THE PERSON WE LOOK FOR
The person we would be over-the-moon to work with is excited to add to our culture based on a deep belief in our mission and a deep commitment to intentionally build our organization alongside a team with differing personalities, cultures, experiences, backgrounds. The Assistant House Director will see themselves in the examples below:
Culture Builder - You are an educator and community builder at heart, and thrive being in community with other folks. You are excited and knowledgeable on how to curate experiences, guidelines and activities that build our culture of intentionality, empathy and community. You go above and beyond to build a safe, healthy and fun community for our scholars.
Efficiency and Organization - You organize your time in an efficient and productive manner. You have and can further develop your own systems and tools and know how to leverage those tools to hold yourself accountable, and help lead others. You are efficient and effective in your work.
Follow through on commitments. You live up to your professional and personal commitments and do not miss deadlines. You are reliable - in showing up in the work space and in following through what you commit to leading and creating.
Initiator. You take initiative to solve a problem on your own. You understand how you best absorb information and will take proactive steps to do what you need to do to learn something new even if your manager or boss is not presenting the information in a way that is most helpful.
Detail oriented. You do not let important details fall through the cracks and use tools (e.g. pen and paper, video notes, google docs, etc.) to keep yourself and others on track.
Team Player. You are community-oriented. You are flexible and are willing to jump in and do things that may not have been outlined in your job description. You have a growth mindset and welcome feedback as an opportunity to learn and grow as an individual and as a team.
Honest Communicator. You communicate honestly and with transparency. You are willing to engage in courageous conversations.
Educator or mental health counselor
Experience working with high school students of similar demographic in Trenton, NJ.
[Preferred] Experience working with high school students.
[Preferred] Experience working with/in the Trenton Public School System or comparable public school system.
[Preferred] Experience working in residential environments.
[Preferred] Proficiency in Spanish.
The Assistant House Director will partner with the House Director and NJ Bonner AmeriCorps Program Assistant/House-Sister to co-lead the HomeWorks house and cultivate a culture around our values of intentionality, empathy and community.
Ensure and meet the needs of scholars’ emotional and mental well-being. The Assistant House Director takes initiative in engaging in healthy conversations with the scholars and maintaining open communication.
Must be available from dinner until the girls head to school the next morning, as well as live in the home. This includes being on-call throughout the night.
Enforce all policies and protocol and use restorative justice practices.
Keeping a record of scholars’ medical requirements and dosages, monitoring scholars' hygiene, and accounting for each scholar at lights out (bedtime).
Manage all household expenses, including coordinating buying house and program supplies, and updating the house expense tracker.
Develop a culture of intentionality, empathy and community.
Co-run Weekly House Meetings
Co-Lead scholar and peer leader check-ins
Plan and co-lead Programming and House Team Days with fun activities
Build structure and guide scholars to start and lead their own club activities
Assist as bus aid a few times a week.
Assist House Director in leading and handling all parent communication and relationships.
Co-create the agenda and lead quarterly parent meetings, monthly community potlucks, and more.
Co-Lead on Scholar Recruitment, which includes, conducting school recruitment presentations, reading applications, interviewing and calling prospective scholars and parents, deliberation etc.
Attend, lead and manage field trips.
Administrative (Mostly during summer months)
Revamp systems, policies and procedures based on previous year’s learnings.
Create new curricula and programming for scholars.
Assist with any other administrative projects to set up for the next school year.
Organization, Team and Communication
Work alongside the House Director to co-lead and manage the house team. This includes communicating with and providing feedback to staff and program volunteers. This also includes overseeing, coordinating and delegating certain activities and responsibilities, such as planning and leading activities, completing incident reports, daily logs and other house admin-related tasks.
Have a strong working relationship with the House Director, House Team and Admin Team. Communicate consistently with the team.
Keep up-to-date on house emails, asana and slack messages.
Complete incident reports and daily log as needed.
Occasionally assist with transportation, bus routes and any other substitution needed at the house with the scholars.
Remain adaptable and assist in other projects that may arise.
Uphold HomeWorks values for incidents and situations that arise
Follow local and federal laws (i.e. drug & alcohol use, mandated reporting).
The Assistant House Director’s goal is to co-create a culture around HomeWorks values and build a healthy and safe learning and living environment for our scholars. During the school year, the Assistant House Director will do this through working closely with the House and Admin team, as well as building relationships with scholars and parents. We will use tools like Asana, Google and Slack to amplify the work.
We hope the person in this role will have a passion for justice, education and community building, and is excited about the opportunity to lead the house, develop house culture that will ultimately equip Black and Brown girls in Trenton, NJ to be academically successful and become community leaders.
About the Company
HomeWorks Trenton, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that runs a free, community-based, after school residential program for Black and Brown high school girls in Trenton, New Jersey. We provide a space where Black and Brown girls can authentically express themselves while developing academic and social-emotional tools to thrive despite living in a systemically unjust society.
Our scholars live in the HomeWorks house from Sunday evenings to Friday mornings and are transported to and from their Trenton Public Schools every day to ensure timeliness. After school, scholars engage in daily activities focused on academics and identity-driven leadership, eat a family-style meal, and stay overnight in our dorm with two full-time staff members. Our HomeWorks model decreases chronic absenteeism and improves scholars’ academic performance and social-emotional skills while celebrating the power of Black and Brown sisterhood. By providing a space to explore and define their experiences, cultures, and identities, HomeWorks offers our scholars a chance to see that their ideas, visions, and presence are valid and relevant in this world.
Founded in 2016, HomeWorks has built a diverse team of full-time and part-time staff, board members, and volunteers. Together, we have run five programs and built a HomeWorks community. The HomeWorks team has been recognized by Princeton University, McKinsey & Company, Echoing Green, Comcast, Hollister, TRESemmé, Camelback Ventures, Barclays, Vital Voices, The Rachael Ray Show and more.