Position Title: WAY School Project Mentors
Location: LESA Education Center
Reports To: WAY School Project Leader
The purpose of this position is to facilitate learning gains with at risk teenagers and to ensure their success at earning a high school diploma. Each mentor will work online with approximately six researchers (students) guiding them in developing and completing projects that meet Michigan content expectations. In addition, collaboration will take place on a regular basis with subject area experts and other mentors.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (other duties as assigned)
Complete a minimum of one full day’s work per week spread over a seven day period Must log on daily; Reply to communications received from researchers as soon as possible.
Guide researcher in the use of software applications; Encourage them to contribute to communities.
Identify the interests and talents of the researchers to develop contexts in which they can expand their skills.
Devise flexible learning plans for each researcher.
Follow the proven recipe for success when communicating with researchers; Avoid blame and criticism in the learning environment.
Respect, support and praise the researchers
Collaborate regularly with subject area experts and other mentors.
Attend required meetings, trainings and participate in professional development; Assist during Induction Days.
Maintain records i.e., researcher’s work and learning plans.
Possess a non-expired Michigan Teaching Certificate.
Possess skills identified by the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (They reflect the basic technology skills every educator should possess.)
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Current or previous work with youth i.e, teacher, counselor, social worker, psychologist
Experience or very strong commitment to work with diverse youth i.e.,
English language learners, youth o f color, impoverished, affluent, disabled
Experience with project base instruction a plus
Desire experience with learning management systems e.g. First Class, Moodle, Blackboard
Excellent organizational and time management skills
Mac experience a plus; Computer literacy required
Commitment to ongoing training and professional development
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals; Ability to write routine reports and correspondence; Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or employees of organization.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all staff and youth.
Proclivity to persevere and demonstrate a sense of efficacy
Ability to use a personal computer (PC) in a networked environment to utilize the Internet and other electronic communications mechanisms such as email conferencing or bulletin boards. Knowledge of productivity applications such as Microsoft Office (word processing, spreadsheets, database and presentation software) is required.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists; Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, RESGISTRATIONS:
Michigan Teaching Certificate (non-expired)
The physical demands described 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.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus.
Mathematical skills including statistical reasoning and interpreting student progress/achievement.
OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES:
Ability to type accurately and have strong computer skills. Ability to develop effective working relationships with students, staff and the school community. Ability to communicate clearly and concisely,
both orally and in writing. Ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Board of Education policies.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: 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. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
CALENDAR: 12-month assignment, part-time spread across the 7 days of each week
SALARY: Commensurate with qualifications
BENEFITS: No Benefits
APPLY: Complete online application at www.livingstonesa.org and upload, cover letter, resume, and any certifications and licenses.
“The employee shall remain free of any alcohol or nonprescribed controlled substance in the workplace throughout his/her employment in the District.”
The Livingston Educational Service Agency does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, height, weight, marital status, or any other legally protected characteristic, in its programs and activities, including employment opportunities.
Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies should be directed to the Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources Department.