Skid Row Learning Center Instructor

Job Summary and Scope

School on Wheels, Inc. is a small, nonprofit organization made up of hundreds of volunteers who give their time, talents, and support to the educational needs of children experiencing homelessness who have a daily struggle in accomplishing their number one job as a child: learning.

This full-time position is responsible for supervising School on Wheels’ Learning Center in Skid Row, including developing programs and curriculum, instructing students, and overseeing volunteers. Hours may vary and may include half-day Saturdays, with reduced hours another day of the week. Bilingual English/Spanish is preferred. This position reports to the Regional Team Leader.

 Qualifications 

  • Experience teaching or leading instruction in relevant subject matter 
  • Experience working with youth in an urban environment; must demonstrate sensitivity to multicultural issues, and be comfortable working in a multi-cultural urban environment.
  • Strong presentation skills, especially in live video presentation.
  • Excellent communication skills – balancing empathy & relationship building with clear information delivery.
  • Able to design curriculum with collaborative input.
  • Must be able to submit & pass LiveScan background check asap.
  • Bilingual – Spanish/English required
  • Impeccable ethical principles and practice, especially around confidentiality and reporting.
  • Bachelor’s or Associate’s  Degree from an accredited college or university

 Major Responsibilities

Learning Center

  • Develop and implement curriculum for after-school and summer programs for Grades K through 12 students.
  • Organize and supervise the after-school program at the center. 
  • Create and maintain a positive, structured environment conducive to learning.
  • Organize, create and supervise other activities for students, including art projects and field-trips. 
  • Ensure the learning center curriculum for Saturdays is appropriate, fun and useful for the students.
  • Work with the Regional Team Leader to ensure cleanliness and maintenance of the center.

Volunteer Management 

  • Recruit, train and manage volunteers who tutor or assist in the learning center. 
  • Conduct interviews with applicants prior to them attending introductory trainings to ensure that they are a good fit for the organization and the learning center. 
  • Provide ongoing support for volunteers through “on-the-job”  training, direction, resources, and encouragement.
  • Recognize volunteer efforts through appreciation events, volunteer of the month awards, gift cards, School on Wheels branded swag, and regular demonstrations of gratitude.
  • Communicate regularly with volunteers through emails, phone calls, text messages, and social media. 
  • Work with the Trainer and Development Specialist to coordinate trainings at the Skid Row Learning Center, learn to facilitate the Advanced Trainings, and become a backup trainer for Introductory Trainings.

Students and Families

  • Recruit students from the Union Rescue Mission and other nearby shelters and motels.
  • Facilitate the intake process for families and assist with school enrollment.
  • Ensure requests for backpacks, school supplies, and other academic material needs are met.
  • Communicate with parents and guardians on a daily basis about student achievement, behavior, and needs.
  • Assist with administration and collection of annual student and parent surveys.

Programs

  • Use assessments and the Academic Program to help provide individualized learning materials to students and ongoing progress monitoring.
  • Collect and analyze results of assessments, and enter data into Salesforce database. 
  • Ensure that the Digital Learning Center is being used on a daily basis for online academic support and digital literacy education. 
  • Work with the Program Team to test out and implement new academic, SEL, and digital programs.

Partnerships 

  • Nurture partnership with the Union Rescue Mission to improve student recruitment, on-site tutoring, and access to transportation for field trips.
  • Nurture partnership with local schools, serve as the liaison between School on Wheels and the local LAUSD Homeless Liaison Officer, and partner with social services agencies (DPSS, DCFS, 211, FSC’s)
  • Attend community and local coalition meetings to maintain positive presence in Skid Row. 

Media and Site Visits

  • Work with Chief Development & Marketing Officer and Marketing & Partnership Specialist to plan and facilitate visits from local and national media to raise awareness of children experiencing homelessness and our organization. 
  • Work with Regional Team Leader and Executive Director to plan and facilitate site visits from foundations, individual donors, partners, and other existing or potential stakeholders. 

Database and Administration

  • Update volunteer contacts in Salesforce with status changes and changes in contact information.
  • Update communication log every time you communicate with volunteers for any reason. 
  • Continuously follow-up with volunteers to ensure they are consistently recording the details of their sessions through our online logging system. 
  • Ensure that student information (residence, material allocations, assessment scores, etc…) are entered in a timely manner and kept up to date. 

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Must be a positive role model for the School on Wheels community.
  • May perform other duties as assigned.

Benefits and opportunities you will receive:

  • Salary DOE
  • Medical, dental, vision, life insurance, 403b plan with ER match. 
  • Paid vacation and holidays: we expect you to work hard, but still enjoy a personal life.
  • Professional development: we believe in investing in our team and giving you the tools to succeed. Ongoing coaching, training, and growth opportunities provided along with a professional development stipend each year.
  • Skill variety: you will have the opportunity to work on a variety of tasks to develop your skills in many areas. 
  • Mobility: room for vertical and horizontal mobility within the organization. 
  • Consistent and fair leadership: we’ll share information, set clear goals, show you respect, and treat everyone fairly.
  • Culture: you will be a part of a passionate, mission-driven team where your ideas and feedback will be listened to and encouraged. You will have opportunities to be a part of team-based projects resulting in bringing change to the organization.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position.  Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.  To perform this job successfully, the incumbents will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently.  Some requirements may exclude individuals who pose a direct threat or significant risk to the health or safety of themselves or others.  The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills or abilities.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.

While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

To Apply:

At School on Wheels, we believe that having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices working together will enable us to fulfill our mission of improving students’ lives through education. To join this dedicated team, submit your cover letter and resume for consideration to employment@schoolonwheels.org

School on Wheels is an Equal Opportunity Employer encouraging inclusion and diversity in the workplace.

School on Wheels is a nonprofit organization made up of hundreds of volunteers, who give their time, talents, and support to the educational needs of children experiencing homelessness.  Founded in 1993, the mission of School on Wheels. is the enhancement of educational opportunities for children without a home, from kindergarten through the twelfth grade. Our goal is to shrink the gaps in the education of these children and provide them with the highest quality education possible.