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ABOUT BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS, INC.
For more 50 years, Bridge Over Troubled Waters has provided a comprehensive continuum of care for runaway, homeless, and high risk youth in Boston, and has been a national model in providing innovative youth services. Our mission is to transform the lives of youth through safe, supportive and encouraging relationships, counseling, housing, and skill-building, to guide them towards self-sufficiency and achieving their goals.
Bridge is committed to building a diverse workplace and strongly encourages people of color and other ethnic backgrounds to apply!
The Associate Director of the Education and Career Development Program will be responsible for managing and implementing all administrative and programmatic aspects of a two-pronged framework of services designed to integrate employment and career goals with the education and training needs of a vulnerable population of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness. As the leader of a highly complex and collaborative program environment, the Associate Director will direct and supervise a team comprising HiSET preparation instructors and career counselors, along with the coordinators of each specialized program area. In addition, the Associate Director for Education and Career Development will collaborate and communicate with the associate directors of each Bridge program area to build and strengthen a wraparound system of services and ensure access to essential education and career development support for all youth at Bridge. The Associate Director of the Education and Career Development Program reports to the Bridge Director of Program Operations and provides direct supervision for the Education Coordinator and the Career Development Coordinator.
We are looking for candidates who are enthusiastic, client-centered, compassionate, competent, and flexible to meet the needs of our high-risk and challenging population of young people. Professional background and experience are important, yet personal experience and characteristics, dedication, understanding, and empathy, too, are important, as well as ability to maintain standards and authority.
- Provide leadership and staff support to ensure optimum access, participation, and positive program outcomes within a unique educational model, which combines one-to-one tutoring and counseling, computer-based and in-person instruction, varied schedules, and other programming options to meet the individualized needs and goals of homeless youth and young adults.
- Hire and supervise staff to build and maintain a coordinated, collegial team of instructional and career development professionals to ensure optimum staff performance and program consistency.
- policies and procedures to guide and enhance operations of the Education and Career Development Program, ensuring integrity to the multi-faceted program design.
- Participate in recruiting Bridge participants to participate in the Education/Career Development Program.
- Monitor and manage program performance to ensure quality standards and compliance with legal, grant, and contract requirements
- Conduct annual CQI process and make recommendations for on-going program improvements and enhancements
- Ensure and oversee accurate data collection, analysis, and reporting for all elements of program design, service delivery, and results; supervise and safeguard collection of all records
- Provide narrative and statistical reports as needed.
- Participate in monitoring and managing the annual program budget
- Develop and maintain working relationships with contract and grant program managers
- Participate in staff development activities, staff meetings, trainings, and other program-related activities as assigned.
- Perform other related duties for the purpose of ensuring an effective educational environment and collaborative team.
- Provide weekly supervision for program coordinators; facilitate regular staff meetings
- Encourage and guide peer consultation, training opportunities, and group learning
- Recruit, train and supervise volunteers
- Participate in all Bridge administrative meetings
- Master’s Degree in business or educational administration, or related subjects
- A minimum of 5 years’ experience in education, workforce, or economic development, job counseling, placement services, and/or equivalent experience providing student support services in an education setting; 2 years’ experience in a management position
- Experience working with youth and young adults, individuals or families experiencing homelessness, or other high-needs populations
- Familiarity with federal, state, and/or local educational frameworks, job development, economic and employment trends; and other concepts and practices in education and career development.
- Empathy, compassion, tolerance, and flexibility in working with high-risk populations
- Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organization skills, both verbal and written, and ability to work as part of a team
- Available for working flexible hours, including evenings and weekends if needed
- Possession of a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
- Capacity to interact with people from culturally diverse backgrounds and display strong customer relation skills.
- Self-motivated and able to work independently, exercise sound judgment in making decisions, and act accordingly.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION
Bridge endorses and incorporates the cultural responsiveness approach of Mass. Department of Elementary and Secondary promotes the Department’s three outcomes student learning:
- Academic achievement: Educators hold high, transparent expectations for all students, and support the development of students' academic skills and identities as learners.
- Cultural competence: Educators understand culture's role in education, their students' cultures, and their own identity and biases to 1) affirm students' backgrounds and identities and 2) foster their ability to understand and honor others' cultures.
- Sociopolitical awareness: Educators and students partner to identify, acknowledge, analyze, and consider options for solving systemic inequities in their communities and the world.
- Performance measures are based on student achievement of ISS goals and outcomes, along with written program goals and objectives, which correspond to MA curriculum frameworks, teaching guides, and AEI policies and principles.
- Participant access, attainment of academic skills, numbers of students who obtain their HiSET and move forward in continuing education or training, and/or stable employment are part of performance measurement.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:
Bridge Over Troubled Waters is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers a paid hourly rate and a competitive benefits package including medical, dental and vision plans, paid time off and a retirement savings plan. Bridge also provides a bonus of $5000 for all new employees that they are eligible in to receive in two $2500 installments after 6 months and at one year of service with Bridge.
COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT
Bridge Over Troubled Waters’ duty is to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of recognized hazards. As such we have adopted a MANDATORY COVID 19 VACCINATION POLICY for our employees.
Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, cultural heritage, ancestry, political belief, age, marital status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability or veteran status.