Job Title: Organizing Foundations Educator
Reports to: Director of Education
Background on UTEC, Inc.
UTEC’s promise is to ignite and nurture the ambition of our most disengaged youth to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. UTEC’s outcomes-focused model begins with intensive street outreach, reaching proven high-risk youth where they’re at. UTEC engages youth in workforce development and educational programs and provides mental health services and intensive case management. Social justice and civic engagement are embedded in all programming. For more info, please visit www.utecinc.org.
UTEC is committed to its vision for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion which pledges to honor the lived experiences and expertise of individuals; create community and celebration of cultures; challenge all forms of oppression; and embody a culture that leans into discomfort and recognizes it as a growth opportunity. UTEC is dedicated to fair and equitable compensation practice, the health, mental health, and overall well-being of young adults and staff and to creating an environment that supports work-life balance and the individual and professional growth of all.
UTEC is a non-profit organization that supports proven risk emerging adults ages 17-25 by providing paid workforce training and education programs. UTEC’s program is designed for young adults with proven barriers to success, primarily incarceration and gang involvement. Our program pairs each young adult with a Transitional Coach that supports their progress towards their goals and supports them in removing barriers to success while they are enrolled in a workforce path (Culinary, Woodworking & Organizing) and/or enrolled in our Education program (HiSet Certification).
The Organizing Educator will be responsible for facilitating engaging learning experiences and opportunities for young adults to develop their social emotional skills as well as foundational concepts of Organizing. Social emotional learning will focus on the 5 core UTEC SEL Competencies which include Communication & Relationship, Growth Mindset, Independence, Self-reflection and Self-Management. Foundational concepts of organizing include morals, values and history that guide current-day organizing strategies. In this phase of programming young adults will explore social justice related topics that impact their communities and begin to formulate their identity as an organizer.
- Supervises a work crew of up to 8-10 young adults in Foundations of Organizing and Level 1 Organizing
- In Foundations Level:
- Create curriculum that supports the learning of basic organizing principles, morals and ethics
- Create opportunities for young adults to learn and grow SEL skills, specifically the UTEC Competencies
- Support young adult in their identity development and understanding their strengths and areas of growth
- Support young adults in their transition from Transformational Beginnings to Workforce programming by building community and culture, and providing opportunities to shadow the various programs and discuss potential areas where they will thrive
- Peak their interest in organizing as a potential career path
- In Level 1:
- Support young adults in their identity development as an organizer
- Help young adults explore all methods of organizing
- Support young adults in identifying community issues to address and create a plan of action
- Teach basic technical skills necessary for the workforce (email etiquette, GSuite, computer skills, etc.)
- Begin working on basic documentation necessary for entering the workforce (appropriate email, draft a resume, etc.)
- Uphold UTEC’s Standards of Accountability and restorative practices to support young adults in growing social emotional and positive decision making skills
- Track and report attendance via weekly attendance
- Consistently log all data required by program and grants
- Report to grant and funders progress and barriers of Organizing program
- Participate in UTEC’s activities and celebrations such as Fresh Inspirations, Circle Up and House Meal
- Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred
- Special interest in building power among proven risk emerging adults to fight for social, economic and racial justice.
- Strong knowledge of the history of social justice
- Comfort with social media and digital communication
- Comfort with modernized organizing
- Project management
- Positive youth development
- Curriculum and agenda development
- Coaching and coachability
- The ability to laugh at one’s self is a must
- Ability to thrive and be productive in a high-energy and youthful environment
Education and Experience:
- Two or more years of experience of direct service work with youth
- Basic understanding of restorative justice and transformative justice practices
- Lived experience relative to the young adults at UTEC is a plus.
- Excellent oral and written skills
- Facilitation skills
- Basic level of curriculum writing and implementation and/or willingness to learn on the job
- Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
- Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.
- Able to travel as needed.
Salary range is $47k-$56k, commensurate with experience. Benefits include retirement 401K plan, health and dental (50-85% subsidized), 3 weeks paid vacation, holiday and paid sick/personal time, the opportunity for a paid sabbatical after 3 years, first-time homebuyers funding, and free counseling for all staff. Please see www.utecinc.org/jobs for more details.
To apply for this job please visit utecinc.applytojob.com.
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