Afterschool Ed Tech – Portland

March 12, 2021

Job Code 7200PET

Overview and Position Summary: 

LearningWorks Afterschool serves low-performing students in grades 2-5 in six Portland elementary schools.  Students participate in hands-on engineering design challenges that embed literacy, math, and social-emotional learning, to build key skills for school success: academic confidence, taking initiative, problem-solving, communication, and perseverance. Eligible students are identified collaboratively by LearningWorks Afterschool Directors, Site Coordinators, and school staff. LearningWorks Remote Afterschool is funded primarily through 21st Century Community Learning Center grants, and is offered in partnership with Portland Public Schools.

The Ed Tech will be responsible for assisting the teachers and site coordinator in implementing a 4-day/week program focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) curriculum and enrichment activities (health/wellness, cultural, social-emotional learning) from one of our Portland elementary school sites: Reiche, East End, Ocean Avenue, Presumpscot, Rowe, or Talbot. This part-time position is responsible for planning and delivering engaging, academic, hands-on lessons and activities that can pivot between possible remote, hybrid, and in-person scenarios as needed throughout the school year.

The dates and duration of implementing these scenarios are subject to change based on public health data from the Maine CDC, and local health and safety data. This is a part-time school year position, with a tentative last program day of May 27, 2021.   While not guaranteed, there is a possibility of employment this summer and/or next school year.

RESPONSIBILITIES: (essential functions of the job)

  • Collaborate with a team to support the planning of remote or in-person STEAM curriculum and enrichment activities linked to students’ prior knowledge, interests, experiences, and in alignment with school-day curriculum.
  • Engage students in a physically and emotionally safe, structured, organized learning environment.
  • Build positive relationships with students and actively support, model, encourage and inspire them in healthy lifestyle choices (personal, social and academic). Assist with student behavior challenges as needed.
  • Support and reinforce consistent, clear, and positive expectations for online or in-person learning and behavior that complement those of the elementary school.
  • Utilize best practices to meet grant goals and reflect the program mission.
  • Participate in weekly team meetings to communicate program delivery, needs, reflection, and goals for improvement.
  • Participate in required, virtual professional development training.
  • Monitor email daily, and communicate and respond in a timely manner with directors, coordinators, and teams.
  • In a Remote Scenario: Support instruction of live, online, and home-based STEAM curriculum and enrichment activities, in alignment with the Remote Learning Framework and guidance from LW Site Coordinator and Directors.
  • In a Hybrid Scenario: Support instruction of live, online, and home-based STEAM curriculum and enrichment activities, in alignment with the Remote Learning Framework and guidance from LW Site Coordinator and Directors. Possibly provide supervision of students at a site engaging in the remote program, and following all safety and health guidelines.
  • In an In-Person Scenario: Support instruction of an in-person STEAM curriculum and enrichment activities, in alignment with the Learning Framework and guidance from LW Site Directors, and following all safety and health guidelines.
  • As needed, assist and support students with troubleshooting technology use, connection and access challenges.
  • As needed, assist in the organization and weekly delivery of STEM materials kits directly to students.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the site coordinator or directors.
  • Stay informed of, follow, implement, and inform teams of all current CDC and local guidelines regarding social distancing, program delivery, and physical and emotional safety for students, teams, and programs.
  • Conduct oneself in a professional manner at all times, in accordance with program expectations, online safety, and remote and in-person learning guidelines.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

State of Maine Ed Tech Certification, or demonstrate eligibility

BA or BS degree or coursework in Education or related field

WORK EXPERIENCE & SKILLS

Experience working with youth, elementary-aged youth preferred

Work with diverse communities, ELL students, and low-performing populations, preferred

Strong communication, interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills

Experience and demonstrated understanding of and ability to use various technology including but not limited to Microsoft Outlook, Google Drive Suite, Zoom, Google Sites, FlipGrid, internet use and safety, Android platform, TalkingPoints

Some experience with remote/virtual/blended youth education and enrichment programs

Flexibility, thoughtfulness, and the ability to creatively problem-solve

Growth mindset and a willingness to learn and apply innovative learning platforms and approaches

Demonstrated ability to embrace change

Demonstrated ability to collaborate in a team setting

This is a part-time, regular, non-exempt position

Hourly Rate: $14.75

TO APPLY: Visit our website and complete our online application, attach your resume and a thoughtful cover letter.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.   Applications are now being accepted until the position is full.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We prioritize the leadership of people of color and LGBTQ individuals, and we strongly encourage people of all traditionally marginalized identities to apply. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, or any protected category prohibited by local, state, or federal laws.

This Job Description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee.  Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time with or without notice.