The Education Specialist is responsible for literacy and STEM instruction within the education program at the Columbine Bridge Project site. This includes teaching set curricula, creating appropriate lessons & materials, assessment of participant reading levels using the DRA2 and creation of individual literacy plans. This position reports to the Education Coordinator at the Bridge Project. This is a .85 FTE position.
- Classroom Instruction at assigned site
- Teach an integrated literacy program to K-3rd graders and STEM to 4th-8th grade students during the school year and summer program, and other project-based classes as needed.
- Plan, implement, and oversee the educational aspect of all literacy instruction at the assigned site.
- Provide one-on-one and group setting support to K-12 participants during homework hours.
- Implementation of Curriculum and Education Materials
- Facilitate and implement the curriculum provided by the Education Coordinator.
- Work with appropriate staff on specific curricula creation and development, training and implementation.
- Implementation of SLPQI and YPQI site goals into daily sessions.
- Maintain resource inventory and organization of the tutoring room, library and all educational resources at the assigned site.
- Complete and submit fidelity forms for data collection.
- Tutoring Program Support
- Input of assessments as needed for individual tutoring plans for each child and orient tutors to these plans if necessary.
- Collaborate with Educator Coordinator and Director of Volunteers and Tutoring.
- Support tutoring program by advising and following up on tutor matches.
- Communicate with tutors regularly, not limited to reading scores, and academic areas of focus.
- Oversee the implementation of the Gr8 reader program by maintaining inventory, complete data entry of completed books into Civicore, and ensuring the tutor room is stocked and orderly.
- Complete Developmental Reading Assessments, PALS, for all K thru 8th grade participants when necessary and collect data for research purposes.
- Maintain fidelity and accuracy of the assessment.
- Participate in the Bridge Project Staff Team
- Attend required staff meetings.
- Contribute to problem solving and conflict management.
- Be prompt, thorough, and efficient.
- Assist with upkeep of programming space, classroom and tutoring space.
- Attend trainings and meetings as needed for YPQI and SLPQI.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Demonstrated ability to develop the relationships necessary to engage students in learning.
- Ability to work with low-income diverse populations' age kindergarten through adult.
- Knowledge and ability to conduct reading assessments on K-8th grade students.
- Knowledge of grade level appropriate curriculum/activities.
- Knowledge of healthy risk and protective factors within this population.
- Ability to implement project based curriculum for a variety of age groups.
- Ability to learn and implement PBIS, YPQI, and SLPQI.
- Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, research reports, professional journals, technical procedures, and governmental regulations.
- Ability to write reports, grants, business correspondence and manuals.
- Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from the Bridge Board, groups of managers, staff, student interns, community members, volunteer tutors, program participants, school personnel, funding sources and the general public.
- Ability to professionally represent the Bridge Project at work and non-work related functions, and in the community.
- Must be able to understand, interpret, and formulate data regarding reading assessments.
- Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide using whole numbers and decimals while planning, implementing, and reporting budgets.
- Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in diverse situations.
- Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.
- Ability to handle multiple projects concurrently while paying close attention to detail.
- Excellent word processing, internet, database and educational software skills.
- Knowledge and ability to administer literacy assessment tools utilized for research and program development purposes.
- Bachelor's degree.
- Valid driver's license.
- Two years teaching in a community agency setting or an elementary or middle school.
Candidates must apply online through www.du.edu/jobs to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please click New Resume/CV at the bottom of the page to begin application.
Please include the following documents with your application:
- Cover Letter
The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LBGT community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.