Our mission is to further social and restorative justice by counteracting poverty, inequity, and trauma with accessible, high-quality programs that offer meaningful opportunities for individuals, families, and communities.
Our vision is that all people have access to the resources needed to lead positive, productive, and self-determined lives. Our commitment to the pursuit of equity is expressed through collaborative partnerships and innovative approaches across three areas of impact: access to education, workforce development, and promoting vibrant communities.
Five Keys was founded in 2003 by the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department as the first accredited charter high school in the nation to provide diploma programs for adults in county jails. Today, we are proud to offer high school education, vocational skills, life skills classes and access to college and workforce programs.
We have expanded far beyond the walls of county jails. Beginning in 2008, Five Keys began providing innovative access to a high school education and vocational skills in underserved neighborhoods throughout California. Our 80 community learning centers serve students of any age and regardless of background or circumstance.
Today, we have more than 550 dedicated employees serving 25,000 individuals each year in 7 counties, including San Francisco, Alameda, Solano, San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Bernardino, and Los Angeles counties, with expansion into Marin and Sonoma Counties on the horizon.
We have experienced 20-30% growth for the past 3 years. Some of this growth is due to serving students in more county jails and community learning centers. However, the majority of the growth is due to diversification of services we offer. We now operate career centers inside county jails and create linkages to community-based workforce networks. We manage a transitional housing shelter in San Francisco. We also hire people directly into our transitional employment positions for formerly incarcerated individuals and people currently or formerly experiencing homelessness.
This position is essential in helping to coordinate the day to day operations of Independent Study classrooms and jail programming. This position will provide support to instructors at designated community learning centers and to assist with on the ground collaboration with program and Five Keys partners. The position will provide leadership to the Five Keys teachers and staff, and will assist with curriculum development, student tracking systems, and student behavior management and intervention. This position will also work closely with the College Services Coordinator to develop curriculum and support the implementation of a college dorm for in-custody students
Position requires a self-driven, results oriented person with a clear focus and attention to detail. Strong general and emotional intelligence coupled with the abilities to work efficiently and independently, to prioritize, and to communicate clearly and succinctly in writing and in person are essential. Experience with standardized educational assessments and knowledge of how to interpret assessment results are essential, as is an understanding of how educational barriers affect work and training.
The person must be comfortable, mature and professional interacting with diverse community partners, school district representatives, and Sheriff's Department and Five Keys staff. Must be adept using MS Office, phone, internet /email and databases. Willingness and ability to grow professionally be accountable and to expand skills and adapt to evolving school environments is required. A commitment to the mission, vision and values of Five Keys is necessary.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
- Provide direct supervision and evaluation to designated teachers who are working in learning centers, this may include workforce and in custody site locations Oversee and ensure compliance of all independent study and whole group instruction regulations, including; evaluating student progress in the instructional program by means that include the maintaining of permanent files and work process reports.
- Supervises and appraises the performance of the school staff.
- Ensure Special Education laws and requirements are being met and students identified and served. Participate as part of the Response to Intervention team.
- Serve as liaison between the school and community, implementing the policies of the school;
- Provides activities which facilitate the professional growth of the school staff and enhance the quality of the instructional program.
- Provide organizational leadership regarding creation, development and maintenance of connections for Five Keys students, including liaising with City and community partners to develop vocational continuums of care for students;
- Work harmoniously with others and to communicate effectively (both orally and in writing) with students, teachers, administration, and community partners;
- Maintain confidentiality when dealing with student and staff information;
- Communicate with individuals of varied cultural and educational backgrounds;
- Implement, or facilitate the implementation of, standardized reading and math assessments and tests at assigned locations (including TABE, high school equivalency);
- Support teachers with GED curriculum and strategies and serve as a GED proctor, when needed
- Conceptualize the broad goals of the school and plans accordingly to ensure that procedures and schedules are implemented to support the success of the total school program
- Supervise activities of Five Keys staff at sites as assigned;
- Monitor and facilitate the aggregation of academic gains and other information for students placed in school and skills training for external contracts;
- Help maintain student tracking/outcomes documents;
- Plan and implement a program of study following state and school goals/curriculum that meet the individual needs and development of students;
- Assist with the development and implementation of Five Keys college/career curriculum that aligns with successful matriculation to college
- Encourage teachers to set and maintain appropriate standards of behavior in their classroom
- Maintain accurate, complete and confidential records as required by law, administrative regulations and school policy.
- As a central part of the school administration, be available for periodic school-wide tasks such as assessment proctoring, graduation and event planning, emergency class coverage and staff training.