The English for New Bostonians (ENB) is a public-private-community solution initiated by the Mayor’s Office of New Bostonians and committed to expanding the city’s long-term capacity to meet the demand for English classes. ENB provides funding and technical assistance to approximately 25 English for Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) programs across Boston, and conducts public awareness work through a statewide campaign known as «English Works» to help address the needs of Boston’s growing immigrant population.

The MA Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) is the lead agency for ENB, with primary responsibility for advocacy, fundraising and overall program management. MIRA also oversees ENB’s grants programs, which are adminstered directly by our partner, First Literacy. MIRA supports ENB’s 12-member Oversight Committee, which is comprised of private funders, city officials and community leaders.

Background and Position Description:
The ENB Program Associate is supervised by the ENB Director and works closely with the English Works Campaign Organizer and other MIRA staff.

Duties and Responsibilities
– Assist the Director in working with ENB partners, subcontractors and programs to ensure that programs are high-quality, meet stakeholder interests, and are consistent with ENB’s mission.
– Convene and organize ENB OC meetings. Plan OC agenda with ENB Director and OC Co-Chair(s); prepare meeting notices, materials and follow-up meeting notes for OC members and staff; coordinate meeting logistics with OC member staff and others.
– Help to build ENB’s presence in the community, and strengthen community input into ENB overall strategy and programs.
– Plan and coordinate ENB public events, community meetings.
– Help prepare grant proposals and reports, with grantwriting consultant and Director.
– Assist in analysis of program data collected by ENB partners; generate compendium reports on ENB program progress and outcomes.
– Prepare and send out general end-of-year and required reports to all funders, programs, allies.
– Develop ENB materials such as letterhead, brochure, fact sheets, webpage, ENB «Profiles of Success,» and, in coordination with MIRA Communications team, work with media to promote coverage of ESOL issue and ENB. Organize media coverage and events to publicize programs.
– Coordinate and plan work closely with the English Works Campaign staff at MIRA and First Literacy staff to ensure that ENB programs are fully benefitting from and participating in ENB programmatic and advocacy efforts.
– Manage ENB database.

– Excellent writing, organizational, and verbal communication skills.
– Ability to meet deadlines and handle various projects simultaneously and with a high level of accuracy.
– Computer skills (Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, publishing software)
– Bachelor’s degree required.
– Ability to work in a culturally diverse environment and an appreciation of the mission of MIRA and English for New Bostonians.
– Experience in adult education, workforce development or related field preferred.
– Bilingual a plus.

Salary and Benefits:
– Salary commensurate with experience
– Position is .6 FTE, three days/week.
– Eligible for pro-rated Health and Dental Plans

Start date as soon as possible.

Applications accepted until August 15, 2008.

To apply:
E-mail cover letter and résumé to:, or send hardcopy to Angela Amell, MIRA Coalition, 105 Chauncy Street, 9th Floor, Boston, MA 02111; fax: 617-350-5499 by August 15, 2008.


MIRA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. People of color and immigrants strongly encouraged to apply.


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