What we do
Since 1973, the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) has been a leader in the movement to end sexual violence. BARCC empowers survivors of sexual violence to heal and provides education and advocacy for the social change needed to create cultures that prevent sexual violence. We rely on our dedicated, brilliant staff to do this important work, and our team is growing!
Our Community Awareness, Outreach, and Prevention Education team is looking for a new full-time Youth Outreach Coordinator. You’ll work closely with the team, colleagues, youth workers, and young people to empower youth leaders, improve access to support services, educate the community, and further BARCC’s mission of ending sexual violence through healing and social change.
Where and when you’ll work
BARCC's staff, operations, hours, and location vary by function, type of work, and work style. You’ll primarily work from our Cambridge office, located at 99 Bishop Allen Drive, one block from the Central Square Red Line and MBTA bus station. There will be some work off-site for trainings and youth leadership activities in the community.
This is a 40-hour, full-time position. You can expect to work regularly Monday through Friday. Once a week, you will have evening hours until 8:00 p.m, along with other evening activities a few times a month, and rare weekend activities (about once every three months). BARCC is open to discussing options such as flexibility in scheduling and occasional remote work.
What you’ll do
Youth Leadership Corps (YLC): Facilitation and Program Development
- Supervise group of young people between the ages of 14 and 19, including group management that creates and maintains a space where youth feel respected, safe, listened to, and able to learn and take action.
- Plan and facilitate weekly two-hour meetings on Tuesday evenings.
- Mentor intern co-facilitator.
- Lead YLC training, team building, and support YLC peer-to-peer workshops and other community activism/outreach.
- Support youth dealing with secondary trauma (and sometimes direct trauma) in the group and individually, connecting youth with additional support both through BARCC direct services as well as community and other resources.
- Develop curriculum and other program components.
Schools and Youth-Serving Organizations
- Conduct outreach, build relationships, and grow our network of middle schools, high schools, and community youth-serving organizations.
- Train youth-serving adults on responding to sexual violence disclosures, as well as creating safer spaces in their schools and youth programs.
- Provide technical assistance to help organizations develop policies and practices that are supportive of youth and survivors.
- In collaboration with the team manager and BARCC direct service staff, respond to questions about effectively responding to incidents of sexual violence.
- Represent BARCC at coalitions with education departments and community-based youth programs, bringing a youth-centered and sexual violence-focused voice into these coalitions.
- Implement evaluation tools, including pre-test/post-test surveys, demographic surveys, and focus groups.
- Prepare written updates and progress reports as necessary.
- Collaborate with team manager and BARCC data manager to enter, track, share, and make use of evaluation data.
- Provide supervisor, and other BARCC staffers as needed, with information (such as community responses, feedback from organizations, and/or participant quotes) that demonstrate the program’s impact.
Team and Organization
- In collaboration with the team and BARCC, help develop the future of the Youth Leadership Corps and BARCC’s youth outreach program.
- Occasionally facilitate other prevention workshops that are not specifically youth-focused.
- Train new BARCC volunteers, interns, and staff about working with youth.
- Collaborate with BARCC’s other teams (such as Legal, Communications, Case Management, and others) on interdisciplinary projects and initiatives.
Experience in the following:
- At least two years working directly with high-school-aged young people required, especially experience empowering youth and creating safer spaces with diverse groups of adolescents.
- Supporting adolescent activists in discussions and workshops, particularly on challenging or sensitive topics.
- Working on issues of sexual violence strongly preferred. This can include community activism, prevention education, and/or survivor support, particularly working on these issues with adolescents.
- Working together with other youth-serving programs, particularly with a focus on building bridges to stronger working relationships.
- Training adults strongly preferred.
- Supporting adults who are working with youth.
- Skillfully connecting with teachers, administrators, and school staff and/or providing services in schools.
- Representing an organization or program in coalitions or communities.
- Using surveys and other evaluation tools to support program improvement and to demonstrate impact.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Skill and willingness to recognize the experience and knowledge of young people; share leadership and encourage youth-led facilitation; empower youth and support their continued learning and growth; offer correction or guidance in a mindful manner.
- Awareness of adultism, and ability to be an ally with young people.
- Strong familiarity with the Greater Boston communities.
- Strong organization skills.
- Adaptability and flexibility.
- Strong communication, problem solving, and collaboration with team, supervisors, and a wide range of community partners.
- Skills to support coworkers on youth-focused issues.
What we offer
- The opportunity to elevate the voice and leadership of young people, and to increase supportive for youth in communities, schools, and our own organization.
- The most compassionate, supportive, and fun-loving colleagues around—who will shower you with warm welcomes, funny memes, and regular shout-outs for your contributions.
- An investment in your health, well-being, and professional development through competitive benefit offerings, generous time off policies, dedication to mental health and proactively managing vicarious trauma, and professional development funds and opportunities.
Starting salary range and benefits
$40,000–$44,000 starting salary, depending on experience and skills. The total compensation package includes a generous benefits package, including health, dental, vacation, sick time, and other coverage options.
Hiring process and timeline
Please submit via our online application system your resume and cover letter stating your interest and related experience to be considered for this position. No phone calls please. We are accepting initial applications through November 12, 2018, but the opportunity will remain open until we find the best fit possible. The full hiring process will include a phone-screen interview, first-round in-person interview, a meeting with members of the Youth Leadership Corps, and final team interview. Reasonable accommodation provided upon request.
At BARCC, we don’t just accept difference—we celebrate it and are always building a more inclusive and diverse work environment.
BARCC strives to represent the communities we serve. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law.
For more information about BARCC, please visit barcc.org.