About the Role
The Manager of Youth and Community will be responsible for overseeing all community engagement initiatives in the Lower East Side. This includes managing partnerships, forging new relationships, and supporting the needs of the Lower East Side community. Our current partners include dozens of schools and community based organizations across New York City, in addition to local businesses, elected officials, and other key community leaders and stakeholders.
The Manager of Youth and Community will also be responsible for running the Lowline Young Ambassador Program. In this role, they will lead and mentor the 12 new Young Ambassadors, as well as the 16 alumni, throughout the Young Ambassador Program’s tenure and serve as the primary point of contact for the community based organizations and professionals partnering with the Lowline for this unique program. The Young Ambassadors Program will span a 6-month period, from October 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, and will run during afterschool hours, as well as on weekends.
About the Lowline Young Ambassadors Program
After the success of our pilot year, we are thrilled to embark upon the second year of The Lowline Young Ambassadors program. In 2016-2017, the program helped to prepare 16 rising juniors for careers and educational paths in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) related fields. For our second year, we will bring on 12 new Young Ambassadors to help them acquire, enhance, and refine their communication and leadership skills through participatory experiences such as facilitating community workshops, attending public meetings, completing community service projects, and spearheading various design-based activities for families and school-based audiences at community events. In addition, each Ambassador will be eligible to receive a scholarship for their participation in the program. This program aims to build and expand upon the Lowline’s commitment to youth education and engagement in the context of an exciting urban design project that is both tangible and relevant to their lives.
- – Strategic role in managing the Lowline’s Young Ambassadors program; scheduling all relevant trainings, workshops, and meetings, and serving as the point of contact for the students and partnering organizations and individuals.
- – Oversight of strategic community partnerships associated with Young Ambassadors program, including settlement houses, youth services organizations, schools, and other community groups as appropriate.
- – Develop and maintain a Young Ambassadors Program weekly status report including recommended optimizations, student performance and attendance, and qualitative enhancements.
- – Assist in the creation of funding materials related to the Young Ambassadors program, including grant proposals for foundations, corporate supporters, individual supporters, and events.
- – Lead the production of all events and activities associated with Young Ambassadors program.
- – Leadership and coordination of the Lowline’s core community engagement activities, including community workshops, focus groups, Community Board presentations, and direct meetings with key community leaders and stakeholders.
- – Proactive leadership in determining fresh ways to connect more deeply with local youth and the local community, bringing new ideas to the Lowline team and executing related projects.
- – Creation of clear, specific, and measurable goals and programs related to youth and community engagement, conducting evaluation and reporting on goals and adjusting strategies when necessary.
- – Support of the development of digital, video, and print fundraising collateral related to youth and community content, designed for both the capital campaign and ongoing operational fundraising, including content for events, emails, social media, and the Lowline’s website.
- – Track program expenditures and maintain pre-approved budget.
- – Assist in the maintenance of educational equipment and storage areas.
- – Collaborate with the Lowline team and report directly to the Deputy Director.
- – Bachelor’s degree in science, education, public policy, or related field.
- – 3-5 years’ experience working directly with youth in an informal learning field or similar organization to identify their developmental needs and improve their knowledge or skills.
- – 3-5 years’ experience working directly with community engagement and outreach.
- – Knowledge of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM), with experience integrating arts and design in STEAM learning environments.
- – Knowledge of principles and methods for teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
- – Ability to plan and organize the activities of others.
- – Demonstrated experience with both project management and execution.
- – Ability to establish long-range objectives and specify the strategies and actions to achieve them.
- – Ability to monitor and control resources and oversee spending within budget, including: ordering or purchasing supplies, and maintain training inventory and travel expenses.
- – Strong communications skills with the ability to express ideas clearly both in written and oral communications.
- – Experience serving diverse audiences.
- – Commitment to the mission of the Lowline.
- – Intimate knowledge of/experience working within the Lower East Side.
- – Experience managing a youth program in New York City.
- – Chinese or Spanish speaking.
How to Apply:
Here’s what we’re looking for:
- – Extremely polished writer, able to convey both professionalism and emotion in a variety of channels; a brilliant communicator in person.
- – High level of energy and enthusiasm.
- – Social media native (fluent in all things Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and beyond).
- – Graphic and web design skills and experience – Photoshop, InDesign, WordPress, Mailchimp highly preferred.
- – Independent worker willing to take on all tasks—glamorous and otherwise.
- – Interest in parks, public space, “green” technology, New York City and its politics, urban design, and preferably the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
- – Must be able to commit to a minimum of 3+ days per week (full-time preferred).
- – Top-notch academic credentials and some professional experience preferred.
- – Spanish and/or Chinese language proficiency preferred.
Responsibilities will include:
- – Community Engagement: Support the execution, optimization, and strategic direction of the Lowline’s community outreach efforts, including Young Designers Program, community events, public talks, and small business initiatives.
- – Event Production: Support Lowline events, such as fundraisers, and community street fairs.
- – Online Content: Help produce and curate online social media content and support digital engagement across other communication channels (i.e. email, website).
- – Operations: Manage internal systems and day-to-day operations as appropriate.
To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Lowline Intern”