Youth & Family Social Worker
Agency Overview Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center (Sportsmen’s) is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to build leaders on the court, in the classroom and in the greater community by providing academic, wellness and social development programs alongside recreational and competitive tennis instruction for youth and adults. Sportsmen’s is committed to improving life opportunities for youth in Boston’s Blue Hill Corridor while welcoming a diverse community from the Greater Boston area. We train, educate and provide competitive and community tennis programs for over 5,000 young people annually, of all races, ethnicities and socio-economic backgrounds, and we offer adult leagues and lessons, recreational tennis and competitive tournament play. Our Youth Tennis programs serve K-12 youth during and after school, and in weekend lessons, summer and vacation camps. The Brigham and Women’s Center for Community Wellness at Sportsmen’s (CCW) mission is to advance the health and health equity in the under-resourced Boston communities of Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury, along the Blue Hill Corridor. Partnering with residents, we address the social determinants of health, promote and provide resources for health and we lness, and co laborate with other organizations to dismantle the structural barriers and injustices that contribute to health disparities. Our programs center on health and wellness literacy, educational discussions, exercise programs, and healthy cooking. Our response to COVID has included vaccination clinics, testing, and family support. In all of our programs, we emphasize collaboration with other organizations. To learn more about the Center for Community Welness, see www.bwhccw.org Our facility, which houses 14 tennis courts, 5 classrooms, a fitness center, and a clubhouse with showers and lockers, is located on 4 acres near the Dorchester/Mattapan line. Sportsmen’s provides and leverages high quality tennis, academic and social programs to engage with youth, improve their academic outcomes, and open doors of opportunity for college and beyond. Founded in 1961, we were the first non-profit tennis club in the United States formed by and for the African-American community. We maintain a focus on equity and access while welcoming individuals from all walks of life, and we continue to be a leader and innovator in transforming our challenged and under-resourced community.
The Social Worker will work with and support the leadership team in a l program areas to to integrate health and wellness considerations, including mental health, family stability, etc., into programming, staff training, and resource/p partner generation.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Create systems, practices and policies that reinforce positive behaviors throughout our programs, and in the classroom experiences of Sportsmen’s youth;
- Build relationships within the Boston Public Schools (BPS) at the school and district level to support student success and further our academic programs;
- Lead educational sessions with adults, parents and/or students pertaining to social emotional learning and mental health;
- Assist staff, members and program participants identify resources to adjust to changes/challenges in their lives, and connect those in crisis with resources;
- Address the challenges, and educate/inform our members/participants regarding the social determinants of health;
- Understand the effects of individual and systemic racism and share resources to address related trauma;
- Create and oversee a social work intern program at Sportsmen’s that provides hands on support to various programs at Sportsmen’s, with a focus on The Learning Center, Summer Camp, Summer Learning Project, Volley Against Violence and the Center for Community Wellness;
- Lead the creation of an Employee Assistance Program at Sportsmen’s.
This position will report jointly to the Director of Health Programs and the Chief Program Officer.
- Master’s degree and licensure in social work;
- Minimum 5 years experience in the nonprofit sector in direct service organization(s), including engagement at some level with Boston Public Schools and agencies addressing physical and mental health and critical resource generation;
- Experience supervising and motivating staff and volunteers;
- Ability to connect on a personal and group level with constituents;
- Familiarity with neighborhoods along the Blue Hill Corridor including Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan preferred;
- Ability to build consensus among various coalition members in support of a common goal.
Key Skills and Abilities:
- Ability to work collaboratively, but wi ling and able to step in and lead when required;
- Strong understanding and ability to describe barriers of social emotional/mental health both at the individual and population level, and create programming and education to address issues;
- Network of resources to refer those who request or would benefit by other resources;
- Hustle and drive to turn vision into action;
- Excellent organizational skills;
- Strong verbal, public speaking and written communication skills;
- Politically and culturally savvy ;
- Willingness and ability to work a flexible schedule, which may occasionally include evenings and weekends for various programs.
Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any individual, employee, or application for employment on the basis of race, color, marital status, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, handicap, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law. Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center offers a competitive compensation package, including health and dental insurance, and a 401(k) program.
$55,000 – $65,000 annually, commensurate with experience. Qualified candidates respond to this jotform questionnaire and should send cover letter and resume to:
Chief Executive Officer
Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center