Boston Program Coordinator

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he Center for Teen Empowerment (TE) empowers youth and adults as agents of positive individual, social, and institutional change. Through a unique asset-based youth organizing program implemented in Boston and Somerville, MA, and Rochester, NY, TE employs urban youth to identify the most pressing issues in their community and develop a strategy to address those issues. Using TE’s interactive model, the project builds the leadership skills of youth and trains them to do the planning and problem solving necessary to implement their strategic plans.

The Boston Program Coordinator will work with the Boston Director and a team of program staff to develop and implement a comprehensive youth engagement strategy, primarily focused in the Boston neighborhoods of Roxbury and Northern Dorchester. The program coordinator will use his/her/their skills and professional experience, in both group and individual settings, to help young people realize and actualize their leadership potential to reach the goals of individual growth, positive community change, and challenging and working to change oppressive societal values and social structures. Specifically, the program coordinator will be working with a group of youth ages 14-21 on initiatives and events focused on violence prevention & intervention strategies.

In addition, the program coordinator will be part of a team of staff responsible for program evaluation and reporting, marketing events and initiatives in the community and on social media, building relationships with external partners, representing the organization at community meetings and events, assisting with fundraising, and other tasks as assigned.

Currently, TE is working using a hybrid model with both in-person and virtual meetings being utilized as we navigate through the ongoing public health crisis.

Job Responsibilities/Expectations:

  • Implement the TE model which includes conducting the hiring process to identify teens to work as Youth Organizers and youth artists, facilitating daily 2-3 hour sessions with youth to create community and city-wide social change initiatives.
  • Train Youth Organizers to obtain necessary knowledge and skills to do their work effectively on a variety of topics and skills (i.e diversity issues, community building, feedback and communication, facilitation, conflict resolution, event planning, civic engagement, etc.)
  • Directly supervise and guide Associate Program Coordinators and interns to integrate the management and oversight of Youth Organizers with their work in various campaigns and initiatives, as well as support their development as community leaders.
  • Hold one-on-one and group supervision meetings regularly and/or when necessary to offer recognition, appreciation, and constructive feedback for growth and development of Associate Program Coordinators, Youth Organizers, and interns.
  • Assist Youth Organizers in planning and implementing small and large scale community events and campaigns about violence prevention and community safety as well as projects including youth peace initiatives, holistic healing circles, restorative and transformative justice movements, alternative public safety dialogues, community block parties, open-mic nights, civic action campaigns, and more.
  • Collaborate with other TE staff on city-wide projects and agency planning.
  • ● Collaborate on targeted problem solving efforts with community partners, to address issues of critical importance to youth.
  • Advocate on behalf of youth to ensure their emotional and physical health and future educational, vocational, and emotional and mental well being.
  • Assist youth organizers in the creation of original artistic content.
  • Perform administrative duties including: tracking youth hours, editing youth speeches, drafting and responding to emails, scheduling and attending meetings with community stakeholders, event/initiative documentation, booking event space, etc.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED/HiSET required as well as an undergraduate degree (preferred) or equivalent relevant work experience.
  • At least 1-2 years of experience of working with youth in urban communities. (Experience developing and operating youth programs in urban communities is preferred.)
  • Live in the Boston neighborhoods or nearby areas.
  • Familiarity with the Dorchester and Roxbury neighborhoods of Boston.
  • Commitment to Teen Empowerment’s mission and values.
  • Experience in, or a willingness to learn, group facilitation and meeting design using interactive methods. (Familiarity with the Teen Empowerment Model is a plus.)
  • Sophisticated understanding of positive youth development approaches, community engagement strategies, systemic change, and youth issues.
  • Understanding of, and experience with, the issues of educational inequity and violence prevention and intervention in an urban setting is preferred.
  • Excellent public speaking and written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to build positive, collaborative partnerships with youth and adults. (Mediation and conflict resolution skills are a plus.)
  • Experience in supervising staff members, holding one-on-one supervision meetings, and ability to offer recognition and constructive feedback.
  • Must be self-motivated, able to work independently and take initiative, but also to participate productively in team efforts.
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize work, and meet deadlines with excellent attention to detail.
  • Arts, music, theater, spoken word, photography and/or video editing skills are a plus.

Salary: $40,000-$47,000 commensurate with experience. This is a full-time 40 hour a week salaried position with excellent benefits. Some evenings and weekends required.

Deadline: Until position is filled (posted 9/2/21)

The Center for Teen Empowerment is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against candidates on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. People of color, LGBTQ individuals, and members of other minority and marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply: Please send your resume and cover letter to Prema Bangera at No calls please!

he Center for Teen Empowerment (TE) empowers youth and adults as agents of positive individual, social, and institutional change. Through a unique asset-based youth organizing program implemented in Boston and Somerville, MA, and Rochester…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    October 4, 2021
  • Education
    High School Diploma Required


USD 40,000 - USD 47,000


Health and dental insurance, generous paid time off, professional development, and more.

Health and dental insurance, generous paid time off, professional development, and more.


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Boston, MA
Associated Location
384 Warren St, Boston, MA 02119, USA
3rd Floor

How to Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter to

Please email a resume and cover letter to

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