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Welcome to the LAYC Career Academy job application process!

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

Positions Available.

  • A- Student Recruitment Specialist
  • B- Instructor
  • C- Student Support Specialist
  • D- College and Career Access Coordinator
  • E- Director of Student Support
  • F- Director Of Academics
To apply and for more informaton, go to Indeed or Idealist.

A- Student Recruitment Specialist

School Description:
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 Academyís partnerships with Bard College and the Community College of the District of Columbia.

Position Overview:

The LAYC Career Academy (LAYCCA) Student Recruitment Specialist ensures that as many youth as possible benefit from an education at the school throughout the academic year. The Recruitment Specialist is responsible for developing strong relationships with prospective students, helping them understand the school in-depth, and ensuring that they feel welcome and prepared to join the school community. The Specialist accomplishes this goal by first connecting with prospective students through partnering organizations, street outreach, school and public events, and social media. The Specialist then guides prospective students through our enrollment process with frequent communication and support.

Reports to: The Student Recruitment Specialist will report to the Executive Director. She/he will work closely with teachers, students and the operations and enrollment team on a regular basis.

Responsibilities:
1. Build referral partnerships with local service organizations, governmental offices, and schools.
2. Recruit prospective students
A. Implement street outreach through training student recruiters, gathering materials, and leading outreach teams in the field
B. Attend public events and school fairs
3. Manage LAYCCAís social media and other outlets for outreach to prospective students
4. Plan events and other tactics to encourage current students to refer prospective students
2. Host student tours
3. Coordinate and implement interviews and testing for prospective students
4. Track and coordinate student recruitment process, including calling and facilitating meetings with internal LAYCCA staff, and tracking incoming documents.
5. Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Outgoing, warm, and comfortable with talking to new people in public settings
  • Able to forge strong relationships with older youth from diverse backgrounds
  • Organized and detail-oriented in managing data and documents
  • Comfortable working independently
  • Proficient with social media
  • Event planning experience is a plus
  • Familiarity working with schools and/or districts a plus
  • Must be highly flexible
  • BS/BA required and/ or a minimum of 3 years work experience in a related field.
  • Mission driven
  • Bilingual: English and Spanish is required
To apply please send resume and cover letter to hr@laycca.org.

B- Instructor

Department: Academics
Location: Washington, DC
Employment Type: Full-Time
FLSA Exemption Status: Exempt

Job Description An instructor plans, prepares, and delivers lessons on a daily basis.
LAYCCA expects all employees to use the principals of positive youth development throughout their tasks. An instructor is directly responsible for providing innovative instruction, classroom management, planning and preparation, and overall student progress.

Duties and Responsibilities: 50% Instruction

  • Provide innovative and CCSS-based lessons
  • Maintain classroom environment based on principles of positive youth development
  • Analyze data and use data to strengthen student achievement.
  • Provide lessons that differentiate instruction to all students and ensure
Compliance for ELL and SPED students
  • Utilize technology on a regular and consistent basis
30% Planning and Preparation
  • Submit lesson plans, class overviews, and syllabi for each session
  • Request materials in advance
  • Attend professional developments as directed
20% Administrative Duties
  • Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • - Lunch duty
    - Meetings
    - Record keeping
    - Advisory responsibilities
  • Other duties as assigned
Job Specifications
Knowledge, Abilities, Skills, & Other Characteristics (KASOCs):
  • Ability to lead innovative lessons
  • 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
Duties And Responsibilities:

1. Deliver instruction through personalized learning methods.
2. Attends professional development and training related to education programs and methodologies, staying abreast of current research.
3. Employs a variety of instructional techniques, instructional media, and performance assessments, which guide the learning process toward curriculum goals and student learning.
4. Uses technology to promote learning, creativity, and collaboration.
5. Works directly with school administrators and staff in the development, implementation, and evaluation of academic initiatives and curriculum.
6. Organizes, develops, and coordinates academic activities as needed. Planning, preparing and delivering lessons to all students in the class;
7. Teaching according to the educational needs, abilities and achievement of the individual students and groups of students;
8. Assessing, recording and reporting on the development, progress, attainment and behaviour of oneís students;
9. Providing or contributing to oral and written assessments, reports and references relating to individual students or groups of students;
10. Providing guidance and advice to students on educational and social matters and on their further education and future careers; providing information on sources of more expert advice;
11. Advising and co-operating with the Director of Academics, and other teachers in the preparation and development of courses of study, teaching materials, teaching programs, methods of teaching and assessment
12. Ensuring high standards of professional practice and quality of teaching and learning of the subject/s. Through effective dialogue, participating in reciprocal peer review and observation of class teaching practice by the Director of Academics (subject/level) concerned;.
13. Maintaining good order and discipline amongst students under oneís care and safeguarding their health and safety at all times;
14. Participating in staff, group or other meetings related to the school curriculum or for the better organization and administration of the school;
15. Contributing to the professional development of new teachers and student teachers according to arrangements agreed with the Director of Academics;
16. Ensuring the safe custody and optimum use of tech and all equipment normally used by oneself during lessons and sees to its regular servicing and maintenance;
17. Participating in school assemblies;
18. Nurtures a culture where teachers view themselves essentially as facilitators of learning and reflective practitioners;

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelorís Degree
  • Masterís Preferred
  • Experience with opportunity youth
  • At least 2 years teaching experience
Please send resume and cover letter to hr@laycca.org

C- Student Support Specialist

Overview
The LAYC Career Academy is seeking a skilled, dynamic, dedicated Student Support Specialist to join us in the on-going development of an exciting new educational community. The ideal candidate will have an energetic and flexible nature, and demonstrated success in: motivating; educating; developing curriculum; building a strong school culture; using data to drive instructional improvements; and achieving outstanding academic outcomes for disconnected youth.

School Description:
The LAYC Career Academy (LAYCCA) opened in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC in Fall 2012. LAYCCA 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 Academyís partnership with the Community College of the District of Columbia or Trinity College.
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 low-income youth across the District of Columbia and in Marylandís Prince Georgesí 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.
Characteristics of Ideal Student Support Specialist Case Management and Advising Skills
  • Understands the need and aspirations of each student
  • Assists students in exploring goals and developing plans that will help them educationally, professionally, and personally
  • Monitors student progress and conducts ongoing assessments
  • Connects students with resources needed for success
  • Models healthy behaviors and professionalism for students
Strong Commitment to Mission ē Holds high expectations for student achievement and behavior
  • Treats every adult and student with respect, dignity, and understanding
  • Ascribes to holistic student development and achievement
  • Great People Skills ē Builds strong rapport with students
  • Works successfully with students and adults from diverse backgrounds
  • Maintains appropriate and healthy boundaries with students
  • Communicates clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing
Qualifications
  • Bachelorís degree and minimum of one year experience working with older, urban youth
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the tenets of Positive Youth Development
  • Demonstrating ability and experience in meeting the needs of a diverse population of youth
  • Knowledge of Washington DC community and local resources
  • Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to work as a member of a teamv
  • Flexibility, commitment, and enthusiasm
  • Ability to attain police, child abuse, and medical clearances
  • Outstanding verbal communications skills and writing talent in both Spanish and English. Fluency in both written and verbal Spanish
Ongoing Responsibilities
  • Establish positive relationships with all students in caseload to generate a safe space for mentoring and advising
  • Monitor academic progress and attendance through regular communication with students, teachers and staff
  • Maintain frequent communication with students through phone calls, text messages, email, social media, home visits and any other means to identify student needs
  • Provide students with ongoing case management services, including referrals and assistance linking students to community service providers
  • Support students and instructors in behavior change initiatives
  • Provide crisis intervention as necessary
  • Teach job readiness and professional development workshops; monitor study hall
  • Work with students to help them identify their employment skills and career goals and set employment-related goals
  • Gather appropriate documents for studentsí files; record all contacts with youth, family members, LAYC and LAYC CA staff, and representatives from other agencies involved in the provision of services; and track outcomes regularly in LAYCís Efforts-to Outcome (ETO) database
  • Communicate necessary information regularly to students, colleagues, and parents regarding student progress and student needs
  • Participate in regular clinical supervision with Director of Student Support Services
  • Attend all staff meetings and professional development sessions and participate actively
  • Other duties as assigned
Please send resume and cover letter to hr@laycca.org

D- College and Career Access Coordinator

Overview:
The College and Career Access Coordinator oversees the development, implementation, assessment, and continuous improvement of LAYC Career Academyís 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 studentsí 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 bachelorís 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.
Please send resume and cover letter to hr@laycca.org

E- 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

F- 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:
  • Bachelorís degree required, Masterís 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

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 studentís race, color, religion, national origin, language spoken, intellectual or athletic ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, or status as a student with special needs.