Academic Coach Job Description
The Homework Club is a California non-profit education
agency that works in partnership with schools and districts to provide after
school small group academic mentoring for struggling middle school students.
Homework Club meets on the school campus right after school, Monday through
Thursday for 2 hours. Academic Tutors work for a minimum of two days per week
(4 hours) to a maximum of four days per week (8 hours).
The tutor’s role is to help students…
- Achieve better mental focus, time management, and academic skills.
- Complete all homework assignments with a high level of quality.
- Improve writing and math skills.
- Help form a positive social environment with other Homework Club students.
- Learn to feel like respected and valued members of the school community.
Tutors also write daily progress reports to families by email and interface with
school faculty and staff. All Homework Club Staff are required to attend Homework
Club parties in San Rafael. Tutors may be asked to substitute at different sites
in the same general area.
All Coaches are paid $25 per hour for the academic tutoring
sessions. Tutors are also given trainings to be completed on their own. We ask you to print them and keep them with you during the tutoring sessions. All have found these resources extremely valuable when working with academically struggling middle school students.
If this job description sounds appealing, please continue to Part 1.
Areas Currently Hiring
The Homework Club has many locations. Currently,
we are hiring for the following locations. Please
select your preferential location(s).
- Can you make a commitment for the entire school year, September-June?
Homework Club follows the normal school calendar, and observes holiday breaks.
- Are you available at least two days for 2 hours, Monday through Thursday,
from 2:00-5:00pm (actual 2 hours start and end time depends on specific school site)?
- Do you have a reliable car? Tutors often receive assignments to more than one
school, or are asked to sub if their schedules permit.
- Do you have evening access to a computer with Internet access? Tutors email daily
student progress reports to parents through Homework Club’s web communication system
during the after school session, but exceptions occur.
- Is your schedule free from intermittent time conflicts, such as substitute
teaching responsibilities, which might make you arrive late to your Homework Club
- Do you have a cell phone with texting ability? It needs to be on during HW Club hours.
If you answered “Yes” to all six questions in Part 1, please continue to Part 2.
If you answered “No” to any questions, Homework Club thanks you for your interest
and invites you to get back in touch with us when your circumstances permit.
- Please tell us about your academic background in education, human services, or
psychology/counseling. Do you have a credential or license? If not, are you
considering a career in education, psychology, or human services? Are you currently
enrolled in a training program? If not, are you considering entering a training
program within the next 24 months?
(2 or 3 sentences)
- Please tell us about your favorite experience working with pre-adolescents,
including previous employment, parenting, volunteering, or internships. What did you
find rewarding? What felt stressful?
- Please rank which subjects you are most qualified to teach (1 is most qualified &
4 is least qualified).
Middle School Math (includes geometry)
Middle School English
Middle School Science
Middle School History
- Tyler is a sixth grade boy who hates math! He struggled to earn C’s in math
during elementary school, but sank to a D during the first trimester of sixth grade.
Today Tyler has a frustrating math homework assignment on simplifying fractions. When
you try to help him, Tyler becomes upset and says, “You’re doing it all wrong! You’re
not doing it the same way as my teacher! ½, 4/8, and 6/12 aren’t the same! The
numbers are all different! 2 is a lot smaller than 8 or 12!” Very soon, Tyler will
plunge into an emotional black hole, shut down mentally, and turn on the disruptive
behavior. What’s your strategy to head off the classroom management problem and help
Tyler comprehend fractions? By the way, he’s forgotten his textbook and only has the
teacher’s worksheet, with 25 problems printed in very small type.
(1 or 2 paragraphs)
- David is an eighth grade boy who hates language arts and social studies. He’s
quite charming, social, and athletic, but David’s verbal communication is usually
limited to word clusters and body language, not complete sentences. His vocabulary is
underdeveloped and he struggles to express his thoughts, often saying, “You know what
I mean?” or “It’s so…like…that way.” Spelling, punctuation, sentence structure, word
usage, and grammar skills are all quite weak. David has frozen stiff with writer’s
block at the sight of this 500 word social studies essay topic, due tomorrow:
“Compare and contrast the visions of Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton for the
social and economic development of the newly-independent United States.” David can’t
think of a thing to write! He’s riffling through his textbook and staring blankly at
the wall. What’s your strategy to help David get going and produce a reasonable
(1 or 2 paragraphs)