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Program Instructor (Juvenile - Enhanced Education Services)

Youth Services | Commerce, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

Helping Our Most Vulnerable Change Their Life Stories

Volunteers of America is a non-profit human services organization committed to serving people in need, strengthening families, and building communities.  VOA - LA provides a variety of social services to Los Angeles area communities such as Head Start programs, Upward Bound college prep programs, veterans’ services, homeless shelters, low-income housing program as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at


In support of Los Angeles County Juvenile Probation department, VOALA provides Enhanced Education Services to juvenile probationers (participants) between the ages of 15-18 at Dorothy Kirby Center. The objective of the services is to engage camp participants in enriched opportunities that result in educational and vocational pathways that ultimately lead to meaningful employment.


The Program Instructor position will be responsible for providing classroom instruction and coursework to youth participants with active involvement in the juvenile justice system. This position will work closely with the Program Manager and Career Specialist to implement and devise strategies for providing educational enrichment to the students.


  • Implementation of the Individualized Service Plan (ISP), prepared by the program staff, utilizing best practice instructional model(s) that focus on educational services for participants housed in a detention/residential treatment facility who may exhibit a full range of behaviors, poor self-concepts, and history of school failures, to prepare participants for transition to community educational/vocational providers.
  • Present curriculum to students and ensures academic progress through facilitating classroom discussion.
    • Prepare and submit a course of study that supports the ISP, including program objectives, student performance objectives and daily lesson plans.
    • Define weekly work assignments and priorities for students and oversee student progress towards stated learning objectives of the ISP.
  • Submit all forms and information needed to verify attendance and student progress.
  • Attend staff meetings and other meetings as required by the Program Manager in support of program success and individual participant success in achieving goals of ISP.
  • Support the goals of the program through appropriate site activities.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Must pass Los Angeles Probation Department background screening.
  • Must be able to pass a background check.
  • Valid California driver’s license, acceptable proof of automobile insurance, and/or reliable mode of transportation.


  • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline.


  • Three years of experience working with at-risk youth in an educational environment.


  • Effective written and oral communications skills.


  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite: including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


  • Must be able to work with students individually, in small group settings, and with the entire class
  • Ability to perform under circumstances of possible emotional stress and conflict, including dealing with un-cooperative clients.
  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, including meeting qualitative and quantitative productivity standards.
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards.


  • Build trust, act trustworthy.
  • Active listening (reflective listening).
  • Follow instructions and VOALA procedures.
  • Apply principles of professional boundaries and ethics to on the job situations.

 Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in education.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (written and verbal).
  • Experience in providing leadership of projects.

Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law

This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form 1-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.

If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (OHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment.