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JOBS AT OPP®

If you are interested in working at Our Piece of the Pie ®, Inc., (OPP ®), please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@opp.org.

OPP celebrates diversity in its workforce and is committed to promoting equal opportunity for individuals at all levels. OPP ensures equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religious creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, mental retardation, learning disability, or physical disability, including but not limited to blindness.

Current Openings (SCROLL DOWN TO VIEW DESCRIPTION):

  1. Our Piece of the Pie
    1. Youth Development Specialists (2 FT in Hartford: Community-Based (1) and School-Based (1)
    2. Certified Academic Specialist (2 PT: Hartford (1) and Norwich (1))
    3. Workforce Development Specialist (Hartford)
  2. Path Academy Windham (Windham, CT)
    1. Youth Development Specialist
    2. Postsecondary Youth Development Specialist
    3. Math Teacher
    4. Social Studies Teacher
    5. Science Teacher

Our Piece of the Pie (Hartford, CT & Norwich, CT)

1) Youth Development Specialist (Hartford: Community-Based (1) and School-based (1))

Regular, Full-Time

Summary
OPP is looking for youth development professionals that have a passion for helping underserved disadvantaged urban youth.  If you hold a Bachelor’s degree in the human services and/or social work field and are interested in helping young people overcome barriers to education, employment and training contact us.  We are looking for self-driven, people that possess the ability to listen and to engage youth.  You must be able to multi task and have networking capabilities to help young people access the necessary resources to help them achieve their short and long-term goals. Documenting the successes of each youth served is also critical to our outcomes driven approach.      

 

2) Certified Academic Specialist (Hartford, CT (1) and Norwich, CT (1))

Regular, Part-Time (Hartford: 8-10 hours/week; Norwich: 6 hours/week)

Summary
The certified academic specialist is responsible for delivering supplemental academic services based on each student’s need, derived from a referral form. The Specialist will coordinate with the Academic Coordinator to deliver all appropriate services and requirements.

OPP offers a rigorous blended learning academic environment for our youth, one that sets high expectations, is data-driven, and effectively blends individualized online curriculum with student-centered project-based learning.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide academic support services in accordance with Referral for each student;
  • Modify and develop your tutoring skills to meet individual tutee needs and to adjust to learning styles of students;
  • Meet with assigned students on a punctual and consistent basis, informing students and staff when the need to cancel/reschedule a session arises;
  • Inform students and appropriate staff about students’ progress on regular basis;
  • Demonstrate the ability to explain concepts to youth;
  • Maintain complete and accurate student records and provides appropriate documentation of student success in a timely manner;
  • Available to work 8-10 hours/week during 2014/15 academic year
  • Serve as appropriate role model internally and externally by maintaining a positive attitude;
  • Serve as appropriate role model internally and externally by maintaining a positive attitude;
  • Attend in-service training, as necessary
  • Demonstrate knowledge and support of Organization’s  mission, values, standards, policies and procedures, confidentiality standards, and code of ethical behavior;
  • Accomplish tasks as appropriately assigned or requested.

Qualifications

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution
  • Certification: CT Secondary Education Certification

3) Workforce Development Specialist (Hartford, CT)

Regular, Full-Time

Summary
Workforce Development Services offers an array of services/activities that prepare youth (17-24) for the workforce. Workforce Development Specialist assists youth with their transition from Career Competency Development Training (CCDT) to employment. Position is directly responsible for engaging youth ages 14-24 in employment related activities such as Career Competency Training, Internships and/or Job Placements and Retention Support.

Essential Duties and Functions

  • Administer career assessments/Interest Inventories.
  • Engage youth in career counseling/planning.
  • Facilitate/coordinate Career Competency Development Training (i.e. Job Readiness Training).
  • Facilitate/coordinate Financial Literacy workshops (including identifying guest speakers).
  • Facilitate/administer Work Readiness Credential and Vocational Certification.
  • Identify, develop and sustain employment-related relationships.
  • Identify job placement and internship worksites.
  • Assist youth with the development of a professional portfolio.
  • Offer job placement assistance, job coaching and retention support.
  • Link to Hartford-area businesses, colleges, school systems, and community service organizations.
  • Performs other related tasks as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Education, Counseling or other related field.
  • At least 2 years of academic, career and/or financial aid counseling experience.
  • Understanding of WIA eligibility guidelines and measures.
  • Ability to communicate and cooperate with diverse populations and different levels of school and government personnel.
  • Knowledge of issues related to postsecondary access including target populations, community agencies, member colleges and universities, etc.
  • Ability to initiate activities and work independently.
  • Ability to collaborate and work on teams.
  • Ability to represent center program mission to external constituencies.
  • Good organizational and follow-through skills.
  • Computer Literate in Microsoft Office applications.

 

Path Academy Windham (Windham, CT)

Path Academy was unanimously approved as a state charter school in June 2013 by Connecticut’s Board of Education and is managed by Hartford-based non-profit Our Piece of the Pie. Opening in August 2014, Path Academy will re-engage over-age, under-credited students in the Windham, Connecticut region by supporting them through mastery of the critical skills necessary for success in college, career and community.

For more information on Path Academy and Our Piece of the Pie's role, please visit www.PathAcademyWindham.org or here.

1) youth Development Specialist (Windham, CT)

Regular, Full-Time

Summary
The YDS is responsible for youth development, workforce development and college/post-secondary awareness/readiness services that will help to keep students engaged in high school through their obtainment of their high school diploma and enrollment in a post-secondary education; coordinates and monitors the assessment, planning process and follow up for each youth, serves as an advocate and liaison for and on behalf of students.

Essential Duties and Functions:

---School Operations- Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Each student will be paired with a Youth Development Specialist (YDS) with whom they will meet at least once a week
  • Works together with student to create an Individualized Service Plan (ISP) to assess where they are, and create a step-by-step plan to get where they want to be
  • Assesses each student's personal development through the use of the teachings and techniques of the Thrive Foundation for Youth: intended to build a youth’s social and emotional competence, unpack traumas, encourage the adoption of new norms and behaviors, and cultivate a “growth” mindset
  • Acts as attendance monitor and provide attendance outreach to students if they are not in school
  • Serves as the primary point of contact for parents, and increase parent engagement in the student academic experience
  • Acts as central hub for the individualized coordination of school-wide programs and services for each student, working with teachers and other service areas

---Systems and Operations-Essential Duties

  • Accepts new assignments, establishes the first point of contact, reviews the Pathways model, and builds trust with each referred youth
  • Provides proactive solutions and resources; empowers youth to work towards reducing barriers
  • Engages weekly with youth through the following methods- email, telephone, face-to-face, and social networking, etc.
  • Researches community resources and services based on youth’s needs and empowers the youth and families to access services
  • Works with parents/caring adults to promote involvement in the student’s education/life
  • Provides systematic data collection and documentation of student’s progress toward their established goals via automated information management systems and insures data inputs are timely and accurate, maintains student hardcopy documentation as needed
  • Achieves organizational standards: engagement, participation, completion, and retention rates
  • Identifies and communicates significant caseload abnormalities during monthly case management review sessions with the Director
  • Serves as student’s advocate, assessing and assuring that quality care is given via one-on-one student mentoring
  • Collaborates with academic staff to deliver OPP’s blended learning educational programs and Pathway Specific Educational Support (i.e. tutoring, homework help, SBAC Prep)
  • Works with the academic staff to ensure students compliance with graduation requirements
  • Works with Academic Services and Post-Secondary Career Coordinator in the coordination of college/post-secondary partnerships, tours and scholarship resources (FASFA Assistance, Bridge Programs, College Application Assistance, financial aid and S/PSAT Prep workshops, college essays and application)
  • Collaborates with OPP Workforce Development department to introduce career competency development programing and to cultivate internship placements
  • Assists in providing experiential learning opportunities within the school
  • Performs home and/or site visits as needed

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in human services field required (i.e. Social Work, Psychology)
  • Two-three years of experience working in case management environment with a particular focus on youth and/or young adults ages 14-24
  • LSW is preferred, not required
  • Proficient in use of computer technology primarily Microsoft Word & Excel
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Valid CT driver’s license and reliable transportation and/or own vehicle

 

2) Postsecondary Youth Development Specialist (Windham, CT)

Regular, Full-Time

Summary
Responsible for college/postsecondary awareness/readiness services that will help to keep youth engaged in high school through their obtainment of their high school diploma and enrollment in a post-secondary education.
The Postsecondary Education Specialist is responsible for the development of a post-secondary education plan for each youth that will help to prepare them for a 2- or 4-year colleges/universities education, a vocational certification programs, or for elective service. Coordinates and monitors the assessment, planning process and follow up for each youth, serves as an advocate and liaison for and on behalf of youth.

Essential Duties and Functions

---Essential Post-Secondary Education Duties:

  • Leads youth in a career inventory in order to determine their future aspirations and provides a framework for ensuring that they meet standards as they pursue their education.
  • Provides proactive solutions and resources; as well as, empowers the youth to work towards reducing barriers around Post-Secondary Readiness.
  • Engages weekly with youth through the following methods- email, telephone, face-to-face, and social networking, whole group and small group Post-Secondary workshops .
  • Works with parents/caring adults to promote involvement in the youth’s education/life.
  • Achieves organizational standards: engagement, participation, completion, and retention rates.
  • Researches community resources and services based on youth’s needs and empower the youth and families to access services.
  • Researches training programs/colleges that offer the major that our youth are interested in pursuing.
  • Teach college application workshops, and provide financial aid application assistance (application deadlines, admission tests, recommendation letters, initial essays, college application completion, fees associated with application, FAFSA submittal, etc.).
  • Collaborates with Career Center staff to offer OPP’s blended learning educational programs and Pathway Specific Educational Support (i.e. tutoring, homework help, CAPT Prep,) .
  • Works with Career Team to assure that youth planning to enter 2- or 4-year colleges after graduation will have access to a College Bridge Program (managed by the Post-Secondary Education Specialist and Career Coordinator). The bridge program gives youth the practical life and learning skills to help them succeed in the more demanding and autonomous post-secondary environment.
  • Works with the academic staff to ensure that our youth comply with graduation requirements, including scheduling them for SATs and college tours.
  • Provides systematic data collection and documentation of youth’s progress toward their established goals via automated information management systems and insures data inputs are timely and accurate, also maintains hardcopy documentation as needed.
  • Identifies and communicates significant caseload abnormalities during monthly case management review sessions with the Director of Youth Development Services.

---Essential Youth Development Specialist Duties:

  • Accepts new assignments, establishes the first point of contact, reviews the Pathways model, and builds trust with each referred youth
  • Provides proactive solutions and resources; empowers youth to work towards reducing barriers
  • Engages weekly with youth through the following methods- email, telephone, face-to-face, and social networking, etc.
  • Researches community resources and services based on youth’s needs and empowers the youth and families to access services
  • Works with parents/caring adults to promote involvement in the student’s education/life
  • Provides systematic data collection and documentation of student’s progress toward their established goals via automated information management systems and insures data inputs are timely and accurate, maintains student hardcopy documentation as needed
  • Achieves organizational standards: engagement, participation, completion, and retention rates
  • Identifies and communicates significant caseload abnormalities during monthly case management review sessions with the Director
  • Serves as student’s advocate, assessing and assuring that quality care is given via one-on-one student mentoring
  • Collaborates with academic staff to deliver OPP’s blended learning educational programs and Pathway Specific Educational Support (i.e. tutoring, homework help, SBAC Prep)
  • Works with the academic staff to ensure students compliance with graduation requirements
  • Works with Academic Services and Post-Secondary Career Coordinator in the coordination of college/post-secondary partnerships, tours and scholarship resources (FASFA Assistance, Bridge Programs, College Application Assistance, financial aid and S/PSAT Prep workshops, college essays and application)
  • Collaborates with OPP Workforce Development department to introduce career competency development programing and to cultivate internship placements
  • Assists in providing experiential learning opportunities within the school
  • Performs home and/or site visits as needed

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in human services field required (i.e. Social Work, Psychology).
  • Two-three years of experience working in case management environment with a particular focus on youth and/or young adults ages 14-24.
  • Must demonstrate effective communication skills by conveying necessary information accurately, listening effectively and asking questions when clarification is needed.
  • Proficient in use of computer technology primarily Microsoft WORD & EXCEL.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Valid CT driver’s license and reliable transportation and/or own vehicle

 

3) Teachers (3 FT: Math (1), Social Studies (1), and Science (1)) (Windham, CT)

Regular, Full-Time

Summary
The school teacher is the primary person responsible for delivering a rigorous blended learning academic environment for our youth.  One that sets high expectations, data-driven, and effectively blends individualized online curriculum with student-centered project-based learning.

Essential Duties and Functions

  • Teach approximately six periods, as directed by the Principal;
  • Plan and deliver engaging, rigorous lessons, according to students’ needs and the provided curriculum, where applicable;
  • Maintain a positive, safe, and organized learning environment;
  • Update grade book on a weekly basis;
  • Inform students and families about students’ progress;
  • Implement school-wide student management policies within classroom;
  • Actively participate in all teams, including grade level, content team, and other teams as designated by the Principal;
  • Make parental contact by phone and/or conduct home visits when necessary;
  • Attend parent meetings and conferences;
  • Chaperone local and out-of-state field trip;
  • Conduct morning, lunch, and afternoon duties during assigned times;
  • Complete and submit all necessary paperwork in a timely manner;
  • Partner with YDS for the individualized coordination of school-wide programs and services for each student (i.e. tutoring, mentoring, parental engagement, workforce development, and post-secondary educational plans, etc.);
  • Length of Work Year: Extended school day and year; occasional evening and weekend commitments will also be required; occasional travel through the state and region;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and support of Schools’ mission, values, standards, policies and procedures, confidentiality standards, and code of ethical behavior;
  • Ensure compliance with all state and federal laws, local board policies, administrative guidelines, and the CT Educators’ Code of Ethics;
  • Serve as appropriate role model for school’s colleagues, students, staff, and parents;
  • Conduct self in a professional manner during all school meetings;
  • Accomplish tasks as appropriately assigned or requested.

Qualifications:

  • Education: Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year educational institution.
  • Certification: CT High School teacher certification/license: English, Math, Science, and Social Studies certifications are required.

 

 If you are interested in any of the positions noted above please submit cover letter & resume to jobs@opp.org