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BREMEN â€” 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).
â€śWe are looking for someone, preferably from Bremen but that wonâ€™t be a deciding preference,â€ť she said, â€śthat can meet all the National Boys and Girls Club requirements, and who can come in and set things up to get the year started.â€ť
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 yearsâ€™ 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 driverâ€™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 Clubâ€™s programming.
â€śIt takes about $50,000 to run the Club each year and most of that money comes from donations,â€ť Hassel explained. â€śWe would need that person for a varied 30 hours a week â€” 15 of them when Club is open â€” and the position will include some weekend and evening hours.â€ť
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 theyâ€™ve found someone that meets all the Clubâ€™s needs.
Hassel, not only chairperson of the Clubâ€™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 isnâ€™t found, the program will continue to be offered to Bremen students this fall.
â€śThe rest of the staff, adult members and high school students are ready and willing to assist in any capacity,â€ť Hassel explained. â€śAlejandra 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.â€ť