The Youth Tutoring Program (YTP) is an after-school educational enrichment program for students in 1st through 12th grade who live in six low-income and public housing communities in Seattle. Begun in 1991 as a partnership with the Seattle Housing Authority, the tutoring centers provide youth with a positive learning environment and a tutoring program to help them build academic success. We provide structured tutoring with trained volunteers. We work within the communities we serve, connecting with schools and parents towards the goal of academic success. We are committed to addressing the educational opportunity gaps faced by YTP students. Visit us at ccsww.org/ytp for more information about the program.
Our ideal candidate is someone who values educational success as a vehicle for change. We seek an individual who has experience educating youth who have faced barriers to academic success and can apply these skills to being an educational coordinator, advocate and center leader. Valued skills include community building, curriculum differentiation, and classroom management. We are looking for someone who is a fantastic multi-tasker, who can comfortably manage the main components of this position: Managing the tutoring center 3.5 hours daily, connecting with and supporting parents, monitoring student progress and strategizing/seeking guidance from school day teachers, participating in community wide initiatives to improve student’s educational outcomes, and supporting tutors as they build strong mentor/tutor relationships with their students. The Center Supervisor will support and train volunteer tutors and a part-time Center Assistant, and also directly tutor youth as needed.
Hours for this position are Mondays through Thursdays, 12:00pm to 8:00pm, with more flexible hours on Fridays. Summer hours are variable, with programming in the early or late afternoon. The current vacancy is for our High Point tutoring center, located in West Seattle. The majority of tutoring is currently taking place online, but we are anticipating a return to in-person or hybrid operation.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES:
- Supervise, facilitate, and coordinate the after school tutoring program and summer program for culturally diverse students. Recruit, enroll and retain students. Develop learning plans and goals for students and monitor progress towards goals.
- Foster an environment where youth and adults are treated with respect and care, and where learning is perceived to be fun, exciting and important.
- Train and supervise center volunteers in collaboration with the Volunteer Coordinator. Provide ongoing support, feedback and guidance for center volunteers. Guide volunteers to strengthen their relationships with students, and provide them with both academic and pedagogical support as needed.
- Collaborate with other community service providers to increase responsiveness to community needs. Actively participate and represent YTP in community educational meetings and committees
- Work collaboratively with parents and teachers to create a support system that enables academic success for each student. Build and strengthen partnerships with parents, schools and community groups through visits, phone calls and written materials. Use input from parents and teachers to customize the learning supports to best meet the needs of each student.
- Complete administrative work necessary for the on-going operation of the center including daily attendance, and monthly narrative and statistical reports.
- Work directly with youth; lead small-group tutoring and homework help as needed. Develop and implement program activities for different services such as literacy enrichment, academic skill-building activities, higher education preparation and job preparedness.
- Assist in an annual cycle of program quality improvement. Conduct annual surveys of parents, students, teachers and tutors, and participate in other program monitoring and evaluation efforts.
- When capacity permits, facilitate teen involvement including mentoring, teen groups, volunteerism, and/or internships within YTP.
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent number of years experience may substitute for education.
- Three (3) years relevant classroom/group teaching experience, or after-school program leadership experience (grades 1-12 or equivalent)
- Cultural competence in working with diverse students.
- Experience working with struggling students.
- Detailed oriented: demonstrated strong organizational and administrative skills.
- Proven ability to work independently and supervise and coach staff or volunteers.
- Strong classroom management skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills and oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with schools, students, parents, community representatives and the general public.
- Willingness to learn and work well within a team environment.
- Ability to support and uphold the mission, beliefs and values of Catholic Community Services and Catholic Housing Services and a knowledge of and commitment to working within the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church.
- WA State Driver’s License and on-going use of a vehicle.
- Evening availability until 8pm Monday through Thursday.
- Updated CPR and First Aid certification
- Criminal history background checks are required prior to employment.
- Teaching Certification or Master’s Degree in Education or a related field.
- Experience and/or training working with English language learners and students with learning challenges
- Experience with curriculum at multiple grade levels and curriculum differentiation
- Bilingual in an East African language or Vietnamese
Significant understanding of the refugee/immigrant experience