The Salvation Army

  • Bridging the Gap between Youth and Community Services (BTG) Coordinator (Exempt)

    Job Locations US-MA-Dorchester
    Job ID
    Community and Social Services
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Develop and direct the Bridging the Gap between Youth and Community Service in Boston under the direction of the Kroc Corps Community Center Corps Officer, with liaison provided by the Massachusetts Bridging the Gap Director. 









    • Responsible for the development and continuing enhancement of the BTG program in Boston.
    • Develop, implement and oversee Diversion track in partnership with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Diversion program.
    • Supervise BTG program Assistant Director.
    • Supervise BTG Instructor/Outreach Coordinators in both Diversion and Intervention tracks.
    • Recruit, train and supervise BTG interns.
    • Develop a strong network of referrals of at risk/high risk youth from appropriate agencies.
    • Maintain strong lines of communication with referral agencies so as to provide a strong network of accountability for BTG participants.
    • Interview prospective referrals and their parents/guardians to evaluate client matches for the program.
    • Be available to attend court proceedings with BTG youth when helpful to provide support through your presence, or requested by parent or officials and at times as a means to be engaged with other families as permitted both formally or informally.
    • Be available to attend meetings with Assistant District Attorney related to meeting youth and parent (caregiver) at time of youth being assigned to BTG program or any other process designed by District Attorney’s Office.
    • Develop group lesson plans for each BTG session.
    • Coordinate program including speakers and guests to enhance program curriculum.
    • Evaluate, develop and enhance BTG curriculum in keeping with the values of The Salvation Army providing copy to Corps Officers and Massachusetts Bridging the Gap Director for information, review and comment after initial field test.
    • Develop follow-up procedures so as to evaluate effectiveness of the program.
    • Develop logic models and outcome measures that effectively illustrate the impact of socio-emotional programming.
    • Implement parent engagement exercises into program activities.
    • Recruit, coordinate and supervise Liberating Creativity (arts component) volunteers.
    • Plan and coordinate all details associated with periodic public Graduation Events in consultation with Corps Officers.
    • Develop funding opportunities so as to eventually make the program self-sufficient, in consultation with the Massachusetts Bridging the Gap Director and the Divisional Grant Writer. Write funding proposals for the BTG program as requested.
    • Network with community members/professionals to improve The Salvation Army’s standing in the community, as well as develop new opportunities for partnerships and service delivery.
    • Work with the Corps Officers to provide appropriate spiritual outreach to the youth served.
    • Work with Kroc Corps Teen Director to develop BTG Graduate track into Corps involvement.
    • Attend Bridging the Gap/Social Service/Corps meetings as requested.
    • Provide monthly statistical reports and records to Massachusetts Bridging the Gap Director and Corps Officers as required/requested.
    • Follow up with graduates and families to evaluate program success.
    • Coordinate graduate activities including post-program jobs, programs, corps involvement, etc.


    Education Requirements     

    B.A. in Social Work, Psychology, Criminal Justice or related field.


    Work Experience

    5+ years of administrative, supervisory, budgetary and program planning.

    Experience working with at risk youth and knowledge of the juvenile justice system.


    Other Qualifications

    Great organizational skills.

    Experience in developing and coordinating small youth groups, and program development experience is preferred. 

    Strong networking skills are also essential.


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