Spring 2020

After School Program Teacher

Deadline to Apply: Open Immediately, applications reviewed on a rolling basis until positions are filled.

Organization Overview

Breakthrough Silicon Valley launches talented but underserved middle school students on the path to college, while at the same time inspiring high school and college students to become educators. While ambitious in our goals, BTSV works: 97% of BTSV graduates are accepted into four-year colleges (through the class of 2019) and 87% of BTSV Teaching Fellows (2017-19) are inspired to pursue a career in education as a result of their summer experience.

Breakthrough Silicon Valley’s tuition-free program provides year-round out of school time academic support, counseling, and advocacy for a diverse group of talented students, most of whom come from under-resourced communities and are first in their family to go to college. Through our students-teaching-students model, Breakthrough also provides a consummate professional development experience in education by providing talented high school and college students the opportunity to design and teach classes under the direction of seasoned education professionals.

Located in San Jose, California, Breakthrough Silicon Valley is an affiliate of The Breakthrough Collaborative, a leading national service organization that acts as the national voice for 24 Breakthrough sites across the country.

Position Overview

Breakthrough Silicon Valley seeks TWO enthusiastic, engaging teachers to lead our after-school STEM-based, problem-solving program for our middle school students.

Breakthrough’s After-School Program (ASP) provides creative learning opportunities for our 7th and 8th grade students. Knowing that our students have already had a full school day when they come to us, the After-School Program aims to develop essential academic, college-going skills in a fun, creative environment. By focusing on meaningful activities, the program aims to development “The Three Cs” in our students--communication, critical thinking, and collaboration—knowing that the development of these three skills is imperative to their success in high school, college, and the 21st century workforce.  The ASP also ensures that students maintain connections with their Breakthrough peer group throughout the school year. 

For three hours per week (distributed over two days), over the course of 8 weeks, 7th graders work in groups to engage in a hands-on STEM activity, written problem solving activities, academic discourse, and reflection. 

This program is supported by volunteer facilitators: motivated high school and college students who engage with our students, share their experiences, and serve as academic role models.  In exchange, facilitators improve their own communication and facilitation skills, and gain an understanding of the educational inequities in our community. 

Responsibilities and Functions

  • Develop engaging and results-oriented programming to support our students to navigate those challenges.
  • Embrace “Breakthrough Spirit.” Is committed to excellence, is open-minded, demonstrates a growth-mindset, thinks creatively to solve problems, and works with integrity and a sense of humor.
  • Work with BTSV staff to review and revise current curriculum and develop lesson plans prior to the start of the After School Program.  
  • Deliver program to a cohort of approximately 50 students (approximately 25 per session) including STEM activities and SEL skills.
  • Oversee the ASP volunteer facilitators and meet with them directly either prior or following the ASP daily in order to discuss planning and lessons.  
  • Meet weekly with Director of Admissions and Middle School Program to provide and receive feedback. 
  • Administer assessments and student surveys for the program.
  • Must enter data on a weekly basis for review (i.e. attendance, grade entry).


  • Must have prior teaching experience in STEM in the classroom and/or be in a credentialed program.  
  • Possesses an understanding of and passion for working with first-generation college-bound youth.
  • Has a knowledge of Social-Emotional Learning skills and STEM competencies, especially as they relate to first-generation college-bound middle schoolers. 
  • Has experience in developing engaging, creative STEM curriculum to middle school students. 
  • Must have prior knowledge of data collection (i.e attendance, grade entry, review of assessments).

Commitment and Compensation: 

  • Approximately 15-20 hours of planning and orientation: January 2020
  • Program dates: February 4 – April 2, 2020
  • Program times/times (Two Positions available by School District):
    • One ASP Teacher is needed for our FMSD sites
      • 3:30 - 5pm M/W at Bridges Academy in San Jose
      • 3:30 - 5pm T/Th at Sylvandale Middle School in San Jose
    • One ASP Teacher is needed for our SJUSD site.
      • 4:30-6:30pm M/W and T/Th at Hoover Middle School in San Jose
  • Pay: $3500 stipend per position

How to Apply

Please submit an online application through TriNet. We will review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

For any questions and concerns, please email Eduardo Arellanes Loeza at eloeza@breakthroughsv.org.

Breakthrough engages with individuals of all backgrounds and we are committed to embracing diversity within our organization, including developing a team who represents the communities we serve.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer Breakthrough is committed to providing employment opportunities to all individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law. 

Learn more at www.breakthroughsv.org

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