Youth Development Coordinator - Secondary and Post-Secondary

Maine Seacoast Mission   Cherryfield, ME   Full-time     Education
Posted on May 19, 2023

The Maine Seacoast Mission is a highly respected and well established 117-year-old nonprofit that provides educational, medical, social services, and community building support to the outer islands and coastal communities of Downeast Maine. We are committed to working with people’s strengths and honoring the capacity of individuals to choose their own course in life.

Based in Cherryfield, the Mission’s youth development programs engage more than 800 students and their families in collaborative and innovative afterschool, summer, and in-school programs, and award nearly 100 post-secondary scholarships annually.

The Position
The EdGE Secondary Youth Development Coordinator supports the Maine Seacoast Mission’s college and career aspirations programs, including the Mission Scholarship program and Journey, a 7th-12th grade youth mentoring and experiential education program. The Youth Development Coordinator implements the components of these programs in a way that upholds the Mission’s goals of improving academic performance, promoting individual responsibility for health and wellness, raising student aspirations, and developing strong and nurturing family relationships. The Youth Development Coordinator contributes to and collaborates with other Mission Downeast programming and staff as appropriate, including the Family and Community Engagement, EdGE Primary, and Davis Maine Scholarship programs.


  • Establish, foster, and support meaningful and productive relationships that build trust with students, families, and schools
  • Recruit, select, and mentor an annual Journey cohort of 7th – 12th grade students (15 students/cohort) from partner schools
  • Manage programming for at least three cohorts of Journey students
  • Facilitate in-school and after school support for Journey students either through one-on-one check-ins or cohort meetings.
  • Provide both academic and social emotional mentorship as students navigate pathways for career or college readiness
  • Design, coordinate, and participate in Journey trips, events, and cohort meetings centered on core goals of leadership development, environmental and cultural awareness, community service, and/or adventure-based recreation
  • Meet and collaborate with area school staff to ensure consistent, cohesive support for students
  • Plan and implement check-ins with Mission Scholarship recipients
  • Collaborate with Davis Maine Program Director to create and implement workshops, trainings, and other mentorship program support for Mission Scholars
  • Assist with the Mission Scholarship recruitment and interview process 
  • Maintain program and student files, including data, and assure that pre and post-expedition paperwork and checks are completed correctly and on time
  • Pursue collaborations in the community and across Mission Downeast programs (e.g., Family Engagement Program and Good Neighbor Fund, EdGE)
  • Be an active member in Maine Seacoast Mission meetings, professional development, and initiatives to further the collective work 
  • Attend required meetings and training, some requiring extended times away
  • Other duties as assigned


As part of the Maine Seacoast Mission:

  • Promote and embody the Mission as a welcoming and inclusive organization, where all people are valued and respected.
  • Uphold the reputation of the Mission and honor the trust built over generations between the Mission and the communities in which we work.



  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Demonstrated experience with and passion for working with youth, particularly middle school and high school students
  • Commitment to honoring, learning from, and contributing to the distinct coastal and island communities the Mission serves
  • An unwavering commitment to youth-development programming and data-driven program evaluation 
  • Outstanding organizational management skills and the ability to mentor youth and volunteers 
  • Ability to achieve strategic objectives 
  • Strong written and verbal communication competencies: a persuasive and passionate communicator 
  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship management skills and a collaborative working style 
  • Passion, idealism, integrity, and excellent problem-solving skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft 365 


  • College admissions experience
  • Spanish

Special Position Requirements

  • A clean driver’s license 
  • Ability to drive a 15-passenger van with passengers 
  • A working vehicle that can be used to deliver program equipment when necessary 
  • A flexible schedule; availability to work outside regular working hours, including some evenings, weekends, and overnight trips 

Physical Requirements of Position

  • Physical ability and stamina for outdoor excursions and overnight camping trips
  • Ability to communicate verbally and visually to maintain safe conditions


Salary $43,500 with excellent benefits.

To Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to We will begin reviewing applications on June 5.

The Maine Seacoast Mission believes diversity makes us stronger and is an equal opportunity employer.