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NOTICE OF POSTING

POSTING DATE: July 21, 2022
RESUME AND COVER LETTER REQUESTED BY: 08/18/22 POSITION WILL REMAIN OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Department: Human Service Programs
Job Title: Youth Connector (for Agenda for Children OST Networks)
Job Code: M283-701
Civil Service Position: Non Civil Service position
Union Affiliation: None
Hours Per Week: 37.5 hours per week (some evenings and weekends)

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Youth Connector works with the Agenda for Children Out-of-School Time (AFCOST) Networks in support of JK-8th grade youth and their families to build an awareness and gain equitable access to OST opportunities, programs, and activities.  The Youth Connector reports to both the Elementary School-OST Network (ESON) Coordinator as well as the Middle School Network (MSN) Coordinator. 

The mission of the AFCOST is to organize, catalyze and support the youth-serving community in Cambridge for the shared purpose of increasing equity, access and innovation and sustaining the highest quality of opportunities and experiences for all children, youth, and families. AFCOST is a cross departmental citywide intermediary that has co-directors, staff, and programs in both the Department of Human Service Programs and in the Cambridge Public Schools. ESON and MSN are programs anchored in the Cambridge Public Schools. www.agendaforchildrenost.org. 

We are seeking a Youth Connector to support the work of AFCOST and its efforts to address opportunity and access gaps in and across Cambridge.  We value collaborative and facilitative leaders who have demonstrated an understanding of how children and youth are affected by social inequities and how to address these impacts. The candidate must have the ability to see the big picture, be a community builder, innovative and thoughtful in their approach. Our ideal candidate has a passion for improving the lives of children through inspirational partnership with the adults who support them both in and out of school.

Support of Elementary and Middle School-OST Networks (ESON and MSN)

  • Understanding the landscape: research what OST Programs, activities and opportunities are available for JK-5 or 6-8 youth, based on specific interests and needs of young people, as well as in support of developing Resource Guides.
  • Getting out in the community: visit programs to find out more about offerings and build relationships, make visits with young people to try out a program, and/or attend community events that are relevant to young people's time outside of school.
  • Engaging and gathering all perspectives: support, attend and contribute to monthly ESON Network meetings and MSN Network meetings, which convene OST providers and a range of school-based staff, as well as the Joint Networks Parent/Caregiver Advisory Group.
  • Creative problem solving: contribute ideas, questions and creative solutions to issues facing families in Cambridge, to gaps in our OST sector and to specific needs that arise across the system.
  • Attending and contributing to weekly meetings with ESON Coordinator and MSN Coordinator, monthly meetings with the AFCOST Co-Director anchored at the Cambridge Public Schools, and AFCOST All Team meetings as well as other periodic AFCOST convenings as needed.

Connecting with Cambridge Public Schools Personnel and Campuses:

  • Work in partnership with school-based staff members, including those who serve as OST Placement Specialists as well as CPS Family Liaisons.
  • Attend school meetings or events to build awareness about OST opportunities and the role they play in young people's development.
  • Visit Health Classes, Advisories, classrooms, and recess: to share upcoming programs, deadlines, meet 1:1 or in small groups with young people in a variety of school settings to support their connection to programs.
  • Identify priority children and youth: lead efforts to identify and support individual youth through meetings with admin, teachers, and/or school-based support teams.
  • Organize and disseminate information on OST opportunities: maintain bulletin boards, slideshows, and other ways to spread information, including virtually, within and across schools.
  • Help to arrange and facilitate Summer Workshops (starting in March): assist in coordinating OST programs and preparing for these in-person events at schools.
  • Track participation: Gathering, maintaining, and sharing information connected with students' OST participation and placement through shared spreadsheets and other tools.

Family Engagement and Case Management

  • Coordinate efforts to support JK-8 grade youth and their families to access and enroll in OST programs across the year and provide individual/family case management as needed.
  • Communicate with families about OST options and help them navigate application processes reducing barriers when possible.
  • Work with schools and programs to identify high needs families in need of financial aid, scholarships, and other supports to increase equitable access to enrollment and participation.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Excellent organizational skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Willingness to spend time actively learning about many programs is required.
  • Desire to get to know Cambridge institutions, schools, and community organizations.
  • Proven ability to work effectively as part of a teamas well as to work independently and to manage and meet deadlines.
  • Experience with Microsoft 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), internet applications (including Google Workplace), and Zoom.
  • Experience working with social media tools and/or campaigns (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn).
  • Understanding positive youth development concepts and practices, the role of OST in their development, and the barriers to participation.
  • The ability to work and interact effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies.
  • The City of Cambridge's workforce, like the community it serves, is diverse. Applicants must have the ability to work and interact effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies.

PREFERRED:

  • Experience or knowledge of Cambridge OST programs is strongly preferred.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:      Work environments includes admin office at Cambridge Public Schools. Standard office environment at 135 Berkshire Street, which includes fluorescent lighting, carpeting, and air conditioning and filtering in a shared office space that can be a busy and moderately loud office environment. Work environment also includes public school buildings and OST program sites. This position may be eligible for hybrid work under the City's Telework Policy depending on operational needs.   

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Must be able to lift fifty pounds and participate in activities that require physical exertion. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

BENEFITS SUMMARY:

  • Competitive health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Vacation and Sick leave eligible
  • Sick Incentive Pay Eligible
  • 3 Personal days
  • 14 Paid Holidays
  • Management Allowance, $2,700/year
  • Commuter benefits (T-Pass reimbursement Bluebikes membership, EZRide Shuttle membership).

 

RATE: $44,325-$52,541 annually plus excellent benefits

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and cover letter; external applicants submit both your resume and cover letter via email to: employment@cambridgema.gov or to the Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax 617-349-4312. Resume and cover letter requested by 08/18/22. Position will remain open until filled.

THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER AND DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, SEX, RELIGION, AGE, NATIONAL ORIGIN, DISABILITY OR ANY OTHER PROTECTED CATEGORY. WOMEN, MINORITIES, VETERANS, MEMBERS OF THE LGBTQ+ COMMUNITY, AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. CITY OF CAMBRIDGE RESIDENTS ARE ESPECIALLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. AUXILIARY AIDS AND SERVICES, WRITTEN MATERIALS IN ALTERNATIVE FORMATS, AND REASONABLE MODIFICATIONS IN POLICIES AND PROCEDURES WILL BE PROVIDED TO QUALIFIED INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES FREE OF CHARGE, UPON REQUEST. The City is committed to advancing a workforce culture of antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

 

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