Underdog Job Posting: Project Coordinator

The Underdog Project

Role: Project Coordinator (Contract)
Location: Hout Bay, Cape Town
Contract Dates: 15 July 2014 – 15 December 2014
Application Deadline: 30 April 2014

About The Underdog Project: The Underdog Project is a non-profit organization that believes in inspiring, empowering and engaging with at-risk youths through human-animal interactions, including animal assisted therapy and animal assisted activities. Our experiential, innovative programmes combine life skills workshops with dog handling activities that not only assist teenagers to overcome social, emotional and/or behavioural problems, but also help the homeless dogs that we work with by reducing kennel stress and teaching essential skills necessary for rehabilitation and rehoming.

Job Description: The Project Coordinator is responsible for planning and conducting all programs and workshops at The Underdog Project in keeping with the organisation’s policies, vision and mission. You will work directly with the youth, implementing, facilitating and managing programmes in a hands on way. The Project Coordinator has both supervisory and leadership responsibilities and must be a person of integrity, competence, and vision.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Identify, create and implement high quality curriculums for the youth programmes, building on best practices in the field, innovation, and sharing of resources. This includes the facilitation of life skills workshops, games and group discussions.
  • Coordinate and supervise all project volunteers, support staff and suppliers.
  • Develop, update and maintain policies and procedures for youth programmes.
  • Reporting: Responsible for the completion of daily paperwork, including planning reports and feedback reports. Prepare project reports, including individual report cards and enrollment figures. Maintain files and enrollment forms for each child. Implement measurement of impact and prepare impact assessments.
  • Continue relationships with all former graduates through monthly school follow up sessions. Provide counseling for youths and their families where needed, and guide them to available resources.
  • Maintain a functioning, safe, positive physical space for the youth who attend the projects, including: ensuring that all needed supplies are available and maintained, furniture and equipment is maintained, maintenance requests are sent, our Classroom is cleaned regularly, needed resources are identified and obtained (preferably through donation).

Other Responsibilities:

  • Build partnerships with volunteers, community members, and other organizations that can provide additional support services and learning opportunities to the youths and their families.
  • Work closely with the schools and organisations that participate in The Underdog Project. Act as an active liaison between the schools and the project.
  • Identify and reach out to community partners to create programming opportunities.
  • Supervise all students that join The Underdog Project for their internships.
  • Attend training, conferences and community meetings relating to programmes.
  • Regularly communicate with team members, including weekly meetings with the Project Director, planning workshops and other meetings as necessary.
  • Maintain the budget for the projects and workshops.
  • Participate in fundraising events, meetings with current or potential funders or donors, news stories, thank you letters to supporters, reporting for grants, identification of needs, and communication of relevant stories.
  • Provide hands-on assistance to Canine Facilitators during dog training sessions.
  • Other duties not included here may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Qualities:

  • Tertiary qualification in the fields of Social Work, Psychology or related therapeutic field.
  • English, Afrikaans and/or Xhosa speaking.
  • At least 3–5 years experience, particularly working with youth at risk.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; the ability to relate and work with a diverse group of staff, students and community.
  • Excellent organizational, planning and leadership skills.
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed.
  • Team oriented and dedicated to the vision of the organisation.
  • Enthusiasm, sense of humor and can do attitude.

Preferred Qualities:

  • An up-to-date First Aid Certification.
  • Previous project management experience.
  • Familiarity with dog training, particularly positive reinforcement training.
  • Experience in humane education.
  • Possess an understanding of and passion for non-profits and social enterprises.

Project Director

Project Director
Jenna da Silva Pinto