GREAT Youth and Families


Malden with local travel


Elizabeth Kia



About Us

At Housing Families, we are working to achieve housing equity and wellbeing for all. We partner with communities, families, and individuals to ensure housing stability by offering tailored services including temporary and permanent housing, food assistance, counseling and therapy, legal services, and youth programs.

With Housing Families’ continued growth, we now offer services in Malden, Everett, Revere, Chelsea, and Medford, where, since our inception in 1986, we’ve strengthened housing security for over 2,400 families and individuals.

We are looking for those who share in this vision and for skilled, compassionate individuals who share in our agency values of Respect, Caring, Integrity, Growth, and Team Work:

  • Respect – We treat people with dignity.
  • Caring – We show compassion and act thoughtfully.
  • Integrity – We adhere to high standards.
  • Growth – We foster innovation and continuous development.
  • Team Work – We collaborate and celebrate.

Role Purpose & Responsibilities


The GREAT Youth and Families Program (GYFP) is a therapeutic after school program for homeless and formerly homeless children that offers individual counseling, therapy groups, academic tutoring, and enrichment. The Academic Coordinator will oversee the tutoring piece of the program through volunteer recruitment, curricula planning and development, and developing relationships with schools, parents, and children. They will also provide advocacy and support for parents regarding academic needs of children attending program. They will report to the GYFP Program Manager and work together to cultivate a trauma sensitive learning environment for all the children.


  • Under supervision of the Program Manager and in collaboration with the Enrichment Coordinator, plan and execute the weekday after school tutoring program with an emphasis on building social and emotional competency.
  • Work with staff, volunteers, teachers, and parents to assess student baselines and evaluate progress, planning and facilitating the implementation of interventions to support learning needs.
  • Prepare innovative and age-appropriate curricula for each child.
  • Attend school meetings (IEP meetings, 504 meetings etc.) and advocate for child’s needs on an as needed basis.
  • Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with parents, teachers, volunteers, and children.
  • Recruit, train, and supervise volunteer staff and undergraduate interns.
  • Embed principles and practices of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in volunteers, undergrad interns and supervised staff.
  • Develop and provide supplemental trainings to volunteer staff.
  • Oversee individual tutoring and facilitate group tutoring each day.
  • Lead and oversee check-in with children at the start of each hour of the afternoon program.
  • Support camp programming and childcare as needed.
  • Create tutor pairings for each hour of program.
  • Write and distribute monthly newsletter to volunteer staff with program updates.
  • Create tutoring plan for all children to help address individual children’s learning styles and academic needs.  Maintain folder of academic work for children to do after they have completed their homework that is consistent with learning goals.  Read tutor’s comments in the folder on a regular basis.
  • Assist in planning and co-facilitating enrichment groups.
  • Provide back up for the Van Driver and Program Manager as needed.
  • Oversee program supplies including snacks, prizes, and tutoring materials.  This includes making sure snack and tutoring materials are ready by 3pm each day.
  • Handle crises as they arise.
  • Provide backup for morning and evening childcare during parent groups.
  • Assist with planning and executing Summer and Vacation programming including field trips.
  • Participate in All Staff meetings and other identified trainings and meetings.


We believe that to be successful in this position, it is crucial that the candidate can honestly assess their strengths and determine that they include:

  • Previous experience and passion for working with kids.
  • Patience and a positive attitude.
  • Growth mindset.
  • Reliable, organized, and punctual.
  • Ability to establish and maintain relationships with various individuals including teachers, families, volunteers, and children.
  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills with proven ability to interact with a diverse range of individuals both in person, virtually and over the phone.
  • Excellent organization, time management and follow-up skills.
  • Responsible and professional conduct that serves as a role model to staff, volunteers, and youth.
  • Ability to set priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Must demonstrate ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Outlook, Word, and understanding of virtual educational platforms such as Google Classroom and Zoom.
  • Investment in non-violent conflict resolution, confronting racism, sexism, and other injustices, and helping children and families heal and grow.



Must have experience working with children. Applicants who are bi-lingual in Spanish, Portuguese, or Haitian Creole and have experience with curricula development, volunteer recruitment, and working with families from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Ability to form strong interpersonal relationships with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States
  • Must be 18 years or older
  • Must be fluent in English
  • Must be able to pass a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) background check

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds at a time walking up and down flights of stairs
  • Must be able to sit for prolonged periods of time at a desk while working on a computer


  • Compensation/Hours: $52,000 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10:30a-6:30p, Thursday 11:30a-7:30p, with flexibility for programmatic needs and IEP meetings. Hours will change during school breaks and summer months to adapt to enrichment programming.
  • Benefits: Eligible for full benefits including Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, 403B Retirement Plan, Paid Time Off, Tuition Reimbursement
  • Please send a cover letter and resume to: HR@housingfamilies.org
  • Please include “GYFP Academic Coordinator” in the subject line.