Culture Coordinator, Up2Us Coach

  • Location

    Philadelphia, PA

  • Category

Welcomes returning citizens

The Starfinder Culture Coordinator, Up2Us Coach is a challenging and rewarding one-year service position (August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2020) offering valuable experience and opportunity for professional growth within the sports-based youth development field.

Responsibilities include:

  1. Develop and enrich opportunities for teens to contribute to, and take part in, the Starfinder culture:
    1. Coordinate intentional activities and rituals to foster a safe, welcoming space, create lasting relationships, and build a strong community.
    2. Create mechanisms to solicit, collect, record, and communicate feedback from program participants.
    3. Provide structure through which teens can interact, have fun, learn, and grow.
  2. Design, plan, and implement a calendar of events to compliment the leadership curriculum and build life readiness skills:
    1. Organize, facilitate, and chaperone monthly community service projects and college trips for youth participants to participate, including developing new partnerships and service opportunities based on youth interests.
    2. Manage correspondences, including weekly emails, slideshow updates, and announcements
  3. Help make Starfinder a great place to work
    1. Plan, schedule, and execute program staff outings, socials, team-building events, and trainings
  4. Organize and oversee Youth Council, including running meetings, helping to plan fundraisers, and liaising between program participants and program staff.
  5. Develop and implement recruitment strategies for various Starfinder Programs.
    1. Research and attend school events, soccer games, resources fairs, etc. to promote Starfinder programs in the community.
  6. Serve as a Coach Mentor to assigned cohort(s)
    1. Support and facilitate daily program activities (including: soccer and fitness, relationship building and mentorship, character development, and academic support).
    2. Model Starfinder’s core values and encourage participants develop a growth mindset — to connect, learn, and grow from one another. Foster the development of respect and trust of the community and youth served.
    3. Using techniques from Starfinder and Up2Us Sports’ trainings, encourage participants to develop and practice life readiness skills through sport.
    4. Mentor student-athletes. This includes group and individual meetings with mentees over the course of the program year; checking-in frequently with your mentees on their attendance, character, academic and soccer development; recording daily notes on you mentees progress.
  7. Complete requirements of Up2Us Coach (AmeriCorps) program as outlined in Up2Us Coach contract.
    1. Complete the minimum required hours of service and training by the last day of coach contract.
    2. Attend Up2Us Coach Training Institute (date TBD) and all other required meetings, trainings, orientations, special initiatives, and days of service.
    3. Submit bi-monthly reflections logs and timesheets.
  8. Directly support Starfinder team members in providing a high quality service to our communities and youth.
  9. Other duties as assigned.

About Us

Starfinder motivates and challenges children and youth from across Greater Philadelphia through after school and summer programs. We use soccer as the hook in our sports-based youth development practices that promote physical, personal, and academic growth.

We heavily invest in each Starfinder participant, surrounding them with a supportive network of mentors and coaches. We help youth navigate the path to college and careers. Our students come from Olney to Overbrook, speaking over 25 different languages, to form a collaborative community of cultural exchange centered on a universal game.

With the help of generous donors and volunteers, we’re changing the trajectory of our kids’ lives, using soccer to create social change.

Apply for this job

Please email cover letter and resume, along with the contact information for two references to: Kate Sandy: kate@starfinderfoundation.org. Please include “Starfinder Culture Coordinator, Up2Us Coach” in the subject line. Please no phone calls. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, early application is highly encouraged.

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