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Youth & Career Development Manager

Company: Friends of the High Line
Location: Walton
Posted on: November 22, 2021

Job Description:

The High Line is both a nonprofit organization and a public park on the West Side of Manhattan. Through our work with communities on and off the High Line, we're devoted to reimagining public spaces to create connected, healthy neighborhoods and cities.

Built on a historic, elevated rail line, the High Line was always intended to be more than a park. You can walk through the gardens, view art, experience a performance, enjoy food or beverage, or connect with friends and neighbors-all while enjoying a unique perspective of New York City.

Nearly 100% of our annual budget comes through donations. The High Line is owned by the City of New York and we operate under a license agreement with NYC Parks.

Job Description

The youth and career development manager will help lead and grow High Line Teens, a paid skills-building, leadership development opportunity for local youth that is rooted in civic engagement and leadership, arts & culture, and ecological horticulture & sustainability. Through a combination of work on and off the High Line, the youth and career development manager will serve as facilitator and partnerships manager, ensuring youth- and equity-centered programming that meets the needs and interests of teen staff.

High Line Teens programming includes but is not limited to: partnering with various community gardens and open spaces; exploring horticultural systems, art in public space, civic leadership; and developing and producing a suite of youth-led public programs.

This position will be part of a three-person team made up of two youth and career development managers each reporting to the director of education that will lead and grow High Line Teens. This position will also work closely with the school and family programs manager and work across multiple High Line departments, including but not limited to art, community engagement, horticulture, visitor services, and the High Line Network.

The youth and career development manager is a full-time, year-round exempt position.

Primary Responsibilities

Program Administration
Support the management and administration of the High Line's teen staff program, including hiring, payroll and program budget
Establish and build momentum around external partnership opportunities
Ensure compliance with funding requirements as related to teen staff through grant reporting methods, as needed
Ensure effective systems to measure program success and outcomes that can be effectively communicated to internally and externally
Develop and utilize evaluation metrics to drive program growth and improvement
Support outreach, recruitment, and supervision of teen staff

Youth Development
Facilitate high-quality culturally sustaining interdisciplinary curriculum, built on best practices in the field, research, and innovation
Intentionally create a safe and empowering space for High Line teen staff, maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and participatory space
Provide teen staff with support, skill building, and resources related to their potential careers, academic, and individual interests in relationship to the High Line and the High Line Network members
Identify and deepen access to content and experience to as wide a swath of sectors and industries related to the High Line
Oversee program budget

Partnerships & Collaboration
Develop and cultivate partnerships with employers, educational institutions, and other youth and adult career services to generate mentorship, apprenticeship, and job opportunities for program participants
Establish and foster partnerships focused on civic engagement to raise awareness and to build community for program participants
Maintain and strengthen the High Line's connection to local teens and the greater NYC youth development community by collaborating on youth events, and contributing to public resource sharing opportunities such as conferences etc.

Departmental Advancement
Establish structured mentor and residency program internally as well as externally
Support the cultivation and development of a Youth Alumni Network through alumni events, newsletters, etc.
Support teen staff mentoring days and alumni events
Create content for High Line Youth social media channels, e-blasts, and blog posts

Required

Requirements
4 years' experience working with youth in an education and/or youth development capacity
3 years' supervisory experience
Experience in facilitating discussions with youth around issues of power and identity, social structures, career development, and financial empowerment
Experience and preference for working with people of diverse backgrounds
Experience hiring youth staff in accordance with youth labor law guideline
Experience and fluency with Google G-Suite (Gmail, Docs, Sheets, Slides) and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Experience working with metrics, including gathering, organizing, and analyzing data to track the impact of activities
Newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (i.e., have received both doses of a two-dose vaccine or a single dose of a one-dose vaccine) and must provide proof of vaccination upon request by the organization. Requests for potential accommodation shall be considered in accordance with applicable law if and at such time as a conditional offer of employment is extended to a candidate. Applicants should not provide any medical or genetic information with their application.

Preferred
Bachelor's degree or equivalent in youth development, social work or related field
Experience working in a civic or cultural institution, such as a park, museum, library, or community organization
Familiarity with workforce development, human services, and/or community development
Experience with designing and executing public programs
Experience with Asana or other web-based project management tools
Familiarity with neighborhoods on the west side of Manhattan, including Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen
Fluency in a second language, such as Spanish, Mandarin, or Cantonese

Abilities
Excellent organizational skills with a high-level of attention to detail and ability to prioritize multiple time-sensitive projects
Self-starter, able to work independently, team player and creative thinker
Outstanding written and verbal communication skills
Sense of humor and ability to work in fast-paced environment
Commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, diversity, and accessibility
Ability to work nontraditional hours, including weeknights and weekends, to fulfill duties of position
Ability to travel locally, as needed

Newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (i.e., have received both doses of a two-dose vaccine or a single dose of a one-dose vaccine) and must provide proof of vaccination upon request by the organization. Requests for potential accommodation shall be considered in accordance with applicable law if and at such time as a conditional offer of employment is extended to a candidate. Applicants should not provide any medical or genetic information with their application.

To Apply

Submit a completed application via our online portal: thehighline.workable.com/

Only those whose applications are being considered will be contacted. No emails or phone calls please.

Friends of the High Line is a proud equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, familial or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

Benefits
20 vacation days, 56 hrs of sick time, 10 paid holidays, and 2 floating holidays
Medical, dental, and vision insurance
Supplemental short-term disability insurance and 100% paid life insurance and AD&D coverage
Paid primary and secondary caregiver leave
Flexible spending account
Commuter benefits
Contribution in a 403(b) retirement plan
Discounted Citi Bike membership
Employee Assistance Program

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Keywords: Friends of the High Line, Scranton , Youth & Career Development Manager, Executive , Walton, Pennsylvania

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