Job Details

After School Early Learning Specialist

Human Solutions, East Portland

Job - Education

Close Date: 02/07/2020

Job Title: After School Early Learning Specialist
Program: LearnLinks
Department: Housing
Work Days/Hours: Typical program hours: 40 hours per week. Monday-Friday
11:00-7:00pm (occasional weekends)
Compensation: Starting salary: $15.61-$16.88hour, DOE; 100% paid medical and
dental, AD&D, short and long term disability insurance, holidays and paid leave
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Want to help make a difference? Human Solutions counters the forces that keep people and communities in poverty by building relationships and assets that create opportunity - today and for future generations.

We partner with people and communities impacted by poverty so they can achieve long-term housing and economic security. We invest in affordable housing and community assets that contribute to strong, inclusive neighborhoods. We advocate with our community for policies and investments that expand housing and economic opportunity, eliminate wealth inequality and end poverty.

East Portland/East Multnomah County, Oregon is our home and the heart of our investments, advocacy and programs.

Human Solutions envisions vibrant, healthy neighborhoods where all people can share in the security, hopes and advantages of a thriving, supportive community.

Human Solutions operates as a nimble, financially strong organization driven by our passion, strategic goals and guiding principles.

Diversity, inclusion and equity are fundamental values for Human Solutions, both internally and externally. HSI has an Anti-Oppression Diversity Committee, which serves as a sounding board for new internal policies and procedures to make sure that we’re taking into account diversity and inclusion. It also helps with diversity-related projects, such as coordinating staff diversity trainings and providing ongoing input into our equity work.

Human Solutions is working to end homelessness and poverty in our community because everyone deserves a safe place to call home.

What Human Solutions Can Offer You: We offer a comprehensive array of benefits in support of your physical, emotional and financial well-being. A few highlights:
• Employer paid premiums for employee health insurance.
• Generous paid time off, 11 paid holidays, a floating birthday holiday and the ability to maintain a great work/life balance.
• Employer paid premiums for short-term and long-term disability insurance and life insurance.
• Access to an employee assistance program.
• Flexible spending accounts for health and for dependent care.
• Professional development opportunities, including employee driven committees and monthly optional staff workshops.
• Access to wellness initiatives and resources including things such as walking groups, yoga classes at two office locations and workshops on stress management, self-care and healthy living.
• Opportunity to contribute to a 401k retirement plan with a 2% employer match after three months of employment.
• A six-week paid sabbatical after every seven years of consecutive employment with HSI.

The Human Solutions LearnLinks program is looking for energetic, highly motivated, and creative individuals to work full time in our youth development programming at low-income permanent housing complexes in Outer SE Portland (approx. 122nd and SE Stark). The LearnLinks program fosters creative and horizon-broadening programming for groups of 12 youth that includes: music, academics, cooking, science, creative art, and more.

We are looking for individuals with experience designing and training staff on curriculum for early learners as well as conducting in home parental early learning support experiences. Individuals will also be responsible for organizing engaging after school programming for youth in K-8th grade Mondays-Thursdays in the community rooms of the apartment complexes where students live. Additionally, individuals will distribute food resources for families in the community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Spend 25% of time designing, facilitating, and training staff on curriculum for early learners.
a. Work with after school specialist to plan and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum to support cognitive, social, play, language, gross motor, fine motor, self-help, and behavior for children age 4-7.
b. Provide consultation, education, and support to parents of children 0-3 through home visits and community workshops.
c. Assess children 0-7 for cognitive, personal-social and language development.
d. Model and provide feedback on appropriate interactions, skills, and teaching techniques for program students, parents, and staff.
e. Seek in-kind resources and community partners that support Early Childhood Education efforts.
f. Prepare a simple, bulleted monthly report for the Program Manager of the volunteer activities and in-kind resources coordinated each month and issues or questions to be addressed.
• Create and update Early Learning and Parent Education media to be distributed to the Youth’s community.
• Facilitate after school programming for youth in K-8th grade. Support students in developing the skills they need to be successful in building an inspiring, supportive, and inclusive community in their apartment complex.
• Utilize student voice in choosing activities and develop activities that appropriately engage and challenge students.
• Promote a safe and positive classroom environment using trauma informed methods to manage group dynamics.
• Facilitate the development of community roles and responsibilities that foster a youth’s sense of purpose and belonging in the community.
• Pick up food from Food Bank and set up a food pantry in community 1-2 times a week.
• Run Early Learner story time once a week.
• Participate in professional development opportunities and conduct evaluation on student progress.
• Provide guidance, support, and instruction to volunteer tutors and interns as needed.
• Incorporate parents into program planning.

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 and /or ability required.
• Must have genuine interest in promoting educational success among disadvantaged children and youth.
• Minimum one-year experience and training working with school age children in an instructional environment. BA preferred but not required.
• Minimum one year experience providing group care of young children.
• Possess current principles, practices, and methods of Early Childhood Education.
• Possess a general knowledge base of core elementary and middle school subjects and demonstrate an ability to write lesson plans, use learning targets, and instructional strategies.
• Ability to create developmentally appropriate structure and set expectations.
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively and exercise sound judgment regarding work tasks and responsibilities.
• Communicate openly in a professional manner with students, parents, community partners, and co-workers and maintain confidentiality along with a high degree of integrity.
• Excellent verbal and written skills, and ability to multitask and prioritize tasks.
• Somali, Russian, and/or Spanish skills highly encouraged to apply.
• Familiarity with Quality Youth Programming guidelines a plus.
• Must pass a criminal background check, have a clean driving record, and insurance if driving van.
• Ability to perform basic administrative tasks, keep detailed records, and work with other community partners to ensure a cleanly and orderly community space.
• Prepare activity materials from lesson plans, and be responsible for the daily set-up and break- down of the program space
• Ability to be punctual and reliable.
• Ability to commit to a full summer program.

Physical Demands
• Ability to lift and carry 25 pounds.
Personal Qualities
• A commitment to and strong belief in Human Solution’s Mission and Organizational Values
• An ability to maintain goals and priorities when dealing with varying challenges.
• Able to be flexible in working with people and groups of differing viewpoints.
• A strong dedication to youth development.
• A sense of creativity and enthusiasm.

To Apply
Send a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references to