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St. Louis Program Coordinator

Welcome to Gateway to the Great Outdoors (GGO), where students ascend the peaks of understanding through new immersive outdoor experiences. At GGO, we cultivate curiosity by engaging students in outdoor adventures, providing hands-on STEAM education, and fostering a deep connection with the natural world. Located at the heart of St. Louis, GGO stands as a trailhead for empowerment, nurturing environmental science literacy, and encouraging healthy lifestyles.

In collaboration with Title 1 public schools in Chicago, IL, and St. Louis, MO, GGO offers a comprehensive curriculum that extends beyond traditional classrooms. Our approach includes immersive overnight trips and year-round mentorship from university students, complementing the enriching classroom experience. Join us in shaping a future where every student not only thrives academically but is inspired by the wonders of education and the great outdoors. Explore the endless possibilities with Gateway to the Great Outdoors!

Position Overview

The St. Louis Program Coordinator will oversee all Gateway to the Great Outdoors programming in St. Louis, Missouri. Reporting directly to the Educational Director, this role is pivotal in directing and overseeing all St. Louis-based programming staff, managing communications and relations with partner organizations and schools, overseeing all programming operations in St. Louis, and other functions such as volunteer management. The St. Louis Program Coordinator will work throughout the school year with three months of the summer off (May 15-August 15).

Job Description



  • Recruit, train, and oversee St. Louis-based volunteers and other staff, ensuring they are well-equipped to contribute to the success of our programs.
  • Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with schools, universities, and various organizational partners, fostering collaborative partnerships that enhance our impact.
  • Provide dynamic leadership in the planning and execution of all field trips and special guest speaker events, ensuring each experience is engaging and aligned with our mission.
  • Implement effective volunteer management strategies, creating a positive and supportive environment for volunteers and students alike.
  • Contribute actively to ongoing program and curriculum development, seeking opportunities for improvement and innovation to enhance the educational experience.
  • Act as a dedicated steward for Gateway to the Great Outdoors's mission, values, code of conduct, standards, and organizational messages, both internally and externally.
  • Collaborate seamlessly with the Executive Director/CEO, Educational Director, Operations Director, and other GGO staff members to ensure cohesive organizational success.
  • Contribute energetically to St. Louis fundraising and development efforts, playing a pivotal role in advancing the organization's financial sustainability and growth.
  • Actively engage with local communities, becoming a community advocate to promote GGO programs and foster widespread community involvement.


  • Bachelor's Degree in a relevant field such as Education, Environmental Science, S.T.E.M., Public Health, Social Work, Urban Studies, or related disciplines; other Bachelor's degrees are acceptable. Acceptable experience in management, environmental education, non-profits, youth work, or education.
  • Three to five years of experience in leading, supervising, coaching, teaching, or managing young adults.
  • Experience working with and in St. Louis Public Schools (SLPS) or other school districts is advantageous.
  • Demonstrated ability to hold principals, assistant principals, and teachers accountable to shared goals and vision.
  • Effective collaboration skills, demonstrated through the ability to work with diverse teams of young adults.
  • Proven organizational, project, and financial management abilities.
  • Previous community service work experience in non-profit, social service, or educational settings is required.
  • High ethical standards of professionalism and integrity.
  • Ability to execute a strategic plan and motivate staff.
  • Proficient in communication with excellent writing skills. Familiarity with computer skills, including proficiency in Google Suite.
  • Desirable Qualifications: Experience with City Year/AmeriCorps/Peace Corps, event planning and execution, training and development skills (including designing and delivering sessions for volunteers and staff), and multilingual abilities (particularly in Spanish)