Learning Coach

Prisma - Mountainside, New Jersey - Full time

Who we are

Prisma is a new kind of education company driven by a singular mission: to create a next generation capable of solving the world's biggest problems. The world is changing faster than ever, yet our current education system is not designed for rapid change. At Prisma we have designed a new kind of K-12 education company, which is built from the ground up to not only prepare kids in the core competencies they’ll need for the 21st century (things like creativity, critical thinking, resilience, collaboration, digital and media literacy, to name a few) but to instill in them a desire to make a large, positive impact on the world. Prisma combines the flexibility of home-based learning, the socialization of a close-knit peer group that meets daily, the support of an inspiring learning coach, and the personalization of an interests-based, adaptable curriculum. We believe that every student deserves to love school, to be able to progress at their own pace, to pursue what interests them, to have a supportive peer group, and to reach their full potential. If you believe this too and you dream of a job where you can truly have an impact on the world, read on!

We are led by two repeat founders whose most recent venture was bought by Google in one of its most expensive acquisitions to date. We are a well and self-funded, mission-driven company focused on scalable and sustainable growth.

What the role is

At Prisma, kids are led by “Learning coaches”, not teachers and they learn via live video and interactive experiences, not classrooms and textbooks.

This year, we’re launching our first-ever in-person Prisma hub. The New Jersey in-person Prisma hub is a flexible co-learning space for kids in Mountainside, NJ in which Prisma learners come together to socialize, collaborate on projects, and work towards meeting their individualized learning goals. Prisma learners at the in-person hub participate in standups, live workshops, and clubs with their virtual cohort (that way they still get the benefits of belonging to a full cohort of geographically diverse kids and of accessing all our great workshops and events in the cloud).

As the founding in-person hub Learning coach, you’ll be a mentor and trusted adviser to a group of 15-20 middle schoolers, both in-person and virtual.

What you'll do

  • Manage and supervise an in-person Prisma learning hub for up to 15-20 4th-8th graders
  • Help learners to set and meet their academic goals
  • Provide advice and life coaching to learners, both in-person and virtually
  • Provide feedback to learners on their work, both in-person and virtually
  • Provide updates to parents and meet with them when concerns arise
  • Support each learner as they prepare for successful adult lives
  • Supervise nearby (walking distance) excursions, organize enrichment activities (e.g. cooking) and facilitate occasional family meetups.

Who the ideal candidate is

You are:

  • Amazing at forming positive and motivating relationships with kids (experience with 4th-8th graders is a plus)
  • Skilled at creating fun, engaging in-person learning environments that kids want to be a part of each day
  • Engaging and know what it takes to make learning exciting and fun for kids
  • Smart, intellectually curious, quick on your feet
  • Experience working with kids with special learning needs is a plus
  • Great at providing advice, inspiration and mentorship to kids
  • Adaptable, eager to learn, open to candid feedback and comfortable with change
  • Comfortable with the rapid pace and constant change of a startup
  • Very reliable and hard working
  • Comfortable interacting with parents
  • A creative, open-minded thinker who questions the status quo
  • Passionate about alternative models of education
  • Tech savvy and a strong believer in the power of technology to enhance kids’ learning
  • Comfortable working in a distributed team (now and post-COVID) and desire a job with a high level of personal agency

Beyond possessing these skills, if you also exude these traits, we want to talk with you!

  • Gutsy: Unafraid to speak up, take risks and think differently
  • Humble: Quick to give credit and slow to pass blame
  • Can-do: Optimistic, bring solutions, not problems, and always find a way
  • Team player: Care about, respect, help, and speak candidly with others
  • Driven: Go above and beyond to achieve our mission

How we compensate

  • Competitive salary
  • Healthcare expense reimbursement
  • Semi-flexible work schedule
  • Generous vacation time

Next steps

If this sounds like your dream job, please apply:  https://www.notion.so/joinprisma/Learning-coach-New-Jersey-90b8e3383b2745e4b8b772691b717970

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Role

Teaching

Experience Level

Mid Level

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Prisma is a new kind of education company driven by a singular mission: to create a next generation capable of solving the world's biggest problems.
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