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Mathematics Instructor

Job Description
Organization: 
Colorado Youth for a Change
Organization Type: 
501(c)(3)
Job Location: 
Denver Metro
Type of Job: 
Full-time
Job Category: 
Education
Job Description: 

Position Summary: The Mathematics Instructor at Futures Academy must be energetic, innovative and passionate about implementing trauma-informed teaching and learning techniques in a multi-level classroom that helps students prepare for careers, college-level coursework, the Accuplacer, and the GED. This is a year-round, full time position and located in Aurora, Colorado. Spring and winter breaks are paid time off.

Futures Academy serves students ages 17 to 21, who have too few credits to receive a traditional high school diploma, but are interested in furthering their education and pursuing post-secondary opportunities.  Through a partnership with Colorado Youth for a Change and Aurora Public Schools, Futures Academy provides students with the resources, guidance, and academic instruction that allow them to earn college credits (up to an associate’s degree), technical certifications, a GED, or a combination of the three. Futures Academy combines a competency-based approach to teaching and learning with restorative practices and targeted case management to help students overcome barriers to academic and personal success in a safe and supportive learning community that respects and values the strengths and experiences of each student.

  

Areas of Responsibility

Essential Functions

The primary duties of a classroom instructor include:

  • Contribute to a curriculum and instruction team – consisting of the Instructors, Academic Support Specialists, Principal, and Instructional Coordinator – that continuously develops and refines teaching and learning techniques
  • Integrate elements of competency-based education into classroom practices, by:
  • Connecting lessons and activities to specific, measurable, student-friendly learning targets
  • Developing and utilizing student-friendly assessment tools that monitor attainment of learning targets, as well as enable productive dialogue with students about their academic progress
  • Establishing a student-centered classroom in which the instructor acts as facilitator, guide, or coach and
  • Developing flexible, individualized learning pathways that allow students to make progress regardless of where, how, or when they are in class
  • Differentiate instruction and materials according to students’ learning needs, interests, and goals
  • Use standardized assessment tools such as TABE, Accuplacer, and GED Ready to evaluate students’ entry points and academic growth throughout the program
  • Access and utilize data and reports available in the CYC database to improve and support job functions.
  • Collaborate with Academic Support Specialists and volunteers about the best ways to leverage time and resources while striving to meet the unique needs and goals of all students
  • Coordinate with the entire instructional team to maintain consistency in practices and classroom norms across content areas
  • Work in conjunction with student advisors to address any barriers to student learning
  • Make suggestions for the purchase of resources to support teaching and learning
  • Integrate technology with learning goals
  • Other duties as assigned by the Principal and Instructional Coordinator
    The primary duties of the mathematics instructor include: 
  • Teach skills and concepts related to Mathematical Thinking, Numeracy, Data Analysis, Algebra, and Geometry
  • Design and implement lessons, activities, and projects that contextualize mathematics and provide real world applications specific to students’ postsecondary and professional goals
  • Provide students with opportunities to develop problem-solving, critical thinking, and abstract reasoning skills within mathematics contexts, regardless of their incoming abilities and experiences with math
    Other Duties

    The primary duties of a Future Academy staff member include:

  • Integrating CYC’s culture statements into daily practice: Passion for CYC’s Mission, striving for professional growth and learning, inclusion, professionalism, and appropriate boundaries.
  • Working as a team with other staff to help orient and retain students in the program
  • Maintaining high expectations for all students regardless of their incoming abilities and experiences
  • Participating on committees that develop, improve, and maintain school structures
  • Participating in and seeking out professional development opportunities provided by Futures, CYC, or external organizations
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings as required
  • Run errands as needed using personal transportation
  • Attend relevant community and school meetings
  • Other duties as assigned by the Principal
Requirements/Qualifications
  • • • Hold Colorado teaching license (or be currently eligible for one with the appropriate endorsement for this position or be otherwise “highly qualified” for the position as defined by the Colorado Department of Education)
  • • Demonstrate solid knowledge of subject matter. Experience teaching math to secondary or postsecondary students, particularly in alternative settings
  • • A willingness to engage in ongoing personal and professional reflection and growth, and a desire and ability to work within a team
  • • A passionate and committed belief that youth can rise above seemingly insurmountable obstacles and return to school, graduate, and succeed into post-secondary education
  • • Demonstration of clear and appropriate boundaries with youth
  • • Commitment to supporting & being a part of CYC’s effort to continually strive toward inclusivity, growth & appreciation of the organization and each individual’s unique strengths and perspectives, including commitment to self-development identity work
  • • Dependable transportation and being insurable as a driver on the auto liability policy of Colorado Youth for a Change is preferred
  • • Dedication to engaging staff and students across social identities
  • • Desire and ability to work with diverse student populations, at-risk youth, and English language learners
  • Computer skills in Microsoft Word and Excel, along with excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish preferred
Compensation/Benefits

We offer a competitive salary.  Exempt position and starting salary is depending upon experience. We also offer a medical, dental, vision, retirement plan, company paid short and long term disability and a life insurance policy.  Vacation and sick time hours available.  We are also give paid spring break and winter break.  This position is located in Aurora, Colorado.

 We are an equal opportunity & affirmative action employer. An applicant with a disability or a disabled veteran can request reasonable accommodation to apply for one of our positions.

To request accommodations for the purpose of applying for one of our positions,

contact Human Resources at 303-292-2779

 

 

How To Apply

We offer a competitive salary.  Exempt position and starting salary is depending upon experience.. We also offer a medical, dental, vision, retirement plan, company paid short and long term disability and a life insurance policy.  Vacation and sick time hours available.  You also receive paid spring break and winter break.  This position is located in Aurora, Colorado.

 We are an equal opportunity & affirmative action employer. An applicant with a disability or a disabled veteran can request reasonable accommodation to apply for one of our positions.

To request accommodations for the purpose of applying for one of our positions,

contact Human Resources at 303-292-2779

 

Please send current resume, cover letter and three references, along with salary requirement to:

employment@youthforachange.org

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