Program Coordinator

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Organization Description

Open Field’s mission is to improve the lives and futures of youth through sport by promoting health, education, life skills, leadership, and equity through soccer. Our sport-based youth development programs create a safe space for youth to play soccer and learn, with a social impact topic connected to every session. Since 2010, Open Field’s global team has engaged more than 4,000 youth in educational soccer programming, mentoring relationships, travel abroad experiences, and cultural exchange in Cameroon, Africa and now Pittsburgh, PA. Our youth-led, community-based approach empowers youth to be leaders in their community and gain skills to help them succeed on and off the field. Over the two years since launching programs in Pittsburgh, we have steadily grown and now we seek to expand our team. After celebrating our 10-year anniversary last year, it is an exciting time in the organization as we begin to realize our vision for regional and global expansion over the next decade.

Job Description

The Program Coordinator facilitates sport-based youth development programs and strengthens the connection between our youth participants, coach mentors, and partners. The Program Coordinator oversees and implements educational soccer programs for boys and girls ages 6-18, primarily from the immigrant and refugee community, in after-school, community-based, and summer camp settings. This includes designing, planning, implementing, and evaluating programs that increase social and emotional learning, leadership skills, mentor relationships, gender equity, and conflict prevention and resolution (social cohesion) in low resource communities where we work. They are responsible for cultivating safe spaces on and around soccer fields for social emotional learning and personal growth of youth participants. This includes volunteer recruitment and engagement. They are actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the Pittsburgh office, which includes tasks that support equipment collection, fundraising, event planning, and strategy. They are self-directed and creative and willing to take on leadership roles in new initiatives.

Job Responsibilities

  • Design and plan sport-based youth development programs
  • Implement programs, serving as a coach-mentor and lead staff person on site
  • Coordinate logistics and scheduling for programs with partners, staff coach-mentors, interpreters/translators, and other stakeholders as necessary
  • Track attendance and enrollment of youth participants
  • Collect and delivers necessary permission forms and contact information
  • Train, mentor, and support Youth Leaders, teenagers from target communities, with support from CEO and other staff
  • Co-design and administer program evaluation tools (surveys, discussion groups, etc.) to measure impact and outcomes
  • Develop and oversee a system to attract, screen, train, recognize, and retain volunteer coach mentors
  • Train, mentor, supervise, and support coach mentors, with support from CEO and other staff
  • Oversee donated equipment collection campaign(s), logistical coordination for shipping to Cameroon, and distribution efforts in Pittsburgh
  • Develop an ‘ambassador’ program to engage young people across the country to support our mission (i.e. equipment donation campaigns, fundraising efforts, and travel abroad)
  • Organize and participate in community events to promote our mission
  • Assist CEO in reporting and presenting on the program to funders and at public events
  • Support social media and digital communications, as necessary
  • Conduct standard office management and administrative tasks such as proofreading, database management, printing, and mailing.

Job Expectations

  • Facilitates in-person programs outdoors (following COVID-19 protocol) in 2021
  • Maintains flexible, seasonal work schedule for coaching at various sites around Pittsburgh (i.e. afternoon and evening hours during school year, daytime and evening hours during summer months, some weekend days as-needed)
  • Maintains few office hours (following COVID-19 protocol) with majority work-from-home, when not in the field, in 2021
  • Responds promptly to calls and emails, especially those related to the program
  • Transports soccer equipment and apparel to/from field and supports temporary storage, as-needed
  • Promptly notifies and communicates with supervisor and program partners about any and all changes to program plans
  • Plans vacation and time off around important program dates and schedule
  • Maintains professional interaction with volunteers, participants, on-site contacts, parents, and other points of contact related to the program
  • Adapts to unplanned events or unexpected changes quickly and professionally
  • Tracks and reports hours worked using required forms

Job Qualifications

  • Prior experience as an educator, program coordinator, or counselor, especially in a camp or after school setting with diverse populations
  • Prior soccer experience, either as a player or coach (basic knowledge of the game is important)
  • Enthusiasm for cultivating a safe and positive space for youth
  • Willingness to take ownership of responsibilities as well as a willingness to share decision-making power with others, particularly youth participants
  • Creative and skillful in problem solving
  • Strong desire to learn and share knowledge
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or 2-3 years equivalent experience in youth and/or community development
  • Comfortability working with a diverse group of youth and families
  • Cultural empathy and open-mindedness
  • Commitment to anti-oppression and racial equity work
  • Familiarity with trauma-informed and alternative discipline practices, e.g. restorative practices
  • Adaptable to flexible work hours and environment with evolving program priorities
  • Driver’s license and access to a car
  • Must have PAAct 33/34 Clearances, FBI Fingerprint Background Check (mandatory)
  • Mandated Reporter Training, Adult, Child and Baby First Aid/CPR/AED Online Training (if these trainings are not yet completed during the hiring process, they can be during onboarding)


  • $33,000 annual salary
  • Competitive benefits, including health insurance, 401k matching contribution, and generous paid holiday package


To apply, send your resume and cover letter explaining why you want the job, why we should hire you, and relevant experience to no later than March 12, 2021. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Open Field provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. Open Field expressly prohibits any form of unlawful employee harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status.

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