Careers & Internships

Thank you for your interest in joining the Denver Kids team! Below is a list of our current opportunities.

Social and Emotional Learning Specialist

Reports to: CEO
Classification: Full Time, Salaried/Exempt
Compensation: Competitive Salary, Generous paid time off, Individual Health & Dental Coverage, Individual Retirement Account Contribution
Summary: Denver Kids Inc. is seeking a Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Specialist to support our non-profit organization with our strategic implementation of SEL focused curricula. This is a great opportunity to join a local non-profit with a mission to: serve Denver Public School students, to see the direct impact of your work, and to be able to apply your SEL skills in a meaningful way.  The ideal candidate is adaptable to help as needed for the mission of the organization.

The SEL Specialist, who will report to the CEO, will provide coaching and support to staff regarding alignment and implementation efforts to impact social, emotional, and academic learning.  The SEL specialist will support adult learning and implementation practices resulting in SEL rich culture/climate, explicit instruction, and intentional infusion/integration of SEL competencies in every day interactions and practices with young people during the school day, after school, and, during summer programming; this will include targeted coaching and systems creation.

The overall strategy of the SEL initiative is to create an integrated approach to SEL[1] instruction, practices, and climate and culture, to ensure that all youth we serve are successful in making healthy decisions, graduating high school and exploring post-secondary options. To accomplish this mission, we want to increase the SEL competency among all staff and implement researched based curricula to increase our on-time high school graduation rate.

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. Our programs ensure that students successfully complete high school, and explore post-secondary options.

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 advocated for kids, ourselves and others. We empower and promote active participation from and 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.

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 to better serve our community.

Essential Functions and Objectives:

The overall goal of the SEL Specialist is to provide critical supports throughout the organization so that SEL integration is effective, and the goals of the SEL initiative are achieved.  To accomplish this, the specialist will support:

  • Developing an integrated SEL curriculum across our one-to-one and group student interactions as well as the Enrichment, Future Options, and Mentoring programming.
  • Administering SEL assessments and creating a system of documentation of best practices/guidance and implementation strategies/activities. This will include facilitation of site based and cross-site meetings. Additionally, the specialist will coach our staff by providing direct observation and feedback.
  • Documenting lessons learned and best practices so that the work can be scaled in the future.
  • Planning, designing, and leading professional development sessions.
  • Serving as liaison between Denver Kids and the local and national SEL community.

Preferred Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field with 3-5 years of experience working with youth in and/or out of school time.
  • Knowledge of Evidence-based SEL interventions (i.e. cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-related interventions, social skills interventions, etc.), knowledge of program development and coordination, implementation, and evaluation. This position will require mobility and flexibility; working out of various locations.
  • Cultural competency and ability to navigate and promote sensitivity with issues of race and equity.
  • Skilled multi-tasker and excellent time manager; ability to effectively achieve multiple goals and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Strong analytical, time management, organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Passion and urgency for social emotional learning as a key lever to improving the educational experiences and lives of students and families.
  • Proven ability in adult development coaching to support learning.
  • Proven ability to successfully coach and guide teams through a continuous improvement process.
  • Proven ability to document processes, protocols, lessons learned, best practice exemplars, etc. so that learning can be captured and shared.
  • Proven ability to lead effective meetings, ensuring strong and applicable agendas, facilitation, and the inclusion of a variety of staff across multiple departments
  • Proven ability to be a collaborative, communicative, innovative team member who is self-motivated and brings best s/he can to the workplace each and every day.
  • Proven ability to work a diverse set of individuals and groups, building strong relationships with each, honoring the work and contributions they make in the lives of children and inspiring, empowering and equipping them with the tools to improve themselves and deepen the level of influence and impact they have on others (children and adults) around them.

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.

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Urban city and school district
  • Supporting staff 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 to and from schools in your own vehicle, events and/or other local entities as necessary
  • Occasional after/before regular working hours, which can include events, home visits etc.

Qualifications:

  • Bilingual language ability (English and Spanish) preferred
  • 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
  • Highly effective written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to translate ideas into clear written and visual materials/communication
  • Proficiency in Google and Office products
  • Highly energetic, positive and self-motivated; proven ability to adapt to new and challenging situations
  • Commitment to education and youth who are challenged by higher risk environments
  • Shared Denver Kids, Inc. Core Values: Courage to Excel, Integrity, Lifelong Learning, and Partnership
  • Ability to lift at least 20lbs

What you can expect:

  • To be part of a dynamic team committed to continual learning and growing through understanding how we use our diversity to better serve the community.
  • To be a team member of an organization committed to investing in your personal and professional growth and development to ensure your career goals are met.
  • Working environments that require you to be collaborative and flexible with work space and resources.
  • To join an organization that has all of the necessary ingredients for growth and success: a timely mission, a 70+year track record, over 300 committed volunteers, an excellent reputation, a committed 28 person staff, and an active 30 person board.
  • A competitive salary and benefits package.

Compensation/Benefits:
Salary is commensurate with skills and experience.

Application Instructions:
Please send a resume, application, and cover letter that at a minimum includes the range of desired compensation and answers the questions below. Please send to: apply@denverkidsinc.org with the job title you are applying for in the subject line of the email:

  1. Why is SEL important to you? How is SEL important to supporting our young people?
  2. What life experiences do you have that compel you to work with an organization focused on youth educational development and success?
  3. What five words would a significant other or very close friend use to describe you?
  4. How is this role and organization the right fit for you?

No phone calls or mail submissions.

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

SEL is the process by which youth and adults acquire social and emotional intelligence to effectively apply knowledge, attitudes and skills to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

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 is a full-time, salaried position.

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

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • 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

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

  • 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.

Qualifications

  • 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 apply@denverkidsinc.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.