Current Openings


Newsroom Program Facilitator

About Us

WriteBoston fosters deep learning for youth and educators. We elevate and reshape the role of literacy – writing, reading, and discussion – so that all youth think critically and can use their voice to create change. WriteBoston offers professional development and coaching for educators and afterschool and summer programming for youth. All of our work seeks to enhance the learning experiences of young people. To learn more about our work, visit writeboston.org.

At WriteBoston, we are a collaborative, mission-oriented team. View our staff norms to learn more about how our values are embedded in our operations and what our team culture entails.

Teens in Print (TiP), which consists of a Program Director, two Youth Program Facilitators, and volunteers, is a writing and journalism program that amplifies the marginalized voices of eighth to twelfth-grade Boston students. TiP offers an afterschool program, an intensive six-week summer writing program, workshops for Boston teachers and community organizations, and an online platform for student writing. We strive to give students the tools to effectively share their experiences and perspectives through writing, the platform to reach decision makers who can act on their ideas, and the knowledge to become thoughtful consumers of media. Read more at teensinprint.com.

The newsroom initiative is new to Teens in Print — we are currently completing our first pilot year. The person hired for this position will be instrumental in helping us flesh out the program, improve the student experience, and build partnerships to bolster the initiative.

Who You Are

We recognize that people from marginalized backgrounds are often less likely to apply for a role if they don’t meet every job requirement. We encourage applicants of all backgrounds and experience levels to apply for this position. In addition to the skills and experience listed below, the right orientation is equally important.

Experience & Skills Required 

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in journalism or related field, with one or more years working in a newsroom and/or as a freelance  journalist
  • Past youth-serving experience and an eagerness to build positive relationships with teens
  • Passionate about enrichment opportunities, college and career access for youth
  • A strong knowledge of magazine publishing and trends in multimedia communications
  • Commitment to identifying and challenging the institutional and systemic barriers that perpetuate racism and inequity
  • Ability to collaborate with a team and to work independently and take initiative
  • Intentional problem solving skills along with consistent organizational skills
  • Comfort giving and receiving honest, constructive feedback for continuous learning
  • Committed to engaging with communities in storytelling and youth advocacy
  • Comfort with social media and technology (Google Classroom, Slack, Discord, etc.)

Experience & Skills Desired

  • Familiarity with the City of Boston and Boston Public Schools
  • Publication experience and portfolio highly preferred
  • Experience with teaching, particularly with inclusive practices and working with neurodivergent learners

Core Job Responsibilities

You will join a highly collaborative and dedicated team who enjoy meeting regularly to plan and strategize — they laugh a lot. In collaboration with the rest of the TiP team, and through ongoing training and support, the Newsroom Program Facilitator will provide:

Newsroom Initiatives

Working in collaboration with the TiP Program Director, 

  • Source apprenticeship opportunities for TiPsters in professional newsrooms
  • Source opportunities for cross publication of students’ work
  • Help students on track to attend journalism schools to put together portfolio and application materials
  • Support the soon-to-be established alumni advisory council in ensuring that TiPsters in schools of journalism and/or communications are on track to graduate
  • Maintain robust and up-to-date post-secondary data about TiPsters in coordination with the Director of Institutional Advancement

Mentorship

  • Serve as a positive adult mentor for teen program participants by:
    • motivating students
    • modeling a positive attitude
    • being engaged, interested in and accessible to students
    • connecting students to additional resources to support their learning and growth based on the complexities they may be facing both in and out of school

Program Facilitation

  • Support the facilitation of programming for a cohort of students per program cycle (three cycles per year plus a six-week intensive summer program). This requires: 
    • independently facilitating high energy, student-centered content for teens (all facilitation is in-person on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and virtual run through Discord on Wednesdays)
    • co-planning and executing media literacy workshops in teacher classrooms 
    • flexibility with daily pace based upon where students are in the writing process (early drafting versus push for final editing and publication) 
  • Program includes evening, (some) Saturdays  and summer events, such as hosting publication party during each program cycle, Rising Voices Awards, recruitment in schools, coordinating youth reporters at newsworthy events and hiring fairs for youth

Content Development

  • In alignment with TiP program objectives and with support from staff, create and enhance a diverse curriculum of engaging lesson plans and workshops that build students critical thinking, writing, and media literacy skills. All content must be designed for inclusion (specifically, for ELL/ESL and neurodivergent youth) and for a wide variety of learners ages 13-19.

Writing, Editing & Publishing Support  

  • Provide both group and 1:1 writing support to students (guiding students’ thinking as they develop initial article ideas; offering instruction and support during research and interviewing; providing content and mechanics feedback on all article drafts). 
  • Provide final line editing and fact checking for student articles pre-publication. 
  • Coordinate the collection, reading, and editing of writing submissions from students outside the program for publication on the TiP website.
  • Edit and upload student writing and multimedia content to the online publication website. 
  • Support the publication of three student magazines per year in coordination with the TiP Program Director and Director of Marketing and Communications.
  • Provide college essay writing support to TiP students and teens at partner organizations.

Communications & Operations Support

  • Support student recruitment by representing TiP during classroom visits, recruitment fairs, and other visibility events. 
  • Contribute to TiP’s external communications, including social media and email content.
  • Develop and maintain systems around data collection and student information.

Additional Info

Location

WriteBoston is located at 555 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA. All WriteBoston employees must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

Position Details

This is a full time, 40 hours a week position typically working from 10am – 6pm. Occasionally, TiP staff need to be available on weekends to attend recruitment fairs. WriteBoston offers a comprehensive total rewards package that values employee wellness, work-life balance, and continuous learning. We work hard to support a culture of work that is equitable and transparent, ambitious and humane. 

  • Annual starting salary range of $49,100 – $52,149, commensurate with relevant work experience 
  • 4 weeks of paid vacation and 11 paid holidays, plus paid time off from Dec 24 through Jan 1
  • Personal time, sick leave, and Dependent Care Assistance Plan 
  • Health and dental insurance and access to a Flexible Spending Account
  • Paid parental leave (eligible after 3 months full time employment) 
  • 401K for all full time staff with an annual contribution from WriteBoston 
  • Yearly professional learning budget ($500) to support your continued growth and development

Candidates

WriteBoston actively seeks to build a staff that is composed of people who share aspects of their identity and background experiences with the students and communities we serve. 

In all of our work, we acknowledge that our education system has been deeply shaped by systemic racism, resulting in far-reaching inequities in both opportunities and outcomes for BIPOC students. WriteBoston’s work is guided by our conviction to create a more equitable and just education system that our students deserve. As an organization, we stand against racism and all forms of oppression including homophobia, transphobia, classism, sexism, ableism, and xenophobia. We commit to focused and sustained action to dismantle racist systems, policies, practices, and ideologies within ourselves and our networks.

Apply Now

Please send your resume and cover letter to Mohamed Barrie at jobs@writeboston.org. We are accepting applications through the end of May 2024. We look forward to hearing from you!


SJI Youth Leader

Multiple roles available

Employment dates: June 2024 – August 2024 (Dates may change depending on SuccessLink)

Hourly rate: $20.00 

Hours per week: 30

Requirements: 

  • Must be between the ages of 19-24.
  • Must be a full-time resident of the City of Boston
  • Must be legally permitted to work in the United States

Specific Roles

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Provide Teens in Print staff feedback on program structure, content, and student engagement opportunities 
  • Assist in the facilitation of the Teens in Print curriculum which includes writing and multimedia projects
  • Guide a group of students through writing modules which include: 
    • Checking for understanding with students 
    • Serving as a constructive thought partner
    • Helping students maximize their productivity during group and independent work settings 
    • Provide feedback on student writing weekly coupled with one-to-one check-ins 
    • Edit student writing 
  • Help develop and carry out community-building activities
  • Serve as a positive role model 
  • Assist with ongoing Teens in Print projects

Qualifications for the position: 

  • Interested in helping students with their writing 
  • Some familiarity with podcasting, photography, video, or social media 
  • Feels comfortable with speaking to and leading groups of students
  • Comfortable working independently but also in a team environment

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Provide Teens in Print staff feedback on program structure, content, and student engagement opportunities 
  • Serve as a positive role model 
  • Assist a group of students in the creation of a social media campaign that includes:
    • Posting on Teens in Prints Instagram account consistently 
    • Capturing and sharing the work that is happening at SJI 
    • Enhancing engagement through appealing content
    • Promoting programs and events effectively
    • Designing visual materials for outreach 
    • Providing relevant information to members and the community promptly and respectfully
    • Oversee team chemistry and dynamics 
  • Manage summer event logistics which include:
    • External communications with invited guests 
    • Preparing a group of students to host events and interact with guests 
    • Planning and overseeing every step of event planning 
  • Assist with ongoing Teens in Print projects

Qualifications for the position: 

  • Interested in helping expand your social media and PR presence 
  • Familiarity with social media posting and campaigns
  • Feels comfortable with speaking to and leading groups of students
  • Comfortable working independently but also in a team environment

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Provide Teens in Print staff feedback on program structure, content, and student engagement opportunities 
  • Assist students in the creation of a magazine project which includes:
    • Help students decide on a clear topic and focus for the magazine 
    • Assist students in creating a fun interactive magazine 
    • Assigning and delegating responsibilities
    • Providing writing and editing feedback on articles in the magazine
    • Timeline management to ensure students meet deadlines 
    • Overseeing team chemistry and dynamics 
    • Prepare students to showcase their project 
  • Collaboratively design the magazine with students while teaching them key skills 
    • Assist students with taking and editing photos 
  • Serve as a positive role model 
  • Assist with ongoing Teens in Print projects

Qualifications for the position: 

  • Experience with developing a magazine
  • Interested in helping students develop their graphic design skills 
  • Extensive experience as a graphic designer
  • Comfortable with speaking to and leading groups of students
  • Comfortable working independently but also in a team environment

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Provide Teens in Print staff feedback on program structure, content, and student engagement opportunities 
  • Assist students in the creation of a video multimedia project which includes:
    • Teaching technical videographer skills (planning, recording, editing) 
    • Assigning and delegating responsibilities 
    • Timeline management to ensure students meet deadlines 
    • Overseeing team chemistry and dynamics 
    • Prepare students to showcase their project 
  • Bring photography skills to the Summer Journalism Institute:
    • Assist students with taking and editing photos 
  • Serve as a positive role model 
  • Assist with ongoing Teens in Print projects

Qualifications for the position: 

  • Interested in helping students develop their videography and photography skills 
  • Extensive experience as a photographer and videographer
  • Comfortable with speaking to and leading groups of students
  • Comfortable working independently but also in a team environment 

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Centering teen voice and perspective 
  • Capturing the entirety of the Summer Journalism Institute Experience which will culminate in the following:
    • Weekly video products that reflect the work done each week 
    • A short film showcasing the SJI experience with an emphasis on exploring the essential question of the summer 
  • Assisting with the video multimedia groups project by providing guidance around best practices and techniques 

Qualifications for the position: 

  • Experience creating and delivering a mini video documentary project 
  • Technical Proficiency in operating cameras, including settings, exposure, framing, and focus to achieve high-quality footage 
  • Comfortable with speaking to and leading groups of students
  • Comfortable working independently but also in a team environment

Apply Now

Apply for all Youth Leader positions online here: https://teensinprint.typeform.com/to/KRHl8icm