The club is looking to fill several positions for part-time youth development professionals, and prior experience is not required. Kim Gibson, director of operations, said working at the club is both rewarding and fulfilling.
“You may never hear some of the kids come back and tell you, but if you’re here long enough, you will impact and change the life of a child inside one of our facilities, for sure,” Gibson said. “You will feel rewarded; you could even save a kid’s life.”
Where is the need?
New employees are especially needed at the Kingsport and Scott County sites, but the club is willing to work with applicants who live closer to the Riverview or Hawkins County locations, Gibson said.
“Our turnaround has always been kind of consistent because we hire a lot of college-age kids, and once they kind of get their schooling in … they tend to transition out,” Gibson said. “It’s just being able to replace those people has been the hard part recently.”
What are the responsibilities?
Youth development professionals run various programs for the students and come up with activities that go along with those programs. The programs themselves are structured, Gibson said, with guidelines for the employees to follow.
The hours are typically 3-7 p.m. Monday through Friday during the school year, though there’s an opportunity for increased hours during the summer when children are out of school, Gibson said.
Who can apply?
Applicants must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent. They must also complete a background check and drug screening. Some experience with school-age children is preferred but not required.
“We’re looking for energetic, creative people to come in and just help be mentors and inspire our young people to be a better version of themselves,” Gibson said. “That’s kind of our mission.”
Applications can be picked up at the Kingsport site, located at 1 Positive Place, or filled out online. For more information, call (423) 230-4160 or visit www.kbgc.org.