PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY:    To support and enhance college and career readiness programming offered in Larkin Street Academy programs and across the agency for transitional age youth (17-24).  The Health Education and Wellness Instructor should have an interest in the Health Sciences, LGBT Education, HIV/AIDS & STI Education, mindfulness & meditation, and knowledge of general health and well-being topics.  The ability to teach and provide a classroom experience fostering an environment conducive to exploring sensitive and personal topics.  The ability to communicate and inspire learning in students of diverse academic, socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds as well as those with learning disabilities.  The instructor must be able to organize and manage classrooms; provide classroom instruction; and implement a successful hands-on, student-centered pedagogy.


REPORTS TO:                     Larkin Street Academy Manager of Education

SUPERVISES:                      None

EXEMPT STATUS:             Non-Exempt

UNION STATUS:                 Union


  • Prepare and present lessons using National Health Science Standards and California Career Technical Education (CTE) resources.
  • Develop activities that are interactive, creative, and combine different learning approaches for multiple health-related subjects.
  • Facilitate bi-weekly lessons and activities in mindfulness, meditation, and other wellness concepts.
  • Keep accurate records and intake information on each participant including attendance, assessment, consent forms, surveys, etc.
  • Work with program staff and program partners to develop and accomplish program goals.
  • Motivate students to increase their performance, attendance, and program retention.
  • Monitor daily classroom space and maintain appearance to maximize youth engagement.
  • Coordinate with Larkin Street Youth services staff to link youth to college and career programming offered through Larkin Street Academy.
  • Support youth in academic tutoring in classroom and individual tutoring sessions.


  • Perform tasks and responsibilities in a complete and timely manner, complying with agency policies and standards and conforming to the requirements of this job description.
  • Maintain a creative, team-building, cooperative approach to job performance and seek to bring a constructive, problem-solving orientation to all tasks.
  • Maintain an awareness of the agency’s mission and work to promote the positive individual and social change goals it embodies.
  • Exercise discretion and professional judgment at all times keeping with responsibilities carried personally and by the agency for the care and welfare of staff and to the youth in which we serve.
  • Actively strive to upgrade professional development skills through engaging in appropriate professional training and experience.
  • Maintain the strictest confidentiality.
  • Responsible for supporting program services within the milieu. For example, crisis intervention or helping to maintain the safety of the program.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Ability to speak in front of large groups of individuals.
  • Ability to multi-task and efficiently manage priority action items.
  • Requires ability to lift, transfer, push/pull, maneuver, and reposition 25 lbs.
  • Ability to reach, bend, and walk.
  • Finger manipulation.
  • Ability to comprehend complex materials.
  • Ability to speak and write English clearly and accurately.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in related field.


  • Desire to work in Social Services and/or with homeless and runaway youth.
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work with a diverse staff and youth; excel in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
  • Certifications in Health and Wellness related fields a plus.


  • Competitive Salary & Excellent Benefits:
  • Choice of Kaiser medical plans, plus dental and vision- (with coverage at no cost for one of the Kaiser and Dental plans as well as Vision for Employees only)
  • Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible spending accounts.
  • Life Insurance.
  • Vacation- (starting at 3 weeks, increasing to 5 weeks by year five)
  • Sick time.
  • 11 Paid Holidays + Floating Holidays.
  • Employee Assistance Program.
  • Health Advocate Service.
  • Commuter Benefits Program.
  • Paid Sabbatical following 5 years of employment.
  • 403(b) retirement plan.

This position is represented by SEIU 1021 under a collective bargaining agreement.

Larkin Street reserves the right to revise job descriptions or work hours as required.

Larkin Street is an Equal Opportunity Employer