Middle School Academic Coordinator-SQB Boston

Overview

SquashBusters is a 25-year-old sports-based youth development program that uses a combination of squash and fitness, academic support and enrichment, community service, and mentoring to improve the lives of youth in Boston, Lawrence, and Providence. SquashBusters’ mission is to challenge and nurture urban youth – as students, athletes, and citizens – so that they can recognize and fulfill their greatest potential in life.

SquashBusters currently serves 400 middle school, high school and college students. Students practice at least three days a week throughout the school year and participate in weekend practices, tournaments, and summer opportunities. In Boston, programming takes place at the SquashBusters Youth Center located on Northeastern University’s campus.

The SquashBusters Boston program is led by a dedicated team of professionals that partners the benefits of supportive engagement on the court and in the classroom for students across the City of Boston. Its students build skills, gain confidence, and access opportunities for success in school, college, and beyond. SquashBusters aims to ensure that its graduates (1) enroll in and successfully complete college or other post-secondary opportunities; (2) understand and embrace life-long habits of health and wellness; and (3) develop a deep sense of character and personal integrity.

Specific academic programming includes homework help, enrichment activities, SAT prep, and one-on-one college mentoring to help students apply to, enroll in, and graduate from a best-fit college. Students develop their personal character through community service, leadership opportunities, and travel experiences that broaden their horizons. Additionally, regular practice, squash competitions, and fitness activities demonstrate the importance of health and wellness for life.

The Role

The Middle School Academic Coordinator is responsible for planning and running homework help sessions, team building activities and academic enrichment sessions for SquashBusters (SQB) middle school students. Additionally, the Academic Team Member plans and runs special programming including community service outings and field trips. The Coordinator also plays a critical role in recruiting and welcoming new 7th grade students to the team as well as in supporting 8th grade students with their high school planning and application process. As a member of the program team, they will collaborate with the Program Director and all program staff to ensure an integrated approach to SQB academic, sport and character development programs. Through these programs, the program staff will challenge, nurture, and hold accountable SQB youth so that they recognize and fulfill their potential.

Responsibilities

• Plan, supervise and direct daily homework help sessions, including coordinating volunteer tutors to support students’ school work.
• Plan, supervise and direct impactful and innovative academic enrichment and team building activities.
• Work with students and families to navigate and successfully complete the high school choice, ISEE test prep, and/or private school application process with a focus on fit for each family.
• Ensure a productive and positive environment at SQB by managing student behavior and consistently instilling SQB values and providing students with individual feedback on their progress.
• Monitor students’ progress in school by communicating regularly with school staff to determine the best ways that SQB can support a student’s success.
• Communicate with parents/guardians so that they are aware of their child’s progress, feel like part of the SQB community and can support their child’s growth and development at home.
• Recruit or assist in recruiting students and/or volunteers for SQB program as needed.
• Coordinate and implement community service and field trips, summer and other special programming, and guest speaker opportunities.
• Help students connect to appropriate opportunities such as external summer programs and test prep courses.
• Organize schedules and materials, and collect and enter student data in a Salesforce database.

Qualifications

• Associate’s and/or Bachelor’s Degree with 2+ years of relevant experience
• A passion for educational opportunity, and a belief in the potential for athletic participation to both drive academic excellence and expand opportunities for success in school and beyond
• Enthusiasm for working with young people and experience developing trusting relationships with youth and families
• Ability to work independently and thrive in a fast-paced environment
• Strong teamwork, organization, communication, and group facilitation skills
• Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from a variety of backgrounds
• Valid driver’s license (required) – and willingness to drive a 14 passenger van (training provided)
• Ability to regularly work until 7:00 P.M Monday-Thursday during the school year, to work on Saturdays once or twice per month during the school year, and to work occasional events during evening or weekend hours (required)
• Spanish language proficiency a plus
• Knowledge of the Boston Public School system and high school choice/application process a plus

Compensation and Benefits

• Annual salary commensurate with experience
• Retirement plan with employer matching
• 26.5 paid company holidays and days off plus an additional 20 vacation days (with some restrictions)
• Subsidized health insurance and unsubsidized dental insurance offered
• Free Employee Assistance Program, a cell phone subsidy, and a public transportation subsidy available

To Apply

To apply, please email your resume and a brief letter explaining your interest to: Rachel Koury, SquashBusters Boston Program Director, at r.koury@squashbusters.org with the subject line: Middle School Academic Coordinator.

SquashBusters is an equal opportunity employer and strives to reflect the diverse community it serves.