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.

College Pathways Coordinator

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 and Employment Specialist Carleen Colin. If you have additional questions, please feel free to email ccolin@westendhouse.org.


 

College Pathways Coordinator

POSITION SUMMARY
The College Pathways Coordinator ensures and is responsible for preparing members with the right tools to enter and complete college. They must be passionate youth development, college preparation and access. The position will be responsible for the recruitment and retention of program participants through facilitating fun and engaging activities in our College and Career Center.
West End House 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 $3.6 M annual budget. We have 28 full-time staff who deliver a broad scope of programming for 1,600 members between the ages of 7 and 20 in four core areas: leadership and career development; academic and college success; sports, fitness and nutrition; and visual and performing arts.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
College Access
• Build and manage a caseload of 70 high school seniors annually
• Develop and Implement Senior Workshops to help guide students through high school graduation and college entrance. Workshops topics include the common application, college admissions process, FAFSA, scholarships and other aid
• Provide financial aid counseling for West End House young people and introduce college affordability
• Ensure high school seniors reach milestones necessary for graduation and college acceptance, using a case management approach. Related activities include data tracking, monitoring of academics, and regular guidance in 1-1 meetings.
• Plan and implement various college access activities, including: College Fairs, College Tours, Information Sessions, etc.
• Work in collaboration with the Director of Academic Success to further develop school partnerships and to recruit new students
College Success
• Coach a caseload of young people attending post-secondary institutions, providing support on academic and non-academic issues that may prevent them from persisting at college
• Guide students through college enrollment & registration, major and course selection, FAFSA renewal, graduation requirements, transfers, and college policies and procedures as needed
• Help students identify realistic career goals and appropriate majors/programs
• Interpret placement scores and advising students on appropriate course selection
• Foster relationships and connections to the college

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 – West End House 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 – West End House 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;

REQUIREMENTS – (education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, work demands)
• Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree in education preferred
• Minimum of 2 – 4 years of related experience, prior experience in higher education a plus
• Experience advising, mentoring, and/or counseling young people of diverse backgrounds
• 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.
• Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Experience with databases, particularly SalesForce, a 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 & teaching skills
• Valid Massachusetts driver’s license preferred.

Salary: $38,000 – $42,000 (depending on experience); benefits include medical & dental coverage, pension after one year, vacation, and 403 (B) plan.

West End House is an equal -opportunity employer and encourages individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply.

CANDIDATES SHOULD EMAIL A LETTER OF INTEREST AND RESUME TO:
Jenny Nute, Chief Impact Officer
jnute@westendhouse.org