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Welcome to the LAYC Career Academy job application process!

(Note: All positions will remain open until filled.)

Positions Available.

  • A- Director of Student Support
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A- Director of Student Support

Overview: The LAYC Career Academy seeks a Director of Student Support to join us in the creation of an exciting new educational community. The ideal candidate will have an energetic and flexible nature and strong people management skills as well as experience in counseling, crisis management, case management, behavior modification, and life skills development for a diverse population of low-income urban youth.

School Description: The LAYC Career Academy sets high expectations for disconnected youth 16-24 years of age by providing a college preparatory GED curriculum and the opportunity to gain college credits before graduation. The school is built upon the central beliefs that:

  • All youth can and must obtain either a college degree or industry-recognized credential.
  • Students grow by recognizing their own strengths, using them to overcome obstacles, and setting and achieving ambitious academic and career goals.
  • Disconnected youth will succeed academically and personally with the help of high-quality, culturally appropriate education and support services.
All graduates will complete a college preparatory curriculum that is aligned to Common Core State Standards and pass the GED exam. Students will also achieve one of three outcomes before graduating: become a Medical Assistant; become an A+ Certified Computer Hardware Technician; or complete six college credits through the Career Academy's partnership with the Community College of the District of Columbia.

The LAYC Career Academy opened in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington DC in Fall 2012 with 100 students and eleven teachers, growing to a full enrollment of 200 students and eighteen teachers by Fall 2014. For more information, please visit www.laycca.org.

The LAYC Career Academy was founded by the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC), www.layc-dc.org. LAYC is a nationally recognized multi-cultural, multi-service agency serving all low-income youth across the District of Columbia and in Maryland's Prince George's and Montgomery Counties. LAYC works with over 4,000 individuals each year to support academic achievement, promote healthy behaviors, and guide youth toward successful adulthood. In addition, LAYC conducts advocacy and policy work to broaden opportunities for youth. LAYC operates a regional network of youth centers, school-based sites, and public charter schools that offer a comprehensive set of high quality, multi-lingual, culturally sensitive programs.

Characteristics of Ideal Director of Student Support: Leadership and Supervisory Skills

  • Creates a vision for the LAYC Career Academy's student support program and leads a team to implement that vision;
  • Provides excellent guidance and supervision to caseworkers known as Student Support Specialists;
  • Offers professional development opportunities for school staff in areas such as student behavior and social services resources for students;
Clinical and Advising Skills
  • Provides counseling, case management, and crisis intervention services to students and supports staff working with students in need of these services;
  • Possesses knowledge of strategies and resources used to effectively motivate and support older youth and connect students with college and careers;
People Skills
  • Builds a strong rapport with students, faculty, and staff;
  • Works successfully with youth and adults from diverse backgrounds;
  • Maintains appropriate and healthy boundaries with students and staff;
  • Communicates clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing.

Ongoing Responsibilities:

  • Develop policies and procedures for the student support program, that monitor students' needs and progress and facilitate high graduation rates as well as success in college and careers;
  • Serve on the Leadership Team by attending bimonthly meetings, developing policies and providing support as needed;
  • Provide weekly or monthly supervision as needed to Student Support Specialists including oversight of interventions and guidance, feedback, ideas, and directives regarding clinical interventions and case management;
  • Lead staff meetings and professional development sessions for Student Support Specialists;
  • Provide case management and counseling services for the most challenging students, offering services including:
Ongoing Responsibilities:
  • Develop policies and procedures for the student support program, that monitor students' needs and progress and facilitate high graduation rates as well as success in college and careers;
  • Serve on the Leadership Team by attending bimonthly meetings, developing policies and providing support as needed;
  • Provide weekly or monthly supervision as needed to Student Support Specialists including oversight of interventions and guidance, feedback, ideas, and directives regarding clinical interventions and case management;
  • Lead staff meetings and professional development sessions for Student Support Specialists;
  • Provide case management and counseling services for the most challenging students, offering services including:
  • -Evaluating youth's emotional, behavioral, and social needs and determining optimal treatment interventions strategies;
    -Conducting individual, family, and group counseling sessions;
    -Authorizing referrals or providing access to social services, housing, and child care resources;
    -Offering crisis intervention services;
    -Review and approve needs assessments, referrals for mental health and substance abuse services, etc;
    -Act as a resource to faculty and staff regarding students' behavioral challenges or special needs and intervention strategies that may be employed;
    -Develop and maintain a close working relationship with LAYC Social Services department and Promotor Pathway to leverage LAYC organizational strengths to serve students;
    -Participate in interdisciplinary meetings with other professionals involved in provision of clinical services for students;
    -Lead development of life skills classes and workshops and group and individual activities;
    -Oversee development of the electives course offerings and instructors;
    -Oversee recruitment planning and outreach;
    -Participate in education policy meetings impacting the diverse student body;
    -Serve as liaison for the Community School Grant;
    -Support Student Support Specialists in identifying professional development opportunities;
    -Oversee and provide support with disciplinary issues;
    -Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications:
  • Masters in Social Work or related field preferred;
  • Minimum of four years experience working with older youth in a clinical capacity;
  • Experience working in a school environment;
  • Minimum of one year experience in a supervisory capacity;
  • Commitment to tenets of Positive Youth Development and to meet the needs of every youth in a diverse population;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to work as a member of a team;
  • Flexibility, commitment, and enthusiasm;
  • Ability to attain police, child abuse, and medical clearances;
  • Spanish fluency is strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide crisis intervention services;
  • Demonstrated ability to evaluate youths' emotional, behavioral, and social needs and determine optimal treatment strategies;
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct individual, family, and group counseling sessions;
  • Knowledge of services and resources available for youth ages 16 to 24 in the District of Columbia in health, substance abuse, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation;
  • Excellent organizational skills
APPLICATIONS Please send cover letters and resumes to careeracademyjobs@laycca.org
The LAYCCA PCS is open to any resident of the District of Columbia between the ages of 16 and 24. LAYC Career Academy PCS prohibits discrimination on the basis of a studentís race, color, religion, national origin, language spoken, intellectual or athletic ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, or status as a student with special needs.