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Program Coordinator, LM Village

The Schoolbox Project: Greece

WHO WE ARE: 

LM Village is a small refugee camp based in Lechania, Greece. It is a four hour drive from Athens. This camp is home to 230 people, of which 150 are children. The Schoolbox Project provides these children with informal education, art, play, and dance, all with a trauma-informed approach. This means that our programs are designed with consideration for the short and long-term effects of trauma, to prioritize the unique needs of each child and to avoid retraumatization in a highly challenging environment.

OUR MISSION:

The Schoolbox Project provides mobile, trauma-informed education, art, and play to children displaced by crisis.

HOW WE RECRUIT:

We are looking for team members who embody our values of empowerment, teamwork, and compassion.  The Schoolbox Project serves diverse populations and is committed to hiring practices that reflect our commitment to culturally competent service.  People with diverse personal experience are urged to apply including people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, women, and people living with HIV/AIDS.

We give priority to applicants who are from the communities we serve. 

GENERAL NATURE OF THE POSITION:

The Program Coordinator will supervise an innovative children’s program that provides direct services to children who are fleeing war and extreme violence. This position operates under the supervision of the Program Director. The role of the Program Coordinator will require working alongside another Program Coordinator in managing weekly and daily activities, and supervise a team of 10-15 volunteers.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  1. Direct/manage the program in its entirety, which includes: trauma-informed informal education, art, play, sports, and dance sessions.

  2. Plan indoor and outdoor activities for children from a variety of age groups, adapting offerings as needed to varying language abilities and behavioral needs of new arrivals

  3. Lead daily team meetings 

  4. Complete daily documentation and non-identifying data collection regarding the number of children served

  5. Continuous program evaluation and recommendations for programmatic improvements

  6. Complete incident reports and safeguarding resource referrals as appropriate, with support from the Program Director and Child Protection Officer

  7. Conduct targeted outreach to members of the community who may be difficult to engage and/or re-engage, including provision of homeschool lessons as needed

  8. Provide culturally, linguistically, and developmentally appropriate resources and support for the community served

  9. Promote interagency collaboration amongst community agencies and grassroots efforts

  10. Liaise and attend weekly meetings with other entities such as UNHCR and IOM

  11. Formally induct all new volunteers, including review of volunteer expectations and the TIC approach

  12. Create and deliver volunteer training sessions as needed, based on the strengths and skills of each volunteer team

  13. Coordinate daily 1:1 volunteer to child matching

  14. Model trauma-informed care best practices at all times:  “No time outs, no kick outs!”

  15. Adherence to Schoolbox policies

  16. Performance of other job-related duties as needed and directed by the Executive Director and Program Director

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • High level of adaptability. Things often change without notice in the camp

  • Strong relationship building skills to develop positive working relationships with other organizations and officials on camp, including but not limited to; UNHCR, Camp Manager, IOM, Ministry appointed social workers, psychologists

  • Previous experience in people management, social work, working with children,

  • Have a working understanding of trauma-informed care

  • Commitment to self care and a high level of self-awareness

  • Excellent boundary setting skills

PREFERRED QUALIFICTIONS: 

  • BA / BS from an accredited educational institution with major course work in education, social service, public administration, psychology, health science, or a related field

  • Supervisory or managerial experience

  • Comfort and experience working with low-income individuals and multicultural communities

  • Experience leading group or classroom activities with children

  • Experience providing direct social or behavioral health services, or similar care, to traumatized individuals and/or experience in disaster relief and recovery in the U.S. or abroad

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Demonstrated understanding of trauma-informed care and the ability to model best practices in action

  • Experience working in flexible, proactive, and fast-paced environments

  • Ability to lead volunteers of varying experience and skill level with empathy and effectiveness

  • Excellent problem-solving skills

  • Clear oral and written communications skills

  • Must possess a strong work ethic, enjoy working collaboratively, and be capable of working very independently with a high level of reliability

  • Ability to provide outreach services when appropriate

  • A predictably gentle, optimistic attitude despite immersion in a stressful, high pressure situation

  • A proven commitment to continuous improvement, including an openness to constructive feedback

  • Experience working with social service networks, resource providers, and referral pathways to support and protect children and families when needed

Other Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 24 years of age

  • Fingerprint & background check clearance

  • Must complete online training prior to first day

GENERAL:

  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, run, crawl, and play for long periods, and lift at least 12 kg as needed

  • Must have a valid driver's license and the ability to operate a large vehicle such as a van

  • Must have automobile liability insurance according to agency requirements

HOURS:

  • 5 day work week, 2 consecutive days off

WHAT WE OFFER:

  • Stipend + accommodations

  • Transportation to and from camp

  • 7 day paid break every 90 days

  • Ongoing training and support

  • 24 hour advice nurse, 24 hour behavioral crisis hotline