Youth Policy Institute

  • Lead Academic Tutor - Gear Up

    Job Locations US-CA-Los Angeles
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Job Type
    Regular Part-Time
  • Overview

    The Youth Policy Institute is currently seeking a part-time GEAR UP Lead Academic Tutor for its GEAR UP program. GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, and follows students with programming from their 6th grade year to their first year in college.  The group of GEAR UP schools are a combination of charter, pilot, and traditional LAUSD schools located in the Pacoima Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood, whose mission is to transform the communities of Hollywood and Pacoima with a continuum of cradle-to-college-and-career services, and will be a zone of choice for families with a wide range of high-quality school options. The centerpiece of the Los Angeles Promise Neighborhood (LAPN) is an innovative public-private partnership that blends diverse funding streams around a core set of outcomes and objectives.

    The Lead Academic Tutor will monitor the after school GEAR UP tutoring program at their assigned school site. The Lead Tutor will also serve as support for 5-10 part-time tutors. Additionally, he/she will assist students in developing the necessary skills needed to master the required grade level standards by providing one-on-one and/or small group tutoring as needed.

    Lead Academic Tutor will be placed in middle schools within the San Fernando Valley area where they will work under the supervision of the GEAR Manager.

    Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education.


    • Ensure that all after school tutoring staff arrives to the school site on time.
    • Reports any accountability concerns with tutoring staff
    • Must maintain accurate daily attendance records
    • Maintain a professional relationship with teachers, administration, students, parents, and
    • community members
    • Keep constant communication with teachers, school site staff, and GEAR UP Manager
    • Supervise all participants to ensure a safe learning environment and organized program
    • Provide one on one and/or small group academic tutoring, depending on school site
    • Work collaboratively with teachers in the implementation of lesson plans
    • Develop a full working knowledge of academic state standards
    • Create and utilize differentiated learning approaches to assist students in the development of their academic skill set
    • Adhere to workplace safety guidelines
    • Adhere to tutor/student boundaries as outlined in Code of Conduct
    • Attend required staff meetings, trainings and events on and off site
    • Perform other duties as assigned


    • Discovery Charter Preparatory Academy
    • Sylmar Biotech Health Academy
    • James Monroe High School
    • Panorama High School
    • Vaughn International Studies Academy (VISA)
    • YPI Valley Public Charter High School 


    • Strong ELA and/or Math skills. Understanding of public school transition to Common Core Standards.
    • High school diploma, General Education Diploma (GED) or equivalent education required. 
    • Must have effective communication skills and demonstrated leadership experience.
    • Proven ability to assist students with academic assignments.
    • Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds (in particular minority, low income, or first generation students).
    • Familiarity with differentiated instruction practices.
    • Ability to work independently and within a team environment as needed.
    • Ability to interface and interact with all levels of staff (administrators, teachers, parents, and students).
    • Ability to plan and implement lesson plans, as needed.
    • Self-motivated, responsible, and professional attitude at all times.
    • Must have afternoon and evening availability.
    • Must have access to reliable transportation to arrive to work site at scheduled time consistently.
    • Must pass a criminal background check (LiveScan fingerprinting) prior to beginning employment with children (no reimbursement).
    • Must present proof of negative Tuberculosis skin test (Mantoux) prior to beginning employment dated within 60 days (no reimbursement).


    • Currently enrolled or recent college graduate, with a completion of freshman English, college math (Algebra II) and/or equivalent math credits.
    • One year paid or volunteer experience in tutoring/mentoring environment, preferably with elementary, middle school or high school students.
    • Prior supervisor or management experience.
    • Strong/Demonstrated leadership skills.
    • Bilingual Spanish is a plus.


    Monday- Friday Afternoons

    20-25 hours weekly


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