Andy Roddick Foundation Summer Learning Program

Program Mentor Job Description

Job Title:  Summer Learning Program Mentor                      Wage/Salary: $15.00 per hour

Reports to:  Senior Program Manager                                   Location: TG Harris Elementary, 1711 Wheless Lane, Austin TX 78723          

FLSA Exempt/Non-Exempt: Non-Exempt                                     

Position Summary

To mentor and supervise the students in the Andy Roddick Foundation Summer Learning Program. Program Mentors are responsible for the routine supervision, health, and safety of an assigned group of children. Enthusiastic, caring Program Mentors are an integral part of our program and the primary caregivers of the children enrolled. As role models, Program Mentors are selected based on experience, maturity, enthusiasm, creativity, and attitude. Program Mentors actively assist in preparing for and implementing of weekly activities. They foster positive relationships with children, families, and other staff while exemplifying the Foundation’s goals and values. 

Program Description

The Andy Roddick Foundation’s mission is to work with our community to expand opportunities for young people to learn, thrive, and succeed. To that end, the Foundation operates a six-week summer learning program with the goals of 1) engaging students in new opportunities, 2) building persistence and perseverance in students, and 3) combating summer learning loss to ensure students are ready for school in the fall.  The program is a blend of sports, academic, and arts activities, all designed to build resiliency in students so they have career aspirations and the persistence to get them there. Building these skills early will set students on a path to become successful, engaged community members and leaders.

Students leaving grades kindergarten through 5th are eligible to attend the summer learning program at Pecan Springs and Harris Elementary schools, both Title I schools’. Students are divided into groups, with one consistent mentor to guide activities, ensure safety, and promote achievement in the students.  Using small group and one-on-one approaches, students build strong mentoring relationships with adults while experiencing a cycle of effort, performance, and feedback in a supportive environment to ensure they set and achieve their goals.

Essential Functions

  • Direct, supervise, and organize group of elementary students within activities and throughout the program in order to meet intended outcomes
  • Ensure students are properly supervised at all times, including while on site and field trips
  • Assist in the teaching of various educational and recreational activities under direction of Lead Instructor, Instructors, or Coaches
  • Be actively involved with students during program activities, including physical activity (e.g., running, jumping, etc.)
  • Apply basic child development principles through communication, relationship development, respect for diversity, and involvement and empowerment of children
  • Serve as a positive role model for all students
  • Build positive, mentoring relationships with students
  • Manage student behavior, as needed
  • Ensure that school and program rules are observed
  • Ensure a healthy and safe environment for students
  • Be aware of and implement safety guidelines
  • Use program and school equipment and facilities efficiently
  • Maintain positive staff, family, and community relationships
  • Provide weekly feedback to parents/guardians on student progress in program
  • Actively participate in staff trainings and meetings
  • Effectively communicate with other staff and Senior Program Manager
  • Participate in program evaluations and continuous improvement activities
  • Work towards common vision and mission of program
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and Requirements        

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Some college course work completed in education or related field
  • Experience working with elementary-age students required
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills, a cooperative attitude, and the ability to work with and understand the needs of children
  • Ability to relate well with children
  • Ability to teach and lead various educational and recreational activities
  • Ability to communicate and work with a variety of age and skill levels
  • Must be able to pass criminal history background check, Sex Offender Registry Check, and references
  • Bilingual English/Spanish a plus 
  • Must be available for all staff trainings (see schedule below)
  • Must be able to obtain or be certified in First Aid/CPR (training provided by the Foundation)
  • Must be available to work Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:00pm during program (see schedule below)

2017 Summer Program Schedule

June 5-9*                   9 a.m. - 4 p.mStaff Training
June 12-16                  Week #1 Camp
June 19-23                 Week #2 Camp
June 26-30*               Week #3 Camp  
July 3-4                       Holiday-No Program
July 5-7*                     Week #4 Camp
July 10-14                    Week #5 Camp
July 17-21*                   Week #6 Camp (July 21, Family Engagement Night #3 until 8:00pm)
July 24-25                  9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Camp Wrap-up

 *Family Engagement Night until 8 p.m. on Tuesday or Thursday dependent on program placement

Physical Demands/Work Environment

  • Ability to work outside in various settings and environments, primarily in the heat up to 2 hours at a time
  • Ability to actively participate in recreational and physical activities with children (e.g. running, jumping, lifting, etc.)
  • Ability to physically assist children in an emergency
  • Physically able to maintain constant supervision of students and participate in planned activities
  • Ability to be flexible to varying activities
  • Ability to maintain emotional control under stress particularly with student’s behavioral and disciplinary issues

To Apply

Submit cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references to programs@arfoundation.org by March 8, 2017.

Equal Opportunity Employer
Nothing contained in this job description should be construed as an offer or guarantee of employment.