Position: Academic Instructor

Supervisor: Supervisor of Advance and Earn Plus

Overview: The Door is an unparalleled model for youth development, offering a comprehensive range of integrated services within a single site for nearly 10,000 New York City youth each year. Our mission is to empower young adults to reach their full potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment. At The Door, youth can access health care and education, mental health counseling and crisis assistance, legal assistance, college preparation services, career development, housing supports, arts, sports and recreational activities, and nutritious meals – all for free and under one roof. By providing participants with our suite of integrated services, we seek to provide any motivated young person with the tools, resources, and opportunities needed to successfully transition to adulthood.

The goal of The Door’s Career and Education Services Department is to support young people in completing secondary education and successfully transitioning into post-secondary education and employment. Programs within the Career and Education Services Department (CareerED) are designed to help young people, who are in school, out-of-school and out-of work, to assess, set, and obtain their educational and career goals. CareerED services specifically allow a young person to craft a personalized life plan defining the steps he/she will take to achieve those goals while developing the necessary skills for future life success and independence. The Instructor for the Advance and Earn is responsible for providing classroom and small group instruction in reading, writing, and mathematics for pre-HSE (4.0-8.9 grade levels) and HSE (9.0-12.0 grade levels) to help them make literacy and numeracy gains and move towards preparing for and passing the TASC exam. The Instructor will also work closely with the Advance and Earn Career Advancement Coaches and Work Readiness/Credential Instructor to integrate career readiness workshops, credential instruction, life skills, and other workshops into the academic cycle so that students are obtaining the obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for HSE attainment, employment, post-secondary education and ultimately self-sufficiency.


  • Facilitate all instructional aspects of pre-HSE (4.0-8.9) and HSE (9.0-12.9) students.
  • Provide differentiated instruction to a wide-range of learners.
  • Plan lessons and projects that are outcome based to develop skills necessary for both career readiness and HSE preparation that are aligned with the NYS Common Core Standards.
  • Administer multiple forms of assessment, including summative and formative assessments, and use these assessments to inform lesson planning and day to day instructional strategies.
  • Collaborate with the Advance and Earn Career Advancement Coaches and Work Readiness/Credential Instructor and other Academic Instructors to respond to the instructional needs of the individual students, to plan lessons, projects and student exhibitions.
  • Maintain a classroom environment that is stimulating, supports individual and group learning and is rigorous and nurturing.
  • Develop and implement teaching strategies to assist struggling youth in literacy and numeracy skills.
  • Provide one-on-one tutoring and small group instruction within and outside of the classroom setting.
  • Develop and maintain student portfolios, documenting milestone and other supporting interim achievements.
  • Collect and maintain all participant documentation, case management records, progress notes, and outcomes data as related to Advance and Earn program goals and contractual obligations.
  • Assist the Advance and Earn High School Equivalency Supervisor in leading instructional team projects and initiatives including but not limited to: curriculum design and selection, test coordination, program exhibitions, and instructional resources allocation.
  • Work as part of an interdisciplinary team with the Advance and Earn instructional team, placement staff, and college advisors to ensure participants’ education and career needs, interests, and goals are being met; participate in case conferencing.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and practice the principals of positive youth development.
  • Provide coverage and support during program activities; develop and facilitate community meetings, award ceremonies, alumni gatherings, and other special events.
  • Provide feedback to Career and Education Services team regarding young people’s education and placement experiences, challenges, and successes, to help inform the content and structure of program services.
  • Support college level and/or high school interns that will work with each respective team on completing set administrative functions.
  • Participate in relevant departmental, agency, and external agency meetings, trainings, case conferences, workshops and events.
  • Handle any appropriate additional responsibilities and functions as assigned by Supervisor and/or Director.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education or related field required, Master’s preferred
  • Minimum of three years classroom teaching experience working with high-risk adolescent population a multi-cultural vulnerable young adult population (foster care, court involved, runaway and homeless or teen parent, etc.)
  • Experience working in Youth Development
  • Experience in curriculum design and implementation
  • Experience incorporating and using technology in instruction
  • Ability to closely collaborate with colleagues and function as part of a team to promote successful outcomes for youth
  • Ability to model work readiness skills and appropriate work place behavior at all times
  • Ability to work well in a fast paced environment and multitask while adhering to deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills; strong computer skills required
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate and challenge students to achieve a high level of performance through rigorous academic performance

Hours: Monday through Friday, 35 hours per week, occasional evening and weekend hours as needed

Salary: Mid 40s plus generous benefits package

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We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. We support a broadly diverse team who will contribute to our organization. We are an equal employment opportunity for all regardless of race, color, citizenship, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran or reservist status, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.