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Welcome to the LAYC Career Academy job application process!

(Note: All positions will remain open until filled.)

Positions Available.

  • A- College and Career Access Coordinator
  • B- LAYC Career Academy Principal
  • C- Director of Student Support
  • D- Director Of Academics
To apply and for more informaton, go to Indeed or Idealist.

A- College and Career Access Coordinator

Overview:
The College and Career Access Coordinator oversees the development, implementation, assessment, and continuous improvement of LAYC Career Academy’s College and Career Access program. The program aims to increase student access to postsecondary education and employment opportunities. The Coordinator will work alongside both youth, student support specialists, instructors, and school partners to ensure that graduates are fully prepared for post-secondary and/or career success.

Essential Responsabilities:
College

  • Establishes and maintains relationships with college admissions offices, recruiters from two- and four-year colleges, trade schools, military, gap-year and other alternative programs;
  • Provides guidance and support to students participating in the dual enrollment program;
  • Provides guidance and support to help students to successfully apply to college and/or other post-secondary programs;
  • Helps students fill out scholarship and financial aid applications, apply to college, and choose postsecondary programs;
  • Researches and disseminates information for scholarship and financial aid programs;
  • Organizes college fairs and site visits; and
  • Oversees administration of testing associated with college admissions process (e.g. Accuplacer and SAT).
Career
  • Establishes and maintains partnerships for internship placement sites, after school job providers, and full time employment opportunities;
  • Provides guidance and support to students participating in IT and Medical Assistant externships;
  • Works directly with students on job searches, work-readiness skills, , and resume and cover letter development;
  • Helps students obtain and retain employment after graduation; and
  • Liaises with IT and Medical Assistant coordinators to monitor internship program and facilitate outcome data.
Administrative and other duties
  • Develops policies and procedures that monitor students’ needs and progress;
  • Creates systems and structures that facilitate high graduation rates as well as success in college and careers;
  • Collaborates with the leadership team with the planning, implementation, development and evaluation of the College and Career Access programs, making sure that goals and objectives are met;
  • Monitors College and Career program budget;
  • Collects and retains college programming data and facilitates career-related data collection in conjunction with the Data Manager and Information Technology and Medical Assistant Coordinators;
  • Coordinates formal and informal student events and activities that enhance a college and career school culture;
  • Conducts outreach and follow-up support to all graduated and successfully transitioned youth; and
  • Other duties as assigned.
Position Requirements:
  • A bachelor’s degree;
  • Three years of working with youth as a teacher, counselor, case manager, job developer, or other related position;
  • Bilingual Spanish/English preferred;
  • Self-motivated, detail-oriented, and highly-organized
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment;
  • Proven track record in network and utilize interpersonal skills to effectively work with internal and external teams and stakeholders;
  • Ability to understand and implement multiple projects related to educational achievement;
  • Strong decision making skills based on sound judgment, honesty and integrity;
  • Willingness and desire to work independently as well as collaboratively, and to take on additional responsibilities; and
  • A positive attitude and an earnest interest in serving our youth, staff and leadership.

B- LAYC Career Academy Principal

Overview:
The LAYC Career Academy is seeking a dynamic leader to act as its Principal. The ideal candidate will have an entrepreneurial orientation and demonstrated success leading, managing, and developing teachers and staff; developing curriculum; building a strong school culture; and achieving outstanding academic outcomes for low-income urban youth.

School Description:
The LAYC Career Academy sets high expectations for youth, 16-24 years of age, by providing a college preparatory GED curriculum and the opportunity to gain college credits before graduation. The school is built upon the central beliefs that:

  • All youth can and must obtain either a college degree or industry-recognized credential.
  • Students grow by recognizing their own strengths, using them to overcome obstacles, and setting and achieving ambitious academic and career goals.
  • Opportunity youth will succeed academically and personally with the help of high-quality, culturally appropriate education and support services.
All graduates will complete a college preparatory curriculum that is aligned to Common Core State Standards and pass the GED exam. Students will also achieve one of three outcomes before graduating: become a Certified Medical Assistant; become an A+ Certified Computer Hardware Technician; or complete six college credits through the Career Academy’s partnership with the Community College of the District of Columbia.
The LAYC Career Academy was founded by the Latin American Youth Center www.layc-dc.org, which serves as the Charter Management Organization for the school. Characteristics of Ideal Principal:
A Passion for Results
  • Possesses a track record of and relentless drive to achieve dramatic improvements in academic achievement for all students
  • Holds self and other adults accountable for outcomes and results
  • Uses quantitative and qualitative data to strengthen performance of classes and programming
Strong Personal Leadership Skills
  • Exhibits a high level of self-awareness and commitment to ongoing learning
  • Connects and engages with students who have been underserved or disenfranchised from their education
  • Treats every adult and student with respect, dignity, and understanding
  • Demonstrates the desire and ability to lead and develop adults
  • Exhibits a strong dedication to the principles of positive youth development
Effective and Inspiring Communication
  • Develops a clear direction and shared purpose that guides the team
  • Communicates clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Works successfully with youth and adults from diverse backgrounds
  • Possesses a leadership voice; inspires and leads through communication and presence.
A Drive for Continual Learning and Improvement
  • Exhibits resilience to overcome setbacks and remain constructive
  • Takes initiative to make necessary changes in a school, classroom, or work environment
  • Possesses excellent problem solving and project management skills
Excellent Teaching Skills
  • Demonstrates the ability to adjust instructional strategies to reach year-end goals
  • Understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to meet students' needs
  • Demonstrates the ability to distinguish among poor, proficient, and outstanding teaching
  • Uses student learning data to drive instructional improvements
  • Provides clear feedback to students and guides students in assessing their own learning
  • Builds a classroom culture defined by rigor, inspiration, and motivation for all
  • Aligns objectives and instructional activities to students' academic goals through effective planning
Qualifications
  • A minimum of two years of teaching experience in secondary or adult education
  • A strong understanding of the needs of low-income, urban youth
  • A master’s or doctoral degree
  • Spanish fluency preferred
Ongoing Responsibilities:
  • Work with the executive director to establish and sustain a school environment consistent with the school’s mission and philosophy;
  • Oversee the day-to-day functioning of the school;
  • Recruit, hire, supervise, and evaluate teachers and staff;
  • Direct professional development for teachers and staff;
  • Work collaboratively with the faculty to build and continually improve the curriculum;
  • Work with executive director to ensure compliance with all requirements of the charter, charter school regulations, and grantee guidelines;
  • Coordinate efforts to reach the goals outlined in the school’s mission accountability plan, including continuous review of student assessment data to ensure progress toward goals;
  • Work with the executive director to develop the budget, monitor its execution, and address any spending pressures that arise;
  • Ensure the safety and security of students, staff, visitors, and facilities;
  • Communicate regularly with students, staff, parents and family members and other student supporters;
  • Meet regularly with the student council, work to address their concerns, and relate concerns to the e xecutive director as appropriate;
  • Work closely with English language learner and special education teams and contract relatedservices providers to ensure an effective and consistent approach and clear communication in meeting students’ needs; and
  • Coordinate student support services and supervise and evaluate student support staff.
To apply, please email a résumé and a cover letter to hr@laycca.org

C- Director of Student Support

Overview: The LAYC Career Academy seeks a Director of Student Support to join us in the creation of an exciting new educational community. The ideal candidate will have an energetic and flexible nature and strong people management skills as well as experience in counseling, crisis management, case management, behavior modification, and life skills development for a diverse population of low-income urban youth.

School Description: The LAYC Career Academy sets high expectations for disconnected youth 16-24 years of age by providing a college preparatory GED curriculum and the opportunity to gain college credits before graduation. The school is built upon the central beliefs that:

  • All youth can and must obtain either a college degree or industry-recognized credential.
  • Students grow by recognizing their own strengths, using them to overcome obstacles, and setting and achieving ambitious academic and career goals.
  • Disconnected youth will succeed academically and personally with the help of high-quality, culturally appropriate education and support services.
All graduates will complete a college preparatory curriculum that is aligned to Common Core State Standards and pass the GED exam. Students will also achieve one of three outcomes before graduating: become a Medical Assistant; become an A+ Certified Computer Hardware Technician; or complete six college credits through the Career Academy's partnership with the Community College of the District of Columbia.

The LAYC Career Academy opened in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington DC in Fall 2012 with 100 students and eleven teachers, growing to a full enrollment of 200 students and eighteen teachers by Fall 2014. For more information, please visit www.laycca.org.

The LAYC Career Academy was founded by the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC), www.layc-dc.org. LAYC is a nationally recognized multi-cultural, multi-service agency serving all low-income youth across the District of Columbia and in Maryland's Prince George's and Montgomery Counties. LAYC works with over 4,000 individuals each year to support academic achievement, promote healthy behaviors, and guide youth toward successful adulthood. In addition, LAYC conducts advocacy and policy work to broaden opportunities for youth. LAYC operates a regional network of youth centers, school-based sites, and public charter schools that offer a comprehensive set of high quality, multi-lingual, culturally sensitive programs.

Characteristics of Ideal Director of Student Support: Leadership and Supervisory Skills

  • Creates a vision for the LAYC Career Academy's student support program and leads a team to implement that vision;
  • Provides excellent guidance and supervision to caseworkers known as Student Support Specialists;
  • Offers professional development opportunities for school staff in areas such as student behavior and social services resources for students;
Clinical and Advising Skills
  • Provides counseling, case management, and crisis intervention services to students and supports staff working with students in need of these services;
  • Possesses knowledge of strategies and resources used to effectively motivate and support older youth and connect students with college and careers;
People Skills
  • Builds a strong rapport with students, faculty, and staff;
  • Works successfully with youth and adults from diverse backgrounds;
  • Maintains appropriate and healthy boundaries with students and staff;
  • Communicates clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing.

Ongoing Responsibilities:

  • Develop policies and procedures for the student support program, that monitor students' needs and progress and facilitate high graduation rates as well as success in college and careers;
  • Serve on the Leadership Team by attending bimonthly meetings, developing policies and providing support as needed;
  • Provide weekly or monthly supervision as needed to Student Support Specialists including oversight of interventions and guidance, feedback, ideas, and directives regarding clinical interventions and case management;
  • Lead staff meetings and professional development sessions for Student Support Specialists;
  • Provide case management and counseling services for the most challenging students, offering services including:
Ongoing Responsibilities:
  • Develop policies and procedures for the student support program, that monitor students' needs and progress and facilitate high graduation rates as well as success in college and careers;
  • Serve on the Leadership Team by attending bimonthly meetings, developing policies and providing support as needed;
  • Provide weekly or monthly supervision as needed to Student Support Specialists including oversight of interventions and guidance, feedback, ideas, and directives regarding clinical interventions and case management;
  • Lead staff meetings and professional development sessions for Student Support Specialists;
  • Provide case management and counseling services for the most challenging students, offering services including:
  • -Evaluating youth's emotional, behavioral, and social needs and determining optimal treatment interventions strategies;
    -Conducting individual, family, and group counseling sessions;
    -Authorizing referrals or providing access to social services, housing, and child care resources;
    -Offering crisis intervention services;
    -Review and approve needs assessments, referrals for mental health and substance abuse services, etc;
    -Act as a resource to faculty and staff regarding students' behavioral challenges or special needs and intervention strategies that may be employed;
    -Develop and maintain a close working relationship with LAYC Social Services department and Promotor Pathway to leverage LAYC organizational strengths to serve students;
    -Participate in interdisciplinary meetings with other professionals involved in provision of clinical services for students;
    -Lead development of life skills classes and workshops and group and individual activities;
    -Oversee development of the electives course offerings and instructors;
    -Oversee recruitment planning and outreach;
    -Participate in education policy meetings impacting the diverse student body;
    -Serve as liaison for the Community School Grant;
    -Support Student Support Specialists in identifying professional development opportunities;
    -Oversee and provide support with disciplinary issues;
    -Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications:
  • Masters in Social Work or related field preferred;
  • Minimum of four years experience working with older youth in a clinical capacity;
  • Experience working in a school environment;
  • Minimum of one year experience in a supervisory capacity;
  • Commitment to tenets of Positive Youth Development and to meet the needs of every youth in a diverse population;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to work as a member of a team;
  • Flexibility, commitment, and enthusiasm;
  • Ability to attain police, child abuse, and medical clearances;
  • Spanish fluency is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide crisis intervention services;
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate youths' emotional, behavioral, and social needs and determine optimal treatment strategies;
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct individual, family, and group counseling sessions;
  • Knowledge of services and resources available for youth ages 16 to 24 in the District of Columbia in health, substance abuse, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation;
  • Excellent organizational skills
APPLICATIONS Please send cover letters and resumes to careeracademyjobs@laycca.org

D- Director Of Academics

The Director of Academics is responsible for using positive youth development principles to provide a college preparatory education to all students at LAYC Career Academy. The Director of Academics is directly responsible for implementing the mission of LAYC Career Academy, managing direct reports, and providing an innovative, results-driven academic program. S/he monitors progress against goals: analyzes testing data; develops periodic goals and objectives; provides growth reports as needed; and ensures accurate tracking and follow-up on each initiative.

Duties and Responsibilities Curriculum Design (40%)

  • Identify and develop a variety of learning materials and resources for use in educational activities
  • Evaluate and analyze a variety of sources for assessment to measure student improvement and monitor mastery of content standards
  • Analyzing data and using data to strengthen student achievement
  • Coordinate assessments for students
Instructional Leadership (40%)
  • Evaluate lesson plans and unit overviews to include clear objectives and standard alignment
  • Observe classrooms and coach teachers to improve instruction
  • Plan and lead professional development sessions
  • Supervise schedule creation and process for each session
  • Maintain advisory list and provide support for advisories
  • Create and /or revise then administer student survey each session
20% - Management
  • Maintain and update records of observations, growth and challenges of each teacher to analyze progress and set attainable goals
  • Communicate necessary information regularly to school community
  • Regularly attend and / or lead meetings of faculty, staff, and other organizations
  • Lead the hiring effort to maintain capacity of the instructional team
  • Prepare, propose and Manage budget
  • Ensure compliance of ELL and SPED programs.
  • Other duties as assigned
JOB SPECIFICATIONS - Knowledge, Abilities, Skills, & Other Characteristics (KASOCs)
  • Ability to lead training sessions with groups of teachers and volunteers
  • Ability to multi-task, be self motivated and take initiative
  • Ability to share credit and take responsibility for actions
  • Computer literate including proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, Powerpoint)
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong organizational, planning, and time management skills
  • Strong commitment to tenets of positive youth development
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • May occasionally work non-standard work schedule including nights, weekends, and other unusual hours as needed
  • Knowledge of Common Core State Standards
  • Knowledge of educational technology
  • Knowledge of social media and its impact on education
  • Spanish fluency preferred
Education and Experience Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum of four years successful classroom teaching experience preferred
  • Experience with urban, at-risk, and/or opportunity youth preferred
  • At least - 2 years of experience in educational leadership, evaluation or coaching
Application Please send cover letters and resumes to careeracademyjobs@laycca.org

Benefits: This position comes with a full range of benefits to include: Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and Disability insurance, Vacation and Sick days.

Level of Language Proficiency: Spanish Fluency preferred.

Professional Level: Managerial

Minimum Education Required: 4-year degree

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The LAYCCA PCS is open to any resident of the District of Columbia between the ages of 16 and 24. LAYC Career Academy PCS prohibits discrimination on the basis of a student’s race, color, religion, national origin, language spoken, intellectual or athletic ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, or status as a student with special needs.