Homeboy Industries provides hope, training, and support to formerly gang-involved and recently incarcerated men and women, allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community.
POSITION TITLE: Director of Curriculum and Training
REPORTS TO: Director of Re-Entry Services
The Director of Curriculum and Training is responsible for the overall design, development, implementation, and evaluation of the educational component for Homeboy Industries, which serves an average of 500 community clients, trainees, and part-time workers monthly. The Director of Curriculum and Training manages the day to day operations of the Education department, including student services, educational outcomes and the supervision of volunteer teachers, facilitators, and trainees that participate in the 45 classes offered within the agency. Additionally, the Director takes the lead in initiating partnerships with educational institutions to strengthen the educational philosophy and goals set for men and women re-directing their lives.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Develop, implement, and communicate the goals of the education department, and align them with the mission of the agency.
- Build a strong team of staff with varying skill sets and capacities to execute the goals of the department.
- Organize existing educational courses offered in six areas: Academic, Life Skills, Substance Abuse, Support Groups, Work Readiness, and Extracurricular to best serve three client populations: community-based, trainees, and part-time youth.
- Strengthen and mange data/systems to improve student services, including the following requests: enrollment, attendance, letters, certificates, progress reports, and communication with DCFS, DPO’s, and courts.
- Design core curriculum tailored to the needs of trainees employed full-time in our 18-month program.
- Train and manage volunteer teachers and facilitators who provide classroom instruction.
- Implement a service-learning component to our 18-month model.
- Collaborate with other departments and partner agencies to address the issues at stake for former gang-members and youth re-integrating into the community.
- Review all proposals and ensure that new programs and opportunities supplement the overall vision and goals of the department.
- Oversee and maintain important partnerships related to education (Learning Works @ Homeboy; Peace Over Violence; Children’s Institute).
- Initiate relationships with educational institutions to strengthen the training offered in our social enterprises and access to post-secondary education.
QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS:
- Strong organizational and management skills required and a proven track record in leadership and team building.
- Mission driven individual with strong work ethic; challenge seeker and problem solver; able to act and react as necessary, even if limited information is available; not afraid to take charge of a situation
- Experience with pedagogies of empowerment, strength-based approaches is a strong plus.
- Experience working with individuals of diverse ethnic backgrounds
- Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel
- Excellent communication and writing skills.
EDUCATION AND OR EXPERIENCE:
Master’s in Public Administration, Education, Social Work, or related field preferred, or B.A. in Sociology or related field plus 5+ years experience working with gang-population and high-risk youth.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk and reach with hands and arms. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and ability to adjust focus.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Salary to be negotiated depending on qualifications and experience. This is a full-time exempt position with a benefits package including health, dental, vision and retirement account.
To Apply: All resumes must be emailed to Jennifer (firstname.lastname@example.org)