Tutor Chaplain

Website EVkids, Inc.

Tutoring for School. Mentoring for Life.

EVkids empowers underserved Boston youth with the skills and confidence needed to realize their potential. We create a community of support through 1-on-1 multi-year academic mentoring relationships, professional family engagement and school advocacy, college success advising, and a summer camp at our 9-acre site in Vermont. As an organization with roots in the Catholic commitment to social justice, EVkids supports low-income students grades 3 to 12 aspire to and achieve college enrollment and graduation as first-generation college attendees. EVkids volunteer tutors commit themselves to the values of service, community, and reflection, and as such, graduate to become lifelong agents of positive social change.

Tutor volunteers come through local university partnerships, including at Boston College, Harvard, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Northeastern, Tufts, and UMassBoston among others. Tutoring pairs meet weekly at five EVkids after-school Tutoring sites, three in Dorchester, one in Roxbury, and one virtual site. EVkids supports 125 tutor-student matches, and has plans to expand to 150 pairs in School Year 24-25. EVkids Camp hosts up to 36 campers each summer, and up to 25 EVkids high school graduates are accompanied by College Success mentors through college.

Position
We are seeking to fill a full-time, 10-month school-year (September-June) position for the 2024-2025 academic year and beyond. Applications are considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The option to make this a full-year position with equivalent additional compensation is available if selected to co-direct Camp in Granville, VT for 5 weeks (approx. June 25-July 30, 2025).

As part of the Tutor Engagement team responsible for tutor recruitment, training, formation, and support, the Tutor Chaplain works closely with the Associate Director for Tutor Engagement and a part-time Tutor Chaplain. Primary tasks for the Tutor Chaplain include supporting student tutor coordinators, coordinating Tutor/Student pair events (Mentoring Days, special outings), and tutor community events. The Tutor Chaplain also periodically attends Tutoring sessions to engage volunteers on site, conducts individual check-ins each semester with around 45 tutors (virtually or in-person), and supports tutor coordinators (student leaders) in directing 1-hour, small group “reflections” on themes of spiritual development and social justice for their peers.

Special projects include: implementing an annual winter Tutor Retreat, collaborating on a yearly Social Justice In-Service training, as well as periodically participating in Saturday training, mentoring, and community events. The Tutor Chaplain reports to the Associate Director for Tutor Engagement through weekly supervision meetings, and attends Tutor Engagement, Program Staff, and Peer Supervision weekly meetings, as well as monthly All Staff meetings. Meetings are a mix of in-person and virtual.

Tasks

  • Cultivate student leadership via monthly meetings with Tutor Coordinators that include event planning, leadership development, and reflective/spiritual activities; create regular avenues for individual and group reflection space at various campuses, and to hear how tutoring is going – all in collaboration with the Tutor Engagement Team.
  • Design and implement a curriculum to assist the Associate Director for Tutor Engagement in developing campus partnerships with service and faith-based student and university entities
  • Interview, match, and help train EVkids tutors
  • Attend tutoring 1 to 2 times per month to engage volunteers on site or virtually
  • Plan and implement bi-annual on-campus Mentoring Days, while collaborating closely with the Tutor Engagement Team and student coordinators
  • Implement periodic relationship-building pair outings throughout the year
  • Mentor tutors on effective and healthy closure practices with their student
  • Participate in regular program evaluation and reporting
  • Update Tutor records and information on a Salesforce database

Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree, or equivalent experience, in education, theology, ministry, social work, or related field required; some
  • Masters level work, or equivalent experience, preferred
    3+ years experience in education, mentoring/tutoring, or campus ministry
  • Experience in leading small group reflection
  • Professional experience working with diverse populations including low-income, ethnically-diverse, BIPOC communities, school-age children, university students, parents, educators, campus ministers, and staff
  • Comfort and flexibility navigating multiple work sites and professional demands
  • Experience in project and event management
  • Excellent written and computer skills, including using Google Suite (Docs, Sheets, & Forms) and Salesforce

Personal Qualifications

  • Understanding of faith-based social justice work, openness to those of no-faith or a values driven commitment, and passionate about the mission of EVkids
  • Personal connections to, and familiarity with, the Dorchester and/or Roxbury neighborhoods preferred
  • Ability to work collaboratively with an energized, committed, and diverse team
  • Persuasive and passionate communication skills, and strong interpersonal social skills
  • Cultural sensitivity & humility; openness to explore organizational racial equity efforts
  • Detail-oriented and able to be creative and self-supervising in maintaining your own schedule that will vary week to week
  • Commitment to self-reflection and creating equity in tasks and projects
  • Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) clearance required

Salary/Benefits

$4,400 – $5,000/mos. depending on experience; plus $2,000 in home office and travel expense reimbursements; health care and retirement plan matches available, 4 weeks paid vacation (5 weeks after a year of employment), plus 17 paid holidays (13 fixed, 4 floating), and 5 paid sick days.

Rooted in the Catholic tradition of social justice, EVkids is made stronger through the diversity of its team working towards a more equitable, compassionate, and socially just world. We actively encourage applications from people of all races, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, national origins, political beliefs, veteran status, family status, and any (or no) faith. EVkids has a zero-tolerance policy for child maltreatment. Research shows that women and People of Color are less likely to apply for a position if they do not meet almost 100% of the desired skills and experience. If this applies to you, we encourage you to apply and make use of the cover letter to describe what draws you to this position.

We use the term “chaplain” as someone who can hold non-judgemental, meaning-making space, as described by J.S. Park in this video and article. If you are interested in this role and have questions about your relationship to the title, we encourage you to apply and discuss it further in the interview.

Submit a cover letter, resume, and references to [email protected].

To apply for this job email your details to scottpyzik@evkids.org