Program Coordinator, Hands to Help

Program Coordinator, Hands to Help

Position Code: 1032

Posted: 10/27/22
Position Code: 1032

Position Description

The Program Coordinator reports to the Director of Hands to Help and provides leadership and management of Hands to Help’s programs, events and drives. The Program Coordinator collaborates with different stakeholders at Merrimack College to implement new initiative bringing together the Lawrence and Merrimack communities. This role carries responsibility for planning and implementing of Hands to Help initiatives. This is a 12-month position. The Hands to Help office is located on 60 Island Street, Lawrence, MA 01840. The program coordinator will spend 80% of their time working from the Hand to Help office and the remaining 20% of their time will be spent at the college. This position requires evening work (Mon-Thur 9:30-5:30 pm Fridays 9-5pm) and occasional weekend work.

Position Responsibilities

  • Manage the center’s programs including the after-school tutoring program, tax program, math and science program and summer program
  • Coordinate the center’s yearly events and drives including the back-to-school drive, Christmas toy drive and volunteer appreciation dinner
  • Conduct outreach to recruit children and families for Hands to Help programs
  • Conduct outreach and build relationships with nonprofits in the area to grow our network
  • Supervise undergraduate student volunteers, student employees and student interns
  • Attend and represent Hand to Help at college-wide events including orientation, student involvement fair, mack gives back, service fair, alumni Christmas party and other important events
  • Collaborate with different stakeholders at Merrimack College to implement new initiatives at the center
  • Work with community members on an as-needed basis to provide a range of services including, but not limited to assistance finding resources, completing job applications, applying for public housing, building resumes, crisis assistance, and connecting with other nonprofit agencies in the area
  • Assist with general office tasks
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Cultural relevant practice and skills working with BIPOC communities
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English (spoken and written)
  • Computer skills (Google Suite, Microsoft products)
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills for a variety of audiences
  • Strong presentation and workshop facilitation skills
  • Demonstrated experience working with students, staff, faculty, and community groups
  • Demonstrated sensitivity in developing educational and community programs
  • Commitment to social justice within a community of diverse racial, ethnic, socio-economic, and other identities

Application Materials Should Include:

  • Cover letter stating motivation and interest in the position, citing experience relevant to the qualifications and including experience with, and commitment to our Catholic Augustinian mission, our values, and our desire to be a more diverse, equitable and inclusive institution of higher learning.
  • Resume

This position is subject to the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Required Vaccinations and Remote Work

This is an on-campus position as employees are essential in order to provide a fully on-campus, residential college experience for our students and the community.

All Merrimack College students, faculty and staff are required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and up to date with booster recommendations as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), or attest to a medical, religious or personal concern about being vaccinated. Every member of the Merrimack College community must take personal responsibility and complete an attestation that validates each individual’s compliance with the College’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.

Statement on Our Mission

Merrimack College is a Catholic Augustinian institution of higher education committed to building a culturally and racially diverse community. Our mission is to enlighten minds, engage hearts and empower lives and is inspired by our Catholic faith and the Augustinian tradition of seeking truth through inquiry and dialogue.

Merrimack College seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to Merrimack’s Catholic and Augustinian mission and values and advance our work in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups. All candidates should describe in their application previous experience related to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as well as how they will engage in fostering a culture that supports our Catholic and Augustinian mission and our values of diversity, equity and inclusion.

About Merrimack College

The only Catholic, Augustinian institution of higher education in New England, Merrimack College is a private, independent, coeducational institution with more than 4,000 undergraduate and some 1,400 graduate students from 32 states and 37 countries. The College features more than 100 career-focused undergraduate, professional and graduate programs, all taught by exceptional faculty who are passionate about their subject and student success. The College comprises five schools: liberal arts, science and engineering, nursing and health sciences, the Winston school of education and social policy, and the Girard school of business. The College’s suburban 240-acre campus is approximately 25 miles north of Boston in the towns of North Andover and Andover, Massachusetts. Merrimack is a Master’s Colleges and Universities/Larger Programs (M1) institution in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Merrimack is one of the fastest growing educational institutions in the country and has steadily climbed up in the U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Colleges, coming in 34th out of 175 schools ranked in the Regional Universities North category in 2022. Merrimack also ranked 3rd in the Most Innovative Schools category. Merrimack is a NCAA Division I athletic institution.

Merrimack College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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