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Youth Program Instructor

Education | Washington, DC | Full Time | From $50,000.00 to $56,000.00 per year

Job Description

Many Languages One Voice (MLOV), was founded in 2010, and our mission is to foster the leadership and greater civic participation of immigrants and refugees who do not speak English as a primary language. We believe an actively engaged community that challenges existing inequities by dominant power is key to achieving systemic change. Thus, we support our members’ leadership and amplify the voice of our most vulnerable members to find solutions to the systemic racial inequities that impact their lives.

MLOV is a leading player in the immigrant rights and justice movement in DC and regularly builds partnerships and coalitions with wide-ranging stakeholders. In addition to nonprofits and community organizations, MLOV works with government officials, agencies, businesses, and worker groups to advance power-building of immigrant communities in DC.

MLOV’s Youth Programming focuses on providing immigrant youth with pathways to academic success, civic/social engagement, and leadership/empowerment through after-school and summer programming. Our programming provides a safe and empowering space for immigrant and English Learner youth, and helps youth build confidence around their identity, leadership and advocacy. After-School Program activities include homework support, structured lessons, group discussions, group projects, interactions with local policy makers, and field trips. The school-year after-school program runs from mid-October through early June, with breaks during school holidays and two weeks off at the end of the year.

Youth Program Instructor: The Youth Program Instructor will be primarily responsible for planning and implementing activities for MLOV’s After-School Youth Program, for middle school and high school students, mostly grades 7th - 10th.

During the school-year programming season (October - June), work hours will be mostly afternoon/evening, in-person, Monday - Thursday to accommodate programming, and a regular 9 - 5 remote work-day on Fridays. During the summer programming season (early July - early August), work hours will be approximately 8 am - 4 pm, Monday - Friday, in-person.

Salary range for this position is between $50,000 - $56,000. This role is a full-time (40 hours) salaried position.

An overview of responsibilities is below. Please note this overview may not fully encompass all possible duties, as the work may evolve over time in response to community needs and organizational priorities.

  • Curriculum and Instruction:

    • The Youth Program Instructor will lead planning and implementation of youth program activities held on weekday afternoons, approximately 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, Monday - Thursday, in partnership with a part-time Youth Program Co-Instructor, Youth Program Coordinator and Youth Program Manager;

    • Using MLOV’s youth program curriculum, plan and implement meaningful and interactive activities for youth program participants;

    • Develop and support creative new programming for youth as needed;

    • Collaborate with other program staff on planning and implementing the MLOV Summer Youth Program, which is held early July - early August, Monday - Friday, 5 hours per day;

  • Youth and Family Communication:

    • Establish rapport with immigrant youth and their families;

    • Communicate with student’s guardians in regards to student engagement in the program (attendance, development, etc.);

    • In collaboration with other program staff, facilitate program orientation for parents and students;

  • Program Logistics:

    • Support program set-up and tear-down before and after session;

    • Maintain a safe and supportive environment for all youth;

    • Adhere to all program and MLOV organizational policies;

An ideal candidate characteristics:

  • Education and Experience

    • At least an undergraduate degree with focus in education, political science, sociology, social work, or related fields is preferred;

    • At least 1 year of experience working directly with immigrant youth;

    • Experience training groups of youth from under-resourced communities;

  • Language and Cultural Skills

    • Proficiency in a language in addition to English required (Spanish preferred, or Amharic, French, Mandarin, or other language)

    • High level of cultural competence

  • Team and Workplace Skills

    • Ability to be self aware and open to discussing power and privilege;

    • At least basic skills in working in trauma-informed ways with youth and openness to being trained in trauma informed work with youth;

    • Interest in learning techniques and skills in Positive Youth Development;

    • Openness to giving and receiving constructive feedback;

    • Is a team-player, motivated and organized;

  • Clearances

    • Possesses or willing to obtain the following background checks:

      • Current clear check from DC Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) Child Protection Registry (CPR)

      • Current clear check from Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Background Check

      • Current clear check from Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Criminal Background Check, and

      • Current clear check from National Sex Offender Registry (NSO).

We recognize that women and people of color may be less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. MLOV is most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. We would encourage you to apply, even if you do not believe you meet every one of the qualifications described.

Important to Know: Many Languages One Voice is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. MLOV encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to arrest or conviction, race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status. Black and Indigenous people, Immigrants, and other people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to applicants who live in Washington, DC and understand its unique policy landscape.