Education Advocate (Spanish-speaking)


Job Type

Full Time

Published:

04/05/2018

Start Date:

08/27/2018

Application Deadline:

05/07/2018

Address

265 Mount Vernon Street
Boston
Massachusetts
02125
United States

Description

EVkids empowers youth from Boston’s inner city with the skills and confidence needed to realize their potential. We create a community of support with 1-on-1 multi-year academic mentoring matches with college volunteers, professional family engagement and school advocacy, and a life-changing summer camp experience at our 9-acre site in Vermont. By building a safe space where success is expected and attainable together, EVkids helps students aspire to and achieve college acceptance and enrollment as first-generation college attendees.


EVkids are low-income students, grades 4 to 12, matched 1-on-1 in multi-year tutoring and mentoring relationships with EVcorps student volunteer tutors from Harvard, Boston College, Tufts, Lesley, UMassBoston, Boston University, Northeastern, and Emmanuel College. Tutoring pairs meet weekly at two EVkids after-school Tutoring sites in Dorchester and are supported through community and campus-based events, weekly contact with families, ongoing communication with teachers and guidance counselors, and on- and off-site support to tutors. We currently support 80 tutor-tutee matches with plans in SY18-19 to expand to a third Boston site. We also host 36 campers each summer at EVkids Camp in Vermont.


Rooted in the Catholic tradition of social justice, EVkids is a faith-based organization that respects the various backgrounds and experiences that have brought our staff and volunteers together to work towards a more equitable and compassionate world. We are committed to a diverse workplace and do not discriminate based on race, age, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability. See www.evkids.org.


POSITION

This is a renewable 10-month school-year position (August 27, 2018 – June 26, 2019). Spanish-speaking required. The Education Advocate will work closely with EVkids staff to support the academic mentoring work of our EVcorps volunteer tutors with their EVkids matches. Weekly tasks will include school visits, home visits, campus meetings with tutors, and assisting with transportation of EVkids to and from after-school tutoring. A reliable vehicle and a good driving record is a prerequisite. Special projects will include some Saturday training, mentoring, and community events.


OVERVIEW

School Advocacy, Family Engagement, and Tutoring Support

  • Conduct teacher visits to ascertain student needs and progress; prepare teacher conference reports;
  • Meet with EVcorps tutors on campus to design individualized tutoring plans;
  • Maintain weekly contact and conduct home visits as needed with parents and guardians to make the liaison between tutoring, school, and family caregivers;
  • Accompany parents to school meetings when needed for support and advocacy;
  • Research and provide families and students with information and resources regarding school options;
  • Assist on-site with support to tutors and students during after-school tutoring sessions;
  • Assist with transporting students to and from our Dorchester tutoring site(s), and help with set up and break down of site(s);
  • Participate in weekly program meetings and supervision;
  • Participate in Saturday training and mentoring events, including: tutor trainings, on-campus Tutor-Tutee Days, an annual Gala, a tutor retreat, an annual Community Event, and a Moving On Celebration;
  • Assist with program evaluation and reporting.


PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; in education or social work-related field preferred;
  • At least 2-3 years’ experience in teaching, mentoring/tutoring, or related field (familiarity with Boston schools preferred);
  • Professional experience working with diverse populations including: school-age children, university students, parents, teachers, school administrators, and low-income and ethnically diverse families;
  • Comfort navigating multiple work sites, meetings at schools and in the community, and managing one's own calendar day-to-day;
  • Experience in project and event management;
  • Excellent verbal, written, and computer skills, including Excel and Google tools.


PERSONAL QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Passion for the mission and core values of EVkids;
  • Strong interpersonal social skills with the ability to work collaboratively with an energized, committed, and diverse team;
  • Comfort navigating multiple work sites and demands;
  • Detail-oriented and able to be creative and self-supervising in maintaining a schedule that will vary week to week;
  • A clean driving record, a reliable vehicle, and confidence navigating the neighborhoods of Dorchester and Roxbury;
  • Spanish-speaking required; bicultural preferred.


SALARY/BENEFITS:

Salary is $3,000 to $3,500/month commensurate with experience. Generous paid vacation; health care plan and retirement plan match available.


Submit cover letter, resume, and references to laurenravello@evkids.org.

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish

Professional Level

Professional

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

laurenravello@evkids.org

http://www.evkids.org

Send cover letter, resume, and references to laurenravello@evkids.org.


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