Teen Program Manager

Functional Area: General Management and Direct Youth Work

Organization: Brookline Teen Center

Location: Brookline, MA

Overview:

Recognizing the urgent need for a place where teens could learn, grow and have fun, Brookline natives, Paul Epstein, a Brookline High School social worker and his wife, Saskia, a non-profit director, engaged a group of Brookline leaders and teens to explore the possibility of creating a teen center in Brookline in 2005. The vision was to create a place where Brookline youth could spend their out-of-school time in a safe place with both formal and informal activities centered around academic enrichment, physical activity, and socio-emotional health. In this way, the Teen Center will meet the need of local teens for a constructive, entertaining and affordable place to spend their out of school time and will be one of the only teen-only centers like it in the local area.

Since 2005, in collaboration with the Brookline Community Foundation, Brookline teens and community leaders have been working to move the vision of the Brookline Teen Center forward. In 2011, the organization received its 501(c) 3 status and began fundraising in earnest. In the fall of 2013 we opened our doors for business to the youth of Brookline.

Today, the BTC serves as a hub for out of school activities for Brookline youth. On Mondays the BTC is filled with middle school students participating in structured activities, working on homework or just hanging out with friends. The rest of the week the BTC is open to high school students. Brookline teens come to the BTC with their ideas and we help bring them to life. In the last year, we have supported teens with running a bamboo bike building workshop, creating a makerspace, and starting a Lego Robotics program. The BTC also offers programming in music, arts, and athletics and works with school clubs to host events and fundraisers.

For more information about the Brookline Teen Center, please visit https://brooklinetc.wpengine.com

Position: Teen Program Manager

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with other team members to fulfill mission of the center (social and emotional well-being, physical and recreational opportunities and educational and enrichment activities).
  • Primary responsibility is to supervise twelve (12) adult Youth Leaders and oversee multiple aspects of the Teen Program which include, but are not limited to:
  • Working with Youth Leaders to develop youth programming opportunities both inside the center and off site as well as coordinating program schedules.
  • Lead program activities for teens.
  • Build meaningful relationships with teens. Serve as role model, mentor and advisor. Communicate with teens’ families as necessary.
  • Oversight of all aspects of Teen Program to ensure safety and smooth operations including dealing with crisis management.
  • Oversight of the daily schedule including prepping spaces for incoming groups/sub-contracted activities and communicating with Youth Leaders so everyone knows the plan for the day.
  • Coordinate in hiring, supervising and supporting all Youth Leaders which includes:
    • Providing bi-weekly 30-45 minute supervision to the Youth Leaders as well as giving
    • in-the-moment feedback and coaching/on-the-job training to strengthen their youth work skills.
    • Managing their schedules to best meet the needs of the Teen Program.
    • Conducting annual performance evaluations.
    • Maintaining a climate that attracts and motivates a diverse staff.
  • Coordinate volunteers and provide supervision and oversight
  • Assist in developing policies and procedures for the center
  • Assist in membership recruitment
  • Assist with Communication (newsletter and outreach to donors, community and members)
  • Other Tasks as Assigned

 

Schedule:

There is some ability to be flexible but ideally, we are looking for a four day a week schedule that is Tuesday – Thursday 12:00pm-8:30pm and Friday 12:00pm-10:30pm.  

Qualifications:

Incredibly strong youth work skills and experience is a MUST for this position.

  • Minimum 5 years of direct youth work having demonstrated increasing responsibility.
  • Previous management and/or supervisory experience preferred.
  • Experience in developing youth programing
  • Strong ability to build meaningful relationships with youth coming from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to hire, lead and support dedicated and passionate staff
  • Creative and outside of the box thinker
  • Willingness to advocate on youth’s behalf
  • Commitment to the mission and vision of BTC, with strong experience in youth development programs preferred
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, energized by the challenge building an organization and developing programs to meet the needs of Brookline teenagers
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, with the ability to build relationships with a variety of constituents and present a compelling case for organizational support
  • Outstanding organizational ability with focused attention to detail and follow-up
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required
  • Ability to travel locally and work a flexible schedule, must be able to work evenings and some weekends
  • Drivers License in good standing

 

To Apply:

Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, both in Word format and addressed to Matthew Cooney mcooney@brooklineteencenter.org and Jen Bray jbray@brooklineteencenter.org.

The Brookline Teen Center is an equal opportunity employer