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Literacy Instructor

Position Title:   Literacy Instructor

Reports to:         Youth Program Manager
Status:                  Non-exempt

Position Summary:  Provide targeted, evidence-based reading fluency interventions to teens using culturally-appropriate, age-appropriate materials. Plan, lead, teach, and evaluate literacy activities and experiences that help youth become productive, competent community members equipped with the skills, knowledge and confidence to manage life’s opportunities and challenges.

Outreach and Family Engagement

Complete monthly outreach and family engagement plan (engage with schools, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, Parks and Recreation Centers, community groups)

Register/enroll participants for upcoming Literacy programs; identify future opportunities for youth and families

Provide weekly feedback to family about youth’s progress; document as case notes in database

Organize family engagement events quarterly (or more often as appropriate)

Direct Service

Develop annual overview and timeline for Literacy services and evaluation

Develop/update quarterly course plan tied to program and funding goals and objectives

Use Reading Fluency, Comprehension, and Vocabulary assessments to identify youth who would benefit from literacy skill development services

Implement Literacy development tools; engage in observation and mentoring; incorporate feedback from observations into instruction

Plan and lead high-quality, engaging Literacy activities for groups and individuals

Participate in on-going professional development related to goals and objectives of position

Find and develop reading resources appropriate for age and reading levels

Data and Evaluation

Complete Client Track database training (within 14 days of hire)

Collect and enter all required data in accordance with agency and funding requirements

Implement program evaluation tools and track progress using relevant database(s)

Maintain accurate, updated participant records utilizing agency database; review service reports with supervisor monthly

Prepare or assist with preparation of program reports as instructed by funding agreements and supervisor


Participate in observation and feedback process

Maintain professional communication with staff, volunteers, interns, participants, and partners 

Maintain confidentiality of all program participants in accordance with data privacy laws, standards and ethics

Perform all work in accordance with Neighborhood House policies, procedures, and norms

Attend and participate in departmental, agency and external meetings, trainings, committees and events as required

Other duties as assigned


Minimum of 3 years of experience helping youth develop literacy skills

Minimum of 3 years of experience working effectively with teens from diverse economic, racial and cultural backgrounds

Experience working with juvenile justice system-involved teens desired

Degree in Education, Youth Work, or related field desired

Curriculum development experience desired

Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills in English

Ability to communicate in  language(s) other than English desired

Demonstrated ability to work and communicate effectively with people of diverse ethnic, economic, racial and cultural backgrounds

Working knowledge of racial equity and social justice issues relevant to the communities we serve

Working knowledge of immigrant/refugee trends and needs, self-sufficiency issues and community resources

Strong time management skills with demonstrated ability to manage tasks, projects, and priorities

Demonstrated ability to move projects to completion by deadlines

Committed to working both independently and as part of a team

Proficient in Microsoft Office programs

Must have a driver’s license, a clean driving record, and ability to drive agency vehicles

Must be able to work evenings as needed

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