boston planning & development agency


Posted Date 05/04/2021
Job ID
Office of Workforce Development
Salary Range
$20 per hour


Title: Academic Mentor (ESC)

Summary: Summer 2021



Under the direction of the Deputy Director of Workforce Development, the Academic Mentor will provide career readiness and academic support to participants in OWD youth and workforce development programs. The Academic Mentor will receive training in evidence-based practices in career assessment, career decision making tools and resources, and effective support and youth development models. The Academic Mentor will provide individual and group support for 20-30 program participants to successfully complete postsecondary education and career training engagements. The Academic Mentor will provide support for students to acquire job readiness skills, complete online lessons and remote assignments, and make social services referrals as needed. The Academic Mentor will empower program participants to continue to next steps after completing OWD’s programs, including employment, post-secondary education, and further career training.



The general duties and responsibilities of the position are included in but not limited to the information listed below.

  • Complete training in evidence-based practices in career assessment, career decision making tools and resources, and effective support and youth development models.
  • Connect with each program participant to assess skills, strengths and goals, and then, develop an individual career plan for each student.
  • Remotely facilitate weekly group study sessions and webinars on job readiness skills.
  • Follow up on students’ attendance and performance in postsecondary education or training, providing coaching and support for successful program completion.
  • Refer students with significant barriers to agencies that provide specialized supports.
  • Coach and assist students to take their next steps towards their career and educational goals—such as visiting a college, filling out an application, completing a resume, etc.
  • Document and track program participant progress in Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, or other identified database: students’ goals, challenges, action steps, and outcomes.
  • Collaborate with OWD staff, including peer coaches, and partner organizations to problem-solve to address students challenges and needs.
  • Perform other related duties as requested.



  • Experience coaching, counseling, training, teaching, or tutoring.
  • Experience working with youth of diverse backgrounds.  
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well with youth, partners, and colleagues.
  • Strong organizational skills. 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, and other database applications.
  • Operational knowledge of and experience with virtual meeting/webinar platforms.
  • Bilingual abilities/Bicultural experience is highly desirable. 
  • Familiarity with the Boston schools, social service agencies and community organizations; familiarity with employment, education, and training systems, and relevant web-based resources is highly desirable.


Work Environment:

Remote work from home and/or normal office environment; occasional site visits.


Physical Requirements:

Little or no exertion; May spend extended periods at terminal; occasional local travel.



$20 per hour



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