DC Middle School and Peer Mentorship Program Coordinator

Asian American LEAD | Washington, DC


DC Middle School and Peer Mentorship Program Coordinator 
Type:  Full-time
Location:  Washington, D.C. 

Area of Focus: Education, Youth Development
Salary: $35,000 per year, plus benefits 

Asian American LEAD’s mission is to support low-income and underserved Asian Pacific American youth with educational empowerment, identity development, and leadership opportunities through after-school, summer, and mentoring programs. For more information, please visit our web site at www.aalead.org.   

Job Summary

The DC Middle School and Peer Mentorship Program Coordinator will be part of a dynamic and committed team working to provide new opportunities for low-income and underserved Asian Pacific American youth in Washington, DC. The DC Middle School and Peer Mentorship Program Coordinator will develop curriculum and implement Out-of-School Time programming for middle school youth. Programs will be focused on helping youth grow in AALEAD’s three outcome areas: Educational Empowerment, Leadership, and Identity.  The ideal candidate for this position will possess a passion for positive youth development and working directly with young people, be skilled in building successful relationships, and have strong task management skills.   

Reports To

DC Programs Manager


The DC Middle School duties and responsibilities:

  • Conduct middle school, high school, and summer programming in community based sites located in the District of Columbia 
  • Develop and implement culturally responsive curriculum focused on helping youth grow in AALEAD’s three outcome areas: educational empowerment, identity development, and leadership opportunities 
  • Support in the recruitment of youth and reach participation targets for middle after school & summer programs
  • Develop and maintain professional, supportive, trusting relationships with youth from after school and summer program sites
  • Facilitate space for weekly homework and tutoring sessions for middle school youth
  • Provide transition support for middle school youth transitioning to high school
  • Support in community and school partner relationships including direct communication with counselors and administrators
  • Track demographic and attendance data in AALEAD’s performance management database, maintain program documentation, and achieve AALEAD and grant-required goals
  • Provide Monthly/Quarterly grant reporting data for Program Manager
  • Support at regional programmatic events and assist with additional tasks as needed

Mentorship Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Lead the MS Youth Allies Program component and collaborate with the HS Program Coordinator to provide Peer-Peer mentoring program support to MS youth
  • In collaboration with the High School Program Coordinator, develop and facilitate monthly training sessions and set goals for high school allies
  • Lead the successful implementation of AALEAD’s Mentoring Program including the recruitment, screening, training, matching, monitoring, supporting, and closing of mentor and mentee pairs.
  • Support management of recruitment efforts of mentors and mentees and develop and maintain strategic partnerships with key organizations and individuals to recruit a pool of dedicated mentors and access resources for youth.
  • Conduct mentee recruitment efforts with families, at schools and community events, and within the community.
  • Create mentor pair matches and lead mentor relationship initiation.
  • Monitor on-going peer-to-peer mentorship relationships and provide continuous one-on-one support.
  • Support mentor mentee relationship building through organizing events and outings and providing opportunities to engage in AALEAD’s outcome areas of Educational Empowerment, Identity Development, and Leadership
  • Ensure compliance with grant requirements including necessary clearances, documentation, and data reporting.


  • BA/BS in education, social work, liberal arts, or related field
  • Direct experience working with youth or teaching, experience working with middle youth preferred 
  • Organized and attentive to details
  • Solid oral and written communication skills
  • Sensitivity to the needs of immigrant children and families
  • Ability to work Monday-Friday schedule; flexibility to work some weekends, evenings, and holidays
  • Fluency in any Asian language is preferred


$35,000 per year

Comprehensive benefits including: medical, dental, and vision health coverage; retirement account; and paid sick, vacation, and holiday leave


A Note On Hiring and Employment During Covid-19 

AALEAD staff have been working hard to continue serving and supporting AALEAD youth during the ongoing health crisis and related social distancing and school closures. AALEAD follows the COVID-19 guidance of state, county, and school districts regarding social distancing and in-person operations. Formerly, AALEAD accomplished administrative and program roles on-site through face-to-face interaction. AALEAD has moved all operations, including youth programming, to distance and digital formats. At this time and until further notice AALEAD employees accomplish their work remotely. For the DC Middle School and Peer Mentorship Program Coordinator, all interviews, new employee onboarding, administrative tasks, and youth programming will be accomplished remotely and utilizing digital tools. 

Job responsibilities for the DC Middle School and Peer Mentorship Program Coordinator role will be tailored to meet the need for social distancing between staff and youth. The timeline for remote work and adjusted responsibilities will align with state and district school guidance. Hiring for this role aligns with the start of afterschool programming and ongoing professional development. Adjusted skills and position responsibilities include: Staff must have the ability to work remotely including reliable internet connection; computer, work phone, and other accessories can be provided by AALEAD for completion of work-related tasks 

How to Apply

Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume to AALEAD’s Programs Director, Ari Pak, at apak@aalead.org. Please type “Application for DC Middle School and Mentorship Program Coordinator” in the subject line. Applications are due October 9, 2020

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