Canyon Country Youth Corps Director

15 July 2017 Published in News

Posting Date: June 26, 2017
Deadline: Open until filled
Reports to: Executive Director
Salary: $47,000 – $53,000, depending on experience
Status: Full time, Exempt, Eligible for benefits
Location: Monticello, UT


The Canyon Country Discovery Center seeking a motivated, mature professional to lead our Canyon Country Youth Corps (CCYC). CCYC is a workforce development and employment program for youth and young adults ages 15-25, many of whom are local or Native American residents of the Colorado Plateau. CCYC teaches effective life skills, field techniques, tool use, resource management, backcountry living skills, habitat protection, and healthy living. It also prepares participants for careers in natural resources and recreation management. CCYC is an AmeriCorps program. Youth can earn a wage or living stipend, education awards, and complete a GED. Work projects include habitat restoration, travel management, trail maintenance, invasive species removal, and fire/fuels reduction on public lands.


The Youth Corps Director provides administrative guidance and oversight for Canyon Country Youth Corps. Primary responsibilities include: sound administrative guidance of the AmeriCorps award, coordination with public lands professionals to secure work contracts, management of program budgets, overseeing field operations to ensure high quality delivery of public lands work, and ensuring educational programing impacts youths’ lives. This position directly supervises a team of up to 3 staff and 9 youth corps crews a year.

Responsibilities & Functions

  • Supervision: The Youth Corps Director trains and supervises youth corps staff, ensures crews are completing work to the satisfaction of public lands agencies, and meets program goals for all grant requirements. The Youth Corps Director also oversees compliance with organizational and programmatic operational policies, and promotes a motivated work environment for staff and crews.
  • Program Development: The Youth Corps Director works with senior staff and public lands agency staff to secure funding from grants and fee-for-service contracts. The Youth Corps Director also assists senior staff on project reports for funders. Additionally, the Youth Corps Director will be required to develop positive professional relationships with other youth corps organizations in the Four Corners Area and work collaboratively to meet public lands management needs.
  • Oversight of AmeriCorps Award: The Youth Corps Director works with the Utah Commission on Service & Volunteerism to ensure organizational compliance with all AmeriCorps requirements to ensure the organization remains in good standing. The position requires participation and positive representation of the organization at all related program director’s meetings, trainings, workshops, and conferences. The Youth Corps Director also oversees staff assisting with compliance of AmeriCorps.
  • Program Management: The Youth Corps Director is responsible for oversight of the day-to-day youth corps operations, planning, and managing the schedules of up to 4 crews at one time. The Youth Corps Director builds and maintains relationships with partners in federal, state, city, and county land management agencies. The Youth Corps Director plans all logistics in advance and communicates logistics clearly to youth corps and organizational staff. The Youth Corps Director is also responsible for maintaining paperwork related to grants, fee-for-service, and internal needs.
  • Financial: The Youth Corps Director works within an annual budget, assisting other senior staff in aspects of budgetary decisions. The Youth Corps Director works with finance staff to oversee crew leader and crewmember payrolls, to invoice public lands partners, to track spending, and to ensure payments are made in a timely manner.
  • Organizational Leader: The Youth Corps Director leads program team meetings and works with organizational leadership to ensure a healthy, productive work environment. This includes coordinating with other departments’ logistics, managing schedules, approving payroll, and participating in organizational leadership activities. The Youth Corps Director helps with various organizational tasks, based on skills and as time permits.

Necessary Skills & Qualifications

  • Insightful team player who can build and maintain relationships with other regional youth corps, public lands agencies, foundation officers, and others supporting youth corps or AmeriCorps efforts.
  • Highly developed decision making to evaluate alternatives in the achievement of quality outcomes.
  • Outstanding organizational and time management abilities to structure tasks, establish priorities, multi-task, and set goals.
  • Supervisory skills, including the ability to effectively interact with and motivate a small team of individuals on a daily basis, in consistent and flexible manner.
  • Excellent communication skills (oral/written) to ensure effective communication of goals.
  • A high level of accountability, responsibility, and dependability.
  • Experience in managing relationships with multiple organizational partners and agencies.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite programs and a database, with the demonstrated ability to complete written reports, budget summaries and analyses, and track program information.
  • Three years’ supervisory experience, preferably with conservation corps, public lands management, or youth development organization.
  • Experience and understanding of AmeriCorps award requirements and Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field preferred, but not required.

Successful candidates must possess a valid driver’s license, insurable driving record, and acceptable background check.

Physical/Essential Requirements

This position requires periodic overnight travel and non-traditional work hours, inclusive of weekend and evening hours at times. To successfully perform essential functions the candidate is required to sit, stand, walk, speak and hear. The Youth Corps Director may be required to climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl on an infrequent basis and possess the ability to hike and climb in rough terrain. He/she must be able to operate office equipment, telephone, and computer and reach with hands and arms. The Youth Corps Director may be required to lift up to 50 pounds unassisted.

To Apply

Send a cover letter detailing relevant experience to this position, a current resume, and three professional references to . No calls, please. Position open until filled.