The VISTA Youth Curriculum Coordinator will serve alongside one other VISTA member to implement a youth workforce development (YWD) program that provides participants with job training as part of RTNO’s approach to alleviating poverty among multiple generations in New Orleans. Focussing on curriculum research and design, program implementation, and volunteer educator recruitment, the Youth Curriculum Coordinator is a vital piece in implementing a YWD program at RTNO. This member will work closely with the Director and the Volunteer and AmeriCorps Manger to improve the curriculum of previous YWD programs, create data tracking systems for program participants and alumni, and engage youth in the program through implementation.
-Coordinate with Construction Managers to develop a comprehensive construction training curriculum involving a wide range of skills for program participants
- Coordinate with the Volunteer and AmeriCorps Manager to revise current YWD professional development program based on previous program feedback from participants and other staff members
-Research and create activities and workshops for participants to engage in during the program that incorporate team building, workplace etiquette, financial literacy, professional development, and more to create a well-rounded program.
-Work with the Director to meet and engage current RTNO sponsors and supporters in the YWD program by inviting them to become guest speakers and presenters for youths.
-Work with the Director to identify potential employer matches for the youths that include current and potential RTNO partner organization and corporations.
-Work with the VISTA Youth Development Coordinator to host, organize, and attend job fairs and other post-program employment opportunities to benefit program participants.
-Create a staff training manual including activities, schedules, and other pertinent information to upcoming cohorts for the YWD program
-Create and maintain an accurate database of YWD program participants that be contacted for future volunteer opportunities and post-program data collection
-Work with the VISTA Youth Development Coordinator to create and collect pre-and post-program surveys that evaluate participant progress for future program improvement.
Community Need Addressed
New Orleans has the third largest number of opportunity youth in the country and needs workforce development and job training programs to help these youths obtain jobs with higher wages, allowing them to combat the affordable housing crisis and dramatically increasing cost of living in the city.
Demonstrated change in knowledge amongst youth program participants in professional development, financial literacy, and construction skills. Increased number in community sponsors and volunteer educators. Increase in financial and in-kind donations to support the youth workforce development program at RTNO.
Childcare assistance if eligible, Education award upon successful completion of service, Health coverage, Living allowance, Non-competitive eligibility (federal jobs), Relocation allowance (if applicable), Student loan forbearance, Training
Parking pass, mileage reimbursement (when applicable)
Competencies You Will Develop
Demonstrate sensitivity and empathy, Lead group discussion, Listen to and consider others' viewpoints, Maintain open lines of communication with others, Speak clearly, in precise language and in a logical, organized and coherent manner, Write cleary and effectively
Creativity & Problem Solving
Able to identify and define the problem, Capable of generating possible solutions, Communicate the problem to appropriate personnel, Provide relevant expertise, Select and implement well-considered solution
Derive consensus, Develop constructive working relationships and maintain them over time, Establish a high degree of trust and credibility with others, Interact professionally and respectfully with supervisors and co-workers, Stay positive and outcome oriented, Use appropriate strategies and solutions for dealing with conflicts and differences to maintain a smooth workflow
Accepts responsibility, Anticipate the consequences of decisions, Identify and prioritize the key issues involved to facilitate the decision making process, Involve people appropriately in decisions that may impact them, Quickly respond with a back-up plan if a decision goes amiss
Carefully consider which tools or technological solutions are appropriate for a given job, Consistently choose the best tool or technological solution for the problem at hand, Seek opportunities to improve knowledge of tools and technologies that may assist in streamlining work and improving productivity
Able to prioritize various competing tasks, Create environment of contribution, Create plan of action, schedule tasks so that work is completed on time, Demonstrate the effective allocation of time and resources efficiently, Drive decision making, Effectively delegate tasks, Facilitate group planning, Set goals
Be pleasant, courteous, professional and respectful when dealing with internal and external customers or clients, Evaluate customer or client satisfaction, Honor the privilege of being able to work with and for those being served, Provide personalized, prompt, and efficient service to meet the requirements, requests and needs of customers, Recognize the importance of maintaining privacy and confidentiality of those being served, Understand and anticipate the needs of others, Understand the importance of one's role in the functioning of the organization