Nearly 50% of Chicago’s West side teens never finish high school.
Bring the vision. Keep the hope. Be the change.
About the West Town Academy:
The West Town Academy (WTA) is a highly effective, state-recognized diploma-granting high school for students who have dropped out of Chicago Public Schools and wish to complete their secondary education. 75% of our students are African-American, and 25% are Latino. Students range in age from 17-21 years of age. Most WTA students are from low-income families, and approximately 15% are DCFS wards.
The WTA plays a critical role in the lives of both our students and their communities. The WTA strives to demonstrate and model a highly successful strategy for re-engaging, teaching and graduating our community’s many dropout youth. Additionally, the WTA serves as a model for civic and government leaders to encourage the creation and expansion of resources and programs that effectively address the needs of our community’s many at-risk and dropout youth.
Position: Social Science Instructor
(1) Develop Social Science lesson plans and provide academic instruction and individualized mentoring services to assigned students. Course curriculum has a social justice emphasis.
(2) Oversee the implementation of educational plan and intervene immediately with any students on their caseload showing attendance, behavior, or academic problems.
(3) Follow-up daily with phone calls to absent students and their parents/ guardians.
(4) Provide additional tutoring and develop remediation plan for any students failing to perform in their class.
(5) Maintain all records, logs, and submit reports in a timely manner.
(6) Attend all staff meetings and events as assigned.
(7) Involvement with after-school and extracurricular activities a needed
(8) Incorporate computer skills development through social science curriculum
Candidates should possess a demonstrated commitment to community service
Two or more years related experience with at-risk, dropout youth preferred
Bachelor’s degree (required)
Master’s degree (preferred)
Valid Illinois Secondary Professional Educator License (PEL) (preferred)
Candidates not in possession of Secondary PEL certification will be required to pass a qualifying test for Charter School Certification within 90 days
Salary and Benefits:
This is a full time, permanent, career position. The salary range is based on certification levels, skills and experience. The agency benefit package includes health, life, disability insurance; retirement plan; and bonus plan.
Qualified candidates should submit a detailed cover letter and resume demonstrating how you meet or exceed each minimum qualification and describing generally their relevant special knowledge, skills, and abilities. Please submit application materials electronically or mail directly to West Town Academy:
Human Resources West Town Academy 534 N. Sacramento Blvd. Chicago, IL 60612
No phone calls, please.
To view more employment opportunities with Greater West Town Community Development Project, visit our careers page: http://www.gwtp.edu/gwtp-careers
Additional Salary Information: Salary and Benefits: This is a full time, permanent, career position. The salary range is based on certification levels, skills and experience. The agency benefit package includes health, life, disability insurance; retirement plan; and bonus program.
About Greater West Town Community Development Project
Greater West Town Community Development Project (GWTP) is a community-based economic development organization dedicated to expanding educational and employment opportunities in Chicago’s low-income communities. GWTP is a pro-active and effective advocate for unemployed community residents and at-risk and dropout youth in Chicago’s economically distressed neighborhoods. We provide practical, on-the-ground solutions to our communities’ complex challenges through hands-on vocational skills training, comprehensive job placement, and our West Town Academy Alternative High School that re-enrolls high-school dropouts. For over 25 years, GWTP has successfully linked expanded educational and employment service for community residents to community development initiatives and the needs of small-mid-size local employers. For more information, visit us at www.gwtp.org or www.gwtp.edu.