High School Program Coordinator

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



201 Fort Mason
San Francisco
United States


High School Program Coordinator (Full-Time 1)

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is the nonprofit support partner of the Golden Gate National Parks—84,000 acres of national parkland throughout the Bay Area, including Muir Woods, Ocean Beach, Crissy Field, and Alcatraz. The Parks Conservancy is a membership organization created to preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, enhance the experiences of park visitors, and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future. Park projects and programs include the Crissy Field Center, the promoting of leadership and environmental justice training for youth; the Native Plant Nurseries, which grows over 100,000 plants annually to restore habitat; Trails Forever, which is at work building and rehabilitating miles of trails throughout the parks; and volunteer programs that inspire over 25,000 people annually to take action in support the parks.

Position Overview:

The High School Program Coordinator’s ’s primary responsibility is to coordinate, supervise, mentor and teach High School age youth participating in the Crissy Field Center’s I-YEL (Inspiring Young Emerging Leaders) youth leadership program. Through a rich combination of outdoor excursions, leadership development, future planning, multicultural environmental education, and community building, participants will examine social and environmental issues alongside exploring the cultural and environmental complexities of their National Parks. Participants of the I-YEL program make a yearlong commitment and serve as ambassadors of the Crissy Field Center and of National Parks. In the fall this position will focus on our partnership with Leadership High School leading the I-YEL program for 12 Leadership high school students after school and on Saturdays. In the summer the High School Program Coordinator will support additional youth leadership programing and events.

The High School Programs Coordinator position reports to the High School Programs Manager. 

This is a full-time benefited position with a Tuesday through Saturday schedule. Must be available some weekday nights and committed to working full program days on Saturdays.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Program development and delivery

  • This is a teaching/coordination position that includes mentoring, developing curriculum for 22 high school interns year-round.
  • Develops and delivers relevant lessons, workshops and programs that address social and environmental issues and topics
  • Collaborates with the High School Programs Manager in the design, development and implementation of weekly teambuilding, leadership, environmental, and project planning activities based on outlined themes.
  • Designs curriculum, coordinates and leads programming and events throughout the year for community partners.
  • Leads Summer Youth Internship orientation, workshops, and special events.
  • Coordinate weekly and after-hours park and community building activities.
  • Plans and facilitates overnight trips including camping trips with youth.
  • Assists in development and facilitation of educator trainings.
  • Works with National Park Service, Presidio Trust and other partners to identify opportunities for youth engagement and leadership in the National Park and other Public Space

Program Coordination

  • Leads weekly summer youth events to engage the youth community serving the park.
  • Coordinates programing for Backyard Bound youth summit for 100 bay area youth.
  • Coordinates, recruit and Implement monthly teen drop-in events throughout the school year
  • Coordinates and implements Friends and Family events for program participants
  • Develops partnerships that bring participants and resources to the Backyard Bound youth summit
  • Assists with assessments and evaluations of programs
  • Tracks and collects program data to measure program impact on youth
  • Coordinates the youth leadership headquarters program space and program resources
  • Perform administrative tasks associated with the job and other duties as needed.
  • Lead design, coordination, and instructions of service projects, field trips, special events, and no less than 6 overnight activities.
  • Interacts and communicates with parents/guardians of program participants to answer questions and address and special needs or concerns
  • Procures new supplies and equipment for programs
  • Tracks program expenses and assists in planning budget


  • Supervises, mentors and trains interns, seasonal staff, and volunteers at varying times
  • Responsible as lead supervisor for youth while in programs, driving youth in vans and co-leading overnight trips
  • Responsible for driving youth in 15 passenger vans
  • Lead mentor for the Summer Youth Internship program for 40+ youth in 20+ placements throughout the park.
  • Responsible for the physical and emotional safety of the youth participating in the program at all times which includes coordination of monthly assessment of youth’s goals and youth development.
  • Assigns leadership roles for youth at program events and activities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Youth development: understanding of youth development approaches, ability to deliver youth leadership programs and workshops and experience mentoring young people.
  • Knowledge to San Francisco environmental and social justice challenges.
  • Experience working with High School age youth from underserved communities in San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Committed to the mission and values of the Crissy Field Center including commitment to youth development.
  • Multicultural Environmental Education: Knowledge with issues related to the urban environment, current local, regional and global environmental and social issues and events. Ability to connect with wide range of youth with different backgrounds such as socio-economic, cultural, ethnic, gender identity.
  • Equity and inclusion: Experience working with communities that national parks have failed to previously engage such as people of color, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, low socio-economic status.
  • Curriculum development: Ability to develop an interdisciplinary lesson plan and curriculum for in school and out of school time programming
  • Social Justice: Ability to incorporate relevant social justice and youth justice issues into programming. Create arts programming that is multi-layered and explores issues as well as the art itself.
  • Interpersonal skills: considers and responds appropriately to the needs and capabilities of different people in different situations; is tactful, and treats others with respect; relates effectively to others when encountering difficult situations.
  • Teamwork: pitches in and contributes to achieving group goals; supports everyone's efforts to succeed; balances team and individual responsibilities.
  • Flexibility: Willingness to try new things, explore new possibilities in programming, ability to support the team when needed.
  • Judgment: exhibits sound and accurate judgment; can clearly explain reasoning for decisions; includes appropriate people in decision-making process; demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.
  • Experience leading groups on outdoor and overnight trips.
  • Strong group management skills and ability to build a strong team with participants; exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to perform well.
  • Creative, energetic and self-motivated, ability to take initiative and recognize what needs to be done.
  • Ability to take direction and feedback in a constructive manner.
  • Detail orientated, organized, and able to multitask.
  • Able to work a flexible work schedule including overnights.

Computer Skills:   

  • Competent in the use of Microsoft Office and Google suites, especially including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and basic web knowledge.
  • Experience with media, audio/visual technology and video editing/production.
  • Ability to learn database programs for implementing program information.

Physical Requirements and Work Environments:

  • Ability to walk 5 miles on uneven terrain.
  • Work is performed in an outdoor and indoor setting, working primarily with youth during programs.
  • Work is primarily performed standing or walking.
  • Work requires squatting and kneeling.
  • Frequently lifts, carries and positions objects weighing up to 40 pounds.
  • Occasionally sits at a computer station up to 3-4 hours.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent life or professional experience in youth work, community engagement, youth development, youth leadership.
  • Experience teaching in an informal setting preferred (afterschool, youth leadership, youth development).
  • Background in environmental studies, education, child and adolescence development, recreation, or related field preferred.
  • At least one-year mentoring and/or supervising middle school or high school aged youth.
  • Background and/or interest in social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion work.
  • Bilingual or multilingual with language(s) spoken in the Bay Area- Spanish, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Russian preferred.
  • CPR and First Aid (can assist once hired).
  • Valid CA Driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • Willing and able to obtain a Commercial Class C Driver’s License with a passenger endorsement.
  • Past youth program participants (I-YEL, Project WISE, and LINC) are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • This is a full-time position with an excellent benefits package.
  • The salary for this position will be commensurate with work experience, skills and educational background.

Please apply: http://www.parksconservancy.org/about/jobs/

Application due date August 17, 2018.

No phone calls please. 

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Recruitment, placement and promotions are conducted without regard to an individual's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical handicap, veteran status or sexual orientation, or any other classification protected by Federal, State, and local laws & ordinances.

Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree