Education Specialist

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Work type: Staff Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Teacher (Pre K-8)

The Bridge Project is a community outreach program of the University of Denvers Graduate School of Social Work that provides educational opportunities for children living in Denvers public housing neighborhoods to facilitate graduation from high school and attend college or learn a trade. The Bridge Project emphasizes education and a holistic view of child development and serves approximately 450 children and youth through afterschool, summer and scholarship programs.
Program activities at the Bridge Project aim to reduce educational barriers and improve academic and behavioral outcomes for children residing in five Denver public housing communities. Program components include structured curricula that seek to increase participants literacy, math and science skills. Academic tutoring, technology training, and social and emotional skill development are also offered to all Bridge Project students.

Position Summary

The education specialist is responsible for literacy instruction within the education program at one Bridge Project site. This includes teaching set curricula, creating appropriate lessons and materials, assessment of participant reading levels, creation of individual literacy plans and oversight of tutors at the site in which they are assigned. 

Essential Functions

In addition to following the University of Denver policies and procedures, principal responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Classroom Instruction at assigned site - Teach an integrated literacy and writing program to K-5th graders during the school year and summer program, and other project-based classes as needed. This includes planning, implementing, and overseeing the educational aspect of all literacy instruction at the assigned site. Homework Help: Provide one-on-one and group setting support to K-12 participants during homework hours.
  • Behavioral Management - Implement Positive Behaviors Interventions and Supports (PBIS) and Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) process that include Youth Program Quality Interventions and Assessments (YPQI and YPQA).
  • Implementation of Curriculum and Education Materials - Work with appropriate staff on specific curricula creation/development, training and implementation. Implementation of CQI site goals into daily sessions. Complete and submit fidelity forms for data collection.
  • Assessment- Complete Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) for all K-5th grade participants and collect data for research purposes. Maintain fidelity and accuracy of the assessment. Track results of students participating in the program and provide information to director of programs to be used in reports to funders and donors on outcomes.
  • Volunteer tutoring program Oversee the volunteer tutoring program at assigned site which includes conducting outreach to recruitment partners, leading orientations, and supporting staff members at each site with matches and on-boarding of tutors. Communicate with tutors as needed to implement individualized literacy plans.
  • Participation in the Bridge Project Staff Team and other duties- Attend required staff meetings and contribute to problem solving and conflict management; be prompt, thorough, and efficient. Assist with upkeep of programming space (classroom/ tutoring). Attend trainings and meetings as needed for CQI.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to resolve routine problems using existing guidelines and processes
  • Ability to make independent decisions and or/recommendations when necessary
  • Ability to plan, implement and oversee tasks and meet deadlines
  • Ability to learn and implement new intervention programs
  • Familiarity with youth developmental stages
  • Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to work with youth at different educational levels and adapt lesson plans as needed
  • Strong communication skills
  • Experience in Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Flexibility

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree 
  • 2-3 years teaching experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelors in education
  • Experience working in out-of-school time programming
  • Experience with administering reading assessments

Working Environment

The employee works in a community office environment. Unexpected interruptions occur frequently, the stress level is moderate to high, and the noise level is moderate to high. Ability to work in a small shared space in a highly active work environment involving up to 50 people including children at the site.

Physical Activities

Frequently required to move about the site/office with the ability to drive and lift up to 20 lbs.

Work Schedule
September through May, Monday - Thursday, 10:00am - 8:00pm. June through August, Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm. Evenings and weekends as required. 

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on December 6, 2019.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Range:
Salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. Resume
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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