Basement Teen Center Director

Website Washington County Youth Service Bureau

Position Summary:
The Washington County Youth Service Bureau/Boys & Girls Club is seeking a dynamic, strengths-based Director for its Basement Teen Center in Montpelier Vermont. The Basement Teen Center is a substance-free, adult-supervised space for teens to gather, have a healthy snack, participate in planned activities, learn leadership skills, and engage in a positive and pro-social environment. The Program provides a safe place for area youth to develop their potential as individuals and as members of the broader Montpelier community. We are looking for a Director with passion for working with young people and the enthusiasm to build on the legacy earned from being a mainstay of youth programming in Vermont’s Capital City for over twenty-five years. This position requires maintaining a database, collaboratively writing and reporting on grants, using social media, developing informational materials, developing creative programming, engaging community partners and stakeholders and conducting outreach to schools and other community spaces. Applicant should be comfortable working with youth representing diverse backgrounds. The Director will lead our sex-education and healthy relationships class several times annually, both at the BTC and in area schools. The Director should be able to manage and prioritize the requirements of several grants. Approximately 50% of the Directors time will be spent administratively, with the other half providing direct service at the BTC. The ability to put a mean backspin on a ping-pong ball, noodle around on the guitar, plan, prepare, and cook a group meal, and respond flexibly to daily needs are all bonuses. Above all, candidates are expected to feel comfortable building supportive relationships with youth aged 12-18, lending an open ear, offering support and encouragement when appropriate, and being a non-judgmental adult they can rely on.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The Director will be responsible for:
• Annual Recruitment and Supervision of an AmeriCorps member, which includes training and continuous development
• Supervising youth drop-in hours: Welcoming new youth, setting and holding boundaries, building rapport, leading and participating in daily activities, and providing positive role modeling
• Program development and implementation, including both curriculum and non-curriculum-based programs
• Volunteer recruitment and management
• Extensive community collaboration
• Organize fundraising initiatives
• Data entry and management, grant management, and program reporting
• Attending trainings throughout the state
• Organizing and leading chores and ensuring cleanliness of the space
• Collaborating with youth on weekly Friday Night meals, including teaching nutrition, shopping, cooking and cleaning skills
• Maintaining positive relationships with the City of Montpelier, the schools, area businesses, and other community organizations
• Participation in the Bureau’s 24/7 On-call rotation, which involves a full week of after-hours on-call response for urgent youth needs.

Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree and prior experience in youth programming
• Prior experience and training in youth topics preferred (LGBTQIA, positive youth development, cultural relevancy, youth engagement, etc.)
• Prior experience as a supervisor
• Candidates must be organized, self-motivated, possess the ability to handle multiple tasks, and have developed leadership and administrative skills
• A driver’s license and clean driving record is required
• Proficiency in Microsoft and Google applications, and prior database experience preferred
• The position will average 7.5 hours/day Monday – Friday and must generally be available during the open hours of the Teen Center: 2:00-6:00 pm Monday-Thursday and 2:00 – 10:00 pm on Fridays

Working Environment

This is full-time position (37.5 hours per week). The Basement Teen Center is comprised of one 100% FTE Director and an FTE AmeriCorps Volunteer Activities Specialist. Community volunteers supplement leadership potential at the BTC. The team meets formally at least once a week and works very closely together. Individual supervision is provided at least once per week. Youth-work at the Bureau is collaborative. All Bureau employees attend a morning staff meeting once a month, receive outside clinical consultation twice per month, and participate in office coverage and on-call duties. The atmosphere at the Bureau is casual.

Compensation: This position is being offered at 100%FTE based on a 37.5 hour work-week.
Pay Level: Level 2 Youth Care Worker: $: 30,000 to $35,000

Benefits: after completion of 60-day probation
Vacation Allowance 15 days
Personal Days 3 days
Holidays 13 days
Sick Leave 10 days
Health Insurance Yes
Dental/Optical Not available at this time
Long Term Disability Yes
Life Insurance Yes

•Background check required
•Position open until filled
•Washington County Youth Service Bureau/Boys & Girls Club is an EOE
•Please submit cover letter, resume and 3 references.