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 STEM Instructor should have both an interest in STEM teaching and classroom experience fostering an environment conducive to inquiry-based learning.  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


  • Prepare and present lessons using STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) pedagogy and California Career Technical Education (CTE) resources.
  • Develop activities based on CompTIA A+ curricula that are interactive, creative, and combine different learning approaches for multiple academic subjects.
  • 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.
  • Link youth to services within and outside the agency.
  • Provide front desk support when needed.
  • 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 strongly preferred.


  • 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.
  • Experience teaching and/or tutoring.
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.

 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.