ComEd Youth Ambassador Instructor

at After School Matters in Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job Description

After School Matters is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that annually offers after-school and summer programs to nearly 19,000 Chicago high school teens to explore and develop their talents while gaining critical skills that will set them up for success in college and beyond.

Thirty years later, now known as After School Matters, our program has engaged more than 350,000 Chicago teens and is the nation’s largest and most successful provider of after-school and summer programs for high school teens. No other organization offers programs to high school students at the scale and quality that we do.

We offer paid apprenticeships led by professionals in the fields of arts, communications and leadership, sports, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Our nationally respected youth development model has been replicated in cities across the country and earned us the City Livability Award from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Programs take place at community locations throughout the city, including three ASM buildings: downtown at Gallery 37 Center for the Arts, the Michael and Karyn Lutz Center in Belmont Cragin, and the Pullman community at Gately Park.

Currently, After School Matters’ annual operating budget is approximately $35M and employs approximately 500 staff across the organization.

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Summary of Position:

After School Matters is seeking temporary, part-time instructors to teach its ComEd Youth Ambassadors programs during the summer session for 25 high school participants between the ages of 14 to 20.? The typical schedule for summer is as follows:?

+ Summer:? 6?weeks, daily Monday through Thursday or Friday (based upon the program model), four instructional hours per day. Additional hours are allotted for planning, recruitment, professional development, and meetings.?

Instructors will design and deliver an energy program for youth.? The program will empower high school teens to become experts and advocates of efficient energy use in their communities.? Teens will lead and design outreach activities with instructor support, thereby gaining critical leadership, youth voice, and community engagement skills.? Teens will also?attend career panels with?scientists, engineers, and industry leaders that work in?the?energy field?throughout Chicago.?

ComEd Youth Ambassadors Primary Focus:? Teens will learn about ComEd’s smart grid, the installation and use of smart meters across the city of Chicago, and ComEd’s energy efficiency and sustainability programs.?In addition, teens will learn about beneficial electrification as they explore ways to reduce or eliminate fossil fuels?using?electricity to power devices.???

The optimal candidate will have a passion and skill for science, technology, engineering, math and youth development.??


+ Design and implement an engaging and hands-on energy management curriculum that emphasizes community engagement and is based on After School Matters program guidelines.?

+ Organize and plan community outreach opportunities with youth to raise awareness of energy management.?

+ Intentionally support critical youth development skills, including leadership development; community building; real-world and experiential learning; public speaking; youth voice and agency.?

+ Guide student outreach presentations towards a culminating event at the end of the program.?

+ Provide instruction in, and lead teen participants though, inquiry-based discovery methods, including but not limited to, Instructor demonstrations, hands-on activities, research, oral presentations, etc.?

+ Establish and maintain a rigorous and cooperative learning environment where students flourish taking in account varied learning strategies and best practices that address diverse abilities and backgrounds?

+ Throughout the session, build multiple STEM projects with students through a collaborative, integrative approach?

+ Intentionally expose teen participants to the varied STEM professions?

+ Attend all planning and program dates, including: Instructor orientation, professional development workshops, meetings and other required sessions?

+ Participate in the recruitment, interview, and selection process of participants?

+ Maintain a safe, engaging, and positive environment for program participants?

+ Provide supervision during program field trips and other youth engagement opportunities?

+ Manage and track program activities such as attendance, interview outcomes, enrollment, evaluation surveys, and pertinent student records in an online data tracking system (CitySpan).?

+ Report all problems or concerns and program updates to After School Matters Program Specialist to maintain consistent lines of communication throughout the program session?


+ Bachelor’s degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math; preferred but not required?

+ Content area knowledge in energy, physics, engineering, math, or a related field?

+ Experience working with issues of energy management and conservation?

+ Experience planning and organizing outreach events?

+ Demonstrated ability to teach formal and informal technique in one of the relevant disciplines in group settings with a minimum class of 15 students?

+ Be knowledgeable of the relationship between Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and?real-world?experiences?

+ Broad knowledge of relevant STEM terms and definitions?

+ Enthusiastic about STEM and teaching through an integrative model?

+ Experience working with groups of people (teenagers and adults)?

+ Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team?

+ Strong communication and interpersonal skills?

+ Must be organized and possess a strong attention to detail?

Supervisory Responsibilities:?

+ 25?teen participants?

Physical Demands:

The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.? Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.?

Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds occasionally.?

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.? Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.?

+ While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to weather conditions.?

+ The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.?

How to Apply:?

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After School Matters is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status, military discharge status, age, marital status, parental status, or source of income.?

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Posted On: Apr 27, 2023

Updated On: Jul 27, 2023

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