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THINK Together Substitute Program Leader - Pico Rivera in Pico Rivera, California

Middle School Substitute Program Leader

Pico Rivera

Founded in 1997, Think Together partners with schools to change the odds for kids by providing award-winning programs during and outside the school day. We’re one of California’s largest nonprofits working in school districts from San Diego to San Francisco. Whether you’re interested in early learning, elementary, middle or high school, you can invest in your community by working at a local school or working within our home office providing support!

As a Substitute Program Leader, you’ll be a homework helper, a mentor, and a superhero in the classroom. And, we’ll provide all the training. Just bring your positive spirit and desire to join an innovative and growing organization!

Have we peaked your interest? Here’s more about the job:

A Substitute Program Leader will be called upon to fill-in for a needed assignment. Substitute Program Leaders work directly with an group of students (ratio is contingent upon CSC guidelines), acting as a positive adult role model, coach, and mentor. Substitute Program Leaders must have a genuine interest in the growth, development, and provision of a safe and nurturing environment for the students they teach. Substitute Program Leader’s ability to establish authority through leadership, communication, and most importantly patience, will be required in giving our students the stability and nurturing atmosphere they need to succeed. Ensuring that Think Together students reach their potential takes a tremendous amount of hard work, flexibility, and commitment.


  • Lead a group of students (virtually and/or in an in-person setting), maintaining high standards for behavior and safety by implementing the Think Together four core agreements: 1. Be safe 2. Be respectful 3. Be responsible 4. Have fun

  • Serve as a positive adult role model for children in the program through appropriate dress, speech, and attitude.

  • Create an engaging environment that fosters a sense of belonging that kids want to be in.

  • Support students in making positive behavior choices and take disciplinary measures when appropriate.

  • Identify student needs and communicate to Site Coordinator, teachers, school administration and parents, as appropriate.

  • Participate in staff development activities.


  • Provide homework assistance, academic enrichment and physical activity using curriculum and materials provided by the program

  • Work directly with a group of 20-25 students in a classroom setting, implementing classroom and behavior management strategies

  • Assist daily with snack preparation, serving and clean up.

  • Assist in set up, break down, and ongoing maintenance to keep the school or community site clean and orderly.

  • Maintain student safety by taking roll and reviewing sign-in/sign-outs for students


  • Provide learning support and engaging student experiences, using program design and curricular models through Think Togethers strategic partnerships

  • Create and utilize virtual engagement strategies to create positivity, encouragement and excitement for learning

  • Supplement school-day learning with academic enrichment that aligns with district curriculum

  • Attend regular meetings, trainings and daily check-ins

  • Work collaboratively with other team members within virtual classrooms

  • Collect daily student attendance and input accurate data in the Student Information System

  • Responsible for facilitating program through distance learning. Distance learning facilitation can be live online with students or pre-recorded using digital platforms

Other Responsibilities: • Arrives punctually in order to meet responsibilities in site start up and assignments.

• The position may alternate between Distance Learning and In-person Learning. You must have the flexibility to adapt to business need.

• Must have the ability to utilize various digital learning platforms • Maintains close communication with the Substitute Coordinator regarding planned or emergency absences for the same reason. • Serves as a positive role model for children in the program through appropriate dress, speech, attitude and courtesy. • Maintains highest degree of confidentiality in staff, student and volunteer matters. • Complies with organization and site policies and follows procedures.


  • High School Diploma or G.E.D. Required;

  • District-specific - 48 semester/60 quarter units and/or pass a pre-employment test

  • Ability to speak and write Standard English appropriate in a public-school setting

  • At least six months experience working with a group of 10 or more students in a classroom, afterschool, or recreation environment

  • Advanced Math and English skills (K – 8)

  • Excellent communication skills (Written and Verbal)

  • Support our English-learner population by being bi-literate (Spanish preferred)

COMPUTER EQIUPMENT SKILLS: • Use typical office equipment, E-mail and Internet Software • Zoom, Google Classroom and other digital platforms


• The position may alternate between Distance Learning and In-person Learning. You must have the flexibility to adapt to business need.

• Space conducive for facilitating virtual group sessions

Background Checks/Testing:

  • Must pass Live Scan (criminal background check via fingerprinting)

  • Provide negative TB Test dated within the last 3 years

  • Pass Advanced Math and English skills (K – 8) testing

Hours: MUST be available 3- 5 days a week Monday - Friday

hours will vary

Pay: $14/hour

Think Together is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, religious creed, physical disability, mental disability, age for individuals age 40 and over, medical condition (as defined by state law (for example, cancer or genetic characteristics or HIV/AIDS), marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, citizenship status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. Our management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities and general treatment during employment