Social Emotional Learning Associate
Job Type

Position Title: Social Emotional Learning Associate

Reports to: Senior Director of Social Emotional Learning

Department and Position Overview:

At Steppingstone, we believe that social emotional learning is essential to Scholars’ success in middle school, high school, and beyond, and that this learning needs to be infused into all parts of the program for it to be most effective. To this end, the SEL programming at Steppingstone is largely preventative, consisting of community building programming, psychoeducational curriculum, an Advising system based on strong relationships, and staff professional development.

The SEL Associate will work with the Social Emotional Learning team to ensure the social and emotional needs of Scholars are incorporated into all aspects of Steppingstone’s programming. The majority of the SEL Associate’s time will be spent helping to design and implement Steppingstone’s psychoeducational curriculum, working to identify the SEL needs of Scholars and families and recommending and developing relevant programming. The SEL Associate will also be a member of several collaborative teams, helping to plan professional development for staff and initiatives to create a positive program climate and culture. There will also be opportunity to work with Scholars and families, providing short term 1:1 interventions, small groups, and referrals. 

Academic Year Schedule:

The SEL Associate will work a Tuesday-Saturday schedule during the school year. Wednesday afternoons during the school year end around 6:30 p.m., and occasional additional evening work is mandatory. In person programming occurs at Boston Latin Academy on Saturdays and the SEL Associate will be expected to be at that location from 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

During the school year, this position will be a hybrid role with two days in office, one day at the program site on Saturdays, and two days remotely, with some flexibility around work hours. 

Summer Schedule:

During the summer, employees will work a Monday-Friday schedule. Steppingstone hosts a 6-week in-person program for Scholars, which will be held at Milton Academy in July and August. The SEL Associate must be able to work in person at Milton Academy, Monday-Friday from approximately 7:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., and until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesdays for faculty meetings. Due to the nature of the summer session, PTOs are granted on a very limited basis from the end of June through August.

A $500 home office set-up stipend will be provided upon hire, followed by quarterly stipends of $50. Laptops are provided to each employee to enhance the hybrid experience.

Salary: $51,500

Start Date: July 2023


Social Emotional Learning

  • Support the development and implementation of Steppingstone’s social emotional curriculum
  • Help to ensure effective social emotional support of all Scholars through consultation with Advisors, participation in weekly Advising Team meetings, and co-planning trainings on topics such as working with diverse populations, group facilitation, and stress management
  • Assist in the creation of developmentally appropriate community building activities and events to support a positive program culture
  • Assess Scholar needs, provide short term intervention as appropriate, provide coaching to Advisors, and/or make referrals to outside resources

Program Operations

  • Utilize data collection, tracking, and documentation to inform program improvements and monitor Scholar progress
  • Help to deliver the core program by supporting the admission process and providing logistical support for and participating fully in the summer session


  • Demonstrated commitment to educational and racial equity in college access and success
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current research and evidenced-based best practices in Social Emotional Learning
  • Exceptional interpersonal, relationship-building, and group facilitation capabilities, incorporating cross-cultural sensitivity 
  • Effective project management skills combined with professional judgment, vision, and problem-solving capabilities
  • Orientation towards continuous learning for self and others

Education and Work Experience:

  • Masters level degree in school counseling, social work, or related field preferred
  • Successful experience working with middle-grade and/or high school students in an urban, multicultural setting

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

As a condition of employment, all Steppingstone employees, including full-time, part-time, temporary and contract employees, and interns, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To be considered fully vaccinated, individuals must have received two doses of the approved Pfizer/Moderna COVID-19 vaccine or single dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, and remain up to date with all boosters recommended by the CDC prior to the finalization of the hiring process. Finalists will be given details about how to demonstrate receipt of vaccination.

Reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for exemptions to this requirement in accordance with applicable law. Applicants should be aware that for external-facing roles, particularly those involving close contact with students, accommodations that involve remaining unvaccinated against COVID-19 may not be deemed reasonable. Steppingstone will engage in the interactive accommodation process on an individualized basis in light of each particular role.

Physical Demands:

  • Lifting up to 20 pounds, standing, walking, sitting, reaching, operating computer and office equipment 
  • Pursuant to the ADA, Steppingstone will provide reasonable services and accommodation(s) to employees with qualified disabilities in order to perform the essential functions of their employment, except when doing so would be unduly disruptive and/or result in undue hardship to the organization. 

To Apply: Please submit your resume and a thoughtful cover letter outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position, and how you learned about this position. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Employee Benefits:

  • Generous paid time off (over 8 weeks total, as outlined below)
  • 15 days PTO
  • 2 days Discretionary Time Off
  • 5 wellness days
  • 12.5 holidays
  • 2 weeks paid office closure
  • $500 Home Office Set-up Stipend; plus $50 quarterly
  • Health, Dental and Vision coverage
  • Life, Short-Term and Long-Term disability insurance
  • Healthcare Reimbursement Account Plan (HRA)
  • Pet Insurance
  • Flexible Schedule
  • Retirement Plan
  • Tuition & Professional Development reimbursement
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health and Dependent Care
  • Pre-tax Transportation Plan (Transit & Parking)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Membership to the National Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA)

Steppingstone Core Values

Power of One

  • We honor every voice and believe we are strongest when we work together.
  • We recognize, respect, and nurture the fullness and complexity of each member of our community.
  • We believe in the power of belonging and seek to create a welcoming and inclusive culture.

Walk the Walk

  • We partner with every Scholar and family, supporting them holistically throughout their own educational journey.
  • We work with clear and measurable purpose, using data to drive collective decision-making and challenge assumptions.
  • We create spaces for difficult conversations to transform our thinking and move us forward.

Embrace Growth

  • We strive to operate as an anti-racist organization and commit to continuous learning and action in the service of this goal.
  • We provide opportunities for everyone in our community to flourish and reach their full potential.
  • We make time for reflection, learn from past experiences, and take initiative in response to changing needs and new ideas.

The Steppingstone Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any individual, employee, or application for employment on the basis of race, color, marital status, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, or handicap, as defined by law.