Director of Academic Success

Job Type

Full Time

Published

07/12/2018

Start Date

08/20/2018

Application Deadline

07/12/2018

Address

105 Allston Street
Allston
MA
02134
United States

Description

West End House staff identify as passionate and innovative youth development professionals. They view their work as more than just a job. They are driven by equity and inclusion to build meaningful relationships with young people.

 

POSITION SUMMARY

The Director of Academic Success is responsible for ensuring their team is successful with development and implementation of programs that will transform the academic trajectory for our members. The ideal candidate will manage staff while providing direct service to middle and high school students. They will work closely with our college success team, to develop and maintain a continuum of academic and social emotional support.

 

The West End House Boys & Girls Club (WEH) is an independent Boys and Girls Club in the City of Boston that has been transforming the lives of immigrant and urban youth since its founding in 1906. Our mission is to inspire and enable young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to realize their potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Located in the Allston neighborhood of Boston, the WEH operates six days a week in its 38,000 square foot facility and has a $3.4 M annual budget. Twenty eight full-time staff deliver a broad scope of programming for 1,500 members between the ages of 7 and 20 in four core areas: leadership and life skills; academic support and college preparation; sports, fitness and nutrition; and visual and performing arts.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Effectively manage oversee direct reports by providing support, coaching and feedback, supervision, and guidance
  • Maintain high performance expectations for all team members that fosters a culture of teamwork, collaboration, and innovation.
  • Work in partnership with and support of VP of Program Services to accomplish organizational goals and mission.
  • Coordinate homework help and tutoring for 200 youth daily;
  • Supervise academic mentoring and tutoring programs for more than 100 young people
  • Design and deliver creative enrichment activities that directly support school learning and common core;
  • Nurture and maintain successful partnerships with local schools
  • Work with parents and teachers to address specific learning needs;
  • Collect and track school data to develop strategies to help individuals improve academically
  • Develop and maintain influential and long-lasting relationships with Club youth, particularly those who are in greatest need of caring adults in their lives

 

GENERAL EXPECTATIONS

  • Strength Based Relationship Building - The WEH uses a strength based approach to build relationships that endure and contribute to positive outcomes for our young people. Staff focus on the assets of our young people, rather than the deficits, to support continuous growth;
  • Innovation – WEH prides itself on creating and offering innovative and responsive programs. Staff members are expected to think outside the box, proactively problem solve, and be courageous in their daily work;
  • Curiosity –WEH staff are enthusiastic to learn. They participate in personal and professional opportunities designed to challenge and expand to their knowledge base. They are encouraged to seek out learning experiences and actively participate in their own development;
  • Data Informed - Assessing our impact is critical to insuring the best outcomes for our program participants. Our staff is expected to use data to inform current program content and future program development, ensuring our offerings meet the needs AND interest of our young people; 
  • Healthy Environment – Teaching our members the importance of living an active, healthy lifestyle is a priority. As such, our staff is expected to model healthy behavior while working with our young people;


CHARACTERISTICS

  • “Hands-On” mentality - candidate must work directly with kids and families.
  • Relentless and proactively reaches out to youth, can see a youth succeeding even when the youth cannot see it her/himself
  • Strong group facilitation skills balancing youth needs and interests.
  • Ability to relate to culturally diverse group of youth as an instructor and mentor.
  • Thrives in a collaborative and fast-paced environment; works hours as program and youth needs arise
  • Witty with a fun sense of humor

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor degree in education field required; Masters degree in education preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of youth development, specifically as it relates to academic support required;
  • At least one year of demonstrated supervisory or leadership experience at a Boys & Girls Club or similar organization.
  • Minimum 3 to 5 years’ experience providing human service/youth development programs.
  • Experience working in multicultural environments, bi-lingual (English/Spanish) a strong plus.
  • Valid Massachusetts driver’s license preferred.

 

Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience; benefits include medical & dental coverage, pension after one year, vacation, and 403 (B) plan. The West End House Girls & Boys Club is an equal -opportunity employer and encourages individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Level of Language Proficiency

Experience working in multicultural environments, bi-lingual (English/Spanish) a strong plus.


Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

jnute@westendhouse.org
http://www.westendhouse.org

Please send letter of interest and resume to Jenny Nute, Chief Impact Officer, jnute@westendhouse.org


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