Interested in youth, creativity, and community?
About The Flagship Clubhouse: The Flagship Clubhouse in Dudley Square provides a creative and safe after-school learning environment where teens work with adult mentors to explore their own ideas, develop skills, and build confidence in themselves through the use of technology. A free, drop-in program, the Clubhouse engages youth in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math) activities in ways that are relevant and meaningful to them. It also serves as a model and “Flagship” site for The Clubhouse Network, an international community of more than 100 Clubhouses in 19 countries.
The Flagship Clubhouse seeks a creative youth worker to coordinate The Flagship Clubhouse’s participation in IMPACTS (Increasing Mentor Participation and Commitment to Success) 2.0, a national program designed to strengthen the effectiveness of mentors within individual Clubhouse communities and across the Network. The Mentor Program Coordinator will conduct community outreach, recruit mentors, and build partnerships to identify adults from diverse backgrounds to provide guidance and serve as role models to youth. The Coordinator will provide start-up and ongoing support to ensure mentor effectiveness and retention, and participate actively in The Flagship Clubhouse as a mentor and role model. The Coordinator will also contribute to a national community of practice, in particular with respect to mentoring boys and young men of color.
- Assess the Flagship Clubhouse’s current mentoring program, and identify gaps and needs.
- Conduct outreach, recruit mentors, and build partnerships with local sources of mentors (e.g., colleges, professional organizations, corporations).
- Ensure the proper screening and review of candidates, conduct orientation and start-up support, and provide ongoing training to mentors, in particular with respect to boys and young men of color.
- Organize and participate in events that foster community and celebration among mentors.
- As needed, facilitate positive endings to mentoring relationships to provide closure.
- Spend at least 25% of time with Clubhouse youth members, modeling high-quality mentoring and helping youth develop projects, connect with mentors and collaborators, and follow through on their ongoing work.
- Work with Clubhouse youth in planning for the future, including identifying mentors to provide guidance about academic and job opportunities that leverage their Clubhouse skills and experience.
- Support the development of a “Girls’ Day” program to provide young women with STEM-rich activities that are relevant and meaningful to them, and encourage them to take on leadership roles in the Clubhouse.
- Utilize Clubhouse social media as a recruiting tool for mentors as well as a vehicle for showcasing the impact of mentor involvement on Clubhouse youth.
- Assist other staff in fund-raising and publicity for The Clubhouse, communicating Clubhouse philosophy, goals, and results to external sources.
- Provide administrative support for the Flagship Clubhouse’s participation in IMPACTS 2.0, including keeping mentor records and meeting IMPACTS 2.0 requirements with respect to specific performance measures and reporting expectations.
- Represent the Flagship Clubhouse within The Clubhouse Network with respect to IMPACTS 2.0, including participating in monthly meetings, sharing resources, attending TCN’s Annual Conference, and serving as chaperone for up to three teens at TCN’s biennial Teen Summit.
- Assist with dissemination efforts related to effective mentoring by providing programmatic and other advice to Clubhouse Coordinators at community-based Clubhouses around the world.
This position is full-time, 40hrs/wk, Tuesday – Saturday. Work hours 10 am – 6 pm except Thursday (until 7 pm), subject to change.
Required Skills and Experience:
- Evidence of commitment to Clubhouse mission, including youth leadership, youth development, social justice action, and racial equity and inclusion.
- One or more years of experience working directly with youth from underserved neighborhoods in an informal learning environment;
- Proven track record in youth services, especially in a role involving mentoring and/or mentor management;
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both written and oral;
- Interpersonal skills, including an ability to get along with people of diverse backgrounds and abilities and a talent for making people feel welcome and included;
- Excellent organizational skills, demonstrated by the ability to prioritize multiple tasks as well as pay close attention to detail;
- Interest in technology as a creative and empowering tool, including for music, art, video production, robotics, web development, computer game design, animation, and engineering design;
- Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (e.g., Photoshop, Flash, Premiere), web design tools, and other design-based software preferred.
Exempt (Salaried). Commensurate with experience.
Benefits for full-time, exempt (salaried) staff include: 15 vacation days, 12 holidays, 5-10 sick days, medical, dental, and vision insurance, short- and long-term disability, life insurance, retirement and savings plan, professional development, direct deposit, and much more!
The Clubhouse Network is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by federal, state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.
Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
No phone inquiries, please.