About Us and Our Philosophy
Breakthrough Greater Boston (BTGB) is a transformative college access and teacher training program. BTGB offers six years of academic enrichment and college preparation to middle school and high school students with high potential but limited opportunities. Simultaneously, BTGB recruits, trains and inspires a diverse cohort of high achieving college students to become the next generation of urban teachers. Leveraging a Students Teaching Students model, BTGB provides engaging, tuition-free academic programming during the summer and after school. Our students gain the skills and motivation to succeed in rigorous high school courses and, ultimately, in college. Meanwhile, our teachers gain hands-on experience, research-based training and coaching from professional educators.
Over the past eight years, 97% of our graduating students have matriculated to college, and 82% of them have persisted through their undergraduate years. On average, more than 70% of our graduating teachers have gone on to pursue careers in education. After two decades of success at our original Cambridge site, BTGB embarked upon a significant program expansion and opened a second site in Boston in the summer of 2013 and a third site in Somerville in 2018. As an independent 501c3 nonprofit, Breakthrough Greater Boston is part of The Breakthrough Collaborative, a national educational movement working to improve educational outcomes for youth across 25 U.S. cities.
With a deep commitment to our mission, BTGB operates with the highest standards of integrity and best practices, while also enjoying the ability to be innovative and flexible to meet the evolving needs of our students, families and teachers. Our team is diverse, high-performing and dedicated. We continue to build an organizational culture that emphasizes our core values for every member of our community:
- Spirit: We cherish and embody the youthful energy and spirit of our students and teachers
- Continual Learning: Everyone in our community has something to learn and something to teach
- Team Together: We all chip in to accomplish whatever is needed for our teammates and the broader organization
- Student Centered: Our students are our first priority and our decisions center around what benefits our students
- Equity and Opportunity: We value diversity of identity, background and thought. We treat everyone with dignity and respect
- Excellence in Everything: We maintain high expectations for ourselves
Breakthrough Greater Boston encourages individuals of all backgrounds to apply for this position, and we do not discriminate on any basis prohibited by applicable law. We celebrate the diversity of our world and our community, and we seek to build a team that reflects that diversity in every way. We welcome and encourage all qualified applicants who share that same vision, as we wish to engage all those who can contribute to our work and this mission.
Playing a key role in supporting our dynamic summer program, the Operations Fellow will gain hands-on experience in nonprofit and program management at a successful education nonprofit. BTGB is seeking to hire one Operations Fellow at each of its sites in Boston, Cambridge and Somerville. The Operations Fellow will be supervised by the Managing Director of Operations and other members of the operations team and will work closely with the full-time Program Team and the Program Fellow.
- Oversee management of assigned site office and maintain a strong presence during programming time
- Welcome students, families and guests to the Breakthrough office
- Manage phone calls and voicemails if assigned to the Main Office in Cambridge
- Coordinate inventory checks, specifically for office supplies and copy paper; Manage inventory levels in the Teacher Workroom
- Receive supply orders from vendors and check loading dock daily for deliveries
- Support end of summer inventory and clean-up process
- Manage set-up and distribution of breakfast and lunch, in coordination with school and/or district compliance and regulations
- Support Development Team with coordinating, receiving, and serving special lunches
- Control the inventory of snacks and coordinate snack deliveries to classrooms daily
- Oversee the distribution of first aid supplies and OTC medication to students and faculty, in accordance with BTGB policies and procedures
- Play a key role in emergency procedures, in accordance with BTGB procedures
- Audit inventory of Chromebooks daily and report discrepancies to program directors
- Support with the collection and distribution of student phones at the start and end of programming
- Provide basic technological support, as requested
- Support student data entry into program database (Salesforce)
- Manage the distribution of MBTA cards for students and teachers
- Support program directors with daily transportation, as needed
Please note that these are specific responsibilities. Your job may include a number of other tasks as well, as Breakthrough programs thrive on flexibility, creativity, and a willingness to pitch in!
- Bachelor’s degree preferred, but undergraduate juniors and seniors with strong academic standings and experience will be considered
- Familiarity with Breakthrough a plus
- Passion for the mission of Breakthrough Greater Boston
- Self-starter who is comfortable taking initiative on projects
- Some professional experience required
- Experience with youth preferred
The three Breakthrough Greater Boston campuses are located at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (459 Broadway, Cambridge), New Mission Collegiate Academy (655 Metropolitan Ave, Hyde Park) and Somerville High School (81 Highland Avenue). At each site, the Operations Fellow workspace will be in a busy, open office area with the permanent staff. In addition, the Fellow will spend significant time outside of the office to support programming. The Operations Fellow will be required to work Monday-Friday from 8am to 4pm for the duration of the Summer Program, starting teacher orientation weeks through evaluation week (mid-June through mid-August). The Operations Fellow will also be asked to support at important evening or weekend events such as Kick Off, Family Night and Celebration.
The Operations Fellow is a paid position.
To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter detailing your interest in Breakthrough Greater Boston and relevant skills/experience to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Operations Fellow.” We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so it is best to submit your application as soon as possible.
For more information, please visit www.breakthroughgreaterboston.org.