Career Opportunities

West End House is a mission-driven organization committed to inspiring and enabling young people from all backgrounds to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. Each staff member lends a valuable set of talents and expertise that supports youth and the entire organization each day. Professional development opportunities are created and made available to ensure that all staff members are continuously challenged and growing in their roles.

West End House offers a generous benefits package for full-time staff members that includes competitive salary; paid vacation, holiday, and sick days; health and dental coverage; life, short-term and long-term disability insurance; voluntary 403b participation; and a pension contribution upon eligibility.

Career Development & Employment Specialist

Chef and Kitchen Manager

High school students seeking part-time employment opportunities in our Peer Leader Program can apply here. Please submit your completed application to our Career Development & Employment Specialist Casey Ferrari in the Teen Center at West End House. If you have additional questions, please feel free to email cferrari@westendhouse.org.


Career Development & Employment Specialist

West End House Boys & Girls Club 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, West End House 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 1,600 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.

Our Career Development and Employment program has experienced rapid growth in recent years – we now employ 90 teens, 60 in year-round positions. The program also emphasizes training, leadership development opportunities, and employment outside of West End House for our older teens.

The Career Development & Employment Specialist will be in a position to influence program development, establish and strengthen community partnerships, and introduce new strategies that will transform the future of Boston’s most vulnerable youth. This position’s ultimate goal is to give our teens both the experience and the skills  they need to lead meaningful, long-term careers in today’s competitive environment.

Responsibilities

  • Recruit, hire, train, and manage a diverse cohort of teens for West End House employment and career development programs;
  • Develop and implement curriculum for our career development program focused on leadership, career exploration, and job readiness skills such as time management, professionalism, etc.;
  • Incorporate social-emotional learning into job training to help young people develop skills such as self-management, social awareness, persistence, and problem solving;
  • Identify appropriate external employment opportunities and build strong working relationships with employment partners;
  • Maintain relationships with employment partners and support future program development based on employer feedback;
  • Build long-term trusting relationships with West End House young people.

Characteristics

  • “Hands-on” mentality – candidate must work directly with kids and families;
  • Strong group facilitation skills balancing youth needs and interests;
  • Reflects the diversity of the West End House
  • Desire to work as a part of a strong youth development team

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2 – 4 years’ experience in workforce development or facilitating job readiness and/or leadership programs for youth
  • Demonstrated knowledge of youth development
  • Flexibility to work program hours especially as seasons and service needs change
  • Experience working in multicultural environments, bi-lingual (English/Spanish) a strong plus

Salary: $38,000 – $42,000 (depending on 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.

Candidates should email their resume and a letter of interest to Jenny Nute, Chief Impact Officer, at jnute@westendhouse.org.


Chef and Kitchen Manager

West End House Boys & Girls Club 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, West End House 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 1,600 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.

The Chef and Kitchen Manager ensures and is responsible for preparing youth-inspired meals that incorporate whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables for over 200 youth Monday – Saturday. They must be passionate about healthy scratch cooking, youth development, and exploring cuisines from cultures around the world.

Responsibilities

  • Plans weekly menus that include snack and dinner during the school year, and breakfast, lunch, and snack during school vacations and summer;
  • Supervises a small team of teen employees as part of the peer leadership and career development program. Provides training and mentoring, and coordinates their schedules;
  • Plans for and teaches weekly cooking classes for club members and parents;
  • Prepares meals for monthly special events and meetings;
  • Introduces new foods to members through food tastings and creative preparations;
  • Oversees various volunteer groups and individuals on a regular basis;
  • Maintains equipment, inventory, and cleanliness of kitchen.

Expectations

  • Strength Based Relationship Building – 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 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 interests 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;
  • Safety – WEH values our youth focused, friendly environment. Every staff member shares the responsibility for insuring the WEH is, and remains, a safe and nurturing environment for every young person who comes through our doors.

Requirements – (education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, work demands)

  • Culinary degree is preferred, or equivalent experience;
  • Must be ServSafe certified;
  • 1 – 2 years experience with menu planning and execution;
  • Basic knowledge of nutrition and healthy behaviors;
  • 1 – 2 years demonstrated knowledge of youth development a plus;
  • Flexibility to work program hours especially as seasons and service needs change. This includes nights and weekends;
  • Experience working in multicultural environments, bi-lingual (English/Spanish) a strong plus;
  • “Hands-On” mentality – candidate should be willing to work directly with kids and parents;
  • Flexible and creative self-starter with a demonstrated ability to work through obstacles;
  • Strong group facilitation and teaching skills;
  • Valid Massachusetts driver’s license preferred.

Salary: $40,000 – $45,000 (depending on experience); benefits include medical & dental coverage, pension after one year, vacation, and 403 (B) plan. West End House Girls & Boys Club is an equal -opportunity employer and encourages individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Candidates should email their resume and a letter of interest to Jenny Nute, Chief Impact Officer, at jnute@westendhouse.org.