Tutoring Center Assistant

1 week ago
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Youth Tutoring Program
USD $15.60/Hr.



The Youth Tutoring Program (YTP) is an after-school educational enrichment program for at-risk, predominately immigrant and refugee students grades 1st-12th who live in six low- and mixed-income housing communities in Seattle. Begun in 1991 as a partnership with the Seattle Housing Authority, the tutoring centers provide youth with a positive learning environment and a structured tutoring program to help them build academic success. We work within the communities we serve, offering tutoring through community volunteers, and connecting with schools and parents. This position is to support operations at the YTP tutoring center in the High Point community of West Seattle.

Our ideal candidate is someone who values educational success as a vehicle for change, and has experience working with youth in an academic setting. The Tutoring Center Assistant will support the implementation of the after-school tutoring program and the summer learning program in the High Point community. Primary duties will include supporting center operations, tutoring and mentoring students, and supporting paid teen interns in their work at the tutoring center. Typical hours will be 10 – 12 per week. Applicants must be available during program time (4 – 8 pm M-Th during the school year, and 12:30 – 4:30 pm M-Th during the summer session).



1. Assist the Center Supervisor in planning and coordinating after school tutoring summer learning programs located in a low/mixed-income community. Possible responsibility to fulfill Center Supervisor responsibilities when Supervisor is not available.

    1. Work with the Center Supervisor and volunteers to assess students in math and language arts, develop individualized learning goals, and implement activities for each child.
    2. Monitor the implementation of learning goals and activities by youth interns and volunteers.
    3. Maintain organized and accessible learning materials and resources.
    4. Support volunteer and student pairs during tutoring sessions including assisting with the matching of volunteers with students, and providing guidance and support as needed.
    5. Support teen interns including assisting with hiring and training, and provide mentoring and guidance in their work as tutors and summer group leaders.
    6. Assist in the daily management of center activities.


2. Tutor and mentor students, individually and in small groups, including the tasks below.


  1. Follow students’ individual learning plans for structured hour-long tutoring sessions.
  2. Assist in implementing the YTP language arts and math skill-building curriculum.
  3. Assist students with homework assignments.
  4. Help students develop their abilities to learn, discover and understand. Focus on student acquisition of core concepts as well as building their confidence as learners.


3. Foster an environment where youth and adults are treated with respect and where learning is perceived to be fun, exciting and important. Assist in developing and supporting values of a culturally diverse work environment, including the tasks below.

  1. Model respectful and inclusive behavior for staff, volunteers, students and parents.
  2. Attend trainings as available to learn about students’ ethnic and racial cultures, as well as educational enrichment skills and strategies.
  3. Assist with relationship building between tutors and students, by supporting them to learn about their student’s culture, academic goals and challenges, and best ways to support their learning. Use problem-solving skills. Perform appropriate classroom management during tutoring sessions, and utilize conflict resolutions skills with students, parents, tutors, and teachers when needed.


4. Assist with record keeping and center organization including maintaining learning resources in an organized and accessible manner, and tracking student academic progress.


5. Attend training workshops and staff meetings as needed. Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor



  1. At least 1 year relevant classroom or after-school experience in teaching or tutoring elementary, middle or high school youth.
  2. Associate’s degree or two years of higher education in a related field; additional relevant experience may substitute for education.
  3. Proven ability to work with youth in a respectful and caring manner, focusing on increasing self-esteem and academic skills.
  4. Cultural competence in working with low-income youth and families from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
  5. Academic competence in reading, writing and math.
  6. Strong classroom management, interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.
  7. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with school, students, parents, community representatives and general public.
  8. Evening availability. Typical hours are worked between 4:00pm and 8:00pm, M – Th, with some additional weekday hours when needed.
  9. Criminal history background checks are required prior to employment.
  1. Bilingual in an East African language.

Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.


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