Bremen B & G Club looking for director
BREMEN — The Bremen Boys and Girls Club is looking for a new Unit Director to replace former director Kayla Turpin.
Jill Hassel, credited by many for being instrumental in bringing the program to Bremen, has been with the organization since its inception (in August of 2009).
“We are looking for someone, preferably from Bremen but that won’t be a deciding preference,” she said, “that can meet all the National Boys and Girls Club requirements, and who can come in and set things up to get the year started.”
The right person for the job must be at least a high school graduate with some advanced education through college or professional continuing education. They must have at least two years’ experience working closely with children and have training or experience with recreational activities, preferably with training in counseling, teaching or coaching. A physical examination and drug screen will be required, and applicants must have a valid driver’s license and be CPR and First Aid trained.
Responsibilities of the Unit Director include supervising part time staff and volunteers as well as being able to manage public relations and fundraising events which are integral to the success of the local Club’s programming.
“It takes about $50,000 to run the Club each year and most of that money comes from donations,” Hassel explained. “We would need that person for a varied 30 hours a week — 15 of them when Club is open — and the position will include some weekend and evening hours.”
She said several applicants have submitted their credentials already but applications are still being accepted. The advisory board of seven volunteers will make the decision when they agree they’ve found someone that meets all the Club’s needs.
Hassel, not only chairperson of the Club’s advisory board (since 2008, prior to the inception of the Club) has also been a Bremen School Board member since 2008.
If for some reason someone that fits all the required skills and abilities isn’t found, the program will continue to be offered to Bremen students this fall.
“The rest of the staff, adult members and high school students are ready and willing to assist in any capacity,” Hassel explained. “Alejandra Garcia and Tricia Troyer have done excellent work for us. If we have to start the year with them at the helm we will, with full confidence.”