Travis Hill School at the Orleans Justice Center


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).  We currently are looking for additional teachers at the OJC site.

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 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 website, www.ceeas.org.


Approximately 1,500 individuals are held at the OJC.  We operate a full-scale 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 OJC develop the academic and socio-emotional skills they need to become positive, contributing members of their community when they are released.


We are looking for a Tutor Coordinator & Small Group Instructor who has experience working with high school aged students who have struggled in school, who has superior communication skills, who is organized and has strong technology skills, and who works well with individuals from all walks of life. The Tutor Coordinator & Small Group Instructor will work with our team of teachers and administrators, ensuring that we provide tutorial and small group instruction for students, including those with special needs, who are not able to attend school with their peers--and instead will receive tutoring and academic support on their living units and in specialized settings.

Responsibilities for the Tutor Coordinator & Small Group Instructor will include but not be limited to:

  • Coordinating the delivery of one-on-one tutoring and academic supports to students at OJC who cannot attend school; teachers and volunteers will serve as the tutors and small group instructors

  • Working with school leadership, including the Co-Principal who directs special education program, to ensure that the tutoring materials are relevant, meaningful and meet the specific needs of students

  • Coordinating and communicating effectively with staff from the Sheriff’s Office to ensure that students are able to participate in the tutoring and instructional workshops

  • Ensuring that administrative and compliance related details are met--including keeping track of tutoring sessions, student academic progress, and monitoring the use of technology-related devices

  • Maintaining accurate and complete student records and preparing reports on student progress and activities

  • Coordinating tutoring sessions and managing progress using basic technology tools including Google Docs, and Microsoft Excel and Word

  • Providing directly one-on-one and small group instruction to students, on their living units and in specialized settings, through tutorial settings

  • Participating in IEP conferences and related administrative meetings for students who are participants in the tutoring program

  • Managing administrative assignments effectively and with a high level of professionalism and integrity

  • Modeling and contributing to a school culture built on hope and high expectations for achievement

  • Building positive, lasting relationships with students as well as key student support networks, including, volunteers, local attorneys, case management and aftercare staff

  • Contributing your talent, creativity and passion to enrich the range of academic and enrichment activities the School can offer to students in our care

  • Understanding and committing to what it means to work with students who are detained, including taking on roles and functions that extend beyond those articulated in this job description

Desirable Qualifications and Experience:

  • Experience working with older teens in a school or similar settings

  • Experience as a tutor, small group instructor, teaching assistant, or full-time teacher, preferably in high school

  • Experience with and a commitment to, working with students with significant academic and socio-emotional challenges--and supporting them to achieve at high levels

  • Strong organizational and administrative skills, including Google Docs, Microsoft Excel/Word, and email

  • Interest in using technology and blended learning to support students and promote personalized learning

  • An unyielding belief that with the appropriate supports, coupled with high expectations, all students can significantly improve their academic skills and can develop pro-social and culturally normative behaviors that will enable them to succeed at school and beyond

  • Firm belief that all students have strengths and talents and that committed adults help students find these and use them to address weaknesses or overcome fears

  • 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


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. Salaries for non-teaching positions are competitive with local schools and nonprofit organizations. 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.  

This position is a 12 month, full-time position, based on a modified school calendar.

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 at the YSC School.

For additional information about CEEAS and our plans for the YSC School, please visit our website at www.ceeas.org.

Posted: September 2017