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STEM Instructor

LAYC Career Academy

The Details

Start Date: Immediate Hire

Salary Range: $50-70,000 (depending on education and experience)

Reports To: Director of Academics

Language: Bilingual (English and Spanish)

Application Deadline: February 16, 2024


Please note the application deadline is February 16th. We will not actively screen those who apply after the deadline. However, if you apply after the deadline and the position is not filled, we will review your application.

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The Opportunity

The LAYC Career Academy is seeking a STEM Instructor to play a pivotal role in educating older youth aged 16-24, focusing on GED math and science topics including earth and space science, physical science, algebra, and statistics. This full-time position requires an experienced teacher with the ability to tailor lessons for a variety of learning needs including those with ELL and SPED requirements. The ideal candidate will possess a Bachelor's degree, at least 2 years of relevant teaching experience, and bilingual abilities in English and Spanish.


Key Responsibilities


  • Work with a non-traditional student population of older youth, ages 16-24, utilizing relevant and restorative practices.

  • Uses data to inform lesson plans and instruction.

  • Plan instruction based on the GED math and science topics, assessing student readiness for the GED test.

  • Science: earth and space, physical science/chemistry, and life science.

  • Math: algebra, geometry, probability, statistics, and trigonometry

  • Assess student progress based on different methods of evaluation and data sources.

  • Track student performance to adjust instruction and personalized learning plans.

  • Provide lessons that differentiate instruction to all students and ensure compliance for ELL and SPED students.

  • Utilize technology on a regular and consistent basis to enhance instruction.

  • Collaborate with the GED team and the Academic Support Coordinator to track students’ progress and adjust instruction accordingly.

  • Submit lesson plans and other important documents and reports in a timely manner.

  • Analyze and use data to strengthen student achievement.

  • Participate in professional development and other staff activities.

The Skills You'll Need

Success as an Instructor at LAYCCA requires a clear alignment to our mission, core values, and commitment to supporting older youth and young adults in obtaining their GED, industry training, and industry recognized certifications.


Candidates must meet the following qualification to be considered for this role:


  • Bachelor's degree in science, math, secondary education, or a related field

  • Two or more years of experience teaching youth or adult learners

  • Fluency in both English and Spanish (bilingual)


The ideal candidate will also bring most of the following skills, attributes and experiences:


  • Experience working with various opportunity youth including justice involved, foster children, ELL students, and students with special needs.

  • Can work independently and with little supervision.

  • Possesses the ability to make decisions based on data or factual evidence and observation.

  • Provide innovative instruction based on student needs.

  • Maintain a classroom environment based on principles of positive youth development and restorative justice practices.

  • Proficient in computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) and Google Workspace.

  • Excellent attention to detail, paired with strong organizational, planning, and time management abilities.

  • Committed to the principles of positive youth development and equipped with robust interpersonal skills.

The People

The STEM Instructor will be a member of the academic team and reports to the Director of Academics. This person will also work closely with students, staff, and the broader community on a daily basis. As over 50% of our school population identifies as Latine or Hispanic, this person must be able to effectively communicate in both English and Spanish.

The Organization

LAYC Career Academy engages and empowers youth and young adults by providing a college preparatory education, career training in high-growth occupations, and college-credit classes. For more information, please visit our website: laycca.org.

The Next Steps

This search is being led by the team at Imagine Consulting. We are a talent and recruitment firm specializing in placing high-impact people in high-impact roles. If you have questions or need support completing the application, please reach out to our team at careers@imagineimpactllc.com.


Historically, people of color, women, transgender, GNCNB, and disabled individuals face insurmountable oppression when engaging with employers and recruiters. At Imagine, we understand that talent is not bound to a single story and that our intersectional identities are value adds in every space we enter. LAYCCA and Imagine are committed to building and supporting a diverse staff, and investing in fostering leadership from marginalized communities.

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