Waltham Partnership for Youth is seeking an Educators of Tomorrow Specialist to support the Career Exploration & Training (CET) Program’s Educators of Tomorrow initiative. The goal of the Educators of Tomorrow initiative is to strengthen and diversify the educator workforce of the future, specifically by supporting young people from historically underrepresented backgrounds to pursue a career in education.
Who We Are
Waltham Partnership for Youth
Founded in 1988 at the initiative of the City of Waltham and incorporated independently as a 501(c)(3) in 1997, Waltham Partnership for Youth (WPY) has been an integral part of the city’s youth development landscape for more than 30 years. Our mission is to leverage and coordinate the assets of our vibrant community in order to provide Waltham youth with opportunities to discover their own personal pathways to success. We facilitate multi-agency, multi-sector initiatives to ensure that the wealth of resources in and around Waltham are available to the youth and families who need them most. Our vision of the future is that the multicultural, multilingual youth of today will be serving in leadership roles in all sectors of our community.
Career Exploration & Training
In partnership with local employers and higher education institutions, the Career Exploration & Training (CET) Program provides a diverse cohort of Waltham youth with career exploration and professional development opportunities. By cultivating meaningful partnerships with university partners and professionals across a wide range of industries, and working directly with students to understand their skills and interests, we strive to expand the economic and career opportunities for all students while keeping in mind the historical and current inequities we face.
What You’ll Do
The Educators of Tomorrow Specialist will primarily be responsible for coordinating all education-based internships and related professional development opportunities for high school students, with the ultimate goal of supporting the educator workforce of tomorrow. The Educators of Tomorrow Specialist, who is based out of our office at Waltham High School (WHS) and reports to the CET Program Coordinator, is responsible for the following:
Oversee all education-based summer internships, which includes developing and managing employer partnerships, supporting high school students throughout the process, including during the application and onboarding processes, conducting site visits during the internship program, and supporting evaluation efforts.
Coordinate placement of high school students in academic-year internships and work-based learning opportunities, including Spanish for Educators interns and ESL tutors/mentors, which includes identifying students, coordinating hiring paperwork and payment, coordinating goal setting and supervision, ensuring that the Work-Based Learning Plan is used with each intern, and organizing additional opportunities for professional development.
Conduct outreach and recruit high school students for Educators of Tomorrow activities, with a focus on students interested in exploring careers in education.
Co-teach Teaching for Social Justice class with Waltham High School teacher, with a specific focus on coordinating community-based learning experiences for students in the course.
Support partnership with Lasell University’s Pathways to Teacher Diversity Program, including coordinating dual enrollment, field trips, and mentoring opportunities.
Work with the CET Program Coordinator to plan Ready? Set? Job! (WPY’s annual career readiness conference) and weekly Career Talks sessions during the summer.
Strengthen education-related internship opportunities by developing new employer partnerships and expanding professional development opportunities to include more education-focused options.
Develop new community and university partnerships to provide additional mentoring, college visits, and scholarship opportunities for aspiring educators.
Contribute to program evaluation and reporting, which includes maintaining records on Salesforce and state-run youth workforce databases, and assisting with evaluation and other reports.
Support and collaborate with WPY staff across various program areas as needed/as appropriate/as available in order to foster a sense of team and cohesion throughout the organization.
Perform similar or related work as required, directed, or as situation dictates. The essential functions or duties listed are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical extension of the position.
What Else You Should Know
Waltham Partnership for Youth is an equal opportunity employer and we value having staff who come from communities that are most impacted by our work. We especially encourage people of color, LGBQ+ people, transgender and gender non-conforming people, and people with disabilities to apply.
The position is full-time and is primarily based at the WPY office at Waltham High School, with some flexibility for remote work one or two days/week. Some evenings and weekend work is required. In order to perform the essential functions of the job, the employee must be able to walk, bend, occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds, operate a computer and other office equipment. The noise level in the work environment is moderate. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Frequent local travel is required (mostly in and around Waltham).
Who You Are & Keys to Success (the must-haves)
To be successful in this job, you will excel in the following areas:
You understand the power of language as being integral to building inclusive communities and strong relationships. You believe that strong communication skills are vital to successfully facilitating multifaceted programming. You excel in providing clear, helpful information and are an adept communicator (both oral and written).
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
You consistently overcome challenges and leverage resources to creatively solve problems. You are a systems-oriented thinker with experience developing support networks across multiple agencies. You are quick to adapt to an ever-evolving program and see this as an asset, rather than a deficit, to building new networks of support. You propose solutions to issues without much guidance (but aren't afraid to ask questions). You proactively ask for help, anticipate problems, and course-correct where needed.
You are a bridge-builder who is passionate about cultivating connections between the people that we serve and our community/employer partners, to create a culture of belonging. You see partnership, with young people, their families, community organizations, and school personnel, as integral to our work. You have enthusiasm for meeting and engaging with people, and you empathize with the communities we serve. You are able to put people at ease, especially when there are lines of difference. You listen closely to understand needs or concerns and take steps based on that input.
Equity, Inclusion, and Justice
You have a deep commitment to creating meaningful change in our social and economic systems. You recognize ways that race and other identities intersect in the work, especially with communities we serve. You are comfortable talking about identities such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, ability, and gender in plain, specific terms. You understand the historical context for racial and economic inequities and its present-day implications. You practice cultural humility by bringing an awareness of your own identities and a lifelong commitment to self-reflection and learning about the varying and intersecting identities of the people that we serve.
Highly Organized, Motivated, and Detail-Oriented
You manage a high volume of work with efficiency. You have, or can create, a system for keeping tasks from slipping through the cracks. You are able to juggle competing demands and priorities without sacrificing quality. You inspire and motivate others to take action and meet goals. You delegate skillfully.
Ongoing Growth and Development
You are always eager to learn, to become a better version of yourself and strengthen the impact of our work as a team. You hold yourself and the team accountable and acknowledge growing edges (in self and others). You help others grow. You seek and engage well with feedback. You practice courageous honesty by openly communicating about what is working and not working, and have the courage to speak up and do the right thing, especially in difficult situations.
Positive Youth Development
You believe in the power and potential of all young people. You approach young people with compassion and take an asset-based approach to supporting youth and developing programming. You see yourself as a guide and part of a young person’s support system, rather than as an all-knowing authority figure. You understand that the youth we work with may be starting at different places and have varying needs, but your goal is to support them in a dignified way that also gives them the tools to be successful in the future. You see the youth you work with as co-creators of your work, and you create meaningful opportunities for youth to participate in leadership and decision making. You have experience working directly with teens from a variety of cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
The following skills and experiences are also strongly preferred:
Significant experience working in schools and/or community-based, youth-serving nonprofit organizations.
Spanish language proficiency is a plus.
Experience using Salesforce or other CRM (customer relationship management) software, particularly the Nonprofit Success Pack and Program Management Module.
While applicants with a degree or coursework in education, youth development, social work, or related ﬁelds are encouraged to apply, we recognize that there is a range of backgrounds and experiences that might prepare one for success in this role. Therefore, there are no speciﬁc educational requirements for this position.
The salary for this position ranges from $52,000-$58,000/year, with exact salary depending on experience. We also offer:
Subsidized Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
15 days paid vacation
12 paid holidays
15 days paid sick leave
Discounted gym membership
Email resume and cover letter to Magali Garcia-Pletsch, Operations Director: email@example.com
Applications submitted by July 18 will be given priority. From that point on, we will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Anticipated Start Date: September 6, 2022