Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Title:Youth Initiative Program Coordinator
Closing Date/Time:Mon. 05/01/17 8:00 AM Pacific Time
Salary:$5,320.00 - $6,471.00 Monthly
$63,840.00 - $77,652.00 Annually
Job Type:Regular Full-time
Location:220 4th Ave. S., Kent, Washington

The City of Kent is currently accepting applications for a Youth Initiative Program Coordinator in our Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department.  We are seeking a candidate who is adept at building relationships with and providing necessary services to youth.  If you possess these abilities, along with a passion for developing strategies that will aid in the betterment of housing and human services for Kent residents, we welcome your application.

**Please note that a cover letter and resume must be attached to your online application in order for your application to be considered complete.  You cannot add these items to your application after you have submitted it.  If you experience technical difficulties while filling out your application, please call our office at (253) 856-5270 and we will do our best to assist you.**

This is a non-represented, benefited position that is exempt from overtime.   

Initial interviews for this position are tentatively scheduled for Friday, May 5. 

Under the direction of the Senior Human Services Coordinator, perform professional, analytical, and technical duties in the development, implementation and administration of Housing and Human Services programs.  The incumbent applies professional level skills and collaboration to gather, develop, and analyze information to meet the housing and human services needs of Kent citizens.

Work is characterized by professional level duties in the development and coordination of a wide variety of complex recreational, cultural, artistic, leisure, and/or athletic programs.  While actual duties of this incumbent are focused on youth and young adult well-being, all coordinators may be assigned to perform work in any or all areas.  Incumbent is regularly required to represent the City of Kent while working with elected officials and staff from a variety of other organizations.  Incumbent is frequently involved in politically sensitive issues requiring a considerable amount of tact and diplomacy, and may be required to take a lead role in developing strategies to address those controversies.  May serve as lead on a variety of Parks projects as assigned and supervise temporary staff as necessary.

Work is performed independently under limited supervision.  Supervisor sets the overall objectives and resources available.  Incumbent and supervisor work together to develop the deadlines, projects, and work to be completed.  Incumbent is responsible for the work, plans and carries out the assignment, resolves most conflicts that arise, coordinates work with others, and interprets policies on own initiative in terms of established objectives.  Incumbent keeps supervisor informed of progress, potentially controversial matters, or far-reaching implications.  Work is reviewed in terms of feasibility, compatibility with other work, or effectiveness of results.

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Develop an inventory of youth/young adult program services and activities available in Kent and ensure connection to the King County Youth Directory; ensure inventory is updated annually.
Support the implementation of and sustain a local youth coalition, including city departments and community-based providers/partners to promote high quality, culturally responsive extended learning and social development programs and identify gaps in service delivery.
Establish and maintain a community "scorecard" or set of benchmarks to track key outcomes and community indicators.
Collaborate with internal working team representing other departments and divisions within the City to identify gaps and opportunities.  For youth involved with the juvenile justice system or youth considered disconnected, identify gaps and support the development and implementation of effective resources, programs and services to support their positive development and ability to fully participate in community life.
Develop and maintain a fiscal map to track funding allocated through multiple sources (local, and regional) that supports a variety of youth programs available to youth in Kent.
Implement a youth employment initiative that includes summer employment, work readiness/life skills, and provide transitional jobs for young people who need temporary, wage-based employment as a stepping stone to develop work skills and enter the regular labor market.
Establish a Kent Youth Leadership Board to bring forward the youth voice in the planning and development of local policy and programming. This position will serve as the liaison to the board and coordinate closely with the Youth Police Board.
Provide information and assistance to staff, City personnel and the general public regarding youth/young adult programs.
Convene stakeholders on emerging issues/potential projects as needed.
Research and analyze demographic, statistical and socioeconomic data, service reports and need indicators; stay current on trends and issues relevant to youth, young adults and community coalitions; prepare written and oral reports based on the data and share with both internally and external youth providers, where applicable.
Direct the activities and monitor the completion of work tasks of consultants and interns who are contracted to perform specified planning activities for the division as assigned.
Conduct and attend a variety of staff and community meetings; provide oral presentations concerning program.
May participate in the development of grant proposals and budgets for youth and/or young adult program funding opportunities.
Prepare and maintain various records, reports and work sheets related to the program implementation and operation including expense records
Actively support the vision, mission, values and behavior statements of the City and the department.
Perform related duties as assigned.
 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Principles, methods & techniques of community and organizational development, program planning and design, grant writing, budget development, and program evaluation
  • Principles and practices of research methodology as applied to the collection and analysis of data
  • Current issues, trends and developments for youth and young adults
  • Applicable federal, state, and local service funding sources and applicable laws and regulations
  • Measurement of program outcomes
  • Working collaboratively with services staff from regional jurisdiction
  • Available community resources
  • Relationships among governments, public and private community organizations and groups, and private enterprise in the county
  • Grant, proposal and/or contract preparation, negotiation, monitoring and administration
  • Evaluating programs in relation to youth and young adult needs
  • Research, analyze and evaluate data and information and make recommendations
  • Work effectively with ethnic communities, community based organizations and citizens from diverse backgrounds
  • Build coalitions among groups with differing needs and objectives
  • Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with a wide range of individuals and groups
  • General research methods necessary to gather, analyze, evaluate and synthesize data, and assist in the formulation of comprehensive plans
  • Thinking conceptually, observing and evaluating trends, analyzing data, and drawing logical conclusions
  • Facilitate meetings and make group presentations
  • Effective communication with individuals in crisis
  • Making effective oral presentations at public hearings and meetings
  • Develop effective strategies to leverage limited resources
  • Working confidentially with discretion
  • Technical aspects of field of specialty
  • Telephone techniques and etiquette
  • Record keeping methods
  • Collect, analyze and interpret demographic, statistical and socioeconomic data
  • Prepare reports
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with City officials and employees, Commissions, committees, other jurisdictions, agencies and the general public
  • Prepare for and present effective public presentations
  • Read, interpret and apply policies, procedures, codes, rules and regulations
  • Work effectively with multiple priorities and time constraints
  • Plan and organize work
  • Physically perform the requirements of the position
  • Provide effective written and verbal communication across diverse audiences with multiple language backgrounds

 Education, Experience and Other Requirements:

Education:  Bachelor's degree in Social Sciences, Planning, Public Administration, Recreation or related field; and
Experience: Three (3) years of experience in human service youth development planning at a professional level.
Or:  In place of the above requirement, the incumbent may possess any combination of relevant education and experience which would demonstrate the individual's knowledge, skill and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above.
  • Valid Washington State driver's license
  • Must be able to successfully pass the City's pre-employment driver's records check
  • Multilingual desirable


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