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Seeking a SEL Project Coach to Join Our Staff

Posted on August 6th, 2019 in: Blog

Vermont Afterschool is hiring!

Social Emotional Learning Project Coach

Reports to: Assistant Director, Vermont Afterschool

Project Summary: The Social Emotional Learning Coach will support a project initiative at Vermont Afterschool around social emotional learning (SEL). A central component of the project is to work with center-based afterschool site coordinators and directors to build social emotional competencies for staff and children. The Coach’s role is to continue to develop the SEL initiative for Vermont Afterschool, help afterschool programs implement SEL and behavior support strategies, organize and facilitate professional communities of practice in SEL, and to develop and deliver workshops and trainings around SEL content for the afterschool field. This position is estimated to be 16 to 24 hours per week. This is a short-term project through June 2020, with the potential to expand.

Key Responsibilities:

The SEL Coach will work intensively with afterschool program sites to support staff knowledge of SEL principles and implementation of SEL strategies. It is expected that the Coach will provide facilitated meetings with frontline afterschool staff at each participating program. The SEL Coach will support project implementation through key activities:

  • Organizing, scheduling, and facilitating monthly community of practice gatherings for two to four regional groups focused on SEL content and a group consultation model.
  • Developing and delivering two-hour workshops on social emotional content.
  • Problem solving with directors and other afterschool staff around specific SEL strategies for youth in programming
  • Working collaboratively with all members of the Vermont Afterschool team.

Essential Skills Needed:

  • Significant training and experience in education, youth work, and/or afterschool. BA degree required; MA preferred; at least three years working with children and youth in school or out-of-school time settings as well as experience providing quality coaching and/or mentoring support to professionals.
  • Demonstrated vision and passion for supporting others in creating positive environments for the learning, care, and development of children and youth.
  • Familiarity with professional development models, best practices in quality afterschool programs, SEL concepts and curricula, and Specialized Child Care in Vermont
  • Demonstrated organizational and/or project leadership skills including: collecting and analyzing data; writing reports; developing outreach materials; and fostering positive relationships with a wide variety of afterschool providers, school-based educators, and families.
  • Ability to work independently and with self-direction.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including proven record of working collaboratively 
with others.
  • Ability to multi-task with excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Confidence in solving problems with tenacity and perseverance.
  • Understanding of standard evaluation methods and the ability to analyze data to inform project 
direction and determine training priorities.
  • Proficiency in the use of technology, including MS office products (e.g., Word, Excel, Publisher), and the 
ability to produce documents and reports that are well-written and well-presented.
  • Reliable transportation required. This position will require travel throughout Vermont and may require time in the evenings or on the weekends.

How to apply:

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and three references to jobs@vermontafterschool.org. Applications are due by August 30, 2019, and must be submitted electronically. Vermont Afterschool is an equal opportunity employer, and we welcome applications from individuals who will contribute to our diversity.

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