Community Program Coordinator, DC Area
Job Details
Arlington, VA - Arlington, VA

Position Summary

The Student Conservation Association provides an array of programs for young people across the country. This position will work in support of team-based, Community Programs in the Washington, DC area. The DC Area Community Program provides opportunities for high school students, young adults (18+), and K-12th grade students through our Urban Tree House environmental education program. The Program Coordinator role will ensure that these teams run smoothly and are supported by taking on a variety of administrative, hiring, and logistical tasks necessary for executing programs. This person helps ensure that Team Leaders are equipped for the program work scheduled, safety procedures, logistical service/program delivery needs, and mandatory internal record-keeping and administrative requirements. This position reports to the Program Manager for the DC Area Community Program. This position will primarily be remote (either working from home or field based), with occasional days in our Arlington, VA office.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • External Engagement:
    • Represent DC Area Community Program at SCA and other events
    • Assist DC Area Community Program Manager to build relationships with community organizations and land partners on a local level
    • Work, in collaboration with SCAs Advancement/Events team and SCAs Alumni Director to engage the community and alumni in creative ways
  • Recruiting & Onboarding:
    • Assist with orientation and training of Team Leaders to prepare them for their position
    • Provide leaders and members with necessary supplies and other logistical support
    • Provide leaders and members with necessary tool knowledge to complete work projects
    • Responsible for assisting HR as requested with the in-person onboarding requirements of crew leaders and members
    • Assist with the recruitment and enrollment of leaders and members which may include attending events outside normal work hours
    • Assist with interviewing and selection of members
  • Program Planning & Delivery:
    • Help monitor leaders project delivery to ensure compliance with administrative and curriculum checklists
    • Plan and organize project logistics prior to program start with agency partners
    • Work with DC Area Community Program Manager to review execution plan and ensure necessary preparations and monitoring plans are completed
    • Provide support to leaders and members to ensure tools and equipment are in safe working order. Manage tool cache
    • Assist SCAs Training Department with member and leader training
    • Responsible for modeling, facilitating, and building an inclusive community
    • Manage Urban Tree House Environmental Education Program:
      • Lead environmental education program that serves DC area youth, grades K-12th
      • Develop curriculum and lesson plans
      • Recruit, hire, train, and manage environmental education interns
      • Schedule and coordinate participating groups
      • Create and maintain partnerships with other DC-based programs
  • Program Improvements:
    • Share on-the-ground learnings with DC Area Community Program Manager and project partners
    • Assist with program reporting and evaluation of program execution
  • Internal SCA Engagement:
    • Liaise with HR and Recruitment teams representatives for member recruiting and onboarding processes
    • Responsible for keeping abreast of internal policies and procedures, such as weekly time-keeping logs, narrative reporting for funders, and other SCA mandates, and ensuring Team Leaders timely and accurate compliance
  • Alumni Engagement:
    • Build and maintain relationships with Community Program alumni as directed
    • Support SCAs efforts as requested in connecting Community program alumni to member continuum as directed
    • Support SCA Events Team and Advancement and events and projects as needed



  • Project management experience in a collaborative environment
  • Strong written and oral communication skills when working with various external and internal partners
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and problem solve
  • Experience working with youth from racially and socioeconomically diverse backgrounds
  • Enjoy working with young people in a fluid, dynamic organization
  • Basic First Aid and Adult CPR certifications or ability to obtain before the start date
  • Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability
  • Emotional maturity
  • Experience deescalating emotionally charged situations and discussing available options
  • Highly resourceful team player, with the ability to also be extremely effective independently
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion, be adaptable to various competing demands, and demonstrate the highest level of customer/client service and response
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve high-performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience working in conservation and strong technical outdoor skills (experience as a former SCA Crew Leader is a plus)
  • Experience developing curriculum or curriculum activities for high school and young adult audiences is a plus
  • Experience using budgeting software and managing a budget is a plus
  • Experience with light carpentry projects and the use of power and hand tools is a plus

Education and Experience

  • Associate or Bachelor's degree in a related field preferred OR 2-5 years experience working in a related field with supervisory responsibility.
  • Proven ability to multi-task and troubleshoot in a fast-paced environment.
  • Attention to detail and follow through on administrative tasks
  • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite, Google products, Volunteer/Customer Relationship Management software or willingness to learn new software.
  • Local candidates already living in and familiar with the DC metro area preferred.

Travel Requirements

  • Must possess a valid drivers license for 3 or more years and have a motor vehicle record that meets SCA standards.
  • Excellent driving record and ability to drive in a variety of conditions including city driving and/or use of four-wheel drive.
  • The ability to travel for extended periods of time outside and over a variety of terrain
  • Some weekend and overnight travel will be required


The Student Conservation Association, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer.


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