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.
● 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
● Tailor and facilitate any complimentary curriculum given by the Site Coordinator.
● Foster identify formation, positive community, belonging, and engagement for 10-12 scholars in
● 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: firstname.lastname@example.org and complete the Servant Leader Educator Application form–which includes multiple short answer questions.