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Middle School Youth Leadership Developer

Lighthouse 5-8 Band (Middle School) | Oakland, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Job Description

Middle School Youth Leadership Developer


Social justice movements come in all shapes and sizes.  Here at Lighthouse Community Public Schools, we are engaged in an educational movement that goes beyond our classrooms working to disrupt educational inequities by providing our students and families exceptional educational opportunities every day. Grounded in our core values of community, integrity, agency, love, and social justice rooted in EL Education Model, LCPS is a leader in fostering innovative schools achieving exceptional student outcomes where each child is at the center of their own learning. Our mission is to prepare diverse students for college, a career of their choice, and to be lifelong changemakers.


Founded in 2002, LCPS operates a high-achieving K-12 public charter school, and our K-8 sister site, Lodestar, that opened in Fall 2016; serving nearly 1,300 students in East Oakland. Lighthouse is a beacon for public education and our graduates fulfill the promise of a better, brighter Oakland.  95% of our graduates, almost all of whom are first-generation college students, are accepted into four-year colleges. We were named the Hart Vision Charter School of the Year in 2013, and the #1 high school for closing achievement gaps for low-income Latino students in 2016. If the work we do here at LCPS appeals to your values regarding quality education for all then please join our movement!  Learn more at


Middle School Youth Leadership Developer

Lighthouse Community Public School is looking for an excellent and engaging Middle School Youth Leadership Developer; a person who will be relentlessly committed to ensuring that traditionally underserved students of color achieve our mission of completing college and securing the career of choice.  Lighthouse staff members believe that this important mission is not only attainable; it is essential to transforming our Oakland community.

Are you ready to join an educational movement that is bigger than one classroom?

If you are excited about the opportunity to foster and facilitate a progressive growth mindset in students and engage in transformational teaching, we are actively looking for student-centered, dedicated and dynamic team members.


You will embody the following Core Competencies to be an effective change-agent:

  • Be a visionary, innovative and equity-focused urban youth leadership developer who loves working with adolescents

  • Be skilled with trauma-informed practices and a restorative approach to community building

  • Facilitate deeply engaging student-centered experiences

  • Demonstrate strong organization and communication skills

  • Be a strong community builder and an energetic and enthusiastic team member

  • Model and foster a growth mindset with agency, persistence, and flexibility

  • Be a collaborative and responsible professional leader

You will offer our students:

Relationship-Based Community

  • Learning and experiences are rooted in our community and our student’s identities.

  • Support students to create healthy relationships and develop collaborative skills.

  • Create positive relationships by building nurturing and affirming adult-student and student-student relationships with a focus on building a community of risk-taking learners.


Professional Leadership

  • Grow and contribute as a youth developer, colleague, learner, and community member.

  • Demonstrate advocacy, flexibility, autonomy, and collegiality.

  • Administer all policies and procedures in a professional and timely manner as mandated by Lighthouse, the State and Federal agencies (i.e., attendance records, dress code, reporting of sexual/physical abuse).

Role responsibilities may include:

  • Implementing Tier 2 small group and/or individual case management targeted at social-emotional needs; 

  • Developing and supporting the role of our student council leadership; 

  • Leading and supporting student-driven affinity groups; 

  • Coordinating cultural celebrations and awareness building; 

  • Consulting with teachers on Crew curriculum development; 

  • Developing a peer-to-peer conflict resolution program that incorporates elements of our Restorative Justice approach; 

  • Collaborating with Deans from across the K-12 school to organize cross-grade activities and programs (ex. ongoing 6th-grade reading buddies for kindergarten students)

  • Developing entrepreneurship and student fundraising; 

  • Connecting Lighthouse students to extracurricular opportunities and managing those partnerships in collaboration with the Dean of Students

  • Other responsibilities as assigned by supervisor


We would love to hear from you if your educational toolbox includes the following:

  • 3+ years working in an urban school environment and middle school setting highly preferred

  • Associates Degree or equivalent required; Bachelor’s Degree preferred

  • Experience with adolescent youth development preferred

  • Experience with Restorative Justice preferred

  • Experience with Google apps preferred

  • Bilingual in Spanish and experience rooted in Oakland a plus



This position will report to Middle School Principal



200-day work year for 11-month employees with 23 student-free days for professional learning and collaboration with colleagues and families. All instructional staff will report in early August 2019.

Common Building Hours:  All teachers are expected to maintain hours of 8:00 - 4:00 pm and 8:00-5:00 one day a week for Professional Development.


At Lighthouse Community Public Schools we take good care of our employees.  We provide a competitive compensation and benefits package, including a competitive salary and generous health and retirement benefits (100% employee health coverage/50% for dependents; 8% employer-matching for retirement program; medical, dental, FSA & HSA plans).


People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Interested candidates should submit:

  • Resume

  • Cover letter describing your interest in this exciting position and why you are an optimal fit, including how your teaching philosophy, approach to student learning, and educational expertise would contribute to the Lodestar team

  • 3 references with name, e-mail, phone number and title/nature of the working relationship

Application submission screening and initial phone interviews will be completed on a rolling basis.  In-person interviews and performance tasks will take place on-site.   

Lighthouse Community Charter School is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity at all levels.