Travis Hill Schools

All interested candidates should submit their application materials via our website.

The Schools. The Background.​


There are two Travis Hill Schools (Schools) in New Orleans.  One is located inside of the Youth Study Center (YSC), the detention facility for New Orleans teens who are being held pre-trial, and the other is located inside of the Orleans Justice Center (OJC), the pretrial detention facility for adults (and teens charged as adults).  


The Travis Hill Schools are run by the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings (CEEAS). CEEAS is a nonprofit organization devoted to improving schools in juvenile and criminal justice facilities across the nation.  The first Travis School opened in August 2016 at the Youth Study Center (YSC). In late August 2017, we opened the Travis Hill School at the Orleans Justice Center (OJC). Additional information about CEEAS and the Travis Hill Schools is available at our websites, and

The Schools. The Opportunity​.


Approximately 40 students are detained at the YSC on a daily basis.  They range in age from 11 to 17 years old. All young people held here attend our school located inside of the YSC.  Nearly 1,500 individuals are held at the OJC. We operate a full-time school for approximately 50 students between 17 and 21 years old.


Nearly all the students have faced school failure--many did not attend school regularly when they were younger, most have been suspended or expelled at some point, nearly all of them are far behind their peers academically, and 30-40% of them have special education needs. Despite this, they all have hopes and dreams, skills and talents, and family and friends who care for them.


Our mission at Travis Hill  is to create a transformative learning environment where students held at the YSC or OJC develop the academic and socio-emotional skills they need to become positive, contributing members of their community when they are released.

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Position Description​


This is multi-faceted position that will hold an important role at our schools.  At Travis Hill we work with many of the City’s most at-risk and neglected teens and young adults.  We believe in our students, and are committed to helping them develop the skills they need to be successful.  Many of them have not been successful at school generally and specifically have fared poorly on standardized tests and assessments.  At Travis Hill we want our students to enjoy school, to develop a passion for learning--and to excel on both state-mandated, standardized tests, as well as authentic, performance-based assessments.


This position is responsible for working with school leadership in support of these goals and beliefs.


In addition, at Travis Hill, we are committed to improving our processes, documenting key aspects of our day-to-day work, and enhancing resources and tools we provide to our staff. The goal of this work is to helping us to  improve our current work and to position CEEAS/Travis Hill to expand and replicate going forward. This Manager will work school and CEEAS leadership to identify key processes and develop solid, user-friendly documents and “how to guides” for these processes, and to develop and enhance a set of staff resources (“tool kits”) aligned with our school design.


Lastly, this position is responsible for making sure that students who have completed high school, or who have nearly completed high school, receive individualized support as they pursue post-secondary, dual-credit, or highly specialized courses.


This is a rewarding and demanding job--one that requires someone who is fully committed to our students and who is fully invested in doing anything and everything to make education happen at our sites. We are looking for someone who truly believes all students can succeed, who believes that students who are detained or incarcerated deserve the best education possible and who is relentless and won’t stop working when it gets difficult.


At Travis Hill we want people who are grounded in doing what is right and just, who are self-reflective, aren’t afraid to ask for help and who are willing and open to trying new and innovative ways to reach students.


For the right person, this is the perfect job.

Primary Responsibilities:


Responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Ensuring that all Travis Hill Students are assessed as a part of their welcome and orientation to the school and at agreed-to intervals thereafter.  This responsibility includes:

  • Ensuring that all Travis Hill Students are assessed using agreed-to assessment tools aligned with those administered at orientation

  • Establishing processes to share student results effectively with both students and staff, so that the assessments are meaningfully used to support teaching and learning

  • Serving as lead test administrator for both campuses for all mandated state (and local) course exams.  This responsibility includes:

  • Attending all required meetings for test administrators

  • Working with the school principals, the director of curriculum and instruction, and the director of special education and student support services to ensure that each campus has detailed testing plans in place for all testing periods (December, May, June).

  • Working with the director of data and technology to ensure that each campus is fully prepared for all testing technology-wise

  • Developing practices to share assessment data with students and staff, so that these assessments are meaningfully used to support teaching and learning

  • Supporting the development and continued improvement of project-based and authentic assessment instruments by Travis Hill School teachers that:

    • Ask students to demonstrate understanding by performing a more complex task usually representative of more meaningful application of essential knowledge and skills, as opposed to simply selecting a response

    • Require students to demonstrate proficiency by doing something  related to a real-life problem or context, as opposed to a contrived one

    • Support students in analyzing, synthesizing and applying what they have learned in a substantial manner, as opposed to recognition and recall

  • Identifying, improving,  and documenting key processes essential to improved school functioning and potential replication.  Responsibilities will include:

    • Working with CEEAS/Travis Hill leadership to identify key processes

    • Gaining an understanding of how processes currently function, assess, and then help develop documents and “How to Guides” that will support improvement, fidelity and replication

  • Developing improved CEEAS/Travis Hill ‘tool kits’ that support current staff and pave the way for replication.  Responsibilities will include:

    • Building out online “tool kits” of supports and resources for Travis Hill staff

    • Supporting a range of Travis Hill leaders in improving the functionality of current school ‘products’ such as lesson plan templates, student ‘snapshots’, progress reports/report cards.

  • Coordinating and providing direct, individualized support and instruction for Travis Hill Students who are pursuing individualized course(s).  This responsibility may include:

    • Developing  plans for and supporting students to take post-secondary courses and specialized high school courses, often using online course materials

    • Coordinating teaching assistants, volunteers and others to support students taking these individualized courses

    • Ensuring that students are prepared for, take and are successful in earning credits for these courses

Additional Qualifications and Experiences:

  • Two or more years of teaching experience

  • Prior experience administering or supporting the administration of Louisiana mandated state-exams

  • Experience supporting teachers in the development of authentic, mastery-based assessment instruments

  • Attention to detail and strong project management skills

  • Solid comfort with, and interest and capacity to improve skills with, Google Suites, MS Office, basic graphic and communication software (Canva, mailchimp, SurveyMonkey), and website building tools such as WIX.

  • An understanding of what it means to make learning relevant and meaningful

  • An unyielding belief that with the appropriate supports, coupled with high expectations, all students can significantly improve their academic skills, and can develop prosocial and skills and habits that will enable them to succeed at school and beyond

  • Embrace and nurture a school culture that requires all staff to work beyond the traditional school hours and school year in order to create an environment filled with hope and high expectations, where students will radically improve their academic, employment and socio-emotional skills

  • Possess an unrelenting belief that all students can achieve and succeed


Salary and Benefits


CEEAS offers Travis Hill staff a competitive salary and benefits package.  Our teacher salaries are on par with local schools, adjusted for our increased academic year, and based on skills and experience.  CEEAS offers a Simple IRA plan for all staff, and provides a 3% employer contribution once staff has worked for six months. CEEAS provides health care coverage for all staff and covers approximately 80% of the monthly premiums and 50% for dependents of employees. 


This position is a 12 month, full-time position, that runs through the summer (with agreed to breaks in late June /early July  and August).





CEEAS is an equal opportunity employer.  We believe that a diverse staff is a better staff.  Women and persons of color are encouraged to apply to work with us at the Travis Hill Schools.


For additional information about CEEAS and the Travis Hill Schools,
please visit our website at


Effective: September 5, 2018