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PowerCorpsPHL Crew Leader at EducationWorks ATS

Posted in Nonprofit - Social Services 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Job Description:

Organization Summary 
EducationWorks engages children and young people by providing high quality educational programs that make the school day whole and reengage disconnected young adults to education and career readiness. Recognizing that each child has unique needs, our staff works directly with community and school leaders to identify challenges and create customized programs that will have the greatest impact. From in-school programs to out-of-school time and AmeriCorps service, youth from six years to adulthood are positively impacted by EducationWorks programming. EducationWorks creates Opportunities for Learning and Skills for Life. 
About PowerCorpsPHL 
Launched in September 2013, PowerCorpsPHL is a City of Philadelphia AmeriCorps initiative operated by EducationWorks.  PowerCorpsPHL engages disconnected young adults and returning citizens to enter and succeed in career pathways by using service as the strategy to provide career-connected education and paid, work experiences.  Working closely with partners in the public and private sector, PowerCorpsPHL members engage in a 12-month phased experience tackling pressing environmental challenges in Philadelphia and developing the skills required to secure meaningful work. 
Successful staff and leaders within PowerCorpsPHL embrace their affiliation with AmeriCorps and share a number of common characteristics: commitment to the mission and goals of the program, dedication to their role in achieving those goals, and willingness to work across teams to create and maintain a strong program culture capable of creating opportunities and overcoming challenges. 

Position Summary 
The PowerCorpsPHL Crew Leader is responsible for the daily leadership, direction, support and supervision of approximately ten AmeriCorps members. The Crew Leader serves as a supervisor, motivator,  leader, guide, role model, and mentor to the AmeriCorps members and is responsible for the crew’s overall service performance and safety.  The Crew Leader is the primary point of contact for AmeriCorps members on their crew and reports to the Assistant Director of Culture & Climate.

Essential Functions
The Crew Leader will:

  • Provide leadership and supervision to corps members, including:

    • Treating members fairly, and with a unified approach, aligning leadership and management with PowerCorpsPHL objectives and expectations of staff

    •  Leading crew activities, discussions and reflections that create and maintain crew and program values, respectful interactions, and teamwork

    • Empowering corps members throughout their term; supporting social and emotional growth and workforce development through formal and informal learning

    • Holding corps members accountable to the expectations outlined in the Member Handbook

    • Supporting corps member completion by communicating benchmarks and off-site service opportunities to corps members

    • Conducting performance reviews of AmeriCorps members

    • Collaborating with Supportive Services staff to address barriers to service completion, including physical, social and emotional well-being

    •  Collaborating with Workforce Development staff to support corps member’s post-service and workforce development plans

  • Provide on-site project management and safety compliance, including: 

    • Coordinating and collaborating with the Project Management Team to execute daily and/or weekly projects and work orders; including tool, equipment and material management and inventories and van usage

    • Assigning, reviewing, and monitoring on-site schedules, tasks and responsibilities for corps members; serving alongside corps members as a model and active leader; starting and ending service on time

    • Creating and maintaining a safe service and project environment; consistently monitoring all aspects of corps member safety including identification and removal of hazards, the mandatory use of personal protective equipment and recommendations for additional training; providing hands-on guidance as needed

    • Knowing and enforcing all state laws (e.g. wearing seat belts), OSHA and program safety rules

    • Reporting problems, schedule changes and other issues to the Project Manager and/or Assistant Director of Culture & Climate and the appropriate City agency personnel

    •  Initiating communication for all service injuries and accidents as required by law; completing required paperwork in accordance with the worker’s compensation process

  • Provide administrative support, including:

    • Coordinating and collaborating with the Data Team to execute the administrative requirements to maintain compliance in managing all AmeriCorps members terms of service

    • Ensuring timesheets are completed accurately and timely; monitoring benchmarks

    • Assisting in completion and submission of AmeriCorps paperwork (enrollment, exit, evaluation, etc.)

    • Participating in the AmeriCorps member selection process

    • Participating in and leading corps member training sessions

    • Sharing project highlights and photos with appropriate PowerCorpsPHL staff for inclusion in press releases, news articles and/or videos

    • Attending program, staff, and community meetings and outreach events, as requested

    • Responding to inquiries from staff, City agencies, and the public in a timely and courteous manner

    • Performing other duties and responsibilities, as required

Education, Experience & Skills Required

  • Bachelor's degree in human services, social work, education, environmental science or related field OR

  • Minimum of 2 years experience working with Opportunity Youth or other system-involved populations

  • Experience with vocational education and/or youth workforce development, strongly preferred

  •  Meaningful experience leading and managing youth ages 18-26 who’ve been involved in the criminal justice system and/or experience challenges consistent with opportunity youth

  •  Ability to motivate and guide disconnected and disengaged youth and diffuse conflicts

  • Knowledge of sustainability, landscaping, horticulture, and/or stormwater management principles

  • Strong work ethic and ability and desire to work outdoors in challenging conditions

    • Working in extremes of heat, cold or rain

    • Heavy lifting, bending and carrying up to 50 lbs

  • Experience with service-learning, AmeriCorps programming, and member management preferred

  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, and organizational skills

  • Ability to adapt plans and be flexible on short notice and take initiative to problem-solve

  •  First AID/CPR Certification, preferred

  • Driver’s license, insurance and ability to drive a passenger van, required

Core Competencies
Caring Relationships

  • Motivate and lead program staff to work collaboratively perform with excellence

  • Establish and foster, with diverse partners, positive relationships and open, informative and effective communication

  • Demonstrate high level of enthusiasm for and ability to convey the PowerCorpsPHL mission to internal and external stakeholders in a clear and compelling manner

  • Exercise sound judgment 

Professionalism and Professional Development

  • Self-direct and assume full ownership over responsibilities

  • Set clear direction and accountability for staff while offering opportunities to share resources, obtain professional development and advancement to reach goals and objectives

  • Provide clear communication and high level of organization to all staff; including sound written and oral communication skills

  • Present strong problem-solving processes

  • Commit to professional development to advance skill growth of serving urban youth

Cultural Competence and Inclusion

  • Promote inclusive behaviors and practices and equity among staff; setting high standard for open dialogue and problem solving

Program Management

  • Evaluate program effectiveness and build capacity to develop systems and align resources to optimize success

  • Develop relationships and plans to advance the goals of the PowerCorpsPHL program