Site / Location: Elmwood Correctional Facility, Santa Clara Jail
Work Schedule: Enter schedule, e.g. Full-time, 32.5 hours per week, Monday-Friday from 7:30-2:30
Reports to: Principal
Union: United Educators of San Francisco
Through the use of Social and Restorative Justice principles, Five Keys provides traditionally underserved communities the opportunity to restart their education with a focus on the Five Keys: EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, RECOVERY, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY.
Originally established by the SF Sheriff’s Department (2003) as the first charter school in the nation to operate inside of a county jail, today Five Keys is a charter management (non-profit) corporation that operates three public charter schools within the Sheriff's Department, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, and 26 community satellite campuses in partnership with the reentry and workforce development community in SF and LA.
Additionally, through contracts with the San Francisco Mayor's office of Economic and Workforce Development, Five Keys coordinates the education needs of the SF Workforce Development community. Through a contract with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Dept. Five Keys provides all the career technical educational and life skills programs for inmates in the LA county jails.
The CTE Aquaponics/Gardening Instructor provides vocational and career development training for San Clara County Jails inmate students. Topics/Areas of Focus covered in this course include:
- Vegetative Seed Propagation (Grafting, Aquaponics & Orchard Care.
- Ecosystem of fish and plants while learning STEM standards .
The Aquaponics/Gardening Instructor is an integral member of the Academic Program team, and supports production goals & schedules. The Aquaponics/Gardening program is designed to provide entry/mid-level skills training and employment preparation for individuals on a Nursery or Agriculture career path. The instructor will also support high school students in this program as a science course.
JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Facilitate the Aquaponics/Gardening course
- Create and maintain an engaging learning environment
- Communicate with Students/Coworkers/Custody Staff in a Clear, Effective & Respectful manner
- Research and develop materials necessary to develop/supplement program curriculum as needed
- Evaluate student progress based on learning objectives/outcomes
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
- Understanding of and commitment to restorative justice
- Awareness of how best to serve the unique Five Keys student population
- Understanding of the importance of education in lowering the rate of recidivism
- Knowledge of how to educate students who have been determined to be "At Risk"
- Knowledge of and proficiency in effective methodology and techniques used to instill confidence and self-respect in adult students
- Knowledge of general learning theories and curriculum development
- Computer skills—Computers used for tracking attendance, grades, etc.
- Able and willing to work in a secure, contained correctional environment
- A team player with experience working in a collaborative environment
- Professional manner and appearance
- Possesses conflict resolution skills
- Is patient and caring
- Uses good organizational skills to meet the needs of his/her class
- Is open to innovative approaches to meeting educational goals
- Promotes and supports multiculturalism
- Is capable of working with classroom groups of varying size
- Is adaptable and flexible
- Possesses an ability to work in a correctional environment
- Able to hold students accountable for pro-social behavior and a willingness to take corrective measures to that end
- Ability to maintain strong and appropriate boundaries with personal identifying information when interacting with students or community or program partners, and while at any school location or community or program partner site
- Exceptional written communication skills; ability to express complex ideas with clarity and precision in written documents
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Excellent organizational skills
- Eagerness to learn new things and adapt to constantly changing circumstances
- Ability to handle multiple deadlines and tasks simultaneously
- Advanced problem-solving skills; tactfully address and resolve questions/concerns
- Must be willing and able to work in a correctional facility and travel throughout the area to community sites
- Work environment varies from site to site. There is some personal safety risk working with the at-risk population
- Moderate noise level
- Contained and secure
- Moderate noise level
- Some personal risk associated with working in a corrections environment
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