The Information Technology Instructor will report to the Associate Director of Academics and will teach the basics of computer applications and computer network support from an existing but evolving curriculum. Emphasis in the classroom is on the students learning from each other and through their own curiosity. The foundation of Year Up’s business model is high expectations and high support. Instructors spend much of their time guiding students in professional behavior, helping them to build confidence, and advising them on choices that will help them reach their goals. The Information Technology Instructor is also a key member of the local academic team, and may be expected to take on additional projects at the request of the Associate Director of Academics.
To be successful in this role, you’ll bring a passion for education, strong classroom experience, and a depth of diverse knowledge of technology, and its application in the corporate workplace. You’re someone who finds satisfaction in developing and delivering creative, interactive lessons, and serving as an advisor and coach to our young adults.
The Information Technology Instructor will also interact with students as a mentor, group facilitator, and advocate, participating in building a positive educational environment.
We understand that people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. We encourage candidates to review the key responsibilities and qualifications below. If you believe you have the transferable skills necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this role, we encourage you to apply.
* Instruct Information Technology courses of approximately 20 students daily, using curriculum that aligns to college-level courses, and includes computer application, hardware and networking
* Produce and instruct high quality, student driven and project-based classes daily in which students learn, are challenged, and enjoy the learning process
* Provide guidance for self-directed learning and provide one-on-one tutoring outside of class
* Manage the classroom successfully following the Year Up contract and behavior modification model
* Work with other instructors to refine and document the Information Technology curriculum
* Identify key competencies for instruction to meet both college-level course requirements and industry-workplace needs
* Hone assessment tools to measure learning and growth of Year Up students and to ensure successful transition of students to corporate internships; make use of these tools to continuously monitor and evaluate Year Up’s performance
* Ensure that students’ communications abilities and professional skills meet the needs of internship and University partners
* Take on additional academic projects as needed
Academic Team/Learning Community Member
* Attend and participate in ongoing curriculum planning meetings with Academic team
* Attend and participate in weekly Academic Team Meetings and periodic Professional Development workshops and trainings
* Serve as a coach/mentor for a small number of current students
* Join and sometimes facilitate weekly group sessions with students
* Participate in staff meetings and trainings
* Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (Information Technology, Computer Science etc.) required, Bachelor’s degree in a non-technical field plus relevant industry standard certification: A+, MCSE etc. acceptable
* Master’s Degree preferred
* 1-3 years of experience as an educator, additional experience as an industry/corporate training a plus
* 1+ years’ experience teaching or working with urban youth preferred
* An interest in implementing progressive methodologies and in creating a hands on, interactive learning environment
* Experience managing projects with exceptional attention to detail
* Excellent communication skills, mature interpersonal style and the ability to interact with a diverse range of people, strong team work skills
* Strong organizational and time management skills and the ability to work under pressure
* A desire to collaborate and be part of the learning team Moderate degree of technical literacy required; strong technical literacy a plus
* Experience with curriculum, syllabus development and lesson planning
* Experience with student assessment; and a talent to continuously evaluate the curriculum to identify what is working and what improvements can be made
* Experience with eLearning, computer-enhanced teaching, and blended learning approaches preferred
* Proficiency with various Learning Management Systems (i.e. Schoology, Moodle, Sakai), and virtual and online video tools for teaching and learning (i.e. Second Life, Adobe Connect) preferred
* A passion for working with urban young adults, an unshakable belief in their potential and a strong commitment to the mission of Year Up
* Understanding of the Opportunity Divide and its drivers
* Commitment to diversity and inclusion
Year Up is an award-winning, national 501(c)3 organization that enables motivated young adults to move from minimum wage to meaningful careers in just one year by providing the skills, experience, and support they need to reach their full potential. Through a one-year, intensive program, Year Up utilizes a high-expectations, high-support model that combines marketable job skills, stipends, coursework eligible for college credit, and corporate internships at more than 250 top companies. Its holistic approach focuses on students’ professional and personal development to enable young adults with a viable path to economic self-sufficiency and meaningful careers. Year Up has served more than 30,000 young adults since its founding in 2000. Year Up has a presence in 27 U.S. cities, including Arizona, Baltimore, Bay Area, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, the National Capital Region, New York City/ Jersey City, Pittsburgh, Puget Sound, Rhode Island, South Florida, Tampa Bay, and Wilmington.
Voted one of the Best Nonprofits to Work For in the country by The NonProfit Times, Year Up is a rewarding place to work. Our staff is passionate, supportive, mission-driven, and committed to positive change and continuous learning. We set high standards for both ourselves and our students, and live by a set of core values that reflect an unshakable belief in the talent and full potential of our young people. The work we do is life-changing, and we know that our team is the greatest asset in achieving our mission.
COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY:
Year Up actively engages individuals from all backgrounds. We are committed to embracing diversity within our organization because we firmly believe that diverse employee teams help us to achieve our best organizational outcomes and provide the most effective support to our young adults as we work to close the Opportunity Divide. We are deeply dedicated to creating and maintaining an inclusive and supportive work environment. Learn more about our commitment to diversity: http://www.yearup.org/about-us/careers/commitment-to-diversity/
As an equal opportunity employer, Year Up is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume through our website.
Note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered. We respectfully request no phone calls.
Salary leveL: Medical/Dental, 401K, PTO