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  Job Description

Groundwork Lawrence (GWL), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has been making change happen in Lawrence, Massachusetts since 2001.  Through community engagement, environmental and open space improvements, fresh food access, youth education, and employment initiatives, GWL creates the building blocks of a healthy community, and empowers residents to improve their quality of life. GWL achieves results by engaging the whole community – residents, youth, nonprofits, government and businesses – in the planning and realization of projects. With this collaborative approach, GWL ensures that all stakeholders are mutually invested in the outcomes, the key to stable neighborhoods and sustainable change.

GWL’s mission and operations are premised on the understanding that environmental conditions are inextricably linked to the economic and social health of a neighborhood.  As a consequence, GWL is committed to “changing places and changing lives” through on-the-ground projects that help to transform local communities.  GWL’s mission is “to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment by developing community-based partnerships which empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being.”  

What you will do

GWL is seeking an Education Program Coordinator to implement a variety of youth education programs.  Reporting to the Education Program Director, this position collaborates with the education team and temporary summer staff to deliver top quality environmental and public health youth programming and helps integrate youth into GWL’s community activities and events.  

What we seek

We hold high expectations for our youth, and in order to reach their full potential we require our Education Program Coordinator to be a strong role model. Ideal candidates will possess enthusiasm for working with youth, a commitment to Groundwork Lawrence’s mission, a strong work ethic, and strong organizational skills combined with attention to details.

Education Program Coordinator Responsibilities:

  • Implement Schoolyard Garden/ Environmental/ STEM Education Programs: in-school and after school programs designed to cultivate healthy habits and promote healthy eating, active lifestyles, and environmental awareness for pre-K through high school age students.

  • Assist with curriculum development for all youth education initiatives including schoolyard gardens, urban ecology, urban agriculture, and natural history programs, and stewardship projects.

  • Participate in, and ensure youth integration in GWL projects, community programs, and events including Earth Day, Spicket River Cleanup, S.A.L.S.A. Festival, and Spicket Greenway 5 K .

  • Collect data about educational programs to enable GWL to plan strategically and report to funders.

  • Collaborate with local colleagues and organizations to implement new and existing programs.

  • Assume other responsibilities, as assigned.


  • Must share a passion for Groundwork’s values and vision;

  • Demonstrated experience working with youth in the public school system;

  • Expertise in environmental/ecological studies, urban agriculture, public health, science  and/or related fields;

  • 2-3 years minimum experience in planning and delivering education programs;

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with colleagues;

  • Be a self-starter and work well independently, as well as value collaboration;

  • Must be experienced working in multicultural, inclusive settings;

  • Demonstrated outstanding organizational skills along with strong oral and written communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills;

  • Ability to balance competing priorities and deadlines and to handle multiple tasks;

  • Basic computer skills: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;


  • Undergraduate and/or Masters degree(s)

  • Ability to communicate in Spanish

  • Experience working with/within school districts a plus;

  • Experience with curriculum development and familiarity with MA State Curriculum Frameworks


Compensation: Starting salary range is $30,000 to $37,500 commensurate with experience.  Employee benefits include employer payment of 75% of health and dental insurance with an FSA and HSA, an employer-matched Simple IRA retirement plan, and excellent paid-time off benefits.  This position reports to the Program Manager and is an exempt, full-time position requiring some evening and weekend hours.  GWL provides excellent opportunities for advancement and growth within the organization.

To apply:  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Please submit letter of interest describing your relevant experience and interest in Groundwork Lawrence along with your resume by May 5th  to: Groundwork Lawrence, Attn: Human Resources, 50 Island Street, Lawrence, MA 01840, fax:  (978) 974 0882, or

No phone calls please

Hiring Policy: City of Lawrence residents are strongly encouraged to apply.

GWL is an equal opportunity employer.  We consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation/identification or any legally protected status.  

No phone calls please. Email inquiries may be sent to

  Metro Area Lawrence MA
  Job Location City Lawrence
  Job Location State Massachusetts
  Job Location Zip 01840
  Job Location Country United States
  Compensation Hourly From: $0.00 To: $0.00
  Job Category Education and Training, Youth Programs
  Prefered Experience 2 year(s)
  Job Type Full time
  Language 1 Spanish ( Speak Read Write )  
  Job Posting Date Apr. 13, 2017

Organization Details

  Organization Name Groundwork Lawrence
  Organizational Focus Environment and Ecology
  Contact Person Brian Kibler
  Contact Phone none posted
  Contact Fax none posted
  Contact Email
  Web Address http://60 Island Street, 3rd Floor

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