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Job Coach
Category: Education

Toledo GROWs - Toledo Botanical Garden
Toledo, Ohio

Posted: Friday, November 15, 2013

Job Coach

Toledo GROWs - Toledo Botanical Garden

Toledo GROWs, the community garden outreach of Toledo Botanical Garden, is seeking a qualified leader to join our diverse community gardening and urban agriculture team as a Job Coach.  This is a part-time position, 20 hours per week.  This position is funded  through a partnership with the Lucas County Department of Juvenile Justice, and will work with another Job Coach to oversee the court’s CITE (Community Integration and Training for Employment) clients as they receive job skills training at Toledo GROWs within the platform of community gardening and urban agriculture.  Qualified applicants will have experience working with delinquent youth, as well as carpentry and building/property maintenance skills. 

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and three references to Carol Gray:  The position will remain posted until filled. 

This is a grant-funded position.  Continuation of this position beyond the date of 12/31/15 is contingent upon funding.  Depending on what funding is obtained, this position could transition into continuing supervision of court youth, or additional populations as a general woodworking/repair and maintenance specialist; thus the core functions: 1) ability to supervise and teach diverse, potentially challenging audiences such as CITE clients, and 2) knowledge and experience of a shop and building maintenance, are the essential requirements for the continuation of this position.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Responsible for job readiness coaching and mentoring of CITE clients, progress assessment and evaluation of each client, skills training and site supervision of these youth as they are in the process of re-entry from the Juvenile Justice System.
  • Teach and lead CITE clients specifically in the areas of woodworking, mechanical repair and/or installation and building maintenance projects at the Robert Anderson Urban Agriculture Center.
  • Attend juvenile court trainings prior to direct contact with CITE clients and; implement cognitive thinking strategies when managing clients, as outlined in these trainings; attend additional trainings with the court as they are offered.
  • Enforce safety, security and rules as outlined by Toledo GROWs and the Juvenile Court for supervising CITE clients;
  • Track inventory and functionality of all tools and equipment in wood shop, barn, and storage sheds on the property; perform maintenance and repair as needed;
  • Maintain positive teamwork and clear communication with partner job coach and all Toledo GROWs staff;
  • Attend bi-weekly meetings with CITE program officers to discuss successes and challenges of individual CITE clients;
  • Report to Toledo GROWs Manager on progress of weekly project goals set forth in weekly staff meetings.

Position Requirements

  • Bachelor degree preferred, or two year trade school degree, with 2-3 years of relevant experience;
  • 2 years of experience working with at-risk youth in a residential or community-based program;
  • Carpentry/woodworking, general contract and/or mechanical skills to 1) manage and lead building projects in a wood shop and 2) operate and repair/perform maintenance on building and equipment;
  • Excellent organization skills to complete reports on work projects and recordkeeping for each CITE client, as required by the grant;
  • Supervisory experience with diverse individuals and groups (in addition to CITE clients);
  • Leadership by example; ability to work quickly and carefully, and motivate CITE clients to do the same;
  • Ability to work independently on project planning; can prioritize necessary tasks to complete a project; creative problem-solver;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Ability to work with a diverse team to collaborate on project planning and goal-setting;
  • Ability to work outside in ALL weather conditions and to contribute labor and supervision of CITE clients on community garden and urban farm projects;
  • Flexibility and teamwork mentality to adapt as needed or to respond to “all hands on deck” situations
  • Valid driver’s license.

Preferred Skills

  • Plumbing, electrical or remodeling experience;
  • Tractor operation and maintenance experience ;
  • Livestock/animal husbandry experience

This position will receive on the job training for skills unique to Toledo GROWs. 

Physical Demands
While performing the duties of this job, the individual is frequently required to stand, walk, talk, hear and sit.  The individual will also occasionally be required to use hands for holding, grasping and feeling objects; reach with hands and arms; bend and squat.  Working both in an office and outdoor setting.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Work Environment
At times, the work environment may be loud.  May be exposed to extreme temperatures.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, and three references to Carol Gray:  The position will remain posted until filled.

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