ABOUT THE CITY:
The City of Cambridge is a diverse and vibrant community that people of different ethnic, racial, religious, national, and other backgrounds call home. We take pride in our city's diversity and strive to create a workplace that is reflective of the community we serve. The city is also deeply committed to creating an environment in which all our employees are treated equitably and feel included. We seek to hire, develop, and advance individuals who value antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI), and are committed to embedding ADEI best practices and tenets in all aspects of our work.
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT:
The Department of Human Service Programs (DHSP) creates and coordinates services that enhance the quality of life for Cambridge residents. Driven by the needs of residents, DHSP's extensive services and programs touch almost every sector in the city: from newborns to senior citizens, from school-aged children to homeless families, from non-profit organizations to local employers.
The Community Learning Center (CLC) empowers a diverse community of adult learners to transform their lives and realize their potential through education, skills development, and community participation. Learners are predominantly low-income Cambridge residents and come from a variety of ethnic, linguistic, and racial backgrounds. They are enrolled in English classes or Adult Education for high school equivalency, employment training, or preparation for college.
ABOUT THE ROLE:
The Advisor/Student Leadership Coordinator is a full-time position supporting individual adult learners and working in partnership with groups of learners to increase student leadership and voice within our school. The ideal candidate has a commitment to racial equity, an understanding of the challenges adult learners face, and a strong belief in the importance of representation, leadership development, and voice within public adult education. We are looking for a dynamic individual who will flourish in these roles. This is an 11-month per year permanent position with salary paid over 12 months.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Support 4 or more groups of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) learners in navigating barriers to their education and make appropriate referrals to agencies and programs for assistance when necessary.
- Communicate regularly with teachers about learner goals, successes, and challenges.
- Support learners in identifying and achieving goals for career and further education.
- Enter and maintain learner data and records.
- Administer standardized assessments.
- Work as a team with CLC advisors on new student orientation, placement, and learner support/referrals.
Student Leadership Coordinator
- Recruit and train student ambassadors to work with CLC advisors to orient and support incoming learners.
- Conduct student leadership development workshops throughout the school year.
- Support student leaders to represent their peers in sharing information, giving feedback, and contributing new ideas.
- Work together with student leaders, alumni, and their peers to carry out school community-building events highlighting our diversity and strength.
- Engage student leaders and alumni to participate in outreach efforts for our school.
- Enhance overall learner experience and engagement through internal and external collaborations, events, and support.
- Additional duties assigned as needed.
- Demonstrated ability to build trusting relationships to effectively support diverse learners in achieving their goals.
- Experience leading projects or events and teams.
- Knowledge of barriers to education and employment experienced by low-income individuals.
- Excellent organizational, communication, and technology skills.
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.
- A commitment to racial equity and a desire to understand and interrupt systemic racism and other forms of oppression.
- The City of Cambridge’s workforce, like the community it serves, is diverse. Applicants must have the ability to work and interact effectively with individuals and groups with a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, and ideologies.
- Bilingual/bicultural identity.
- A passion for collaboration, problem-solving, and learning new things.
- Experience teaching or training adult learners with limited English and/or formal education.
- BEST Plus and/or TABE CLAS-E certification.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS, WORKING CONDITIONS, WORK FLEXIBILITY AND ACCOMODATIONS
- General office and classroom environment with air conditioning and fluorescent lighting; work to be performed onsite.
- Job requires evening and day work.
- There is extensive computer use. Ability to access, input, and retrieve information from a computer. Ability to lift and carry up to five pounds of books and papers.
- Ability to answer phones and maintain multiple files.
- Ability to travel to meetings within the city.
- Be comfortable to work primarily in a standard office environment with moderate noise level, telephones, personal computers, printers, and other office equipment.
Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.
Please upload the below documents to complete your application: