Program Coordinator (The Choice Program at UMBC)

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $45,000
Maximum: $45,000
Details: Note: This is a grant-funded position wherein employment is contingent upon renewal of the grant



Start Date


Application Deadline



United States


About The Choice Program:

The Choice Program is administered by The Shriver Center, the service-learning and community engagement hub of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). The Choice Program has served over 20,000 youth in Maryland for 30 years. The Choice Program strengthens communities through innovative, family-focused strategies to connect youth to educational and vocational opportunities.

The Choice Program at UMBC is grounded in theoretical perspective and values that focus on dismantling racist structures and approaches to human service work and, instead, employ strengths-based approaches focused on positive relationships and self-agency. As a primary target of The Choice Program is to reduce the number of youth of color in the juvenile justice and detention systems, these guiding principles are essential in addressing racial inequities on individual and systemic levels.

The Choice Program translates this theory into action as a community-based alternative to incarceration. The Choice program carries out its mission through four components: developing high expectations, offering opportunities for youth to engage in meaningful activities, fostering connections to positive role models, and linking youth and families to community resources. Intervention strategies and activities, including collaborative relationships with families and schools, facilitate healthy developmental processes and positive outcomes in program youth. The Choice model aligns itself with anti-racism and puts this into action through a focus on restorative practices, trauma-informed care and applied critical race theory. 

About This Position:

The Program Coordinator primarily supports the mission of the Choice Jobs initiative, bringing quality workforce development services to young people and families in The Choice Program at UMBC. The Program Coordinator is responsible for the on-the-job training services provided by The Choice Program through it's Flying Fruit (FF) social enterprises, direct supervision and development of all AmeriCorps Members assigned to the Choice Jobs initiative, and all workforce development curriculum design, delivery and evaluation provided to program youth. 

Specific duties include:

  • Oversight and direct support for Choice's on-the-job training activities at all Flying Fruit (FF) social enterprise locations;
  • Supervision of all AmeriCorps Members assigned to the Choice Jobs initiative including bi-weekly supervision meetings, providing appropriate coaching and professional development, formal evaluations and training;
  • Design, delivery and evaluation of all workforce development curriculum for youth referred for vocational services in classroom, individual or small group settings;
  • Serves as the lead instructor to program youth in classroom curriculum delivery;
  • Provides coaching to AmeriCorps Members assisting in curriculum delivery;
  • Coordinates the referral and intake process for program participants, transition out of programming and, when appropriate, follow-up resources or referral for additional services or employment resources; 
  • Serves as a representative to local partners and referral sources;
  • Participates in organizational leadership meetings, task teams and events;
  • Provides oversight and monitoring of program data entry for quality assurance;
  • Performs other duties as assigned. 

Required Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree; 6 months of experience working with youth or vulnerable populations in need of supportive services; a strong commitment to racial equity and justice.

Preferred qualifications: 6 months vocational training experience; teaching/classroom experience

Note: Due to the nature of the work flow and level of responsibility, this individual maintains a flexible schedule which goes beyond a 40 hour work week. Evening and weekend work involved.

A background check will be required and reviewed on a case by case basis. Individuals with a criminal background are encouraged to apply.

UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


This position comes with fulltime exempt staff USM competitive benefits package including healthcare, tuition remission, expense reimbursement, prescription, dental, EAP, and retirement. This position includes 22 days of annual leave per year (available as accumulated), 15 days of sick leave (available as accumulated), 3 personal days and 14 paid university holidays.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

All applications must be submitted through UMBC's portal HERE. For best consideration, apply by August 16, 2018. Applications accepted until position is filled.