OST Program Coordinator

Department: Life Skills
FLSA Status: Full-time Exempt
Reports to: Director of Life Skills
Direct Reports: None
Starting Salary: $47500

Position Summary:

The OST Program Coordinator works within the Life Skills Department at The Attic, which supports skills-building among LGBTQ youth in five tracks: academic enrichment, job readiness, health & wellness, arts & culture, and youth leadership. The OST Program Coordinator will work collaboratively with other Life Skills staff to develop and facilitate creative and engaging center programming while helping to maintain a supportive and respectful environment for all youth that participate in services.  The OST Program Coordinator will also coach youth and young adults in identifying, pursuing, and reaching goals related to programming focus areas.

The Attic is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Essential Accountabilities

Program Support

  • Develop and implement incentivized professional development programming and events during the school year.
  • Develop and lead incentivized summer programming for PYN Work Ready in July-August.
  • Manage programming run by partner organizations or outside instructors.
  • Enroll youth into OST and WorkReady programming throughout the year as well as track enrollment documents and attendance.
  • Submit payroll bi-weekly for school year OST and summer WorkReady enrolled youth.
  • Attend regular meetings with OST and PYN agencies to discuss administrative tasks and programming.
  • Support youth with troubleshooting PYN payment issues as they arise.
  • Collaborate with the Support Services Coordinator to facilitate targeted outreach for OST and WorkReady enrolled youth.
  • Provide support to daily groups and one-on-one sessions to young LGBTQ people ages 14-23 focused on identifying, articulating, and planning toward achieving short- and long-term goals.
  • Support planning and implementation of community-based events.
  • Support planning and implementation of field trips.
  • Communicate with staff on individual cases; assist in case planning and make referrals within the Attic (counseling, case management, HIV prevention services, etc.) and outside providers as appropriate.
  • Confer with parents/guardians as necessary.
  • Promote and encourage youth participation in community activities.
  • Enforce Attic policies as written to provide a safe space for all youth.
  • Other relevant tasks as assigned.

General Responsibilities

  • Assist with staff coverage during drop-in and group hours, and/or throughout typical day as necessary to adequately staff the center, including group monitoring, hall monitoring, and the front of the building.
  • Maintain OST and WorkReady youth member files and database information, track enrollment and progress, and report outcomes per guidance by OST and PYN.
  • Participate in staff meetings, department meetings and consultations, and supervisory meetings.
  • Participate in staff professional development as necessary and/or required.
  • Attend and participate in all Attic annual and special events.
  • Ensure that Community Guidelines are upheld among youth participants and staff.
  • Other relevant tasks as assigned.

Teamwork and Collaboration

  • Work in collaboration with program and all other agency staff to facilitate a team environment.
  • Participate in the Attic huddle and staff meetings and commits to group decisions.
  • Role model effective team behaviors.
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills in building relationships with all employees and Attic youth.
  • Create good working relationships with area service providers and support programs to facilitate the access to area resources for Attic youth.
  • Create good working relationships with The Attic’s staff across departments to facilitate access to resources, and to support youth in navigating and using the services provided by The Attic.
  • Substitute for other staff when need arises.
  • Other tasks as assigned.

Attic Youth Center Values:

  • Treat all youth, visitors, and employees with caring, kindness, respect, and dignity.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality of all information.
  • Adhere to the policies, procedures, code of conduct and attendance rules of The Attic Youth Center

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in social work, education, or human services-related field; at least two (2) years of relevant experience required.
  • Experience working with diverse populations of adolescents in an urban setting, including knowledge of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth from various cultures and backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in positive youth development and empowerment.
  • Experience working with families, volunteers, and collaborating community agencies.
  • Experience facilitating group discussions and managing a variety of small and large group dynamics.
  • Ability to work with youth in both group and one-on-one settings.
  • Ability to plan creative and engaging groups and programs.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including conflict mediation and public speaking.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment when appropriate and strong decision-making skills.
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft 365 including Word, Excel, Teams, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the OST Program Coordinator job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions of the OST Program Coordinator job.

  • The employee is often required to sit and use their hands and fingers, stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.
  • Vision abilities required by this job include close vision. Often uses a computer, tablet, or other office technology such as a calculator, copy machine, and printer.
  • Retrieve and deliver supplies from storage areas to clients and move boxes and materials weighing up to 20 pounds.
  • Often works in outdoor weather conditions, especially during Spring/Summer months.

The Attic Youth Center is a specialized non-profit agency serving LGBTQ youth aged 13-24 in Philadelphia. The Attic serves a diverse constituency of youth regarding race, ethnicity, culture, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, religion, income, educational background, medical health, substance use, mental health needs. All Attic Youth Center staff are expected to work as cooperative team members for all clients to provide integrated, comprehensive care for the whole person. 

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