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HeartShare Middle/High School Tutor/Coach in Brooklyn, New York

The Tutor Coach is a critical position within HSVS' American Dream Program.

Relationship-building, tutoring, and emotional support. Compassionate and engaging Tutor Coaches will build relationships with approximately 18-20 middle school students in foster care with HSVS. After engaging the student through recreational outings and/or HSVS-hosted community events, the Tutor Coaches will begin conducting one-on-one tutoring sessions with each student once per week. These sessions will be held primarily in the foster care home. The Tutor Coach will assist students with work across all subject areas to help improve their knowledge, grades, and test scores, tailoring the sessions to each student's needs and skill-level. He/she will be expected to create a calm, trauma-informed environment, and use a adopt a non-judgmental, strengths-based, and collaborative approach to working with the student. The Tutor Coach should also carve out time during each 1-1.5 hour session to provide social-emotional support and continue to build a long-term coaching relationship with the student.

Evaluation and curriculum development. Following each session, the Tutor Coach will submit feedback via an online platform on the student's key challenges and progress in that session. The Tutor Coach will also be responsible for monitoring student's grades, inputting data, and liaising with HSVS' Educational Specialist on a weekly basis to report out on any additional needs the student may have. The Tutor Coach will also spend in-office time developing/refining materials such as practice problems and study guides that would be useful for the majority of students.

Tutor Coaches will be trained in and implement evidence-based models, including but not limited to Motivational Interviewing and trauma-informed care. Tutor Coaches will also undergo academic training and be provided with structured tutoring materials.

Tutor Coaches must travel within Brooklyn and Queens must be willing to work flex hours to meet the availability of the children/youth.

Roles and Responsibilities of a Tutor Coach:

  • Engage students and build a supportive, trusting relationship with 18-20 students in foster care in grades 6-8. All of the students will be in or have experienced foster care, and likely have experienced trauma and disrupted adult relationships. Therefore, the Tutor Coach needs to be thoughtful, sensitive, proactive, and innovative with how best to engage these students and start building a positive, trusting relationship.
  • Conduct weekly one-on one tutoring sessions in foster homes with each student, after establishing a relationship.
  • Assist students with progressing in all core subject areas (English, Math, History, Science).
  • Submit feedback and data after each weekly meeting.
  • Liaise with the Education Specialist on a weekly basis to discuss progress, academic performance, and any concerns.
  • Work with the Specialist to connect middle school students to quality afterschool and summer activities in line with their interests.
  • Provide ongoing social-emotional support. The Tutor Coach should provide trauma-informed counseling, as needed, with issues that may be holding the student back from achieving academic success. Tutor Coaches should be encouraging, provide positive feedback, and tailor their approach to the needs of that student.


  • Bachelor's Degree.
  • Experience working with at-risk students/youth in an academic setting, or a strong demonstrated ability to provide instruction to middle school students in foster care.
  • Previous tutoring experience strongly preferred.
  • Proficient in middle school, Common Core academic content and able to quickly learn a range of academic subjects.
  • Ability to tailor lessons to meet the needs/strengths of each student.
  • Ability to build trusting relationship with youth and commit to taking a compassionate, nonjudgmental, and strengths-based approach that is steeped in the principles of positive youth development.
  • Ability to independently organize time and prioritize responsibilities in order to plan and carry out all duties.
  • Flexibility to work around a students' schedules, including early evenings and/or weekends, as needed.
  • Ability and willingness to travel across Brooklyn and Queens, as needed.
  • Personal & Interpersonal Skills - self-motivated, team player, able to manage stress, and able to see value in and promote diversity in others. Passionate about delivering friendly, flexible, compassionate, and effective services. Believes that change is possible, and is able to express genuine empathy while maintaining healthy boundaries. Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external partners.
  • Bilingual (Spanish) preferred.


  • Rewarding Work in a team environment;
  • Paid vacation, sick, personal days and holidays;
  • 403(B) retirement plan with employer contribution;
  • Health, dental, vision and life insurance;
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP);
  • Flexible spending account (Dependent Care, Medical, Parking, and Transit);
  • Employee Appreciation Programs and Events;
  • Tuition Assistance Program;
  • Professional Development opportunities;
  • Verizon Wireless Discount;
  • BJs Membership discount;
  • Discounts on Broadway tickets, movie tickets, theme parks, sporting events, gift certificates & more.

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