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Teen Center Coordinator

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How would you like to be a part of an organization that truly transforms the lives of young people? At LEAP for Education’s Teen Center, the Coordinator will develop programs that challenge students’ thinking, engage them in interesting projects, expose them to new ideas and connect them with interesting people in the community — all to empower them to be successful in their education, career, and life. You will guide underserved and first-generation-to-college students to identify their strengths and values, create long-term aspirations and find an intentional post-secondary pathway to achieve them.

To do this job well, you will need a passion for working with youth and the ability to create an inclusive and culturally accepting environment. You should understand that to be successful in this job you will need to set high expectations and provide a safe and supportive environment for each of our students to learn and explore based on their individual needs.

If you can bring this to your job, we definitely want you on our team. Please join us and make a real difference.

Do you need more reasons to work at LEAP?

  • Flexible work environment and schedule.
  • Work with a team of highly qualified, experienced and supportive professionals.
  • Work at an organization highly regarded in the region.
  • Benefit package includes medical, dental, generous paid time off and 3 weeks of vacation to start.
  • Feel good about the positive impact you are making on our youth and their families.

About LEAP and the Teen Center

LEAP for Education (LEAP) is a non-profit organization that empowers underserved and first-generation-to-college students to succeed in education, career, and life. We do this by teaching students academic and life-skills needed to perform at higher levels in middle school and high school. Students also receive ongoing personalized support and community connections which helps them graduate from post-secondary education and create a future based on their strengths and interests.

In our Teen Center, Salem teens participate in guided activities, go on local field trips, meet other youth, get homework help and tutoring, explore their interests, improve their communication skills, and prepare for a job and post-secondary education. We offer free academic support and enrichment, and civic and community engagement, all in an afterschool supportive environment. Our Teen Center allows student voice in the creation of activities that help them perform better at school and become more engaged learners, engaged community members and critical thinkers.

About the Job

We are looking for a talented and committed individual to fulfill the full-time duties of Coordinator in our Teen Center. You will supervise a full-time AmeriCorps Fellow along with part-time staff and volunteers, and will be reporting to the Senior Director of High School, College and Career Programs. The center is open Monday-Thursday until 6pm. The year is currently divided into 5 sessions (with about 20 different programs throughout the year and 5 that are year-long) and there are activities that change with each session based on the students’ interests. As the Coordinator, you will evaluate this schedule each year based on the needs of the students.

Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Monitor budget and operating plans for all programs and activities in the Teen Center, and track and meet success metrics in place with direct support from supervisor.
  • Ensure that all strategic goals are being met with direct support from supervisor.
  • Build positive, supportive relationships with staff, volunteers, partners, and other constituents especially at Salem High School; support staff/volunteers through the facilitation of their own programs.
  • Recruit, train, retain and supervise staff and volunteers (including a full-time United Way AmeriCorps member that completes 1700 of service hours), as well as running bimonthly staff meetings.
  • Develop and enhance curriculum to ensure both staff/volunteers and students are meeting set benchmarks.
  • Plan and coordinate monthly parent meetings, and other family events which typically take place in the evening.
  • Responsible for student recruitment process to assure enrollment levels are maintained or increased.
  • Make data informed decisions based on enrollment, attendance, retention, re-enrollment, success metrics, etc.

Job Requirements

  • Experience working with teens. If you do not have this experience, you must explain in a cover letter why you believe you are qualified for this position.
  • Bachelor’s degree or a Master’s degree in Education, Social Work, Psychology, Human Services, Sociology, or other related fields.
  • Previous experience in a supervisory role.
  • Willingness to make a commitment of at least two years (due to the nature of the work and the trust that needs to be built with our youth).
  • Must have access to a car and a current driver’s license for days when business travel is required.
  • Demonstrated interest in working with underserved youth and commitment to developing skills to best support this demographic.
  • Strong communication (written and verbal) skills.
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications and Google Drive.
  • Experience and comfort working with data to inform practice.
  • Must be willing to work occasional weekends or evenings for special events or activities.

Compensation: Ranges from $18.00/hour to $20.00/hour depending on experience and education.
Benefits:You will receive 3 weeks of vacation, 8 holidays (when office is closed) and will accrue up to an additional 19 days in sick and personal time (including optional holidays). Full-time employees will qualify for medical insurance (80% paid by the organization for single coverage, 75% for family), short-term disability and life insurance.

RESUMES AND COVER LETTERS are required for consideration. In your cover letter please explain how you connect with LEAP’s mission and why you believe you are qualified to be a Coordinator of an afterschool Teen Center.


Jesenia Tejada-Pérez, Senior Director of High School, College and Career Programs
(978) 740-6667 ext. 104 | jtejada@leap4ed.org

LEAP for Education
35 Congress Street, Suite 102
Salem MA, 01970

In the provision of our services, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender or gender identity, age, religion, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, ancestry, public assistance, veteran history/military status, genetic information or disability. LEAP’s programs are funded in part with funds from the City of Salem Department of Planning and Community Development, City of Peabody Department of Planning and Community Development, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.