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Social and Emotional Learning Development Coordinator – School Based (SELDC)


SwingPals Job Description: Social and Emotional Learning Development Coordinator – School Based (SELDC)

SwingPals Overview: SwingPals teaches Durham public school students mindfulness, emotional regulation and positive visualization using golf as a platform. Through our unique programming, students develop self-confidence, coping skills and courage in a caring environment. SwingPals further guides its students to take their new skills back to their schools and neighborhoods to multiply its impact.

SwingPals is built on the foundational principle that by developing a sense of safety and confidence in their abilities, students will be able to live healthier and happier lives. To facilitate this, our programming provides opportunities for students to improve their ability to emotionally self- regulate and build self-awareness through learning an entirely new sport. By experiencing first-class golf and mindfulness coaching, as well as community-focused service projects, students develop mentoring and leadership skills and connection to others, giving them the confidence to step outside their comfort zone and challenge their status quo.

SwingPals serves 1,000 6th graders each year, all of whom attend one of 4 public Durham middle schools. These schools were selected because they are the four Durham public schools with the highest percentages of students eligible for free and reduced-price lunches. On average, nearly 76% of students at these schools are eligible for free and reduced-price lunches (DPS 2015-16, ). Students in the SwingPals program are usually minorities, from a single-family home or foster care, and living at or below the poverty line.

SwingPals challenges students to improve their emotional self-regulation and self-awareness skills so they may maximize their cognitive and social ability, fulfill their potential, and actively participate in the school community. The SELDC will be responsible for the development, implementation, and leveraging of SwingPals social and emotional programming in our schools so that it positively impacts students, families, staff, and administration. This individual will lead the implementation of a formal social-emotional curriculum that all SwingPals students experience so they may strive to contribute to a positive, consistent, and caring school culture.

Position: Social Emotional Learning Development Coordinator (SELDC)

Reports to: SwingPals Executive Director - the SELDC is an integral member of the SwingPals development team. In a small entrepreneurial environment with a deep emphasis on teamwork, he/she will work with the ED and be chiefly responsible for the duties listed below.

The SELDC will engage with two cohorts of students:

-        6th-8th grade school-based students enrolled in our four middle schools

-        7th-12th grade students enrolled in SwingPals year-round after-school program

The SELDC will work in cooperation with the following stakeholders:

-        fellow SwingPals employees, interns, volunteers, and independent contractors

-        school staff, administration, coaches, guidance counselors, and social workers

-        parents/guardians and community partners

The SELDC will coordinate the implementation of HeartMath technology throughout our schools and at the SwingPals facility.

The SELDC, in conjunction with the Executive Director, will develop the SwingPals learning model and existing coaching methodology so that it is instrumental in creating real change in student’s lives, their families, throughout Durham public schools, and in the Durham community at large.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Deliver the classroom component of the SwingPals expanded 6th grade program
  • Conduct all mindfulness aspects of the SwingPals after-school program at the SwingPals facility
  • Supervise SwingPals school-based interns / independent contractors
  • Develop the SwingPals learning model and existing coaching methodology – familiarity with “growth mindset” paradigm
  • Introduce and integrate this model throughout the four middle schools where SwingPals is based
  • Organize and promote SwingPals workshops and trainings to various stakeholders

Secondary Duties:

  • In conjunction with the Executive Director and Duke University’s Sanford Board Leadership Initiative:

- collect, analyze, compile and report on SwingPals data collected in school and during the after-school program

- develop student/parent/advisor surveys

- compile school data concerning EOGs, attendance, and disciplinary action /record all data in Salesforce

- deliver quarterly reports that outline the effectiveness and progress of the program

  • Incorporate SwingPals methodology to help address conflict resolution during restorative practices at schools
  • Any other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Develop and implement program goals:

  • Communicate with school-based staff regarding the program initiatives and facilitate discussions on improving program outcomes
  • Engage with parents to support the social and emotional learning and development of students at home
  • Develop and implement both individual and small-group programs that foster a growth mindset
  • Ensure students have FUN while growing as young, caring leaders
  • Work independently with good organizational skills and demonstrate flexibility and ability to priorities
  • Coach students to set, track, and achieve goals
  • Supervise students, promote safety and respect amongst all participants while maintaining order and discipline
  • Ability to work in a non-judgmental, culturally sensitive, and empowering manner with children from diverse backgrounds
  • Help students identify and manage emotions, resolve conflicts, build positive relationships, and problem solve
  • Plan, lead, and facilitate active and highly engaging educational, leadership, and enrichment activities for students


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Social Work, Counseling, or related field required (Master’s preferred)
  • Supervisory / management experience
  • Experience working with middle school students
  • Understanding and ability to coach mindfulness practices
  • Skill in oral and written communication - Spanish speaking preferred

Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, coach, move equipment.

Commitment to Diversity: SwingPals, Inc. does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, mentors, families and vendors. Further, SwingPals, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We will not discriminate and will take affirmative action measures to ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran's status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Compensation: $42-46K per year + benefits.

Position to be filled by August 12th, 2020

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to:

Doug Hodges, PGA, SwingPals Executive Director, at