Employment Opportunities

Assistant Director

LightHouse Holyoke is an innovative educational program for teens choosing to pursue a personalized approach to their education. Guided by an advisor, LightHouse teens develop their own goals and learn at their own pace in a supportive, bilingual community. Students have the opportunity to pursue learning through classes, individual tutorials, independent studies, volunteer work in the community, and through their own natural exploration and inquiry. LightHouse is a nonprofit, nontraditional school, open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 3pm, September through June, serving 75 young people in grades 6-12.

The Assistant Director will lead the program with guidance and partnership with the Executive Director and our Board of Directors. The Assistant Director is responsible for:

  • General management: Oversee day-to-day operations of LightHouse, including leading and collaborating with the Director of Curriculum and Lead Operations Specialist. Support and collaborate with the Executive Director to develop strategies, design projects, track progress goals, and evaluate and work to continually improve the entire program. Manage occasional conflict by communicating with students and families and facilitating restorative circles.
  • Develop and manage annual budget in collaboration with Executive Director. Monitor LightHouse’s financial performance and develop long range financial plans that align with our strategic priorities. Act as a liason with the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors. Oversee monthly and annual financial planning and reporting including the conduct of an annual audit. Oversee and ensure accuracy of payroll, employee benefits, and business insurance. Manage process for performance evaluations and compensation review.
  • Manage facilities including maintenance, repairs, and lease negotiations. Collaborate with Executive Director on design decisions and future planning.
  • Support in Recruiting/Hiring/Training Teachers, Volunteers and Other Staff: Create a vibrant and diverse educational atmosphere by recruiting and training a variety of skill-sets. Help build and maintain a healthy and supportive staff culture.
  • Engage with students directly through some teaching and advising. Teach one or more classes over the course of the year and offer one or more individual tutorials in areas of expertise and interest. Serve as advisor for approximately 3-5 students, meeting minimally once a week with each advisee, collaboratively maintaining their portfolio, and supporting their overall academic progress and future planning.
  • Assessment:  Work with Director of Curriculum and Lead Operations Specialist to develop/identify student outcome and learning process measures that support differentiated student instruction and assessment based on students’ goals and selected learning. Contribute structures and strategies that will foster a LightHouse learning community to ensure and sustain the core components of LightHouse learning culture [relationship building, empathy, innovation, reflection, aligned with research-based pedagogical and professional practices and effective community partnerships.]

The Assistant Director, above all else, must have a demonstrated passion for working with young people, a commitment to transformative, accessible education, and an ability to be forward-thinking. The ideal candidate will meet many of the following criteria:

  • Experienced teacher/educator, and professional work background in education/working with young people
  • Experience and expertise with the core areas required within this job description
  • Skilled and willing public speaker, able to advocate and speak on behalf of the organization
  • Experience collaborating with a Board of Directors and its committees
  • Knowledgeable and experienced with models and philosophies of non-traditional education
  • Sense of humor, desire to have fun, laugh, and enjoy the work
  • A desire and demonstrated ability to lead and be part of a team that strives to make decisions collaboratively and to work together cooperatively and supportively
  • Fluency in Spanish and English
  • Familiarity with Holyoke and its surrounding communities
  • Demonstrated commitment to creating inclusive environments, as well as to understanding and addressing issues of social (in)justice
  • Commitment to the belief that teens in and around Holyoke deserve a positive and affirming educational experience, and that authentic self-directed learning can be a pathway for fostering confidence, passion, and ultimately success in young people

Position requires a commitment to our community values and a dedication to learning and personal growth. The position does not require a resume, a college degree, or a required number of years of experience.

We acknowledge that the traditional higher education system and many hiring pipelines favor wealthy, white Americans. As a learning institution we care about what you’ve learned throughout the course of your life, and we believe the best candidates will have learned relevant job skills and developed their leadership experience in a wide variety of ways.

We do not drug test. We do run criminal background checks as one measure of safeguarding against sex offenders. We acknowledge that law enforcement, the courts, and the prison industrial complex disproportionately negatively affect the lives of people of color.

This position is full time, year round, with flexible hours during the summer vacation period. Occasional evening and weekend work is required. This position is compensated at a package/salary of $65,000 per year with negotiable benefits v. salary. We are proud to provide a paid sick time/personal leave time benefit, and five weeks paid vacation time during set vacations in December, February, and April, with a flexible paid vacation week in summer, as well as a flexible and largely remote work schedule during summer.

 

LightHouse Holyoke is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, disability, or any other protected category. We welcome all applicants, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ability or gender identity—and encourage Black, Indigenous, and non-Black people of color (BIPOC) to apply. We also encourage Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA+) folks, disabled people, and all people with non-dominant identities to apply.

To apply please send a statement of interest to our Lead Operations Specialist, Ashley Ratliff: [email protected] Please share why this position appeals to you and what you feel you would bring to the organization. We look forward to meeting you!

Student Advisor (and Teacher)

LightHouse Holyoke is an innovative educational program for teens choosing to pursue a personalized approach to their education. Guided by an advisor, LightHouse teens develop their own goals and learn at their own pace in a
supportive, bilingual community. Students have the opportunity to pursue learning through classes, individual tutorials, independent studies, volunteer work in the community, and through their own natural exploration and inquiry. LightHouse is open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 3pm, September through June, serving 50 middle and high school students.

LightHouse is seeking a skilled, creative, compassionate, and innovative individual to fill the position of Core Staff Advisor and Teacher. The Teacher/Advisor will be part of the “core staff” leadership team that also includes the Executive Director, Assistant Director, Director of Curriculum, Development Director, Lead Operations Specialist, Director of Entrepreneurship and Design, and several Teacher/Advisors. Together this team will guide LightHouse forward, working collaboratively to provide a positive and transformative education to teens.

The Advisor is focused on serving individual students and the larger LightHouse community. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Developing and teaching courses on varied topics throughout the year, based on their own expertise as well as the interests of LightHouse students.
    • Working one-on-one with teens to arrange and facilitate individual tutorials in subjects of interest.
    • Serving as an advisor for up to 12 teens, meeting one-on-one weekly to provide support in developing their individual academic programs and personal growth.
    • Providing guidance and support to all LightHouse students, through informal conversations, one-on-one meetings and group discussions.
    • Participating in community events, including the weekly community meeting, weekly staff meeting, helping to care for our space and professional development every Friday afternoon.

We are seeking an individual with, above all else, a demonstrated passion for working with young people, a commitment to transformative education, and an ability to be forward-thinking. The ideal candidate will meet many of the following criteria:

  • Experienced teacher and/or tutor
    • Background in education/working with young people
    • Knowledgeable and experienced with models of non-traditional education
    • Skill or expertise in relevant instructional area/in-demand knowledge base
    • Sense of humor, desire to have fun, laugh, and enjoy what we are doing!
    • A desire to be part of a team that strives to make decisions collaboratively and to work together cooperatively and supportively
    • Fluent in Spanish and English
    • Familiarity with Holyoke and its surrounding communities
    • Demonstrated commitment to creating inclusive environments, as well as to understanding and addressing issues of social (in)justice
    • Commitment to the belief that teens in and around Holyoke deserve a positive and affirming educational experience, and that authentic self-directed learning can be a pathway for fostering confidence, passion, and success

Position requires a commitment to our community values and a dedication to learning and personal growth. The position does not require a resume, a college degree, or a required number of years of experience.

We acknowledge that the traditional higher education system and many hiring pipelines favor wealthy, white Americans. As a learning institution we care about what you’ve learned throughout the course of your life, and we believe the best candidates will have learned relevant job skills and developed their leadership experience in a wide variety of ways.

We do not drug test. We do run criminal background checks as one measure of safeguarding against sex offenders. We acknowledge that law enforcement, the courts, and the prison industrial complex disproportionately negatively affect the lives of people of color.

This position is 34 hours per week, 8:30am-4:00pm Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 – 3:00 on Fridays, with
a half-hour lunch break each day. The position has an annual employment cycle of August 31- June 15 (dates may vary slightly year to year).

LightHouse Holyoke provides core staff with optional employer-sponsored health insurance, a 2% contribution to an IRA, a paid sick/personal time benefit, and four weeks paid time off during student vacations (December, February, April) as well as additional holidays during the academic year.

This is an entry level, 10-month position with significant training included and growth opportunity in coming years. We believe that the option to negotiate salary rewards those who are skilled at negotiation. Being a good negotiator does not mean you will be a better Teacher/Advisor. We are offering a fixed entry-level salary with the intention of avoiding unconscious bias that leads to pay discrimination.

LightHouse Holyoke is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, disability, or any other protected category. We welcome all applicants, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, ability or gender identity—and encourage Black, Indigenous, and non-Black people of color (BIPOC) to apply. We also encourage Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual (LGBTQIA+) folks, disabled people, and all people with non-dominant identities to apply.

To apply please send a statement of interest to Ashley Ratliff, [email protected] Please share why this position appeals to you and what you feel you would bring to the organization. We look forward to meeting you!

Teaching Positions

Courses at LightHouse are taught in 10-13 week blocks.  Classes meet twice per week for 90 minutes, Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday.  Class times are 9:00-10:25, 10:30-12:00, and 1:00-2:30.

Some courses are taught by core staff directors, some by volunteers and college work-study students, and some by paid teachers.

Most classes are relevant to one or more of our Pathways: Entrepreneurship, Creative Arts, Tech, and College Prep.

If you would like to offer a course, we accept proposals on a rolling basis.

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Lunch

LightHouse would like to provide lunch to all students four days per week.  Our ideal vision is that lunch prep be a class for 5 or 6 students to work with a local chef to prepare a meal that we will then all eat together.

Preparation will happen between 10:30 and noon, and we will eat together and clean up between noon and 1:00.

We are in the conversation with local chefs and kitchens to develop this possibility, and looking for more.

If you are interested in being part of providing fresh, healthy meals to our community, either as a cook, teacher, or visionary, please be in touch: [email protected]

Community Partners

LightHouse will spend Fridays off-site engaging in community work, service learning, and other enrichment activities.

Our goal is to partner with one organization per block or per year in order to give us time to build a meaningful relationship and to offer useful assistance.  LightHouse teens and staff will work on projects that are of use to our partner organization, and learn about the important work that the organization is doing.

If you are interested in becoming a community partner or in being part of the vision team for this aspect of the program, please be in touch: [email protected]

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