Education and Outreach Coordinator

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  • Full-Time
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Job Type Details: Full Time, Permanent Position

About Groundwork Milwaukee: Groundwork Milwaukee is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement, and management of the physical environment by developing community-based partnerships that empower people, businesses, and organizations to promote environmental, economic, and social well-being.

Groundwork Milwaukee’s programs are rooted in 4 foundational pillars of:

  • Civic Engagement
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math Education (STEAM)
  • Everyone is a Leader
  • Lifelong Learning

Position Overview: The Education and Outreach Coordinator will be responsible for the coordination, management, and day to day operations of Groundwork Milwaukee’s youth programs, including the Green Team, Groundwork’s summer youth employment program. This position will also support the day-to-day activities, strategic implementation, and people of Groundwork Milwaukee’s Climate Safe Neighborhoods Programs, including the Milwaukee Grows Garden Network, and ecological outreach and education.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Responsibilities with Youth Programming:
    • The Education and Outreach Coordinator will have direct oversight of the recruitment, planning, and execution of youth programming. With the field support of a team of interns, other programs staff, and volunteers, the Education and Outreach Coordinator will oversee and grow Groundwork Milwaukee’s youth programs;
    • Directly managing and supporting our Green Team Youth Programs;
    • Facilitating the creation of goals across our youth and community engagement programming;
    • Developing a long withstanding youth program that is carried out year-round.
  • Responsibilities within Groundwork Milwaukee Climate Safe Neighborhoods Umbrella Programming:
    • Contribute to a culture of collaboration and shared standards among the broader Climate Safe Neighborhoods programming, which includes the Milwaukee Grows Garden Network;
    • Building and maintaining meaningful and authentic working relationships with Metcalfe Park Community Bridges, the anchoring and convening organization of the table; Metcalfe Park residents (the directors of the table);  and other partner organizations (additional subject matter experts of the table);
    • Co-curating content with the Community Programs Director, community members and partner organizations to craft a story map that narrates the historical contexts which have led to the present climate and health landscape of Metcalfe Park and Milwaukee;
    • Co-creating, planning and delivering workshops with residents that give voice to:
      • Their vision for an equitable, just, healthy, and climate resilient neighborhood as their priorities related to heat, flooding, and air quality;
      • Their concern over the impact that climate change will have on Metcalfe Park and Milwaukee;
      • Their knowledge of how historical policy decisions have influenced current climate vulnerability; and
      • Their unique climate adaptation strategies and projects that address heat, flooding, and/or air quality.
    • Collaborating with the Community Programs Director, driving appropriate and available resources to meet the goals of the Metcalfe Park Climate and Health Justice Table.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Providing support across Groundwork Milwaukee programs including the Ground Corps, and the Milwaukee Grows Garden Network.
  • Assist in preparing and managing the annual youth programs budget
  • Assist in managing purchases for youth programs
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
  • Assist with managing the organization of Climate Safe Neighborhoods documents, folders and event calendar.
  • Participating in presentations, tabling events, and other relevant forums.
  • Supporting the writing, evaluation, and reporting of grants and other external communication.
  • Data keeping and reporting on work activities as directed, including the management of participants working hours, safety, private information, etc.
  • Participate in presentations, tabling events, and other relevant forum.

Highly Qualified Candidate will have several of the following experiences, knowledge, and skills:

  • Prior experience in youth development specifically with high school-aged students
  • Creating, and implementing, a curriculum that is tailored to both the general community, and youth audiences.
  • Comfortable presenting in front of small and large groups.
  • Connections to the residents and neighborhood of Metcalfe Park
  • Listening to community members and synthesizing that input to create plans for community member led actions or benefits.
  • Building community.
  • Leading teams.
  • Using qualitative and quantitative data, including maps, to tell a story, inform community members, and make decisions.
  • Building and stewarding mutually beneficial relationships with community members and partners.
  • Leading and supporting community outreach and organizing efforts.
  • Working collaboratively with a diverse team.
  • Giving and receiving feedback.
  • Operating and adapting in an ever-changing and developing workplace.
  • Managing multiple projects.
  • Building knowledge around issues of community development, green infrastructure, civic engagement, food sovereignty, climate resilience, and environmental justice.
  • Navigating Google Suite or similar cloud based work tools.
  • Communicating across various media and platforms.
  • Familiarity with the Milwaukee Climate and Equity Plan.
  • Familiarity with The Social and Environmental Determinants of Health.
  • Familiarity with Collective Impact.

Work Location and Scheduled Work Days: This position has a working space at Groundwork Milwaukee’s downtown office located in Schlitz Park. Local travel is required and candidates with a Valid Driver’s License are preferred. While we encourage staff to work with their supervisor to negotiate work location, life balance and schedule that aligns best with them, the schedule for this position varies depending on the season. Outside of the growing season (November to February), it is Monday-Friday, with very few nights and weekends. March is a transitional month, where additional weekend work days get added. During the growing season (April to October), the schedule shifts to Tuesday-Saturday.

Compensation Overview:

  • Salary: $40,000
  • The position is eligible for 5 personal days, 15 paid holidays (which includes the time span from December 23rd, 2023-January 1st, 2024) and 20 days of vacation.
  • The position is eligible for health , dental, and vision insurance benefits with 60% premium paid for by Groundwork Milwaukee.
  • Employer paid EAP (Employee Assistance Program)
  • Monthly technology stipend

To Apply: 

Please email a cover letter and resume to our Community Programs Director, Deja Garner, at In the cover letter, please describe:

  1. Why you are excited about the position.
  2. Your experience building educational programs and developing learning materials.


Your work with implementing, or supporting, community programming within diverse populations.

Groundwork Milwaukee encourages applications from community members who have served in AmeriCorps and other national service programs as well as those who live in the agency's primary service area, which consists of the entire city of Milwaukee and focuses on the areas North and West of downtown. 

Groundwork Milwaukee provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status or civil union status, past or present military service, or any other protected classification. This policy applies to all employment decisions, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, compensation, and training. 

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