Afterschool Program Instructor

Homeless Children's Education Fund


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Creating Hope Through Learning

The Homeless Children’s Education Fund (HCEF) is currently seeking candidates for Afterschool Instructor positions to serve at our partner homeless housing agencies in the Greater Pittsburgh Area during the 2018-19 school year. Applicants with a teaching certification are preferred. All applicants must possess current Act 33/34 and FBI clearances.

Program Overview:

The HCEF afterschool program provides quality educational and recreational experiences for children in grades K-7 residing at various housing agencies in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. Program goals include:

  • Helping students succeed academically
  • Helping students develop their skills in reading, writing, and creative problem-solving
  • Empowering students to develop a positive vision for their futures as learners and citizens
  • Empowering parents to be strong educational advocates for their children

Principle duties – The Afterschool Instructor is responsible for coordinating on-site after-school activities for children residing in homeless housing programs. The Afterschool Instructor works closely with housing agency staff to create a positive learning environment using resources available at the agency’s learning center.

Daily responsibilities include: developing individual tutoring plans, assisting children with homework assignments and literacy skills development, and planning one-on-one and small group activities, overseeing volunteers, and collecting data to monitor student growth and learning.

The Afterschool Instructor also facilitates parent education workshops and communicated with parents about their children’s academic goals and progress. The Afterschool Instructor actively participates in monthly meetings with HCEF staff and fellow Afterschool Instructors to share best practices and information.


  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience teaching/leading afterschool 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 underserved 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
  • Previous experience working with at-risk youth strongly preferred
  • Flexibility – must be willing to work with a transient population that may change throughout the school year

Hours vary by location, and are generally between the hours of 3:00 – 6:00 PM on weekdays.

Candidates should understand that they will be considered independent contractors, not employees, of the Homeless Children’s Education Fund. All positions are part-time.


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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