The Goodman Community Center’s Academic Coordinator will support the development of relationships between GCC staff, MMSD schools, students, and families in order to create academic improvement strategies for our K-12 grade participants. The goal of this work is to address learning loss due to the COVID pandemic and assure that we are maximizing impact during after-school and summer programming for every youth we serve. Each coordinator will focus on a single program (Elementary, Middle School or High School) and cross-collaboration is encouraged to bridge academic support approaches across programs. The Academic Coordinator position is responsible for lesson plan development and implementation as well as engaging and communicating the progress of youth’s academic growth to a variety of audiences (School staff/teachers, students, families, etc.) This position focuses on supporting and engaging youth to improve their academic performance in partnership with after-school program staff. Positions: One coordinator for each program – Elementary school, Middle School, and High School
- Assist with the development, preparation and supervision of academic development approaches and activities for either elementary, middle school or high school youth.
- Research and develop new learning tools and activities students as directed by funding and Program Directors and Assistant Directors.
- Develop and maintain relationships with schools and families with effective communication,
- Develop and maintain relationships and resources to support teens in need of social service programs (i.e. job readiness, childcare resources, living arrangements etc.)
- Develop and maintain relationships with school staff including principals, teachers, and student support staff
- Coordinate efforts with teachers to identify areas for support and needs of students.
- Develop lessons and activities that GCC program staff can incorporate into existing afterschool and summer programming
- Regularly check participant’s grades and identify treads within areas for improvement to guide lesson plan subjects.
- Communicate with GCC staff and families when youth are in need of additional support around academics.
- Coordinate Infinite Campus/Google Classroom/Seesaw access and organize student rosters and academic release forms to ensure they are assigned to Goodman on Infinite Campus.
- Communicate and engage families to support academic efforts of students.
- Work with GCC program coordinators to provide overview of career and post-secondary opportunities to HS students.
- Monitor program lesson plans to ensure weekly offerings are age-appropriate, culturally responsive, and are intentionally planned and implemented.
- Collect and maintain data related to the program outcomes for reports and program updates.
- Work with program managers to collect report cards and student schedules for case management files.
- Attend and participate in meetings and training workshops as applicable.
- Perform other job-related duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties of this position.
- At least three (3) years of experience working with middle/high school age youth in a human services/family/youth development setting.
- Must pass Child Care Division Central Background Registry
- Valid driver's license with an acceptable driving record to be trained to drive a GCC van.
- Preferred established connections with Dane Co. school districts and alternative programs.
- Knowledge of and experience with: problem solving; recognize when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong; behavior management; and conflict de-escalation/resolution.
- Understanding of, appreciation for, and experience with ability, gender, sexual orientation, and socio-economically, ethnically and culturally diverse populations.
- Strong organizational, facilitating, and leadership skills.
- Mature attitude, creativity, resourcefulness, and a positive role model for youth.
- Excellent written and verbal comprehension and communication.
- Ability to use computers daily in an interactive manner for extended periods of time as necessary.
- Proficient in MS Word, Excel and Outlook.
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision and as part of a team.
- Ability to work in multiple environments (i.e. indoors, outdoors, schools, office, and out of office).
- Occasional weekend and evening hours based on program needs.
- The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to: sit, stand, walk, bend, push, pull; and occasionally lift and carry objects up to 20 pounds; sufficient mobility to attend frequent meetings and appointments in community settings; and drive. Job requires frequent verbal and written communication. Computer, telephone, copier, and fax use are required.