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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Director of Career and Leadership Development responsible for leading our fast growing career and leadership development team. The position will be responsible for motivating and managing staff to reach goals while creating and sustaining meaningful relationships with program partners, employers and funders. They also hold deep commitment to youth development and the belief that all young people can be successful leaders and contributors in our community. Our current career development program includes year round employment for 65 teens within the club. The new director will launch partnerships with external employers so that our young people can work in fields that will further build their skills. In addition, they will further develop our leadership and life skills program offerings.
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
- Identify appropriate external employment opportunities and build strong working relationships with employer partners
- Develop summer internship program for college students connecting them to employers and opportunities in their fields of interest
- Supervise career development staff; develop vision and plan for meeting aggressive program goals
- Ensure young people have access to a comprehensive leadership development program and curricula, including a focus on social emotional skills necessary for career success.
- Oversee the successful implementation of the Honan Fellowship; an initiative that empowers youth from across Boston to become engaged and influence change in their community, develop leadership skills, and stimulate an interest in public service.
- Work closely with Club Senior Program Director, COO, and CEO to ensure that the college success and career development program is fully integrated with the club’s other youth development activities.
- Track all information needed for the club’s reporting requirements; and compile reports required by the Program Director, funders, government agencies, etc.
- 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 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 degree (Master’s preferred)
- 4 to 7 years of experience in career placement, higher education, or related field
- Effective at strategic thinking as well as managing details
- Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills required
- 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.
- Valid Massachusetts driver’s license preferred.
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