Summer Program Assistant — Youth Education

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide additional tutoring support to high school students during the summer program with core classes and standardized tests such as the SAT and ACT
  • Plan lunchtime and “free” time engaging activities for high school students
  • Supervise high school students during lunchtime and other “free” time periods throughout the day
  • Assist summer teachers as needed
  • Provide supervision, guidance, and support to all Upward Bound summer program participants.
  • Co-lead workshops with assigned group of students, attend and participate in all workshops; provide support to the workshop presenters and activity facilitators as appropriate
  • Take attendance in each of the assigned sessions and at other checkpoints throughout the program
  • Contact the appropriate MDC Upward Bound supervisor if student issues arise
  • Seek to empower students as leaders within their cohorts
  • Interact with students in ways that support personal growth
  • Communicate effectively with assigned students individually, and in groups
  • Attend, and fully participate in all summer program trainings

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be a currently enrolled college or graduate student in good standing, or a recent graduate within the last two years
  • Desire to see high school students succeed and enroll in post-secondary education
  • Knowledge of socio-economic conditions of target population and barriers individuals face in obtaining a post-secondary degree
  • Ability to communicate effectively and develop positive relationships with students as well as fellow MDC Upward Bound staff.
  • Respect for human diversity in all its forms, and commitment to facilitating a safe and inclusive environment for all students, volunteers, and staff.
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing situations; good problem-solver
  • Two years of experience with career/college planning and/or experience working with individuals from low income, first generation backgrounds attain college admission;
  • Have valid/current WA state driver’s license, reliable means of transportation and personal auto insurance.
  • Experience as a camp counselor, facilitating after-school or enrichment programs, coaching youth sports teams, or other youth development experience
  • Alumni of an Upward Bound or similar TRIO program
  • Has overcome barriers similar to those in the target population

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Please submit your cover letter stating which position you are applying for, your resume and/or application materials directly to our Human Resources Department at

Mailed inquiries may be sent to: MDC, 945 Fawcett Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402; Attention: Human Resources Department. Mailed submissions need to include a cover letter and resume, along with identification of the job position of interest. Please do not contact Board Members or staff directly about job postings or your resume as they will be unable to respond to any inquiries. If you have questions concerning your application, please email, DO NOT CALL.

MDC offers to all their full-time employees, medical, dental, company contributed 403B retirement (4% plus another 4% matching any employee contribution) after 120 day probationary period, Flexible Spending Account, Company Paid Life Insurance & Long Term Care Insurance, 13 days vacation a year, 13 days sick time a year, plus one floating holiday, and 11 paid holidays per year. Free parking and located along bus routes.

MDC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, creed, age, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or other classifications protected by applicable laws.

MDC’s organizational values include “inclusion” and “equity”.  As such, MDC actively seeks and strongly encourages applicants with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.

Notice: For any open positions, job candidates must successfully pass a criminal history background check which may include fingerprinting.