WA-BLOC is hiring!

Servant Leader Educator

Position: Servant Leader Educator for WA-BLOC’s Freedom Schools summer learning program

Application Deadline: Friday, February 28th 2020

Location: Rainier Beach High School or Emerson Elementary School

Pay Rate/Benefits: This is a temporary, full-time summer position at $19/hr. WA-BLOC will provide an ORCA Pass to any employee that requests one and commits to paying the reduced cost of $10/month. Employees are also eligible for 3 days of Paid-Time-Off, which can be used during the time of employment or paid out at the end of employment.

Schedule: Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:00pm, with occasional evening engagements. Required dates include:

o Pre-National Training: 5/16
o National Training in Knoxville, TN: 5/28 – 6/6
o Post National Training and Site Set up: 6/29 – 7/3
o Program Dates: 7/6-8/14 (Rainier Beach HS) 7/6-8/7 (Emerson Elementary)

About WA-BLOC: WA-BLOC (Washington Building Leaders of Change) is a non-profit organization rooted in South Seattle committed to building Black and Brown Excellence in the education system to transform our communities. Founded in 2016, WA-BLOC programming is designed to build strong, literate, and empowered scholars prepared to make a difference in themselves, their families, communities, nation and world. WA-BLOC partners with local public schools (primarily Rainier Beach High School and Emerson Elementary School), community partners, and most importantly, our students and families, to create a collective vision for equitable education that is culturally responsive, trauma-informed and restorative. WA-BLOC has been operating the CDF Freedom Schools summer program in Seattle since our inception during 2015-16 school year.

Program and Position Summary: The CDF Freedom Schools® program is a direct service initiative
coordinated nationally by the Children’s Defense Fund in partnership with local community organizations (like WA-BLOC). It is an educational and cultural enrichment program that provides
summer options for children and strengthens family and community involvement. The activity-based curriculum, which is aligned to the Common Core State Standards, integrates reading, conflict resolution, and social action, and is designed to promote social, cultural, and historical awareness. College-age young adults and recent college graduates play a key role in the CDF Freedom Schools program in the position of Servant Leader Educator. Each CDF Freedom Schools Servant Leader Educator serves as the teacher for a maximum of 12 students. Servant Leader Educators have access to further leadership development and networking opportunities geared toward continued direct service and advocacy on behalf of children and families.

Essential Responsibilities

● Guide and engage students at all times.
● Supervise and maintain safety of students at all times.
● Set up, manage, and breakdown classroom space according to standards developed by CDF.
● Facilitate daily Integrated Reading Curriculum (IRC) for 10-12 scholars and support afternoon
enrichment activities.
● Tailor and facilitate any complimentary curriculum given by the Site Coordinator.
● Foster identify formation, positive community, belonging, and engagement for 10-12 scholars in
classroom space.
● Collaborate with other staff to establish and maintain a supportive and structured environment
for the students entrusted in their care.
● Attend all required trainings.
● Serve as Harambee leaders, afternoon activities facilitators, and field trip chaperones.
● Lead morning Harambee (Ki-Swahili word meaning “Let’s pull together”) with SLE team.
Harambee is a high-energy time at the beginning of the day when scholars and staff come
together to celebrate and affirm one another through guest speakers, cheers and chants,
singing, and more.
● Facilitate communication and promote problem solving with scholars.
● Implement Restorative Justice practices in the classroom.
● Attend daily morning and afternoon team briefings.
● Serve as a positive role model to scholars, staff, and families and maintain a supportive and structured environment for scholars entrusted in your care.
● Report any issues or concerns regarding students in program to Site Coordinator.
● Communicate regularly with:

○ Families to promote parent engagement and develop plans to support scholars via
weekly phone calls
○ Freedom Schools team in a timely manner and respond to all phone/email messages
within 24 hours

● Must be at least 20 years of age, have completed at least two years of college in education or a
related field, and have plans to complete a college degree.
● Experience working with K-12 students within community and school systems.
● Strong understanding of South Seattle community and local issues.
● Ability to motivate others and work as part of an intergenerational team.
● Strong appreciation and understanding of individual cultural history, privileges, intersectionality
of identities, and the willingness to be open and respectful of all cultures.
● Willingness to strive for excellence in all areas and ability to think critically and analytically.
● Exhibit positive behavior and attitude by modeling a “growth mindset”; model a mature and
professional demeanor; and possess excellent written and verbal skills.

To Apply
: To be considered for this position, we ask that you submit a cover letter, current resume, two professional references to Program Director, Makaelah Smith: and complete the Servant Leader Educator Application form–which includes multiple short answer questions.

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