Are you ready to join a team dedicated to reducing the opportunity gap for low-income youth? Are you a seasoned educator eager to expand your reach? Do you have a passion for designing engaging project based-learning curricula? Are you adept at transmitting your passion and energy to other educators through training and professional development? Are you ready to drive school success for K-8 students through engaging learning experiences?
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula (BGCP) is the largest expanded learning time organization in Silicon Valley, serving 2,500 K - 12 students at 12 sites in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Redwood City. In neighborhoods where of the youth drop out of high school, BGCP members learn the importance of education and become part of a community of learners, wanting and expecting to succeed in school. In three clubhouses and nine school sites, we implement proven social and academic interventions that most impact a child's achievement in school and in life.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula has evolved significantly in recent years in response to our youth's changing needs. When BGCP was founded 60 years ago, its focus was to keep young people safe and out of trouble. Low-income youth were able to attend the Club and find positive adult role models and participate in constructive activities. As long as they stayed out of serious trouble, they could turn 18, graduate from high school, and get an entry-level manufacturing job that could support a family. Today, those entry level, low-skilled jobs no longer exist. Everyone needs at least two years of post-secondary education or training to secure living wage employment.
In response to this change, we have evolved our mission to focus on school success. In addition to providing our students with the safe place, positive relationships, and sense of belonging that all children need, we are helping them develop the academic and life skills they need to succeed in school. Our after-school and summer programs are tightly integrated with the schools and are an extension of the learning day. We share resources, curriculum, data, and staff training with our school partners. Our budget has grown to $15 million.
While BGCP is affiliated with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, we are an independent 501(c)(3) organization with our own Board of Directors and responsible for our own programs and funding.
As Curriculum Specialist, 6-12 Academics, Enrichment, and Middle School Success Advising (MSSA), you will be an essential part of an evolving program strategy team. You will be responsible for a combination of outsourcing and creating the content resources necessary for staff to implement high-quality academic and enrichment programs. You will work closely with site leadership, BGCP's strategy team, and curriculum partners to ensure staff are equipped to lead students in engaging, impactful learning experiences. In addition, you will oversee the Middle School Success Advising (MSSA) Intensive Services Program to ensure fidelity of implementation and drive towards our organizational priorities around MSSA.
What will you do?
What will success look like?
What qualifications will the ideal candidate have?
Successful track record in education, counseling, or social work
Experience working with middle or high school youth, preferably in a school setting
Expertise in the learning needs of students across the 6-12 continuum and age-appropriate instructional strategies for each age group.
Experience developing, codifying, and/or modifying curriculum to meet the needs of students
Experience facilitating Project Based Learning experiences for students.
Ability to create high-quality learning experiences for students that our non-credentialed direct service staff can provide.
Strong initiative, problem solver, and great organizational, communication, and collaboration skills
Experience and skill in training and coaching staff in a broad range of roles and experience levels.
Clear background check and history indicating fitness to work with children.
What qualities will the ideal candidate demonstrate?
Deep personal commitment to helping low-income youth succeed in school.
A drive to spark students' passions and interests through hands-on expanded learning experiences.
Supportive, collaborative approach to coaching and training.
A "Whatever it Takes" attitude and eagerness to take full ownership of projects and tasks.
Comfort with giving and receiving feedback.
Ability to work in a diverse, fast-paced environment.
Salary & Benefits
Salary: Competitive with other nonprofits and commensurate with experience
Health benefits: 100% of employee premiums for medical/dental/vision; 50% for dependents
Retirement benefits: up to 10% 401(k) plan contribution after one year of employment
Generous paid time-off policy
Making the community a great place for all youth to grow up: priceless
Boys & Girls Clubs Of The Peninsula