Summer Program Instructor

Homeless Children's Education Fund


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The Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF) is currently seeking a part-time, contracted Summer Program Instructor to deliver educational summer programming at a partner homeless housing agency. Applicants with a teaching certification are preferred; experience working with children in an afterschool or summer program setting required. All applicants must possess current Act 33/34 and FBI clearances. This is a part-time, independent contract position.

Program Overview:

The summer program, organized in partnership between the Homeless Children’s Education Fund and a local housing agency, will provide quality educational and recreational experiences for children in grades K-8 residing at the housing agency. Programming will largely take place outside, on site at shelters and housing agencies where families live. When there is inclement weather, instructors will provide virtual programming.

Small group activities will be supplemented with individual tutoring appointments on an as needed basis. Program goals include:

  • Building positive relationships and strengthening social and emotional skills
  • Helping students practice their skills in reading, writing, and creative problem-solving
  • Providing opportunities for students to develop a positive vision for their futures as learners and citizens

Principal Duties:

The Summer Program Instructor will report to the Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF) as well as the staff at the local homeless housing agency. The instructor will:

  • Work collaboratively with other instructors and providers in a team setting.
  • Develop highly engaging summer activities for children, including, but not limited to: reading circles, creative writing, reader’s theater, arts and crafts, outdoor recreation, and games.
  • Integrate activities with daily enrichment workshops taught by visiting artists.
  • Assist HCEF in the collection of attendance data and measurable outcomes throughout the summer program.
  • Occasionally provide individual tutoring sessions when requested by families to supplement group programming.

Specific program hours vary by site but all work will take place from Monday – Friday, on a regular schedule between 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM, based on shelter needs/policies. Specific schedules are still being determined, but group programming will run no more than 4 hours per day. Additional individual tutoring will be scheduled as needed on a case-by-case basis. Candidates should understand that hiring is done on a part-time, temporary independent contract basis.


  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience teaching/leading afterschool and/or summer programming
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills; ability to relate positively and respectfully to children of all ages, parents, volunteers, and other professionals
  • Creativity and ability to foster a love of reading in children of all ages
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Understanding of the significance of out-of-school-time programming in the lives of children and proven ability to provide a safe, structured and enriching environment
  • Sensitivity regarding the psychological and behavioral impacts of trauma in children and parents
  • Values diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Flexibility – must be willing to work with a transient population that may change throughout the summer


Please submit a current resume and cover letter to Kaitlyn Nykwest, Afterschool and Enrichment Director, by email at or by fax at (412) 562-1109.

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