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Program Driver

 

BACKGROUND ON UTEC, INC.: UTEC’s promise is to ignite and nurture the ambition of our most disengaged youth to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. We serve young adults, ages 17-25, with serious criminal and gang involvement in the Merrimack Valley area (Lowell, Lawrence, and Haverhill). UTEC’s outcomes-focused model begins with intensive street outreach and in-reach within correctional facilities, specifically targeting proven high-risk youth “where they’re at.” UTEC engages youth in workforce development (running our own social enterprises in mattress recycling, food services, and woodworking), while also integrating educational programs (high school equivalency preparation and other core competencies). We provide intensive transitional coaching and counseling services, all within a two-generational approach (providing on-site child care, parenting, and a whole family approach for our young parents and their kids). Finally, our model prioritizes embedding social justice and civic engagement in all programming, including the opportunity for young adults to lead policy campaigns on issue areas that directly impact them (e.g. criminal justice reform).

 

About the job:

UTEC provides transportation to young adults from the Merrimack Valley to programming sites in Lowell, Lawrence and Haverhill. The UTEC driver is responsible for safely transporting up to 8 youth from various sites to their programming location utilizing a UTEC owned van. The UTEC driver also supports programming by delivering meals to young adults at various site locations. This role does not supervise other staff.

 

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Arrive to pick up and drop off locations on time 
  • Provide daily transportation to UTEC youth throughout Haverhill, Lawrence, and Lowell neighborhoods 
  • Providing a safe and positive environment for all young adults in the van 
  • Communicate with staff any concerns/potential conflict that would help the team prevent any future incidents 
  • Ensure all UTEC rules and policies are followed in the van 
  • Ensure van is properly cleaned and maintained after each trip 
  • Ability to fill out incident reports as necessary 
  • Engage young adults in healthy topics of conversation and build positive relationships with each young adult 

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Haverhill, Lowell and Lawrence neighborhoods 
  • Experience in youth work preferred 
  • Verbal and written communication skills 
  • Ability to build relationships with both young adults and colleagues 
  • Knowledge of legal systems, incarceration and criminal justice a plus

Education and Experience:

  • Former experience working with youth (ages 17-25) in any capacity preferred
  • Eagerness to learn and work with young adults required

Physical Requirements: 

  • Must have a valid, unencumbered MA driver’s license and a good driving record with no moving violations in the last 3 years. A driving record history will be verified.
  • Must be at least 21 years old 
  • Ability to safely drive 15 passenger van throughout Haverhill, Lawrence and Lowell

Salary: $16/hr, 30 hours per week

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