4383Job Posting: Information Technology Instructor, San Jose
- Apr 28, 2014
Title: Information Technology Instructor
Office: Year Up Bay Area
Location: San Jose
The IT Instructor role is a year-round, full-time position that incorporates teaching, curriculum development, advising, group facilitation, and committee work. Reporting directly to the Director of Academics, the instructor will teach Introduction to Computer Applications and Hardware, and Networking courses from an existing but evolving curriculum. Our classroom emphasizes a student-centered learning environment that has real-life application.
Every instructor at Year Up is more than just a technical trainer. The foundation of our business model is high support and high expectations for our students. As such, instructors spend much of their time guiding students in professional behavior, helping to build their confidence, and advising them on choices (personal, professional, and educational) that will help them to reach their goals. In addition, every instructor works collaboratively with a dedicated group of professionals as part of a comprehensive “learning community” to ensure the success of students. Instructors also participate in committees, site meetings, and other activities that enable our organization to operate and grow successfully. As a Year Up staff member the IT Instructor will also advise to 3 - 5 students per class cycle and facilitate interactive workshops for a learning community of 40 students.
The IT Instructor will also interact with students as a mentor, group facilitator, and advocate, participating in building a positive educational environment.
Classroom and Academics
Plan and teach high-quality, student-driven, and project-based classes daily in which students learn, are challenged, and enjoy the learning process
Instruct Information Technology courses of approximately 20 students with curriculum aligning to college level coursework in: computer applications, hardware, and networking
Contribute to curriculum development as part of the Technology Instructional team
Attend and participate in ongoing curriculum planning meetings with Academic Team
Attend and participate in weekly Academic Team Meetings and periodic Professional Development workshops and trainings
Tutor students outside of class, as necessary
Learning Community Member
Serve as a staff member of a learning community (40 students and 10 staff); interact with students as an advisor and group facilitator; participate in creating, and sustaining a positive educational environment with trust among students and staff; enforce the student contract
Participate actively as a member of the Academic team, contributing ideas and recommendations for improving processes
Serve as site support for staff and student IT issues; troubleshoot computer, program, and printer problems as necessary
Contribute to the entire team by helping other Year Up staff members or departments when needed
Have a consistently positive and can-do attitude, which is essential in our movement to close the Opportunity Divide
Site Team/Learning Community Member
- Serve as an advisor/mentor for a small number of current students
- Join and sometimes facilitate weekly group sessions with students
- Participate in staff meetings and trainings
- At least 2 years’ experience as an educator; additional experience as an industry/corporate trainer is a plus
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field required; Master’s degree preferred
- Intermediate- to expert-level proficiency in Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010, Windows XP and Windows 7, Windows Vista, networking & troubleshooting, TCP/IP basics, understanding of internal components, and knowledge of PC hardware support; Mac experience is also highly valued
- Strong, dynamic interpersonal skills - experience working with diverse individuals and groups
- Experience teaching or working with urban youth, preferably within the 18-24 age range
- Experience with curriculum, syllabus development, lesson planning and project-based learning
- Experience with student assessment; and a talent to continuously evaluate the curriculum to identify what is working and what improvements can be made
- Experience with eLearning, blended learning and computer enhanced teaching and learning, and experience working with a variety of virtual/online video instructional technology preferred
- Proficiency with various Learning Management Skills (i.e. Schoology) a plus
- An interest in implementing progressive teaching methodologies and in creating a hands-on interactive learning environment
- Strong communication and teamwork skills
- Comfortable with change and interest in working in a fast-paced, dynamic, complex start-up and/or entrepreneurial environment
- A passion for working with urban young adults, an unshakable belief in their potential and a strong commitment to the mission of Year Up
- Understanding of the Opportunity Divide and its drivers
- Commitment to diversity and inclusion
This role may also be designed as an IT/QA Instructor if the candidate has the following additional qualifications:
Intermediate- to expert- level proficiency in the following areas: system development life cycle, software testing, static testing, dynamic testing, white box and black box testing, test management, defect management, and test automation
12-24 months experience working in QA roles in the software, gaming, or product development industries recommended but not required
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with education and experience
Benefits: Competitive package including 100% healthcare coverage, dental, and 401(k) match
Vacation: Three weeks paid vacation in first year of employment; four weeks after initial year
Professional development: Funds available to support staff in achieving career objectives
Year Up is an award-winning national 501(c)3 organization striving to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. Through a one-year intensive training program, Year Up provides urban young adults ages 18-24 with a unique combination of hands-on technical and professional skills, college credit, and corporate internships.
With an annual operating budget of over $60 million, Year Up will serve over 1,900 students in 2013 nationwide, with sites in: Atlanta, Boston, Bay Area (San Francisco and Silicon Valley), New York, Providence, Puget Sound (Seattle), National Capital Region (Washington DC) and Chicago, with Year Up Professional Training Corps (PTC) sites located in Miami, Baltimore, and a new site in Philadelphia launching in 2013.
Voted one of the Best NonProfits to Work For in the country by the NonProfit Times, Year Up is a rewarding place to work. Our staff is passionate, supportive, mission-driven, and committed to positive change and continuous learning. We set high standards for both ourselves and our students, and live by a set of core values that reflect an unshakable belief in the talent and full potential of our young people. The work we do is life-changing, and we know that our team is the greatest asset in achieving our mission.
Please visit http://www.yearup.org/careers to learn more about working at Year Up, and to see a list of current opportunities.
Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume through our website.
Note that applications without a cover letter will not be considered. We respectfully request no phone calls.