West End House is the largest youth development agency in the Allston-Brighton community providing high-impact programs that ensure that our young people are succeeding academically, exploring, and mastering the arts, developing career readiness skills, and adopting healthy lifestyles. Operating since 1906, today’s West End House welcomes approximately 1000 young people each year who represent more than 40 different countries and 10 languages. Our commitment is to ensure Boston’s children and teens have access to opportunities to help them thrive. West End House serves young people throughout Allston-Brighton and across Boston’s neighborhoods, including Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park, Fenway, Roslindale, South Boston, and East Boston. We are bold in our commitment and efforts to become an anti-racist, equitable organization and welcome candidates with a passion for this work.
Our mission is to inspire and enable youth from all backgrounds to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. We are proud of our impact in the community, some of which is highlighted below:
- Our COVID-19 response included launching an in-person Learning Hubs initiative for students to attend remote school and we were 1 of only 3 sites citywide to serve teens in our Hubs; we also launched a Family Food Program that has distributed over 400,000 lbs. of groceries to our families and community members.
- Unparalleled service to teens: Prior to the pandemic, West End House served more teens than 98% of Boys & Girls Clubs across the country. And the teens who come to West End House are graduating high school and enrolling in college at a greater rate than their peers across the state.
- We are the only Boys & Girls Club on the East Coast to dedicate full-time staff and resources to supporting our students in college.
- Our arts programs attract and engage as many young people as our recreational offerings and are designed to advance young people from exposure to engagement to pathways in visual arts, music, digital arts, dance, and more.
Today, West End House has a staff of almost 30 highly collaborative team members, a dedicated Board of Directors, and an annual budget of more than $3.9 million. As a mark of our commitment to the success of both our staff and youth participants, our club’s program staff are full time employees.
Music Clubhouse Coordinator
While listening to music is often an integral part of youth’s lives, here at West End House we aim to provide them with a focused opportunity to build self-confidence and interpersonal skills by learning how to play, perform, compose, and record music. As the Music Clubhouse Coordinator, you will tap into your deep passion for the musical arts to facilitate the creation and execution of a dynamic music program that enables participating youth to grow on a personal level while deepening their connection to music. You will work with a diverse community of youth, primarily between the ages of 10-18, and allow them to define and explore their musical vision. Additionally, you will develop channels for interested youth to refine their musical talent and find recognition through academic and career pathways. You will use your talents working with young people to build close-knit relationships that will help youth remain engaged in the programming. Through these relationships with youth, as well as their families and your colleagues, you will stay updated on the evolving needs and interests of the young people participating in the music program and continuously adapt it to reflect the same.
You will be the primary staff member in charge of musical instruction and report directly to the Senior Program Director.
Music Coaching and Mentoring
- Run West End House’s music program and facilitate music instructional activities for all West End House members
- Serve as primary liaison with partners and academic institutions associated with the musical arts; supervise students, volunteers, and teen employees from the same
- Attract and recruit youth from within West End House programs as well as the broader community, to the Music Clubhouse
- Create opportunities to expose members of all ages to the musical arts; engage members in high-quality music programming, and advance dedicated members to higher levels of skill
- Maintain a system of assessment to ensure advancement of skill level and youth portfolio completion
- Build long-term, trusting relationships with the youth
Music Program design
- Create, revise, and implement program curriculum in collaboration with Senior Program Director
- Coach and provide opportunities to showcase and celebrate youth’s music skill and development through organizing musical projects and events
WHO WE’RE LOOKING FOR:
There are a multitude of ways to learn, grow and excel professionally. We know people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We respect this when we review applications and take a broad look at the experience of each applicant. We want to get to know you and the unique strengths you will bring to the work. This said, we are most likely to be interested in your candidacy if you can demonstrate the majority of the qualifications and experiences listed below:
- High school graduate required, Bachelor’s Degree in a music related major a plus
- 2+ years’ experience in music program facilitation or youth development
- Knowledge of music fundamentals (e.g. reading music, harmony, rhythm, scales, key signatures, etc.)
- Proficiency in playing at least two instruments at an intermediate level (guitar, bass, drum set, piano, or vocals) and ability to run a music ensemble
- Proven track record of building trusting relationships with youth through empathy and robust communication skills
- Strong classroom management and program facilitation skills
- Demonstrate knowledge of youth development
If interested, please apply here
Youth Development Coordinator: Sports and Fitness
The Youth Development Coordinator for Sports and Fitness is responsible for creating and implementing high-quality programs for members of all ages and skill levels. The Youth Development Coordinator reports to West End House’s Program Director and works closely with peer leaders, volunteers, and care givers. We seek motivated candidates who value authenticity, effective execution, and a commitment to youth development.
WHAT YOU’LL GET TO DO:
Key responsibilities include:
- Facilitate after school and summer programs to keep kids active and play a key role in our New Balance Foundation Kids in Motion program
- Create and implement sports and fitness programs that appeal to our diverse membership that may consist of innovative gym games, sports, and structured fitness opportunities
- Coach athletic teams (basketball and soccer) for youth age 7 to 18
- Develop and maintain influential and long-lasting relationships with Club youth, particularly those who are in greatest need of caring adults in their lives
- Responsible for providing daily programs, services, and activities for Club members, which are consistent with the organization’s youth development mission and goals.
- Implement creative strategies to improve the health of young people who do not traditionally participate in physical fitness activities.
- Play a lead role in developing and enhancing a Club-wide culture of health and fitness
WHO WE’RE LOOKING FOR:
West End House seeks a professional with an equity-first, strengths-based mindset who has demonstrated alignment with our mission, either through lived, work, or volunteer experience in historically marginalized communities. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated a passion for providing a wide range of programs that help members stay active and ensure they are participating in 60 minutes of physical activity daily. These programs include gym games, leagues, and fitness training. They would also share in a variety of responsibilities in our daily operation to ensure a successful, overarching program. We’ll be most excited about your candidacy if you can demonstrate prior success delivering results in a collaborative, mission-driven environment. We do not expect candidates to meet all the criteria listed below. Reviewing the qualifications can help you to better understand the expectations of this role.
If you believe you have “what it takes,” please submit an application. We will be excited to hear from you and each application will be carefully reviewed and acknowledged by a member of our team. Below you will find key experiences and mindsets we seek:
- Direct experience providing sports, fitness, or recreational programs for youth; Experience in coaching preferred
- Knowledge of trends in fitness, physical education games, and other athletic activities.
- Growth mindset that drives a commitment to learn from/with your colleagues augmented with direct experience in programs rooted in in the principles of youth development
- High expectations, personally and professionally, and the ability to maintain high expectations for all youth
- Driven to succeed and see young people succeed even when the youth cannot see it for themselves Experience with innovative methods to contact and develop relationships with youth; willingness to relentlessly and proactively reach out to youth
- Ability to create strong relationships with youth in a short period of time
- Ability to maintain high expectations for all youth
- Strong classroom management and program facilitation skills that balance the needs and interests of youth
- Experience working in multicultural environments, bi-lingual (English/Spanish) a strong plus.
- “Hands-On” mentality – candidate will be working directly with kids and families.
- Thrives in a collaborative and fast-paced environment; works hours as program and youth needs arise
WHAT WE OFFER:
This is a full-time position with the West End House with a salary range of $45,000 – $50,000 commensurate with lived and professional experience.
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 includes paid vacation, holiday, and sick days; health and dental coverage; life, short-term and long-term disability insurance; and a defined contribution retirement program. To learn more about West End House benefits and time off, please click here.
West End House provides training and access to job related certifications for all employees and staff are encouraged to participate in their own professional development by identifying opportunities and sharing with their supervisor. West End House encourages and supports healthy lifestyles for all staff and provides access to our fitness center, gym, and pool as well as daily, homemade dinners (and lunch during the summer) for all interested staff.
WORK EXPECTATIONS AT WEST END HOUSE:
We are a hands-on team and seek employees who are passionate about our work and service to our community. West End House employees are fully onsite five days/week and are required to be fully vaccinated or can request an exemption. All West End House youth and staff will have weekly PCR tests onsite.
While a valid MA driver’s license ins preferred, West End House is easily accessible via the T (Green Line to Allston Street), MBTA bus (66) and has limited parking available.
Our team works onsite 40 hours/week. Candidates should be aware that this will be an out of school time schedule with evening hours.
OUR CORE VALUES:
- Strength-Based Relationship Building: West End House 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 ensuring 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.
- Safety: West End House values our youth focused, friendly environment. Every staff member shares the responsibility for ensuring West End House is, and remains, a safe and nurturing environment for every young person who comes through our doors.
HOW TO APPLY:
It is the policy of West End House to assure equal employment opportunity to all qualified employees and applicants by prohibiting discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (or a condition related to pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.
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