Careers & Internships
Thank you for your interest in joining the Denver Kids team! Below is a list of our current opportunities.
Part-Time Educational Counselor
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS and EXPECTATIONS
Educational Counselors serve an extraordinary and essential function, owning the primary relationship between youth and Denver Kids, Inc. Reporting to the Senior Educational Counselor, Educational Counselors develop and implement goals for kids to achieve academic and social readiness, and support youth toward becoming happy, committed and contributing members of society. Educational Counselors are responsible for understanding the needs and challenges youth face, building and facilitating the network of interested adults to work together toward youth building healthy social-emotional and academic skills and expose youth to opportunities in and out of school to help them find their passion and purpose. Educational Counselors must be able to create safe and trusting relationships and environments with youth in order to allow them to learn, grow and develop. This part-time position is for 25 hours per week.
Youth Development Support
Provide individualized mentoring & guidance in the areas of academic readiness, post-secondary opportunities and social/emotional support
- Maintain caseload of up to 35 students K – 12th grade with an expectation to meet students as frequently as needed through one-on-one, small group meetings, and/or enrichment events. These expectations will be detailed in a student visit quick reference guide.
- Work with youth to develop and set individual Social-Emotional Academic Learning (SEAL) goals; this includes social-emotional skill development in order to achieve high academic outcomes (attendance, positive behavior, and passing grades)
- Denver Kids SEAL implementation is a strategic priority which will require active participation in the creation, improvement, and implementation of various SEAL tools/guides with the intent to improve our high school graduation rates and life skill development of the youth.
- Conduct occasional small group intervention sessions in response to identified needs, with topics including homework help, basic academic and study skills, social development, conflict resolution, anger management, making healthy choices, etc.
- Navigate the education system and help kids and their parents identify the best school to support their needs
- Utilize community resources and school extra-curricular activities that complement youth achievement goals
- Engage youth in student/social clubs, tutoring programs, sports programs, and other relevant enrichment activities
- Refer to DPS and outside agencies and the Parent Program to coordinate professional services needed by a youth, i.e., dental, vision, legal, etc. in order to support academic success
- Attend school activities in which the youth is involved
- Use internal data resources to determine the extent of youth’s academic successes and struggles
- Advocate and resource the necessary interventions and counseling for identified needs
- Utilize and interpret student data and assessment to support and inform progress
- Record visits and contacts through internal case note process to help inform and track youth development and progress and help measure impact of relationships on the youth
- Participate and successfully complete the Rutgers Social Emotional Character Development certification program
Team Network Development
- Serve as a resource advocate between DPS school faculty, staff and personnel and youth parents/guardians
- Collaborate with DPS school faculty, staff and personnel to better understand and meet the youth’s academic and behavioral needs
- Develop action plans with each student’s teachers, parents, mentor and social workers, etc. on a regular basis
- Meet or communicate with parents/guardians at least once/month to engage them in their child’s educational & social/emotional success and gather information on the family’s background, culture and unique needs in order to collaborate on the development of an action plan
- Work with other educational counselors (including other satellites) to coordinate events, small group interventions, and other activities that support student and family SEAL
- Work with other educational counselors and mentors to help build a Denver Kids community with the families in the program
- Assist, manage, collaborate, and counsel youths’ Denver Kids’ volunteer mentors at least once/month
- Refer youth and their families to appropriate resources to resolve issues which interfere with educational, social and personal development
Areas of Accountability
The candidate must conduct their work in a way that allows colleagues and other Denver Kids partners to achieve their results. This will require a sound understanding of other people’s roles and desired results in order to be most helpful. This position is not about completing a set of checklists but instead requires a continual focus on the best interests of serving the youth.
MINDSET, EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIREMENTS
- Mindset: you will be successful in this role if you are an independent creator/problem solver/generator/continuous learner/crucial contributor with a sense of urgency to be of service to others
- Minimum bachelor’s degree
- Bilingual language ability (English and Spanish) preferred (and sometimes required)
- Experience as a counselor, teacher, social worker, youth development coach or adult who is highly engaged and committed to seeing all youth meet their full potential
- Experience in student/youth case management
- Proficient to advanced skills in utilizing technology to attain results
- Proficient to advanced organizational and time management skills
- Effective written and oral communication skills
- Demonstrated ability to assist youth in overcoming obstacles toward academic success and social /emotional management
- Ability to identify student needs and initiate problem-solving
- Ability to lift at least 20lbs
- Current Colorado driver’s license
- Current auto insurance with minimum $100/$300/$100 and $5K in medical coverage
- Urban city and school district
- Working with students and families who may or may not face circumstances, including but not limited to, poverty, homelessness, domestic violence and immigration.
- Requires current Colorado driver’s license
- Up to date auto insurance with limits of $100/$300/$100 and $5K in Medical Payments
- Driving daily to and from schools in your own vehicle, events and/or other local entities as necessary
- Occasional after/before regular working hour home or school visits
- During the school year occasional transport for student/family according to academic need and support
- Interest in personal and professional development by practicing the SEAL skills we teach our youth
- Ability to understand and work effectively with school-age students.
- Good organizational skills.
- Effective written and oral communication skills
- Ability to work outside of normal school hours and days
- Satisfactory health and sufficient physical energy to maintain the rigorous schedule
- Safe and clean driving record
- Ability to lift at least 20lbs
Social Media Internship
Department: Marketing & Programs
Job Description: The Social Media Intern at Denver Kids will work cross-functionally with our programs and marketing communications departments and will be responsible for portraying the Denver Kids brand voice online. You will have a unique opportunity to capture photos and stories from the Denver Kids community of students, parents, supporters, mentors, and Educational Counselors by attending student engagement events and conducting interviews. Additional responsibilities include posting and sharing content to social media platforms, and, as needed, responding to social media posts. Our goal is to grow and engage our audience. Gain hands-on experience in brand management, social media management and monitoring tools, content curation techniques, and content strategy.
In this role, you’ll also be help create, prepare and attend various program events for our students and their families. Expand your network by learning partnership and event planning skills. Our ideal candidate is detail oriented, a story teller and someone who loves meeting and engaging with new people.
- Must be enrolled and in pursuit of a bachelor or graduate degree (preferrably in marketing, public relations, communications, or journalism) and a current class standing of junior or above (undergrad) or a graduate student
- General knowledge and curiosity for social media marketing trends
- An understanding of social media principles
- Experience or familiarity with design programs is a plus
To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Denver Kids, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and developing an inclusive staff team. People of color and individuals of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
*All internships are part-time with no financial compensation, but are a learning opportunity. Academic credit is available.