Beyond Walls is Twin Cities based out-of-school time, youth development program which uses the sport of squash, in combination with academic mentoring, college readiness, community services and fitness education in order to make a deep impact on the lives of urban youth. Beyond Walls strategically partners with the University of Minnesota and the Squash and Education Alliance (S.E.A.). Beyond Walls works with approximately 50-70 Twin Cities youth in grades 6th-12 from key partner schools and over 15 college mentors.
The mission of Beyond Walls is to inspire confidence and encourage academic excellence with urban youth as life-long learners and active leaders-both on and off the court.
Job Title: Squash Program Manager
Full Time – 40 hours per week, plus benefits and possible travel compensation/stipend
Reports to: Program Director
Broad Job Scope and Function of Job:
Leads all facets of Beyond Walls squash programming including squash skill instruction and guidance in mental and physical health. Through the sport of squash-promote developmental assets and leadership skills through one-on-one coaching and large group instruction while maintaining overarching program themes including effort, attitude, persistence, goal-setting and teamwork. Work to meet the goals of Beyond Walls recognizing the importance of all five pillars -academic mentoring, community service, health and fitness, travel and college readiness. Manages and supports volunteers through training and direct instruction. Ensures youth receive support specific to their developmental needs and maintain respect and understanding for each student’s diverse ethnicities and ages. Must be able to relate with and have experience in outreach to all segments of a multi-cultural community.
The responsibilities of the Squash Program Manager include, but are not limited to:
Youth Development Programming:
- Create an engaging, inclusive, high-energy environment that promotes mental, emotional and physical health.
- Facilitate structured and intentional squash/fitness programing.
- Develop Individual Learning Plans related to each student’s self-identified health/fitness goals.
- Coach one-on-one/large group settings supporting youth fitness training plans.
- Communicates effectively with students of diverse backgrounds and needs.
- Manage student group dynamics and ensuring student engagement through knowledge and experience in youth development.
Squash Program Development:
- Lead 2 daily squash/fitness sessions, Monday-Friday during after school hours (approximately 3-6:00p.m.) and some occasional Saturdays.
- Lead and coordinate 4 full weekend trips throughout the school year and summer.
- Coordinate all local and national traveling opportunities/squash tournaments including travel logistics, lodging, tournament entry information, and communication with families and staff surrounding travel details.
- Develop long-term squash and fitness training plan which will inform daily lessons/practices.
- Communicate weekly/daily plan with all volunteers and instructs volunteers on daily drills and program details.
- Actively recruits more volunteers as needed.
- Organizes all squash volunteers and training providing extra training if needed.
- Prepare materials and plans for the program outside of stated hours, as needed.
- Communicates progress and goals with parents and other key stakeholders.
- Collaborate and meet weekly with the Academic Program Manager and Program Director.
- Meet weekly with the larger team for staff meetings and as needed with the Executive Director.
- Track inventory/equipment needs such as team uniforms, squash glasses, racquets etc.
- Lead identified fundraising goals for BW’s largest squash event, Beyond Walls Squash Week
- Assist Program Director and/or Executive Director in completing necessary reports/evaluation to meet professional contractual obligations, in compliance with BW procedures.
- Actively seeks to improve effectiveness via staff development opportunities, workshops, training and conferences etc.
- CPR training and Youth Evaluation Tool training is expected
- Identifies professional, on-going goals through the programming period.
- Participate and engage with participants during all community service outings.
- Participate in the academic support component of the program as needed.
- Fulfill additional responsibilities at the discretion of the organization.
- Attends Beyond Walls events such as Beyond Walls Squash Week and The Beyond Walls Cup etc.
- Possible driving requirement of youth participants if needed.
- Assists with the annual student recruitment process (school presentations, try-outs, school visits)
- Coaching Certification
- Extensive Squash Playing/Coaching Experience (specifically with youth and small groups)
- Must maintain a valid MN Driver’s License and safe driving record.
- Must have a strong understanding and ability tplay the sport of squash.
- Understanding of youth development and effective professional practices.
- Must have experience managing and engaging groups of students.
- Must have an understanding of group dynamics and best practices.
- Works across ethnic/racial/economic lines for effective communication and rapport.
- Works in a collaborative and coordinated effort.
- Communicates effectively in oral and written forms.
- Self-starts and effectively problem solves.
- Ability to prioritize duties and organize workload.
- Handles confidential information separately.
- Sets appropriate limits on personal and professional boundaries.
- Criminal background check required if hired.
- Computer competency required.
Beyond Walls: Urban Squash Twin Cities provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.