LEAD Instructor (Temporary)

The LEAD (Leadership, Engagement, Achievement, and Development) Instructor is a key role for delivering on The Washington Center’s promise to students to provide them with a transformational experience – setting them on a course of achievement, leadership and civic responsibility.  In this role, the LEAD Instructors are responsible for working directly with college and university students to provide excellent instruction, advisement, and professional exploration through the LEAD curriculum and internship experience.  The LEAD Instructor plays a vital role in helping students explore certain careers paths through advising and mentoring throughout the semester. Ideal start date for the position is May 15th, and the position will run through August 21st, 2020.

Essential Job Functions

Student Instruction 

  • Provide input into and disseminate LEAD syllabus that includes learning objectives that are stated in terms of student learning outcomes, learning activities to achieve those objectives, and method(s) of evaluation.  
  • Provide learning activities that stimulate student involvement, encourage critical reflection and critical thinking, small group discussion and take into consideration different learning styles and backgrounds.  
  • Provide regular and consistent feedback and critique on assignments throughout the semester, including but not limited to the assignments outlined in the syllabus.  
  • Evaluate students' work according to approved rubrics and departmental standards.  
  • Meet scheduled LEAD course timeframes.   

Student Experience   

  • Host an orientation session to prepare students for academic rigor as well as professional development impacts in their internship.  
  • Guide up to 40 students during the Summer semester in experiences incorporating DC-centric career explorations during the term.  
  • Monitor student/supervisor relationship for professional development and enhancement of professional skill sets.  
  • Serve as a liaison between the student and the internship supervisor for problems that may occur.  
  • Advise and support students when issues arise that impact their TWC experience  
  • Develop relationship with internship supervisor and internship site that promotes TWC and provides an opportunity to guide the supervisor’s role in educating students in a professional setting. Provide documented feedback to Office of Internship Site Relations (OISR) on this.  
  • Play active role in TWC programs including, but not limited to, Orientation, Commencement, and Simpson-Mineta Leadership Series (SMLS).    

Student Advisement   

  • Mentor students while they are in the program, outlining and monitoring learning goals, establishing action steps, and documenting overall progress throughout the semester.  
  • Provide individualized advising for students throughout the internship experience especially in the area of career development.  
  • Fully participate in training and development options as well as engaging in additional educational enhancements internally and externally.    

Other Responsibilities   

  • Fully utilize and adopt curriculum management systems and technological processes including timely communication with students.  
  • Provide designated manager(s) with updates and briefings on current internship sites as well as potential new host sites.  
  • When necessary, provide background information to and coordinate with managers regarding student issues that will be provided to Office of College and University Relations and the liaison. 

Required Education and Experience

An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience will be considered.     

  • Master’s degree in Experiential Education, International Education, Academic Advisement, or other related degrees  
  • One to three years of work experience.  
  • Experience in leading professional exploration and development in a variety of fields  
  • Strong ability to advise students regarding their career and professional goals  
  • Experience instructing students in a classroom or small group setting or conduct training programs/seminars/workshops on relevant educational topics required   

Preferred Education/Qualifications and Experience 

  • Experience in working with college students in advising, mentoring, teaching or supervision capacities within specific area desired  
  • Experience in leading professional exploration and development in a variety of fields  
  • Knowledge regarding career development and coaching are desired.   


  • Customer Satisfaction  
  • Communication/Interpersonal Skills  
  • Teamwork/Collaboration  
  • Initiative  
  • Self-Awareness  
  • Leads People, Develop Others, Empowers Others  
  • Analytical Thinking/Problem Solving

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities   

  • Strong knowledge of higher education field and landscape  
  • Track record of presentations and ability to lead training and development opportunities  
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and work collaboratively  
  • Ability to generate experiential education opportunities that enhance participants’ experience and offers opportunities for theoretical knowledge becoming practically applied  
  • Demonstrates understanding of diversity issues within a higher education and professional environment and actively addresses situations to ensure cultural and global competency  
  • Proven ability to articulate organizational objectives and development goals  
  • Independent judgment and initiative   

Equipment Used to Perform the Job

Which may be representative but not all inclusive of those commonly associated with this position.

  • Standard office equipment including a facsimile machine, photocopier, and telephone system
  • Personal Computer, job-related software and printer 

Physical Abilities

Commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform described essential functions of this job. These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 

  • The employee may frequently lift and/or move up to 25lbs. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, precise hand-eye coordination, and the ability to identify and distinguish colors. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, use repetitive wrist, hand, and/or finger movement, reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl. 

Application Instructions

To apply to this position, please do so via our online application form.

This job description no way states or implies that these are the only duties preformed by the employee occupying this position. Employees may be required to follow instructions and to perform other job-related duties as requested, subject to all applicable state and federal laws.

Certain job functions described herein may be subjected to possible modification in accordance with applicable state and federal laws.

Please note that we participate in E-Verify and upon hire, will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.