Opportunities

Boston Beyond is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Director of Operations

Position Description

Overview of Boston After School & Beyond
Boston After School & Beyond (Boston Beyond) is a nonprofit intermediary organization founded in 2005 to enhance school, after-school, and summer learning so that young people can develop to their full potential. A local organization with a national reputation, Boston Beyond catalyzes partnerships among the City of Boston, the Boston Public Schools (BPS), local and national funders, researchers, and over 350 programs, most of which are run by nonprofit organizations, in order to test new ideas and bring successful approaches to scale.

Young people need opportunities to acquire the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to thrive in school, college, work, and life. The time spent outside of school—particularly in after-school and summer programs—represents an opportunity for youth to develop and apply skills, expand social networks, and gain background knowledge. Boston Beyond’s strategy has taken root in the city, reaching scale and informing new program innovation, research, and public policy and funding. By working with Boston Beyond, programs pursue common goals, implement shared measures, and have a greater impact on closing opportunity and achievement gaps than they would if they worked in isolation, and schools are able to extend learning beyond school.

Boston Beyond and its partners have devised a nationally recognized approach to summer learning, called the 5th Quarter of Learning. Part of a national longitudinal study by RAND, this model get results for high attending participants in math, English language arts, and social and emotional skills. With the United Way, Boston Beyond manages the BoSTEM initiative, which leverages STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning experiences to increase the engagement and interest of middle grades students. Similarly, through a Wallace Foundation initiative, Boston Beyond and BPS are demonstrating how elementary schools and their partners can enhance social and emotional skills. A robust measurement and professional development system focused on the Achieve, Connect, Thrive Skills Framework underlie these initiatives. For more information, please visit www.bostonbeyond.org.

The Director of Operations Position: Toward a New Phase of Growth and Impact

The Director of Operations position is new and will enable Boston Beyond to improve its ability to mobilize a wide variety of partners. The Director will join Boston Beyond’s lean, productive staff who are focused on designing, managing, and supporting a citywide learning system that draws on the strengths of Boston’s rich and diverse array of programs, in concert with schools, in order to maximize the time spent outside of school.

We are building on a track record of success: Our evidence-based model of summer learning embedded in district and state policy and funding, was a finalist for the international MacArthur Foundation 100&Change award, and cited as a model in RAND and National Academies research. We are part of major national demonstration projects in social-emotional and STEM learning that are winding down through 2023, with lessons to be learned and applied. We raised over $3 million in private and public funds to support our network’s response to Covid-19 and are collaborating with the BPS on how federal stimulus funds might be prioritized.

Key Responsibilities

The Director of Operations is a new senior-level role, reporting to the Executive Director, who will help implement organizational strategy and strengthen and streamline operations, including contracts with public and private funders, vendors, and program partners. The Director will play a key role in implementing Boston Beyond’s next phase of growth and impact. The key responsibilities are as follows:

Organizational Budget and Planning Support

  • Provide differentiated support to Boston Beyond’s diverse network of programs — from grassroots programs, some of which are just beginning to secure funding, to citywide, multi-site agencies.
  • Support senior staff program directors in managing program operations, including contracts with trainers and vendors, grants from public and private funders, and memoranda of understanding and scopes of work with — and grants to – numerous program partners.
  • Develop a streamlined system for developing initiative- and program-level budgets in alignment with program goals and objectives.

Work with Executive Director to Implement Organizational Strategy

  • Work with the Executive Director on strategy implementation, including fundraising follow-up and reporting and providing support to program directors. The Director will help turn ideas into action, assessing how new resources and policies can support Boston Beyond and its network of programs.
  • Explore and implement new summer learning technical assistance partnerships with other cities across Massachusetts and, possibly, nationally.
  • Plan and implement ways Boston Beyond’s network of programs can access public and private resources, including new federal stimulus funds.

Other Responsibilities as Opportunities and Challenges Arise

  • As an employee of a small, opportunistic intermediary team, the Director will undoubtedly be involved in additional activities, events, and new projects not described here.

Desired Experience, Skills, and Attributes

  • Seven years of experience managing grants and contracts, including with public, philanthropic, and nonprofits organizations.
  • Track record of being resourceful and persistent in devising solutions to problems, flexible and adaptable when conditions change, taking initiative on projects, and contributing as a teammate.
  • Sound judgment and critical thinking, knowing when a situation calls for urgency, patience, or the need to engage more senior staff.
  • Experience with budgets, as well as financial and audit statements and reporting.
  • Communicates clearly, concisely, and persuasively.
  • Understands the roles of an intermediary in supporting a network of partners and implementing projects with fidelity while pursuing policies and funding that will enable more opportunities for youth.
  • Knowledge of Boston’s education, youth development, government, and philanthropic landscape.

Salary

Commensurate with experience.

To Apply

Boston After School & Beyond is an Equal Opportunity Employer and believes that diversity of its employees’ backgrounds strengthens its ability to pursue its mission with a diverse network of partners serving a diverse population of young people.

Please email a resume and cover letter to jobs@bostonbeyond.org, with Director of Operations in the subject line. Your cover letter should describe your interest, qualifications, and experience as they relate to this job.

STEM Coordinator

Position Description

Overview of Boston After School & Beyond
Boston After School & Beyond (Boston Beyond) is a nonprofit intermediary founded in 2005 that
connects school, after-school, and summer learning so that young people can develop to their full
potential. A local organization with a national reputation, Boston Beyond catalyzes partnerships among
the City of Boston, the Boston Public Schools (BPS), local and national funders, researchers, and over
350 programs to test new ideas and bring successful approaches to scale. Boston Beyond reached over
25,000 students in 2020.

Young people need opportunities to acquire the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to thrive
in school, college, work, and life. The time spent outside of school—particularly in after-school and
summer programs—represents an opportunity for youth to develop and apply skills, expand social
networks, and gain background knowledge.

Boston Beyond has a lean, productive staff focused on designing, managing, and supporting a citywide
learning system that draws on the strengths of Boston’s rich and diverse array of programs, in concert
with schools, in order to maximize the time spent outside of school. By working with Boston Beyond,
programs pursue common goals, implement shared measures, and have a greater impact on closing
opportunity and achievement gaps than they would if they worked in isolation.

Boston Beyond’s approach has taken root in the city, reaching scale and informing new program
innovation, research, and public policy and funding. Boston Beyond and its partners devised a nationally
recognized approach to summer learning, called the 5th Quarter of Learning. Part of a national
longitudinal study by RAND, this model get results for high attending participants in math, English
language arts, and social and emotional skills.

With the United Way and BPS as part of a US Department of Education grant, Boston Beyond manages
the BoSTEM initiative, which leverages stimulating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
learning experiences to increase the engagement and interest of middle grades students. Similarly,
through a national Wallace Foundation initiative, Boston Beyond and BPS are demonstrating how
elementary schools and their partners can enhance social and emotional skills. A robust measurement
and professional development system focused on the Achieve, Connect, Thrive Skills Framework
underlie these initiatives. For more information, please visit www.bostonbeyond.org.

Responsibilities

Boston Beyond’s Measurement & Improvement Coordinators are the primary supports to our network
of over 350 after-school and summer programs, particularly in measurement operations (e.g., data
collection and reporting) and improvement strategies (e.g., data coaching and action planning). The
STEM Coordinator is also responsible for supporting the implementation of the BoSTEM initiative,
funded by the Education, Innovation, and Research (EIR) program of the US Department of Education.

This position is a great opportunity to learn how organizations collect data in order to take action at the
program and policy levels, and to gain experience in influencing strategy for systems change. We are
looking for a candidate with initiative and persistence, strong people skills, excellent time management,
and strategic thinking to serve a growing network of partner organizations and help develop a citywide
STEM ecosystem.

The STEM Coordinator is expected to work closely with Boston Beyond’s two other Measurement &
Improvement Coordinators and other members of the Boston Beyond team. They will also closely
collaborate with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, Boston Beyond’s BoSTEM
partner and the federal grant recipient. The position reports to the Director of Measurement &
Improvement.

  • Collaborate with BoSTEM program partners to ensure complete and accurate data collection.
    • Engage program partners to understand data needs and ensure they administer surveys, receive observations, and complete all data collection.
    • Identify ways to improve the data collection process and provide solutions for program partners with issues preventing them from completing data collection.
    • Collaborate with the other Measurement & Improvement Coordinators to coordinate a unified, seamless, and positive experience for program partners.
    • Enhance program partners’ user experience in our online systems for data collection and data reporting.
  • Organize STEM professional learning opportunities for BoSTEM program partners.
    • Identify and implement culturally relevant, STEM-focused professional learning for program staff.
    • Coordinate with other Boston Beyond staff to offer BoSTEM program partners access to Boston Beyond’s other professional development offerings.
    • Publicize professional learning opportunities to BoSTEM partners and track attendance for continuous improvement and grant reporting.
  • Assist with improvement strategies, including facilitating peer learning communities and data coaching.
    • Assist BoSTEM program partners in understanding and interpreting data.
    • Collaborate with the United Way to organize Community of Practice events where BoSTEM program partners and other BoSTEM stakeholders can learn from each other and share best practices.
    • Collaborate with the Measurement & Improvement team on designing and improving data coaching process for BoSTEM program partners.
    • Support BoSTEM program partners in the creation and implementation of Action Plans by providing resources or support as necessary.
  • Support Boston Beyond’s agenda.
    • Participate in design, turnout, and implementation of Boston Beyond meetings and events.
    • Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills and Attributes

  • Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree.
  • Two years of experience in a position that required interpersonal skills a plus.
  • Experience in Boston’s youth development and education fields a plus.
  • Initiative. Experience with identifying problems and leading implementation of solutions to ultimately
    improve output.
  • Collaboration. Experience working effectively with others, including within a team, across an
    organization, or with customers.
  • Communication. Communicates in a clear, compelling, and persuasive manner, both in person and in
    writing. Enjoys meeting with stakeholders.
  • Organization. Experience with managing multiple simultaneous projects successfully, demonstrating
    time management skills.
  • Project Management. Devises and applies processes in order to meet objectives, balancing multiple
    deadlines. Tracks details to inform progress toward objectives; communicates clearly and develops
    artifacts to share progress with others.
  • Experience with Excel, data-processing software, or Salesforce a plus.

Salary
Commensurate with experience.

To Apply
Please email a resume and cover letter to jobs@bostonbeyond.org, with STEM Coordinator in the subject line. Your cover letter should describe your interest, qualifications, and experience as they relate to this job.

Boston After School & Beyond is an Equal Opportunity Employer.