Horton’s Kids is a community-based organization working to drive positive change in the lives of 500 children in grades K – 12 living in one of the most under-resourced communities in southeast Washington, DC, called Wellington Park. In this neighborhood, 80 percent of adults do not have a high school diploma, and the average annual household income is less than $10,000. With support from committed volunteers, Horton’s Kids’ goal is to change the life trajectory of children by providing academic, youth development, and health and basic needs supports. To learn more about Horton’s Kids, please visit www.hortonskids.org.
Horton’s Kids is seeking an Older Youth Education Manager to run academic programs for roughly 40 children in grades 8-12 who participate in Horton’s Kids programs. This is a crucial position that drives the organization’s efforts to improve the academic skills of older youth participants, most of whom are at high-risk.
Reporting directly to the Education Director and coordinating closely with other program staff, this position oversees older youth academic programs, which take place in the afternoons and evenings throughout the week. Additionally, this position will support the broader goals of the organization, particularly with regard to youth development, enrichment, health and basic needs, management of the Horton’s Kids Community Resource Center, and fundraising.
Core responsibilities of this position include:
- Developing relationships with older youth participants and their families
- Planning, attending, and managing academic programs, including overseeing part-time and full-time support staff
- Evaluating student skills using a variety of assessments
- Creating individualized academic plans and working with the case management team to ensure academic goals are being met
- Establishing relationships with various school administrators, teachers, and staff on behalf of children and families
- Assisting in the development and implementation of the orgabization’s newly created college and career coaching program
- Coordinating with other staff members, in particular case managers and mental health partners, to ensure participants receive personalized, comprehensive, and effective interventions
- Identifying the behavioral and attitudinal issues of youth and empowering them to grow
- Maintaining positive relationships with organizational partners
- Representing the organization at external events
- Staying informed about educational opportunities for older youth
- Gathering data for the purposes of program evaluation
- At least two years teaching in secondary setting (8th grade and up)
- Familiarity working with high-risk students who come from high poverty, urban backgrounds
- Strong behavior management skills
- Ability to form lasting relationships with both students and families
- Experience with best practices in secondary literacy intervention and recovery strategies
- Has a proven track record of significantly improving the performance of students who are below grade level
- Has a demonstrated commitment to social justice for children
- Has successfully taken ownership of a long-term project – from envisioning impact, to identifying strategies to taking the necessary steps to achieve the intended outcome
- Has successfully worked independently as well as in teams
- Meets deadlines in a timely manner
- Has experience multi-tasking and prioritizing multiple projects
Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Randy Marsh at email@example.com. Please label the subject line: Older Youth Education Manager.