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Austin Civilian Conservation Service Corps 

FY21-05 Austin Civilian Conservation Corps Crew Leader

(Austin Residents Only)

JOB OPENINGS

Two (2)

LOCATION

AYW Headquarters | Austin, TX

DEPARTMENT

Conservation Corps

POSITION REPORTS TO

Austin Civilian Conservation Corps Program Coordinator

POSITION SUPERVISES

Austin Civilian Conservation Corps Crew Members

CLASSIFICATION

Regular, Full-time, 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.

This position requires you to be between the ages of 21-35.

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

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FY21-06 Austin Civilian Conservation Corps Crew Member

(Austin Residents Only)

JOB OPENINGS

Six (6)

LOCATION

AYW Headquarters | Austin, TX

DEPARTMENT

Conservation Corps

POSITION REPORTS TO

Austin Civilian Conservation Corps Crew Leaders

POSITION SUPERVISES

None

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.

This position requires you to be between the ages of 18-35.

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

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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

FY21-02 Houston Conservation Program Manager

JOB OPENINGS

One (1)

LOCATION

AYW Operating Site | Houston, TX

DEPARTMENT

Conservation Corps

POSITION REPORTS TO

Conservation Corps Director

POSITION SUPERVISES

Houston Program Coordinators, Field Coordinators, and AmeriCorps

CLASSIFICATION

Regular, Full-time, Exempt

POSITION PURPOSE

The Houston Conservation Program Manager is responsible for and expected to develop and maintain program culture, direction, and all aspects of the programs’ operation, development, and expansion. The Program Manager will also develop and maintain project partnerships, facilitate AmeriCorps grant compliance, and support administrative needs for field operations in order to implement and maintain quality, safe, highly effective operational programming and communication.

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

Under limited supervision from the Program Director, the Conservation Program Manager will perform the following functions:

  1. Manage day-to-day conservation program operations with a focus on safety risk management, building a 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.
  2. Maintain regular weekly communication via, email, teleconference, video, or in-person with Program Director to discuss:
    • Recent accomplishments, major concerns, ways HQ can provide support, and exciting things coming up;
    • Collaborate and respond promptly to requests from the Program Director, Senior Director of Operations, CEO, and other personnel as needed to work closely on the goals and needs of the program and its sustainability.
  3. Ensure all program activities are in compliance with grants and supporting grant management:
    • Coordinate with the Program Operations & Compliance Director to complete grant-reporting requirements through project tracking and program documentation, and provide leadership for outstanding grant compliance and monitoring techniques.
  4. Leverage new partnerships and opportunities:
    • Collaborate with the CEO and the Disaster Program Manager to network and build relationships with state and local entities to identify potential conservation, coastal restoration, and disaster response projects;
    • Collaborate with Senior Director of Operations, and program personnel to develop project contracts/agreements, entering all relevant information into the project management database;
    • Develop and maintain project partner relationships with an aim toward sustainability;
    • Identify and participate in strategic multi-stakeholder initiatives that will enhance American YouthWorks’ visibility in our service areas;
    • Utilize existing tracking and reporting tools and strategies for partner cultivation;
    • Assist CEO and Program Director in identifying funding sources to maintain adequate revenue streams for sustainable programming.
  5. Manage administrative functions:
    • Help 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;
    • Submit data and required paperwork according to established timelines;
    • Ensure all American YouthWorks’ and programmatic rules, regulations, policy and procedures are followed.
  6. Provide excellent leadership and support to Houston Program staff:
    • Collaborate with the Human Resources Manager to;
      • Cultivate a respectful and inclusive working community;
      • Implement a variety of performance management strategies including quarterly performance reviews;
      • Provide on-going coaching and feedback to staff;
      • Provide strategic onboarding for new staff;
    • Support and assist Field Coordinators in leading and training AmeriCorps crew leaders and members;
    • Co-facilitate weekly staff meetings.
  7. Coordinate with Conservation Corps staff to plan and implement crew leader and member orientation;
  8. Coordinate with Houston 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;
    • 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;
    • Coordinate with Conservation Corps staff and partners to provide disaster response training.
  9. Provide oversight and support of crews serving on conservation projects:
    • Perform site visits to monitor activities in the field;
    • Transport members to project sites or other locations as needed, i.e., Urgent Care.
  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 purchase supplies needed for project work and program development.
  11. Attend relevant conservation and disaster response conferences and training;
  12. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
INTERNAL OPERATIONS
  1. Foster a success-oriented, accountable environment within the organization;
  2. Contribute to the development of AYW’s strategic goals and objectives, and ensure that American YouthWorks is adhering to 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. Responsible for the measurement and effectiveness of all grant reporting metrics, internally and externally;
  6. Upgrade and implement an appropriate system of policies, internal controls, standards, and procedures as they relate to the department;
  7. Stays abreast of current trends and shares insights with AYW leadership in the context of program direction, and risk management;
  8. Ensures Organization complies with all grantor, funder, federal, state, and local requirements;
  9. Coordinates with the Program Director and Human Recourses on issues and, or matters related to legal problems or lawsuits;
  10. Manage risk for the entire organization as it relates to the depratment.
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 annual performance appraisals, and administering salary adjustments.

QUALIFICATIONS
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 and, or Youth Build/AmeriCorps model;

Minimum Required

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATION: Bachelor’s degree in environmental science or related field of study;

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

EQUIVALENT EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: 60 hours toward a bachelor’s degree with at least 12 hours (equals 2 years) 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: Knowledge of basic Houston-area restoration practices; Trail building and habitat restoration experience; Mechanical and basic tool knowledge, including use of a chainsaw; CPR/First Aid; Herbicide use; Team-based coordination and logistics;

SKILLS: Technical writing for contracting and grants; Proficiency in Microsoft Office and other software platforms preferred; Problem-solving and logistics skills; Conflict management; Operation of passenger van, truck with trailer, and other heavy equipment; Chainsaw operation; GPS/GIS; Carpentry, small engine maintenance; 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; Flexibility 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, e-mail, 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;

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 15-passenger company vans, and trailers; 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 off-site disaster and conservation hitches; one-hour unpaid lunch break; occasionally 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 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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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

FY21-08 Case Manager

JOB OPENINGS

One (1)

LOCATION

AYW Headquarters | Austin, TX

DEPARTMENT

YouthBuild

POSITION REPORTS TO

Conservation Corps Director Service Team Manager

POSITION SUPERVISES

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

CLASSIFICATION

Regular, Full-time, Non-Exempt

POSITION PURPOSE

The Case Manager is responsible for providing case management and counseling services to participants enrolled in the program. The Case Manager is responsible for working with students on a day-to-day basis, providing support services, monitoring attendance, and assisting in the achievement of their educational and career goals.

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, the Case Manager will perform the following functions:

  1. Maintain a caseload of 20-25 program and provide case management services that include:
    • Creating individual service plans;
    • Crisis intervention counseling;
    • Assisting with youth’s court, and, or probation related issues;
    • Assisting in problem-solving, attending home visits, and, or referrals, and assist in parent and family support;
    • Attend transition meetings with participants and College and Career Team to assist with wrap-around services;
    • 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. Facilitate Leadership Development/Life Skills groups on a weekly basis;
  6. Work with education and vocational teams providing support in the classroom/on-site with members related issues as needed;
  7. Document and report program measures for quarterly reports;
  8. Transport members to and from off-site services;
  9. Attend staff meetings and Service Team meetings;
  10. Other tasks as assigned by supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS
Preferred

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATION: Master 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 YouthBuild/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 of the job description.


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; principles, 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

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; Temporarily Working in a home- office setting;

OUTDOORS: None;

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, chaperone day/overnight field trips, annual staff retreat, and visit construction sites.


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

FY21-09 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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JOB TITLE

FY21-10 Staff Accountant

JOB OPENINGS

One (1)

LOCATION

AYW Headquarters | Austin, TX

DEPARTMENT

Accounting and Finance

POSITION REPORTS TO

Director of Finance

POSITION SUPERVISES

None

CLASSIFICATION

Regular, Full-time, Non-Exempt

POSITION PURPOSE

The Staff Accountant is responsible for Accounts Payable, Payroll, Payroll Taxes, and bank reconciliation. The Staff Accountant will also be responsible for entering cash receipts and disbursements into the appropriate accounting software. The Staff Accountant is also responsible for maintaining Accounts Payable ledger and vendor files and will assist with grant billing and reporting.

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

Under the general supervision of the Director of Finance, the Staff Accountant will perform the following functions:

  1. Establish and maintain effective communication and coordination with staff and management by:
    • Keeping management informed of issues and concerns related to accounting functions, and vendor relations;
    • Providing exceptional customer service.
  2. Ensure accounting documents, records, invoices, and reports are prepared, maintained, and presented in an accurate and timely manner;
  3. Ensure AYW policies, procedures, and accounting functions are followed and completed per internal policies and grant requirements;
  4. Ensure Accounts Payable and other department documents are maintained and filed in a clear and orderly manner;
  5. Assisting with grant billing and reporting;
  6. Research, track, and resolve accounting problems and discrepancies;
  7. Prepare Payroll on a semi-monthly basis for staff and participants;
  8. On a weekly basis:
    • Prepare vendor payment checks;
    • Receive and process Requests for Payment (RFP’s) from staff;
    • Enter and record expense transactions, and cash receipts in the SAGE MIP, or Certify accounting software.
  9. On an as-needed basis:
    • Perform Bank Reconciliation;
    • Attend and participate in meetings;
    • Complete special projects and miscellaneous assignments.
  10. Maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information;
  11. Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS
Preferred

EDUCATION/CERTIFICATION: Previous related experience and knowledge working with a YouthBuild or AmeriCorps program model.

Minimum Required

EDUCATION / CERTIFICATION: Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or related field;

EXPERIENCE: Six (6) years of Non-Profit experience, SAGE MIP accounting software, and Certify;

EQUIVALENT EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Bachelor’s degree in the specified or related field and 2 years of work experience such as described in the essential work tasks;

OR

High school diploma or GED and 6 years of work experience such as described in the essential functions and duties.


KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES

KNOWLEDGE: Principles and procedures for, compensation, benefits, and payroll information systems; structure and content of the Non-profit or government accounting rules; Sage MIP accounting software, Certify accounting software, Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Suite applications, computers and general office equipment; Donor contact management software;

SKILLS: Strong analytical, organization, and time-management; Negotiation, Quality control analysis, File management; Non-profit fund accounting Identify problems and negotiate resolutions; excellent problem-solving skills and ability to develop win/win solutions; hardworking, focused on success and continuous process improvement;

ABILITIES: Ability to self-evaluate and check emotions, work well with a wide range of people, Cooperative, Able to build consensus, Good decision-maker, Flexibility under pressure, Evaluate, analyze and interpret information, Organize and clearly communicate complex accounting projects, issues, and tasks in a professional and efficient manner, Self- motivated and able to work with minimal supervision; Prioritizing, planning and organizing, Dependability; Ability to manage outside contractors and projects, Ability to thrive in a lean and fast-paced work environment.


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: 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;

EQUIPMENT INTERACTION: 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: None;

ATTENDANCE: Monday – Friday, flexible 40-hour workweek with a one-hour unpaid lunch break; occasionally weekends or after hours to meet deadlines or special projects and other events as needed;

TRAVEL: Occasional professional conferences, workshops, training, and annual program 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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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q

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.

Q

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.

Q

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.

Q

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] We onboard staff twice a month, on the 16th and 1st of the month.

Q

Do you support remote workers?

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

Q

What should I wear to my interview?

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

Q

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
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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.