Instructional Aide

TLC Child and Family Services, home to Journey Academy, is a leading agency which offers a continuum of relationship-focused care to youth and families. Our agency offers five tiers of service; foster care and adoption, residential treatment, special education, comprehensive mental health, and transitional housing. Our team is dedicated to empowering children, young adults, and their support systems with the goal of cultivating resilience, well-being, and prosperity. 

Program Description:

Journey Academy, serves youth in our two residential programs and non-public high school. We work with students who are bright and capable, and who are also struggling to find their place in the world. Journey Academy provides a safe, therapeutic environment that embraces each individual’s unique strengths. Youth are given support to thrive and grow, enhance their social and emotional well-being, gain independent living skills, and step into their true potential.

Position Summary:

We are looking for an Youth Supervisor who wants to be a part of a growing agency and innovative school program. This person will be someone who can work under pressure, or crises, with proven abilities to respond calmly. You will be inspired by the changing needs of students and the community. The Youth Supervisor is a collaborative position in our school and we are looking for someone who wants to empower the lives of youth and families in our communities.

Job Description:

This is a position that requires commitment and patience working with a diverse group of students, staff and program needs. This person will be knowledgeable of the struggles youth face today and is  open to learning and developing . They will be a supportive team member to a small school team of four teachers, one principal, three IAs, a school counselor, two Journey School clinicians, a culinary specialist and two office support personnel. This position will also serve as a substitute teacher when needed.

Essential Functions:

  • Collaborates and communicates with the Journey Academy school and therapeutic staff to implement and maintain academic, behavioral and therapeutic services for students
  • Contributes relevant feedback/information on student progress through observation, interactions, and maintaining accurate records
  • Collaborates with teachers to maintain an effective learning environment through student supervision, behavioral intervention, class management and student discipline. 
  • Maintains informational and operational records and files, including daily behavior sheets, student work and other records related to student instruction
  • Advocates for and supports the short-term and long-term goals of the student

Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong time management skills
  • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal skills
  • Familiar with general mathematical concepts, minimally through Algebra I. 
  • Ability to think clearly in the moment, stay calm and communicate effectively during complex and challenging situations
  • Solution focused with proven ability to problem-solve
  • Ability to work with diverse people including staff, youth and community members
  • Proficient with technology, including: Google Suite and Classroom, Microsoft Office and other educational applications. 
  • Willingness to grow, be vulnerable, laugh and play alongside the teams and youth



  • Ability to pass the CBEST and obtain a California teaching substitute permit within 3 months of being hired
  • Flexibility of performing  job duties within the Journey Academy residential home environment during times that in person instruction is suspended due for countywide emergency reasons
  • Obtain and maintain fingerprint, government and agency required background clearances, without additional exemptions.
  • Ability to pass a pre-employment physical exam, TB and drug screen.
  • Valid California driver’s license with an acceptable driving record and auto insurance showing employee as an insured driver on the policy.
  • COVID-19 vaccination required. 


  • 1.0 FTE (based on school year)
  • Monday – Friday
  • 2022-2023 school year: Regular school year, extended school year & professional development days
  • Opportunity to work in the residential homes during school holidays and breaks


  • Bilingual in Spanish (differential provided)
  • Experience working in Special Education with students who have severe mental health needs that impact their education
  • General knowledge of classroom procedures and equipment
  • Three letters of recommendation from professionals in the field of mental health and/or education

TLC offers a generous benefit package for full time staff including: 

  • 100% employer paid health, dental and vision plans for the employee. Dependents would be covered at 50% of the base health plan by TLC, dental and vision would be the employee’s responsibility. Coverage is available on the 1st of the month following the date of hire
  • Paid Time Off: 10 days per year based on 40 hr. work week
  • 11 paid Holidays
  • Employee ability to contribute toward a 403b retirement plan. TLC offers a matching contribution with vesting schedule, beginning at the completion of 6 months service.
  • Employer paid $50,000 Life Insurance policy

TLC Child and Family Services is Nationally Accredited by the Joint Commission, a member of the National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs (NATSAP), as well as the California Alliance and has the Innovator Seal, which is the highest recognition by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).

TLC is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and strive to create a workforce that is reflective of the ethnic and cultural makeup of our community.

Please convey your interest by submitting a cover letter and resume to 

Wage range: $19.88- $22.38 hourly, dependent on education and relevant experience.