About the Opportunity
826 Boston seeks a creative team member with strong organizational skills to serve as the Community Engagement Coordinator. 826 Boston is expanding to serve more students in the Boston Public Schools through its innovative in-school, out-of-school, and digital programs. The Coordinator will work alongside the Volunteer Program Director to deepen 826 Boston’s relationships with public and private sector partners, as well as cultivate and steward the 750+ individual volunteers needed each year to serve students across all programs. This is an exciting opportunity to join the organization during a time of growth and play a key role in driving impact.
A note about operations during the pandemic: 826 Boston is currently operating all of our programs virtually. While we do not yet know when we will return to in-person operations, candidates for this position should be prepared to work all or part of their hours at 826 Boston’s physical location(s).
Apply online at https://826boston.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=51
826 Boston is a nonprofit youth writing and publishing organization located in Roxbury, Massachusetts, that empowers traditionally underserved students ages 6-18 to find their voices, tell their stories, and gain communication skills to succeed in school and in life.
Volunteer and Community Engagement
- Support the Volunteer Program Director in cultivating and stewarding a volunteer corps of 750+ individuals on an annual basis to fuel programs.
- Build and cultivate strong relationships with community organizations, artists, and leaders to offer potential programmatic partnership and volunteer pipelines.
- Manage relationships with university partners that support Out-of-School Time, College Essay Boot Camp, and Publishing Programs, including Boston College’s PULSE and 4 Boston programs, Boston University Wizards program, and days of service for student-led organizations.
- Collaborate with program team members to develop and lead community-based recruitment events.
- Oversee volunteer onboarding for all individuals, including leading two volunteer training sessions a month, coordinating pre- and post-training communication, recruiting individuals to attend trainings via online postings, events tabling, etc., and ensuring individuals complete their first volunteer shift.
- Support the volunteer management team in partnering with the programs team to develop specialized trainings to meet the needs of students and interests of the volunteer corps.
- Support the planning and execution of volunteer appreciation efforts and events, including the annual “Interrobang!?” celebration.
- Supervise one Volunteer Engagement Specialist, a full-time AmeriCorps service member.
- Translate project and initiative goals into individual responsibilities and delegate accordingly.
- Provide day-to-day support to the supervisee, differentiating style based on individual report and assignment.
- Coordinate 826 Boston Internship Program, including hiring and training a corps of 6 to 12 interns per semester in positions across the organization.
Systems Coordination and Data Collection
- Manage volunteer communications systems, including email, volunteer opportunity calendar, and sign up tools.
- Coordinate the administration and analysis of volunteer surveys, including training feedback, volunteer experience, and 826 National surveys.
- Maintain volunteer records, track participation, and produce reports in SalesForce.
- Collaborate with Volunteer Program Director to track progress toward annual programming goals and report to the team on a biannual basis.
- Conduct regular check-ins with program teams to identify and address volunteer needs in After-School Tutoring, Evening Tutoring, Storytelling and Book Making Field Trip, College Essay Boot Camp, and school vacation workshop programs.
- Represent 826 Boston publicly at relevant conferences, trainings, and events.
- Coordinate community outreach elements in 826 Boston’s annual fundraising and community events, such as the Boston Book Festival.
- Provide support at a select number of outreach and fundraising events.
- Support Volunteer Program 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, a desire to work in a collaborative and inclusive culture, and a passion for youth empowerment through writing and publishing.
Skills and experiences
- 2+ years of professional experience working in a K-12 school, education, or youth development nonprofit
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Strong organizational, time management, project management, and resource management skills; high attention to detail
- Knowledge of and confidence with recognizing/discussing social justice issues, intersectionality, BIMPoC and LGBTQIA+ history, and historic/current systems of oppression with diverse audiences; ability to incorporate anti-racist and anti-oppressive practice into planning and programming
- Ability to participate in open communication to build community and foster team goals relevant to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
- Self-starter attitude, high level of flexibility, and ability to thrive in a fast-paced, startup environment
- Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Apps
- Experience with volunteer management and/or with direct volunteering preferred
- Proficiency in Spanish, Cape Verdean or Haitian Creole, or Somali preferred
- Experience with SalesForce or comparable database preferred
Salary and Benefits: $45,000 per year. Benefits include generous time off package (including vacation, sick leave, holidays, and two-week winter break); health and dental insurance (826 Boston covers 80% of premiums); parental leave; and others.
This is a non-exempt, full-time position that reports to the Volunteer Manager. The ideal start date for this position is August 2, 2021. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Click here for updates on hiring deadlines for this position.
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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 2014, the 826 network garnered the American Literacy Prize from the Library of Congress for its pioneering work to eradicate illiteracy in the United States.