Psychology for Health & Wellness Instructor
PSYCHOLOGY FOR HEALTH & WELLNESS INSTRUCTOR
MISSION STATEMENT: Oliver Scholars prepares high-achieving Black and Latinx students from underserved New York City communities for success at top independent schools and prestigious colleges. We provide crucial support for our Scholars so they can realize their full potential and ultimately give back to the city, the nation, and the world.
JOB TITLE: Psychology Instructor & Facilitator
REPORT TO: Director of Academic Affairs
DEPARTMENT: Academic Affairs
POSITION TYPE: Seasonal part-time — Autumn, Winter, & Spring
SUMMARY: Oliver Scholars seeks a psychotherapist, social worker, SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) facilitator, or DEI (Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion) facilitator to plan and implement a youth development curriculum for eighth grade students. All applicants must have proof of completed Covid-19 vaccination. The instructor’s primary objective is to equip students with mindsets and practices to flourish at rigorous independent high schools. Students should gain improved competency, skill, and habits of mind. The instructor will assist the Admissions & Placement department to outline expected curricular outcomes and track student progress. This position reports to the Director of Academic Affairs and is an excellent opportunity to experience various aspects of scholarship and youth development with an educational nonprofit organization.
- Teach in person Saturdays October 2023 to June 2024 and be available for office hours, study hall, and faculty meetings.
- Be available for one-on-one or small group advisories and check-ins during the day when not teaching.
- In consultation with the Director of Academic Affairs, develop the 8th-grade pro-social youth development curriculum.
- The curriculum aims to deliver seven modules for young persons of color to flourish at competitive, predominantly white institutions:
- Anxiety-reduction techniques
- Preventing bullying in our schools
- Communicating with adults
- Effects of alcohol and substance abuse on the brain and success in school
- Multicultural competence training
- Unpacking fears /concerns
- The instructor will use case studies and workshop-style classes to build students’ confidence that their voices and identities are valuable in all communities, to empower students to bring their full, authentic selves to all communities, and to equip students to utilize pro-social behaviors to advocate for themselves.
- The curriculum fulfills four educational goods—capacity for personal autonomy, capacity for healthy personal relationships, capacity to treat others as equals, and capacity for personal fulfillment—and the four-character strengths of interpersonal self-control, zest, gratitude, and social intelligence.
- Modules will discuss personal and social identity formation, self-awareness, self-management, emotional regulation and modulation, social awareness, relationship skills, responsible decision-making, problem-solving skills to manage adversity, and the transition to high school.
- Manage the classroom using positive classroom management skills.
- Support the development of self-awareness, responsible decision-making skills, problem-solving skills, and a positive sense of self.
- Teach strategies and skills to increase resilience.
- Encourage courageous conversations centered around identity development.
- Hold office hours, supervise study hall, and attend faculty meetings.
- Attend a paid instructor orientation.
- Write detailed Interim and Final Evaluation Reports
- Team with tutors, Teaching Assistants, and Oliver Scholars leadership to instruct and support students
- Proof of completed Covid-19 vaccination booster. Individuals are considered fully boosted for COVID-19 two weeks after receiving an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine that follows a two-dose series (Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) or two weeks after receiving an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine that follows a single-dose course (Johnson & Johnson [J&J]/Janssen).
- Bachelor’s degree in psychology, education, or similar field; advanced degree preferred.
- Two or more years of experience teaching and/or mentoring adolescents
- Curriculum development a plus
- Knowledge of independent schools preferred.
- Outstanding speaking, writing, and editing skills.
- Deep knowledge of the principles of teaching students
- A mission-driven individual with a belief in and commitment to Oliver’s mission and values
- A flexible, creative individual able to find alternative ways to connect with students.
- Emotionally mature with a good sense of humor and the flexibility and sensitivity to work with diverse personalities and situations.
- A hard worker with a high energy level; a “doer” with a willingness to work hands-on in developing and executing a variety of activities.
- A good listener who is comfortable receiving feedback
- Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and ethically; upholds organizational values.
- Adaptability - Adapts to changes in the work environment; willing to learn new techniques and procedures; Manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
- Innovation & Initiative - Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities.
- Planning/Organizing & Project Management - Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops realistic action plans; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget.
- Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.
COMPENSATION: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Salary ranges from $10,300 to $12,300.
We are committed to ensuring our office and alternate educational and event locations are safe for employees and the constituents we serve. The policy of the organization requires all employees to be vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 to safeguard the health of our employees, visitors, partners, and the constituents we serve.
Oliver Scholars is committed to equal employment opportunity. We will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis (“protected class”) including, but not limited to veteran status, uniform service member status, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other protected class under federal, state, or local law.