JA Learning Pod Leaders

Junior Achievement of South Florida (JA) inspires and prepares youth to succeed in a global economy. JA provides real-world training in financial literacy including budgeting, spending, investing and the use of credit; offers cutting-edge skill-building opportunities that enable young people to explore meaningful, productive careers; teaches students how to start businesses; and introduces entrepreneurial values that strengthen workplaces. Last year, with the help of over 7,000 trained corporate and community volunteers, JA delivered twenty-plus various programs to almost 50,000 students in classrooms throughout Broward and south Palm Beach Counties.

(Temporary and In-Person Position)

Position Description:

As schools announce plans for full or partial distance learning to respond to COVID-19, working parents with school-age children are faced with the challenge of how to ensure that their children are in a safe learning setting while they work—a challenge that is even more daunting for families with low incomes, families who face greater health risks, and families who face inequities in access to educational and health resources as well as employment options. As a solution provider, Junior Achievement (JA) is committed to providing a safe environment that provides e-learning support in a positive, engaging environment. Strict CDC guidelines will be enforced to ensure the safety of students and staff.

The JA Learning Pod Leader will lead support e-learning for a group of 9 students (in grade K-8) taking place at JA World Huizenga Center at the Lillian S. Wells Pavilion. The JA Learning Pod Leader will oversee the general safety and skill growth of the students in his/her group. The ideal candidate is organized, creative and energetic with a passion for children and for ensuring a safe environment for all children. The Learning Pod Leader will report to the Remote Learning Program Director. To learn more about this program, please visit www.JASouthFlorida.org/RemoteLearning.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead and support students as they participate their e-learning experiences with Broward County School Staff via Microsoft Teams
  • Maintain a safe and respectful environment in order to optimize student capabilities and develop their love of learning.
  • Assist in completing Symptom Screening of students (using an infrared thermometer to check temperatures and asking parent/students if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19) • Listen and respond to parent concerns with sensitivity. Conducts parent and student meetings as needed.
  • Provide support to students as necessary for academics, behavior, etc.
  • Assumes responsibility for implementing discipline procedures as stated in the program guidelines.
  • Develops innovative strategies, preventative approaches, and proactive plans for students who exhibit at-risk behaviors.
  • Collaborate with the other Learning Pod Leaders and the Remote Learning Program Director on best practices, activities, and strategies to support students throughout the day
  • Provide enriching activities throughout the day during breaks in the Broward Schools curriculum
  • Responsible for the safety of your assigned students at all times
  • Ensure proper use of materials and facility by students, seeing that all areas are kept clean and organized.
  • Monitor students to ensure compliance with program rules, CDC guidelines and appropriate behavior. This includes all individuals wearing face coverings, keeping 6 feet distance between students and staff, and maintaining proper hand hygiene throughout the day.
  • Create and keep records on attendance, accidents, incidents, and other noteworthy events in accordance with program policies
  • Record and report incidents, such as injury or rule violations to the Remote Learning Program Director.
  • Attend team meetings as scheduled.
  • Assist with the inventory, storage and distribution and cleaning of materials and supplies.
  • Know and understand all emergency procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • A devotion of education of children and a strong desire to make a difference.
  • Knowledge of understanding of adolescent physical, emotional, and intellectual development.
  • Ability to recognize the importance of safety in the workplace, follow safety rules, practice safe work habits, utilize appropriate safety equipment and report unsafe conditions to the appropriate administrator.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from parents, administrators, community stakeholders, etc. • Strong communication, interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Ability to understand and be sensitive to those of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • Overall friendly and professional demeanor. • Energetic, cheerful and positive when communicating with students, parents and partners.
  • Desire and ability to work with children and young adults and support them academically
  • Ability to be active and outside for up to 1 hour at a time.
  • Ability to handle several tasks simultaneously.
  • Unquestionable personal code of ethics, integrity, diversity and trust.
  • Self-starter; ability to anticipate next steps; proactively take actions necessary to produce results.
  • Creative problem solver.
  • Ability to contribute to a positive organizational culture.
  • Build trust internally and externally, and discretion to handle confidential information.
  • Commitment to providing superior customer service.
  • Basic understanding and ability to use tablets and laptops (Experience/Knowledge of Teams and Canvas huge plus)
  • Knowledge of virtual meetings and web browsing.

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Available to start immediately
  • High school diploma or equivalent required, degree or working towards degree in education preferred or a related field or equivalent work experience.
  • Knowledge of Canvas online learning platform a plus, but not required
  • Current or former Teacher Certification highly preferred.
  • Experience overseeing groups of children (in schools, community organizations, etc.)
  • Ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbal and written.
  • Strong computer literacy, including Microsoft Office Suite, Teams
  • Ability to pass a national and state background check.

Schedule and Compensation:

  • This is a temporary position, there no additional benefits are offered.
  • Hourly Rate; $15.00 per hour / Hours per week may vary / End of Program Bonuses may be available based on funding.
  • JA Learning Pod Leaders will work approximately 37.5 hours per week between 7am – 2:30pm, however minimum hours per week are not guaranteed as weekly schedule is contingent on student enrollment.

Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to: sit, walk, occasionally required to reach with hands and arms, continually required to talk or hear, occasionally required to bend, lift, or climb, frequently required to lift and carry light weights (25-50 pounds), and specific vision abilities include: close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust or focus. A car is required for travel to schools and companies.

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to Anna@JASouthFlorida.org with the subject line of “JA Learning Pod Leaders”.

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