About the Opportunity
826 Boston seeks a dynamic, communicative, and flexible individual to serve as the Out-of-School Time Program Assistant. We are seeking a candidate who can ensure reliable, robust support for students while also building on the current strengths of the Out-of-School Time (OOST) Team, including engaging students in meaningful writing opportunities, supporting students’ social emotional development, and promoting educational equity by facilitating individualized and subject-specific support.
The assistant will also support the team’s future growth, including increasing student enrollment and safely reintroducing in-person programming. In addition, the assistant will support volunteers in building antiracist/anti-oppressive tutoring practices that are effective, responsive, empowering, and that center the identities, experiences, and voices of LGBTQ+, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), neurodiverse students, and students with disabilities.
826 Boston is a nonprofit writing, tutoring, and publishing organization where students in grades K-12 and beyond can share their stories, amplify their voices, and develop as leaders in school and in life.
Serve as point person for 1-2 afternoon and/or evening tutoring sessions per week; welcome participants to the space; assign effective student/tutor pairings and small groups; provide participants with materials and resources; track attendance
Assist with the administration and organization of pre- and post-programmatic surveys to continue to increase equity and efficacy in programming; create and maintain informational profiles on students and tutors to facilitate connections and promote relationship building
Support Publishing Coordinator and OOST Team with the creation, organization, and revision of student drafts for publication projects
Assist with student recruitment and enrollment, maintaining relationships with currently enrolled families while also connecting with new families, prioritizing those who may otherwise experience barriers to accessing academic support
Collaborate with Volunteer Management Team to schedule, onboard, and coordinate volunteers to maintain adequate support for tutoring, student publishing, and administrative tasks
Lead orientations for first-day tutors; report issues of concern
Maintain information on recurring volunteer schedules and track volunteer attendance in Salesforce; reschedule volunteers as needed; report on tutor’s hours to external partners as needed
Support Volunteer Program Manager with selecting Boston College PULSE volunteer tutors, with the goal of increasing representation of BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and/or neurodiverse tutors
Supervise 1-2 interns as needed; delegate tasks effectively and provide opportunities for professional development
Coordinate planning of publication release party
Maintain inventory of programmatic supplies and manage ordering; track team expenses
Support Out-of-School Time Program Manager and Director with administrative tasks, as needed
The ideal candidate is a team player with a steadfast commitment to improving the quality of K-12 education, including adopting antiracist/anti-oppressive approaches, with a desire to work in a collaborative and inclusive culture and a passion for youth empowerment through writing and publishing.
826 Boston recognizes that impostor syndrome and the confidence gap might prevent some applicants from applying. Few candidates will have all of the relevant experience listed below, but 826 Boston is committed to assessing candidates with transferable skills and a willingness to be trained for this role.
Skills and experiences:
Ability to build genuine and responsive relationships with a diverse group of students, volunteers, and families
Comfort and efficacy in training adults to work with students
Ability to proactively identify issues, elevate them as appropriate, and propose solutions
Ability to prioritize responsibilities, manage your time, and take ownership of projects
Strong organizational skills, especially in regard to timely scheduling and data tracking
Demonstrated commitment to fostering community, building a strong sense of team, and embracing values of diversity, equity, and inclusion
Ability to give and receive feedback with humility, regulation, and tact
Knowledge of and fluency with social and racial justice, intersectionality, BIPoC and LGBTQIA+ history, and historic/current systems of oppression
Ability to incorporate anti-racist and anti-oppressive practices into training
Experience with Salesforce, and Google Suite helpful, but not required
Proficiency in Spanish, Somali, or Arabic preferred
A flexible schedule, including regular in-person hours, is required. Typical hours during the programming year are:
Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM (in-person)
Wednesdays, 3:30 PM – 8:30 PM (in-person)
Fridays, 12:30 – 3:30 PM (remote, flexible)
Hours will sometimes include later evening and weekend events
$17 an hour for 20 hours per week; this position is eligible for paid sick time.
This is a non-exempt, part-time position that reports to the Out-of-School Time Program Manager. The ideal start date for this position is mid August. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
826 Boston Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement
At 826 Boston, we honor and actively work toward diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) across our organization. We are committed to centering the voices of the students who we serve, to creating inclusive spaces, and to incorporating feedback from our community into our decision-making processes. Our DEI lens is always evolving through the courageous conversations in which we participate and the relationships that we build through our work and service. We strengthen our cultural competency through experience, training, and feedback, which informs the development of all new organizational practices and goals and the evaluation of all existing procedures.
826 Boston is dedicated to providing a platform for student advocacy through writing and publishing opportunities. In our work and mission, we are committed to dismantling white supremacy culture by recognizing that we are complicit in systems of racism and oppression. We will work to hold ourselves accountable in addressing these harmful structures and behaviors. To learn more about our DEI Action Plans across the organization, please click here.
826 Boston is part of a national network of youth writing centers, co-founded by the award-winning author Dave Eggers and educator Nínive Calegari, that were named in GOOD Magazine’s “30 Places We Want to Work.” Since opening in 2007, 826 Boston has delivered its free youth writing and tutoring programs to more than 29,000 students and has been recognized by The Boston Globe as one of the best places in the city to volunteer. 826 Boston’s youth writers have published their work in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and in numerous award-winning 826 Boston books, including A Place for Me in the World, which was hailed as a “triumph of middle school education” by The Boston Globe. In 2013, the 826 National network garnered the prestigious American Literacy Prize awarded by the Library of Congress.
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