Deadline: Open until filled.
The primary role of the School Planning Coordinator is to work directly with school and community members to facilitate the design and support for the ongoing use of redesigned schoolyards through Space to Grow: Greening Chicago’s Schoolyards.
Space to Grow, a program managed by Openlands and Healthy Schools Campaign, is transforming Chicago schoolyards into green spaces that address the city’s storm water management and basement flooding needs while providing students, their families and the broader community with opportunities for active play, and space for physical education, outdoor learning, gardening, environmental education and art.
Organize, coordinate and facilitate the school community design process at Space to Grow schools, working with the planning team, consultants and partners.
Document school and community feedback at every meeting (text and photos)
Facilitate small and large group meetings to encourage dialogue, achieve consensus and share goals
Develop presentation and meeting materials
Represent the school community’s interest in the design process
Participate in review of construction documents for each school
Maintain relationships and engage with a variety of individuals (teachers, parents, administrators, community members ) and community-based groups relevant to each school
Recruit for and assist with classes, work days, and events
Assist with distribution of applications for Space to Grow participants, including site visits
Photo documentation of schoolyard construction process (before, during, and after)
Support the ongoing use of the schoolyards that includes long-term schoolyard sustainability plan
Other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Bachelors or Associate degree preferred
Excellent facilitation, communication and negotiation skills
Ability to build trust and groups for a common goal
Familiarity with public school community dynamics
Excellent organization skills
Spanish speaking a plus
Proficient in Microsoft Office
Knowledge of Chicago, valid Illinois driver’s license and reliable transportation is required.
Must be able to lift approximately 50 lbs. and work outside in gardens in various weather conditions