Citizens of the World Los Angeles

  • Director of Social Emotional Learning and Youth Fitness Coach (Mar Vista)

    Job Locations US-CA-Los Angeles
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  • Overview

    Organization Overview

    The mission of Citizens of the World Los Angeles (CWC LA) is to provide a socio-economically, culturally, and racially diverse community of students in Los Angeles with an intellectually challenging, experiential learning environment that develops each student's confidence, potential, and individual responsibility as citizens of the world. CWC schools:

    • Service a socioeconomically, culturally, and racially diverse community;
    • Develop students’ social and emotional skills to prepare them to become citizens of the world in an ever-changing future; and
    • Promote academic rigor through a constructivist, project-based learning approach, to support and develop children’s natural intellectual curiosity


    The CWC LA network is growing at a rapid rate and currently enrolls 1,900 students in three high-performing schools, growing to well over 2,000 students over the next several years. CWC LA’s schools rank in the top 8% (English) and 7% (math) out of 758 LAUSD, magnet and charter elementary schools, and all subgroups outperform the district and state. Our schools include:

    • CWC Hollywood (opened in September 2010, renewed charter approved in December 2014, currently TK-5th grade);
    • CWC Silver Lake (opened in August 2012, renewed charter approved in November 2016, currently TK-8th grade); and
    • CWC Mar Vista (opened in August 2013, renewed charter approved in December 2017, currently TK-6th grade and growing to TK-8th grade over the next two years).


    CWC LA has a Regional Support Office that supports all CWC LA schools. We work with our network partners at Citizens of the World Charter Schools, linking the schools in Los Angeles to CWC schools in other parts of the country.


    Our core values are embraced by the entire community:

    • Excellence: we demand lasting quality
    • Diversity: we are better and stronger because of our differences
    • Authenticity: we are our true selves in this work, and we are candid
    • Community: we care deeply about people. We share and build partnerships. We celebrate, laugh, and seek joy, even in the tough times
    • Change: we welcome the unknown, embracing the unexpected and new. We adapt to meet the ever-changing times. We find new ways

    Position Description

    CWC Mar Vista is seeking someone who embodies our school’s value of social emotional learning, non-violence, and conflict resolution. The Director of Social Emotional Learning and Youth Fitness Coach will be an essential part of our school’s effort to reinforce social emotional learning and skill development while making the various aspects of our school culture cohesive. There are a number of ways that this will be achieved and this includes developing class, grade level, and whole school events, focused support of students who need targeted work, training support staff, as well as planning and delivering professional development.  An additional part of this role would be to bring healthy play and physical activity to our diverse student body. Organizing and teaching safe and inclusive games during both structured classes and recess time, that promote cooperative play and conflict resolution.  


    The Director of Social Emotional Learning and Youth Fitness Coach will instruct “Game Time” each week to various grades, TK – 7.  This will be in addition to hours allocated for planning, collaboration, and curriculum development. Alongside Game Time instruction, the Director of Social Emotional Learning will collaborate with our full TK-7 staff, collaborating with the leadership and TK – 7 Lead Teachers, and training our Teaching Associates to integrate and reinforce whole school culture. Additionally, the Director of Social Emotional Learning will be responsible for developing the CWC MV student government.


    The Director of Social Emotional Learning and Youth Fitness Coach will be responsible for planning, facilitating, and/or supporting at least two events: The Walkathon (in the fall) and Field Days (trimesters two and three).



    The Director of Social Emotional Learning and Youth Fitness Coach’s job responsibilities include:

    • Planning and implementing positive sports, fitness and play-based programming during recess, in school, and perhaps during some after school hours
    • Recess: creating a safe and inclusive playground and being a significant “lead” presence on the playground by organizing and playing large games with 20+ students while modeling positive behavior.  This includes structuring and supervising the larger recess yard and providing various “play stations” to give options to students of all interests and abilities. This also requires designating different areas of the playground for different games and assigning stations/areas to the Teaching Associates out on the yard at the same time.
    • Game Time: developing and leading individual classes in which students are not only able to be physically active outside the classroom but can also learn about inclusion, cooperation, and conflict resolution.  Game Time is designed to teach students how to play together in a structured supportive setting and is less competitive than a traditional physical education program.
    • Implementing a student government and other leadership opportunities.    
    • Sports Leagues – recruiting and/or coaching students for 1-2 developmental sports leagues per year
    • Being a leader within assemblies and being a spokesperson to spotlight and reinforce aspects of being positive at school.
    • Creating a strong classroom culture that is developed through CWC’s social emotional learning focus, and contributes to the broader school community
    • Participating in professional development activities, both internal (led by the principal, Lead Teachers, and visiting experts) and external.  
    • Participating as an active member of the community to provide stewardship of the school and adherence to its mission and guiding principles
    • Maintaining a high-level of professionalism including meeting deadlines, and commitments to self, students, and the community.


    The ideal Director of Social Emotional Learning and Youth Fitness Coach will have:

    • A Bachelor’s Degree
    • Successful completion of CBEST exam
    • A minimum of two years of experience working with elementary and middle school aged children
    • Passion for social emotional learning and physical education
    • An ability to effectively supervise both small and large groups of children
    • An exhibited ability to work with children in a caring and respectful manner in order to create a joyful, caring environment where teaching time always includes community building, conflict resolution skill-building, and empowering students to be peacemakers and agents for positive social change
    • Strong interpersonal communication skills, both oral and written
    • An ability to set clear goals and follow through with flexible and creative problem solving tools
    • Conceptual ability for the larger perspective with a strong attention to detail and multitasking
    • Experience interacting with diverse communities and the ability to integrate into an existing school community
    • Knowledge of computer and internet based programs to maintain frequent communication and engagement with students’ families, colleagues, and other school stakeholders
    • Fluency in a second language preferred (Spanish as priority language).


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