Founded in 2011 by Steve Dobo, Zero Dropouts (ZD) is a community-based educational social enterprise with a national scope. The company provides a wide-range, and ever growing, array of programs and services that are custom-fit to the needs of each school district it partners with. Each program/service is designed to influence three key metrics for districts and schools: increasing on-time graduation rates, decreasing annual dropout rates, and increasing post-secondary enrollment rates. ZD distinguishes itself by being innovative, data and research oriented, goal-focused, relationship-based, and willing to dive into difficult areas to achieve exemplary results.
Zero Dropouts is grounded in the belief that all students have the ability to be successful in education and life. Next Programming is focused on reengaging youth who have not found success in traditional educational systems. The programming allows students aged 16-21 to complete GED requirements while receiving other wrap around services: social-emotional support, college coursework, workforce development, and more.
Zero Dropouts is partnered with Jeffco Public Schools, Littleton Public Schools, Englewood School District and the site will replicate the GED Plus model in place with blended learning, wrap around support services and concurrent enrollment at the local community college or advanced placement classes for CTE and general education courses, along with access to first jobs, first careers and internships.
ZD is seeking a Program Instructor to provide an enriched atmosphere where students learn subject matter and/or skills that will contribute to their development as mature, able and responsible members of society. The Program Instructor will facilitate learning and guide students toward GED completion. The position is located in Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, CO.
• Manages a program of study that meets the individual needs, interests, and abilities of students;
• Creates a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity and interests of students;
• Maintains a discipline and classroom control that fosters a safe and positive environment for all student and staff in accordance with program and county policies;
• Ensures adequate supervision to assure health, welfare, and safety of all students;
• Guides the learning process toward the achievement of curriculum standards, establishes clear objectives for all students in core content areas and communicates these objectives to students;
• Assesses the progress of students on a regular basis and provides progress reports as required;
• Diagnoses the learning abilities of students on a regular basis and provide enrichment activities to foster student progress as necessary;
• Counsels with colleagues, students, and/or parents on a regular basis;
• Communicates with administrative staff on a regular basis regarding student progress and attendance, program implementation, and specific needs as they arise;
• Respects students’ personal spaces throughout the day;
• Implements students’ IEP plans, while ensuring the integrity of academic time and in a manner, which motivates students to learn and participate;
• Maintains accurate, complete, and correct records as required by law, district policy, and administrative regulation;
• Makes provision for being available to students and parents for education-related purposes outside the instructional day when required or requested to do so under reasonable terms;
• Takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities;
• Reports all student injuries, accidents, illnesses, and discipline problems to the appropriate authority immediately or as soon as is reasonably possible;
• Models non-discriminatory practices in all activities;
• Complies with and supports school and division regulations and policies;
• Works to establish and maintain open lines of communication with students and their parents concerning both the broad academic and behavioral progress of all assigned students;
• Provides for his/her own professional growth through an ongoing program of reading, workshops, seminars, conferences, and/or advanced course work at institutions of higher learning;
• Performs other related duties as assigned by Assistant Director and/or in accordance with school/division policies and practices.
Ideal candidate must possess:
• A bachelors or associates degree with one-two years of experience working with youth
• A passionate and committed belief that youth can rise above seemingly insurmountable circumstances and be successful at completing high school, and entering and succeeding within post-secondary education and employment
• Ability to maintain effective classroom management strategies
• An ability to change gears, multi-task and work collaboratively with internal staff and students
• An ability to work independently and remain organized in multiple settings
• Conflict management skills
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Intermediate computer skills in the Microsoft Office Suite, including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
It would be preferred if you also have:
• Knowledge and experience working with Jeffco Public Schools, Littleton Public Schools, Englewood School District
• Experience creating and working with Individual Education Plans (IEP) and 504s
• Working knowledge of the Littleton area: school district, community colleges, businesses and community-based organizations
• Experience working with ELD student populations
• Knowledge of the community college and career technical education systems within Colorado and the transitioning of students from secondary to post-secondary
• Bilingual/biliterate skills in Spanish
• Hand and finger dexterity
• Frequent walking, standing, stooping, lifting, up to approximately 30 pounds and occasional lifting of equipment and/or materials weighing up to 40 pounds may be required
• Other physical activities may be required
• Occasional travel with students on field trips may be necessary
• Vocal communication is required for expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word
• Hearing is required to perceive information at normal spoken word levels
• Visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data, determining the accuracy and thoroughness of work, and observing general surroundings and activities
• The worker is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions, noise, and hazards
• Occasional movement of students by wheelchairs and other mechanical devices may be required
• Regular instruction to special needs children may be necessary
• Daily personal and close contact with children to provide classroom management and learning environment support is required
• Regular contact with other staff members and building administrator(s) is required
WORK SCHEDULE - This is a full-time position with demanding goals, which sometimes requires longer hours and flexible scheduling, including some evenings and weekends. The school year mainly follows the ACC calendar, with an extended school year to ensure the school year encompasses enough contact days for full-time student status.
SALARY- This is an exempt position with a salary range of $38,000-$46,000, commensurate with qualifications, knowledge and relevant experience.
BENEFITS - 3 weeks of vacation and 1 week of sick time per year, medical and dental coverage available, not PERA eligible
HOW TO APPLY - Email the Human Resources department at HR@zerodropouts.com with your cover letter, resume and list of 3 references (at least 2 supervisors). Please reference the job in which you are applying for in your email.
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