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The mission of the Commonwealth Corps service internship program is to engage Massachusetts residents of  all ages, backgrounds, and identities in direct service to strengthen communities, address critical needs, and  increase volunteerism. Through hands-on experience, Commonwealth Corps members gain professional skills  and valuable knowledge while positively impacting diverse communities in our state.  

The Massachusetts Service Alliance (MSA) is a private, nonprofit agency that oversees the program and  supports host site partners and members to find success throughout the program year. The two  Commonwealth Corps members with WriteBoston will serve 10.5 months in a full-time capacity. They will join  a diverse corps of members across Massachusetts who share a common desire to discover their passion and  build their network in the service to their communities and the Commonwealth. 

WriteBoston exists to guide, celebrate, and amplify the voices of youth in Massachusetts. We believe that  authentic and academically sophisticated voice is a gateway for true college and career readiness. Since 2004,  WriteBoston has operated Teens in Print (TiP), Boston’s only citywide newspaper written by teens. The program  provides an authentic space for students to see the power of their writing through a rigorous journalism  curriculum. WriteBoston Commonwealth Corps members will support students’ writing and development in in person or virtual programming, and pilot a model for weekly program volunteers. Learn more at writeboston.org and read student writing at hub.teensinprint.com

What You’ll Do: 

Essential Responsibilities: 

  • Complete a minimum of 1,500 hours of service, serving through June 25, 2022.
  • Attend all required Commonwealth Corps trainings and service events held by MSA (minimum of 6  total, post orientation) and WriteBoston, including a new member orientation on August 16 & 17,  2021. 
  • Participate in a minimum of 1 hour of MSA-related activities each week (in person or virtually).
  • Serve as a positive adult mentor for students grades 8-12 at various Teens in Print program sites. This  includes helping to motivate students, modeling a positive attitude, and being engaged, interested in  and accessible to students. 
  • Provide 1:1 writing and editing support to students during program sessions and college and  scholarship essay tutorials. Become familiar with TiP’s journalism curriculum to provide research,  interviewing, and editing support to students as they write original news articles for publication.
  • Build or adapt lessons for in-person and virtual programming sessions. 
  • Lead workshops in after-school or school settings; feel comfortable presenting journalism and college  readiness content to a group of 20+ students and keep them engaged. 
  • Edit and upload student content to hub.teensinprint.com website. Fact check student writing. 
  • Support student recruitment by representing Teens in Print during classroom visits, recruitment fairs,  and other events; update recruitment materials; and follow up with interested students.
  • Under guidance of the TiP Director, support new volunteer writing mentor opportunities. Create a  volunteer position description, define the desired profile for volunteer writing mentors, and build a  volunteer training / orientation. 
  • Recruit and support new volunteer writing mentors, and assess ongoing training needs. 
  • Lead a special research project, identified in the second half of the service term, focused on ongoing  capacity building for the TiP program. 

Marginal Responsibilities: 

  • Support WriteBoston staff during TiP related events, as related to service position.
  • Serve as a full member of the WriteBoston and Teens in Print team–attend staff and program team meetings.
  • Communicate effectively with guardians, to better understand student interests and needs, and  update families on their students’ progress.
  • Support social media, community outreach, and communications. 

Who You Are: 

You must be: 

  • A Massachusetts resident (see guidelines here) with legal authorization to work in the United States
  • 18 years of age at minimum, however we typically have members ranging from 18 – 70+ years old
  • Familiar working or volunteering with teens, especially under-resourced youth, youth of color, LGBTQ+  youth, English Learners, or youth who are neurodivergent  
  • Comfortable working with and presenting for diverse audiences of youth and adults
  • A strong written and verbal communicator 
  • Someone with a positive and can-do attitude 
  • Comfortable with Google Suite, Google Classroom, video conferencing tools, and virtual collaboration  tools such as Slack and Trello 
  • Excited to give back to your community and help others  
  • Interested in developing your skills and gaining new professional experience and knowledge
  • Able to balance service internship commitments with personal commitments in a sustainable way 

It would also be great if you: 

  • Speak a language other than English, particularly Spanish, French, Haitian Creole, or Cape Verdean  Creole — multilingual candidates encouraged to apply. 
  • Have knowledge of the Boston Public Schools and Boston neighborhoods 
  • Have experience tutoring, editing, or responding to student writing 
  • Have comfort with public speaking and facilitation, particularly in workshop environments We prioritize applicants who can reflect the lived experiences of students in our programs.

What You’ll Get: 

  • Stipend of $900 semi-monthly while in service, up to $18,900, minus taxes and withholdings; 
  • Health insurance (individual coverage only); 
  • Member assistance program, including unlimited, confidential, 24/7, phone counseling services and  up to three free, in-person counseling sessions, plus a lot more; 
  • Completion award of up to $3000 upon successful completion of service, minus taxes and  withholdings; 
  • Reimbursement for outside training or professional development opportunities relevant to member’s  service and/or goals (Up to $100; Dependent on approval from MSA) 
  • Monthly housing stipend of $200 (to be paid directly to landlord)  
  • Monthly MBTA T-Pass for Zone 1 (Member can choose to forgo the pass and WriteBoston will increase  the housing stipend by a similar or equal amount) 
  • Hands-on experience and transferable skills to apply to your next career move 
  • Additional training and other professional development opportunities; 
  • Limited reimbursement for travel to Corps-wide MSA-sponsored activities; 
  • Limited travel reimbursement from their host site for certain service-related travel away from their  usual service location, according to that agency’s policies; 
  • The opportunity for at least 10 days of planned absences (may include holidays); and
  • Opportunity to join with others with a common sense of purpose as part of the Commonwealth Corps.
    Please note that receipt of these stipends/benefits may impact an individual’s eligibility for certain public  benefits.

Term of Service: 

  • Position Start Date: August 16, 2021  
  • Position End Date: June 25, 2022 
  • Service commitment will average 38-40 hours per week during the following days/times M-F, 10AM-6  PM. Potential for minimal weekend or other hours that fall outside of these hours with two weeks’  notice. 
  • Service may be fully or partly remote from August – January. We aim to be at least partially in-person  during the second half of the service term.  

How to Apply: 

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume by May 31, 2021 (though we encourage you to apply ASAP)  to Carla Gualdron, TiP Program Director, at opportunities@writeboston.org. After initial application, a short writing sample may be requested. 

Accepted members will be required to undergo a criminal history check. 

WriteBoston will recruit and select persons in all positions to ensure a diverse and inclusive climate without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, color, political affiliation,  creed, national origin, marital status, or any other status as protected by federal, state, and local laws.  WriteBoston welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities and will make reasonable  accommodations for interviews and for service upon request.

Literacy Coach and Instructional Facilitator

At WriteBoston, we believe that powerful literacy skills are core to social justice, social mobility, and equal opportunity. We work towards this goal with two, complementary programs: 1) a youth journalism program, Teens in Print, which offers after-school and summer programing for Boston teens and 2) professional development and coaching services to schools, districts and education organizations so that they may better serve young people to develop into independent and engaged readers, writers and critical thinkers. The demand for our PD and coaching work is expanding and we are looking to grow our team to meet this need. To see more about the specifics of our work please go to writeboston.org

The primary focus of this role will be to provide coaching and professional development to middle and high school educators and youth development professionals in Greater Boston and Gateway Cities. Additionally, this person will serve as a coach to the Program Director of WriteBoston’s teen journalism program, Teens in Print. All members of the professional development team are expected to assist with new business development; this includes conducting outreach to new potential partners, fielding questions from school leaders, and pitching projects to potential clients. 

While this job absolutely requires specific skills and experience, the right orientation is equally important. So if this job and this organization speak to you, please apply. 

Scope of Work:

The hours of our daily work vary depending on the needs of the partners we are serving. Below are some illustrative examples of the kinds of work this position might involve:

  • Professional Development sessions on specific areas of need: for example, authentic uses of literacy in content areas; supporting certain student populations like students learning English; feedback and assessment; culturally relevant literacy strategies, etc.
  • Coaching and feedback to support teachers integrating new strategies and approaches 
  • Thought partnership to plan integrated and strategic approaches to instructional change and improved student outcomes
  • In this role, you would work with a range of stakeholders, including:
    • Individual teachers (ex: engage in coaching cycles, observe and offer feedback, co-plan lessons, etc.)
    • Grade level and/or content teams (ex: vertically align curriculum or assessments, look at student work, facilitate book groups, etc.)
    • School based coaches (ex: provide PD on adult learning, team/culture building, co-observe and plan feedback, etc.)
    • Administrators (ex: organize and implement instructional rounds centered on equitable classrooms and student-centered learning, etc.)
    • Volunteers or out-of-school time staff (ex: provide PD centered on best practices for mentoring young writers and readers, drafting college essays, etc.)

Who you are:

You are someone who feels energized and excited by the range of roles and responsibilities that this role will entail. You should think about applying for this position if you are someone who:

  • Is passionate about and motivated by learner-centered and social justice-focused education. We do what we do every day for the students we serve, for the educators we support, and out of an abiding belief that respectful, responsive, and meaningful education is grounded in social justice and anti-racist practices.
  • Has a clear and strong vision for high-quality, effective, meaningful instruction and curriculum and makes that vision explicit in your work and conversations with other educators.
  • Has extensive experience in secondary education as a teacher, a coach, and/or an administrator. While the exact form may vary, experience with schools and classrooms is non-negotiable. 
  • Sees value in collaborative practice and has the disposition and skills needed to bring people together to learn and work effectively in teams. 
  • Is committed to continuous learning, reflective practice and on-going improvement, for yourself and with others. 
  • Is a thoughtful communicator and problem solver. This job requires strong emotional intelligence, a willingness to have difficult conversations when needed, and a solutions-oriented outlook to find paths forward despite challenging circumstances. 
  • Enjoys working on a team, but can also fly solo when necessary. You won’t lack for thought partners and problem solvers but you will often need to be able to take the ball and run with it. We are looking for someone who is both a team player and self-starter.
  • Feels comfortable stepping in and leading. This role will involve facilitating meetings, running workshops, etc. 

Timing:  In late June the WriteBoston team is embarking on a series of visioning conversations about our future work and would like this new team member to be available to participate in these discussions. However, the actual start date for this position would be early August, in preparation for the 2021-22 school year. (The point is, we’re flexible.)

Location: WriteBoston’s home office is in the Bruce Bolling Building at 2300 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA. Pre-pandemic, coaches worked on-site, in-person with partner organizations and schools throughout Greater Boston 3-4 days per week with 1-2 days in the office. Currently, staff are performing all work remotely. If the infection rate drops and vaccinations are secured widely, we envision this position returning to in-person work in the fall.

Position Details: At the moment, this position has the possibility to be half-time or full-time, depending on how many new partners we have for the coming school year. We encourage people with an entrepreneurial spirit who like to explore new possibilities and may even have their own connections to bring to the table in terms of partners.

We are an explicitly family-friendly organization. We expect employees to work hard but also prioritize work/life balance and a culture of work that is both rigorous and humane.  

Salary and Benefits: 

  • $75-80K annual salary, commensurate with experience (full-time position)
  • 4 weeks of paid vacation + 11 paid holidays + Christmas week off
  • A full time Literacy Coach/Instructional leader works 40 hours per week (for real)
  • Personal time, sick leave, and Dependent Care Assistance Plan 
  • Health and dental insurance 
  • Paid parental leave (eligible after 3 months full time employment) 
  • 401K 

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. 

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 a focused and sustained action to dismantle racist systems, policies, practices, and ideologies within ourselves and our networks. As we continue to learn about injustice, we embrace radical reorientation of our consciousness and will listen to the voices of Black, Brown, Indigenous and marginalized peoples to catalyze equitable outcomes for all.

To Apply: 

Please send your resume and cover letter to Sarah Poulter at jobs@writeboston.org. We are accepting applications until May 15. We look forward to hearing from you!