Community Project Assistant

LearningWorks | Portland, ME

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Posted Date 4/12/2019

JOB CODE: 7100-04-12-19

JOB SUMMARY:           

The LearningWorks Community Project Assistant (CPA) coordinates and supervises youth participating in restorative community service projects with the Service Works program under the direction of the Service Works Director. The CPA receives community-based project assignments from the Service Works Director, coordinates project logistics with involved parties and partners, and coaches, supervises, mentors, and motivates youth volunteers who need to fulfill community service obligations due to their behavior in at school or in the community.  

This seasonal (April – November) position will include a 30 hour per week Full-time schedule. Scheduling of hours may depend on project and volunteer requirements, but must ultimately meet program needs. The CPA works under the direction of the Service Works Director, assisting to ensure that the program and its associated community projects meet and maintain a standard of excellence.

 This position contributes to the accomplishment of the Agency's mission through the provision of planning and coordinating the activities of the program; working directly with youth and students, working with stakeholders and partners, and performing administrative duties such as collecting and tracking program data and preparing program reports.

 RESPONSIBILITIES: (essential functions of the job)

 This position contributes to the achievement of the Service Works Program’s goals and objectives through some or all of the following core accountabilities:

  • Overseeing, coaching, motivating, and assisting youth and students to full participation in restorative community service projects, including ensuring that youth and students conduct themselves in a safe and appropriate manner while on outings;
  • Assisting in the administration and development of restorative community service activities including, but not limited to, the following: trail/park clean up, community gardening and landscaping, soup kitchen assistance, mitigation or repair of vandalism, graffiti removal requests from the City of Portland and the Portland Downtown organization, and projects benefitting victims, area nonprofits and/or service organizations;
  • Mentoring and engaging youth and students through reflective dialogue about the principles of restorative justice, as applied to the reason of their referral to the Service Works program; 
  • When necessary, working individually on select community service projects when youth cannot be present;
  •         Maintaining productive and respectful relationships with victims, nonprofit community partners, City and Portland         Downtown     staff, property owners, and other recipients of restorative community service projects administered by Service Works; 
  • Ensuring that all necessary safety and logistical provisions are made with partners and stakeholders in advance of any direct or student/youth involvement in restorative community service projects;
  • When necessary, outreach to volunteer coordinators, property owners, property managers, and/or agents thereof;
  • Working with Service Works Director to schedule youth and students for participation in projects;
  • Completing required data collection and reports on a weekly basis as required;
  • Monitors youth safety, safety of public, and public assets while conducting;
  • Tracking student progress through formal assessment and survey data.


       Associate’s degree or equivalent experience in a related field


  • Experience working with teen youth or students in an education, social work, corrections, or other supervisory setting;
  • Knowledge of Restorative Practices preferred;
  • Experience and/or comfort with hands-on, project-based community service activities;
  • Comfort communicating with professionals from a wide variety of fields, and acting as a point of contact for community service projects;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • Strong communication and conflict resolution skills;
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently and collaboratively as required;
  • Highly organized with project management experience required;
  • Some experience with landscaping, property maintenance, or tools is desirable;
  • Familiarity with OSHA safety requirements;
  • Experience working with diverse teams with a range of cultural backgrounds is desirable;
  • Core schedule is negotiable, with flexibility to meet program needs required;
  • Experience using smart phone technology and computers including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and map applications;

A good driving record is required.

Regular, Part Time-Direct Service, Seasonal Position


Please include cover letter and resume with your application.


Salary15.00 Hour
Job Type
Facilities / Grounds | Teacher - Vocational | Temporary / Seasonal Positions | Social Worker | Custodial / Maintenance | Other | Service Coordinator
Job Location (County)

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