Organization DescriptionOpening in late Fall 2023, the Lily Lake Homeschool Collective was created to offer support forhomeschooling families in Wichita, KS and surrounding communities. The collective will be a self-directed learning environment where homeschooled kids from all backgrounds and ages can spend theirdays together, free to come and go as best works for their families. The learning guide will plan andfacilitate activities based on the interests of the kids. Additionally, the learning center will offer classesin a variety of subjects based on learner interest and availability of experts to teach.Position SummaryLily Lake Homeschool Collective is looking for a Lead Learning Guide & Operations Manager to kick-offour inaugural year. This individual will be responsible for planning and implementing lessonplans/activities for children ages 5 and up, as well as working with Senior Leadership to manage the day-to-day operations and long-term vision of Lily Lake. We strive to be a true collective of homeschoolfamilies so the ideal person for this role will be comfortable with a bottom-up approach and recognizethat the structure and offerings of the organization may change over time as we learn what works andwhat doesn’t for the community.Essential Duties and ResponsibilitiesThe essential functions include, but are not limited to the following:Operations Management (25%)• Work within the core values of Lily Lake to develop additional programs to grow the servicesoffered.• Network within the community to help communicate our vision and offerings.• Budgeting and long-term sustainability planning.• Hiring/managing a small staff as the organization grows.• Assist with building/facility maintenance and upkeep as needed.Learning Guide (75%)• Empower children to learn autonomously and discover their independence through leading byexample and providing the tools and resources necessary to encourage self-directed learning.• Develop “lesson plans” and activities based on the interests of the children.• Launch and lead Socratic discussions among children of varying ages.• Manage students’ project-based learning.• Work with older children to support them in leading the younger children. • Support students aged 5-16 during “learning” times: including interacting with children in asupportive, respectful, and open-minded manner, using positive language and communication,and making sure students are safe.• Help develop, schedule and facilitate engaging real-world projects and challenges.• Maintain open, two-way communication with parents. We envision this as a blendedhomeschool model with parents free to come visit as desired and provide open feedback to ourlearning guide.• Work with families to develop customized learning goals and plans.A successful candidate will: Love children: Genuinely enjoy spending time with children and watching them grow. Have theability to engage children who may be reluctant to participate initially.Be comfortable with chaos and curiosity: Curiosity naturally brings chaos with it. Whileboundaries are important, we also believe that kids need to be kids which includes noise and acertain level of turmoil.Be kind & gentle: The world is a tough place to live in right now. Lily Lake needs to be a placewhere everyone is treated with kindness, gentleness, and respect.Have a desire to reimagine “education”: Have training or be interested in building expertise ininnovative, alternative education styles including, but not limited to nature-centered, child-led,play-based learning. This means a successful candidate must enjoy being outside in all weatherconditions and be comfortable getting dirty, wet, handling insects and all that comes with beingoutdoors with children.Be Flexible: Academic flexibility and meaningful learning means prioritizing children's interests-even if a child is ahead, behind, strong-willed, creative, challenging, quiet, gifted, or active.This position does not require a degree in education or a teaching certificate/license, howeverexperience managing groups of children is a must. The individual would also have a strong backgroundin social-emotional learning, interpersonal communication and/or educational therapy. The LearningGuide must be willing to get CPR/First aid certified. This position requires the ability to spendconsiderable time on your feet, outdoors and lift up to 40 lbs. Federal and state background checks willbe required prior to hiring.This is a full-time position with a salary range between $50,000 - $65,000. As a newly foundedorganization, we are unable to offer a full benefits package at this time, however a healthcare stipendalong with PTO package will be available. Lily Lake will run on a year-round calendar.If interested, please email your resume to Cassie Tinsmon at firstname.lastname@example.org brieflydescribing your interest in the position and relevant experience. In lieu of a cover letter, please sharewith us one of your favorite quotes related to children, education, learning, etc and a brief explanationof why you chose it.Lily Lake Homeschool Collective is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receiveequal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex,pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, orcovered veteran status.