Bilingual Moving Ahead Program Instructor

St. Francis House Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Bilingual Moving Ahead Program Instructor

St. Francis House

Job Salary Range (in USD)
Job Category
Social Services
Job Type : Full-time
Zipcode : 02116
Spoken English Required : Fluent
Written English Required : Fluent
Spoken Spanish Required : Fluent
Written Spanish Required : Fluent
Minimum Education : High School
Career Level : Experienced (Non-Manager)
Travel Required : Not required

Salary Range: Low $49,200 - $54,120 per year (to be paid as $23.65 - $26.02 per hour, additional compensation may be available for language skills)


Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM,


Job Summary:

The Moving Ahead Program Instructor creates a supportive recovery-oriented classroom-learning environment and acts as a “life skills coach” for adults who are seeking pathways into stable employment and out of homelessness. Instructors use a holistic job and career readiness curriculum and work as an integral part of the WFD team. The instructor works collaboratively with integrated services at St. Francis House to stabilize guests in Income, Housing, and Behavioral Health.


Essential Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Teaches a holistic 14-week life skills and employment readiness curriculum to a cohort of 11 students for the Moving Ahead Program (MAP).
  • Effectively manages the classroom dynamics and fosters learning among adult learners with diverse backgrounds, abilities and needs, including many who have struggled to succeed in formal learning environments in the past.
  • Deliver culturally responsive workforce readiness services and effectively interact with people across cultures, ranges of ability, genders, ethnicities, and races. 
  • Recognize and manage personal behaviors, moods, and impulses to create an inclusive, equitable, and welcoming environment within the classroom.
  • Provides a defined class cohort of students with individual assessment, service planning, and progress coaching to coordinate care and proactively address any barriers to program completion and successful job placement.
  • Teaches effective job search practices (resumes, job inquiries, interviewing skills) and provides job search support to facilitate placement and transition to the workplace.   
  • Teaches digital literacy and basic computer proficiency skills including navigating the internet, email, Microsoft Office products, and using social media in a job search.  
  • Partners with Tech Goes Home to teach chrome book basics utilizing a Google platform and secure chrome books for all graduates.
  • Teaches basic foundational skills like reading and writing required for success in the workplace.  
  • In collaboration with Life skill and Wellness Coordinator, embeds wellness and recovery concepts into lessons including self-exploration, employment readiness, and effectively managing stresses in the workplace.
  • Guides students through practicing how to talk about their strengths and experiences and present themselves confidently to others, in interviews, when networking, and in the workplace.
  • Coordinates with internal and external partners to facilitate scheduling of mock interviews, financial literacy, computer literacy, Mass Hire webinars, job fairs, etc.
  • Participates in program evaluation and program improvements discussions and offers feedback about the module-based job readiness and employment-focused curriculum. 
  • Collaborates with internal and external services providers around the behavioral health, income, and housing needs of students as needed.   
  • Keeps accurate records of work with students in all required databases including HMIS and Mass Hire Moses.
  • Self-monitors performance to insure measurable progress with participants and adherence to contract requirements, departmental goals, and/or agency-wide outcomes.  
  • Adheres to agency code of conduct. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Education or Human Services field and 2 years relevant work experience required. In lieu of degree, High School diploma or equivalent and 5 years relevant work experience required. 
  • Experience with teaching/instructional role required.
  • Experience providing case management services, employment, career counseling, job training or other workforce development related services preferred.
  • Experience with providing direct service to vulnerable populations in a human service setting required.
  • Bilingual (Spanish) Required.
Skills Preferred
  • Proficiency in English and Spanish.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to manage a classroom that fosters learning among adult learners with diverse backgrounds, abilities and needs, including many who have struggled to succeed in formal learning environments in the past.
  • Proven ability to engage and support vulnerable individuals as well as motivate and guide them towards planning for fulfilling short and long-term goals.
  • Able to apply an understanding of the barriers individuals who are homeless typically face when transitioning to employment and workplace environments.
  • Acknowledging that people from other cultural groups may not share the same beliefs and practices or perceive experiences in the same way.
  • Recognizing that everyone has some ethnocentric views shaped by their culture and individual interpretation.
  • Cultural knowledge of key populations that will be served to address disparities in specific services.
  • Basic understanding of and commitment to taking a person-centered, recovery-oriented, and trauma-informed approach
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. Google Suite knowledge a plus.
Job Location
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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