Academy Program Instructor

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $28,000
Maximum: $35,000
Details: DOE




Richmond Heights
United States


In support of the mission and values of Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis, the Academy Instructor is responsible for academic programming, planning and preparation for the community-based program called “BHGH Academy,” offered to BHGH students known as Scholars. The Academy Instructor is an on-site instructor for the Boys Hope Girls Hope (BHGH) academic curriculum. This role will instruct a small group of BHGH Scholars by implementing BHGH’s core programming, including but not limited to: College Preparatory Workshops (completing college applications, scholarship research, financial aid, etc.); Academic Skill Building (note-taking, test-taking strategies, citations, study skills, organization, time management); Personal Development (financial management, self-esteem, emotional regulation, communication, networking, etc.); and Academic Development (public speaking, essay writing, etc.).  

The Academy Instructor will serve as the liaison and primary point of contact between Scholars, school staff, community organizations, and BHGH administration.

This role is responsible for ensuring that all BHGH Academy Scholars meet their necessary course requirements, including course material, GPA improvement goals, and college-prep and academic/life success goals. 

The Academy Instructor reports to the Community and Collegian Programs Manager.


Major Areas of Responsibility

BHGH Academy Development and Administration Responsibilities

  • Develop, implement and monitor program plans and services, including individual scholar success plans formatted to meet strategic goals in academic progress, personal development, life skills, college preparation, and college completion.
  • Manage classroom of scholars using positive behavior intervention strategies and trauma-informed approaches to behavioral concerns.
  • Deliver curriculum in an engaging manner and promote individual and community growth
  • Understand and ensure compliance with all relevant organizational and local regulatory standards and policies.
  • Maintain compliance with the annual budget.
  • Sustain partnerships with schools, colleges and community organizations in coordination with Community and Collegian Programs Manager and Program Director.
  • Facilitate and ensure regular communication, positive relationships and ongoing support to guardian(s) and/or parent(s) as they fulfill their role to support Scholars and encourage their participation in the program.
  • Responsible for care, maintenance and safety of program space, vehicles, technology, furnishings and other BHGH and school property.
  • Instruct and implement BHGH’s programmatic curriculum for Scholars in a closed, high school and/or junior/middle school environment.
  • Arrange the classroom for most efficient instruction delivery.
  • Accompany Scholars on BHGH-field trips (including but not limited to college tours, community service projects, etc.).
  • Work with Scholars to set individualized goals and track academic, personal and skill development through the use of assessment tools, database tracking and observations.
  • Communicate with Scholar families via emails, letters, workshops and parent meetings.


Administrative and Record Keeping Responsibilities

  • Maintain accurate attendance and Scholar records, including Scholar portfolios.
  • Maintain safety, organization and cleanliness of classroom space.
  • Maintain program records and provide periodic reports to the Community and Collegian Programs Manager and Program Director with all information necessary to carry out their supervision, governance, and planning responsibilities.
  • Maintain and update complete scholar files for BHGH Academy.
  • Ensure daily records and required reports are completed properly and in a timely manner for BHGH Academy.


Critical Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Have a Bachelor’s degree in social work, psychology, counseling, education or related field
  • Maintain a valid teaching certificate
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Possess a class E valid driver’s license and a clear driving record
  • Possess or be willing to obtain Certification in CPR, first aid and Therapeutic Crisis Intervention as a condition of continued employment. 
  • Be equipped with an understanding of learning styles and learning development
  • Have excellent classroom management and communication skills
  • Have experience in the following areas:
  • at least two years working with youth in classroom or after school/weekend environments Have at least two years working with students from urban, low-income environments
  • Teaching math, science, and/or language arts
  • Career exploration with youth

The position requires the following competencies for success:

  • Knowledge of education theory and best practices
  • Ability to interpret testing and evaluations
  • Computer proficiency with ability to use word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail and internet applications
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with adolescents, their guardians and/or parents, co-workers, supervisors, teachers and other audiences both verbally and in writing
  • Creativity in presenting material and motivating scholars to pursue their education
  • Ability to assist scholars in developing study and problem solving skills in a strengths-based, supportive environment
  • Curiosity and a life-long passion for learning
  • Knowledge of the college and scholarship application process
  • Professional work habits and dress
  • Ability to develop appropriate relationships with different populations, including scholars and their families
  • Sensitivity to different religious backgrounds, socio-economic levels, and cultures
  • Ability to design opportunities for social inclusion, engagement and integration
  • Ability to manage several projects and activities at the same time
  • Knowledge of record keeping and professional documentation standards
  • Ability to set, measure and implement programmatic goals
  • Ability to provide training, constructive feedback and supervision of volunteers


Working Conditions


The position is a based in the BHGH Academy at the partnering school. 

The position requires teaching and tutoring, supervision of volunteers, regular written and verbal communication, effective collaboration with colleagues, and administrative duties. This position requires the ability to travel to area schools, colleges, university and events. This position makes extensive use of phone and computer to complete work. Regular evening and weekend work are required. Must be able to provide supervision to adolescents in a school, classroom and community setting.

The ideal candidate will be an energetic and reliable team player with a growth mindset who displays strong initiative, a positive mental attitude, a passion for the mission of BHGH and a love of working with youth.

The position requires annual participation in continuing education, satisfied through in-house programs offered by Boys Hope Girls Hope. The position will have an annual performance evaluation. During peak program activities, longer hours may be required.  

Boys Hope Girls Hope is an equal opportunity employer. Employment with Boys Hope Girls Hope is on an at-will basis.  


Professional Level

Entry level

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Qualified candidates should visit our website. To apply, go to our listings Select St. Louis from the drop-down box and select the job you wish to apply for. You will be prompted to add your name and address and then upload your resume.