About Big Picture Philadelphia

Big Picture Philadelphia provides transformative educational experiences for under-served youth. Its neighborhood high school, Vaux Big Picture High School is located in the Sharswood neighborhood of Philadelphia and currently serves grades 9th through 11th.

Vaux Big Picture High School is a Big Picture Philadelphia School. Big Picture Philadelphia provides transformative educational experiences for under-served youth through its two school sites, Vaux Big Picture High School and el Centro de Estudiantes High School. Big Picture Philadelphia provides transformative educational experiences for under-served high school youth through proven, sustainable educational practices and, in so doing, contributes to Philadelphia’s city-wide educational reform efforts. We are proud members of the national Big Picture Learning network, which successfully serves at-risk youth in more than 60 schools nationwide.

Job Description

A Big Picture Philadelphia advisor (teacher) is a three-pronged position. An advisor is a social and emotional leader, an academic teacher and project manager, and an internship manager. First and foremost, the advisor is the “point person” for their 18 students and those students’ families. The successful advisor creates a safe, trusting, and collaborative learning environment that enables students to learn through school and community experiences and develop as mature, able, knowledgeable, and responsible individuals. An advisor is often responsible for a multi-year educational journey of 18 students, including their successful graduation and transition to a meaningful post-secondary activity.

Duties and Responsibilities

Key “personalization” (social, emotional, and relational) responsibilities:

An advisor:

  • Builds a strong, supportive small community of learning within their advisory andcelebrates students’ accomplishments.
  • Asserts students’ educational and social progress through periodic narrativereports, phone calls to parents, and regular student meetings.
  • Is accessible to students and parents for education-related purposes outsidenormal school hours as negotiated with students and their families.
  • Actively enlists parents and family members in the life and learning of theirchildren.
  • Creates learning plans with students and their families that encompass theindividual student’s personal interests and developmental needs.
  • Facilitates learning plan meetings with each student and their family, plus theirinternship mentor when applicable.
  • Updates and modifies students’ learning plans every term.Key academic and in-school responsibilities:An advisor:
  • Teaches students how to learn, and gather and filter information throughpersonal interaction, print, and web-based sources.
  • Plans a program of instruction that challenges students and meets the individualneeds, interests, and abilities of each student.
  • Guides students into learning experiences and activities that focus on themastery of the specific content area.
  • Provides supplemental and educational resources in order to support students’growth.
  • Employs a variety of educational techniques in pursuit of educational goals and establishes clear objectives for each student.
  • Attends advisor and peer meetings to plan and work collaboratively to share best practices and critique each other’s work, and to view all the students in the school as their own.
  • Creates a safe and healthy learning environment and responds to emergencies in accordance with established safety and emergency policies and guidelines.
  • Actively participates in all staff meetings, retreats, and summer training sessions.
  • Shares the leadership role with other staff members in organizing andconducting new student and new staff orientations.Key real-world learning responsibilities:An advisor:
  • Facilitates student learning outside of the school building via internships and itsattendant preparatory work, service learning, group internships, and real-worldlearning experiences.
  • Incorporates formal Learning Plans and Learning Through Internships (LTI)experiences into each student’s learning journey.
  • Works collaboratively with the Internship Coordinator to ensure each studenthas an internship by following the determined LTI path.
  • Monitors students’ internships through regular site visits, phone calls, andmentor meetings.


Education and/or experience:

  • Pennsylvania Department of Education High School Teaching Certification.
  • Baccalaureate degree in Secondary Education or relevant field required.Master’s degree (MA/MS/MBA) or equivalent preferred. Two or more yearsrelated experience and/or training a plus.
  • All required clearances.
  • Sense of humor. Enjoy working with youth.
  • In addition to a commitment to lifelong learning, the ideal candidate will haveexcellent communication skills. They will also have effective mathematical reasoning, and facility with computers.

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School Type

Public District





Education Level

4- Year Degree