ABOUT YOUTHCARE: YouthCare works to end youth homelessness and to ensure that young people are valued for who they are and empowered to achieve their potential. Founded in 1974, YouthCare was one of the first programs to serve runaway and homeless youth on the West Coast. The goal was to help young people find safety today and build a future for tomorrow. Over four decades, we’ve defined best practices and developed programs that are a national standard for excellence. Using a youth-centered approach, we ensure that young people experiencing homelessness ages 12-24 have the hope, skills, and confidence to gain long-term stability.
POSITION SUMMARY: Under the supervision of the Employment and Education Program Manager, the Education Program Supervisor is the lead YouthCare staff for Education Services at YouthCare’s Orion Center. They also provide technical support for education services for YouthCare’s YouthBuild Program and U-District GED Program. They will work with other employment and education team members and Seattle Public Schools teaching staff to deliver quality education programs and other education support to participants. The Education Supervisor is responsible for the execution of the classroom at YouthCare’s Orion Center including providing structure, leadership, management, resources and support to this program and ensuring educational gains for enrolled students, with a focus on GED completion, High School Diploma completion, and referrals into post-secondary opportunities. The Education Supervisor will work collaboratively with Seattle Public Schools GED teacher to provide curriculum and resources to engage clients to facilitate completion of their secondary education.
This is an exciting time to join YouthCare. We’ve completed an 18-month strategic planning process and are focused on a new mission, vision, values centering social justice in our approach to our work internally and within the broader community.
- Manage the daily operations of the Orion Center Education programs including GED, CASAS testing, and transition services designed to help young people transition to post-secondary education.
- Work collaboratively with Seattle Public Schools staff and lead teacher on implementation and program design, curriculum, development of policies and practices, and program evaluation to ensure that quality services are provided in accordance with fund source requirements and best practices.
- Responsible for the hiring, training and supporting the development of an Assistant Teacher, Education Case Manager, and AmeriCorps member(s). Set workplace expectations, establish work plans and priorities for education staff and volunteers.
- Provide leadership and administration around increasing educational access for participants. Participate in Orion Center supervisors and manager meeting.
- Document education outcomes, attendance and attainments. Complete grant and internal YouthCare reporting. Ensure that data is entered into YouthCare’s database and other grant required systems and monitor for quality and timely submittal of data.
- Review case management files for completeness and accuracy of required paperwork.
- Monitor education program budgets and track expenditures.
- Coordinate service delivery with job training staff to ensure that job training and education services are integrated and create pathways for training program graduates to post-secondary education.
- Coordinates GED orientation for students and volunteers. Model best practices in teaching and tutoring and support tutors in incorporating these practices in their work.
- Coordinate with the Seattle Public Schools Interagency Academy school staff on program instruction, student needs, enrollment and other issues related to SPS funding and instruction for GED students.
- Coordinate services with partner agency Seattle Education Access to support young people transitioning to post-secondary education. Collaboratively plan and publicize workshops and individual support to build interest in post-secondary education and connect young people to resources, financial aid, and scholarships.
- Maintain partnership with Seattle Public Schools’ Interagency Academy. Communicate with Orion Interagency School staff to assist in the appropriate placement of young people, to obtain education documentation, and assess the needs and appropriate response to students out of compliance with educational expectations (attendance, behavior, academic engagement).
- Advise young people on appropriate educational and/or training options; support high school and GED students in accessing other resources available at Orion and in greater community.
- Assess students’ academic skills and educational needs and creates educational plans for Orion participants (specifically those enrolled in employment training).
- Coordinates with case managers, teachers and employment trainers regarding young people’s educational desires and needs.
- Participates in Orion Center core activities; including helping prepare / serve meals on a regular basis and working in drop-in program as needed.
- Work to engage Orion young people that are not ready to begin GED in education engagement programming.
- When possible, review and provide support to additional YouthCare programs looking to help their clients with educational attainment.
This job description is not intended to cover every aspect of your job at YouthCare. We are a team that works together to meet the needs of our clients and every member of the team is expected to pitch in and help even beyond the specific responsibilities listed in this description.
- Experience teaching lessons in core academic subjects – reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.
- 2 or more years of experience as a leader in an education or youth development program.
- 2 or more years of experience teaching successfully in a secondary school and/or adult basic education setting, tutoring, or leading young people development/training programs.
- 2 or more years in curriculum development and design.
- Strong communication skills including writing and public speaking
- High School Diploma or GED
- Experience and credentials must comply with program contract requirements