Careers & Internships

Educational Counselor
Job Classification: Full Time, Salaried/Exempt
Department:
Programs-Mobile Team
Reports to:
Co-Program Director, Mobile Team
Hours:
40 hours/week

Compensation & Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Generous benefits package includes Health, Dental and Life insurances, paid holidays and time off and Simple IRA with matching contribution.

Denver Kids Inc. – Every student counts.  Every student graduates.

This is the vision of our organization and what we stand for and work towards every day.  We provide educational counseling and one-on-one mentoring support for students, grades 3-12 in Denver Public Schools, who face the personal challenges of higher risk environments. Once a student falls behind and loses their footing—whether that’s in elementary, middle, or high school—it’s challenging to catch up. This is where Denver Kids intervenes and plays a transformative role with our professional Educational Counselors working one-to-one. Our programs ensure that students successfully complete high school, explore post-secondary options and become contributing members of the community.

Inclusiveness Statement of Principal:
At Denver Kids, Inc., we are here for kids. In recognition of our increasingly diverse population and our mission to support the educational success of our students, Denver Kids, Inc. is committed to creating, instilling, and modeling a sustainable culture of inclusiveness. We define inclusiveness as creating a safe, compassionate, accepting environment, based on equality and fairness that honors, respects, and values the unique contributions and backgrounds of all people.

Through positive role modeling, we embrace our differences and advocate for kids, ourselves and others. We empower and promote active participation in partnership with our students, parents, staff, boards, volunteers and any stakeholders, which allow everyone to voice opinions and express their ideas towards creating the greater success of Denver Kids, Inc.

Everyone has special talents and gifts to share. At Denver Kids, Inc., our inclusion speaks to diversity not only of our staff to our students, and families but it also addresses teamwork. We are seeking team players who work well together. Combining teamwork and inclusion will make you a desirable candidate.

We are committed to engaging in continuous learning and integrating inclusiveness into all of Denver Kids, Inc.’s programs, policies and procedures for the success of our students, our personal growth, and the better serve our community.

Position Summary:

Educational Counselors serve an extraordinary and essential function, owning the primary relationship between youth and Denver Kids, Inc., and serving as a liaison with parent/guardian and school. Reporting to the Co-Director, Educational Counselors implement trauma-informed, strengths-based, social, emotional, and academic learning (SEAL) interventions to assist students in achieving their goals. Educational Counselors coordinate a variety of supports and enrichment services for the student.  They create the conditions in which students are most likely to learn, grow, and develop. We seek professionals that demonstrate a growth mindset, an interest in personal and professional growth, and a willingness to practice the SEAL skills that we teach the youth we serve.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide individualized support to a caseload of up to 55 students 3 – 12th grade with an expectation to meet students as frequently as needed through one-on-one, small group meetings, and/or enrichment events
  • Work with youth to implement the Denver Kids Best Practice Frameworks (trauma-informed, strengths based, and Social Emotional and Academic Learning powered)
  • Build strong and positive relationships with youth, families/caregivers, school staff and volunteer mentors in order to teach growth mindset, implement SEAL interventions, and empower students to reach their goals
  • Monitor student progress (attendance, behavior, and passing grades) to inform interventions and support
  • Collaborate with DPS school staff, parents/caregivers, volunteer mentors, and community to better understand and meet the youth’s needs and coordinate action plans for success
  • Communicate with parents/guardians monthly (at minimum) to engage them in their child’s educational & social/emotional success and collaborate on the development and achievement of student goals
  • Assist parents/guardians and student in navigating the education system, school policies, and school choice process
  • Communicate with Denver Kids’ volunteer mentors monthly (at minimum) to ensure adherence to Denver Kids policies/procedures and provide coaching
  • Utilize community resources, extra-curricular activities, and Denver Kids enrichment events to meet a student’s needs and broaden their exposure to experiential learning opportunities
  • Provide crisis intervention support and coordinate referrals (e.g. medical, mental health, legal, basic needs support, etc.), in order to support
  • 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 to help build a Denver Kids community among students, families/caregivers, and volunteer mentors
  • Maintain proper documentation of student services and support
  • Participate in professional development
  • Other duties as assigned

Working Conditions:

  • Urban cities and the 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
  • 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, provide occasional transport for student/family according to academic need and support

Personal Characteristics:

  • Ability to model a growth mindset (curious, calm, creative) and adapt to change
  • Demonstrated experience in engaging youth and assist them in overcoming obstacles toward academic success and social /emotional management
  • Bachelor’s degree or 4 years of relevant experience
  • Experience in student/youth case management, counselling, or mentoring
  • Understanding of youth development and trauma-informed and strengths-based approaches
  • Bilingual language ability (English and Spanish) preferred
  • Proficient in utilizing technology to attain results
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Proficiency in writing and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to maintain a flexible schedule and work outside of normal school hours and days
  • Satisfactory health and sufficient physical energy to maintain a rigorous schedule
  • Requires current Colorado Driver’s license with a safe and clean driving record
  • Ability to lift at least 20lbs

Application Instructions:
Please send a resume and cover letter to apply@denverkidsinc.org with the job title you are applying for in the subject line of the email. Your response will not be reviewed if it doesn’t include a cover letter. No phone calls or mail submissions.

Denver Kids, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer committed to attracting and developing an inclusive staff team. Minorities and individuals of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Development Internship

Job Classification: Part-time
Department: Development
Reports to: Development Officer
Hours: 8-16 hours/week

Job Description:

An internship with the Denver Kids Development Team provides the opportunity for hands-on learning and work experience with a leading local educational/youth development nonprofit organization. As an intern, you will work closely with the Development Department to provide support in all aspects of development:

Special Events:

  • Assist Development Department in the planning and execution of fundraising and donor cultivation events
  • Researching and soliciting in-kind donations relevant to event needs
  • Tracking event RSVP and attendance lists
  • Assisting with the ordering, coordinating, and assembling day-of event materials
  • Participate in implementing day-of event logistics

Data Management:

  • Maintaining and improving the Denver Kids electronic donor database in DonorPerfect Online
  • Data entry and maintenance
  • Managing database reporting for analysis and donor recognition
  • Tracking fundraising event participation and donations

Development Department Support:

  • Supporting cultivation efforts that help establish strong relationships with donors
  • Researching funding opportunities
  • Opportunity to learn functionality of nonprofit departments including programs, finance, and marketing
  • Additional development/fundraising administrative tasks as needed such as mailing donation acknowledgements, etc.

Denver Kids, Inc. has worked in partnership with the Rotary Club of Denver and Denver Public Schools (DPS) to support kindergarten through 12th-grade students in higher-risk environments – homelessness, poverty, attendance and behavioral challenges, single-guardian households – to help them graduate from high school, pursue post-secondary education and contribute to their communities. Today, the organization continues to serve as a leader in youth intervention and dropout prevention, connecting more than 1,000 students in 70% of Denver Public Schools with Educational Counselors and volunteer mentors each year.

Hours range from 8 to 16 hours/week, flexible within Monday-Friday schedule, with some possible weekend opportunities. We are seeking interns starting July 2019, though interns are welcome to apply on a rolling basis. This unpaid internship opportunity is flexible depending on candidate needs and will be open until filled. Parking is free at our South Acoma Street location, but any other necessary parking/public transit expenses will be reimbursed up to $70 per month as needed.

All internships are part-time with no financial compensation, but are a learning opportunity. Academic credit is available.

To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume to Kelsey_Grayson@dpsk12.org.