Groundwork USA Youth Programs Manager

Groundwork USA seeks a Youth Programs Manager to coordinate and implement its national youth programs, which offer environmental education, stewardship, employment, and leadership opportunities for young people across the country.

Groundwork USA is the only network of local organizations devoted to transforming the natural and built environment of marginalized communities – a national enterprise with local roots, working at the intersection of the environment, equity, and civic engagement. Through inclusive, meaningful community engagement and cross-sector collaboration, local Groundwork affiliates, called “Trusts,” transform neglected land and waterways into assets for low-income neighborhoods. All Groundwork Trusts have Green Team youth education and employment programs embedded in their work, and Groundwork USA leads national programs for Green Team ambassadors in places such as Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and Glacier National Park. Interested candidates should review our website,

The Position:
The Youth Programs Manager will assist with carrying out Groundwork USA’s national youth programs and projects in locations across the country and handle day-to-day administration of the programs. The position reports to the National Youth Programs Director (PD) and is a full-time exempt position. Responsibilities include:

  • Working with the PD to organize programs and activities such as the corps programs in our nation’s national parks, and to plan and implement events such as our annual Youth Summit.
  • Collaborating with the PD on developing new youth programs to support the strategic direction of the organization and meeting with related federal and local partners to facilitate this process.
  • On-site supervision of Groundwork youth program leaders and high-school Green Team youth during project implementation in different locations across the country, including hands-on project work in the field with the youth.
  • Undertaking evaluations to identify program strengths and areas for improvement and to ensure goals are met in partnership satisfaction, safety, quality, and team performance.
  • Producing accurate and timely grant reporting and working with PD to develop program budgets and logistical operating plans for youth programs.

This position will be based in a community that has a local Groundwork Trust or in another location in proximity to Groundwork USA staff in the eastern United States (Southeast/Mid-Atlantic/Northeast).


  • Experience in and ability to build or expand skills in construction and restoration work, including woodworking, sheetrock, finish carpentry, and masonry projects.
  • Basic knowledge of, and skills in, trail building, community gardening, and landscaping.
  • An understanding of cognitive and social development of youth and the ways in which young adults interact.
  • Demonstrable ability to build relationships with individuals and with groups; understanding of how these dynamics impact youth development and the barriers to healthy youth development; ability to design programs/policies to meet those challenges.
  • Sensitivity to all gender expressions, comfort working alongside LGBTQ youth, and an awareness of, sensitivity to, and celebration of racial and ethnic differences.
  • Familiarity with educational pathways to environmental stewardship and conservation and related curriculum development.

The Youth Programs Manager must have excellent communication skills, a demonstrated ability to work effectively with people of different backgrounds, strong organizational skills and attention to detail, and a sense of humor. At least three to five years of professional experience is required.

Additional Position Requirements:
As Groundwork USA’s youth program is national in scope, the work can be in diverse environments, from dense urban cores to remote western parks. As such, the Youth Programs Manager would ideally:

  • Be willing to travel extensively, especially during the summer. Some work assignments may require two- to four-week stays (all travel covered).
  • Have a valid driver’s license and be willing/able to drive long distances, sometimes in a van, and on occasion pulling a trailer.
  • Have a thorough knowledge of camping, including gear, site selection, and camp setup, and be willing to camp for extended periods (up to three weeks) as required throughout the summer.
  • Be able to hike and engage in outdoor recreation (such as canoeing) and perform manual labor alongside youth corps teams.
  • Meet federal employment suitability requirements and successfully complete background investigation involving fingerprint identification and background inquiry forms.

Competitive salary, commensurate with qualifications, within an anticipated range of $45,000-55,000; SIMPLE IRA plan with employer match; health insurance through Qualified Small Employer Health Reimbursement Agreement; generous vacation, sick, and holiday leave.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Applications received by June 1, 2018, will be ensured full consideration. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted – your understanding is appreciated.

Groundwork USA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to maintaining and growing a diverse team, and an anti-racist organization committed to doing business in keeping with core values of relevance, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

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Executive Director, Groundwork Somerville

Over the last 18 years, Groundwork Somerville has created impact through a broad range of programs, including our Urban Agriculture Initiative, Green Team youth jobs corps, School Garden classrooms, the Mystic River revitalization, summer and winter Farmers Markets, and wide variety of projects that engage our community to improve equity and sustainability in our city. Groundwork Somerville is looking for a leader with the fundraising capacity, professional network, energy, and creativity to grow the impact of these programs.

The Executive Director will focus primarily on fundraising and identifying income sources to drive the growth of Groundwork Somerville. They will also assist the organization with finalizing an administrative partnership with Groundwork Lawrence to allow a structured sharing of procurement, financial management and human resources/talent management functions

This dynamic and entrepreneurial Executive Director will lead Groundwork Somerville into its next phase of work transforming the principles of sustainability into physical demonstrations of change in the built environment. Key areas of emphasis will include working hands-on with a growing Board of Directors and dedicated staff to increase visibility and drive our operational activities. The Executive Director will also serve a primary role as an ambassador for Groundwork, promoting the organization’s work and cultivating relationships with supporters and stakeholders from across Greater Somerville.

The diversity of projects that Groundwork Somerville tackles every year requires an Executive Director with variety of skills and a passion for approaching environmental challenges through a community-driven perspective. Groundwork Somerville believes in the power of collaboration, achieving results by building partnerships, and the imperative of approaching this work through the lens of racial justice. The incoming leader will share these goals, and benefit from the strength of our history, our dedicated and talented team, and the organization’s partners.


Fundraising, Communication, and Collaboration

  • Oversee the procurement of Groundwork Somerville’s annual operating budget. Includes creation of annual budget, strategic vision for meeting budgetary goals, and execution of this strategy to ensure fiscal sustainability and growth of organization.
  • Apply successful experience in proposal writing capabilities. Identify, aggressively pursue and secure all funding, including grants, gifts, fee-for-service arrangements, in-kind donations, non-traditional funding, online marketing, pro bono legal services, and business partnerships.
  • Develop and implement strategies to build and invigorate an active base of volunteers and donors and attract unrestricted funds.
  • Utilize relationships to increase Groundwork Somerville’s visibility across local and regional influence networks.
  • Oversee and expand tactical communications and marketing strategies to ensure timely and effective organizational updates are provided to a variety of audiences. Includes oversight and delegation of periodic newsletters, website and social media strategy, and other outlets to build awareness of Groundwork and our efforts among Somerville residents and region-wide.
  • Act as a strong and enthusiastic networker, tapping a broad range of relationships across the non-profit, food security, youth development, government (local, state and federal), charitable foundation, corporate partner, and educational sectors, including Groundwork USA and other Groundwork Trusts across the country, the City of Somerville, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, National Park Service and US-EPA.


Organizational Leadership

  • Work with the Board of Directors, Deputy Director, and Groundwork staff to set the strategic direction for the organization, identify opportunities for partnerships and new initiatives, and secure the financial and capital resources required for a thriving program and project portfolio.
  • Oversee financial oversight and reporting, budget preparation and management. With the creation of the administrative partnership with Groundwork Lawrence, work with the shared processes on billing, HR compliance, financial management, payroll, and other business needs.
  • Grow the Board of Directors through the nomination, onboarding, and continued engagement of diverse candidates.
  • Uphold the values and culture of the organization by fostering a positive and team-oriented environment, putting a premium on racial and social justice internally and externally.


Program Development and Staff Management

  • Build organizational diversity, and institutionalize systems that ensure an inclusive work environment for all.
  • Support Deputy Director and Groundwork staff to organize and implement projects within Somerville and the Mystic River region that align with overall organizational goals.
  • Manage, support and advise staff, including recruitment, hiring, delegation of responsibility and oversight for programs and projects, team building and career development, evaluation, and mediation.
  • Directly supervise: Deputy Director and Landscapes Project Manager.



  • Demonstrated success in developing and executing fundraising strategies, with particular strength in grant proposal writing and raising funds from corporate and individual donors.
  • Experience in budget development and contract management.
  • Strong and diverse network of professional relationships.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in leadership roles, with success in fundraising and staff management.
  • Experience with collaboration across professional specialties within a range of public and private institutions.
  • Familiarity with governance, statutory language, advisory boards, administrative partnerships and government agency contracts.
  • High level of cultural competency and respect for all stakeholders, with experience working in multicultural settings.
  • A passion for Groundwork’s mission and values around racial, social and environmental justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, and an ability to align mission-driven priorities with operational strategy.
  • Strong knowledge-base regarding urban agriculture, open space, land protection and urban place-making project landscape.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Proficiency (verbal and written) in a non-English language preferred (e.g. Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian Creole).


Commensurate with experience. Generous health benefits package, as well as flexible paid time off and vacation.

Hiring Policy:
Groundwork Somerville is an equal opportunity employer. We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation/identification, or any legally protected status. City of Somerville residents are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

Please send: Resume, Cover letter and a Short Sample of a Proposal or Grant, to (as a single PDF file, if possible, titled “LastName_FirstName_EDApplication”).

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a candidate is selected.


Executive Director, Groundwork RVA

Posted May 9, 2018.

Groundwork RVA is currently seeking a qualified candidate to fill the role of Executive Director. Groundwork RVA cultivates the next generation of conservation leaders in Richmond, Virginia, by offering youth opportunities for environmental and social justice learning, after-school programming, and workforce training. The Executive Director is the key management leader of the organization. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include, but are not limited to, fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors. In addition to the responsibilities and qualifications below, Groundwork RVA seeks a leader who will embody and promote the organization’s mission of social equity, meaningful change and youth development.

General Responsibilities:

1) Board Governance: Works with board to fulfill the organizational mission

  • Responsible for leading Groundwork in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors
  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and make informed decisions.


2) Financial Performance and Viability: Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.

  • Responsible for the fiscal integrity of Groundwork RVA, to include submission to the board of a proposed annual budget and financial monthly statements, which accurately reflect the financial condition of the organization.
  • Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
  • Responsible for fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support Groundwork’s mission


3) Organizational Mission and Strategy:

  • Responsible for the implementation of Groundwork’s programs and projects that carry out the organization’s mission.
  • Responsible for strategic planning to ensure that Groundwork can successfully carry out its mission and implementing said plan
  • Responsible for the enhancement of Groundwork’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic, and private organizations


4) Organization Operations: Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate

  • Responsible for effective administration of Groundwork’s operations
  • Responsible for the hiring, retention and management of competent, qualified staff
  • Responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization


Professional Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Transparent and high integrity leadership
  • Proven commitment to social equity
  • Business management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making, and reporting
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development, and task facilitation
  • Ability to convey a vision of Groundwork’s strategic future to staff, board, volunteers, and donors
  • Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to non-profit sector
  • Skills to collaborate with and motivate board members and other volunteers
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to interface with and engage diverse volunteers, partners, and donor groups
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff
  • Strong public speaking ability

Salary is commensurate with experience and other qualifications. Quality benefits package includes health insurance, dental and eye care, and four weeks personal time off.

Closes June 8, 2018 at 5:00 pm (EDT). Please email resume and cover letter to:

Groundwork USA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to maintaining and growing a diverse team, and an anti-racist organization committed to doing business in keeping with core values of relevance, equity, diversity, and inclusion.