsaw shop, tools, gear, and program vehicles management;
    • Participating in interviewing and selecting potential AmeriCorps members in collaboration with the Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator;
    • Assisting and supporting disaster deployments on the ground and as needed in coordination with the Disaster Program Manager;
    • Leading activities during corps-wide days of service;
    • Partaking in grant reporting by ensuring project data is up-to-date every month and by contributing to grant narratives;
    • Contributing to monthly program report in collaboration with Program Coordinator;
    • Attending weekly staff meetings and other team meetings as required.
  7. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS
Preferred

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATION: CPR / First Aid / WFR Certification; Herbicide Applicator; Wildland Fire Training; ICS Training; S212 or equivalent training;

EXPERIENCE: Familiarity with AmeriCorps or public service, and reporting measurements, working with contracts, audit requests, compliance; experience working with academically and socially at-risk opportunity youth, ages 18-26, with a variety of lifestyles, behaviors, cultural and spiritual practices;

Minimum Required

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATION: Bachelor's degree from an accredited university;

EXPERIENCE: Three (3) years or more teaching experience; Five (5) or more years’ experience working with youth and diverse populations;

EQUIVALENT EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE: Associate’s degree in the specified or field of study and 3 years of teaching experience, and working with young adults and, or diverse populations;

OR

60 hours toward a bachelor’s degree with at least 12 hours in the specified or related field of study and 3 years of the specified work experience;

OR

High school diploma, or GED and 5 years of the specified work experience.


KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES

KNOWLEDGE: Microsoft Office applications, i.e. Word; Excel; Access; Google docs and Sheets; Trail building and habitat restoration experience; Mechanical and basic tool knowledge, including use of a chainsaw; CPR/Wilderness First Aid; Herbicide use; Team-based coordination and logistics;

SKILLS: Lead teams and develop leaders; Good problem solving and logistical skills; Flexibility under pressure; Mediation skills; Basic computer skills; Operate passenger van, a truck with a trailer and other heavy equipment; Carpentry, timber framing, chainsaw operation; GPS/GIS; Carpentry, small engine maintenance; Project management; project partner relations; Operate in diverse community settings; Able to provide mentorship under stressful conditions;

ABILITIES: Attention to detail and accuracy; well-organized; cooperative, patient and willing to assist others, open and honest personality, flexibility under pressure, good decision maker; able to build consensus; present a positive role model for corps members that supports respect for the learner, for diversity, and for the mission of AYW.


PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES

HEARING: Hear average or normal conversations and receive ordinary information;

TALKING: Speaking clearly so others can understand you and the information you are communicating; will be required to convey detailed or important instructions or ideas accurately; talking in front of groups and, or providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and external partners via telephone, writing form, e-mail or in-person provide guidance and direction to others, set and monitor performance standards;

VISION: The ability to see details at a distance and, or at close range, within a few feet of the observer; will be required to read papers, books and to operate audio-visual, office equipment and tools;

MANUAL DEXTERITY: Quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects such as hammers, picks, chainsaws;

EXTENT FLEXIBILITY: Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs;

DYNAMIC/STATIC/TRUNK STRENGTH: The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue. Exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects; use of abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing; may also restrain potentially violent individuals;

REPETITIVE MOTIONS: Walking; talking; frequent and regular movements of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers;

PHYSICAL STRENGTH: Exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, carry objects, or restrain individuals;

VEHICLE AND EQUIPMENT INTERACTION: Navigating and, or driving a personal vehicle or 15-passenger company vans; using a computer and computer applications to enter data or process information; Photocopiers and scanners.


WORKING CONDITIONS

INDOORS: Environmentally controlled conditions, working in an office or shared office setting, working with others in a group or team; contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise), No hazardous conditions. May be required to work in hot, wet, cold, or other significantly unpleasant conditions;

OUTDOORS: Mostly outdoors, independent, isolated settings, may be required to work in hot, wet, cold, or other significantly unpleasant conditions;

ATTENDANCE: Monday – Friday, flexible 40-hour workweek, one-hour unpaid lunch break. Occasionally some weekends to meet deadlines, or special projects; participates in National Service Days activities, staff retreat, and other Organizational events;

TRAVEL: This position requires up 65% of the time on projects across the state and regular overnight camping as projects, travel throughout Texas on a regular basis, often up to ten days at a time, as projects require. Occasional professional conferences, workshops, training, and annual staff retreat.


BENEFITS

American YouthWorks offers a competitive benefit and leave package including but not limited to:

  • 11 personal days;
  • 8 sick days;
  • 19 break days, taken throughout the spring, summer, and winter;
  • 15 holidays, plus 1 floating holiday;
  • Employer contributions toward our medical and dental plan;
  • Employer-paid Life, AD&D, and Long Term Disability;
  • Pre-tax programs for child and health care;
  • Supplemental income and additional voluntary life options
  • 403(b) retirement with employer contribution;
  • Employment service awards every five years;

AYW is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and fostering an environment of respect and inclusiveness amongst all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply. EOE

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JOB TITLE

FY21-12 Case Manager

JOB OPENINGS

One (1)

LOCATION

AYW Headquarters | Austin, TX

DEPARTMENT

Conservation Corps

POSITION REPORTS TO

YouthBuild Service Team Manager (with some oversite from the WorkForce Development Manager)

POSITION SUPERVISES

No direct supervisory responsibilities, but serves as a coach and mentor for all program members

CLASSIFICATION

Regular, Full-time, Non-Exempt

POSITION PURPOSE

The Conservation Corps Case Manager is primarily responsible for providing case management and counseling services to young adult participants enrolled in the Austin Civilian Conservation Corps program, but may also work with other conservation corps members. The Case Manager is responsible for working with members on a day-to-day basis, providing support services, assisting in the achievement of their educational and career goals, and addressing safety risk management in regards to mental well-being and emotional health.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and basic tasks.

Under the direct supervision of the Service Team Manager and Workforce Development Manager, the Case Manager will perform the following functions:

  1. Maintain a caseload of 20-25 program participants and provide case management services that include:
    • Creating individual service plans;
    • Crisis intervention counseling;
    • Cultivating a positive member experience through team-building and leadership development;
    • Supporting positive mental and emotional health of members;
    • Handling conflict management and enforcing disciplinary measures as necessary with Crew Leaders and Crew Members in accordance with program policies and procedures;
    • Assisting with court and, or probation related issues;
    • Attending transition meetings with participants and College and Career Team to assist with wrap-around services;
    • Conducting end of year follow-up.
  2. Have a working knowledge of community partners that can assist program participants with social services;
  3. Create an Individual Development Plan (IDP) for all participants shortly after enrollment;
  4. Assist with new participant orientations;
  5. Manage and track financial support services (grocery and gas gift cards, emergency funds, etc) for participants;
  6. Facilitate Leadership Development/Life Skills groups on a weekly basis;
  7. Work with field staff teams providing support on-site with member related issues as needed;
  8. Document and report program measures for quarterly reports;
  9. Transport members to and from off-site services; (this duty may be suspended due to COVID protocols);
  10. Attend all virtual and in-person staff meetings and Service Team meetings; (in-person meeting may be temporarily suspended due to COVID protocols);
  11. Other tasks as assigned by supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS
Preferred

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATION: Master’s Degree in Social Work or a related field; Professional License in Social Work, Counseling/Psychology, Chemical Dependency or a related field;

Minimum Required

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATION: Bachelor’s degree in Counseling, Social Work, Professional License in Social Work, Counseling/Psychology, Chemical Dependency or a related field;

EXPERIENCE: Four years of previous related experience working with academically and socially at-risk opportunity youth and young adults with criminal records and a variety of lifestyles, behaviors, cultural and spiritual practices in a jobs training, youth development, employment training setting. Working with contracts, reporting measurements, audit request, compliance, member coordination and, or working as a Conservation Corps/AmeriCorps model;

EQUIVALENT EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: High school diploma or GED and 8 years of work experience such as described in the essential functions and duties.


KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES

KNOWLEDGE: Microsoft Office and Google applications; Human behavior and performance, individual differences in ability, personality and interests, learning and motivations; principles and processes for providing customer and personal services; methods and procedures for therapy and counseling; group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, ethnicity, cultures and history; file management and records retention; working knowledge of social services resources for Travis County and Surrounding areas; Criminal justice system;

SKILLS: Active listening, service orientation, social perceptiveness, speaking, writing, monitoring yourself and others, coordination, critical thinking, time management, instruction and negotiation; individual and group counseling; mediation; Public speaking; crisis intervention;

ABILITIES: Problem Sensitivity and knowing when there is a problem, speech clarity, written expression, written comprehension, deductive reasoning, category flexibility the ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways, inductive reasoning, information ordering, selective attention to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted, time sharing between two or more activities or sources of information, speed closure to quickly make sense of combine and organize information into meaningful patterns.


PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES

HEARING: Hear average or standard conversations and receive ordinary information;

TALKING: Speaking clearly so others can understand you and the information you are communicating; will be required to convey detailed or important instructions or ideas accurately; talking in front of groups and, or providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and external partners via telephone, writing form, e-mail or in-person provide guidance and direction to others, set and monitor performance standards;

VISION: See details at a distance and, or at close range, within a few feet of the observer; will be required to read papers, books and to operate audio-visual, office equipment and tools;

REPETITIVE MOTIONS: Walking; talking; frequent and regular movements of the wrists, hands, and fingers;

PHYSICAL STRENGTH: Exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects, sedentary work;

EXTENT FLEXIBILITY: Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and legs;

DYNAMIC/STATIC/TRUNK STRENGTH: The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue. Exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects; Use of abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing; May also restrain potentially violent individuals;

VEHICLE AND EQUIPMENT INTERACTION: Navigating and, or driving personal vehicle or 12 -15-passenger company vans; using computer and computer applications to enter data or process information; Photocopiers and scanners;


WORKING CONDITIONS
Temporary

INDOORS: Working in a home- office setting;

Regular

INDOORS: Environmentally controlled conditions, working in an office or shared office setting, working with others in a group or team; contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise), No hazardous conditions. May be required to work in hot, wet, cold, or other significantly unpleasant conditions;

OUTDOORS: Occasionally may be required to work in hot, wet, cold, or other significantly unpleasant conditions, including disaster areas;

ATTENDANCE: Monday – Friday, flexible 40-hour workweek, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm; 1-hour unpaid lunch break; occasionally weekends or after hours to meet deadlines or special projects and other events as needed;

TRAVEL: Visit service sites and transport members as needed. Occasionally attend professional conferences, workshops, or training; home visits, attend court, annual staff retreat.


BENEFITS

American YouthWorks offers competitive benefits and leave package including but not limited to:

  • 11 personal days;
  • 8 sick days;
  • 19 break days, taken throughout the spring, summer, and winter;
  • 15 holidays, plus 2 floating holidays;
  • Employer contributions toward our medical and dental plan;
  • Employer-paid Life, AD&D, and Long Term Disability;
  • Pre-tax programs for child and health care;
  • Supplemental income and additional voluntary life options
  • 403(b) retirement with employer contribution;
  • Employment service awards every 5-years;

AYW is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and fostering an environment of respect and inclusiveness amongst all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply. EOE

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JOB TITLE

FY21-14 Houston Operating Site Director

JOB OPENINGS

One (1)

LOCATION

AYW Operating Site, Houston TX

DEPARTMENT

Conservation Corps

POSITION REPORTS TO

Conservation Corps Director

POSITION SUPERVISES

Houston Workforce Development Manager, Program Coordinators, Field Coordinators, and AmeriCorps Members

CLASSIFICATION

Regular, Full-time, Exempt

POSITION PURPOSE

The Houston Operating Site Director is responsible for and expected to develop and maintain program culture, and manage programmatic operation in alignment with the organization’s Strategic Plan. The Operating Site Director will also develop and maintain conservation and community partnerships, oversee AmeriCorps grant compliance and support administrative needs for field operations in order to implement high quality, safe, and effective operational programming.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and basic tasks.

Under limited supervision from the Conservation Corps Director based in Austin, TX, the Operating Site Director will perform the following functions:

  1. Leverage new partnerships and opportunities:
    • Collaborate directly with the CEO to network and build relationships with state and local entities to identify potential conservation, natural resource management, recreation infrastructure, coastal restoration, and disaster response projects, ensuring that crews have adequate fee-for-service projects to sustain the program finances;
    • Collaborate with Chief Operating Officer, AYW-CC Director, and program personnel to develop project contracts/agreements, entering all relevant information into database systems;
    • Develop and maintain project partner relationships with an aim toward sustainability;
    • Identify and participate in strategic multi-stakeholder initiatives that will enhance visibility in our service areas;
    • Utilize existing tracking and reporting tools and strategies for partner cultivation;
    • Assist CEO and AYW-CC Program Director and Chief Development Officer (CDO) in identifying funding sources and submitting applications to maintain adequate revenue streams for sustainable programming.
  2. Manage day-to-day programmatic operations with an ongoing focus on safety risk management, building an intentionally diverse and inclusive community of staff and participants,  creating a supportive learning environment for participants, and constantly strengthening systems and procedures:
    • Work collaboratively with the Conservation Corps Program Director, CEO, and other personnel as needed to assess the needs and opportunities of the Houston program area and create strategies, measurable goals, and timelines to meet those needs;
    • Ensure risk management strategies are consistently utilized by staff and program participants;
    • Maintain connection with the members' experience in the program and continually examine operational systems from the perspective of how the systems serve the members' needs.
  3. Maintain regular weekly communication via email, teleconference, video, or in-person with Program Director to discuss:
    • Program accomplishments and updates, professional development for staff and members, support needs, and upcoming opportunities for partnership and program growth;
    • Collaborate and respond promptly to requests from the AYW-CC Program Director, COO, CEO, CDO, and other personnel as needed to work closely on the goals and needs of the program and its sustainability.
  4. Ensure all program activities are in compliance with grants and supporting grant management:
    • Coordinate with the Program Operations & Compliance Director and CDO to complete grant-reporting requirements through project tracking and program/participant documentation, and provide leadership for outstanding grant compliance and monitoring techniques.
  5. Manage administrative functions:
    • Develop and implement program budget with guidance from the Director of Finance and Program Director;
    • Participate in monthly budget-focused calls with the Program Director and Finance Director;
    • Ensure that all expense data and required paperwork is submitted in a timely manner and complete;
    • Ensure all Organization and  programmatic rules, regulations, policy, and procedures are followed;
    • Ensure progress is made toward the goals outlined in the Strategic Plan.
  6. Provide excellent leadership and support to Program staff and participants:
    • Collaborate with the Human Resources department to;
      • Cultivate a respectful and inclusive working community;
      • Implement a variety of performance management strategies, including quarterly performance reviews;
      • Provide ongoing coaching, feedback, and professional development opportunities to staff to ensure staff continually grow in expertise and skills;
      • Following the organization's hiring guidelines, interview and hire new staff and provide onboarding support.
    • Support and assist Field Coordinators in leading and training AmeriCorps crew leaders and members in specialized conservation service skills;
    • Facilitate weekly staff meetings;
    • Cultivate and support a sense of community and esprit de corps among program participants and the entire organization.
  7. Support the Conservation Corps program staff in the collaborative development and implementation of crew leader and member orientation.
  8. Coordinate with the Workforce Development Manager and field staff to provide ongoing training for AmeriCorps crew leaders and members in the following areas:
    • Growth and development;
      • Leadership skills;
      • Tool use, inventory, and maintenance;
      • PPE, gear, and uniforms;
      • Vehicles, inspections, routine logs, and repairs;
      • Project and time management skills;
      • Mid and end-of-term evaluation processes;
      • Job readiness and career transition skills.
    • Safety standards for the program overall, on-site projects, as well as tool use and vehicle operation;
    • Technical conservation  skills:
      • Sustainable trail building, habitat restoration, invasive species removal, wildfire mitigation, and disaster response;
      • Park infrastructure, building, and maintenance;
      • Environmental project monitoring.
    • Coordinate with Conservation Corps staff and partners to provide disaster response training.
  9. Provide oversight and support of crews serving on conservation and disaster relief projects:
    • Perform site visits to monitor activities in the field;
    • Transport members to project sites or other locations as needed, i.e., Urgent Care, presentations.
  10. Provide oversight of conservation, coastal restoration, and disaster response projects:
    • Communicating with project partners to ensure project development is on schedule via teleconference or in person, which may include travel;
    • Coordinating projects with colleagues and with project partners, including developing contracts/agreements (for direct supervisor review), scheduling, and logistics planning;
    • Ensuring projects are successful and completed within the specified timeline;
    • Responsibly purchasing supplies needed for project work and program development.
  11. Attend relevant conservation and disaster response conferences and training;
  12. Other duties as assigned.

Internal Operations 

  1. Foster a success-oriented culture of accountability within the organization;
  2. Contribute to the development of the Organization strategic goals and objectives, and ensure that staff and program operations are aligning with the strategic plan;
  3. Spearhead the development, coordination, communication, and implementation of effective growth strategies and processes, as they relate to the department;
  4. Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality;
  5. Develop, review, revise, and implement standard operating procedures, an appropriate system of policies, and internal controls, as they relate to the department;
  6. Stays informed of current trends and shares insights with AYW leadership in the context of program direction, funding, and risk management;
  7. Ensures organization complies with all grantor, funder, federal, state, and local requirements;
  8. Coordinates immediately with the Program Director and COO regarding all matters related to legal problems or lawsuits;
  9. Manage risk as it relates to the department, and inform the Program Director and COO of potential risk concerns.

Human Resources 

  1. Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountabilities, set objectives, establish priorities, conduct annual performance appraisals, and administer salary adjustments;
  2. Ensure managers of the department are establishing and monitoring staff performance and development goals, assigning accountabilities, setting objectives, establishing priorities, conducting timely performance appraisals, and administering salary adjustments.

QUALIFICATIONS
Minimum Preferred

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATION: CPR / First Aid / WFR Certification; Herbicide Applicator; Wildland Fire Training; ICS Training; S212 or equivalent training. Two years of previous related experience working with academically and socially at-risk opportunity youth and young adults with criminal records and a variety of lifestyles, behaviors, cultural and spiritual practices in a jobs training, youth development, employment training, conservation corps, and/or YouthBuild/AmeriCorps model;

Minimum Required

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATION: Bachelor's degree in environmental science, nonprofit management, community planning/development, or related fields (or equivalent experience as listed below);

EXPERIENCE: 5 years of related experience in conservation or restoration settings; Prior experience in administrative reporting and communications, leading a team, managing grants, and developing partnerships;

EQUIVALENT EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: 60 hours toward a bachelor's degree with at least 12 hours (equals two years) in the specified or related field of study and three years of the specified work experience;

OR

High school diploma or GED, and 8 years of the specified work experience.


KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES

KNOWLEDGE: Knowledge of basic Houston-area public agencies, nonprofits, conservation, and community-based organizations, restoration practices; Trail building and habitat restoration experience; CPR/First Aid; Herbicide use; Team-based coordination and logistics; DEI principles and racially equitable practices;

SKILLS: Technical writing for contracting and grants; Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google applications, and other software platforms preferred; Problem-solving and logistics skills; Conflict management; GPS/GIS; Project management and Project partner relations; Operate in diverse community settings; Able to provide mentorship for opportunity youth and emerging professionals;

ABILITIES: Attentive to detail and accuracy; Well-organized; Self-motivated; Cooperative, patient and willing to assist others; Open and honest personality; Intentional and thorough under pressure; Good decision-maker; Able to build consensus.


PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES

HEARING: Hear average or normal conversations and receive ordinary information;

TALKING: Speaking clearly so others can understand you and the information you are communicating; will be required to convey detailed or important instructions or ideas accurately; talking in front of groups and, or providing information to supervisors, co-workers, direct reports, and external partners via telephone, writing form, email, or in person. Provide guidance and direction to direct reports with others, set and monitor performance standards;

VISION: See details at a distance and, or at close range, within a few feet of the observer; will be required to read papers, books and to operate audio-visual, office equipment and tools;

REPETITIVE MOTIONS: Walking; talking; frequent and regular movements of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers;

PHYSICAL STRENGTH: Exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects;

EXTENT FLEXIBILITY: Bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs;

MANUAL DEXTERITY: Quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects such as hammers, picks, chainsaws; Carpentry, small engine maintenance

DYNAMIC/STATIC/TRUNK STRENGTH: The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue. Exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects; Use of abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing; May also restrain potentially violent individuals;

VEHICLE AND EQUIPMENT INTERACTION: Navigating and, or driving a personal vehicle or 15-passenger company van and trailer; using a computer and computer applications to enter data or process information; Photocopiers and scanners.


WORKING CONDITIONS

INDOORS: Environmentally controlled conditions, working in an office or shared office setting, working with others in a group or team; contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise), No hazardous conditions. May be required to work in hot, wet, cold, or other significantly unpleasant conditions;

OUTDOORS: Mostly outdoors, independent, isolated settings, may be required to work in hot, wet, cold, or other significantly unpleasant conditions, including disaster areas;

ATTENDANCE: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Regular offsite disaster and conservation hitches; one-hour unpaid lunch break; occasional evenings and weekends to meet deadlines/special projects;

TRAVEL: Travel to AmeriCorps service sites and transport corps members as needed, networking, program development, partner cultivation, and project planning purposes. Occasional training, workshops, annual staff retreat, and offsite meetings or conferences as requested or needed.


BENEFITS

American YouthWorks offers competitive benefits and leave package including but not limited to:

  • 11 personal days;
  • 8 sick days;
  • 19 break days, taken throughout the spring, summer, and winter;
  • 15 holidays, plus 2 floating holidays;
  • Employer contributions toward our medical and dental plan;
  • Employer-paid Life, AD&D, and Long Term Disability;
  • Pre-tax programs for child and health care;
  • Supplemental income and additional voluntary life options
  • 403(b) retirement with employer contribution;
  • Employment service awards every 5-years;

AYW is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and fostering an environment of respect and inclusiveness amongst all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation. AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply. EOE

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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How long does it take to get back to me about next steps after I submit my application?

Timing depends on the level of urgency for filling the position, as well as the volume of applications we’ve received. Either way, you will hear back from us.

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Can I re-apply to the same position, if it is still open?

Of course! We suggest you wait a minimum of six months before re-applying.

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What if I want to be considered for more than one position at the same time?

You can apply to as many positions as you like, it will not hurt your chances, and we can see which roles you have applied to.

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How long, after my onsite interview will it take to make a decision?

We will try to get back to you within a week. If you have not heard back from us, please reach out to the Human Resources Department, at [email protected]icanyouthworks. We onboard staff twice a month, on the 16th and 1st of the month.

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Do you support remote workers?

Honestly, it depends on the team and role. The job posting and description will have the location details.

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What should I wear to my interview?

We are a business casual office environment, but you should wear what is most comfortable to you.

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Do you have gender-neutral restrooms on-site?

Yes, we have gender-neutral restrooms at all AYW office locations.

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How can I be sure the interviewing team is aware of my pronouns?

You can let us know as soon as you feel comfortable doing so. You may also reach out to the Human Resources department at, [email protected], and let them know, or when we reach out to schedule an interview.

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I have feedback about the interview process, who can I talk to?

We appreciate feedback and any thoughts you want to share with us, we take it very seriously, and use it grow. You may reach out to our Senior Director of Operations, or Human Resources Assistant, at [email protected]

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WORK LIFE HARMONY 

Competitive salary + 403(b) retirement plan matching contribution + Direct deposit + Paid semi-monthly (5th and 20th)
Medical* + Dental* + Vision + Disability + Life + FSA + Other voluntary, supplemental, life and income benefits (*Two plan options. One option is 100% employee paid and the other option is a buy-up plan)
Full-time employees working 40 hours: 11 personal days + 8 sick days + 19 break days + 15 holidays + up to two floating holidays, which adds up to a total of 55 days a year!
Family/Medical and parental leave. Child(ren) work friendly environment.
Pet Insurance & Pet Friendly Environment

AYW CULTURE

CORE VALUES

Community, Service, Learning, Collaboration, Diversity, Equity, Empowerment, Compassion, Innovation. 

 

ABOVE THE LINE

Picking up the trash is the metaphor for taking care of problems, small and large, and never thinking “that’s not my job.” We don’t have rules about picking up the real or metaphoric trash. We try to create a sense of ownership for all employees so that this behavior comes naturally.

Our goal is to inspire people more than manage them. We trust our teams to do what they think is best for AYW — giving them lots of freedom, power, and information in support of their decisions. In turn, this generates a sense of responsibility and self-discipline that drives us to do great work that benefits the company.

We believe that people thrive on being trusted, on freedom, and on being able to make a difference. We encourage open, curious, committed to learning, above the line spirit. 

Here’s How We Operate Above the Line:

 

DISAGREE OPENLY

If you disagree on a material issue, it is your responsibility to explain why you disagree. Silent disagreement is unacceptable and unproductive. The back and forth of discussion can clarify the different views and help people reflect on what is the best course of action. We do not expect everyone to agree on all the matters but we expect you to be supportive in your disagreement. 

 

UNIFIED VISION 

Our programs are unified by a single vision: teach young people new skills and implement them to address some of the most critical issues of our communities, such as homelessness, disaster response and recovery, environmental stewardship, and access to affordable housing and healthcare.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION

American YouthWorks was established on the idea of a shared community. For that reason, one of our core principles is to create a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects our employees’ backgrounds, cultures, perspectives, and experiences in order to better implement our mission to serve our young people.

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and we build teams that are stronger and more effective because of their diversity.

American YouthWorks strives to create a workplace that recognizes and honors diversity and equity. We all share a social responsibility to uplift each other so we can all succeed, and that idea is a key component of our workplace culture. It is an important part of our organization that just as we embrace differences in the youth and young adults we serve every day, employees treat each other with the same understanding, respect, and acceptance.

Our goal is to create an authentic and supportive environment where every employee’s contributions are valued and everyone has the opportunity to grow and serve.

 

What diversity, equity, and inclusion mean to us.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are integral to American YouthWorks’ history, culture, and identity. As an organization, our goal is to create a diverse and inclusive environment that embraces and advances equity and opportunity for all.