Senior Manager, National Youth Program

Groundwork USA seeks a Senior Manager for its national youth program, which offers environmental education, civic leadership, employment, and career development opportunities for young people from low- and moderate-income communities across the nation.

A national enterprise with local roots, Groundwork USA supports the only network of local organizations dedicated to creating healthy, resilient neighborhood environments in low-resource communities through meaningful community engagement and collaboration. Local Groundwork affiliates, called “Trusts,” are community-based organizations that transform neglected land and waterways into community assets and undertake diverse other environmental improvements while building community capacity to effect change. Groundwork USA supports this dynamic network and advances climate justice and equitable development through national technical assistance and learning network programs for local practitioners. All local Groundwork Trusts have Green Team youth education and employment programs and many have Ground Corps employment programs for young adults facing barriers to employment. Groundwork USA leads national programs for Green Team ambassadors and Ground Corps members in places such as Yellowstone National Park, the Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site, and Gateway National Recreation Area (NYC). We also provide program development support to Groundwork Trusts and help our youth advance into environmental leadership roles. Groundwork USA works closely with the National Park Service and other federal partners that include the US Fish & Wildlife Service and NASA.

The Position

Groundwork USA’s National Youth Program Senior Manager will collaborate with the National Youth Program Director in managing all aspects of our youth programs, handling day-to-day strategic direction and administration, and directing projects in locations across the country.

Responsibilities include:

  • Program management: Implementing overall program priorities, guided by the organization’s strategic plan; planning and coordinating programs and projects in national parks and events such as the annual Groundwork USA Youth Summit; developing and implementing systems and continuously improving operations.
  • Grant management: for federal, foundation, and corporate funding agreements, developing budgets, managing expenses, and preparing reports, working closely and effectively with Groundwork USA finance and administration staff.
  • Logistics management: including communications with local Groundwork Trusts.
  • Project direction:  On-site supervision of Groundwork youth program leaders, high-school Green Team youth, and Ground Corps members in projects at locations across the country, including hands-on natural and cultural resource projects involving trail improvements, green infrastructure, invasive species management, forestry, and restoration of historic buildings and other structures.
  • Health and safety: Assessing risks, ensuring safe work environments and practices, and complying with OSHA and other applicable requirements.
  • Partner relationships: Meeting and building relationships with federal and local partners; ensuring goals are met in areas including partner satisfaction, work quality, and team member performance.
  • Program evaluation: implementing, strengthening, and acting on program feedback and evaluation systems.

This position reports to the Director of Youth Programs and involves working closely with the Director of Operations and other administration and finance staff. It will be based in a community with a local Groundwork Trust (see or another location in proximity to Groundwork USA staff in the eastern United States. We seek an individual who is interested in growing in the position and assuming increased responsibilities over time.


  • Strong program management skills – experience in budgeting and grant management, staff supervision (including youth employees), and effective use and improvement of administrative systems and processes; demonstrated ability to handle competing demands effectively and collaboratively.
  •  Demonstrated ability to motivate and manage youth and ensure positive experiences in projects involving activities such as trail building, urban agriculture, landscaping or green infrastructure, invasive species management, citizen science, and construction or historic restoration.
  • A facility for helping young people learn and an understanding of their cognitive and social development; ability to build relationships with individuals and groups; general familiarity with trauma-informed practices.
  • Cultural competency – aptitude for working with people of diverse racial, ethnic, class, and cultural backgrounds, particularly youth of color from low/moderate income communities
  • Sensitivity to all gender expressions; comfort working alongside LGBTQ+ youth.
  • Familiarity with pathways to careers in conservation and environmental leadership.
  • Proficiency in software programs including Excel, Word, Google calendar, PowerPoint, and apps for functions such as expense reporting, timekeeping, and event registration.
  • Desired but not required: experience in construction and restoration, including woodworking, sheetrock, finish carpentry, and masonry; experience in community engagement or organizing; Spanish language proficiency.

The National Youth Program Senior Manager must have excellent organizational skills, initiative, strong communication skills, consistent attention to detail, and a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with people of diverse backgrounds. At least three years of relevant professional experience and a four-year college degree are required.

Additional Requirements
This position involves working with youth in diverse environments, from urban neighborhoods to remote parks in the Rocky Mountains and civil rights historic sites in the South. The National Youth Program Senior Manager must bring the following:

  • Willingness to travel extensively, especially during the summer, when two- to four-week periods of work in western National Parks and other locations may be required.
  •  Ability to integrate program management with travel and ensure continuous smooth communications and collaboration with administration, finance, and communications staff.
  • Valid driver’s license, clean driving record, and willingness and ability to drive long distances, sometimes in a van or pulling a trailer. A background check will also be required.
  • Thorough knowledge of camping, including gear, site selection, and camp setup, and willingness to camp for extended periods in the summer.
  • Ability to hike, engage in outdoor recreation (such as canoeing), and perform manual labor alongside youth teams.

Competitive salary, commensurate with qualifications, within an anticipated range of $70,000-80,000; benefits include health insurance, dental and vision insurance, retirement plan with employer match, and generous vacation, sick time, and parental leave policies.

Submit a cover letter and resume to Applications received by October 15, 2021, 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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Director of Community Relations, Groundwork Hudson Valley 

The Director of Community Relations is a senior management position responsible for implementing community engagement programs, organizing events, writing and releasing publicity material, and developing public relations strategies that will promote the organization’s mission and visibility. Responsibilities include 1) engaging community members to address neighborhood environmental challenges and ensuring community voices remain central to the design, development, and implementation of Groundwork’s programs; and 2) developing and implementing public relations efforts to increase Groundwork’s local, regional, and national visibility. This position will jointly supervise the Development and Communications Associate in partnership with Groundwork’s Director of Development.

Experience &  Characteristics 

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field and 6-10 years of experience in community engagement, public relations, and/or communications
  • Fluency in Spanish and English languages
  • Relational, likes people, works well with diverse populations, and is a good listener
  • Has a passion for the guiding values and mission of Groundwork, including a commitment to environmental equity and justice
  • Self-directed and willing to take risks
  • Willing to help develop others’ skills including Groundwork’s Development and Communications Associate
  • Self-confident, professional, good sense of humor, willing to learn, and be held accountable
  • Willing to work flexible hours, including some evening and weekend events
  • Knowledge of Yonkers communities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to articulate clear, persuasive, and concise thoughts.


***This is a full-time salaried position with benefits***

The salary range for this position is $65,000 – $75,000. Groundwork offers a generous benefits package for employees, including participation in our health insurance plan, 11 paid holidays per year, 15 paid vacation days per year, 7 paid sick days per year, and additional paid comp-time at the discretion of the Executive Director. We also offer a Simple IRA and access to TransitChek pretax transportation benefits.

How To Apply

Send a thoughtful cover letter that speaks to how your experience and skill-set meet the qualifications for this position to Please include résumé and writing sample.

Groundwork Hudson Valley is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and does not discriminate in any employer/employee relations based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other basis protected by applicable discrimination laws. City of Yonkers residents are strongly encouraged to apply.

Read the full job posting and learn more here. 

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.