Job Listing: Workforce Development Coordinator
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden - Richmond, VA
Closes - Open until filled
Position Title – Workforce Development Coordinator
Salary - $16 to $22/hr
Job Type - Full Time, Non-Exempt
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The Workforce Development Coordinator oversees the creation and growth of a workforce development program, including internships, apprenticeships, youth volunteers, and partnership programming. This individual will build and grow relationships with local school systems, colleges, universities, and youth organizations. They will support LGBG staff to create meaningful and immersive learning experiences for participants through mentorship, hands-on training, and exposure to experts in various fields.
Responsibilities include building external and internal relationships to ensure strong recruitment and a consistent, impactful experience for interns and youth volunteers. The Workforce Development Coordinator will develop a framework for cross-departmental learning offering participants an introduction to careers in public gardens while also providing in-depth engagement within a specific field of interest, and opportunities to connect with fellow students.
The ideal candidate will have experience with program creation, collaborative projects, and building and sustaining partnerships. A self-starter with strong written and verbal communication skills, a collaborative working style, and established Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) practice (including work with people with disabilities) required. This position reports to the Youth and Family Engagement Manager and works collaboratively across the institution for planning, evaluation, and outreach.
· Develops and coordinates work-based learning and career training to meet the needs and interests of youth of various ages, developmental abilities, and educational backgrounds. Specifically, this individual will:
o Facilitate youth volunteer programs at the Garden.
o Partner and collaborate with other work-based-learning programs and partners, including colleges and universities, technical schools, cultural non-profits, and local work-study programs.
o Serve as key liaison between LGBG and local and state agencies that specialize in youth programs and workforce development initiatives.
o Stay informed of local, regional and national youth gardening programs and work-force development initiatives.
· Coordinates experience of youth volunteers and interns across the Garden, including:
o Work with supervisors to recruit, train, and set expectations for youth engaged in work-based learning programs.
o Coordinate with supervisors to monitor and evaluate youth performance, as well as evaluate student input for future program enhancement.
o Establish consistent management and scheduling guidelines for staff members responsible for supervising interns; directly supervises and schedules those youth and young adults working within the Youth and Family Engagement team.
o Collaborate with Director of Volunteers, HR Manager, and supervisors across the Garden on participant placement and programming to ensure a consistent positive experience.
· Additional duties:
o Plans, organizes, and leads training sessions for volunteers working with youth programming.
· All members of the Youth and Family Engagement Team
o Assist with general upkeep of Children’s Garden spaces.
o Ensure that guests’ fundamental needs for safety, security and comfort are met at all times in the Garden.
o Complete other duties as assigned, including assistance with school programs, team projects, special events, and horticultural maintenance.
o Work occasional weekend and holiday hours. Please note that this position will require frequent late afternoon/evening hours.
Skills and Abilities
· Highly organized.
· Ability to productively switch between multiple tasks/types of work within a single day.
· Ability to handle day-to-day operations while also planning months ahead.
· Communicates effectively with diverse ages, backgrounds and all abilities.
· Works well independently as well as thrives in a team environment; adaptable and solution-oriented.
· Comfort with learning new systems and digital tools quickly.
· Must be able to initiate, build and sustain relationships with fellow staff, volunteers, and community partners.
· This position requires attendance at offsite meetings and events in the Greater Richmond area.
· Proficiency in conversational Spanish desirable.
Each employee of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
· Must comply with provisions of the current Employee Handbook, all published personnel policies and the requirements of their individual job descriptions.
· Must conduct herself or himself and perform all duties in a manner consistent with a public garden serving multigenerational and multicultural individuals and families, and in accordance with directed practices and procedures.
· Must be aware of surroundings and vigilant to threats to the safety of visitors, volunteers, and staff or to the security of their property, ensuring that all concerns are reported promptly.
· Must report all mishaps, injuries, and incidents immediately and ultimately in writing to supervisor(s) and to Human Resources.
· Must ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
· Must perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.
· Have proof of a COVID-19 vaccine.
Physical Demands / Working Conditions
· Ability to carry up to 30 lbs.
· Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
· Comfortable working in immediate proximity to the general public in a safe and friendly manner.
· This position requires familiarity with all public areas of the 82-acre Garden property.
Note: Duties described above, other duties and physical demands have been identified as essential functions as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Education and Experience
· Bachelor’s Degree.
· 2-3 years’ experience managing an internship or youth mentoring program.
· Experience working with volunteers.
· Demonstrated ability to work effectively with cross-divisional colleagues, outside community partners, and other stakeholders.
· Work experience in higher education a plus.
· Experience in a garden or other nature-based learning setting a plus.