ABOUT OUR CULTURE:
The Bridge Teen Center is an innovative, nationally-recognized nonprofit teen community center that provides FREE holistically-designed afterschool programs and events for 7th-12th grade students. We were founded on and are driven by our Christian principles; and we provide a fast-paced, family-like work environment.
Since 2010, we have served more than 7,300 different students from 128 neighboring communities. We host an average of 200-400 students per week, and offer over 350 different programs and events per year. We receive no government funding, raising our entire $850,000+ operating budget through a diverse base of private support.
The Director of Student Engagement and Operations reports directly to the Founder and Executive Director as the co-lead (alongside the Director of Programming) of the Program Team. This position is part of our leadership team, overseeing day-to-day operations of the organization, mentoring student leaders and interns, taking the lead on engaging new and existing students, and providing key support for programs and events. For a complete PDF version of the position description, please use the following link.
A Bachelor’s degree in a related field is required with a minimum of 5-10 years of relevant youth work experience, including 3+ years of experiencing leading a team. We are seeking someone with a genuine call to work with students long-term, not as a stepping stone. Must be passionate about loving and serving teenagers, with a strong desire to grow in that service outside the church walls. Applicants are asked to submit a resume and professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls or visits.
WILL SERVE AS THE LEAD ON:
1. Responsible for student engagement efforts, including tours for new prospective families, representing The Bridge in the community at outreach events, executing elements of the Student Retention Plan and Student Care Plan related to engaging student members, and consistently seeking creative and intentional ways to keep students plugged in (with support from the Marketing Department and Director of Programming).
2. Responsible for maintaining a consistent presence and fostering our welcoming and relational culture on the floor during afterschool hours. This includes having one weekly scheduled day to personally lead the floor. Afterschool hours are on T, W, Th; with daily attendance varying from 25-100 depending on semester and program schedule.
3. Oversight of the LeadU leadership program series, including conducting programs, review and updating of content, group scheduling and school relations, participant follow-up, and set-up (reaches 500+ students annually).
4. Provide leadership support and creative input to the Director of Programming in planning and execution of program events, including weekly Friday nights and 3 annual Signature Events. Will serve as lead on annual summer “Guys Night In” event. Signature events attract an average of 125-175 students.
5. Ongoing leadership of program interns and summer staff, including required human resources elements (in partnership with the Volunteer Coordinator), day-to-day management, and training (with support from Director of Programming).
6. Ownership of the Student Ambassador program, a small group of hand-selected high school students who assist with programs, events, and outreach opportunities. Includes recruitment, ongoing training and development, relationship building, scheduling, and management of the related scholarship program.
7. Responsible for day-to-day operations of the facility, including open and closing procedures, communicating required maintenance needs, and performing basic tasks related to keeping the facility efficient and operational.
RESPONSIBILITIES AS A TEAM MEMBER INCLUDE:
1. Regularly pray for the organization, our students, leadership, volunteers, and our community as a whole.
2. Keep students “top of mind” – striving to consistently build relationships and challenge student growth.
3. Prior to opening our doors for students, make sure we are set-up for success and ready to provide students with a meaningful and thoughtful experience each day.
4. Provide support to the Director of Programming in the execution of our multi-tiered Student Care Plan, including actively participating in and following intake procedures as required (including parent consultations), and ongoing contact with parents and students as required.
5. Build relationships with a wide variety of volunteers, actively seeking “teachable moments” as it relates to connecting with students, leading students, and correcting/modifying behavior.
6. As one of our leaders, actively participate in and help “drive” Program Team Meetings, Gladiator Meetings, and Monday AM Prayer Meetings.
7. Support The Bridge’s annual service events and fundraising events as assigned.
8. Will work 2-3 Friday nights per month (3-11PM; scheduled in advance each semester).
9. Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
1. A heart that is committed to pouring into the lives of teenagers.
2. True passion for the concept and mission of The Bridge Teen Center.
3. A natural ability to speak publicly and engage teens, parents and other adults.
4. A desire to be part of an entity that brings community together.
5. A heart for meeting people where they are at, not where we want them to be.
6. Heart for building/developing leaderships skills in others.
7. Strong organization and time management skills.
8. Strong and positive communication skills – both verbal and non-verbal.
9. Ability to lead, motivate and encourage others.
10. Outgoing, high energy, excited to come to work.
11. Ability to be a forward thinker, think outside the box, and not rest in routine.
12. Outwardly-focused and team-oriented mentalities.
13. Willingness to go the extra mile and work hard at completing all tasks with excellence.
14. Ability to seek solutions and clearly communicate issues before they become problems.
15. Friendly, responsive and patient approach.
16. Ability to develop authentic relationships with a wide variety of audiences.
17. Personal and professional integrity (even in social and online settings).
18. Sense of humor.
Candidates selected to move forward in our process will take a personality survey, be asked for personal and professional references, and participate in multiple interviews with staff and leadership.
Competitive compensation package based on experience. Package includes employer-paid health benefits (for employee only, with option to purchase family benefits at cost), a retirement plan (IRA that is employer-matched up to 3%), plus a generous paid time off package (total of 18 days, excluding holidays The Bridge is closed).