Naugatuck Valley Community College GEAR UP Program
Part Time, Temporary Educational Assistant
Date Posted: May 10, 2016
The GEAR UP Waterbury Alliance is seeking applicants for Tutor/Mentor positions to work high school students in Waterbury Public Schools. Applicants should be available 17 hours/week. Meetings with students will occur during and after school hours, as well as Saturdays. Weekly supervision will be provided to Tutor/Mentors. Previous work with urban youth is a plus, as is experience working with middle and high school aged students. Reliable transportation is required!
Desirable Tutor/Mentors have strong verbal and written communication skills and can effectively communicate with students, parents, teachers, administrators and other colleagues. They are experienced at managing classrooms, have the ability to think on their feet and be creative in delivering curriculum material. They must also be comfortable working with small groups of students as well as working one-on-one with students. They enjoy working with youth and have experience in education, youth development or social services. They have a sense of humor, in addition to being flexible and compassionate. Desirable Mentors also demonstrate professional integrity in all aspects of their work, including consistent promptness for all meetings, groups and training sessions; completing all paperwork on time; and following through on assignments. They demonstrate commitment and dedication to working with youth. Taking initiative is an important part of the job, as is the ability to work well with a team. Mentors must be willing to comply with and enforce school, district and GEAR UP Program policies. They also have excellent planning and organizational skills and take their position as a role model very seriously. Racial/ethnic minorities, bilingual English/Spanish speakers are especially encouraged to apply. Content area tutoring skills and experience are a plus.
Responsibilities: Mentors will work collaboratively with teachers and school counselors in supporting the academic and affective needs of students in the following ways:
Academic Advising: Mentors will be assigned to work with certain students individually. They will provide academic advising and support (including tutoring) to their assigned students and encourage active participation in the program. In addition, the Mentors’ work will include helping students develop academic progress plans, assisting students in meeting academic requirements and exploring career interests. They will also link students with academic and social support systems that are available, as well as locating other resources.
Small Group Work: Mentors will conduct small group workshops with their advisees. Workshop topics will include such things as goal setting, time management, financial literacy, developing positive peer relationships, problem solving, decision making, college and career exploration.
Classroom Work: Advisors will facilitate a social development curriculum for college and career planning with classrooms of students on a weekly basis.
Working with Counselors and Teachers: Mentors will participate in regularly scheduled team meetings with school counselors and teachers to discuss students’ overall progress. The reports will include the student’s current academic status, academic progress plan, academic goals, challenges faced and progress made.
An Associate’s degree in an appropriately related field and at least one (1) year of related experience is required. The rate of pay is $24.94/hour with a maximum contract of 17hrs/week, E-mail your resume and a cover letter to Liana Cunningham at firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes without cover letters will not be accepted.
Please Note: If you are chosen for an interview for this position, please dress professionally and arrive promptly for your interview.
The successful candidate will be required to provide typed Employment Application and Supplement , official transcripts from each degree-granting institution and two letters of reference.
All employment, if offered, is contingent upon proof of citizenship or employability
under the requirement of the Immigration and Control Act (IRCA).
Naugatuck Valley Community College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F.
Protected group members are strongly encouraged to apply.
Continuing Notice of Nondiscrimination; Naugatuck Valley Community College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, sex, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or genetic information in its programs and activities. In addition, the College does not discriminate in employment on the additional basis of veteran status or criminal record. The following individual has been designated to handle nondiscrimination policies regarding disability policies: Robert Divjak, Director of Facilities/Section 504/ADA Coordinator, Room C216, Naugatuck Valley Community College, 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT 06708; 203-575-8235. The following individual has been designated to handle nondiscrimination policies regarding sex discrimination as well as other forms of prohibited discrimination: Jacquie Swanson, Associate Director of Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator, Room K704, Naugatuck Valley Community College, 750 Chase Parkway, Waterbury, CT 06708; 203-575-8043.
All necessary qualifications and application instructions are listed above. Any inquiries should be directed to the Department of Human Resources.