GWL is seeking a Program Director to lead and grow a variety of education and community initiatives. The Program Director provides overall leadership, direction, development, management, and evaluation of GWL’s programs for youth, families, adults, and groups. Reporting to the Executive Director, this position plays a key leadership role both internally and externally and directly manages staff, outcomes, and collaborative efforts with local, state, and national partners. The Program Director hires, trains, manages, and develops program staff and serves as a member of GWL’s executive staff.
The Program Director will oversee the following GWL programs:
- • Green Team: an environmental education, leadership, and job training program for Lawrence high school youth.
• Schoolyard Gardens: an afterschool program that cultivates healthy habits and promotes healthy eating, fitness, and environmental awareness.
• Urban Adventures Summer Camp, managed in partnership with Mass Audubon: a nature-based day camp in Lawrence combining environmental education, physical activity, and fun summer activities highlighting Lawrence’s natural environment.
• Green Jobs Training: an EPA funded program through the Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment Board, provides job training in sustainable landscaping, brownfields, OSHA, deconstruction, and recycling.
• Healthy Living: adult community-based workshops on topics including organic gardening, composting, healthy lifestyles, and toxic reduction strategies.
• Also supports community engagement and fresh food access programs including community gardens network, Lawrence Farmers Market network, and volunteer events.
• Lead the implementation of a long-term programmatic vision that builds upon GWL’s strengths and increases its capacity to address the emerging needs of the community.
• Direct the ongoing development, management, implementation, and achievement of GWL’s programs and their intended, measurable outcomes.
• Ensure that programs are integrated, build upon organizational strengths, and support existing open space projects and environmental improvements.
• Successfully establish, implement, monitor, and achieve annual business plans – including specific goals, budgets, hiring, performance management, evaluation, and outcomes.
• Lead the strategic expansion of educational and community programming in Lawrence and surrounding communities.
• Supervise program staff and maintain and grow key external partnerships to achieve mission.
• Participate regularly in community events and collaborations.
• Collaborate with local colleagues and organizations to develop and implement new and existing programs and to create systemic change in local and state-wide policies as it relates to GWL’s mission.
• Assume other responsibilities, as needed.
It is crucial that the candidate be a team player but also comfortable working independently and efficiently. GWL has a small staff and the large amount of projects and programs accomplished are through collective action and goal setting as well as independent accomplishments. It is important to focus on the “big picture” and how it can affect and promote environmental, economic, and social well-being for the community of Lawrence, the Merrimack Valley, and other Groundwork Trusts in the GWUSA network across the country. GWL works to create and use replicable models for community-based partnerships that solve complex environmental and social justice problems.
• Must share a passion for Groundwork’s values and vision;
• 3-5 years minimum of comparable management experience and excellent references;
• Advanced training and/or prior work experience in youth education, job training, environmental studies, urban agriculture, public health, nonprofit management, and/or related fields;
• Experience as a senior leader with overall responsibility for program success;
• Experience in planning, designing, marketing, and evaluating education programs;
• Experience in supervisory and non-supervisory staff management;
• Experience working with/within school districts a plus;
• Experience with developing curriculum, training programs, and evaluation tools a plus;
• Demonstrated outstanding organizational skills along with strong oral and written communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills;
• Basic computer skills: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
• Ability to balance competing priorities and deadlines and to handle multiple tasks;
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues;
• Be a self-starter and work well independently, as well as value collaboration;
• Must be experienced working in multi-cultural, inclusive settings;
• Ability to communicate in Spanish is a plus.