Literacy Intervention Tutor - Los Angeles FY19

Reading Partners Vernon, CA 2019-01-10

Literacy Intervention Tutor – Los Angeles

Reading Partners is changing the education landscape. We are a leader in working to solve the literacy crisis in our country by leveraging community volunteers in under-resourced schools. Our diverse and expansive volunteer base provides one-on-one tutoring to students twice weekly, and our program is proven to help children master the reading fundamentals they need to unlock their potential as successful, happy and confident readers in school and in life. Our people are our heartbeat and our greatest resource; we are all passionately rallied around our mission to help children become lifelong learners by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction that works. Join our stellar team leading the charge to deepen our impact and expand our service. Learn more about us at .

The High Level:

We are currently seeking responsible, high-caliber, patient, and motivated individuals to join our growing team. Literacy Intervention Tutors are essential to carrying out our mission, which is to assist elementary school students in literacy development and inspiring children to be life-long readers. Tutors engage in the Reading Partners program with selected students in tutoring sessions held in elementary schools at our on-site Reading Centers. Tutors collaborate with the Reading Partners Site Coordinator at our partner schools to assess the student’s needs and how best to address them. The children that tutors work with are performing below their expected academic grade level and enjoy the benefits of an intervention program designed to improve their reading skills.

What you’ll do:

Tutors must:

  • Commit to work for the current academic year. Consistent, ongoing support is necessary for the children and teachers with whom we work.
  • Facilitate student learning at least three times each week through the use of the Tutoring With the Lightning Squad app.
  • Ensure each pair of students is working together as player and coach and taking turns. For any student whose pair is unavailable on a given day, ensure the other student is using the app's features to practice key reading skills.
  • Use positive behavior management techniques to motivate students to stay on task and work cooperatively to answer questions and move to the next level.
  • Support students' questions by learning all the components of the app through training from the vendor and support from the regional program manager and, as needed, the national Program team.
  • Share insights and give regular feedback to the regional program manager and national Program team on student engagement with the app, the pros and cons from the students' perspectives, and any IT-related issues with logging in, the local internet connection or the app's performance in the school.
  • Be punctual, attentive, and engaged in tutoring sessions. Unexcused and excessive absences or unsatisfactory performances are unacceptable and are grounds for discipline up to and including dismissal.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned.
  • Be willing to travel to Midcity LA

How you’ll do it:

Relationship Development & Communication:

Cultivate strong internal relationships with peers, direct reports, and managers. Possess a strong aptitude for effective communication, remotely and in person, with direct reports, school stakeholders, and other Reading Partners staff. Demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively as an ambassador of Reading Partners externally, specifically with school leaders and staff. Be able to set up strong systems for communication and messaging, tailor communication to audiences, and contextualize messaging. Demonstrate an ability to break down complex topics for a variety of audiences. Employ excellent written communication skills.

Educational Expertise:

Ensure high fidelity of the model and intervention strategies. Possess a high level of knowledge and competency in literacy strategies and behavior management. Demonstrate an ability to assess student performance using observations.

Project Management:

Demonstrate an ability to effectively manage time, balance multiple competing priorities at once, and, above all, remain adaptable, flexible, and positive while navigating challenges. Anticipate challenges and/or questions, and proactively act to address them. Understand larger strategic priorities and make measurable progress against these larger goals. Show an ability to make quick, sound, and on-the-fly decisions that consider all stakeholders. See the bigger picture and be able to drill down to smaller details and connect the dots.

About you!

You’ll be successful in this role if you:

  • Hold a high school degree or GED (Bachelor’s degree preferred)
  • Have a willingness to learn about tutoring strategies
  • Demonstrate patience when working with students who need help learning
  • Have access to reliable transportation
  • Are able to work independently or with limited supervision
  • Can commit to a schedule and be punctual which is essential to the position
  • Interact effectively with diverse groups of people
  • Demonstrate the ability to be an effective and professional role model for students served
  • Boast a deep belief in our mission
  • Root your work in our core values
  • Can prove eligibility to work in the US

Bonus Points if you:

  • Are an AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, or other national service alum/alumna
  • Have experience working in launch or growth phases of organizations
  • Are bilingual. (Spanish speaking preferred)

What we offer:

Reading Partners offers the full package – a great place to work and the opportunity to have a glowing and growing career.

  • We offer an hourly compensation of $14 . This is a part-time, non-exempt, hourly position.
  • We offer an exciting and dynamic culture, and we commit to investing in and supporting our amazing people to grow their careers with us. As such, we provide ongoing professional development opportunities.

The other things you need to know:

Travel: This position may travel throughout Los Angeles.

Typical Physical & Mental Demands: Requires prolonged sitting with some bending, stooping and stretching, and eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to operate a keyboard, telephone, photocopier, calculator and other office equipment. Requires normal range of hearing and eyesight to communicate with volunteers and staff. Also requires flexibility to readily adapt to a changing environment.

What’s Next?

If you’re interested in joining our Reading Partners team, please submit the following application materials to our online job posting:

  • A cover letter describing your interest in Reading Partners and how your past experience has prepared you for this role. In your cover letter, please answer the question: “Why are you a good fit for this role?”
  • Resume

Reading Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer, with a strong commitment to diversity in the workplace.

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