Youth Specialist – Recreation/Fitness
YOUTH SPECIALIST – RECREATION/FITNESS
Functional Area: Direct work with youth with a concentration in recreation, fitness and sports
Organization: Brookline Teen Center
Location: Brookline, MA
Hours: Part-time afternoons, evenings and Saturdays. There can be some flexibility with start time and days scheduled.
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:
Position: Youth Specialist – Recreation/Fitness
- Collaborate with other team members to fulfill mission of center (social and emotional well-being, physical and recreational opportunities and educational and enrichment activities).
- Report to the Assistant Director of Programming and is responsible for the oversight of the fitness program which includes:
- Plan, organize, coordinate, direct and/or supervise various athletic and fitness related activities for both middle school youth and teens.
- Bring innovative ideas to the organization that further promote fitness and health programming to youth.
- Develop a “teen driven” sports and fitness program by incorporating youth’s ideas and visions.
- Effectively market programs in order to bring awareness and engage more youth at the Brookline Teen Center.
- Provide leadership and advice to youth in proper fitness and sports etiquette.
- Teach safe and effective fitness and sports training to youth.
- Create and coordinate volunteer opportunities in the fitness program.
- Coordinate with community partners.
- Oversee equipment inventory and maintenance.
- Work directly with youth in the following capacities:
- Develop meaningful, positive relationships and function as a role model, mentor and advisor.
- Lead youth in a variety of activities and programming in most areas of the Teen Center that include, but are not limited to, the gymnasium, fitness center, social recreation area, game room, dance/yoga studio, academic mezzanine, recording studio and bowling alley.
- Lead youth in a variety of activities and programming which take place in the community.
- Provide opportunities for learning, skill-building and success.
- Provide supervision and oversight to ensure safety and smooth operations.
- Provide assistance in other areas when needed.
- Communicate with parents and guardians of members when appropriate.
- Aid with planning and organization of special events. Expected to work these events if they are held on already scheduled days/evening.
- Communicate effectively with the team in order to keep everyone updated on the happenings in the fitness program.
- End of the shift includes some written tasks and cleaning responsibilities.
- Other tasks as assigned.
- High School diploma required. Bachelor’s preferred. Must be 18 years or older.
- Previous experience working with children or youth.
- Previous experience in a recreation setting or as a qualified fitness trainer.
- Strong ability to build meaningful relationships with youth coming from diverse backgrounds.
- Ability to take on a leadership role and coordinate a variety of activities/programming.
- Willingness to advocate on youth’s behalf.
- Ability to take initiative.
- Ability to lead and implement activities and programming for youth.
- Commitment to the mission and vision of the BTC.
- Oral and written skills.
- Ability to work after-school hours and/or weekends and/or school vacation days and/or some holidays.
- First Aid/CPR/AED certifications preferred.
- Must agree to a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Department of Children and Families background check.
To apply: Please submit a cover letter and resume to the Assistant Director of Programming, George Zahka, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications due ASAP. Start date ASAP.