Tutoring Program Assistant (West Side)

with Chicago Lights Tutoring

Please send cover letters and resumes to jobs@fourthchurch.org.
No phone calls, please.

Program Assistants for the Chicago Lights Tutoring Program provide support in all program areas: bus stop safety, bus monitoring, and dining room and class room monitoring, as well as assistance for other Tutoring activities, such as art and reading programs.

Program Assistants are responsible for working with the bus driver to ensure the safety of the children while at bus stops and in transport. They also maintain an atmosphere that promotes learning in the classrooms and help tutors and students work together effectively.

The ideal candidate for the Program Assistant (West Side) will live near St. Malachy School (2252 W. Washington Blvd.), which is the beginning of the bus route.

Primary Responsibilities

The primary responsibilities of the Program Assistant include, but are not limited to

  • Provide supervision and follow procedures that ensure student safety at bus stops and on bus
  • Keep a daily attendance log of student bus riders
  • Maintain student discipline, calmly, during bus ride and while entering and exiting Fourth Presbyterian Church
  • Communicate any bus safety or student discipline concerns in a timely fashion to the Associate Director of Tutoring
  • Assist with meal service, supervision of the students at their tables, and cleaning of the dining room so that the room is prepared for Tutoring
  • Be a positive adult presence during the pre-tutoring enrichment classes to diminish undesirable behavior
  • Inform Tutoring pairs of program procedures (e.g., games check-out at 7:00 p.m.) and information about other program activities
  • Relay substitute tutor needs to the Program Coordinator
  • Assist new and substitute tutors in finding their student
  • Maintain the assigned supply cart, transport it to and from the classroom, assist pairs in obtaining supplies, and organize the supply cart before returning it to the library at the end of each evening
  • Be the final person to leave the room at the end of the evening to ensure its orderliness
  • Gain familiarity of the students and learn their names
  • Be a positive role model for students at all times, as well as a caring and helpful member of the Tutoring Services Team to ensure that all students and tutors are provided with the best service as possible
  • Adhere to the Tutoring Program’s Communication and Conduct Policy and Attendance Policy
  • Use the S.P.I.R.I.T. principles of hospitality when interacting with visitors, guests, members, and staff of Fourth Presbyterian Church and Chicago Lights
  • Other duties as assigned or as needed


  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Dependable and timely
  • Must be multitask-oriented with good organization skills
  • Patience and ability to bring order to chaotic situations
  • Appreciation for working with adults and children between the ages of 6 through 17
  • Ability to work within a multicultural environment
  • High school diploma or GED preferred
  • Preferably live or work in the community where the bus stop is located
  • Experience in trauma-informed care preferred, but not required


  • 16 hours per week
  • Monday–Thursday, 4:00–8:00 p.m.
  • The position runs seasonally, October through May

Please send cover letters and resumes to jobs@fourthchurch.org.
No phone calls, please.