Details: 0.6 FTE (~25 hrs/week) with the opportunity to become full-time beginning summer 2018
555 Amory Street #3R-3
Strong Women, Strong Girls (SWSG) is a national organization focused on building self-esteem and agency in girls aged 8-11. We do this by focusing on 6 key outcomes for the girls in our program: Connection, Caring, Contribution, Character, Competence, and Confidence. We work with girls from 3rd through 5th grade in small group mentoring sessions to achieve these outcomes, utilizing a skill-based curriculum exhibiting empowering female role-models. Trained by our staff, undergraduate women facilitate these sessions to build connections and confidence. Our model promotes a pipeline of leadership that creates cycles of mutual empowerment.
Our vision is that every girl will realize her inner strengths to dream and do. SWSG empowers girls to imagine a broader future through a curriculum grounded on female role models delivered by college women mentors, who are themselves mentored by professional women.
Mentor Coach Context
The Mentor Coach is a new role at SWSG Boston. It is designed to ensure the proper recruitment, training, coaching, and overall guidance of our college women mentors. After 16 years of programming in Greater Boston, the SWSG Boston team is reviewing all program components to prepare for strategic and responsible growth. In order to grow effectively, SWSG is in the process of making necessary improvement to the core program model, which is the group mentoring of 3rd through 5th grade girls by college women. One of the keys to effectively implementing the core model is strong, caring mentors. The Mentor Coach will be fundamental in helping the organization identify and develop high quality mentors for our program. They will also help ensure high quality program delivery at community partner sites through proper monitoring and evaluation of the program. This position will play a significant role in strategic planning efforts through 2020 and beyond.
The Mentor Coach will report directly to the Associate Director and will collaborate closely with all program staff and the Program Committee in Boston.
This position is focused primarily on core programming in Boston.
Areas of Responsibility
College Mentor Recruitment
- Manage college mentor recruitment for the organization in Boston in close collaboration with program staff, the program committee, and college chapters
- Engage in the development and execution of recruitment standards and metrics; including racial diversity targets to ensure a mentor base that better reflects the population of girls we serve
- Work in close collaboration with the greater program team to develop and review mentor applications for the 2018-19 program year
College Mentor Training
- Lead the coordination and implementation of multiple mentor trainings a year
- Work closely with the program team to design and customize training for all mentors, and implement said training to make sure mentors are equipped with the tools, knowledge, and skillset necessary to properly implement our program model on the ground with the girls. We currently work to build three core competencies in mentors to ensure their effectiveness in facilitating weekly sessions: Facilitation & Curriculum Implementation, Cultural Proficiency & Inclusion, and Leadership.
College Mentor Coaching
- Serve as the lead coach for all mentors, working primarily throughout the program year at community partner sites providing necessary support and guidance to mentors on the ground while facilitating their sessions
Program Monitoring & Evaluation
- Work with the program team to develop and conduct formal site visits to all of our program sites twice a year in order to properly monitor and evaluate the program in Boston
- Work with the program team to develop and deliver the girl survey to program sites twice a year
- Work collaboratively with the program team to develop the core mentoring curriculum
- Support SWSG program events as needed
- Engage in partner management and girl recruitment at program sites·
- Work collaboratively with the program committee to flush out all program components and design and develop a plan for program solidification and strategic growth
- Contingent on funding, work to develop a mentor coaching model and build a mentor coaching team through program year 2020
- Fulfill other tasks as needed
- 5+ years of experience in youth programming, youth development, and/or elementary education
- Expertise in coaching adults and/or young adults in facilitation, group management/behavior management, and/or instruction techniques; especially as it pertains to implementing an effective feedback cycle
- Expertise in facilitation; comfort with social justice facilitation
- Knowledge of social emotional (SEL) theories, best practices, and techniques
- Experience managing others
- Experience with event planning
- Experience working with racially and economically diverse youth
- Experience working with young adults (preferred)
- Ability to implement tough love, when necessary
- Persistence, creativity, and strong emotional intelligence
- A rigorous commitment to continuous improvement
- Ability to work well independently in a fast-paced environment, while also collaborating across stakeholder groups and job functions
- Comfort with building the plane as you fly it
- Ability to travel throughout Greater Boston ~50% of the time; access to personal vehicle and valid driver’s license preferred
- Strong commitment to supporting the healthy development of women and girls and creating a Boston community with more gender and racial equity
This position is part-time (0.6 FTE, 25 hours a week), and contingent on funding through 2019. There is potential for it become full-time beginning in late summer/early fall 2018.
The salary for this position is $35,000.
We cover 70% of a health insurance plan and cover the costs of long-term disability and life insurance. We offer a vision and dental plan, as well as a 401k plan. Staff are eligible for 15 days of vacation a year, 10 sick days, federal holidays (plus Patriot’s Day), and a winter break between Christmas and New Year’s.
SWSG offers staff flexible, family-friendly working relationships whenever possible.
This position does require occasional night and weekend work. SWSG offers a flextime option to accommodate for these working hours.
Level of Language Proficiency
English fluency required
Conversational Grasp of any of the following languages a plus:
- Haitian Creole
- Cape Verdean Creole
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Review our website and send a resume and thoughtful cover letter in pdf form to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “SWSG Mentor Coach Application, (Insert your last name)” as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and interviews will begin in mid February.
As an equal opportunity and anti-racist organization, SWSG encourages applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status or physical ability, and evaluates all candidates on a merit basis. We strongly encourage people who understand the experiences of the girls in our program to apply.