The primary role of the Cross Cultural Activist Instructor is to support transitional aged youth (18-24) in exploring their development in both academic and career readiness pertaining to historical and present avenues of advocacy/Ethnic Studies and/or relevant disciplines using culturally relevant pedagogy, harm reduction, and restorative practices offered in Larkin Street Academy in the classroom and through events. The applicant should have both an interest in anti-oppression teachings and classroom experience fostering an environment conducive to inquiry-based learning. Additionally, the applicant should have exceptional skills to communicate and inspire learning in students of diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds as well as those with learning disabilities. The instructor must be able to organize and manage classrooms; provide classroom instruction; and implement a successful hands-on, student-centered pedagogy.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
- Teach advocacy/ethnic studies based topics in cohorts/workshops for transitional aged youth experiencing homelessness.
- Prepare culturally relevant and interactive lessons using discussion and activity centered lessons related to, but not limited to: Ethnic Studies, LGTBQIA2S+ History, Social Justice movements, Know Your Rights, social science, humanities, and etc.
- Develop online interactive activities/events based on workshop series that are interactive, creative, and combine different learning approaches for multiple subjects.
- Keep accurate records and intake information on each participant including attendance, assessment, consent forms, surveys, etc.
- Work with program staff to develop and accomplish program goals of 70% of youth successfully employed or enrolled in higher education.
- Outreach, retain and motivate students to increase their performance, attendance, and program retention.
- Monitor daily classroom space and maintain COVID-19 guidelines to maximize youth engagement.
- Coordinate with Larkin Street Youth services staff to link youth to college and career programming offered through Larkin Street Academy and beyond.
- Support youth in academic tutoring in classroom and individual tutoring/advising sessions.
- Support with all Larkin Street Academy programming
OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Perform tasks and responsibilities in a complete and timely manner, complying with agency policies and standards and conforming to the requirements of this job description.
- Maintain a creative, team building, cooperative approach to job performance and seek to bring a constructive, problem-solving orientation to all tasks.
- Maintain an awareness of the agencys mission and work to promote the positive individual and social change goals it embodies.
- Exercise discretion and professional judgment at all times keeping with responsibilities carried personally and by the agency for the care and welfare of staff and to the youth in which we serve.
- Actively strive to upgrade professional development skills through engaging in appropriate professional training and experience.
- Maintain the strictest confidentiality.
- Responsible for supporting program services within the milieu. For example, crisis intervention or helping to maintain the safety of the program.
- Link youth to services within and outside the agency.
- Provide front desk support when needed.
- Other duties as assigned.
PHYSICAL & LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS:
- Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook)
- Ability to speak in front of large groups of individuals.
- Ability to multi-task and efficiently manage priority action items.
- Requires ability to lift, transfer, push/pull, maneuver, and reposition 25 lbs.
- Ability to reach, bend, and walk.
- Finger manipulation.
- Ability to comprehend complex materials.
- Ability to speak and write English clearly and accurately.
- Bachelors Degree in related field strongly preferred or equivalent work experience.
BACKGROUND & EXPERIENCE:
- Desire to work in Social Services and/or with youth experiencing homelessness.
- Ability to work independently and prioritize projects in a fast-paced environment.
- Ability to work with a diverse staff and youth; excel in a multi-cultural environment.
- Experience teaching and/or tutoring.
- Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
This position is represented by SEIU 1021 under a collective bargaining agreement.