MI Healthy Climate Corps Program Coordinator, Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM)

Posted by: CAKE Team
Post Date: 2/05/2024
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM)
Position/Title/Fund: MI Healthy Climate Corps Program Coordinator
Type/Term: Full-time, Permanent
Location: Lansing, Michigan
Salary: $53,560 annually
Deadline: Mar 03, 2024
Description:

CEDAM is seeking an experienced program coordinator to support future climate leaders participating in the MI Healthy Climate Corps program. The MI Healthy Climate Corps (MHC Corps) is a new program of the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), for which CEDAM is the operator partner. Starting in March, 30 MHC Corps members will be deployed statewide to provide critical capacity to communities tackling climate change. Member projects tie directly to the MI Healthy Climate Plan and are tailored to the organization at which they serve. 

The program coordinator position is responsible for program administrative tasks and will be the first point of contact for day-to-day AmeriCorps member interactions. As such, they will have the opportunity to nurture statewide relationships, ensure program compliance, and be an integral part of supporting future climate leaders. The program coordinator will report directly to the MI Healthy Climate Corps program manager.

CEDAM is a network of community champions building an equitable Michigan. We are a statewide coalition committed to community economic development. We build members’ capacity, amplify their voices, and leverage resources to achieve lasting and systemic change for Michigan. Through engagement and collaboration, we sustain a thriving and equitable community economic development sector across the state.

Responsibilities:

The program coordinator works hand-in-hand with CEDAM’s MI Healthy Climate Corps program manager to support program participants who serve at host partner organizations statewide. This includes:

  • Program Administration: The program coordinator is the point of contact for day-to-day MHC Corps member questions and will provide excellent customer service throughout the process. They will:
    • Promptly answer questions and provide guidance that meets AmeriCorps compliance 
    • Collect and ensure accurate program paperwork is completed, including new hire paperwork, timesheets, monthly reports, and contracts
    • Coordinate with host partners, members, and program manager to schedule site visits
    • Attend site visits as able
  • Program Recruitment: The program coordinator is responsible for the setup and management of the MHC Corps partner and member application. They will:
    • Manage application portals and provide technical assistance for applicants
    • Participate in the host partner application review and selection process
    • Schedule final interviews with program participant candidates and participate in candidate interviews
  • Training and Event Support: The program coordinator supports the program manager in implementing a yearly training plan with virtual and in-person components. They will:
    • Coordinate schedules, invitations, and event logistics
    • Book meeting space, lodging, and catering
    • Provide virtual or in-person technical support
    • Follow-up with training participants, guests, and presenters
    • Ensure training websites are maintained
  • Communications and Outreach: The program coordinator collaborates with CEDAM’s communications team to highlight the program's success. They will:
    • Create content for CEDAM newsletters, blog posts, and social media to promote the program
  • Cross-Organization Support: As part of the CEDAM team, the program coordinator participates in cross-organization activities. They will:
    • Attend bi-weekly all-staff meetings in Lansing
    • Represent CEDAM and the MHC Corps team at conferences, events, and CEDAM regional events
    • Participate as possible in CEDAM organizational committees 
    • Collaborate with coworkers via task management software and Slack

The Ideal Candidate:

Anyone looking to work at CEDAM should share our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The ideal candidate doesn’t just have exceptional customer service skills—they take pleasure in helping others understand processes. To us, experience doesn’t mean more years in the field or bigger programs managed—when you read the scope of work listed above, you are confident you have done about 60 percent or more of the things listed. 

We’re looking for someone who is:

  • A team player: Looks forward to interacting with your colleagues and partners through different mechanisms throughout the workday, including via Slack, Zoom, phone, and/or email.
  • Relational: Motivated to develop meaningful professional relationships with the CEDAM team and external partners.
  • Diplomatic: Able to ensure program compliance on documents like timesheets and reports without ruffling too many feathers in the process.
  • Conscientious: Approaches communication with patience and compassion, maintaining attention to detail and a willingness to get to the root of the issue, even when it takes time.
  • Unflappable: Looks forward to representing the MI Healthy Climate Corps to high-profile stakeholders as one of the premier American Climate Corps programs.

Qualifications:

We’re looking for someone who has:

  • Exceptional customer service skills
  • Experience coaching or mentoring diverse populations
  • A history of independent decision-making and problem-solving
  • Proven ability to work across a variety of program partners
  • Proven success in maintaining organizational systems
  • Precision in past work and attention to detail
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Advanced understanding of digital platforms like Microsoft Office Suite and Google Suite 

Due to the nature of this position, the MHC Corps Program Coordinator will need to be prepared to travel statewide, at times being on the road multiple days a week. The right candidate for this position will enjoy working directly with program partners.

How to Apply:

To apply, complete this Google form. In this process, we are seeking someone who pays attention to detail and follows directions. Please read the following application instructions carefully. 

On the form, you will provide:

  • Two to three paragraphs telling us why you are interested in this position and how you believe you meet the qualifications.
    • By paragraph, we mean a set of three to seven sentences, the total length should be no more than twenty-one sentences.
    • You will not receive more or less consideration because of a shorter or longer message.
    • DO NOT send a cover letter. 
  • Your work/skills/training history as an attachment OR a link to your LinkedIn profile.
    • We do not have a preference for either one.
    • You will not receive special consideration for sending both.
    • We aim to understand where you have worked before and the type of roles you’ve had. 

The deadline to apply is Sunday, March 3, 2024.