The Salvation Army

  • Education Programming Specialist

    Job Locations US-OH-Dayton
    Job ID
    Education, Training, and Library Occupations
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    REPORTS TO:         Education Department Manager


    SUPERVISES:          N/A


    STATUS:                   Exempt


    SCHEDULE:            Full Time  


    FUNCTION: The Education Programming Specialist will serve as a member of the Kroc Center’s Education Department. He/she will assist in carrying out the vision and objectives established by the Kroc Center Administration and Education Department Manager promoting Christian faith and values that align with the mission of The Salvation Army. He/she will function in a collaborative, team environment serving as a role model, advocating for quality education while supporting literacy development in students of all ages, children through adult. In conjunction, he/she will assess, lead, guide, and instruct students to reach their individual educational goals and improve the future of our Dayton Community.



    • Displays character in alignment with the beliefs of The Salvation Army through words and actions.
    • Demonstrates an ability to interact and cultivate relationships with students of all ages.
    • Uses excellent written and oral communication skills to interact positively with parents/professional teachers and instructors/community school administration and staff/Kroc staff and guests.
    • Embraces personal growth and continuous self-improvement.
    • Exhibits an ability to adapt to change through flexibility and navigating a fluid work environment.
    • Demonstrates instructional leadership and professionalism.
    • Maintains confidentiality.


    Educational Support

    • Demonstrates an understanding of language and math acquisition, developmental stages, knowledge of leaning styles and Ohio Department of Education learning/content standards.
    • Researches and utilizes a variety of best teaching practices, curricula, and differentiated instruction.
    • Serves as an in-school Education Programming Specialist who partners with professional educators and our community school administrations to assist students in reading, writing, and acquiring basic math skills.
    • Provides (Direct with coordination among other departments) an afterschool educational enrichment and tutoring program for the Smart Kids, Strong Kids (SK2) students in Kindergarten through 8 grades during the academic school year.
    • Models effective classroom and behavioral management.
    • Uses current technology for teaching, active learning, administrative record keeping, and management of students’ progress.


    Individual Student Literacy

    • Conducts assessments and data analysis to determine a student’s educational level(s).
    • Identifies specific learning outcomes and aligns instruction to maximize learning results.
    • Monitors each student’s progress and effectively communicates accurate and timely progress reports as needed and/or quarterly written reports.
    • Utilizes the I-Ready adaptive diagnostic with teacher-led and individualized online instruction for students that our local schools have identified for intervention assistance.
    • Expands math and reading proficiency by creating lesson plans to match a student’s ability, interests, and learning style(s).
    • Offers supplemental instruction for individualized or small group tutoring to students who would benefit from reading, writing, and mathematic intervention within the Kroc Center Education Department.
    • Consults with parents/guardians and recommends at-home strategies to improve reading, writing and basic math skills.
    • Assists high school students to strengthen their academic skills to pass state requirements for graduation and college entrance exams.


    Education Programs and Strategic Partnerships

    • Develops a wide variety of family literacy and student intervention related programs, courses, and special events throughout the calendar year to promote literacy development in reading with an emphasis in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programming.
    • Plans and implements the Kroc Center’s summer “Read and Feed” at a neighborhood park for 8 weeks each summer to keep children engaged and learning so that they retain skills they learned during the school year.
    • Utilizes community guest readers and professional instructors within Education Department programs.
    • Recruits, trains, and coaches volunteer tutors from local universities and colleges who are pursuing a career in early childhood, elementary and secondary education and/or related field.
    • Offers English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes designed to improve communication with speakers of the English language focused on listening, reading, speaking, and writing in partnership with Miami Valley Career Technology Center, local schools and the Ohio Department of Education.
    • Provides GED Preparation in partnership with Miami Valley Career Technology Center and Ohio Department of Education to prepare adults to obtain their high school diploma equivalency.
    • Works with local school librarians and the Dayton Metro Public Library Children’s Literacy Specialist(s) to develop and execute literacy programs and events to enhance community outreach.
    • Assists in the selection and evaluation of literacy-based software for the Kroc Center Technology Café


    Educational Advocacy

    • Interacts regularly with local school administration and community engagement professionals to ensure goals, educational methods, and process are aligned.
    • Serves as a liaison with 4C for Children that offers quality programs and community support resources.
    • Hosts high school student visits with universities, colleges, and vocational/trade schools to promote continuing education and career development.
    • Conducts conferences and workshops and/or participates in educational committees and school/parent associations designed to promote the intellectual, social, and physical welfare of students and community members as directed by the Education Department Manager.


    RJ Kids Summer Program

    • Serves as the Director to the RJ Kids Summer Program.
    • Plan the daily schedule.
    • Contributes in the writing of activities or special events.
    • Assists in training and supervision of children after day camp.
    • Maintains accurate recordkeeping and completes required written forms.



    • Assists in the implementation of all Education Department programs.
    • Participates in the Red Kettle program and Holiday Assistance Programs (Intake).


    All other duties as deemed necessary and appropriate by the Education Department Manager.



    1. A bachelor degree in Elementary or Secondary Education

    2. Strong creative and communication skills

    3. Organizational skills

    4. Able to work in a team environment

    5. Strong abilities to go into a variety of environments for the purpose of teaching literacy

    6. Able to teach children and adults, individuals and groups



    1. Expertise in reading and writing assessment, with reading and writing intervention methodologies, and literacy materials selection and literacy programming

    2. 2 years classroom experience working directly with children in a classroom setting.


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