After School Matters provides Chicago high school teens with high quality, after-school and summer opportunities to explore and develop their talents while gaining critical skills for work, college and beyond. Since 1991, more than 350,000 teens have participated in our hands-on, project-based after-school and summer programs in the arts, communications and leadership, sports and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Programs take place at locations throughout the city including Chicago public high schools, Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Library locations, community organizations, downtown at the Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, in Belmont Cragin at our Michael and Karyn Lutz Center for After School Matters, and in the Pullman community at the new Gately Center for After School Matters. For more information, visit www.afterschoolmatters.org.Summary of Position:After School Matters is seeking instructors to begin working in Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022. After School Matters is reviewing applications on a rolling basis.
After School Matters is seeking committed, part-time instructors to teach Communications/Leadership programs for 15-30 high school participants (15:1, instructor: teen ratio) between the ages of 14 to 20 for 2021-2022.Example of Communication and Leadership programs include:
- Business and entrepreneurship (marketing, social media, entrepreneurship, etc.)
- Communications (intercultural communication, conflict management, public speaking, etc.)
- Journalism (newswriting, news reporting, news publishing, etc.)
- Community activism (community organizing, service learning, debates, etc.)
The program will allow students to learn and engage in activities specific to the content area. An instructor will expose teens to a wide range of activities and concepts to meet measurable programmatic outcomes. The instructor will recruit, teach, and mentor teens and will also manage operational pieces such as program planning and budget creation.Instructors must have a program curriculum plan.
After School Matters has four program branches: North/Northwest, South/Southwest, Downtown, and Program Supports (special initiatives). Please note that Interstate-55 is an approximate dividing line between our North/Northwest and South/Southwest branches.Program Sessions and SchedulesAfter School Matters is closely monitoring the COVID-19 public health situation. As a result, the dates and timelines listed below may slightly change based on local health recommendations/requirements and feedback from our individual program providers.
The typical schedule for program sessions are as follows:
- Summer: 6 to 7 weeks, daily Monday through Thursday/Friday (based upon the program model), four instructional hours per day. Additional hours are allotted for planning, recruitment, professional development and meetings. Exact program meeting days/times are flexible, with some restrictions, so long as instructional hours are met.
- Summer programs begin in late June or early July 2021
Fall: 10 weeks, Monday through Friday (after school hours) and/or Saturday, 60-90 instructional hours (based upon the program model). Additional hours are allotted for planning, recruitment, professional development and meetings. Exact program meeting days/times are flexible, with some restrictions, so long as instructional hours are met.
- Fall programs begin in late September 2021
Spring: 10 weeks, Monday through Friday (after school hours) and/or Saturday, 60-90 instructional hours (based upon the program model). Additional hours are allotted for planning, recruitment, professional development and meetings. Exact program meeting days/times are flexible, with some restrictions, so long as instructional hours are met.
- Spring programs begin in February or March 2022
Daytime during School Year (Fall & Spring): 9am-2pm. Exact program days are flexible, with some restrictions, so long as instructional hours are met.Limited opportunities for Saturday only programs are available.Major Duties and Responsibilities:
- Expose a diverse group of teen participants to various facets of content area-specific industry while fostering a positive, safe, and collaborative atmosphere for all teen participants.
- Maintain knowledge of current industry trends, technology and concepts
- Prepare, organize, and supervise interactive, teen-led activities on content area
- Develop, plan, and implement high-quality related field trips, master classes, events, and guest visits to enhance instruction and training
- Provide supervision during program field trips and other youth engagement opportunities
- Report all problems or concerns and program updates to After School Matters Program Specialist to maintain consistent lines of communication throughout the program session
- Attend all planning and program dates, including: Instructor orientation, professional development workshops, meetings and other required sessions
- Participate in the recruitment, interview, and selection process of teen program participants
- Manage and track program activities such as attendance, interview outcomes, enrollment, evaluation surveys, and pertinent student records in an online data tracking system (CitySpan).
- Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Supervise teens at an average of 15:1, instructor: teen ratio
- Demonstrated practical knowledge of content area
- Creative problem-solving skills
- Customer service skills; ability to effectively communicate with a variety of stakeholders (teen participants, parents, ASM programs staff, vendors, etc.)
- Cultural competence
- Bachelor's degree in relevant content area etc. is preferred; high school diploma or GED required.
- Experience working in a field relevant to the content area is required.
- Familiarity with specific Chicago neighborhoods is required.
- Experience teaching, specifically teenagers, is highly preferred.
- Commitment to diversity and inclusion is required.
The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Must be able to stand for prolonged periods of time for programs that take place outside of a conventional classroom space.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
How to Apply:
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is not exposed to weather conditions.
- The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.
Submit a cover letter and resume atEEO:
After School Matters is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, military discharge status, age, marital status, parental status, or source of income.
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