PT Student Support Specialist

Federal Way, WA


Every student is capable of achieving academic success, yet the public education system was not designed to meet students of color where they dream — instead they marginalize them and underestimate their abilities. TAF partners with school districts, educators, and organizations to challenge the current public education system. We address the entire public education system, from top-to-bottom, providing STEM skills and equitable, anti-racist education environments where all students can succeed and by working with emerging and established education leaders of color to improve representation at every level. We: 

  • Co-manage two public STEM schools where we provide industry-relevant and equitable curriculum and experiences 

  • Partner with existing public schools and coach students and staff using our successful STEMbyTAF learning model 

  • Empower early-career educators and established school leaders of color through educational equity and liberation pedagogy


Student Support Specialist plays an integral role within the school by providing in-class, small group and individual instruction in Math and other academic skills for students. In collaboration and with the support of classroom teachers, Student Support Specialists co-teach lessons and support learning experiences to supplement core classroom content by aiding students in the comprehension and mastery of material presented and skills introduced in class. 


The ideal candidate is someone who is energetic, collaborative, has a passion for education and racial equity, and an affinity for mathematics and science. We are looking for someone who loves to work with kids, be in the classroom and is able to collaborate with not only teachers but students as well. 


Instructional Support 

  • Conduct individual and small group support to students to increase math and other academic skills  

  • Manage and foster relationships with scholars, teachers and relevant stakeholders 

  • Assist with developing lesson/unit plans and collaborate with classroom teachers 

  • Generate learning materials and resources to assist students in their learning 

  • Facilitate and monitor instructional accommodations under teacher supervision including students with IEP’s and/or special needs 


  • Administer the collection of and analyze data to share with TAF Director and school administrators 

  • Conduct quarterly reports to share with administration and TAF executive team regarding status of program 

  • Collaborate with specialists to ensure professional development, student support, and presentations of learning are seamless in nature 

  • Collect, compile and analyze student progress data under leadership and teacher supervision 

  • Participate in professional development and TAF related training and staff meetings 

External responsibilities 

  • Assist in annual event coordination such as college and career fair and summer programs 

  • Coordinate and lead field trips, college campus visits, and other STEM related, out of classroom learning experiences 

  • Assist in occasional evening and weekend field trips, school events, industry experiences and STEM fairs 

  • Generate and contribute reports as directed by school and TAF leadership 

Racial Equity  

  • Openness to participate in Racial Equity to recognize personal bias and improve performance through a racial equity lens 

  • Must embrace the mission of TAF and our goal of running an equitable organization  

  • Willingness to lead or be part of the team in an equitable, anti-racist manor  

  • Ability to represent the needs of students of color  

  • Exhibiting cultural and racial sensitivity and self-awareness 

  • Develop and cultivate a sense of belonging among team members at TAF 

  • The capacity to create an environment that embraces a diversity of views and takes advantage of such collective knowledge to benefit the organization 

Lifelong learner  

  • Consistently seeking new experiences and opportunities for learning   

  • Regularly practice deep reflection, both verbally and in written form 



  • A strong background in mathematics, algebra, geometry (student support specialists ONLY) 
  • Patience and flexibility to respond to the changing needs of students 
  • Ability to create relationships with students  
  • A self-starter with organizational and time-management skills 
  • Possess strong Interpersonal skills; having the ability to build positive relationships and maintain a good rapport with individuals and families. 
  • Experience in underserved schools and communities 
  • Familiarity working in diverse and multi-cultural and bilingual environments 
  • Developing written and verbal communication skills, and ability to present to diverse audiences.  
  • Actively source and engage a variety of stakeholders aligned to the project. 
  • Developing Research skills 
  • Basic social media content generation and posting skills 
  • Ability to collaborate with team members and external colleagues 
  • Ability to face new challenges and adapt to changes 
  • Ability and willingness to innovate independently and try things out 
  • Ability to pay attention to details   
  • Emerging ability to successfully handle multiple projects concurrently 

Education, Experience and Competencies 

  • High school diploma or applicable experience   
  • Familiarity working in diverse and multi-cultural and bilingual environments in underserved schools and communities  
  • Previous teaching/tutoring experience preferred 
  • Ability to learn new productivity tools quickly  
  • Moderate to high proficiency in Microsoft Suite and digital content tools 
  • Fluency in languages other than English is a plus
  • Those enrolled in a teaching program are strongly encouraged to apply


Upload resume and cover letter. Your cover letter should express why you’re interested in this role and address the following questions: 

  1. What does it mean for you to have a commitment to anti-racism? 

  2. have you demonstrated that commitment and how would you see yourself demonstrating it at TAF?

  3. TAF is a proud equal opportunity employer that complies with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and follows guidelines to select the best qualified person for each position within the organization. No employee or applicant will be discriminated against because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, or other physical or mental disability.