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. 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. 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.

Music Clubhouse Coordinator

Music Instructor for Special Needs

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.


MUSIC CLUBHOUSE COORDINATOR

WORKING AT THE WEST END HOUSE

West End House staff identify as passionate and innovative youth development professionals. 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. Staff also have access to fitness center, pool, and daily meals.

 POSITION SUMMARY 

The mission of The Music Clubhouse is to give youth, primarily between the ages of 10-18, the opportunity to build self-confidence and interpersonal skills by learning how to play, perform, compose, and record music. The Music Clubhouse Coordinator will engage youth in high-quality programming and advance dedicated members to increasing levels of artistic skill.  The ideal candidate will be a skilled musician (with music production knowledge) and educator with a proven track record in youth development programs in an urban setting. The Music Clubhouse Coordinator will relate to a culturally diverse group of teens and pre -teens as an instructor and mentor and be able to manage projects independently in a fast-paced environment. They will be fully committed to the success of the music program while also sharing responsibility for club wide programs critical to the organization’s overall success.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Create, revise, and implement program curriculum in collaboration with Sr. Director of Visual and Performing Arts.
  • Facilitate music instructional activities including music studio and production to all West End House members of various levels of experience.
  • Create and implement regular showcase opportunities for Music Clubhouse youth and coach youth to perform with confidence.
  • Attract and recruit new participants within WEH programs and in the broader community
  • Serve as primary liaison with Berklee College of Music.
  • Supervise Berklee work study students, Teen employees, and volunteers
  • Maintain system of assessment to ensure advancement of skill level and youth portfolio completion.
  • Administrative duties as needed.

 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 

  • A minimum of 2 years of music teaching experience.  High school graduate required, Bachelor’s Degree in a music related major a plus.
  • Knowledge of music production and current music trends and proficient in music fundamentals,
  • The ideal candidate plays at least two instruments at an intermediate level (guitar, bass, drum set, piano, or vocals), and competent at directing an ensemble and/or prepare groups for high-production value performances/projects
  • Creative self-starter with a demonstrated ability to work through obstacles and make decisions in the moment.
  • Ability to relate to culturally diverse group of youth as an instructor and mentor. Experience working in multicultural environments, bi-lingual (English/Spanish) a strong plus.
  • Excellent overall professionalism (punctual, organized, and detail orientated)
  • Experience with innovative methods to contact and develop relationships with youth
  • Strong classroom management and program facilitation skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of youth development
  • Valid Massachusetts driver’s license preferred.

SALARY AND BENEFITS

Our comprehensive benefits are designed to enhance all aspects of our employees’ lives: physical health, financial security, general well-being and professional development. Our 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.

At West End House we are redefining what it means to be a Boys & Girls Club. We foster a safe and secure environment for our young people, but that’s only the beginning. We’re helping children and teens from all over Boston progress and graduate from high school, and then persist and graduate from college.

At West End House, youth are learning about healthy lifestyles and eating nutritious meals. They are expressing themselves creatively, performing in bands and staging plays. Our children and youth are improving their grades and making giant academic strides. They are discovering who they are and how to reach their full potential. Day after day and year after year, West End House is making a difference for the young people of Boston and their families.

The West End House Girls & Boys Club is an equal -opportunity employer and encourages individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply.  Please send letter of interest and resume to Nadine Martinez, nmartinez@westendhouse.org Sr. Director of Visual and Performing Arts.

Music Instructor for Special Needs

Pilot Program: Music and Expressive Arts for Special Needs Youth

Job Description: The West End House (WEH) is an independent Boys & 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 youth, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.

Pilot Description: Our trailblazing Music and Expressive Arts initiative will address the unique needs of special needs youth. This group includes but is not limited to youth who are on the autism spectrum, receive Individual Education Plans at school, or face physical challenges. This pilot program will run on Saturdays for 32 weeks. Start date February 22, 2020.

Youth in the program will participate in sequential learning as they advance their musical and artistic skills. The program will culminate in a performance/sharing in the final week of the program. The ideal candidate must be dependable, culturally competent, data driven, open to fulfill duties beyond job description, and passionate about inclusion. We are looking for a candidate that is able to connect with youth with special needs from under resourced and urban community. Also, that knows how to play guitar and/or piano, basic percussion, and sing.

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 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 ensuring the best outcomes for our program participants. Our staff are 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;
  • H ealthy Environment – Teaching our members the importance of living an active, healthy lifestyle is a priority. As such, our staff are 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

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Plan and provide appropriate music lessons
  • Manage weekly classes and rehearsals
  • Actively participate in music sessions and encourage special needs youth to do the same
  • Explore a variety of musical styles and sounds with special needs youth through singing, percussion, ethnic instruments and improvisation
  • Maintain attendance, records, and document progress
  • Organize and prep youth to perform in a public setting twice during the program

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience leading a musical ensemble for special needs Minimum of one year experience leading music lessons and group activities.
  • Skilled in at least one instrument at an advanced level and demonstrated ability to teach entry-level
  • Strong knowledge of music theory and ability to teach basic concepts to
  • Organizational skills
  • Knowledge of music/performance production a
  • Bi-lingual Spanish or Portuguese proficiency

HOURS & COMPENSATION

  • Saturdays from 10:00am-2:00pm, week days availability for meetings, presentations, and/or facilitation when needed
  • $30.00 per hour, max 5 hours a week

The West End House Girls & Boys Club is an equal -opportunity employer and encourages individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply. Please email letters of interest and resume to Nadine Martinez, nmartinez@westendhouse.org