Miniwanca Program Coordinator


The American Youth Foundation inspires people to discover and develop their personal best, to seek balance in mental, physical, social and spiritual living and to make a positive difference in their communities and in the wider world.

Position Purpose

The Program Coordinator is a year-round position, responsible for supporting all Miniwanca programs and playing a vital role in the Program Team. The greater Program Team will collectively seek an ideal experience for all clients, parents, guardians, campers and participants in Miniwanca programs. The Program Coordinator’s primary purpose is to manage the details, especially related to transportation and curriculum, and to support in the hiring, inquiry, and programming of the National Leadership Conference, Summer Camps, and Community and School Programs at Miniwanca.

Commitment to Equity and Inclusion
The American Youth Foundation enthusiastically welcomes staff and participants with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and identities. AYF seeks to continually assess our practices through a broad lens of cultural competency and is committed to taking action and changing for the better of all. We are firmly committed to maintaining a work atmosphere in which people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally and all are highly encouraged to apply.

Essential Functions

  • Set the tone for the program that is reflective of AYF organizational philosophy.
  • Conduct safe programs, operating according to all program and risk management policies and procedures of AYF, the American Camping Association (ACA), and all pertinent local, state, federal or other regulatory agencies.
  • Ensure safety and quality in AYF programs which they coordinate or witness.
  • Create and maintain relationships with vendors, seasonal staff, and parents of campers and participants throughout the year.
  • Oversee training, policies, scheduling, and equipment maintenance pertaining to transportation needs throughout the year.
  • Support seasonal program staff recruitment, hiring, and logistics.
  • Fulfill necessary administrative functions in partnership with Miniwanca colleagues related to Camps and NLC transportation, manuals, forms, resources, supply orders, social media, etc. Support the areas where these programs and needs overlap. Support Operations team in scheduling necessary transportation for international seasonal staff.
  • Assist with program curriculum for NLC, Camps, and CSP.
  • Lead efforts to convert I Dare You Award winners to NLC participants.
  • Be a primary back up in the Summer Camp Community. Be a primary responder in Summer Camps. Be a senior coordinator in one of the Summer Camp Communities.
  • Evaluate quality of program and program related systems. Implement improvements as needed.
  • Serve as a facilitator or coordinator for CSP programs as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Reasonable accommodations may be made in order to enable a range of abilities to perform the essential functions.

Analytical/Interpersonal Skills

  • Strong commitment to serving internal and external customers.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills: active listening.
  • Strong written and communication skills.
  • Balance of office work with time in programs connecting with participants.
  • Effective organizational skills, attention to detail and management of deadlines.
  • Takes initiative on assigned tasks.
  • Self-motivated, energetic, service oriented team player.
  • Willing to expand knowledge and responsibilities.

Vision for all AYF Employees

  • Show commitment to the AYF core values of best self, balanced living, safety, respect, responsibility, and inclusion.
  • Support the organization’s mission, vision, and ethics by displaying the following behaviors
    • Integrity, openness and honesty, listening and understanding, giving and receiving constructive feedback, seeking a balance between personal and professional lives, dependability and accountability.
  • Follow guidelines as described in AYF employee handbook.

Preferred Minimum Education, Experience and/or Certification

  • One to three years’ experience in youth focused environment.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge of office machines and Windows based software.
  • Typing, data entry experience.
  • Spreadsheet experience.

Work Environment

  • Largely administrative environment, part-time outdoor environment (office, trail, road and water)
  • Diverse climate – four season outdoor position
  • Business casual, appropriate attire for setting
  • As required to meet job demands, generally Monday through Friday 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM outside of peak program season
  • Evening and overnight duty during the peak program season
  • Weekend work required seasonally
  • Some travel as needed for recruitment and meetings


  • Competitive salary and benefits package are available, including;
    • Health, dental, and vision insurance available
    • Retirement package
    • Tuition discounts for dependents


Recognizing the full value of all, the American Youth Foundation affords equal opportunity for employment and program participation to all individuals on the basis of merit and/or eligibility without regard to race, color, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, familial status, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, age, military status, or any other basis prohibited by law.