After School Program (Learning Leaders) Instructor

LHC partners with BEST (an academic and enrichment program in the 4J school district supporting kids and families in some of Eugene’s elementary schools). Through the structure of the BEST After School Program, LHC offers an elective course titled “Learning Leaders”. The program runs September-June each school year, and the class is taught in a cycle of 6 five-week sessions with approximately fifteen kids per session. LHC is looking for 1-2 lead instructors to teach the program. Curriculum and materials are provided. Flexibility and autonomy within the provided curriculum is afforded to the independent contractor, as long as the mission of Little Hands Can and integrity of the program are preserved.

We are looking for 1-2 new instructors (Independent Contractors) to teach this course from September 2019-June 2020 (the duration of the school year).

General Information

Location:   Four elementary schools in the 4J School District (Howard Elementary, River Road Elementary, McCornack Elementary, and Chavez Elementary)


  • The BEST After School Program runs Monday-Thursday, September through June from 2:30-5:30pm.

  • Teachers would be able to choose the days/times they are available to accommodate teaching the class at all four elementary schools weekly (a total of 4 instructional hours per week).

Compensation: Teachers will be providing services as an independent contractor(s). Contractors will be paid a fixed amount upon completion of the contract (typically the fixed amount is paid in 8 equal installments over the course of the school year).

Little Hands Can will verify the following:

  • Criminal Background History

  • Educational History

  • Job Reference History

Learning Leaders Program Description

Little Hands Can (LHC) partners with the BEST (Boosting Enriching Students Today) program, an afterschool program to reach underserved child in the Eugene 4J school district at four elementary schools. The LHC After School Program titled “Learning Leaders” is an elective that the children can choose to take as part of their time with the BEST Program. The curriculum is carried out by teachers who lead the service elective for 2-4 hours each week at 2-4 schools, during recurring five week sessions.

In the service elective, students will learn about different issues and participate in classroom service projects. The program is designed to broaden the children’s understanding of their community, empower them as they learn that they can make a difference, and help them gain an understanding of their civic duty. The Learning Leaders class fulfills our mission by connecting low-income children with opportunities to better the community. The program teaches children to identify community problems, brainstorm possible solutions, and complete a service project that addresses these problems.

Students benefit from the LHC Afterschool Program by gaining more confidence, self-efficacy and tolerance as they increase their understanding of social issues and address the root causes of community problems.

Essential Job Tasks to be performed (with or without reasonable accommodation).

  • Teaching the curriculum in a way that preserves the integrity of our mission.

  • Stays in close communication with both BEST staff and LHC staff to discuss how the curriculum implementation is going.

 General Requirements

Knowledge, skills, experience, education or training needed to perform job.

  • Experience working with children

  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team

Traits needed to perform job.  

  • Must be comfortable working with children

  • Must be comfortable discussing sensitive topics regarding homelessness and other social problems with elementary age children

  • Ability to work in team environment, requiring participatory decision-making/cooperative interactions among employees.

  • Ability to work independently.

  • Ability to exercise judgment within generally defined practices and policies. Will regularly make independent decisions without existing methods and procedures.

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.

  • Ability to interpret spoken and written communication in English.

  • Values diversity

Environmental Description of working conditions.  

  • School environment.

 Starting Date:  September 2019


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Questions about this position? Contact Ashley Bohanan at

Ashley Bohanan